Over the course of the fall, a few patterns have emerged in the ratings for the broadcast networks: “Empire” is still really strong (Wednesday’s series low excepted), even if it’s not doing the otherworldly numbers it did last season. Tuesdays at 10 are still a black hole for ABC. And “The Flash” will always pull a 1.4 or 1.5 in adults 18-49.
That last one led to some digging into the question: What are the most consistent shows on TV? “The Flash” is certainly on top of that list. Every one of its seven episodes thus far has posted a 1.4 or 1.5 same-day rating, making it the most consistent performer on broadcast this season.
Of course, “consistent” doesn’t always mean “good.” “The Flash” is The CW’s top-rated show, so that’s obviously a good thing. Then there are shows like “CSI: Cyber” or “The Mysteries of Laura,” which turn out similar ratings week to week but are well below their network averages.
The CW is easily the most consistent network as a whole this season. No show on the network has varied by more than three tenths of a point from its highest- to lowest-rated episode, and as a whole its No. 1 show (“The Flash”) is only 1.2 points ahead of its lowest rated one (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”).
FOX, by virtue of having both the top-rated show on broadcast (“Empire”) and a couple of series (“Sleepy Hollow,” “The Grinder”) below 1.0, has the biggest in-network variance — more than four points.
Below are each network’s most consistent shows this season — some good, some not so good. All ratings cited are live + same-day; shows have to have aired a minimum of five episodes for inclusion.
|Net||Show||18-49 season average||Season High||Season Low||Variance from average|
|High end||The Middle||2.04||2.2||1.9||0.16||0.14|
|Once Upon a Time||1.64||1.8||1.5||0.16||0.14|
|Low end||CSI: Cyber||0.84||1||0.7||0.16||0.14|
|Low end||Sleepy Hollow||0.91||1.1||0.8||0.19||0.11|
|High end||Chicago Fire||1.83||2||1.6||0.17||0.23|
|The Mysteries of Laura||1.11||1.2||1||0.09||0.11|
|High end||The Flash||1.43||1.5||1.4||0.07||0.03|
|Low end||Crazy Ex-Girlfrend||0.29||0.3||0.2||0.01||0.09|
Source: The Nielsen Company.