Final same-day viewer averages for 2015-16: Football, ‘NCIS’ lead charts

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The 2015-16 TV season is (mostly) in the books — DVR data will straggle in over the next couple weeks, but the same-day viewer numbers are finalized and below.

“Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show in viewers for the sixth straight season, averaging 21.3 million viewers for its in-season telecasts. (Shows with an asterisk next to their name in the chart below include ratings for in-season airings only, not those before Sept. 21 or after May 25.)

“NCIS” was the top non-sports series with 16.61 million viewers.

See also: Final same-day 18-49 ratings for 2015-16

The chart below includes viewer averages for all original, regularly scheduled episodes of shows on the five English-language broadcast networks. Episodes coded as specials, series from summer 2015 that ended after the start of the regular season and irregularly scheduled sports specials are excluded.

Look for more season-ending ratings charts as the final data for delayed viewing comes in.

Rank Show Network Viewers (000s)
1 Sunday Night Football* NBC 21,296
2 Thursday Night Football CBS 17,020
3 NCIS CBS 16,609
4 The Big Bang Theory CBS 15,224
5 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 12,976
6 The OT FOX 12,761
7 The Voice – Monday (fall) NBC 12,020
8 Dancing With the Stars (fall)* ABC 11,979
9 60 Minutes CBS 11,869
10 Dancing With the Stars (spring) ABC 11,724
11 Football Night in America Pt 3* NBC 11,631
12 Empire FOX 11,593
13 Little Big Shots NBC 11,337
14 The Voice – Tuesday (fall) NBC 11,223
15 The Voice – Monday (spring) NBC 10,908
16 Blue Bloods CBS 10,521
17 The Voice – Tuesday (spring) NBC 10,440
18 Madam Secretary CBS 10,201
19 Scorpion CBS 9,640
20 American Idol – Wednesday FOX 9,568
21 The X-Files FOX 9,370
22 Survivor (spring) CBS 9,129
23 American Idol – Thursday FOX 9,103
24 Survivor (fall) CBS 9,052
25 Criminal Minds CBS 9,016
26 Life in Pieces CBS 8,739
27 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 8,711
28 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 8,633
29 The Good Wife CBS 8,391
30 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 8,035
31 Chicago Fire NBC 8,006
32 Mom CBS 7,976
33 The Bachelor ABC 7,975
34 Chicago Med NBC 7,946
35 Modern Family ABC 7,922
36 Supergirl CBS 7,680
37 The Middle ABC 7,329
38 Scandal ABC 7,170
39 Code Black CBS 7,104
40 Mike & Molly CBS 7,070
41 Angel from Hell CBS 7,051
42 Limitless CBS 7,045
43 The Mysteries of Laura NBC 6,973
44 Blindspot NBC 6,922
45 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders CBS 6,915
46 Law & Order: SVU NBC 6,895
47 Chicago PD NBC 6,881
48 The Blacklist NBC 6,828
49 Last Man Standing ABC 6,747
50 The Odd Couple CBS 6,736
51 The Goldbergs ABC 6,604
52 Undercover Boss CBS 6,574
53 2 Broke Girls CBS 6,455
54 Castle ABC 6,354
55 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 6,248
56 CSI: Cyber CBS 6,137
57 Person of Interest* CBS 6,064
58 Shark Tank ABC 6,003
59 The Amazing Race (fall) CBS 5,887
60 Black-ish ABC 5,849
61 Shades of Blue NBC 5,784
62 Elementary CBS 5,763
63 The Amazing Race (spring) CBS 5,636
64 Superstore NBC 5,500
65 Dr. Ken ABC 5,269
66 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 5,257
67 Football Night in America Pt 2* NBC 5,195
68 Dateline – Sunday NBC 5,188
69 Saturday Night College Football ABC 5,183
70 20/20 – Friday ABC 5,128
71 Bones FOX 5,126
72 Best Time Ever w/Neil Patrick Harris* NBC 4,958
73 48 Hours CBS 4,905
74 The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC 4,878
75 Rosewood FOX 4,787
76 Dateline – Friday NBC 4,782
77 The Catch ABC 4,632
78 Lucifer FOX 4,567
79 Rush Hour* CBS 4,538
80 Heartbeat NBC 4,517
81 Dateline Saturay Mystery NBC 4,502
82 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 4,440
83 Once Upon a Time ABC 4,437
84 Quantico ABC 4,385
85 Heroes Reborn NBC 4,325
86 The Carmichael Show NBC 4,316
87 Nashville ABC 4,191
88 Masterchef Junior FOX 4,184
89 Gotham FOX 4,111
90 The Muppets ABC 4,017
91 The Player NBC 3,993
92 The Simpsons FOX 3,990
93 The Great Holiday Baking Show ABC 3,980
94 Dateline: On Assignment NBC 3,967
95 Bachelor Live ABC 3,959
96 Grimm NBC 3,947
97 The Real O’Neals ABC 3,939
98 Blood & Oil ABC 3,906
99 Hollywood Game Night NBC 3,840
100 Crowded NBC 3,816
101 Game of Silence NBC 3,780
102 Telenovela NBC 3,752
103 American Crime ABC 3,719
104 The Biggest Loser NBC 3,619
105 Hell’s Kitchen FOX 3,557
106 The Flash CW 3,532
107 Caught on Camera NBC 3,490
108 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 3,466
109 Agents of SHIELD ABC 3,427
110 FOX College Football FOX 3,379
111 Family Guy FOX 3,091
112 Sleepy Hollow FOX 3,064
113 Beyond the Tank ABC 3,050
114 The Family ABC 3,015
115 You, Me & the Apocalypse NBC 2,926
116 20/20 – Saturday ABC 2,883
117 Of Kings and Prophets ABC 2,873
118 Scream Queens FOX 2,788
119 Strong* NBC 2,768
120 Undateable NBC 2,747
121 The Last Man on Earth FOX 2,746
122 Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 2,732
123 Grandfathered FOX 2,723
124 Agent Carter ABC 2,689
125 New Girl FOX 2,644
126 Arrow CW 2,489
127 Wicked City ABC 2,464
128 Galavant ABC 2,436
129 Second Chance FOX 2,428
130 What Would You Do? ABC 2,340
131 Bob’s Burgers FOX 2,319
132 Truth Be Told NBC 2,212
133 My Diet Is Better Than Yours ABC 2,208
134 Legends of Tomorrow CW 2,176
The Grinder FOX 2,176
136 Minority Report FOX 2,075
137 World’s Funniest FOX 2,034
138 Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life FOX 2,025
139 American Grit FOX 2,007
140 NBA Countdown ABC 1,831
141 Supernatural CW 1,775
142 Bordertown FOX 1,697
143 Containment* CW 1,447
144 The 100 CW 1,330
145 iZombie CW 1,323
146 The Vampire Diaries CW 1,145
147 America’s Next Top Model* CW 1,018
148 Reign* CW 984
149 Jane the Virgin CW 960
150 The Originals CW 935
151 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 874

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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