TV Season Champs: NCIS Outdraws Sunday Night Football, Top-Rated New Comedies All Got Axed

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TV Ratings Rankings NCIS Grey's AnatomyWith May Sweeps over, the overall rankings for the broadcast networks’ 2012-13 TV season have been released, and CBS’ NCIS this time around seized the title of Most Watched Program, edging out NBC’s Sunday Night Football with an average of 21.3 million weekly viewers (including all available DVR playback data).

SNF, however, still is demo king, having averaged a weekly 7.9 rating.

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In the coveted 18-49 demo, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (averaging a 4.1 rating this season) edged out NCIS by a tenth for No. 1 Drama honors, while The Big Bang Theory dominated both comedy rankings.

In the reality-TV realm, this was the year that NBC’s The Voice bested Idol in the demo, though Fox’s long-running singing competition averaged a larger weekly crowd (with its Wednesday performance shows).

One “fun” fact on display below: The three highest-rated comedies to premiere this season… All. Got. Cancelled. Meanwhile, among freshman dramas, Live+7 DVR playback led Fox’s The Following to an eleventh-hour victory over NBC’s Revolution.

Lastly, look at CBS laying claim to the most watched cancelled show: Vegas and its 12 frickin’ million viewers. Rich people problems!

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Here are assorted rankings for the broadcast networks’ offerings; our sister site Deadline has posted the complete list. Hit Comments to share what surprises/delights you.

TOP RETURNING COMEDY | 18-49 DEMO
1 | The Big Bang Theory, CBS (6.2)
2 | Modern Family, ABC (4.9)
3 | Two and a Half Men, CBS (4.1)
In Total Viewers | The Big Bang Theory, CBS (18.7 million)

TOP NEW COMEDY | 18-49 DEMO
1 | How to Live With Your Parents…, ABC (2.4)
2 | Partners, CBS (2.3)
3 | Go On, NBC (2.2)
In Total Viewers | How to Live With Your Parents…, ABC (7.1 mil)

TOP RETURNING DRAMA | 18-49 DEMO
1 | Grey’s Anatomy, ABC (4.1)
2 | NCIS, CBS (4.0)
3 | Once Upon a Time, ABC (3.6)
In Total Viewers | NCIS, CBS (21.3 million)

TOP NEW DRAMA | 18-49 DEMO
1 | The Following, Fox (4.3)
2 | Revolution, NBC (3.9)
3 | Elementary, CBS (3.)
In Total Viewers | Elementary, CBS (12.7 million)

TOP REALITY SHOW | 18-49 DEMO
1 | The Voice (Monday), NBC (5.1)
2 | American Idol (Wednesday), Fox (4.6)
3 | The Voice (Tuesday), NBC (4.6)
4 | American Idol (Thursday), Fox (4.3)
5 | Survivor: Philippines, CBS (3.5)
In Total Viewers | American Idol (Wednesday), Fox (15 million)

TOP-RATED CANCELLED SHOWS | 18-49 DEMO
1 | Rules of Engagement, CBS (2.6)
2 | How to Live With Your Parents…, ABC (2.4)
3 | 666 Park Avenue, ABC (2.4)
In Total Viewers | Vegas, CBS (12 million)

LOWEST-RATED RENEWED SHOWS | 18-49 DEMO
1 | Nikita, The CW (0.4)
2 | The Carrie Diaries, The CW (0.6)
3 | Beauty and the Beast, The CW (0.7)
Total Viewers | Nikita, The CW (1.4 million)

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TOP 10 BY DEMO
NBC Sunday Night Football (7.9)
The Big Bang Theory (6.2)
The Voice (Monday) (5.1)
Modern Family
The OT
American Idol (Wednesday)
The Voice (Tuesday)
American Idol (Thursday)
The Following
Grey’s Anatomy

TOP 10 BY TOTAL VIEWERS
NCIS (21.3 mil)
NBC Sunday Night Football
(21 mil)
The Big Bang Theory
(18.7 mil)
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest
American Idol
(Wednesday)
Dancing With the Stars (Monday)
American Idol (Thursday)
The Voice (Monday)
Two and a Half Men



Comments (110)

  • Why isn’t cable shows in here?? Wouldn’t Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty be one and two?

    Comment by Joni – May 23, 2013 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This data only encompasses the broadcast networks; I have edited the story to make that more clear.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 23, 2013 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And people think NCIS will suffer to Shield. HAH.

    Comment by Esaul – May 23, 2013 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • While they do have different audiences, NCIS might take a dent if S.H.I.E.L.D. is any good. It all depends on the fanboys (and girls).

      Comment by Jimmy – June 18, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last Man Standing isn’t new. This was Season 2. Although they did recast multiple characters and make Tim Allen a horrible person.

    Good chart otherwise.

    Comment by Mike – May 23, 2013 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Honestly, that was the root of that error; LMS has been removed from the “new” list.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 23, 2013 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • is that for real? how can Once Upon a Time average a 3.6 in the demo if it was doing around 2.2 in the Spring?

    Comment by JAA – May 23, 2013 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ONCE enjoys a Live+7 DVR Playback bump of almost 50 percent.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 23, 2013 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • thanks, I wasn’t paying attention to the “including all available DVR playback data” line

        Comment by JAA – May 23, 2013 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was the live numbers. These numbers are based on Live + DVR.

      Comment by Luke – May 23, 2013 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This includes DVR and the whole season. I think Once is averaging around a 3.1 for recent episodes. The season finale will probably be a bit higher than that.

      Comment by Leslie – May 23, 2013 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sunday night football averages those viewers over a three hour broadcast. NCIS, just one. Important note.

    Comment by nickoconnor2020@gmail.com – May 23, 2013 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ncis repeats count on the average to so its fair play cause snf dont get repeats . If you take all the rerun episodes out of “NCIS’s” season and compare its original episodes to football originals, “NCIS” wins with 22.46 million . ncis kills it

      Comment by titoveli – May 23, 2013 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Numbers game! I love it — love the numbers. Waiting for the next record breaking episode to beat all episodes. Season 11, tick tock tick tock. Congrats to the cast and crew!

        Comment by Claire – May 24, 2013 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And that is the only reason NBC didn’t finish in last this season, even with the Voice

      Comment by J. Norman – May 24, 2013 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great list! I love seeing these end of season things! Kind of not such a good year for new hits, especially in the comedy department…

    Comment by Alex – May 23, 2013 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest is in the top 10 and nobody ever talks about it. It is a great show.

    Comment by GeoDiva – May 23, 2013 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS!!

      Comment by A – May 23, 2013 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • True, but what about its demos? Why is it not performing as per its ratings and quality? I am in the famous demo range and I do love Person of interest. What is more, I wouldn’t watch any of the programmes competing with POI this last season unless screwed to the chair. But I don’t live in the US. And I wonder: Is it only kids and people over 45 watching it? Is it mostly men (resulting, as it has been stated, in a smaller audience?) Is it retired people? Please, someone explain!? I tend to like shows with little buzz like PoI, and I’d hate it if, in the middle of developing this wonderful universe, the show was cancelled because it’s not performing as expected (by CBS numbers) -specially since we have no idea what’s going to happen with the new schedule, at 10 pm)

        Comment by Roz11 – May 24, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m not sure what you are worried about. Person of Interest averaged a 2.9 in the 18-49 demo this year. That puts it ahead of Criminal Minds and NCIS:LA and keeps it in the Top 10 list for Broadcast Networks. It’s a good rating. And by the way, it isn’t just men who watch the show. There are plenty of women who enjoy POI.

          Comment by Dax – May 24, 2013 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It is great. Love the Bryant Park and Washington Square locatiuon shots.

      Comment by John – May 24, 2013 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I said it once and I’ll say it again…CBS are a bunch of idiots to have cancelled Vegas. That was one of their best shows.

    Comment by GinnyB – May 23, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No they weren’t. This list includes all the DVR playback. While great for PR purposes, it means nothing in the real world where the money gets made. If you look at just the live viewing numbers they are much lower and the 18-49 demo was very low. That is the number advetisers care about. To put it simply, Vegas was not making money for CBS. TV is a business and in business if something is not making you money you stop doing it. End of story.

      Comment by Ellen – May 24, 2013 03:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow; if The CW were a retailer, it would be Dollar General.

    Comment by Cheo – May 23, 2013 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But dang, sometimes you can get some awesome stuff at the dollar store lol

      Comment by mia – May 23, 2013 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lol. Love this!

        Comment by 4theloveoffilm – May 23, 2013 11:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Perfect!! :)

        The thing is that the lowest rated show (Nikita) is one of my top5 shows overall (and I follow about 30 shows a week). So I’m very happy it got renewed despite its low ratings.
        One of the best shows of all broadcast networks.

        In my opinion, The CW has 3 of the best shows of tv at the moment: Nikita, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.

        So people can kick on CW, but they’ve got some pretty great shows, despite what people say about the network.

        Comment by tamara – May 24, 2013 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree with you 90%. -except about the VD thing-. I find it so horribly boring, cliche and lame when I hear the typical “CW-network for teenagers” drag! I’d say the percentage is about as in the other networks? And Supernatural will make it as one of the phenomena in the history of tv. Such a fighter. Just like its characters!

          Comment by Sash112 – May 24, 2013 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • exactly!! dollar store has some great stuff. :) :)

        Comment by mehvash – May 24, 2013 09:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • do you know how much Scandal averaged in the demo?

    Comment by JAA – May 23, 2013 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 2.8 — with 8.5 million total viewers.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 23, 2013 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • thanks, so it’s true what they said, Scandal is a must watch live show

        Comment by JAA – May 23, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Everyone that I know who watched Scandal watches it live. I don’t watch… yet… I am gonna get caught up on the first and second seasons this summer because everyone talks about it so much!

          Comment by Elyse – May 24, 2013 02:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Stopped watching live because of the violence. Now I watch it a few days later and ff through those scenes.

            Comment by Angie – May 24, 2013 06:19 AM PDT  
          • I tried and got bored after 3 episodes…too much of a soap for my tastes. I don’t feel like trying again anyway. I don’t care much about bombshells and over the top drama a la Grey’s Anatomy. But I might be wrong and I’d hate to judge something I haven’t really seen. I wonder if it’s any better than GA, though.

            Comment by Sash112 – May 24, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  
          • @Sash112 I stopped watching grey’s a couple years ago but am addicted to Scandal. I don’t think anyone can deny that its taken a turn into soap-opera territory though. A la greys there are the long repetitious soliloquies, however they don’t annoy me as much as they did in the first season

            Comment by jenna – May 25, 2013 08:54 AM PDT  
  • Do you have a link to all of the data? There are some shows not listed that I am interested in how they did.

    Comment by Atlanta Theatre Matt – May 23, 2013 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do you know how much Bones averaged in the demo?

    Comment by lshepard47 – May 23, 2013 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 2.8 — with 9.5 million total viewers.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 23, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Go On…. and f*** yourself NBC.

    Comment by cjeffery7 – May 23, 2013 06:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think they already have, cjeffery7!

      Really makes you wonder why Go On wasn’t spared from the chopping block over some other shows NBC chose to keep around…surely it would’ve fit nicely into their Thursday comedy block in the Fall too.

      Comment by Tess – May 23, 2013 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed! Bummer they couldn’t see the potential in “Go On”. Would have grown in Season 2.

      Comment by Nick Zazal – May 23, 2013 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Shows that grow in their second season usually exhibit some sort of increase in their ratings as the season progresses. Go On’s ratings plundged over the edge and continued to fall at an alarming rate. There isn’t a sane person in the world who would think that was an indication of possible growth.

        Comment by Ellen – May 24, 2013 03:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To those who claim Goon would have “grown,” the show plummeted in the ratings over the course of the season. It was a loser.

      Comment by Alex – May 23, 2013 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s and NCI will go on and on and..unsurprising! :)

    Comment by tahina – May 23, 2013 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whats Castle’s overall season ratings after the DTR data is added?

    Comment by Rich Abey – May 23, 2013 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 2.7 — with 12.25 million total viewers.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 23, 2013 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thanks a lot. You are so considerate towards us!
        Great to see Castle maintaining steady, strong (if not unspectacular) ratings and viewer no’s amidst all the hullabulla. Oh god I love Castle so much and its been a staple part of my life for so long and given me great joy (and angst too!) and continues to do so. Wish for a bit of change in the structure of next season from AM to refresh things up and increase the ratings even further!

        Comment by Rich Abey – May 23, 2013 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seeing this makes me even more upset that ABC canceled How To Live With Your Parents. ABC really has a knack for canceling good comedies solely based on the fact that they don’t match Modern Family’s numbers. Its such a shame. I loved GCB and Don’t Trust the B and they prematurely canceled both.

    Comment by JP – May 23, 2013 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • GCB….how I miss you. So very much.

      Comment by mia – May 23, 2013 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m really going to miss How To Live, too! I wasn’t crazy about it at first, but its really grown on me the past couple weeks. Don’t even get me started on the agony I feel over no more Don’t Trust the B. (God. Those are the two most ridiculous titles ever).

      Comment by Leah – May 23, 2013 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grey’s is still at the top! 9 years and still strong! woohoo!!

    Comment by Debra – May 23, 2013 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second that emotion!

      Comment by Babygate – May 24, 2013 12:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank goodness some of the shows I like are there in the high rating slots (though most are not). The Good Wife, for example, is sooooo good, and yet it’s not mentioned. It’s a network show. It’s just one of the best shows! I like NCIS as much as anyone, and they’ve been consistent in delivering great shows. But, there are a lot of great shows that don’t show up, either because they’re not network, Psych, GOT, True Blood, etc., and I’m glad they don’t have to go thru this horrible process, though I’m sure they have their own process.

    I’m dismayed that Psych only has 14 episodes this season!!! I waited a year for Psych, and now there’s only 14 episodes!!! (But, yes I’m grateful it’s still on the air and we have another season to look forward to!) Luckily Psych is eminently re-watchable :)

    Comment by bobbie – May 23, 2013 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Couldn’t agree more! I survived off all the other seasons of Psych while I waited for it to come back.. I can’t believe is the season finale already.

      Can this show please stay on forever??

      Comment by Psh. C'mon Son! – May 24, 2013 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Psych is my go to show when I am feeling down. It ALWAYS makes me laugh. Hope they have a few more seasons.

      Comment by JBC – May 24, 2013 07:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love Psych. It’s gonna be hard to say goodbye.
      I think there’s only one the finale left next week :(
      So many great years, so much fun…

      Comment by tamara – May 24, 2013 09:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • shouldnt have canceled partners it was such a cute show

    Comment by Kaitie – May 23, 2013 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • loved partners! Was easily my favorite new show this year, wish we would have gotten to see all the filmed episodes

      Comment by jenna – May 25, 2013 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why did no one jump on picking up Vegas after the CBS cancellation if it was getting 12 million viewers? I wondered the same about Terra Nova last year when it got cancelled. You’d think some of the other networks who would kill for 12 million viewers would have given it a look. I’ll never understand the rationale behind some of the network cancellation decisions. Sigh….

    Comment by Nick Zazal – May 23, 2013 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because most of those 12 million viewers did not watch live and/or were outside of the all important 18-49 demo. Advertisers do not care about people who watch on DVR because they skip the commercials. Ad rates are set according to the number of LIVE viewers and they pay more to shows that have large numbers of 18-49 live viewers. Vegas had neither of those. It was not making money for the network. It’s a sad reality but total viewers simply do not matter much when it comes to network renewal decisions.

      Comment by Jackson – May 24, 2013 04:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here’s what I don’t get the to 2 drama’s NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy probably receive the least amount of network support and promotion. Why is that?

    Comment by cdeno – May 23, 2013 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • because they don’t need it?

      Comment by Elyse – May 24, 2013 02:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I also find it amusing/astounding that Grey’s and NCIS are 2 of the oldest shows on tv right now and are still beating out most if not all new shows (gotta love that)

    Comment by cdeno – May 23, 2013 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know! However, I find myself not wanting to watch new shows until they have been renewed for a second season (since they always seem to get cancelled if I invest myself early on) and then I catch up with season 1 over the summer. I love grey’s and ncis because they are reasonably “safe” in my eyes and I can invest myself in the characters. On a side note, so glad to see ONCE was third! Love that show! :)

      Comment by lily – May 23, 2013 10:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I completely agree with this sentiment! I don’t understand how networks can’t see that preemptively cancelling new shows is worse for them in the long run. Why start watching a new series when chances are it will just be cancelled halfway through

        Comment by B – May 25, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Look at that — The Following is broadcast’s #1 drama. I wonder when was the last time a new show was #1.. maybe Glee in 2010? I’m surprised Fox isn’t making a bigger deal out of this.

    Comment by Christian – May 23, 2013 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s just the number one NEW show. And yes, they should get that message out. They’re submitting it for Emmys and it will be on Netflix this summer. Hopefully the audience grows.

      Comment by JakeK – May 23, 2013 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • is there a way to find out what all is being added to Netflix and when? like is there a list online somewhere?

        Comment by Elyse – May 24, 2013 02:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I would also like to know the answer to this. ^

          Comment by Dayna – May 24, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only thing that I watch off of any of those list is Sunday Night Football.

    Comment by Scott M – May 23, 2013 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still don’t understand the cancelling of How to live with your parents… I figured they would at least give it a second season

    Comment by tvaddict – May 23, 2013 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed! It premiered so late and they didn’t give it a proper chance to get an audience. But they renewed The Neighbors which spend most of the season in the upper 1′s and it was scheduled between two solid performers.

      Comment by Babygate – May 24, 2013 12:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree with your assessment – Neighbors got renewed because it is produced inside the Disney/ABC stable – Live w/Parents was not. Believe me, had it been the other way around, and Neighbors was not produced by Disney/ABC Studios, not only would Neighbors not have been renewed for a second season, that show never would have seen the light of day – it would not even have been give the initial ‘go’ to film the pilot. I think the world of the folks at ABC, but they really need to take a long look in the mirror and ask themselves if there is a better way to green-light pilots. Neighbors is the wrong way, and it damaging the ABC ‘brand.’

        Comment by Live w/Parents RIP – May 24, 2013 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All this demo stuff is complete BS. It promotes inaccurate measurement of real total viewership and age discrimination.

    Comment by TV Critic – May 23, 2013 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly. Total viewership should be most important. Over 49ers are still doing a whole lot of purchasing in this country.

      Comment by JBC – May 24, 2013 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Again, it’s not that over-49s don’t spend money. It’s that the younger demo is deemed less set in their purchasing ways and brand loyalty, and thus are more susceptible to an ad’s influence. Ultimately, commercials are designed to change buying behavior, so advertisers seek to speak to the most receptive pool.

        Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 24, 2013 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • This is true. That’s why there were always these new products in the markets on my university campus that I couldn’t find anywhere else.

          Comment by Emily – May 24, 2013 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Unfortunately that is advertising theory that has been around since media started doing reach and frequency calculations. I think with the aging of the boomers advertisers are missing a huge market. I bet they would find the over 50s are not so brand loyal anymore.

          Comment by JAO – May 24, 2013 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Also, over 49 viewers watch a lot of LIVE tv. It’s not that advertisers don’t care about then, it’s just that they are so very easy to reach. Why spend a lot of money for 50+ viewers when you know you are all but guaranteed to reach them at any given moment. Younger viewers are VERY, VERY hard to get (we are talking live viewers here, not on line or DVR viewing) and therefor advertisers are willing to pay a lot more money to reach that scarse demographic. Consequently, Broadcast network focus on shows that will bring in the most live 18-49 viewers because it means more ad dollars.

        Comment by Jackson – May 24, 2013 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I don’t understand: are 18-49 ers ” less set in their purchasing ways and brand loyalty, and thus more susceptible to an ad’s influence” (seems logical to me) or ” VERY, VERY hard to get ” (makes sense too, since I guess they watch less tv)?
          Maybe advertising companies are simply wrong and should reset their preconceptions. And networks should find newer, more realistic means to measure their audiences.

          Comment by Sash112 – May 24, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Ssh112, it’s a little of both. They are less set in their purchasing ways and thus desirable to advertisers. They are also very hard to reach via TV advertising so they are even more in demand. It is perhaps the most fundamental principal of economics. The law of supply and demand. There is a high demand for demo viewers and there is a very low supply of them available. Therefore, advertisers are willing to pay more money to reach them.

            Comment by Dax – May 24, 2013 02:52 PM PDT  
  • 21 million? Dang, that beats Walking Dead, doesn’t it? Well, just goes to show how many baby boomers we have in our country, lol. Yep, my grandparents and stepfather just love that show. :)

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – May 23, 2013 09:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As far as I know, we only get the overnight ratings for TWD, not the DVR numbers or the figures for other viewing platforms. Funny, everybody I know that watches TWD falls within the 18-49 demo and if it were to be included it would beat just about every show on this list.

      Comment by Babygate – May 23, 2013 11:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved Partners (which was not given a proper chance!) and Go On. Still bitter about Go On…

    Comment by Babybop – May 23, 2013 10:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still am sad Golden Boy will not continue!

    Comment by Linda Lawrence – May 23, 2013 10:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s interesting how many more viewers shows can gain after the live showing. I am especially surprised that The Following came out on top considering that it teetered around the low 2′s for a good part of the season. Only one comment, as a 15-episode show, The Following had a very tight scheduling. Never missed a week and never had a repeat which allowed it to keep momentum. Also, unlike the 22-24 episode shows, it wasn’t subject to the usual viewer fatigue that begins to set in sometime after the half of the season. So, in terms of ratings, it had an advantage. I wonder if these are the numbers that advertisers rely on to make buying decisions.

    Comment by Babygate – May 23, 2013 11:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “It’s interesting how many more viewers shows can gain after the live showing.”

      Time shifting means no longer being a slave to an arbitrary (for me) broadcast schedule. And I’m not all that certain on the thesis ads aren’t still seen: to FFWD through an ad block you do have to concentrate on the screen at the least… isn’t the same sort of message but there’s still one there.

      Comment by John – May 24, 2013 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love NCIS! This has been my favorite show, for years. So to the producer’s, keep up the good work and I hope it goes on and on.

    Comment by Pat – May 24, 2013 03:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t get all the love for NCIS; to me it’s pretty meh. I don’t know anyone under 50 who watches that show. To each his own, I suppose.

    Comment by Aprilcot26 – May 24, 2013 04:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I cam think of 20 people, myself included, off the top of my head, in our 20s and 30s who love that show and have for years. :)

      Comment by jalahyacinth – May 24, 2013 05:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Can. Dumb tablet

        Comment by jalahyacinth – May 24, 2013 05:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Most of the people I know who watch NCIS are under 50. Myself included. But, so what if its viewers are a little bit older? Does being in your 50′s or 60′s make you less of a person somehow?

      Comment by Maria – May 24, 2013 06:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • To sponsors, yes, anyone over 40 doesn’t count. I never have understood this. We are the ones with the money.

        Comment by Jane – May 24, 2013 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It should not ever be about the sponsor, but the quality of the show. This is why new shows never get a chance to build an audience if slow out of the gate.

          If this method adopted today was adopted back when TV was actually good, then a number of quality shows that started out slow-only to become hits-would have been canceled after one season.

          It is sad to see that quality shows can be found on cable thus forcing non-cable subscribers to purchase cable. At least there are now ways to view those shows without having cable.

          Comment by TV Critic – May 24, 2013 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Unfortunately, it has been proven over and over again that the quality of the show is not directly related to its ratings. Like it or not, ratings are what pay the bills. If networks ignored ratings and just stuck with shows that critics liked then they would go bankrupt within a year.

            Comment by Mellie – May 24, 2013 09:13 AM PDT  
          • You do know there are new ways to measure viewership: ever heard of social media and fansites?

            Oh, I forgot, the networks have all their eggs in one basket.

            Comment by TV Critic – May 24, 2013 11:37 PM PDT  
      • It’s interesting that this is brought up. My mother is in her early 70s and received a call the other day. It was a group wanting to do a survey on TV shows. She said as long as they make it quick. Would you mind giving your age and said she would mind, but she ‘will tell them she is in her early 70s’. They said ‘oh, well, is there someone else in the household who we can speak with?’!!!!!! She said, ‘no, are you discriminating against my age?’ The response was jumbled and my mother ended the ‘survey’ with a click. TV marketing — keeping it classy. =_=

        Comment by Claire – May 24, 2013 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, I’m 45 and my son is 11….we love NCIS! So I’m in the demo rating and he’s not. But like you said, to each his own. :-)

      Comment by Marla (@zoyaroses) – May 24, 2013 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will CBS have to change that commercial about CSI being the most watched show for years and years??

    Comment by Benny Hill – May 24, 2013 04:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You would think a struggling network like NBC would jump at the chance to pick up CBS’s castoffs.

    Comment by phamster – May 24, 2013 06:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Still so upset over the demise of PARTNERS. It was so funny! The only new show to actually make you laugh out loud at the TV.

    Comment by Jared – May 24, 2013 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Calling the category “TOP DRAMA” is a bit confusing… maybe “TOP RETURNING DRAMA” would be better?

    Comment by JL – May 24, 2013 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is the “top drama” category just “top returning dramas”? Because otherwise, why would the Top New Dramas be higher than the Top Dramas?

    Comment by james – May 24, 2013 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have not watch the show, but why did ABC canceled How to Live with your Parents. Either they like the next batch of Comedies alot, or have another script/show in mind for Chalke?

    Comment by Paul8148 – May 24, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Terrific job Matt – I always enjoy these final season reviews and tallies; it helps to bring the long television season to a proper close and allows for some reflection. Congratulations to you and Michael and the TVL team – another great season of TV reporting by all of you! :)

    As far as my greatest surprise of the list – that 18-49 demo top-3 for comedies – ABC’s Live w/Parents, CBS’ Partners, and NBC’s Go On – all canceled. Ouch! That is really a shame, and I have a feeling someone at ABC and/or at NBC will be haunted by the cancellation of Live w/Parents and Go On – two good shows, fine casts, outstanding leads and great storyline potential. ABC and NBC will regret these cancellations at this time next season when their new comedies end up with lower numbers.

    However, I have mixed feelings about Partners. I watched the show without fail, and liked it [I'm a big Sophia Bush fan]. However, now I look back and wonder if Partners had been a huge success, would CBS have wanted to bring HIMYM back for a final season 9? Perhaps not. Hence, I’ll miss Partners [probably will miss SB most], but I am grateful that HIMYM is getting that final S9 – I still believe there is some good story left to tell in that Barney-Robin -… and Ted dynamic. And I believe HIMYM was ranked #15 in the demo for the 2012-13 season – that’s quite good.

    See you in September .

    Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – May 24, 2013 05:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think S9 of How I met more had to do with the actors wanting to return rather than the network wanting to renew for another season. How I met is a powerhouse show for CBS, its just good business for them to renew the show for as long as possible

      Comment by B – May 25, 2013 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am bummed about Go On. It was really funny, and to me, had huge potential.. maybe it was too expensive due to the large cast, but damn, it was clever sometimes. Very sad…

    Comment by Vanny – May 27, 2013 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I also thought about the large cast of ‘Go On’ – the cost of the show may have been a bit higher then normal for a new series. However, NBC and the show’s producers could have made some adjustments (reducing the cast size and/or reducing the number of episodes the cast worked on) to better manage the cost/episode. The core of the show was Perry/Benanti/White, and they could have built-out the scripts and characters from that three-character core.
      .
      There is an old saying – “Never shoot the old horse until you’ve learned how to ride the new one.” If (a big IF) NBC believes they have a better group of new pilots on tap, then canceling a show like ‘Go On’ will make sense by this time next season. If, however, NBC is incorrect [has that ever happened before?], and their new group of comedy shows tank, NBC will wish they had ‘Go On’ back. I look at the new list of NBC comedies – the MJF show may make it, but beyond that?

      Comment by Oh well, maybe next year ... – May 30, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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