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 2020-21 network TV shows — through the end of week 15 (Sunday, January 3, 2021).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, The Bachelorette, Big Sky, Black-ish, Card Sharks, Celebrity Family Feud, The Con, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, Emergency Call, For Life, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, The Hustler, Match Game, A Million Little Things, Press Your Luck, The Rookie, Station 19, Supermarket Sweep, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, All Rise, The Amazing Race, B Positive, Blue Bloods, Bob ❤ Abishola, Bull, FBI, The FBI Declassified, FBI: Most Wanted, The Greatest #AtHome Videos, MacGyver, Magnum PI, Manhunt: Deadly Games, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Neighborhood, One Day at a Time, SEAL Team, Star Trek: Discovery, SWAT, Undercover Boss, The Unicorn, and Young Sheldon.
CW shows this season (so far): The Christmas Caroler Challenge, Coroner, Devils, Masters of Illusion, The Outpost, Pandora, Swamp Thing, Tell Me a Story, and World’s Funniest Animals.
FOX shows this season (so far): Bless The Harts, Bob’s Burgers, Call Me Kat, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, Family Guy, Filthy Rich, The Great North, I Can See Your Voice, LA’s Finest, The Masked Dancer, The Masked Singer, neXt, and The Simpsons.
NBC shows this season (so far): American Ninja Warrior, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Connecting…, Dateline NBC, Ellen’s Game of Games, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Nurses, Superstore, This Is Us, Transplant, The Voice, The Wall, and Weakest Link.
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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?