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 52 (Sunday, September 18, 2022).
New ABC shows (so far): Abbott Elementary, The Fatal Flaw, The Final Straw, Generation Gap, Jeopardy! National College Championship, Judge Steve Harvey, Let the World See, Press Your Luck, Promised Land, Queens, Who Do You Believe?, Women of the Movement, and The Wonder Years.
New CBS shows this season (so far): The Challenge: USA, Come Dance with Me, CSI: Vegas, FBI: International, Ghosts, Good Sam, How We Roll, and NCIS: Hawai’i.
New CW shows this season (so far): 4400, All American: Homecoming, American Song Contest, Bump, Great Chocolate Showdown, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Leonardo, March, Tom Swift, and Would I Lie to You?.
New FOX shows this season (so far): Alter Ego, America’s Got Talent: Extreme, Beyond the Edge, The Big Leap, The Cleaning Lady, Domino Masters, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, The Endgame, Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer, Next Level Chef, Our Kind of People, Pivoting, The Real Dirty Dancing, and Welcome to Flatch.
New NBC shows this season (so far): American Auto, The Courtship, Dancing with Myself, Grand Crew, Home Sweet Home, La Brea, Law & Order, Ordinary Joe, Password, That’s My Jam, The Thing About Pam, and Who Do You Think You Are?.
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Note: Law & Order is obviously not a new show but it’s been off the air for so long that we are treating it as one in these ratings lists.
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.
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What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better?