Canadians Rank CTV’s THE BIG BANG THEORY as Their Favourite Comedy of All Time

Toronto — May 14, 2019

– A new poll from Maru/Blue also reveals Canadians credit THE BIG BANG THEORY with making science more compelling –
– On May 16, CTV celebrates the series finale of Canada’s long running, most-watched series with exclusive ETALK coverage, the season finale of spin-off series YOUNG SHELDON, and new post-finale special UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERY: A BIG BANG FAREWELL –

TORONTO, ON (May 14, 2019) – It may have started with a big bang, but Canada’s most-watched series is bound to go out with one as well. As the series finale of CTV’s THE BIG BANG THEORY approaches, airing this Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV,, and the CTV app, a new survey from data service firm Maru/Blue reveals that when asked to rank their favourite comedy amongst a series of popular comedies past and present, Canadians ranked THE BIG BANG THEORY as their favourite comedy, ahead of series including fellow ratings juggernauts FRIENDS, SEINFELD, THE OFFICE, CHEERS, and the iconic I LOVE LUCY.

The survey also discovered that more than 60% of Canadians feel the series is likely to encourage more people to consider careers in science, and respondents credit THE BIG BANG THEORY with making science more compelling.


  • 279: Number of episodes of record-breaking series THE BIG BANG THEORY
  • 52: Number of Emmy® Award nominations
  • 11: Number of SAG Award nominations
  • 10: Number of years in a row THE BIG BANG THEORY has been Canada’s most-watched comedy series
  • 10: Number of Emmy® Award wins
  • 7: Number of Golden Globe® nominations and number of Critics Choice Television Award wins
  • 6: Number of episodes among Canada’s Top 10 most-watched regular series broadcasts on record
  • 4: Number of episodes to top the 5 million viewer mark on CTV

CTV’s THE BIG BANG THEORY series finale night lineup:

  • 7:30 p.m. ET/PT – ETALK PRESENTS: THE BIG BANG THEORY – New Special
  • 8 p.m. ET/PT – THE BIG BANG THEORY – One-Hour Series Finale
  • 9 p.m. ET/PT – YOUNG SHELDON – Season 2 Finale

“This series and its incredible cast have had a generational impact on literally tens of millions of Canadians since its debut in 2007,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “As we get ready to say goodbye with a bang, we at CTV are honoured to have been home to this iconic series for all these years.”

During the one-hour series finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY, “The Change Constant” and “The Stockholm Syndrome” (Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV,, and the CTV app), Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) await big news. Then, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) leave their kids for the first time; Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) try to keep a secret; Sheldon and Amy stick together; and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) makes a new friend, as the gang travels together into an uncharted future.

But first, ETALK PRESENTS: THE BIG BANG THEORY (Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, and the CTV app) delivers an unforgettable exclusive special from THE BIG BANG THEORY set in sunny Los Angeles, hosted by ETALK anchor and YOUR MORNING co-host, Ben Mulroney. The special takes a look back on THE BIG BANG THEORY’s unprecedented success and its long-standing connection with ETALK. During the special, ETALK dives in to the vault of memorable moments with the cast that span more than a decade. From ETALK’s very first interview with the cast, to joining the cast live in front of screaming fans at Bell Media Studios back in 2010, to every red carpet at every award show over the years, ETALK celebrates the series and the legacy it leaves behind. 

Finally, the 30-minute retrospective UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY: A BIG BANG FAREWELL (Thursday, May 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV,, and the CTV app) features series stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco as they take viewers behind the scenes of the longest-running multi-camera comedy series in television history. Galecki and Cuoco lead viewers on a trip down memory lane, sharing some of the best-kept backstage secrets and personal memories from the past 12 years. They will reveal their favourite moments from playing beloved characters Leonard and Penny, and revisit some of the most memorable stories from “The Big Bang Theory Stage.” In addition, the special will feature a tour of the iconic sets, including Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment, unforgettable clips, and interviews.

About CTV
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Source: Numeris, 2018-19 Broadcast Season: Sep 24, 2018 – April 14, 2019, Commercial stations only. CTV electronic audience databases and Top 20 records incorporate data beginning in 1994 and 2004, respectively. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.


Poll conducted by independent data service firm Maru/Blue, 4/26/19. Ranking by order of preference, from a list of comedy series spanning 1951–2019. (From April 26th to April 28th 2019, an online survey of 1,515 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Maru Voice Canada panelists was executed by Maru/Blue. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size has an estimated margin of error (which measures sampling variability) of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been weighted by education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) to match the population, according to Census data. This is to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding).


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