The More Things Change in TV, the More One Thing Stays the Same

May 31, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Even in a television landscape defined by rapid change, one thing that has remained constant is the domination of total viewership numbers by CBS, TV writer David Bauder notes in a piece for the AP.

Bauder reports that with the 2016-2017 television season having just ended last Wednesday, CBS wrapped up another season as the No. 1 network in total viewers — its ninth year in a row, and its 14th in the last 15 seasons.

“CBS’ ‘NCIS’ finished as the most-watched drama for the eighth year in a row, and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ was the most popular comedy for the seventh straight year,” Bauder writes. “With no reason to change, both series will be back next season, with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ accompanied by a new prequel based on Sheldon’s character.”

CBS averaged 9.6 million total viewers in prime time for the season, based on Nielsen L+7 data. “The network was down 11 percent from last season,” Bauder notes. “NBC was second, essentially flat from last year, ABC was third and down 9 percent, and Fox gained 1 percent, although helped significantly by showing the Super Bowl in 2017.”

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