The first week of the 2016-17 TV season is in the books — and the top of the rankings look a lot like they did last fall.

Live NFL games on NBC and CBS hold the Top 2 spots in both adults 18-49 and viewers. “Empire” held its No. 1 spot among all other shows in the 18-49 demographic with a 4.2 rating, and the premiere of “NCIS” (16 million) was the top non-NFL show in total viewers.

“This Is Us” (2.8 in adults 18-49) and “Bull” (15.57 million viewers) were the top-performing new series in their respective demographics.

CBS and NBC tied for first among adults 18-49 for the week, and CBS had a sizable lead in viewers. Here are the network standings for week 1:

Sept. 19-25 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.3/5 (3) 2.5/9 (1t) 0.3/1 (5) 1.2/4 (4) 2.5/9 (1t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.85 (3) 11.18 (1) 0.88 (5) 3.64 (4) 8.74 (2)

 

And onto the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 19-25, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BEARS/COWBOYS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 7.6 9,708
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/PATRIOTS CBS Thurs. 8:27 PM 6.1 7,777
3 EMPIRE – P FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 4.2 5,332
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:56 PM 4.2 5,330
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 3.8 4,828
6 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 3.4 4,341
7 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 3.3 4,241
8 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2.8 3,656
9 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.6 3,365
KEVIN CAN WAIT – P CBS Mon. 8:31 PM 2.6 3,314
60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:51 PM 2.6 3,281
12 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,187
13 THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF CBS Thurs. 7:58 PM 2.4 3,075
14 SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,968
THE GOOD PLACE – P NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2.3 2,932
16 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC Weds. 10:00 PM 2.2 2,872
BULL – P CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 2.2 2,843
LETHAL WEAPON – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,817
NCIS – P CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,786
20 THE GOLDBERGS – P ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,619
SPEECHLESS – P ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 2.0 2,609
BIG BROTHER – F CBS Weds. 9:30 PM 2.0 2,604
BLACK-ISH – P ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 2.0 2,510
24 LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.8 2,365
THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAMSEY PT 2 CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 1.8 2,308
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:35 PM 1.8 2,252

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Sept. 19-25, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BEARS/COWBOYS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 20,617
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/PATRIOTS CBS Thurs. 8:27 PM 17,548
3 NCIS – P CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 15,995
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 15,819
5 BULL – P CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 15,566
6 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:51 PM 14,358
7 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 12,293
8 THE VOICE – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 12,104
9 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:56 PM 11,503
10 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – P CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 11,122
11 KEVIN CAN WAIT – P CBS Mon. 8:31 PM 11,080
12 EMPIRE – P FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 10,868
13 MACGYVER – P CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 10,725
14 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,716
15 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 10,553
16 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – P CBS Sun. 8:51 PM 10,335
17 HAWAII FIVE-0 – P CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 10,221
18 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 10,065
19 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC Weds. 10:00 PM 10,040
20 SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 9,449
21 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 8,757
22 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,603
23 THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAMSEY PT 2 CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 8,244
24 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 8,238
25 THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF CBS Thurs. 7:58 PM 8,136

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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