Each season, the television networks introduce dozens of new TV shows and hope that each will be a big hit in the ratings. Unfortunately, most are cancelled after one season. How are the 2018-19 series doing? Which have the best ratings and which have the worst? How many will survive to see a second season? Stay tuned.
Here are the season average ratings of the new 2018-19 network TV shows — through the end of week two (Sunday, September 30, 2018).
New ABC shows (so far): A Million Little Things and Single Parents.
CBS shows this season (so far): FBI, God Friended Me, Magnum PI, and Murphy Brown.
CW shows this season (so far): (None yet).
FOX shows this season (so far): The Cool Kids and Rel.
NBC shows this season (so far): I Feel Bad, Manifest, and New Amsterdam.
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Note: Though Murphy Brown isn’t technically a new show, we’re treating it as such because it’s been off the air for so many years.
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.
Want more? You can check out other season listings here.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better?