The 12 Highest-Rated Episodes of 2018-2019 (PHOTOS)

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The Change Constant/The Stockholm Syndrome
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The Big Bang Theory, “The Change Constant” and “The Stockholm Syndrome” (Series Finale)

Air date: May 16, 2019

Rating: 3.2

Competition: Grey’s AnatomySuperstoreParadise HoteliZombie


The Simpsons, “The Girl on the Bus” (Season 30, Episode 12)

Air date: January 13, 2019

Rating: 3.2

Competition: America’s Funniest Home VideosGod Friended Me

This is Us - Season 3
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This Is Us, “Nine Bucks” (Season 3 Premiere)

Air date: September 25, 2018

Rating: 3.0

Competition: FBILethal WeaponThe Outpost


The Simpsons, “‘Tis the 30th Season” (Season 30, Episode 10)

Air date: December 9, 2018

Rating: 2.8

Competition: NFL Football, God Friended MeThe Flash, Dancing With the Stars: Juniors

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9-1-1, “Under Pressure” (Season 2 Premiere)

Air date: September 23, 2018*

Rating: 2.6

Competition: NFL Football, Big BrotherCelebrity Family Feud

*Aired after NFL football

The Donation Oscillation
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The Big Bang Theory, “The Donation Oscillation” (Season 12, Episode 15)

Air date: February 7, 2019

Rating: 2.6

Competition: Grey’s AnatomyThe Titan GamesSupernaturalGotham

The Conjugal Configuration
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The Big Bang Theory, “The Conjugal Configuration” (Season 12 Premiere)

Air date: September 24, 2018*

Rating: 2.5

Competition: The VoiceThe ResidentDancing With the StarsPenn & Teller: Fool Us

*Monday night premiere

Winner Takes All
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Magnum P.I., “Winner Takes All” (Season 1, Episode 12)

Air date: January 20, 2019*

Rating: 2.4

Competition: Shark Tank

*Aired after the AFC Championship Game

This Is Us - Season 3
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This Is Us, “A Philadelphia Story” (Season 3, Episode 2)

Air date: October 2, 2018

Rating: 2.4

Competition: FBILethal WeaponThe Outpost

ABC/Eric McCandless

The Conners, “Keep on Truckin'” (Series Premiere)

Air date: October 16, 2018

Rating: 2.4

Competition: The VoiceNCISThe GiftedThe Flash

The Propagation Proposition
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The Big Bang Theory, “The Propagation Proposition” (Season 12, Episode 12)

Air date: January 10, 2019

Rating: 2.4

Competition: The Titan GamesGothamModern FamilySupernatural

The Meteorite Manifestation
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The Big Bang Theory, “The Meteorite Manifestation” (Season 12, Episode 14)

Air date: January 31, 2019

Rating: 2.4

Competition: Grey’s AnatomyThe Titan GamesGothamSupernatural

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Just because some shows have everyone talking the next day doesn't mean they're going to have the highest-rated episodes.

There are a lot of factors to consider, not just OMG moments. And while Game of Thrones and competition series like The World's Best premiere — thanks to it airing after the Super Bowl — and The Masked Singer did quite well in ratings (the former scored a 7.0 in the key demographic of adults 18-49, while the latter featured several ratings of 2.6 and higher), we're looking at scripted series on broadcast networks.

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Even though these series did better than some popular ones, it wasn't enough to bring them back for more.

Some of these probably won't surprise you, whether because a series came to an end or an episode aired after a sports event. Others might, if only because one of the shows has had 30 seasons.

Click through the gallery above to find out which episodes of The Big Bang Theory and This Is Us were among the highest rated scripted episodes of the 2018-2019 season.