Sunday, October 2, 2016

Broadcast Rankings - NBC Continues to Lead; 'Empire,' 'Sunday Night Football' and 'Presidential Debate' are Top Shows

For the week of September 25 - October 1, 2016, NBC was the highest rated broadcast network with an average of 2.692 - followed by CBS (2.186), ABC (1.489), FOX (1.331) and The CW (0.309).

FOX's Empire was the highest rated scripted series with a 3.950, NBC's Presidential Debate was the highest rated unscripted series with a 5.400, and NBC's Sunday Night Football was the highest rated sporting event with a 8.067.

The networks air numerous original programming during primetime throughout the week. This list is a compilation of all of an individual series' ratings in the Adults 18-49 demographic as reported on a Live+SD basis for the season. It's not the most accurate way to determine the total audience and the demographic for an individual series, but it is the statistic that is reported for all the series that air on the broadcast networks. Plus, it keeps the list in its totality on the same level of analysis. However, it's important to recognize that most networks won't base their renewal and cancellation decisions solely on the show's initial number. Now, it's becoming more popular that they'll look at how it performs in delayed viewing across the few days after broadcast.

Each show currently listed aired a new episode in the current week. A series will stay on the list an additional week if it didn't air during the current week. If it misses the next as well, it will be removed from the list. A blue highlight is the identifier of a series that is at risk of being removed from the list in the following week. The number associated to the overall network is a compilation of all the season ratings of every series that aired on the network during the week.

Broadcast Network Rankings


Network
18-49 Rating
1
NBC
2.692
2
CBS
2.186
3
ABC
1.489
4
FOX
1.331
5
The CW 
0.309


Scripted Shows


Show
Network
18-49 Rating
1
Empire
FOX
3.950
2
The Big Bang Theory
CBS
3.700
3
Saturday Night Live
NBC
2.700

This Is Us
NBC
2.700
5
Kevin Can Wait
CBS
2.650
6
Grey’s Anatomy
ABC
2.450

Modern Family
ABC
2.450
8
NCIS
CBS
2.150
9
Lethal Weapon
FOX
2.100
10
Bull
CBS
2.050
11
Designated Survivor
ABC
2.000
12
The Goldbergs
ABC
1.950
13
Criminal Minds
CBS
1.900

Speechless
ABC
1.900
15
The Good Place
NBC
1.825
16
black-ish
ABC
1.800
17
Son of Zorn
FOX
1.750
18
Law & Order: SVU
NBC
1.700
19
Chicago P.D.
NBC
1.550

MacGyver
CBS
1.550
21
NCIS: Los Angeles
CBS
1.500
22
NCIS: New Orleans
CBS
1.450
23
The Simpsons
FOX
1.400

Superstore
NBC
1.400
25
Blindspot
NBC
1.367
26
Chicago Med
NBC
1.350

How to Get Away With Murder
ABC
1.350

Hawaii Five-0
CBS
1.350
29
Blue Bloods
CBS
1.300

Family Guy
FOX
1.300

Lucifer
FOX
1.300

Once Upon a Time
ABC
1.300
33
Gotham
FOX
1.250
34
The Blacklist
NBC
1.200

Code Black
CBS
1.200
36
Bob’s Burgers
FOX
1.100

New Girl
FOX
1.100

Notorious
ABC
1.100
39
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
FOX
1.050

Last Man Standing
ABC
1.050

Pitch
FOX
1.050
42
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC
1.000

Quantico
ABC
1.000

Secrets & Lies
ABC
1.000
45
The Last Man on Earth
FOX
0.900
46
Dr. Ken
ABC
0.850

The Exorcist
FOX
0.850

Scream Queens
FOX
0.850
49
Rosewood
FOX
0.750
50
MADtv
The CW
0.238


Unscripted Shows


Show
Network
18-49 Rating
1
Presidential Debate
NBC
5.400
2
The Voice
NBC
3.300
3
Presidential Debate
ABC
3.100
4
The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
ABC
2.800

Presidential Debate
CBS
2.800
6
60 Minutes
CBS
2.600
7
Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X
CBS
2.200
8
The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey
CBS
1.950
9
Big Brother
CBS
1.853
10
Presidential Debate
FOX
1.800
11
Dancing With the Stars
ABC
1.680
12
Shark Tank
ABC
1.100
13
Match Game
ABC
1.070
14
Hell’s Kitchen
FOX
1.050
15
Dateline NBC
NBC
1.000
16
Countdown to the Emmy Awards: Red Carpet Live
ABC
0.900
17
20|20
ABC
0.740
18
48 Hours
CBS
0.733
19
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The CW
0.370
20
Masters of Illusion
The CW
0.267


Live Sporting Events


Show
Network
18-49 Rating
1
Sunday Night Football
NBC
8.067
2
Thursday Night Football
CBS
5.750
3
NFL Football Overrun
CBS
5.600
4
Football Night in America, Part 3
NBC
4.233
5
NFL Thursday Night Kickoff
CBS
2.200
6
College Football
ABC
2.083
7
Football Night in America, Part 2
NBC
1.833
8
College Football
FOX
0.825