Sunday Night Football, Big Bang Top Ratings for 2013-14 Season; No. 2 New Comedy Got Axed

TV Season Rankings 2013-2014NBC’s Sunday Night Football and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory placed No. 1 and No. 2 in the ratings for the 2013-14 TV season, based on numbers released on the first day following May Sweeps.

As reported this week, NBC won the season in the coveted 18-49 demo, while CBS remains the most watched net.

In the demo, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy — averaging a 4.4 rating this season, including any available Live+7 DVR playback data — edged out NBC newbie The Blacklist by a tenth for Top Drama honors, while Modern Family (4.4) and How I Met Your Mother (4.3) placed a distant second and third in the comedy race behind Big Bang‘s 6.2.

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Of the Top 20 non-sports entertainment programs, ABC led with seven, followed by CBS’ six. Fox had four, NBC three.

In total viewers, NCIS (19.8 mil) and Big Bang (20 mil) repeated as the season’s most watched drama and comedy. All told, CBS had 10 of the Top 20 most watched entertainment programs; ABC had six.

Fun-ish fact: While last year all three of the highest-rated new comedies had (quite remarkably) wound up cancelled, this time around only The Crazy Ones, which placed No. 2, got cut.

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
| The Big Bang Theory, CBS (6.2 rating)
| Modern Family, ABC (4.4)
| How I Met Your Mother, CBS (4.3)
4 | Family Guy, FOX (3.1)
5 | 2 Broke Girls, CBS (3.0)
In Total Viewers | The Big Bang Theory (20 million)

TOP NEW COMEDY | 18-49 DEMO
| The Millers, CBS (2.9)
| The Crazy Ones, CBS (2.7)
| Mom, CBS (2.4)
In Total Viewers | The Millers (11.4 million)

TOP RETURNING DRAMA | 18-49 DEMO
| Grey’s Anatomy, ABC (4.4)
| Scandal, ABC (4.2)
| NCIS, CBS (3.3)
4 | Criminal Minds, CBS (3.3)
5 | Once Upon a Time, ABC (3.3)
In Total Viewers | NCIS (19.8 million)

TOP NEW DRAMA | 18-49 DEMO
| The Blacklist, NBC (4.3)
2 | Resurrection, ABC (3.8)
| Sleepy Hollow, FOX (3.2)
In Total Viewers | The Blacklist (15 million)

TOP REALITY SHOW | 18-49 DEMO
| The Voice (Monday), NBC (4.6)
| The Voice (Tuesday), NBC (4.2)
| American Idol (Wednesday), FOX (3.3)
| American Idol (Thursday), FOX (3.2)
| The Bachelor, ABC (3.1) / Survivor, CBS (3.1)
In Total Viewers | Dancing With the Stars, ABC (15.2 million)

TOP-RATED CANCELLED SHOWS | 18-49 DEMO
| The Crazy Ones, CBS (2.7)
| Almost Human, FOX (2.7)
| Super Fun Night, ABC (2.3)
In Total Viewers | Intelligence, CBS (10.2 million)

LOWEST-RATED RENEWED SHOWS | 18-49 DEMO
| Beauty and the Beast, The CW (0.5)
| Hart of Dixie, The CW (0.6)
| Reign, The CW (0.7)
Total Viewers | Beauty and the Beast (1.24 million)

TOP 10 BY DEMO
NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC (7.9)
The Big Bang Theory, CBS (6.2)
The OT, FOX (5.2)
The Voice, NBC (Monday) (4.6)
Grey’s Anatomy, ABC (4.4)
Modern Family, ABC (4.4)
The Blacklist, NBC (4.3)
How I Met Your Mother, CBS (4.3)
Scandal, ABC (4.2)
The Voice (Tuesday), NBC (4.2)

TOP 10 BY TOTAL VIEWERS
NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC (21.5 million)
The Big Bang Theory,
CBS (20 million)
NCIS,
CBS (19.8 million)
NCIS: Los Angeles,
CBS (16 million)
Dancing With the Stars,
ABC (15.2 million)
The Blacklist,
NBC (15 million)
The OT,
FOX (14.8 million)
The Voice (Monday),
NBC (14.6 million)
Person of Interest,
CBS (14 million)
The Voice (Tuesday),
NBC (13.9 million)