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 2017-18 network TV shows — through the end of week 49 (Sunday, August 26, 2018).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, 20/20: In an Instant, The $100,000 Pyramid, Alex Inc., America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, American Idol, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, The Bachelor Winter Games, The Bachelorette, Black-ish, Castaways, Celebrity Family Feud, Child Support, The Crossing, Dancing with the Stars, Deception, Designated Survivor, For the People, Fresh Off the Boat, The Gifted, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, The Gong Show, The Great American Baking Show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, The Last Defense, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Marvel’s Inhumans, Match Game, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, The Proposal, Quantico, Roseanne, Scandal, Shark Tank, Speechless, Spitting Up Together, Station 19, Take Two, Ten Days in the Valley, To Tell The Truth, The Toy Box, and What Would You Do?.
CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours, 48 Hours: NCIS, 60 Minutes, 9JKL, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life In Pieces, Living Biblically, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man with a Plan, The Mayor, Me Myself & I, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Pink Collar Crimes, Ransom, Salvation, Scorpion, SEAL Team, Superior Donuts, Survivor, SWAT, TKO: Total Knock Out, Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition, Whistleblower, Wisdom of the Crowd, and Young Sheldon.
CW shows this season (so far): The 100, Arrow, Black Lightning, Burden of Truth, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, My Last Days, The Originals, The Outpost, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, Valor, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
FOX shows this season (so far): 9-1-1, Beat Shazam, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, The Four: Battle for Stardom, Ghosted, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gotham, Hell’s Kitchen, LA to Vegas, The Last Man on Earth, Lethal Weapon, Love Connection, Lucifer, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Mick, New Girl, The Orville, Phenoms, The Resident, Showtime at the Apollo, The Simpsons, So You Think You Can Dance, Star, and The X-Files.
NBC shows this season (so far): America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, AP Bio, Better Late Than Never, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Brave, Champions, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Dateline NBC, Ellen’s Game of Games, Genius Junior, Good Girls, The Good Place, Great News, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order True Crime, Little Big Shots, Making It, Marlon, Reverie, Rise, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Shades of Blue, Superstore, Taken, This Is Us, Timeless, Trial & Error, The Voice, The Wall, Will & Grace, and World of Dance.
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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 typically 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. It’s also important to remember that ratings are designed to estimate how many people watch a show’s commercials — not the show itself. That’s what advertisers pay for.
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What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better?