Midway through week 3 of the 2017-18 TV season, 48 returning entertainment shows have premiered on the broadcast networks.

Forty-two of those shows put up ratings that were either flat or down from last season’s premiere. Only six shows — including one that moved from Friday to Sunday nights — have improved on their ratings from last season.

Those six include the highest-rated comedy and drama (“The Big Bang Theory” and “This Is Us”) currently airing. “This Is Us” made the biggest jump in rating, growing by 1.1 points (2.8 to 3.9) in adults 18-49, while “Big Bang” improved by a more modest 0.3 (3.8 to 4.1).

The others are “Shark Tank,” “Great News” and “Bob’s Burgers,” along with the surprisingly strong Season 2 debut of “Riverdale.” It grew by 60 percent from its series debut in January. Here’s how they stack up (in this and all charts below, an asterisk indicates a show that aired on a different night last season):

Show 2017-18 premiere rating 2016-17 premiere rating Change % change
This Is Us 3.9 2.8 1.1 39%
Riverdale* 0.8 0.5 0.3 60%
The Big Bang Theory 4.1 3.8 0.3 8%
Shark Tank* 1.3 1.1 0.2 18%
Bob’s Burgers 1.3 1.2 0.1 8%
Great News* 1.3 1.2 0.1 8%

 

Four other shows (“The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “The Last Man on Earth” and “Legends of Tomorrow”) matched last season’s debuts. The other 38 were down. On average, the broadcast shows to debut so far are down 19 percent vs. last season’s premieres, a little under four tenths of a point.

Below are the remaining premieres broken down by network. We’ll update the charts as more shows debut.

ABC

Show 2017-18 premiere rating 2016-17 premiere rating Change % change
Fresh Off the Boat 1.4 1.6 -0.2 -13%
Grey’s Anatomy 2.3 2.5 -0.2 -8%
American Housewife* 1.6 1.9 -0.3 -16%
The Middle 1.5 1.8 -0.3 -17%
The Goldbergs 1.7 2.0 -0.3 -15%
How to Get Away with Murder 1.0 1.4 -0.4 -29%
Dancing With the Stars 1.6 2.1 -0.5 -24%
Black-ish* 1.5 2.0 -0.5 -25%
Modern Family 2.1 2.6 -0.5 -19%
Speechless 1.4 2.0 -0.6 -30%
Scandal 1.4 2.0 -0.6 -30%
Once Upon a Time* 0.7 1.3 -0.6 -46%
Designated Survivor 1.1 2.2 -1.1 -50%

 

CBS

Show 2017-18 premiere rating 2016-17 premiere rating Change % change
NCIS: Los Angeles 1.3 1.5 -0.2 -13%
Blue Bloods 1.1 1.3 -0.2 -15%
Madam Secretary 0.8 1.1 -0.3 -27%
Kevin Can Wait 2.3 2.6 -0.3 -12%
NCIS: New Orleans 1.0 1.4 -0.4 -29%
Hawaii Five-0 1.0 1.4 -0.4 -29%
Survivor 1.8 2.3 -0.5 -22%
Criminal Minds 1.3 1.9 -0.6 -32%
Scorpion 1.0 1.6 -0.6 -38%
NCIS 1.6 2.2 -0.6 -27%
MacGyver 0.8 1.7 -0.9 -53%
Bull 1.3 2.2 -0.9 -41%

 

FOX

Show 2017-18 premiere rating 2016-17 premiere rating Change % change
The Simpsons 1.4 1.4 0.0 0%
Family Guy 1.3 1.3 0.0 0%
The Last Man on Earth 0.9 0.9 0.0 0%
Lucifer 1.1 1.3 -0.2 -15%
Hell’s Kitchen 0.9 1.1 -0.2 -18%
The Mick 0.9 1.3** -0.4 -31%
Gotham* 0.9 1.3 -0.4 -31%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 0.7 1.1 -0.4 -36%
Star 1.8 2.2 -0.4 -18%
The Exorcist 0.5 1.0 -0.5 -50%
Lethal Weapon* 1.1 2.2 -1.1 -50%
Empire 2.4 4.2 -1.8 -43%

**Time period premiere for “The Mick,” excluding its post-NFL series debut.

NBC

Show 2017-18 premiere rating 2016-17 premiere rating Change % change
The Blacklist* 1.1 1.3 -0.2 -15%
Superstore 1.3 1.5 -0.2 -13%
Chicago PD 1.3 1.6 -0.3 -19%
Chicago Fire* 1.5 1.8 -0.3 -17%
Law & Order: SVU 1.4 1.8 -0.4 -22%
The Voice – Monday 2.6 3.3 -0.7 -21%
The Voice – Tuesday 2.7 3.4 -0.7 -21%
The Good Place 1.3 2.3 -1.0 -43%

 

The CW

Show 2017-18 premiere rating 2016-17 premiere rating Change % change
Legends of Tomorrow 0.6 0.6 0.0 0%
Supernatural 0.7 0.8 -0.1 -13%
Arrow* 0.6 0.7 -0.1 -14%
The Flash 1.1 1.3 -0.2 -15%
Supergirl 0.5 1.1 -0.6 -55%

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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