The ratings-rich stayed that way in the second week of the 2016-17 season, with “Empire” and “The Big Bang Theory” again holding down the Top 2 spots among entertainment shows in adults 18-49. “Empire’s” 3.7 rating edged “Big Bang’s” 3.6 for the week.

“Sunday Night Football” (6.7 in 18-49, 18.06 million viewers) remained at No. 1 in both demographics and total viewers. The first presidential debate isn’t ranked below as the networks carried it commercial-free (all three nets’ coverage would make the Top 25 otherwise). NBC had the biggest post-debate audience with a 4.0 and 12.76 million viewers.

NBC led the network race again, while CBS took a big hit without a “Thursday Night Football” broadcast. Here are the network standings for week 2 and the season to date:

Sept. 26-Oct. 2 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.6/6 (2t) 1.4/5 (4) 0.3/1 (5) 1.6/6 (2t) 2.3/8 (1)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 6.31 (3) 8.48 (1) 0.98 (5) 4.78 (4) 8.04 (2)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.5/5 (3) 1.9/7 (2) 0.3/1 (5) 1.4/5 (4) 2.4/9 (1)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 6.07 (3) 9.88 (1) 0.93 (5) 4.19 (4) 8.41 (2)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

And onto the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – STEELERS/CHIEFS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 6.7 8,583
2 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:52 PM 4.3 5,541
3 DEBATE ANALYSIS – S NBC Mon. 10:39 PM 4.0 5,145
4 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 3.7 4,730
5 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:53 PM 3.6 4,639
THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 3.6 4,567
7 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 3.3 4,252
8 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – LOUISVILLE/CLEMSON ABC Sat. 8:00 PM 3.2 4,158
THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 3.2 4,110
10 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:31 PM 2.7 3,454
11 THE SIMPSONS FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 2.6 3,399
THIS IS US NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2.6 3,325
13 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,087
14 MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.3 2,928
15 DEBATE ANALYSIS – S ABC Mon. 10:39 PM 2.2 2,874
16 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,736
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,686
DEBATE ANALYSIS – S CBS Mon. 10:39 PM 2.1 2,675
19 LETHAL WEAPON FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,555
20 THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,473
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,430
CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,386
23 SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.8 2,322
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,300
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.8 2,292

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – STEELERS/CHIEFS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 18,057
2 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 15,519
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 14,244
4 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 13,616
5 DEBATE ANALYSIS – S NBC Mon. 10:39 PM 12,763
6 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 12,091
7 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 11,746
8 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:52 PM 11,562
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 11,386
10 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:53 PM 10,907
11 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,833
12 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 10,764
13 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 10,699
14 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:31 PM 10,625
15 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 10,556
16 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 9,726
17 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 9,650
18 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – LOUISVILLE/CLEMSON ABC Sat. 8:00 PM 9,294
19 MADAM SECRETARY – P CBS Sun. 9:00 PM 9,195
20 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 9,166
21 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 9,067
22 DEBATE ANALYSIS – S ABC Mon. 10:39 PM 8,985
23 CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 8,926
24 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 8,748
25 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 8,411

All numbers are live + same-day. 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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