The NFL remains in the top spot in the final Live +7 viewer rankings for the 2015-16 TV season, but its lead is a little smaller than in the same-day and Live +3 tallies.

“Sunday Night Football” on NBC averaged 21.39 million viewers with a week of delayed viewing, a scant 91,000 more than its same-day average. “The Big Bang Theory” (20.59 million) finished second, moving ahead of “NCIS” (20.54 million), which was the top non-sports show in the same-day and L+3 rankings.

“Thursday Night Football” (17.12 million) and “Empire” (16.24 million) complete the Top 5.

See also: Final Live +7 adults 18-49 ratings for 2015-16

The chart below includes Live +7 total viewer averages for regularly scheduled original episodes of shows on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC, excluding those coded as specials. Summer series that started or ended in the regular September-to-May season and irregularly scheduled sports programs are also excluded.

Rank Show Network L+7 Viewers (000s) Gain vs. L +SD (000s)
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 21387 91
2 The Big Bang Theory CBS 20585 5362
3 NCIS CBS 20537 3929
4 Thursday Night Football CBS 17124 104
5 Empire FOX 16235 4642
6 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 16155 3181
7 Blue Bloods CBS 14553 4033
8 Dancing with the Stars ABC 13630 1665
9 The X-Files FOX 13596 4226
10 The Voice – Monday NBC 13492 2032
11 Scorpion CBS 13265 3626
12 The Voice – Tuesday NBC 13232 1912
13 Little Big Shots NBC 13045 1708
14 The OT FOX 12772 11
15 Criminal Minds CBS 12763 3748
16 Madam Secretary CBS 12390 2190
17 60 Minutes CBS 12323 454
18 Modern Family ABC 12182 4260
19 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 12130 3498
20 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 11689 2979
21 Blindspot NBC 11662 4730
22 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 11645 14
23 Chicago Fire NBC 11611 3605
24 The Blacklist NBC 11583 4755
25 American Idol – Wednesday FOX 11520 1952
26 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 11496 3461
27 Survivor CBS 11198 2014
28 American Idol – Thursday FOX 11126 2023
29 The Good Wife CBS 10849 2459
30 Scandal ABC 10830 3660
31 Chicago Med NBC 10757 2811
32 Life in Pieces CBS 10533 1794
33 Chicago PD NBC 10425 3553
34 Limitless CBS 10276 3232
35 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 10261 4013
36 Code Black CBS 10179 3076
37 Supergirl CBS 10030 2351
38 Castle ABC 9955 3603
39 Law & Order: SVU NBC 9894 2991
40 Shades of Blue NBC 9872 4088
41 Mom CBS 9813 1838
42 The Bachelor ABC 9534 1559
43 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders CBS 9462 2410
44 Person of Interest – Tuesday CBS 9175 2531
45 The Middle ABC 9168 1839
46 Elementary CBS 9143 3381
47 Angel from Hell CBS 9044 1994
48 The Odd Couple – Thursday CBS 8841 985
49 The Mysteries of Laura NBC 8775 1802
50 Mike & Molly CBS 8722 1653
51 The Goldbergs ABC 8691 2089
52 Last Man Standing ABC 8573 1826
53 CSI: Cyber CBS 8503 2367
54 Black-ish ABC 8319 2470
55 Quantico ABC 8193 3808
56 2 Broke Girls CBS 8140 1686
57 Person of Interest – Monday CBS 7966 2432
58 The Amazing Race CBS 7630 1856
59 Shark Tank ABC 7609 1603
60 Lucifer FOX 7562 2995
61 Bones FOX 7379 2253
62 Undercover Boss CBS 7310 737
63 The Catch ABC 7216 2583
64 Superstore NBC 6587 1087
65 Nashville ABC 6525 2342
66 Once Upon a Time ABC 6475 2038
67 Gotham FOX 6459 2370
68 The Odd Couple – Monday CBS 6425 952
69 Dr. Ken ABC 6410 1141
70 Heroes Reborn NBC 6395 2070
71 Grimm NBC 6283 2333
72 Rosewood FOX 6199 1408
73 The Player NBC 6161 2168
74 20/20 ABC 6070 940
75 Dateline – Sunday NBC 6067 809
76 American Crime ABC 6031 2312
77 Dateline – Friday NBC 5917 1137
78 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 5807 1370
79 Agents of SHIELD ABC 5784 2358
80 Blood & Oil ABC 5741 1835
81 Masterchef Junior FOX 5692 1508
82 Rush Hour CBS 5631 1093
83 48 Hours CBS 5585 681
84 Best Time Ever w/Neil Patrick Harris NBC 5556 598
85 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 5540 283
86 The Flash CW 5506 1968
87 The Muppets ABC 5327 1310
88 Heartbeat NBC 5300 982
89 Saturday Night College Football ABC 5217 34
90 Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 5204 9
91 Hell’s Kitchen FOX 5026 1469
92 The Family ABC 4891 1876
93 Dateline Saturday Mystery NBC 4890 388
94 The Great Holiday Baking Show ABC 4873 893
95 The Carmichael Show NBC 4870 535
96 Game of Silence NBC 4865 1522
97 The Real O’Neals ABC 4820 1058
The Simpsons FOX 4820 830
99 Sleepy Hollow FOX 4817 1753
100 The Biggest Loser NBC 4751 1132
101 Scream Queens FOX 4723 1935
102 Bachelor Live ABC 4632 673
103 Family Guy FOX 4403 1312
104 Telenovela NBC 4402 650
105 Agent Carter ABC 4369 1680
106 Of Kings and Prophets ABC 4356 1483
107 The Last Man on Earth FOX 4303 1557
108 Hollywood Game Night NBC 4204 364
109 Dateline: On Assignment NBC 4160 193
110 Beyond the Tank – Friday ABC 4110 448
111 Crowded NBC 3992 703
112 Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 3980 1248
113 Grandfathered FOX 3797 1074
114 Wicked City ABC 3793 1329
115 Arrow CW 3764 1267
116 New Girl FOX 3753 1109
117 Second Chance FOX 3648 1220
118 Caught on Camera NBC 3600 110
119 You, Me and the Apocalypse NBC 3582 656
120 Legends of Tomorrow CW 3548 1372
121 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 3502 36
122 Beyond the Tank – Tuesday ABC 3425 617
123 20/20 Saturday ABC 3321 438
124 Minority Report FOX 3282 1207
125 Undateable NBC 3275 528
126 The Grinder FOX 3215 1039
127 Galavant ABC 3149 713
128 Strong NBC 3063 295
129 Bob’s Burgers FOX 2991 672
130 FOX College Football FOX 2988 13
131 Supernatural CW 2809 1028
132 What Would You Do? ABC 2665 325
133 Truth Be Told NBC 2572 360
134 American Grit FOX 2570 563
135 My Diet Is Better Than Yours ABC 2502 294
136 Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life FOX 2282 257
137 Containment CW 2185 751
138 World’s Funniest FOX 2179 145
139 The 100 CW 2162 832
140 iZombie CW 1997 674
141 The Vampire Diaries CW 1959 814
142 Bordertown FOX 1869 172
143 NBA Countdown ABC 1835 4
144 Jane the Virgin CW 1630 670
145 The Originals CW 1624 688
146 America’s Next Top Model CW 1592 569
147 Reign CW 1471 486
148 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 1048 174

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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