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America's Most Watched: The Top 50 Shows of the 2013-2014 TV Season

6/18/2014

'Big Bang' vs. 'NCIS': What Was the Most-Watched Show?

By Michael Schneider
TVGuide.com

Bazinga! "The Big Bang Theory" narrowly beat out "NCIS" to be named this past season's most-watched series in all of television. With final season averages that include "live plus 7" time-shifted viewing data now available, "Bang" averaged 23.1 million viewers for the season ending May 24, while "NCIS averaged 22.4 million.

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Both shows were ahead of NBC's "Sunday Night Footbal" and AMC's "The Walking Dead" in total viewers — once again giving CBS the year's most-watched comedy and drama series.

But when it comes to adults 18-49, "The Walking Dead" annihilates everything. "Dead's" most recent season averaged 12.2 million viewers in the demo, compared to second-place "Sunday Night Football's" 10.2 million.

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Among new series, NBC's "The Blacklist" was the most-watched, with 16.9 million viewers (good enough to land in the top 5). ABC's "Resurrection" (13.0 million) also made it into the Top 20. Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" was No.1 with adults 18-49. On the flip side, CBS' "The Crazy Ones" was canceled after one season, despite doing better (10.5 million) than many new and returning shows.

Here's reason for TV executives to cheer: Most of the year's top shows saw a healthy rise in viewership vs. last year. With seven days' worth of DVR usage included in their season averages, here are the 50 most-watched shows — encompassing both broadcast and cable — of the 2013-14 TV season.

1. "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) 23.1 million

2. "NCIS" (CBS) 22.4 million

3. "Sunday Night Football" (NBC) 21.7 million

4. "The Walking Dead" (AMC) 18.3 million

5. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS) 17.9 million

6. "The Blacklist" (NBC) 16.9 million

7. "Person of Interest" (CBS) 16.2 million

8. "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC) 15.5 million

9. "Blue Bloods" (CBS) 15.2 million

10. "The Voice" (Monday) (NBC) 14.7 million

11. "Criminal Minds" (CBS) 14.4 million

12. "Castle" (ABC) 14.3 million

13. "Modern Family" (ABC) 14.1 million

14. "The Voice" (Tuesday) (NBC) 14.0 million

15. "Monday Night Football" (ESPN) 13.7 million

16. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS) 13.4 million

tie, "Elementary" (CBS) 13.4 million

18. "Downton Abbey" (PBS) 13.2 million

19. "Scandal" (ABC) 13.0 million

tie, "Resurrection" (ABC) 13.0 million

21. "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS) 12.9 million

22. "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC) 12.4 million

23. "The Mentalist" (CBS) 12.3 million

24. "The Millers" (CBS) 12.2 million

tie, "60 Minutes" (CBS) 12.2 million

26. "American Idol" (Wednesday) (Fox) 12.1 million

27. "The Good Wife" (CBS) 11.9 million

28. "American Idol" (Thursday) (Fox) 11.5 million

tie, "Sleepy Hollow" (Fox) 11.5 million

30. "Survivor" (CBS) 11.4 million

tie, "Two and a Half Men" (CBS) 11.4 million

32. "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS) 11.3 million

33. "Duck Dynasty" (A&E) 11.1 million

34. "Chicago Fire" (NBC) 10.7 million

35. "The Crazy Ones" (CBS) 10.5 million

36. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC) 10.4 million

37. "Mike & Molly" (CBS) 10.2 million

tie, "Intelligence" (CBS) 10.2 million

39. "2 Broke Girls" (CBS) 10.0 million

40. "Once Upon a Time" (ABC) 9.6 million

tie, "The Bachelor" (ABC) 9.6 million

tie, "The Amazing Race" (CBS) 9.6 million

tie, "24: Live Another Day" (Fox) 9.6 million

44. "Unforgettable" (CBS) 9.3 million

tie, "Bones" (Friday) (Fox) 9.3 million

46. "Mom" (CBS) 9.2 million

tie, "Chicago PD" (NBC) 9.2 million

tie, "The Middle" (ABC) 9.2 million

49. "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC) 9.1 million

tie, "Undercover Boss" (CBS) 9.1 million

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