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 50 (Sunday, September 4, 2016).
ABC shows (so far): $100,000 Pyramid, 500 Questions, 20/20, 20/20: In an Instant, 20/20 Saturday, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, Bachelor Live, The Bachelorette, BattleBots, Black-ish, Blood & Oil, Boston EMS, Castle, The Catch, Celebrity Family Feud, Dancing With The Stars, Dr. Ken, The Family, Fresh Off The Boat, Galavant, The Goldbergs, The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Great Holiday Baking Show, Greatest Hits, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Last Man Standing, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, Match Game, The Middle, Mistresses, Modern Family, The Muppets, My Diet Is Better Than Yours, Nashville, Of Kings And Prophets, Once Upon A Time, People’s List, Primetime: What Would You Do?, The Real O’Neals, Quantico, Scandal, Shark Tank, To Tell the Truth, Uncle Buck, and Wicked City.
CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, American Gothic, Angel From Hell, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, BrainDead, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Life In Pieces, Limitless, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest, Rush Hour, Scorpion, Supergirl, Survivor, Undercover Boss, and Zoo.
CW shows this season (so far): The 100, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Containment, Coupled, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, MADtv, My Last Days, The Originals, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Reign, Supernatural, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and The Vampire Diaries.
FOX shows this season (so far): American Grit, 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, Home Free, Hotel Hell, Houdini & Doyle, The Last Man On Earth, Lucifer, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Masters of Illusion, Minority Report, New Girl, Rosewood, Scream Queens, Second Chance, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, So You Think You Can Dance, Wayward Pines, World’s Funniest, and The X-Files.
NBC shows this season (so far): America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Aquarius, Better Late Than Never, Blindspot, Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, The Biggest Loser, The Carmichael Show, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Crowded, Dateline NBC, Dateline: On Assignment, Game of Silence, Grimm, Heartbeat, Heroes Reborn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Little Big Shots, Maya & Marty, The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, The Player, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Shades of Blue, Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, Strong, Superstore, Telenovela, Truth Be Told, Undateable, The Voice, and You, Me and the Apocalypse.
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?