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 49 (Sunday, August 25, 2019).
New ABC shows (so far): 1969, The Alec Baldwin Show, Bless This Mess, Card Sharks, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Family Food Fight, The Fix, Grand Hotel, Holey Moley, The Kids Are Alright, A Million Little Things, Press Your Luck, Reef Break, The Rookie, Schooled, Single Parents, Videos After Dark, and Whiskey Cavalier.
New CBS shows this season (so far): Blood & Treasure, Fam, FBI, God Friended Me, The Good Fight, Happy Together, Love Island, Magnum PI, Murphy Brown, The Neighborhood, The Red Line, and The World’s Best.
New CW shows this season (so far): All American, The Big Stage, Bulletproof, Charmed, The Code, Hypnotize Me, I Ship It, In the Dark, Legacies, Pandora, Roswell New Mexico, and Two Sentence Horror Stories.
New FOX shows this season (so far): BH90210, The Cool Kids, First Responders, The Masked Singer, Mental Samurai, Paradise Hotel, The Passage, Proven Innocent, Rel, Spin the Wheel, and What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage.
New NBC shows this season (so far): America’s Got Talent: The Champions, Bring the Funny, The Enemy Within, I Feel Bad, The InBetween, Manifest, New Amsterdam, Songland, The Titan Games, and The Village.
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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.
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What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better?