Which TV shows are doing the best? The worst? Cancelled or renewed? Wondering how your favorite series are doing in the ratings? Here are the season average ratings of the 2015-16 network TV shows — through the end of week 17 (Sunday, January 17, 2016).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Bachelor Live, Black-ish, Blood & Oil, Castle, Dancing With The Stars, Dr. Ken, Fresh Off The Boat, Galavant, The Goldbergs, The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Great Holiday Baking Show, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Last Man Standing, Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, The Middle, Modern Family, The Muppets, My Diet Is Better Than Yours, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Quantico, Scandal, Shark Tank, and Wicked City.
CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Angel From Hell, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Code Black, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Life In Pieces, Limitless, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Supergirl, Survivor, and Undercover Boss.
CW shows this season (so far): Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries.
FOX shows this season (so far): Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Bordertown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, Grandfathered, The Grinder, Hell’s Kitchen, The Last Man On Earth, MasterChef Junior, Minority Report, New Girl, Rosewood, Scream Queens, Second Chance, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, and World’s Funniest.
NBC shows this season (so far): Blindspot, Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, The Biggest Loser, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Dateline NBC, Grimm, Heroes Reborn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Mysteries of Laura, The Player, Shades of Blue, Superstore, Telenovela, Truth Be Told, Undateable, and The Voice.
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.
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?