‘Big Bang The­ory,’ ‘This Is Us’ are rat­ings hits

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Gary Levin

The No. 1 show of the just-ended TV sea­son was can­celed, but how did the rest of TV fare?

Nielsen data for the full 2017-18 sea­son, out this week, shows that “Roseanne” was the No. 1 se­ries, with a fi­nal av­er­age of 20 mil­lion view­ers, but its nine-episode first re­vival sea­son was also its last.

The fig­ures in­clude seven-day de­layed view­ing on DVRs or ca­ble on de­mand ser­vices, though not stream­ing sites. And they re­veal that, for the of­fi­cial broad­cast sea­son that ended May 22, other top se­ries had mixed re­sults. “The Big Bang The­ory” man­aged to hold steady in its 11th sea­son, buck­ing the trend for ag­ing se­ries. And NBC’s “This Is Us,” gain­ing mo­men­tum (and a postSu­per Bowl boost), added 2 mil­lion view­ers from its first sea­son to finish as TV’s top drama, out­pac­ing “NCIS,” with an av­er­age of 17.4 mil­lion.

Two more fresh­man se­ries, ABC’s “The Good Doc­tor” and CBS’ “Big Bang” spin-off “Young Shel­don,” also fin­ished in the 2017-18 sea­son’s top 10, a boost for hit-starved net­work TV.

Among adults ages 18 to 49, the pre­ferred met­ric for ad­ver­tis­ers, Fox’s “91-1” was a break­out hit, and the net­work’s “The Gifted” and “The Orville” had solid first sea­sons. One­time smash “Em­pire” con­tin­ued its freefall, shed­ding 3 mil­lion view­ers, or 27 per­cent of its au­di­ence, since last sea­son. And ABC’s “Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor,” since can­celed, plunged 3.7 mil­lion, or 31 per­cent.

AMC’s “The Walk­ing Dead” also kept drop­ping view­ers like zom­bies, though it re­mained (by far) the top show on ca­ble, and among young adults still ranked third on TV be­hind only “Roseanne” and “This Is Us.” New­com­ers “The Alienist” (on TNT) and TBS com­edy “The Last O.G.” had strong starts.

HBO’s top se­ries was “West­world,” al­though its 2.8 mil­lion view­ers (ex­clud­ing stream­ing) pales next to “Game of Thrones,” which did not air dur­ing the broad­cast sea­son. And FX’s Gianni Ver­sace edi­tion of “Amer­i­can Crime Story” couldn’t come close to match­ing its 2016 chap­ter on O.J. Simp­son’s murder trial.

Show­time’s top se­ries was “Shame­less” (2.8 mil­lion), in its eighth sea­son, and “Out­lander” was tops on Starz with 2.3 mil­lion in its third.

And af­ter 21 sea­sons, Com­edy Cen­tral’s “South Park” re­mains a force, rank­ing fourth among young adults across all ca­ble se­ries.

CBS nar­rowly won the broad­cast rat­ings race for the 10th con­sec­u­tive year, de­spite NBC’s air­ing of the Win­ter Olympics and Su­per Bowl. But NBC claimed the top prize among youn­gadult view­ers for the sec­ond year in a row.


“Roseanne” was the top-rated show, but it’s been can­celed.


Iain Ar­mitage as Shel­don on “Young Shel­don.”

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