A pair of CBS shows break up the NFL’s dominance in TV viewers for the 2016-17 season — once you add in a few days of DVR and on-demand catchup.

“The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS” move ahead of both NBC’s and CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts in the Live +3 rankings for the season. With 17.95 million viewers after three days of delayed viewing, “Big Bang” moves up to second place from fifth in the same-day chart. “NCIS” rises one spot to third, moving ahead of NBC’s “TNF” coverage.

“Bull” remains the most-watched new show of the season, but “This Is Us” closes the gap considerably: The NBC series trailed “Bull” by 1.53 million viewers in the live + same-day rankings, but it’s behind by under 200,000 viewers in Live +3.

See also: Final Live +3 adults 18-49 ratings for 2016-17

All figures below are Live +3 viewer averages for original episodes during the Nielsen-measured TV season from Sept. 19, 2016-May 24, 2017. Episodes of shows that aired outside those dates are excluded, as are summer shows that aired episodes during the season.

One other note: ABC classifies “The Great Christmas Light Fight” as a series of specials and thus doesn’t track the show’s delayed-viewing numbers. That’s why it’s not included here.

Rank Show Network Live +3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live +SD
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 19,733 99
2 The Big Bang Theory CBS 17,953 3,923
3 NCIS CBS 17,446 2,815
4 Thursday Night Football NBC 17,104 105
5 Thursday Night Football CBS 14,586 78
6 Bull CBS 14,392 3,010
7 This Is Us NBC 14,122 4,268
8 The OT FOX 13,615 23
9 Blue Bloods CBS 13,454 3,507
10 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 12,553 2,983
11 60 Minutes CBS 12,325 390
12 The Voice – Monday NBC 12,117 1,596
13 Dancing With the Stars ABC 12,103 1,336
14 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 12,068 1,943
15 The Voice – Tuesday NBC 11,828 1,415
16 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 11,697 2,448
17 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 10,837 10
18 Madam Secretary CBS 10,575 2,288
19 Designated Survivor ABC 10,474 4,630
20 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 10,465 2,614
21 Empire FOX 10,167 2,549
22 Survivor CBS 10,114 1,696
23 Criminal Minds CBS 10,064 2,596
24 Little Big Shots NBC 10,027 902
25 Scorpion CBS 9,909 2,677
26 Chicago Fire NBC 9,891 2,940
27 Modern Family ABC 9,660 2,762
28 MacGyver CBS 9,442 1,720
29 Chicago PD NBC 9,377 2,907
30 Chicago Med NBC 9,279 2,621
31 Mom CBS 9,126 1,516
32 Kevin Can Wait CBS 8,900 1,282
33 The Blacklist NBC 8,712 3,399
34 The Bachelor ABC 8,679 1,309
35 Code Black CBS 8,601 2,630
36 Lethal Weapon FOX 8,459 1,925
37 The Great Indoors CBS 8,214 733
38 Law & Order: SVU NBC 8,093 2,264
39 Scandal ABC 7,947 2,332
Last Man Standing ABC 7,947 1,536
41 Chicago Justice NBC 7,941 1,989
42 Life in Pieces CBS 7,805 1,636
43 Pure Genius CBS 7,463 2,076
44 The Goldbergs ABC 7,283 1,239
45 The Middle ABC 7,275 1,233
46 Timeless NBC 7,217 2,599
47 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 7,216 2,609
48 Man with a Plan CBS 7,197 868
49 Superior Donuts CBS 7,077 833
50 Hunted CBS 7,024 933
51 Elementary CBS 7,016 2,164
52 Black-ish ABC 6,797 1,619
53 2 Broke Girls CBS 6,717 1,093
54 Blindspot NBC 6,563 1,778
55 Taken NBC 6,503 1,378
American Housewife ABC 6,503 1,321
57 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders CBS 6,486 1,635
58 Speechless ABC 6,485 1,113
59 Shades of Blue NBC 6,456 2,082
60 The Wall NBC 6,349 468
61 Shark Tank ABC 6,346 1,206
62 Undercover Boss CBS 6,253 554
63 Doubt CBS 6,245 1,578
64 Saturday Night College Football ABC 6,129 34
65 The Amazing Race CBS 5,987 2,007
66 The Blacklist: Redemption NBC 5,783 1,739
67 Grimm NBC 5,769 1,619
68 The Odd Couple CBS 5,757 826
69 Dateline – Friday NBC 5,709 1,033
70 The Good Place NBC 5,619 1,511
71 Notorious ABC 5,589 1,616
72 Star FOX 5,562 1,337
73 24: Legacy FOX 5,461 1,478
74 Lucifer FOX 5,405 1,730
75 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 5,317 247
76 Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 5,203 7
77 Conviction ABC 5,200 1,629
78 20/20 ABC 5,139 814
79 Dr. Ken ABC 5,128 717
80 Superstore NBC 4,948 1,000
81 Bones FOX 4,871 1,645
82 Secrets and Lies ABC 4,823 1,562
83 The Great American Baking Show ABC 4,815 655
84 48 Hours CBS 4,783 564
85 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 4,730 874
86 APB FOX 4,716 1,297
87 Trial & Error NBC 4,701 732
88 Gotham FOX 4,671 1,321
89 The New Celebrity Apprentice NBC 4,655 651
90 The Simpsons FOX 4,637 490
91 To Tell the Truth ABC 4,588 426
92 Hell’s Kitchen FOX 4,547 1,071
93 The Catch ABC 4,508 1,242
94 Dateline Saturday Mystery NBC 4,478 331
95 Masterchef Junior FOX 4,467 918
96 Emerald City NBC 4,391 1,358
97 Training Day CBS 4,348 942
98 Pitch FOX 4,319 1,294
99 Shots Fired FOX 4,318 841
100 Quantico ABC 4,257 1,477
101 Ransom CBS 4,205 748
102 The Flash CW 4,175 1,331
103 Once Upon a Time ABC 4,127 943
104 Match Game ABC 4,119 600
105 The Mick FOX 4,117 1,225
106 Rosewood FOX 4,101 1,082
107 Agents of SHIELD ABC 3,848 1,511
108 First Dates NBC 3,839 455
109 Prison Break FOX 3,752 1,103
110 The Real O’Neals ABC 3,696 645
111 Family Guy FOX 3,635 812
112 Great News NBC 3,602 269
113 Imaginary Mary ABC 3,576 612
114 Supergirl CW 3,352 989
115 Caught on Camera NBC 3,180 89
116 The Toy Box ABC 3,108 233
117 Son of Zorn FOX 3,088 312
118 The Last Man on Earth FOX 3,043 898
119 Sleepy Hollow FOX 3,041 1,123
120 American Crime ABC 2,982 1,049
121 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 2,979 31
122 Time After Time ABC 2,915 715
123 The Exorcist FOX 2,903 991
124 People Icons ABC 2,823 185
125 New Girl FOX 2,800 744
126 Powerless NBC 2,763 466
127 Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 2,718 670
128 Legends of Tomorrow CW 2,634 818
129 Bob’s Burgers FOX 2,614 478
130 My Kitchen Rules FOX 2,573 309
131 Arrow CW 2,507 749
132 Supernatural CW 2,392 715
133 FOX College Football FOX 2,358 15
134 Kicking and Screaming FOX 2,154 280
135 Scream Queens FOX 2,019 580
136 NBA Countdown ABC 1,890 3
137 Making History FOX 1,794 244
138 You the Jury FOX 1,685 313
139 Riverdale CW 1,572 527
140 The Vampire Diaries CW 1,557 563
141 Jane the Virgin CW 1,471 510
142 The 100 CW 1,439 481
143 The Originals CW 1,432 480
144 iZombie CW 1,374 463
145 Frequency CW 1,369 433
146 Reign CW 1,122 424
147 No Tomorrow CW 960 166
148 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 709 161

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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