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 2018-19 network TV shows — through the end of week 12 (Sunday, December 9, 2018).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, The Alec Baldwin Show, America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, Black-ish, Child Support, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, The Great American Baking Show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, The Kids Are Alright, A Million Little Things, Modern Family, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Single Parents, Speechless, Splitting Up Together, and Station 19.
CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, FBI, God Friended Me, Happy Together, Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Mom, Magnum PI, Murphy Brown, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Neighborhood, SEAL Team, Survivor, SWAT, and Young Sheldon.
CW shows this season (so far): All American, Arrow, Black Lightning, Charmed, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, Legacies, Riverdale, Supergirl, and Supernatural.
FOX shows this season (so far): 9-1-1, Bob’s Burgers, The Cool Kids, Empire, Family Guy, The Gifted, Hell’s Kitchen, Last Man Standing, Lethal Weapon, Rel, The Resident, The Simpsons, and Star.
NBC shows this season (so far): Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Dateline NBC, The Good Place, Hollywood Game Night, I Feel Bad, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Manifest, Midnight Texas, New Amsterdam, Superstore, This Is Us, The Voice, and Will & Grace.
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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?