2018 Nielsen Ratings Roundup: Top 10 Shows, Top Time-Shifted Series & More

When it comes to metrics, network execs live and die by Nielsen ratings. After all, they are the almighty that all broadcast television bow down to. Here’s a roundup of what rose to the top in terms of eyeballs.

When it comes to regularly scheduled series, the top show is technically no longer around. Sure, the cast and crew of The Connors are the same as Roseanne minus Barr, but technically a different show. Coming in close behind was Monday Night Football with The Big Bang Theory rounding out the Top 3. Gotta say, I’m surprised Manifest made the list and not its lead-in, The Voice.

Top 10 Regularly Schedule Series In 2018

1. Roseanne (ABC) 20.0
2. Sunday Night Football (NBC) 19.6
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 18.3
4. NCIS (CBS) 16.7
5. This Is Us (NBC) 16.6
6. Young Sheldon (CBS) 15.7
7. Manifest (NBC) 14.6
8. The Good Doctor (ABC) 14.5
9. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 14.3
10. Bull (CBS) 13.5

When it comes to time-shifted series, not surprisingly, basic cable series dominated the list with Better Call Saul being the top dog. Ryan Murphy should be very proud that both his FX anthologies made the cut- American Horror Story and American Crime Story. One show that I’m surprised made the list is Yellowstone. Never even heard of that Paramount offering.

Top Time-Shifted Series In 2018

1. Better Call Saul (AMC) 429 percent
2. The Sinner (USA) 352 percent
3. Shameless (Showtime) 321 percent
4. American Horror Story (FX) 313 percent
5. Mayans M.C. (FX) 305 percent
6. Yellowstone (Paramount) 280 percent
7. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX) 271 percent
8. Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV) 244 percent
9. The Alienist (TNT) 236 percent
10. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo) 222 percent

Lastly, we have the Top 10 telecasts from that past year. No shocker that sporting events owned this list.

Top 10 Telecasts In 2018

1. Super Bowl LII (NBC) 104.1
2. Super Bowl post-game (NBC) 74.0
3. NFC Championship (Fox) 42.4
4. NFC Playoff (Fox) 35.8
5. This Is Us post-Super Bowl episode (NBC) 33.4
6. Winter Olympics opening ceremony (NBC) 29.3
7. College Football championship (ESPN) 27.9
8. Oscars (ABC) 27.4
9. Roseanne premiere (ABC) 27.3
10. AFC Divisional Playoff (CBS) 26.9

  • dale

    not in the uk