The truth is, delayed-viewing ratings are a rich-get-richer proposition. The shows with the biggest audiences the night they air also tend to gather the most eyeballs after the fact.

So it is with the final Live +7 numbers among adults 18-49 for the 2017-18 TV season. “This Is Us” was the No. 1 drama on the broadcast networks in the demographic, and it also got the biggest bounce after a week of playback, growing by 2.3 points (3.1 rating to 5.4). That’s ahead of its pace last season, when it grew by 2.1 points per episode.

The average primetime show grew by about half a point after seven days, from 1.1 to 1.6. That would make ABC’s comedy “Speechless,” which had just that growth pattern, 2017-18’s median show.

See also: Final Live +7 viewer averages for 2017-18

Below are the Live +7 18-49 ratings for the 2017-18 TV season. The numbers below reflect only original airings of shows and do not include episodes coded as specials. The rankings also exclude episodes that aired outside the regular season (Sept. 25, 2017-May 23, 2018), irregularly scheduled programs and summer 2017 shows that aired episodes in season.

Rank Show Network Live +7 18-49 rating
Gain vs. Live + SD
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 5.9 0.1
2 Roseanne ABC 5.7 2.2
3 This Is Us NBC 5.4 2.3
4 Thursday Night Football CBS 4.5 0.0
5 The Big Bang Theory CBS 4.4 1.7
6 Thursday Night Football NBC 4.0 0.0
7 The OT FOX 3.7 0.0
8 The Good Doctor ABC 3.6 1.8
9 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 3.4 1.5
Young Sheldon CBS 3.4 1.2
11 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 3.1 0.0
12 9-1-1 FOX 3.0 1.4
13 Modern Family ABC 2.9 1.3
14 Will & Grace NBC 2.8 1.3
Empire FOX 2.8 1.0
16 The Voice – Monday NBC 2.5 0.5
17 Survivor CBS 2.4 0.7
The Bachelor ABC 2.4 0.6
19 Ellen’s Game of Games NBC 2.3 0.4
The Voice – Tuesday NBC 2.3 0.4
21 Chicago PD NBC 2.2 1.0
Law & Order: SVU NBC 2.2 1.0
NCIS CBS 2.2 0.8
24 Scandal ABC 2.1 1.0
Chicago Fire NBC 2.1 1.0
Chicago Med NBC 2.1 0.9
The Goldbergs ABC 2.1 0.6
American Idol – Sunday ABC 2.1 0.4
29 How to Get Away with Murder ABC 2.0 1.1
Criminal Minds CBS 2.0 1.0
The Gifted FOX 2.0 1.0
The Orville FOX 2.0 1.0
The Middle ABC 2.0 0.6
Mom CBS 2.0 0.5
American Idol – Monday ABC 2.0 0.4
36 The Good Place NBC 1.9 0.8
American Housewife ABC 1.9 0.7
Splitting Up Together ABC 1.9 0.7
Bull CBS 1.9 0.7
40 SWAT CBS 1.8 0.9
SEAL Team CBS 1.8 0.8
Station 19 ABC 1.8 0.7
The Amazing Race CBS 1.8 0.7
Black-ish ABC 1.8 0.6
Star FOX 1.8 0.5
46 The Resident FOX 1.7 0.7
Life in Pieces CBS 1.7 0.6
Family Guy FOX 1.7 0.6
Law & Order True Crime NBC 1.7 0.6
The Simpsons FOX 1.7 0.2
Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 1.7 0.0
52 Designated Survivor ABC 1.6 0.9
The Blacklist NBC 1.6 0.7
The Brave NBC 1.6 0.7
Hawaii Five-0 CBS 1.6 0.6
NCIS: New Orleans CBS 1.6 0.6
Lethal Weapon FOX 1.6 0.6
Superstore NBC 1.6 0.6
Speechless ABC 1.6 0.5
Kevin Can Wait CBS 1.6 0.4
Ghosted FOX 1.6 0.4
Dancing With the Stars ABC 1.6 0.3
63 Scorpion CBS 1.5 0.7
The Flash CW 1.5 0.7
Blue Bloods CBS 1.5 0.6
Good Girls NBC 1.5 0.5
Shark Tank ABC 1.5 0.4
60 Minutes CBS 1.5 0.1
69 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 1.4 0.5
Fresh Off the Boat ABC 1.4 0.4
Bob’s Burgers FOX 1.4 0.4
The X-Files FOX 1.4 0.4
The Four: Battle for Stardom FOX 1.4 0.2
Saturday Night College Football ABC 1.4 0.0
75 Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 1.3 0.6
The Mick FOX 1.3 0.6
Gotham FOX 1.3 0.5
Lucifer FOX 1.3 0.5
Hell’s Kitchen FOX 1.3 0.4
Me, Myself & I CBS 1.3 0.3
81 Agents of SHIELD ABC 1.2 0.7
Inhumans ABC 1.2 0.6
New Girl FOX 1.2 0.6
Blindspot NBC 1.2 0.6
Timeless NBC 1.2 0.6
Code Black CBS 1.2 0.5
LA to Vegas FOX 1.2 0.5
Masterchef Junior FOX 1.2 0.5
Deception ABC 1.2 0.4
The Mayor ABC 1.2 0.4
MacGyver CBS 1.2 0.4
The Last Man on Earth FOX 1.2 0.4
Rise NBC 1.2 0.4
Wisdom of the Crowd CBS 1.2 0.3
Better Late Than Never NBC 1.2 0.3
9JKL CBS 1.2 0.2
Man with a Plan CBS 1.2 0.2
The Wall NBC 1.2 0.1
99 For the People ABC 1.1 0.5
The Crossing ABC 1.1 0.4
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World ABC 1.1 0.4
AP Bio NBC 1.1 0.4
Dateline – Friday NBC 1.1 0.3
Instinct CBS 1.1 0.2
Superior Donuts CBS 1.1 0.2
America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 1.1 0.1
NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 1.1 0.0
108 Riverdale CW 1.0 0.5
Elementary CBS 1.0 0.4
Madam Secretary CBS 1.0 0.4
Black Lightning CW 1.0 0.4
Supernatural CW 1.0 0.4
Alex, Inc. ABC 1.0 0.2
Little Big Shots NBC 1.0 0.1
115 Once Upon a Time ABC 0.9 0.4
Quantico ABC 0.9 0.4
Legends of Tomorrow CW 0.9 0.4
Supergirl CW 0.9 0.4
Match Game ABC 0.9 0.2
Living Biblically CBS 0.9 0.2
Great News NBC 0.9 0.2
Child Support ABC 0.9 0.1
Running Wild with Bear Grylls NBC 0.9 0.1
124 Arrow CW 0.8 0.4
125 The 100 CW 0.7 0.4
The Originals CW 0.7 0.4
Taken NBC 0.7 0.3
48 Hours CBS 0.7 0.2
Champions NBC 0.7 0.2
20/20 ABC 0.7 0.1
Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition CBS 0.7 0.1
Showtime at the Apollo FOX 0.7 0.1
Dateline – Sunday NBC 0.7 0.1
Genius Junior NBC 0.7 0.0
135 Ten Days in the Valley ABC 0.6 0.2
The Exorcist FOX 0.6 0.2
Dateline Mystery NBC 0.6 0.1
FOX College Football FOX 0.6 0.0
139 iZombie CW 0.5 0.3
Jane the Virgin CW 0.5 0.3
The Toy Box ABC 0.5 0.1
NBA Countdown ABC 0.5 0.0
143 Ransom CBS 0.4 0.1
144 Life Sentence CW 0.3 0.2
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 0.3 0.1
Dynasty CW 0.3 0.1
Valor CW 0.3 0.1

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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