“Sunday Night Football” is the most-watched show on broadcast TV — at least on the night it airs — for the sixth straight season.

Although viewership was down about 8 percent year to year — 19.63 million this season vs. 21.3 million in 2015-16 — NBC’s Sunday primetime NFL game still leads the same-day viewership rankings by a healthy margin. It drew 2.6 million more viewers than the No. 2 program, NBC’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcast (17 million).

“NCIS” was the top non-sports show of the season with an average of 14.63 million viewers.

See also: Final same day adults 18-49 ratings for 2016-17

The six-year streak for “Sunday Night Football” ties the longest ever for a show. “American Idol” was the most-watched show for six seasons from 2005-06 through 2010-11.

All figures below are live plus same-day ratings 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 Viewers (000s)
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 19,634
2 Thursday Night Football NBC 16,999
3 NCIS CBS 14,631
4 Thursday Night Football CBS 14,508
5 The Big Bang Theory CBS 14,030
6 The OT FOX 13,592
7 60 Minutes CBS 11,935
8 Bull CBS 11,385
9 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 10,827
10 The Voice – Monday NBC 10,551
11 Dancing With the Stars ABC 10,434
12 The Voice – Tuesday NBC 10,322
13 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 10,125
14 Blue Bloods CBS 9,947
15 This Is Us NBC 9,854
16 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 9,570
17 Hawaii Five-0 CBS 9,249
18 Little Big Shots NBC 9,125
19 Survivor CBS 8,424
20 Madam Secretary CBS 8,287
21 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 7,851
22 MacGyver CBS 7,722
23 Kevin Can Wait CBS 7,618
24 Empire FOX 7,616
25 Mom CBS 7,610
26 The Great Indoors CBS 7,481
27 Criminal Minds CBS 7,468
28 The Bachelor ABC 7,370
29 Scorpion CBS 7,232
30 Chicago Fire NBC 6,951
31 Modern Family ABC 6,898
32 Chicago Med NBC 6,658
33 Lethal Weapon FOX 6,534
34 Chicago PD NBC 6,470
35 Last Man Standing ABC 6,411
36 Man with a Plan CBS 6,329
37 Superior Donuts CBS 6,244
38 Life in Pieces CBS 6,169
39 Saturday Night College Football ABC 6,095
40 Hunted CBS 6,091
41 The Goldbergs ABC 6,044
42 The Middle ABC 6,042
43 Code Black CBS 5,971
44 Chicago Justice NBC 5,952
45 The Wall NBC 5,881
46 Designated Survivor ABC 5,844
47 Law & Order: SVU NBC 5,798
48 Undercover Boss CBS 5,699
49 2 Broke Girls CBS 5,624
50 Scandal ABC 5,615
51 Pure Genius CBS 5,387
52 Speechless ABC 5,372
53 The Blacklist NBC 5,313
54 Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 5,196
55 American Housewife ABC 5,182
56 Black-ish ABC 5,178
57 Shark Tank ABC 5,140
58 Taken NBC 5,125
59 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 5,070
60 The Odd Couple CBS 4,931
61 The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC 4,861
62 Elementary CBS 4,852
63 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders CBS 4,851
64 Blindspot NBC 4,785
65 Dateline – Friday NBC 4,676
66 Doubt CBS 4,667
67 Timeless NBC 4,618
68 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 4,607
69 Dr. Ken ABC 4,411
70 Shades of Blue NBC 4,374
71 20/20 ABC 4,325
72 Star FOX 4,225
73 48 Hours CBS 4,219
74 The Great American Baking Show ABC 4,160
75 Grimm NBC 4,150
76 The Simpsons FOX 4,147
Dateline Saturday Mystery NBC 4,147
78 The Good Place NBC 4,108
79 The Blacklist: Redemption NBC 4,044
80 The New Celebrity Apprentice NBC 4,004
81 To Tell the Truth ABC 3,997
82 24: Legacy FOX 3,983
83 The Amazing Race CBS 3,980
84 Notorious ABC 3,973
85 Superstore NBC 3,948
86 Trial & Error NBC 3,863
87 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 3,856
88 Lucifer FOX 3,715
89 Conviction ABC 3,571
90 Masterchef Junior FOX 3,549
91 Match Game ABC 3,519
92 Hell’s Kitchen FOX 3,476
93 Shots Fired FOX 3,475
94 Ransom CBS 3,457
95 APB FOX 3,419
96 Training Day CBS 3,406
97 First Dates NBC 3,384
98 Gotham FOX 3,374
99 Great News NBC 3,348
100 The Catch ABC 3,266
101 Secrets and Lies ABC 3,261
102 Bones FOX 3,226
103 Once Upon a Time ABC 3,184
104 Caught on Camera NBC 3,091
105 The Real O’Neals ABC 3,051
106 Emerald City NBC 3,033
107 Pitch FOX 3,025
108 Rosewood FOX 3,019
109 Imaginary Mary ABC 2,964
110 The MIck FOX 2,959
111 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 2,948
112 The Toy Box ABC 2,875
113 The Flash CW 2,843
114 Family Guy FOX 2,823
115 Quantico ABC 2,780
116 Son of Zorn FOX 2,776
117 Prison Break FOX 2,649
118 People Icons ABC 2,638
119 Supergirl CW 2,363
120 FOX College Football FOX 2,343
121 Agents of SHIELD ABC 2,337
122 Powerless NBC 2,297
123 My Kitchen Rules FOX 2,264
124 Time After Time ABC 2,200
125 The Last Man on Earth FOX 2,145
126 Bob’s Burgers FOX 2,136
127 Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 2,109
128 New Girl FOX 2,056
129 American Crime ABC 1,933
130 Sleepy Hollow FOX 1,918
131 The Exorcist FOX 1,912
132 NBA Countdown ABC 1,887
133 Kicking and Screaming FOX 1,874
134 Legends of Tomorrow CW 1,816
135 Arrow CW 1,758
136 Supernatural CW 1,677
137 Making History FOX 1,550
138 Scream Queens FOX 1,439
139 You the Jury FOX 1,372
140 Riverdale CW 1,045
141 The Vampire Diaries CW 994
142 Jane the Virgin CW 961
143 The 100 CW 958
144 The Originals CW 952
145 Frequency CW 936
146 iZombie CW 911
147 No Tomorrow CW 794
148 Reign CW 698
149 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 548

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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