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 2016-17 network TV shows — through the end of week 16 (Sunday, January 8, 2017).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, American Housewife, The Bachelor, Black-ish, Conviction, Dancing With The Stars, Designated Survivor, Dr. Ken, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, The Great American Baking Show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Last Man Standing, Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, Match Game, The Middle, Modern Family, Notorious, Once Upon A Time, Quantico, The Real O’Neals, Secrets And Lies, Shark Tank, and Speechless.
CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, The Case Of, Code Black, Criminal Minds, The Great Indoors, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life In Pieces, MacGyver, Man With A Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Ransom, Scorpion, Survivor, and Undercover Boss.
CW shows this season (so far): Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, The Flash, Frequency, Jane The Virgin, No Tomorrow, Supergirl, Supernatural, Terry Crews Saves Christmas, and The Vampire Diaries.
FOX shows this season (so far): Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, Gotham, Hell’s Kitchen, The Last Man On Earth, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, New Girl, Pitch, Rosewood, Scream Queens, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, Son of Zorn, and Star.
NBC shows this season (so far): The Blacklist, Blindspot, Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Dateline NBC, Emerald City, The Good Place, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The New Celebrity Apprentice, Superstore, This Is Us, Timeless, To Tell the Truth, The Voice, and The Wall.
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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?