As 2016 comes to a close, people are starting to look at the top shows of the year in terms of viewers and in terms of the ratings. The list looks fairly typical and many of the shows that are buzzed about are featured on the list. TV by the Numbers has the list, including the 18 to 49 rating and in total viewers. The majority of the show’s ratings are the Live + 7 day viewing in the Nielsen ratings and are for original telecasts only, meaning that repeats of episodes aren’t included in the ratings or total viewership.
The majority of the shows on both of the lists are from broadcast television, with the big cable shows that people would expect to be on the list are on the list.
In terms of the ratings, The Walking Dead is overwhelming number one rated show on television, even with its recent ratings decrease. The show has an 8.8 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic. In second place is The Big Bang Theory, with a 5.5 rating. Empire and Game of Thrones tied for third, with each having a 5.3 rating.
Below is the Top 20 in terms of ratings.
The Walking Dead: 8.8
The Big Bang Theory: 5.8
Game of Thrones: 5.3
The X-Files: 4.8
This Is Us: 4.6
Modern Family: 4.2
Grey’s Anatomy: 3.7
American Horror Story: Roanoke: 3.4
Designated Survivor: 3.4
America’s Got Talent (Tuesday): 3.2
Fear The Walking Dead: 3.1
The Voice (Monday): 3.1
The People vs. O.J. Simpson: 3.1
American Idol (Wednesday): 3.1
The Voice (Tuesday): 3.0
The Bachelor: 3.0
Criminal Minds: 2.9
The list for the most-watched programs in terms of overall viewers also doesn’t have a lot of surprises on the list and looks nearly the same as the list above with the highest rated shows. However, a lot more CBS shows made the list because they tend to have viewers that don’t fit in with the 18 to 49 demographic that other stations tend to use.
Below is the list of the Top 20 shows in order of total viewers.
The Big Bang Theory: 19.94 million viewers
NCIS: 19.65 million viewers
The Walking Dead: 17.89 million viewers
Bull: 16.69 million viewers
NCIS: New Orleans: 15.17 million viewers
This Is Us: 14.63 million viewers
Blue Bloods: 14.43 million viewers
America’s Got Talent (Tuesday): 14.20 million viewers
The X-Files: 13.60 million viewers
Empire: 13.48 million viewers
Designated Survivor: 13.46 million viewers
America’s Got Talent (Wednesday): 13.46 million viewers
Dancing With The Stars: 13.07 million viewers
Little Big Shots: 13.05 million viewers
The Voice (Tuesday): 12.77 million viewers
NCIS: Los Angeles: 12.77 million viewers
The Voice (Monday): 12.76 million viewers
Criminal Minds: 12.35 million viewers
Hawaii Five-0: 11.97 million viewers
Madam Secretary: 11.93 million viewers