According to Nielsen, the average demo delivery for a show that’s staying on for the coming season is a 1.2, which works out to 1.55 million adults 18 to 49. Three years ago, the average rating for a renewed series was a 1.9. Meanwhile, the average draw for the 30 shows that have been terminated is a 0.8. That makes for a tiny gap between survival and doom for TV shows. That gap represents a mere 515,600 demographically desirable viewers. Three years ago, you could fit about twice as many adults 18 to 49 (around 1.03 million) in there.
The top 10 shows for the 35-week season were:
1. Sunday Night Football (NBC); 2. Rosanne (ABC); 3. Thursday Night Football (NBC); 4. Thursday Night Football (CBS); 5. The Big Bang Theory (CBS); 6. This Is Us (NBC); 7. Young Sheldon (CBS); 8. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC); 9. The Voice (NBC); 10. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC).