We’re a little past the halfway point of the 2016-17 TV season, and the last bit of ratings information from that week (Jan. 16-22) recently became available. Thus it seems like a good time to check in on the season’s freshman class.

The top of the leaderboard hasn’t changed much since the fall, with “This Is Us” leading the adults 18-49 rankings among newbies by a pretty wide margin and “Bull” ranking first in total viewers. “Designated Survivor” makes the biggest relative gains with DVR and on-demand viewing, rising from 11th to second among new shows in adults 18-49 and from seventh to third in viewers.

It’s interesting to note the relative performance of new shows away from the larger broadcast landscape. “Star” and “The Mick,” for instance, have been putting up middling ratings for FOX, but they’re in the Top 10 among adults 18-49 for first-year series. “Timeless” is among the better performers after its initial airing, moving up five or more spots with DVR and on-demand viewing added to its total.

Here’s how the freshman series stack up at the halfway point of the season. All ratings are through the end of week 18 (Jan. 22) and include only shows that have aired three or more episodes (sorry, “Hunted”).

Adults 18-49

Live + SD rank Show Network Episodes through Jan. 22 18-49 rating   Live +3 rank Rating   Live +7 rank Rating
1 This Is Us NBC 13 2.7 1 4.2 1 4.7
2 Kevin Can Wait CBS 15 1.8 3t 2.3 3t 2.5
3 Speechless ABC 13 1.7 7t 2.1 7t 2.3
Lethal Weapon FOX 13 1.7 3t 2.3 3t 2.5
5 Bull CBS 12 1.6 5t 2.2 6 2.4
The Wall NBC 6 1.6 13 1.7 13 1.8
American Housewife ABC 12 1.6 7t 2.1 7t 2.3
The Great Indoors CBS 11 1.6 11 1.9 11t 1.9
9 Star FOX 5 1.5 7t 2.1 7t 2.3
The Mick FOX 6 1.5 5t 2.2 3t 2.5
11 Designated Survivor ABC 10 1.4 2 2.7 2 3.3
12 Man with a Plan CBS 11 1.3 14t 1.6 15 1.6
The Good Place NBC 13 1.3 12 1.8 11 1.9
Son of Zorn FOX 10 1.3 16 1.5 16t 1.5
15 Timeless NBC 12 1.2 10 2 7t 2.3
16 MacGyver CBS 13 1.1 14 1.6 14 1.7
17 Notorious ABC 10 0.9 18t 1.3 18t 1.4
Pure Genius CBS 13 0.9 18t 1.3 18t 1.4
Pitch FOX 10 0.9 20 1.2 18t 1.4
20 My Kitchen Rules FOX 3 0.8 23 1 23 1
Emerald City NBC 4 0.8 17 1.4 16 1.5
22 The Exorcist FOX 10 0.7 21t 1.1 21t 1.2
23 Conviction ABC 12 0.6 21t 1.1 21t 1.2
24 Ransom CBS 4 0.5 24 0.7 24 0.7
25 No Tomorrow CW 13 0.3 26 0.3 26 0.3
Frequency CW 13 0.3 25 0.4 25 0.5

 

Total viewers

Live + SD rank Show Network Episodes through Jan. 22 Viewers (000s)   Live +3 rank Viewers (000s)   Live +7 rank Viewers (000s)
1 Bull CBS 12 12,234 1 15,420 1 16,432
2 This Is Us NBC 13 9,634 2 13,655 2 14,824
3 Kevin Can Wait CBS 15 8,187 5 9,649 5 10,028
4 MacGyver CBS 13 8,078 4 9,849 4 10,214
5 The Great Indoors CBS 11 7,864 7 8,649 7 8,834
6 Lethal Weapon FOX 13 6,712 6 8,663 6 9,414
7 Designated Survivor ABC 10 6,587 3 11,673 3 13,462
8 Man with a Plan CBS 11 6,505 10 7,408 10 7,640
9 The Wall NBC 6 6,170 13 6,698 13 6,805
10 Speechless ABC 13 5,775 11 7,039 11 7,522
11 American Housewife ABC 12 5,576 12 6,989 12 7,517
12 Pure Genius CBS 13 5,406 9 7,486 9 7,981
13 Timeless NBC 12 5,249 8 7,959 8 8,797
14 Star FOX 5 4,915 14 6,343 14 6,737
15 Ransom CBS 4 4,514 19 5,302 20 5,459
16 The Mick FOX 6 4,435 15 5,949 15 6,605
17 The Good Place NBC 13 4,108 16 5,619 17 6,015
18 Notorious ABC 10 3,973 17 5,589 16 6,087
19 Emerald City NBC 4 3,761 18 5,303 19 5,609
20 Conviction ABC 12 3,667 20 5,287 18 5,846
21 Son of Zorn FOX 10 3,033 22 3,361 22 3,460
22 Pitch FOX 10 3,025 21 4,319 21 4,675
23 My Kitchen Rules FOX 3 2,469 24 2,793 24 2,868
24 The Exorcist FOX 10 1,912 23 2,903 23 3,153
25 Frequency CW 13 947 25 1,388 25 1,539
26 No Tomorrow CW 13 794 26 960 26 1,020

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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