Season 2 of “This Is Us” kept its ratings momentum and was one of just a handful of network shows to improve its numbers in 2017-18. The rest of primetime? It was mostly down.

“This Is Us” was one of 10 shows whose live + same-day ratings among adults 18-49 improved year to year. The others were “The 100,” “The Amazing Race,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Football Night in America” part 2, “Mom,” “NBA Saturday Primetime,” “The Originals” and “Riverdale.”

“This Is Us'” numbers are inflated some by its post-Super Bowl episode, but even without it, it would have finished a tiny bit ahead of its 2016-17 average (2.7 rating vs. 2.68).

Three more series — “Chicago Med,” “NBA Countdown” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — were even with their 2016-17 numbers. The other 87 returning shows were down, most of them by 10 percent or more.

Aside from the now-canceled “Roseanne” revival, the top-rated new show was CBS’ “Young Sheldon” at 2.21. It had a 0.42-point lead over ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” which was the No. 1 new drama in the 18-49 demographic.

See also: Final same-day total viewer averages for 2017-18

There’s also a new lowest-rated show on broadcast TV. “Life Sentence” (0.13) takes the dubious honor from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which had been last or tied for last in each of the previous two seasons.

Primetime shows averaged a 1.08 rating for the season, down 10 percent from 1.2 in 2016-17.

The ratings below are averages of in-season (Sept. 25, 2017-May 23, 2018) episodes only, including those coded as specials. Irregularly scheduled programs and summer 2017 series that aired episodes after Sept. 25 aren’t included.

Rank Show Network 18-49 rating vs. 2016-17
1 Sunday Night Football NBC 5.83 -0.87 (-13%)
2 Thursday Night Football CBS 4.46 -0.34 (-7.1%)
3 Thursday Night Football NBC 4.02 -1.18 (-22.7%)
4 The OT FOX 3.7 -0.9 (-19.6%)
5 Roseanne ABC 3.29 n/a
6 Football Night in America Pt 3 NBC 3.1 -0.5 (-13.9%)
7 This Is Us NBC 3.07 +0.39 (+14.6%)
8 The Big Bang Theory CBS 2.75 -0.35 (-11.3%)
9 Young Sheldon CBS 2.21 n/a
10 The Voice – Monday NBC 2.03 -0.35 (-14.7%)
11 Ellen’s Game of Games NBC 2.01 n/a
12 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 1.91 -0.15 (-7.3%)
13 The Voice – Tuesday NBC 1.89 -0.29 (-13.3%)
14 Empire FOX 1.84 -0.91 (-33.1%)
15 The Good Doctor ABC 1.79 n/a
16 The Bachelor ABC 1.72 -0.63 (-26.8%)
17 Football Night in America Pt 2 NBC 1.7 +0.1 (+6.3%)
18 American Idol – Sunday ABC 1.67 n/a
19 Survivor CBS 1.66 -0.15 (-8.3%)
20 9-1-1 FOX 1.64 n/a
21 Modern Family ABC 1.59 -0.51 (-24.3%)
22 American Idol – Monday ABC 1.56 n/a
23 Will & Grace NBC 1.49 n/a
24 The Goldbergs ABC 1.46 -0.26 (-15.1%)
Mom CBS 1.46 +0.03 (+2.1%)
26 The Middle ABC 1.43 -0.07 (-4.7%)
27 Saturday Night College Football ABC 1.42 -0.48 (-25.3%)
The Simpsons FOX 1.42 -0.33 (-18.9%)
29 NCIS CBS 1.4 -0.32 (-18.6%)
60 Minutes CBS 1.4 -0.24 (-14.6%)
31 Star FOX 1.32 -0.03 (-2.2%)
32 Dancing With the Stars ABC 1.26 -0.37 (-22.7%)
33 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition CBS 1.25 n/a
Law & Order: SVU NBC 1.25 -0.1 (-7.4%)
35 The Amazing Race CBS 1.24 +0.36 (+40.9%)
36 Splitting Up Together ABC 1.23 n/a
Chicago Med NBC 1.23 Even
38 American Housewife ABC 1.22 -0.22 (-15.3%)
39 Chicago PD NBC 1.21 -0.18 (-12.9%)
40 Black-ish ABC 1.2 -0.31 (-20.5%)
The Four: Battle for Stardom FOX 1.2 n/a
42 Bull CBS 1.18 -0.24 (-16.9%)
Kevin Can Wait CBS 1.18 -0.43 (-26.7%)
Ghosted FOX 1.18 n/a
45 Scandal ABC 1.13 -0.31 (-21.5%)
Speechless ABC 1.13 -0.42 (-27.1%)
Family Guy FOX 1.13 -0.19 (-14.4%)
48 The Good Place NBC 1.11 -0.18 (-14%)
49 Life in Pieces CBS 1.1 -0.16 (-12.7%)
50 Chicago Fire NBC 1.07 -0.46 (-30.1%)
51 NBA Saturday Primetime ABC 1.06 +0.06 (+6%)
52 The Wall NBC 1.05 -0.4 (-27.6%)
53 Law & Order True Crime NBC 1.04 n/a
54 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 1.03 -0.14 (-12%)
Good Girls NBC 1.03 n/a
56 Station 19 ABC 1.02 n/a
America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 1.02 +0.08 (+8.5%)
58 SEAL Team CBS 1.01 n/a
The Resident FOX 1.01 n/a
The Gifted FOX 1.01 n/a
Superstore NBC 1.01 -0.12 (-10.6%)
62 Me, Myself & I CBS 1.0 n/a
Man with a Plan CBS 1.0 -0.24 (-19.4%)
64 Shark Tank ABC 0.99 -0.2 (-16.8%)
Criminal Minds CBS 0.99 -0.41 (-29.3%)
Lethal Weapon FOX 0.99 -0.58 (-36.9%)
Bob’s Burgers FOX 0.99 +0.01 (+1%)
The Orville FOX 0.99 n/a
69 9JKL CBS 0.97 n/a
How to Get Away with Murder ABC 0.95 -0.34 (-26.4%)
NCIS: New Orleans CBS 0.95 -0.22 (-18.8%)
Hawaii Five-0 CBS 0.95 -0.2 (-17.4%)
The X-Files FOX 0.95
Didn’t air in 2016-17
74 SWAT CBS 0.94 n/a
75 The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC 0.93 -0.15 (-13.9%)
76 Wisdom of the Crowd CBS 0.92 n/a
The Blacklist NBC 0.92 -0.07 (-7.1%)
78 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 0.91 -0.39 (-30%)
The Brave NBC 0.91 n/a
Better Late Than Never NBC 0.91 n/a
81 Blue Bloods CBS 0.9 -0.25 (-21.7%)
82 Superior Donuts CBS 0.89 -0.29 (-24.6%)
83 Little Big Shots NBC 0.88 -0.61 (-40.9%)
84 Hell’s Kitchen FOX 0.86 -0.25 (-22.5%)
85 Alex, Inc. ABC 0.84 n/a
86 MacGyver CBS 0.83 -0.25 (-23.1%)
Lucifer FOX 0.83 -0.22 (-21%)
Rise NBC 0.83 n/a
89 The Mayor ABC 0.82 n/a
Scorpion CBS 0.82 -0.37 (-31.1%)
91 Instinct CBS 0.81 n/a
Masterchef Junior FOX 0.81 -0.22 (-21.4%)
93 The Bachelor Winter Games ABC 0.8 n/a
Running Wild with Bear Grylls NBC 0.8 -0.12 (-13.1%)
Dateline – Friday NBC 0.8 -0.1 (-11.1%)
96 The Last Man on Earth FOX 0.79 -0.12 (-13.2%)
The Flash CW 0.79 -0.27 (-25.5%)
98 Gotham FOX 0.77 -0.33 (-30%)
99 Deception ABC 0.75 n/a
100 The Mick FOX 0.74 -0.37 (-33.3%)
101 Code Black CBS 0.73 -0.24 (-24.7%)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine FOX 0.73 -0.11 (-13.1%)
LA to Vegas FOX 0.73 n/a
Great News NBC 0.73 -0.07 (-8.8%)
AP Bio NBC 0.73 n/a
106 Designated Survivor ABC 0.7 -0.55 (-44%)
Child Support ABC 0.7 n/a
Living Biblically CBS 0.7 n/a
109 Match Game ABC 0.69 -0.17 (-19.8%)
110 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World ABC 0.66 n/a
The Crossing ABC 0.66 n/a
113 Genius Junior NBC 0.64 n/a
114 For the People ABC 0.63 n/a
Madam Secretary CBS 0.63 -0.25 (-28.4%)
FOX College Football FOX 0.63 -0.07 (-10%)
116 Blindspot NBC 0.62 -0.4 (-39.2%)
117 20/20 ABC 0.6 -0.3 (-33.3%)
Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition CBS 0.6 n/a
Showtime at the Apollo FOX 0.6 n/a
Timeless NBC 0.6 -0.52 (-46.4%)
Dateline – Sunday NBC 0.6 n/a
122 Inhumans ABC 0.59 n/a
123 Elementary CBS 0.58 -0.06 (-9.4%)
New Girl FOX 0.58 -0.35 (-37.6%)
125 Supernatural CW 0.56 -0.04 (-6.7%)
Black Lightning CW 0.56 n/a
127 Agents of SHIELD ABC 0.53 -0.21 (-28.4%)
Supergirl CW 0.53 -0.19 (-26.4%)
129 Once Upon a Time ABC 0.5 -0.43 (-42.6%)
NBA Countdown ABC 0.5 Even
48 Hours CBS 0.5 -0.19 (-27.5%)
Champions NBC 0.5 n/a
Dateline Mystery NBC 0.5 -0.2 (-28.6%)
134 Riverdale CW 0.49 +0.11 (+28.9%)
Legends of Tomorrow CW 0.49 -0.15 (-23.4%)
136 Quantico ABC 0.47 -0.21 (-30.9%)
137 Taken NBC 0.44 -0.56 (-56%)
138 The Toy Box ABC 0.43 -0.2 (-31.7%)
Arrow CW 0.43 -0.2 (-31.7%)
140 The Exorcist FOX 0.41 -0.26 (-38.8%)
141 Ten Days in the Valley ABC 0.36 n/a
The Originals CW 0.36 +0.04 (+12.5%)
The 100 CW 0.36 +0.01 (+2.9%)
144 Ransom CBS 0.3 -0.12 (-28.6%)
145 iZombie CW 0.24 -0.07 (-22.6%)
Jane the Virgin CW 0.24 -0.1 (-29.4%)
147 Valor CW 0.22 n/a
148 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CW 0.2 Even
149 Dynasty CW 0.19 n/a
150 Life Sentence CW 0.13 n/a

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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