Each season, the television networks introduce dozens of new TV shows and hope that each will be a big hit in the ratings. Unfortunately, most are cancelled after one season. How are the new 2021-22 TV series doing? Which have the best ratings and which have the worst? How many will survive to see a second season? Stay tuned.
Here are the final season average ratings of the new 2021-22 network TV shows — through the end of week two (Sunday, October 3, 2021).
New ABC shows (so far): The Wonder Years.
New CBS shows this season (so far): FBI: International and NCIS: Hawai’i.
New CW shows this season (so far): (none).
New FOX shows this season (so far): Alter Ego, The Big Leap, and Our Kind of People.
New NBC shows this season (so far): La Brea and Ordinary Joe.
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The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same-day viewing). Keep in mind that the demo numbers are typically what’s most important to advertisers. Therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers typically pay more for ad time on a show that has a higher demo rating. Because older viewers don’t count? No, it’s because younger viewers watch less traditional TV and are harder to reach. It’s also important to remember that ratings are designed to estimate how many people watch a show’s commercials — not the show itself. That’s what advertisers pay for.
Want more? You can check out other season listings here.
What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better?