Which series are doing the best? The worst? Wondering how your favorite TV shows are doing in the ratings? Here are the season average ratings of the 2013-14 network TV shows — through the end of week 34 (Sunday, May 19, 2014).
The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing). The demos are typically reported with one decimal place but I’ve included two for more accurate ranking.
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Assets, The Bachelor, Back in the Game, Betrayal, Black Box, Castle, Celebrity Wife Swap, Dancing with the Stars, The Goldbergs, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, Killer Women, Last Man Standing, Lucky 7, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Mixology, Modern Family, Nashville, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Primetime: What Would You Do?, Resurrection, Revenge, Scandal, Shark Tank, Super Fun Night, The Taste, and Trophy Wife.
CBS shows (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Bad Teacher, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, The Crazy Ones, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Hostages, How I Met Your Mother, Intelligence, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, Undercover Boss, and We Are Men.
CW shows (so far): Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie, Nikita, The Originals, Reign, Star-Crossed, Supernatural, The Tomorrow People and The Vampire Diaries.
FOX shows (so far): Almost Human, American Dad!, American Idol, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Dads, Enlisted, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef Junior, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Raising Hope, Rake, Riot, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, Surviving Jack, and The X Factor.
NBC shows (so far): American Dream Builders, Believe, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Community, Crisis. Dateline, Dateline Saturday Night Mystery, Grimm, Growing Up Fisher, Hannibal, Hollywood Game Night, Ironside, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Revolution, Sean Saves the World, The Sing-Off, The Voice, and Welcome to the Family.
Keep in mind that the demo numbers are typically what’s most important to advertisers. Therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers pay more for ad time on a show that has a higher demo rating. Because older viewers don’t count? No, it’s because younger viewers watch less traditional TV and are harder to reach.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better?