You could probably guess that “This Is Us” has been the No. 1 new series of the 2016-17 season so far in adults 18-49, and that “Bull” is drawing the biggest total audience among freshman shows.

Could you name the No. 2 show in each of those measures, or No. 5 or No. 17? Scroll down a little bit and you won’t have to: TV by the Numbers has current rankings for all 20 new series that have premiered so far this season.

As the holiday-season hiatus approaches for a number of shows, it’s a good time to see where the newcomers stand relative to each other. “This Is Us” is as close to a breakout hit as there is on the networks this season, as its same-day average in adults 18-49 (2.6) is half a point better than the second-ranked show, “Kevin Can Wait.” “Bull” and its 13.22 million viewers hold a similarly large lead over No. 2 “This Is Us” (9.26 million).

“Designated Survivor” makes the biggest leap up the rankings after three days of DVR and on-demand viewing. It goes from tied for seventh in adults 18-49 to second, and from sixth to third in viewers. “Lethal Weapon” is also showing itself to be a strong performer for FOX, ranking in the Top 4 in adults 18-49 in both same-day and Live +3 and the Top 8 in viewers.

Here are the new-show rankings to date; all numbers are through Nov. 6, the last completed week.

Live + same-day – Adults 18-49

Rank Show Network Episodes 18-49 rating
1 THIS IS US NBC 6 2.6
2 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 7 2.1
3 LETHAL WEAPON FOX 5 1.9
4 BULL CBS 5 1.8
SPEECHLESS ABC 5 1.8
THE GREAT INDOORS CBS 2 1.8
7 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 5 1.7
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 4 1.7
9 TIMELESS NBC 5 1.4
MAN WITH A PLAN CBS 2 1.4
THE GOOD PLACE NBC 8 1.4
MACGYVER CBS 7 1.2
SON OF ZORN FOX 5 1.2
14 PURE GENIUS CBS 2 1.0
15 NOTORIOUS ABC 7 0.9
PITCH FOX 6 0.9
17 CONVICTION ABC 4 0.8
18 THE EXORCIST FOX 6 0.7
19 FREQUENCY CW 5 0.3
NO TOMORROW CW 5 0.3

 

Total viewers

Rank Show Network Episodes Viewers (000s)
1 BULL CBS 5 13,218
2 THIS IS US NBC 6 9,264
3 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 7 8,972
4 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS 2 8,464
5 MACGYVER CBS 7 8,300
6 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 5 7,594
7 LETHAL WEAPON FOX 5 7,055
8 MAN WITH A PLAN CBS 2 6,703
9 SPEECHLESS ABC 5 6,323
10 TIMELESS NBC 5 6,079
11 PURE GENIUS CBS 2 5,817
12 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 4 5,667
13 THE GOOD PLACE NBC 8 4,774
14 CONVICTION ABC 4 4,602
15 NOTORIOUS ABC 7 4,181
16 PITCH FOX 6 3,315
17 SON OF ZORN FOX 5 2,883
18 THE EXORCIST FOX 6 2,073
19 FREQUENCY CW 5 1,076
20 NO TOMORROW CW 5 920

 

Live +3 – Adults 18-49

Rank Show Network Episodes L +3 18-49 rating Increase vs. live +same-day
1 THIS IS US NBC 6 4.1 1.5 (58%)
2 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 5 3.1 1.4 (82%)
3 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 7 2.7 0.6 (29%)
4 LETHAL WEAPON FOX 5 2.5 0.6 (32%)
5 BULL CBS 5 2.4 0.6 (33%)
6 TIMELESS NBC 5 2.3 0.9 (64%)
SPEECHLESS ABC 5 2.3 0.5 (28%)
8 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 4 2.2 0.5 (29%)
9 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS 2 2.1 0.3 (17%)
10 THE GOOD PLACE NBC 8 2.0 0.6 (50%)
11 MACGYVER CBS 7 1.7 0.5 (42%)
MAN WITH A PLAN CBS 2 1.7 0.3 (21%)
13 PURE GENIUS CBS 2 1.4 0.4 (40%)
SON OF ZORN FOX 5 1.4 0.2 (17%)
15 NOTORIOUS ABC 7 1.3 0.4 (44%)
PITCH FOX 6 1.3 0.4 (44%)
17 CONVICTION ABC 4 1.2 0.4 (50%)
18 THE EXORCIST FOX 6 1.1 0.4 (57%)
19 FREQUENCY CW 5 0.5 0.2 (67%)
20 NO TOMORROW CW 5 0.4 0.1 (33%)

 

Total viewers

Rank Show Network Episodes L +3 viewers (000s) Increase vs. live +same-day
1 BULL CBS 5 16,583 3,365 (25%)
2 THIS IS US NBC 6 13,048 3,784 (41%)
3 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 5 12,957 5,363 (71%)
4 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 7 10,652 1,680 (19%)
5 MACGYVER CBS 7 10,167 1,867 (22%)
6 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS 2 9,471 1,007 (12%)
7 TIMELESS NBC 5 9,040 2,961 (49%)
8 LETHAL WEAPON FOX 5 9,037 1,982 (28%)
9 PURE GENIUS CBS 2 8,205 2,388 (41%)
10 SPEECHLESS ABC 5 7,772 1,449 (23%)
11 MAN WITH A PLAN CBS 2 7,688 985 (15%)
12 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 4 7,216 1,549 (27%)
13 THE GOOD PLACE NBC 8 6,599 1,825 (38%)
14 CONVICTION ABC 4 6,419 1,817 (39%)
15 NOTORIOUS ABC 7 5,850 1,669 (40%)
16 PITCH FOX 6 4,686 1,371 (41%)
17 SON OF ZORN FOX 5 3,270 387 (13%)
18 THE EXORCIST FOX 6 3,142 1,069 (52%)
19 FREQUENCY CW 5 1,613 537 (50%)
20 NO TOMORROW CW 5 1,140 220 (24%)

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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