It’s not often that a show gets to claim the not-at-all-coveted title of “Fall’s Least Watched” two years in a row. Shows at the bottom of the ratings tend not to get picked up very much.
Yet thanks to The CW’s renew-almost-everything ethos, 2016 is an exception to the rule. For the second consecutive fall, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is the lowest-rated and least-watched show on network TV.
There were 94 shows* on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC in the fall. The five lowest-rated and least-watched on each network are below.
(*The list includes only first-run series in their regular time period, which premiered in the fall and aired at least three times. Sports pre- and post-game shows are excluded.)
As we note every year, being among the five lowest-rated on a given network doesn’t necessarily mean a show is on the chopping block. Five shows is half of The CW’s lineup, for instance, and “Jane the Virgin” is not in any danger.
Here are the lowest-rated shows on each of the broadcast networks. All ratings are “most current” — a mix of Live +7 for most of the fall and live + same-day — through Dec. 18.
|Show||Network||18-49 rating||Overall rank|
|The Vampire Diaries||CW||0.7||88t|
|FOX College Football||FOX||0.7||88t|
|Caught on Camera||NBC||0.7||88t|
|Jane the Virgin||CW||0.8||87|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos||ABC||1.0||84t|
|The Great American Baking Show||ABC||1.2||76t|
|The Real O’Neals||ABC||1.3||69t|
|The Odd Couple||CBS||1.3||69t|
|Dateline – Friday||NBC||1.3||69t|
|The Good Place||NBC||2.0||34t|
|Show||Network||Viewers (000s)||Overall rank|
|The Vampire Diaries||CW||1,672||91|
|Jane the Virgin||CW||1,835||90|
|FOX College Football||FOX||2,358||88|
|Caught on Camera||NBC||3,225||82|
|The Real O’Neals||ABC||4,077||74|
|Agents of SHIELD||ABC||4,865||69|
|Once Upon a Time||ABC||5,043||67|
|The Great American Baking Show||ABC||5,066||66|
|The Good Place||CBS||5,804||55|
|Dateline – Friday||NBC||6,085||53|
|The Good Place||NBC||6,361||49|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS||6,982||48|
|Man with a Plan||CBS||7,450||46|
Source: The Nielsen Company.