The very top of the Live +7 viewer chart for 2016-17 looks almost exactly like it did in 2015-16: “Sunday Night Football” is the No. 1 show on network TV, followed by “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS.”

The difference this time is that the numbers are smaller for all three shows, and the gap between first and second place is slightly narrower.

“Sunday Night Football” averaged 19.75 million viewers for the season, down about 8 percent from 2015-16. “The Big Bang Theory” (19.03 million) also dipped by 8 percent, and “NCIS” (18.34 million) was off 11 percent. All three shows topped 20 million viewers with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing last season.

See also: Final Live +7 adults 18-49 ratings for 2016-17

“The Big Bang Theory” trailed “SNF” by 723,000 viewers vs. just over 800,000 last year.

A pair of new shows, “Designated Survivor” (+6.18 million) and “This Is Us” (+5.45 million), scored the biggest gains from their initial audience. CBS’ “Bull” was the most-watched new show by a scant 45,000 viewers over “This Is Us.”

All figures below are Live +7 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.

Rank Show Network Live +7 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live +SD
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 19,752 118
2 The Big Bang Theory CBS 19,029 4,999
3 NCIS CBS 18,339 3,708
4 Thursday Night Football NBC 17,113 114
5 Bull CBS 15,344 3,963
6 This Is us NBC 15,299 5,445
7 Thursday Night Football CBS 14,596 89
8 Blue Bloods CBS 14,070 4,124
9 The OT FOX 13,620 28
10 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 13,403 3,833
11 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 12,529 2,404
12 The Voice – Monday NBC 12,487 1,966
13 Dancing With the Stars ABC 12,452 1,685
14 60 Minutes CBS 12,425 490
15 The Voice – Tuesday NBC 12,311 1,898
16 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 12,162 2,913
17 Designated Survivor ABC 12,022 6,179
18 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 11,225 3,374
19 Madam Secretary CBS 11,062 2,775
20 Empire FOX 11,017 3,399
21 Criminal Minds CBS 10,897 3,429
22 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 10,838 11
23 Modern Family ABC 10,734 3,836
24 Scorpion CBS 10,703 3,471
25 Chicago Fire NBC 10,658 3,707
26 Survivor CBS 10,514 2,096
27 Little Big Shots NBC 10,346 1,221
28 Chicago PD NBC 10,150 3,680
29 Chicago Med NBC 9,908 3,250
30 MacGyver CBS 9,802 2,080
31 The Blacklist NBC 9,650 4,337
32 Mom CBS 9,440 1,830
33 Kevin Can Wait CBS 9,246 1,628
34 Code Black CBS 9,239 3,268
35 Lethal Weapon FOX 9,183 2,649
36 The Bachelor ABC 9,003 1,633
37 Law & Order: SVU NBC 8,784 2,955
38 Scandal ABC 8,575 2,960
39 Chicago Justice NBC 8,478 2,526
40 The Great Indoors CBS 8,394 913
41 Last Man Standing ABC 8,326 1,915
42 Life in Pieces CBS 8,168 1,999
43 Timeless NBC 7,987 3,369
44 Pure Genius CBS 7,944 2,557
45 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 7,906 3,299
46 The Middle ABC 7,759 1,717
47 The Goldbergs ABC 7,752 1,708
48 Elementary CBS 7,555 2,703
49 Man with a Plan CBS 7,437 1,108
50 Black-ish ABC 7,374 2,196
51 Superior Donuts CBS 7,288 1,044
52 Hunted CBS 7,259 1,168
53 Blindspot NBC 7,204 2,419
54 2 Broke Girls CBS 7,025 1,401
55 Shades of Blue NBC 7,019 2,645
56 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders CBS 7,001 2,150
57 American Housewife ABC 6,982 1,800
58 Taken NBC 6,931 1,806
59 Speechless ABC 6,917 1,545
60 Doubt CBS 6,795 2,128
61 Shark Tank ABC 6,594 1,454
62 The Wall NBC 6,487 606
63 Undercover Boss CBS 6,405 706
64 The Amazing Race CBS 6,328 2,348
65 The Blacklist: Redemption NBC 6,231 2,187
66 Saturday Night College Football ABC 6,133 39
67 Notorious ABC 6,087 2,114
68 24: Legacy FOX 6,082 2,099
69 Grimm NBC 6,070 1,920
70 The Good Place NBC 6,015 1,907
71 The Odd Couple CBS 5,990 1,059
72 Star FOX 5,982 1,757
73 Lucifer FOX 5,957 2,282
74 Dateline – Friday NBC 5,880 1,204
75 Conviction ABC 5,742 2,171
76 Bones FOX 5,538 2,312
77 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 5,458 388
78 Secrets and Lies ABC 5,287 2,026
79 Dr. Ken ABC 5,268 857
80 20/20 ABC 5,264 939
81 Superstore NBC 5,208 1,260
82 Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 5,204 8
83 APB FOX 5,196 1,777
84 Gotham FOX 5,160 1,810
85 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 5,084 1,228
86 The Great American Baking Show ABC 5,026 866
87 Trial & Error NBC 4,926 956
88 48 Hours CBS 4,880 661
89 The Catch ABC 4,858 1,592
90 The Simpsons FOX 4,838 691
91 The New Celebrity Apprentice NBC 4,820 816
92 Hell’s Kitchen FOX 4,777 1,301
93 Quantico ABC 4,772 1,992
94 The Flash CW 4,716 1,872
Masterchef Junior FOX 4,716 1,167
96 To Tell the Truth ABC 4,708 546
97 Pitch FOX 4,675 1,650
98 Shots Fired FOX 4,656 1,179
99 Emerald City NBC 4,643 1,610
100 The Mick FOX 4,606 1,714
101 Training Day CBS 4,558 1,152
Dateline Saturday Mystery NBC 4,558 411
103 Once Upon a Time ABC 4,503 1,319
104 Agents of SHIELD ABC 4,398 2,061
105 Rosewood FOX 4,362 1,343
106 Ransom CBS 4,346 889
107 Match Game ABC 4,299 780
108 Prison Break FOX 4,253 1,604
109 Family Guy FOX 3,987 1,164
110 First Dates NBC 3,941 557
111 The Real O’Neals ABC 3,939 888
112 Imaginary Mary ABC 3,802 838
113 Supergirl CW 3,754 1,391
114 Great News NBC 3,726 393
115 American Crime ABC 3,327 1,394
116 The Last Man on Earth FOX 3,291 1,146
117 Sleepy Hollow FOX 3,287 1,369
118 Time After Time ABC 3,222 1,022
119 Caught on Camera NBC 3,203 112
120 Son of Zorn FOX 3,180 404
121 The Toy Box ABC 3,177 302
122 The Exorcist FOX 3,153 1,241
123 New Girl FOX 3,147 1,091
124 Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 3,021 973
125 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 2,983 35
126 Legends of Tomorrow CW 2,917 1,101
127 Powerless NBC 2,878 581
128 People Icons ABC 2,876 238
129 Bob’s Burgers FOX 2,819 683
130 Arrow CW 2,805 1,047
131 My Kitchen Rules FOX 2,631 367
132 Supernatural CW 2,622 945
133 FOX College Football FOX 2,358 15
134 Scream Queens FOX 2,281 842
135 Kicking and Screaming FOX 2,221 347
136 Making History FOX 1,895 345
137 NBA Countdown ABC 1,890 3
138 You the Jury FOX 1,765 393
139 Riverdale CW 1,731 686
140 The Vampire Diaries CW 1,710 716
141 Jane the Virgin CW 1,650 689
142 The 100 CW 1,634 676
143 The Originals CW 1,578 626
144 iZombie CW 1,564 653
145 Frequency CW 1,515 579
146 Reign CW 1,229 531
147 No Tomorrow CW 1,020 226
148 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 751 203

 

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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