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 final season average ratings of the 2021-22 network TV shows — through the end of week 12 (Sunday, December 12, 2021).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, Abbott Elementary, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelorette, Big Sky, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, Home Economics, A Million Little Things, Queens, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Station 19, Supermarket Sweep, and The Wonder Years.
CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours 60 Minutes, B Positive, Blue Bloods, Bob ♥ Abishola, Bull, CSI: Vegas, The Equalizer, FBI, FBI: International, FBI: Most Wanted, Ghosts, Magnum PI, NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Neighborhood, SEAL Team, Survivor, SWAT, Tough As Nails, United States of Al, and Young Sheldon.
CW shows this season (so far): 4400, All American, Batwoman, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Killer Camp, Legacies, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Nancy Drew, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Riverdale, Walker, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and World’s Funniest Animals.
FOX shows this season (so far): 9-1-1, Alter Ego, The Big Leap, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Great North, The Masked Singer, Our Kind of People, The Resident, and The Simpsons.
NBC shows this season (so far): The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Dateline NBC, Home Sweet Home, La Brea, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, New Amsterdam, Ordinary Joe, That’s My Jam, and The Voice.
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The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same-day viewing). 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?