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This Week in TV News: Batwoman, TikTok and ‘Big Bang Theory’

By Felicia Graff
05/17/19 2 MIN READ

This week, we’re looking at the new broadcast TV shows announced during the Upfronts, including a new Batwoman show that’s getting buzz, and we’re talking about how TikTok continues to be one of the most popular apps young people use.

Time to download this app. Short video mobile app TikTok was the most downloaded app in in the Apple App Store in the first quarter of 2019, with more than 33 million downloads. This is the app’s fifth straight quarter in the number one spot. This quarter, YouTube and Instagram took the second and third spots, respectively. For Android, the top three downloaded apps were WhatsApp, followed by Messenger, then TikTok. (TechCrunch)

Upfronts’ TV offerings. The annual weeks of presentations are over, and now we can reflect on the new TV coming out. Check out all of THR’s 2019 Upfronts coverage, as well as their roundup of broadcast shows coming out. On the list: a New Orleans-set dramedy starring Kim Cattrall from Fox; a CW take on Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose; “Next,” a Fox AI thriller starring John Slattery; and “Mixed-ish,” a “Black-ish” prequel from ABC. (The Hollywood Reporter)

“Big Bang” ends with a bang. After 12 years and 279 episodes, “Big Bang Theory” drew to a close on Thursday. One of the longest running TV comedies ever, the show’s finale scored big ratings according to preliminary Nielsen estimates: a 12.2 household rating and 22 share. (CBS)

“Game of Thrones” wins game of ratings. The final season of the epic HBO show has received mixed reviews, with some saying there are too many storylines to tie up in the finale airing this Sunday, but criticism hasn’t affected how many people are tuning in for the show. The final season has seen an average of 11.6 million live viewers, up from the previous season’s average of 10.2 million. All signs point to a strong, possibly record-breaking finish this Sunday. (Observer)