Biggest rating shows in the US

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Empire, The Big Bang Theory, The X-Files and Grey’s Anatomy are amongst the top rating shows in the US 2015-16 TV year.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football topped the year averaging over 21 million viewers.

In the US the share in the 18-49 demo is crucial, more than Total People. On that front FOX’s Empire was the top scripted drawcard, ahead of The Big Bang Theory (despite the latter having nearly 5 million more viewers). Empire ruled despite a 9.9% decline from last season. Big Bang was one of the only scripted series to grow its ratings, up 3.6% from the previous year.

In a year when scripted dramas struggled, Criminal Minds, Scorpion, The Blacklist, Gotham and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD all lost ground.

Blindspot was the only new series to crack the top 20.

Change% ChangeTotal Viewers
1. Sunday Night FootballNBC7.
2. EmpireFOX6.47.1-0.7-9.915735
3. The Big Bang TheoryCBS5.
4. Thursday Night FootballCBS5.75.9-0.2-3.417124
5. X-FilesFOX4.8N/AN/AN/A13596
6. The OTFOX4.44.6-0.2-4.312772
7. Football Night in AmericaNBC4.
8. Grey’s AnatomyABC3.63.7-0.1-2.711209
9. How to Get Away with MurderABC3.53.8-0.3-7.910261
10. Modern FamilyABC3.44.3-0.9-20.99833
10. ScandalABC3.44.3-0.9-20.910682
10. The VoiceNBC3.44.0-0.6-15.013332
13. BlindspotNBC3.1N/AN/AN/A10782
13. The Voice (Tue)NBC3.13.7-0.6-16.212623
16. American Idol (wed)FOX3.02.60.415.411645
16. The BachelorABC3.
18. Criminal MindsCBS2.93.6-0.7-19.412206
19. American Idol (Thur)FOX2.83.9-0.1-3.411126
19. SurvivorCBS2.83.0-0.2-6.710993
21. BlacklistNBC2.73.7-1.0-27.011199
21. Life in PiecesCBS2.7N/AN/AN/A10533
23. QuanticoABC2.6N/AN/AN/A8054
24. Chicago FireNBC2.52.6-0.1-3.810474
24. The GoldbergsABC2.52.8-0.3-10.77627
24. ScorpionCBS2.53.1-0.6-19.412051
27. Black-ishABC2.42.9-0.5-17.27219
27. LuciferFOX2.4N/AN/AN/A7174
27. SupergirlCBS2.4N/AN/AN/A9809
30. Little Big ShotsNBC2.3N/AN/AN/A12396
30. 2 Broke GirlsCBS2.32.6-0.3-11.58060
30. Shades of BlueNBC2.3N/AN/AN/A9872
34. LimitlessCBS2.2N/AN/AN/A9817
34. MomCBS2.22.9-0.7-24.19646
34. Law & OrderNBC2.
34. The MiddleABC2.22.4-0.2-8.38154
34. Heroes RebornNBC2.2N/AN/AN/A6395
34. Family GuyFOX2.23.1-0.9-29.04282
34. NCIS: New OrleansCBS2.22.7-0.5-18.514750
34. Once Upon a TimeABC2.23.2-1.0-31.36324
42. Dancing with the StarsABC2.12.4-0.3-12.513443
42. Chicago PDNBC2.
42. The SimpsonsFOX2.12.6-0.5-19.24747
42. SuperstoreNBC2.1N/AN/AN/A6587
46. Code BlackCBS2.0N/AN/AN/A10179
46. Mike & MollyCBS2.02.5-0.5-20.08461
46. The BacheloretteABC2.02.1-0.1-4.86629
46. Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC2.02.7-0.7-25.95515
46. GothamFOX2.02.8-0.8-28.65370

Source: Variety


  1. The 18-49 demo is more crucial than Total People in Australia as well. It’s just that this country’s media has an obsession with reporting the Total People numbers, over and above the demos.

  2. I did wonder how Greys rated for its Season Final. But on 76Flix, it is less likely to equate to much. yet it used to be a flagship US drama in their schedule and only declined significantly after it was messed about with double episodes.

    • Also 7flix isn’t available all over Australia and the episodes on channel 7 are behind what’s airing on 7flix so 7 seemed to have found another way to muck around with greys. Funnily enough fetch finally fixed the issues the 7flix but greys is over and I’m not watching anything else on that channel due to issues from both 7 and fetch since the channel started so it was a bit late of fix.

      What did you think of the final episode?

  3. bettestreep2008

    So many of these shows failed here in Australia. I believe Empire is on at 11pm on Eleven and the X-files was soundly beaten by My Kitchen Rules. When the Emmy nominations are announced soon , a lot of Australians will scratch their heads and ask ‘Huh?’

  4. Some big falls there!

    Would be good if OzTam did something like. Would be interesting to see which shows rank where across the total calendar year.

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