The 17 kinds of shows on network TV: Where every show fits

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Here is the list of where every series on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC fall into the 17 kinds of network shows.

Crime dramas

Total in 2015-16: 21 – “Blue Bloods,” “Bones,” “Castle,” “Chicago PD,” “Criminal Minds,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “CSI: Cyber,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Houdini & Doyle,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Limitless,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Person of Interest,” “Rosewood,” “Rush Hour,” “Scorpion,” “Shades of Blue.”

Average same-day rating in adults 18-49: 1.37
High: “NCIS,” 2.21
Low: “Houdini & Doyle,” 0.64

Renewed: 14
Canceled: 7 – “Castle,” “CSI: Cyber,” “Houdini & Doyle,” “Limitless,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Person of Interest,” “Rush Hour.”

Total in 2016-17: 20. The newcomers are CBS’ “Training Day” and “MacGyver,” FOX’s “APB” and “Lethal Weapon,” The CW’s “Frequency” and NBC’s “Taken.”

Family comedies

Total in 2015-16: 15 – “Black-ish,” “The Carmichael Show,” “Crowded,” “Dr. Ken,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grandfathered,” “The Grinder,” “Last Man Standing,” “Life in Pieces,” “The Middle,” “Mike & Molly,” “Modern Family,” “Mom,” “The Real O’Neals.”

Average same-day rating: 1.5
High: “Modern Family,” 2.55
Low: “The Grinder,” 0.75

Renewed: 11
Canceled: 4 – “Crowded,” “Grandfathered,” “The Grinder,” “Mike & Molly.”

Total 2016-17: 17. The newcomers are ABC’s “American Housewife” and “Speechless,” CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” and “Man with a Plan,” FOX’s “The Mick” and NBC’s “Marlon.”

Competitions

Total in 2015-16: 16 – “The Amazing Race,” “American Grit,” “American Idol,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “The Bachelor,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” “The Great Holiday Baking Show,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Hollywood Game Night,” “Masterchef Junior,” “My Diet Is Better Than Yours,” “Strong,” “Survivor,” “The Voice.”

Average same-day rating: 1.69
High: “The Voice,” 2.64
Low: “America’s Next Top Model,” 0.37

Renewed: 10
Canceled: 2 – “American Idol” and “America’s Next Top Model.” “Top Model” is moving to VH1.
In limbo: 4  – “The Biggest Loser,” “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” “My Diet Is Better Than Yours,” “Strong.”

Total in 2016-17: 10, pending the status of the four in-limbo shows.

Sci-fi/fantasy not based on comics

Total in 2015-16: 13 – “The 100,” “Containment,” “Grimm,” “Heroes Reborn,” “Minority Report,” “Once Upon a Time,” “The Originals,” “Second Chance,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Supernatural,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The X-Files,” “You, Me and the Apocalypse.”

Average same-day rating: 0.83
High: “The X-Files,” 3.19
Low: “The Originals,” 0.39

Renewed: 7
Canceled: 5 – “Containment,” “Heroes Reborn,” “Minority Report,” “Second Chance,” “You, Me and the Apocalypse.”
In limbo: 1 – “The X-Files.” FOX, creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have all said they want to do more episodes but nothing has been greenlit yet.

Total n 2016-17: 12. The newcomers are ABC’s “Time After Time,” FOX’s “The Exorcist” and NBC’s “Emerald City,” “Midnight, Texas” and “Timeless.”

Comic book shows

Total in 2015-16: 9 – “Agent Carter,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham,” “iZombie,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Lucifer,” “Supergirl.”

Average same-day rating: 1.15
High: “Supergirl,” 1.7
Low: “iZombie,” 0.5

Renewed: 8
Canceled: 1 – “Agent Carter”

Total in 2016-17: 10. The CW’s “Riverdale,” based on the Archie comics, and NBC’s comedy “Powerless,” set in the DC universe, join the eight renewed shows.

Non-procedural dramas

Total in 2015-16: 9 – “Blood & Oil,” “Chicago Fire,” “Empire,” “Game of Silence,” “Madam Secretary,” “Nashville,” “Of Kings and Prophets,” “Reign,” “Scandal.”

Average same-day rating: 1.65
High: “Empire,” 4.42
Low: “Reign,” 0.3

Renewed: 5
Canceled: 4 – “Blood & Oil,” “Game of Silence,” “Nashville” – moving to CMT, “Of Kings and Prophets.”

Total in 2016-17: 11. The newbies are ABC’s “Notorious” and “Still Star-Crossed”; FOX’s “Pitch,” “Shots Fired” and “Star”; and NBC’s “This Is Us.”

Unscripted, non-competition shows

Total in 2015-16: 8 – “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” “Beyond the Tank,” “Caught on Camera,” “Little Big Shots,” “Shark Tank,” “Undercover Boss,” “World’s Funniest.”

Average same-day rating: 1.15
High: “Little Big Shots,” 2.09
Low: “World’s Funniest,” 0.65

Renewed: 6
Canceled: 1 – “Best Time Ever”
In limbo: 1 – “World’s Funniest”

Total in 2016-17: 6, pending the status of “World’s Funniest.”

Mystery/puzzle shows

Total in 2015-16: 7 – “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” “The Catch,” “The Family,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Player,” “Quantico.”

Average same-day rating: 1.38
High: “How to Get Away with Murder,” 1.87
Low: “The Player,” 0.83

Renewed: 5
Canceled: 2 – “The Family,” “The Player”

Total in 2016-17: 10. The newcomers are “Designated Survivor” on NBC, “24: Legacy” on FOX and “The Blacklist: Redemption” on NBC. “Secrets and Lies” is also returning to ABC after taking 2015-16 off, and FOX is bringing back “Prison Break” after an eight-year break.

Hangout comedies

Total in 2015-16: 6 – “The Big Bang Theory,” “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” “New Girl,” “The Odd Couple,” “Truth Be Told,” “Undateable.”

Average same-day rating: 1.71
High: “The Big Bang Theory,” 3.73
Low: “Truth Be Told,” 0.59

Renewed: 3
Canceled: 3 – “Cooper Barrett,” “Truth Be Told,” “Undateable.”

Total in 2016-17: 3.

News programs

Total in 2015-16: 6 – “20/20,” “48 Hours,” “60 Minutes,” “Dateline,” “Dateline: On Assignment,” “What Would You Do?”

Average same-day rating: 1.14
High: “60 Minutes,” 1.8
Low: “Dateline: On Assignment,” 0.6

Renewed: 5
Canceled: 0
In limbo: 1 – “Dateline: On Assignment”

Total in 2016-17: 5, pending the status of “Dateline: On Assignment.”

Live sports

Total in 2015-16: 5 – “FOX College Football,” “NBA Saturday Primetime,” “Saturday Night College Football,” “Sunday Night Football,” “Thursday Night Football.”

Average same-day rating: 3.83
High: “Sunday Night Football,” 7.5
Low: “FOX College Football,” 1.0

Renewed: 5
Canceled: 0

Total in 2016-17: 5. “Thursday Night Football” will be split between CBS (September-October) and NBC (late November-December).

Concept comedies

Total in 2015-16: 5 – “Angel from Hell,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Galavant,” “Jane the Virgin,” “The Last Man on Earth.”

Average same-day rating: 0.65
High: “Angel from Hell,” 1.42
Low: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 0.29

Renewed: 3
Canceled: 2 – “Angel from Hell,” “Galavant”

Total in 2016-17: 10. The bevy of freshmen are “Downward Dog” and “Imaginary Mary” on ABC; “No Tomorrow” on The CW; “Making History” and “Son of Zorn” on FOX; and “The Good Place” and “Trial & Error” on NBC.

Workplace comedies

Total in 2015-16: 5 – “2 Broke Girls,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Muppets,” “Superstore,” “Telenovela.”

Average same-day rating: 1.35
High: “2 Broke Girls,” 1.61
Low: “Telenovela,” 0.99

Renewed: 3
Canceled: 2 – “The Muppets,” “Telenovela.”

Total in 2016-17: 5. CBS’ “The Great Indoors” and NBC’s “Great News” will hope to do great in the ratings.

Animated shows

Total in 2015-16: 4 – “Bob’s Burgers,” “Bordertown,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons.”

Average same-day rating: 1.31
High: “The Simpsons,” 1.74
Low: “Bordertown,” 0.7

Renewed: 3
Canceled: 1 – “Bordertown”

Total in 2016-17: 3

Medical dramas

Total in 2015-16: 4 – “Chicago Med,” “Code Black,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Heartbeat.”

Average same-day rating: 1.64
High: “Grey’s Anatomy,” 2.22
Low: “Heartbeat,” 0.82

Renewed: 3
Canceled: 1 – “Heartbeat”

Total in 2016-17: 4. CBS adds “Pure Genius” to its roster in late October.

Anthologies

Total in 2015-16: 3 – “American Crime,” “Scream Queens,” “Wicked City.”

Average same-day rating: 0.97
High: “Scream Queens,” 1.06
Low: “Wicked City,” 0.67

Renewed: 2
Canceled: 1 – “Wicked City”

Total in 2016-17: 2

Legal dramas

Total in 2015-16: 1 – “The Good Wife”

Average same-day rating: 1.05

Renewed: 0
Canceled: 1

Total in 2016-17: 4. The all-new batch of lawyer shows features ABC’s “Conviction,” CBS’ “Bull” and “Doubt” and NBC’s “Chicago Justice.”

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