FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, Johnny Galecki, from left, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, members of the cast of the TV series "The Big Bang Theory," place their hands in cement during a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. In the ratings battle between titans "The Big Bang Theory" and "Game of Thrones," laughs won out. CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" was last week's top-rated program, with 12.5 million viewers tuning in to the comedy in its home stretch. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

'Big Bang' tops 'Thrones' in ratings race of fading shows

May 14, 2019 - 3:38 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" edged out "Game of Thrones" as the two beloved TV behemoths again topped the ratings as they approach their finales.

CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" drew 12.6 million live viewers last week, while HBO's "Game of Thrones" had 12.5 million.

It was the second week in a row atop the ratings for the sitcom, whose 12-season run ends May 16.

But with HBO available in far fewer homes, the week was still a win for "Game of Thrones," which continues to break its own viewership records.

The series' penultimate episode had 18.4 million viewers if reruns later that night and streaming services views are included. That breaks its record set earlier in the season and makes it the most-watched episode of any show in HBO history.