NBC led the broadcast ratings for the week of Sept. 18 with the combination of “Sunday Night Football” and the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

The week also put a cap on a year-long, September-to-September victory for the network among adults 18-49. NBC averaged a 1.9 rating in the demographic over the past 53 weeks (the later start to the 2017-18 season means the past week was an extra one), four tenths of a point better than ABC, CBS and FOX, which all tied for second.

NBC also led the 18-49 demo for the traditional September-to-May season. In total viewers, CBS led both the regular season and the full year, finishing with an average of 8.12 million. NBC took second with 7.51 million.

Spoiler alert: NBC will in all likelihood come out on top in 2017-18 as well since the network has both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics on its schedule.

Here are the network standings for the week of Sept. 18-24 and the season to date.

Sept. 18-24 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.8/3 (3t) 1.2/5 (2) 0.2/1 (7) 0.8/3 (3t) 2.0/8 (1) 0.5/2 (6) 0.6/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.17 (3) 6.21 (2) 0.91 (7) 2.73 (4) 7.78 (1) 1.38 (6) 1.62 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.5/6 (2t) 1.5/6 (2t) 0.5/2 (7) 1.5/6 (2t) 1.9/7 (1) 0.6/2 (5t) 0.6/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.70 (3) 8.12 (1) 1.58 (6) 4.84 (4) 7.51 (2) 1.45 (7) 1.73 (5)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 18-24, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – OAKLAND/WASHINGTON NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 6.3 8,139
2 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:59 PM 3.8 4,900
3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 3.0 3,900
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – F NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 3.0 3,805
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:48 PM 2.7 3,512
6 BIG BROTHER – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,812
7 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – P CBS Sun. 8:48 PM 1.9 2,427
8 DANCING WITH THE STARS – P ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,104
9 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 1.5 1,981
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – F NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,974
11 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – PENN ST./IOWA ABC Sat. 7:36 PM 1.4 1,776
12 THE GOOD PLACE – P NBC Weds. 10:01 PM 1.3 1,721
13 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,541
MASTERCHEF – 9 p.m. – F FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,535
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,494
16 WHO SHOT BIGGIE & TUPAC? – S FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,475
PALEY CENTER SALUES WILL & GRACE – S NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.1 1,466
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,437
THE ORVILLE FOX Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.1 1,420
PRIMER IMPACTO UNI Weds. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,391
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,366
PRIMER IMPACTO UNI Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,363
MASTERCHEF – 8 p.m. FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,362
24 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.0 1,333
FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NOTRE DAME/MICHIGAN ST. FOX Sat. 8:17 PM 1.0 1,290
GOTHAM – P FOX Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,284

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Sept. 18-24, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – OAKLAND/WASHINGTON NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 17,478
2 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – F NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 15,643
3 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:48 PM 14,825
4 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 14,695
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS – P ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,715
6 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:59 PM 10,618
7 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – P CBS Sun. 8:48 PM 9,486
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,164
9 BIG BROTHER – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 6,721
10 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 6,602
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 6,100
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 5,974
13 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – F NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 5,959
MOM – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 5,959
15 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 5,651
16 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 5,550
17 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – R CBS Sun. 9:53 PM 5,293
18 THE GOOD PLACE – P NBC Weds. 10:01 PM 5,283
19 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – PENN ST./IOWA ABC Sat. 7:36 PM 5,259
20 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 5,255
21 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 5,230
22 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 5,099
23 PALEY CENTER SALUES WILL & GRACE – S NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 4,851
24 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 4,831
25 HAWAII FIVE-0 – R CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 4,830

All program ratings are live + same-day. 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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