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 48 (Sunday, August 18, 2019).
ABC shows (so far): The $100,000 Pyramid, 20/20, 1969, The Alec Baldwin Show, America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, American Idol, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, The Bachelorette, Black-ish, Bless This Mess, Card Sharks, Celebrity Family Feud, Child Support, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Family Food Fight, The Fix, For the People, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, Grand Hotel, The Great American Baking Show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, Holey Moley, How to Get Away with Murder, The Kids Are Alright, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Match Game, A Million Little Things, Modern Family, Press Your Luck, Reef Break, The Rookie, Schooled, Shark Tank, Single Parents, Speechless, Splitting Up Together, Station 19, To Tell the Truth, Videos After Dark, What Would You Do?, and Whiskey Cavalier.
CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Blood & Treasure, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Fam, FBI, God Friended Me, The Good Fight, Happy Together, Hawaii Five-0, Life In Pieces, Love Island, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Magnum PI, Million Dollar Mile, Mom, Murphy Brown, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget, The Neighborhood, Ransom, The Red Line, SEAL Team, Survivor, SWAT, Whistleblower, The World’s Best, and Young Sheldon.
CW shows this season (so far): The 100, All American, Arrow, The Big Stage, Black Lightning, Bulletproof, Burden of Truth, Charmed, The Code, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, Hypnotize Me, In the Dark, iZombie, Legacies, Masters of Illusion, My Last Days, The Outpost, Pandora, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Riverdale, Roswell New Mexico, Supergirl, Supernatural, Two Sentence Horror Stories, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
FOX shows this season (so far): 9-1-1, Beat Shazam, BH90210, Bob’s Burgers, The Cool Kids, Empire, Family Guy, First Responders, The Gifted, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gotham, Hell’s Kitchen, Jane the Virgin, Last Man Standing, Lethal Weapon, The Masked Singer, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Mental Samurai, The Orville, Paradise Hotel, The Passage, Proven Innocent, Rel, The Resident, The Simpsons, So You Think You Can Dance, Spin the Wheel, Star, and What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage.
NBC shows this season (so far): Abby’s, America’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, American Ninja Warrior, AP Bio, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Bring the Funny, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Dateline NBC, Ellen’s Game of Games, The Enemy Within, Good Girls, The Good Place, Hollywood Game Night, I Feel Bad, The InBetween, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Manifest, Midnight Texas, New Amsterdam, Songland, Superstore, This Is Us, The Titan Games, The Village, The Voice, 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?