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NFL, Big Bang, This Is Us Top Ratings for 2016-17 Season; 2 Broke Girls Among the Highest-Rated Axed Shows

TVLine logo TVLine 5/26/2017 Matt Webb Mitovich
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NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football placed No. 1 and No. 2 for the 2016-17 TV season, with average ratings of 6.7 and 5.2 in the coveted 18-49 demo, respectively.

The Big Bang Theory came in third for the season (averaging a 4.9), while CBS’ Thursday Night Football package (4.8) and NBC’s freshman hit This Is Us (4.6) rounded out the Top 5, all including any available Live+7 DVR playback data.

In the demo, The Big Bang Theory easily led the comedy pack (while slipping 16 percent year over year), with ABC’s Modern Family a distant second (averaging a 2.9). On the drama side, This Is Us was trailed by Fox’s Empire (down 40 percent to a 3.9) and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (3.3, down 8 percent).

Of the Top 20 non-sports entertainment programs, ABC and CBS led with six each, followed by NBC’s five and Fox’s three.

In total viewers, NCIS (averaging 18.3 million) and Big Bang (19 million) repeated as the season’s most watched drama and comedy. All told, CBS had 12 of the Top 20 most watched entertainment programs; NBC had four.

Here are my hand-curated rankings for the broadcast networks’ assorted offerings; last season’s can be found hereHit Comments to share what surprises, delights or depresses you.

TOP RETURNING COMEDY | 18-49 DEMO

1 | The Big Bang Theory, CBS (4.9 rating, including any available Live+7 DVR playback)

2 | Modern Family, ABC (2.9)

3 |The Simpsons, FOX (2.1)

3 |black-ish, ABC (2.1)

3 |The Goldbergs, ABC (2.1)

In Total Viewers | The Big Bang Theory (19 million)

TOP NEW COMEDY | 18-49 DEMO

1 |Kevin Can Wait, CBS (2.2, including any available Live+7 DVR playback)

2 |Speechless, ABC (1.9)

3 | American Housewife, ABC (1.8)

3 |The Good Place, NBC (1.8)

3 |The Great Indoors, CBS (1.8; cancelled)

In Total Viewers |Kevin Can Wait (9.2 million)

TOP RETURNING DRAMA | 18-49 DEMO

1 |Empire, FOX (3.9, including any available Live+7 DVR playback)

2 |Grey’s Anatomy, ABC (3.3)

3 |How to Get Away With Murder, ABC (2.6)

4 | NCIS, CBS (2.5)

5 | Criminal Minds, CBS (2.4)

In Total Viewers | NCIS (18.3 million)

TOP NEW DRAMA | 18-49 DEMO

1 |This Is Us, NBC (4.6, including any available Live+7 DVR playback)

2 |Designated Survivor, ABC (2.8)

3 |Bull, CBS (2.2)

3 |Lethal Weapon, FOX (2.2)

4 |Timeless, NBC (2.1)

In Total Viewers |Bull (15.1 million)

TOP REALITY SHOW | 18-49 DEMO

1 | The Bachelor, ABC (3.1, including any available Live+7 DVR playback)

2 |The Voice (Monday), NBC (3.0)

3 |The Voice (Tuesday), NBC (2.7)

4 |Survivor, CBS (2.5)

5 |Dancing With the Stars, ABC (2.0)

5 |Hunted, CBS (2.0)

In Total Viewers |DWTS and The Voice (Monday), with 12.4 million each

TOP-RATED CANCELLED/ENDED SHOWS | 18-49 DEMO

1 |2 Broke Girls, CBS (1.8, including any available Live+7 DVR playback)

1 |The Great Indoors, CBS (1.8)

2 |Chicago Justice, NBC (1.6)

2 |Last Man Standing, ABC (1.6)

3 |Pure Genius, CBS (1.4*)

*Tied with Notorious, Grimm, Bones, Secrets and Lies, Pitch and Son of Zorn

In Total Viewers |Chicago Justice and The Great Indoors (8.4 million)

LOWEST-RATED RENEWED SHOWS (SCRIPTED) | 18-49 DEMO

1 |The Originals, The CW (0.6, including any available Live+7 DVR playback)

1 |The 100, The CW (0.6)

1 |iZombie, The CW (0.6)

2 |Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW (0.3)

In Total Viewers |Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (751,000)

TOP 10 OVERALL BY DEMO

NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC (6.7, +11% year over year)

Thursday Night Football, NBC/NFL (5.2, NA)

The Big Bang Theory, CBS (4.9, -16%)

Thursday Night Football, CBS/NFL (4.8, -16%)

This Is Us, NBC (4.6, NA)

The OT, FOX (4.6, +5%)

Empire, FOX (3.9, -40%)

Football Night in America, NBC (3.6, -10%)

Grey’s Anatomy, ABC (3.3, -8%)

The Bachelor, ABC (3.1, +3%)

TOP 10 OVERALL BY TOTAL VIEWERS

Sunday Night Football, NBC (19.8 million, -7% year over year)

The Big Bang Theory, CBS (18.9 million, -7%)

NCIS, CBS (18.3 million, -9%)

Thursday Night Football, NBC/NFL (17.1 million, NA)

Bull, CBS (15.1 million, NA)

This Is Us, NBC (14.7 million, NA)

Thursday Night Football, CBS/NFL (14.6 million, -15%)

Blue Bloods, CBS (14.1 million, +8%)

The OT, FOX (13.6 million, +6%)

NCIS: New Orleans, CBS (13.3 million, -10%)

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