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 five (Sunday, October 23, 2016).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, American Housewife, Black-ish, Conviction, Dancing With The Stars, Designated Survivor, Dr. Ken, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Last Man Standing, Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, 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, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, MacGyver, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Scorpion, and Survivor.
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, and The Vampire Diaries.
FOX shows this season (so far): Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, Gotham, Hell’s Kitchen, The Last Man On Earth, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, New Girl, Pitch, Rosewood, Scream Queens, The Simpsons, and Son of Zorn.
NBC shows this season (so far): The Blacklist, Blindspot, Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Dateline NBC, The Good Place, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Superstore, This Is Us, Timeless, 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?