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The Fall Broadcast TV Season’s Biggest Surprises So Far

Oct 12, 2016  •  Post A Comment

We’d be surprised if you can guess the No. 1 show in households, which is just one of a number of ratings surprises in the new fall broadcast season, according to Media Life.

The top show is the new CBS drama “Bull,” starring Michael Weatherly, which not only topped its lead-in — the perennial CBS ratings kingpin “NCIS” — but is even beating NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” to rank as the No. 1 show on broadcast in households.

Citing Nielsen season-to-date figures that blend Live+Same Day with Live+7, Media Life reports that “Bull” has an 11.8 average household rating so far this season — one-tenth ahead of “NCIS,” which has been No. 1 in households among dramas for years. “Bull” is also 0.3 ahead of “Sunday Night Football,” the broadcast nets’ top show in households for five years running.

Meanwhile, Fox’s “Empire,” which has been the top scripted series on broadcast, has some competition this season, as the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” slipped ahead of “Empire” for the week ending Oct. 9 in the key 18-49 demo, finishing with a 5.3 average rating to “Empire’s” 5.2.

Then there’s Telemundo, which has been making a power move in the Spanish-language broadcast rankings. “It’s jarring to see just how dominant Telemundo has become in just a short amount of time,” Media Life reports. “It has four programs that are beating Univision’s top program among total viewers this season.”


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