After an election week in which cable programming made up the majority of the combined Top 25, the scale tilted back toward the broadcast networks in the week of Nov. 14-20.

Only four cable shows made the adults 18-49 rankings: “The Walking Dead” (5.2 rating, second overall), “Monday Night Football” (3.6, fourth), “Talking Dead” (1.7, tied for 19th) and ESPN’s Ohio State-Michigan State college football game (1.6, tied for 24th).

In viewers, only “The Walking Dead” and “Monday Night Football” (eighth and ninth) cracked the Top 25. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” ranks first in both measures with a 6.2 in adults 18-49 and 18.73 million viewers.

Top 25 broadcast and cable series (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Nov. 14-20, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – GREEN BAY/WASHINGTON NBC Sun. 8:32 PM 6.2 7,910
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5.2 6,641
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – NEW ORLEANS/CAROLINA NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 4.2 5,397
4 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BENGALS/GIANTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.6 4,614
5 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:58 PM 3.3 4,283
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3.1 4,033
EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 3.1 3,995
8 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:46 PM 2.6 3,299
THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.6 3,291
10 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,105
11 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,949
12 MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.2 2,866
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,763
14 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,679
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC SUn. 7:36 PM 2.1 2,642
16 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NBC Thurs. 7:59 PM 1.9 2,406
THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,378
18 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,262
19 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,209
LETHAL WEAPON FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,173
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 1.7 2,168
SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.7 2,137
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,128
24 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OHIO ST/MICHIGAN ST ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 1.6 2,089
DAVID BLAINE: BEYOND MAGIC – S ABC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.6 2,057
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,049
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.6 2,037
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,020

 

Top 25 broadcast and cable series in viewers for Nov. 14-20, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – GREEN BAY/WASHINGTON NBC Sun. 8:32 PM 18,729
2 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:46 PM 14,891
3 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 14,731
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 14,338
5 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – NEW ORLEANS/CAROLINA NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 13,333
6 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 11,873
7 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 11,339
8 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 10,996
9 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BENGALS/GIANTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,717
10 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:58 PM 10,441
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:46 PM 10,427
12 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 10,358
13 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 10,094
14 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,025
15 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 9,748
16 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 9,505
17 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 9,173
18 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 9:46 PM 8,516
19 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,489
20 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 8,389
21 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 8,182
22 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 8,117
23 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 8,048
24 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 7,638
25 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 7,618

All 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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