The ratings declines for “Sunday Night Football,” and NFL games in general, were well-documented this season. NBC’s weekly primetime game lost about 10 percent of its total audience from the previous year.

But it also finishes the 2017-18 season as the most-watched show on TV for the seventh consecutive season. A same-day average of 17.58 million people — more than the population of all but four states — watched the games that aired during the September-to-May TV season. (Adding in games before the official TV season began bumps the average up to 18.2 million).

“The Big Bang Theory” was the top non-sports show in viewers with just under 14 million viewers watching the night episodes aired. Four other scripted shows — “Roseanne,” “NCIS,” “Young Sheldon” and “This Is Us” — also made the top 10, up from three scripted series last season.

See also: Final same-day 18-49 ratings for 2017-18

On average, about 4.95 million people tuned into primetime shows in 2017-18, down just 1.3 percent from the 2016-17 average (5.01 million).

The numbers below are live + same-day viewer averages for in-season (Sept. 25, 2017-May 23, 2018) episodes of broadcast series. Irregularly scheduled programs and summer 2017 shows that aired episodes after Sept. 25 are excluded.

Rank Show Network Viewers (000s)
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 17,583
2 Thursday Night Football CBS 14,134
3 The Big Bang Theory CBS 13,999
4 Thursday Night Football NBC 13,483
5 Roseanne ABC 13,387
6 NCIS CBS 13,039
7 Young Sheldon CBS 12,581
8 The OT FOX 11,617
9 This Is Us NBC 11,187
10 60 Minutes CBS 10,902
11 Bull CBS 10,620
12 The Voice – Monday NBC 10,044
13 The Good Doctor ABC 9,783
14 The Voice – Tuesday NBC 9,751
15 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 9,570
16 Blue Bloods CBS 9,083
17 Dancing With the Stars ABC 9,051
18 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 8,859
19 Mom CBS 8,850
20 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 8,316
21 Survivor CBS 8,211
22 Instinct CBS 8,072
23 American Idol – Sunday ABC 8,029
24 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 7,947
25 Ellen’s Game of Games NBC 7,946
26 American Idol – Monday ABC 7,749
27 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 7,571
28 Wisdom of the Crowd CBS 6,974
29 MacGyver CBS 6,864
30 SEAL Team CBS 6,691
31 Chicago Med NBC 6,609
32 The Bachelor ABC 6,493
33 Life in Pieces CBS 6,466
34 Chicago PD NBC 6,389
35 Kevin Can Wait CBS 6,370
36 9-1-1 FOX 6,308
37 Little Big Shots NBC 6,302
38 Madam Secretary CBS 6,186
39 The Middle ABC 6,052
40 Chicago Fire NBC 5,981
41 Law & Order: SVU NBC 5,940
42 SWAT CBS 5,904
43 Man with a Plan CBS 5,770
44 Criminal Minds CBS 5,699
45 Modern Family ABC 5,692
46 Empire FOX 5,660
47 The Blacklist NBC 5,652
48 The Amazing Race CBS 5,604
49 The Goldbergs ABC 5,587
50 The Wall NBC 5,534
51 Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 5,508
52 Will & Grace NBC 5,392
53 Code Black CBS 5,382
54 9JKL CBS 5,285
55 Station 19 ABC 5,267
56 Scorpion CBS 5,260
57 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 5,204
58 Superior Donuts CBS 5,070
59 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition CBS 5,045
60 Me, Myself & I CBS 4,965
61 Better Late Than Never NBC 4,921
Saturday Night College Football ABC 4,921
63 Scandal ABC 4,842
64 Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition CBS 4,814
65 The Brave NBC 4,610
66 The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC 4,577
67 Dateline – Friday NBC 4,548
68 Law & Order True Crime NBC 4,542
69 The Resident FOX 4,535
70 American Housewife ABC 4,532
71 Elementary CBS 4,482
72 Good Girls NBC 4,436
73 Rise NBC 4,396
74 Speechless ABC 4,356
75 Black-ish ABC 4,332
76 Splitting Up Together ABC 4,319
77 Living Biblically CBS 4,202
78 The Crossing ABC 4,127
79 Star FOX 4,118
80 Lethal Weapon FOX 4,113
81 Shark Tank ABC 4,046
82 Child Support ABC 4,045
83 Dateline – Sunday NBC 3,936
84 Designated Survivor ABC 3,928
48 Hours CBS 3,928
86 Genius Junior NBC 3,826
87 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 3,817
88 Deception ABC 3,783
89 The X-Files FOX 3,736
90 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 3,700
91 Superstore NBC 3,663
92 The Four: Battle for Stardom FOX 3,644
93 The Orville FOX 3,635
94 The Good Place NBC 3,622
95 The Simpsons FOX 3,521
96 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 3,389
97 The Gifted FOX 3,365
98 Alex, Inc. ABC 3,364
99 Lucifer FOX 3,296
100 Blindspot NBC 3,257
101 Masterchef Junior FOX 3,191
102 Running Wild with Bear Grylls NBC 3,153
103 Hell’s Kitchen FOX 3,132
104 The Bachelor Winter Games ABC 3,032
105 Great News NBC 3,003
106 Dateline Mystery NBC 2,996
107 The Mayor ABC 2,937
108 20/20 ABC 2,935
109 Ghosted FOX 2,924
110 Match Game ABC 2,887
111 Taken NBC 2,767
112 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World ABC 2,699
113 AP Bio NBC 2,655
114 Ransom CBS 2,617
115 Inhumans ABC 2,558
116 For the People ABC 2,538
117 Gotham FOX 2,534
118 Timeless NBC 2,524
119 Family Guy FOX 2,521
120 Showtime at the Apollo FOX 2,457
121 LA to Vegas FOX 2,314
122 Once Upon a Time ABC 2,307
123 The Toy Box ABC 2,306
124 Quantico ABC 2,262
125 FOX College Football FOX 2,228
126 The Flash CW 2,214
127 Ten Days in the Valley ABC 2,184
128 Bob’s Burgers FOX 2,170
129 The Mick FOX 2,098
130 Agents of SHIELD ABC 2,076
131 Champions NBC 2,002
132 The Last Man on Earth FOX 1,968
133 NBA Countdown ABC 1,921
134 Supergirl CW 1,857
135 Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 1,761
136 Black Lightning CW 1,733
137 Supernatural CW 1,692
138 Legends of Tomorrow CW 1,505
139 New Girl FOX 1,492
140 Riverdale CW 1,371
141 The Exorcist FOX 1,318
142 Arrow CW 1,215
143 The 100 CW 1,110
144 Valor CW 981
145 The Originals CW 889
146 iZombie CW 755
147 Dynasty CW 688
148 Jane the Virgin CW 635
149 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 631
150 Life Sentence CW 466

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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