A new poll by YouGov reveals that, at this point, it is not safe to expect the “Big Bang Theory” reboot to get any better than it was in the past.
“The Big B,” as fans have dubbed the show, has been a hit since its premiere on CBS last spring, but the numbers for the first three months of this year have dropped to an average of 2.7 percent and 0.6 percent respectively.
The numbers are a little better than the 0.5 percent drop the show experienced in March and April of this season.
“We’re getting closer and closer to a saturation point,” YouGov Senior Media Analyst Peter A. Boulton said.
“It’s the last year of the [CBS] broadcast window, so we’re seeing that the numbers have dropped and are getting worse.”
“The show has been doing really well,” he continued.
“People love it, people watch it, and the network is making it available on the Internet.”
The poll asked viewers how they felt about the show after the first few episodes aired.
Among those surveyed, 42 percent felt “a little sorry” for the series, while only 13 percent felt that way.
In terms of ratings, CBS and Netflix held a comfortable lead for the entire season, with both streaming platforms posting a combined 9.6 million viewers.
CBS and Fox both held steady in the same time period.
“We’re at a point where we have a lot of room to grow,” Boulion said.
While viewers are still largely tuning in to the show on CBS, the numbers on Netflix have also continued to improve.
“When the first five episodes were out, Netflix was at its best, and now they’re doing really great,” Boudon said.
The streaming service posted a combined 6.4 million total viewers in March, a significant jump from its March 2nd, 2016 debut.
While Netflix and CBS continue to dominate the overall viewing numbers, Netflix is making inroads with younger viewers.
According to Nielsen data, the average age of the audience for the latest episode of “The Bachelorette” was 25, up from 24 last year.
That figure is up from last season, when it was at 24.3, but is still lower than the 27.9 age that “Bachelor” fans had when they first saw the series.
While Boudons findings were unsurprising, he did note that there were a few new things about the first season of “Bacheloretts.”
Among them: a “bust-out” storyline in which the women find out who’s dating who.
The idea of this storyline was introduced in the show during the episode, “Buck,” which featured the first female contestant to date.
The show’s producers had been talking about the idea for months, and it came up during a panel at the 2016 “Billionaire’s Ball.”
Boudton also said that while he was initially excited about “The Bachelor,” he has been slowly letting go of that program, which has been popular since its debut in 2012.
The first season ended on a disappointing note, with a “Bros” season that featured a lot more trash talk, including some sexual innuendo.
The final episode of the season is currently airing on the streaming platform.
“Bucks” is currently in its third season on CBS.