Fall 2017’s lowest-rated TV shows by network: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ threepeats

It’s safe to say that only in the current era of delayed and digital viewing and streaming deals propping up low-rated shows would the least-watched series on TV even get to exist for three years running.

Yet here we are, and here is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” once again at the bottom of the fall 2017 rankings, just as it was in 2016 and 2015. It’s alone in last place among viewers and tied with fellow CW series “Valor” at the bottom of the adults 18-49 chart.

There were 96* series on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC in fall 2017. The five lowest-rated and least-watched on each network are below.

(*That number includes only first-run, regularly scheduled series that premiered in the fall. Sports pre- and post-game shows are excluded.)

The standard disclaimer that being among the five lowest-rated shows on a network doesn’t necessarily mean they’re in danger of cancellation. Several series in the charts below air on Friday or Saturday, where lower numbers are expected.

All ratings below are Live +7 numbers from Sept. 25-Dec. 17. Comparisons to network averages are for the networks’ “most current” (a mix of Live +7 and same-day) averages for all primetime programming through Dec. 17.

Adults 18-49

Show Network 18-49 rating Overall rank
Vs. network average
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 0.3 95t -57%
Valor CW 0.3 95t -57%
Dynasty CW 0.4 94 -43%
Jane the Virgin CW 0.5 92t -29%
The Toy Box ABC 0.5 92t -67%
The Exorcist FOX 0.6 88t -67%
Dateline Mystery NBC 0.6 88t -75%
Ten Days in the Valley ABC 0.6 88t -60%
FOX College Football FOX 0.6 88t -67%
20/20 ABC 0.7 86t -53%
48 Hours CBS 0.7 86t -59%
Arrow CW 0.9 85 +29%
Once Upon a Time ABC 1.1 78t -27%
Madam Secretary CBS 1.1 78t -35%
America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 1.1 78t -27%
MacGyver CBS 1.2 70t -29%
Superior Donuts CBS 1.2 70t -29%
Wisdom of the Crowd CBS 1.2 70t -29%
Dateline Friday NBC 1.2 70t -50%
Great News NBC 1.2 70t -50%
Blindspot NBC 1.3 61t -46%
Hell’s Kitchen FOX 1.3 61t -28%
The Last Man on Earth FOX 1.3 61t -28%
The Mick FOX 1.3 61t -28%
The Blacklist NBC 1.6 50t -33%

 

Total viewers

Show Network Viewers (000s) Overall rank
Vs. network average
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 797 96 -58%
Dynasty CW 1,145 95 -40%
Jane the Virgin CW 1,233 94 -35%
Valor CW 1,423 93 -25%
The Exorcist FOX 1,937 92 -68%
FOX College Football FOX 2,284 91 -62%
Arrow CW 2,346 90 +23%
The Toy Box ABC 2,409 89 -62%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 2,923 85 -51%
The Last Man on Earth FOX 3,092 84 -49%
Dateline Mystery NBC 3,257 82 -65%
The Mick FOX 3,542 81 -41%
20/20 ABC 3,704 79 -42%
Once Upon a Time ABC 3,787 78 -40%
Ten Days in the Valley ABC 3,803 77 -40%
The Mayor ABC 3,877 75 -39%
Great News NBC 4,522 68 -51%
48 Hours CBS 4,673 66 -52%
Superstore NBC 5,478 60 -40%
Blindspot NBC 5,689 57 -38%
The Good Place NBC 5,787 55 -37%
Superior Donuts CBS 6,097 53 -38%
Me, Myself & I CBS 6,130 51 -38%
9JKL CBS 6,467 49 -34%
Man with a Plan CBS 6,873 44 -30%

Source: The Nielsen Company.