the top network TV shows

The figures are available for the recently concluded 2021-22 TV season.

As we enter the summer programming break, it’s a good time to take a look back at what viewers saw in prime time on network television during the period from last September through mid-May.

With so many viewing options on so many different platforms, the days of a network series that generated blockbuster viewership seem long gone — even with delayed viewership — but these drama, comedy, and reality shows have managed to garner a good chunk of their allegiance to retain viewers in the age of digital television and a fragmented viewer landscape.

Here are the top 5 shows in each genre on the networks, based on their average weekly total viewership (according to Nielsen).


“NCIS” (CBS): 11 million.

“FBI” (CBS): 10.4 million.

Chicago Fire (NBC): 9.9 million.

“Blue Bloods” (CBS): 9.8 million.

The Equalizer (CBS): 9.5 million.

Wilmer Valderrama and Sean Murray will be there "NCIS." They have character and wear dark bulletproof vests with initials on them "NCIS" on them.
Wilmer Valderrama and Sean Murray in NCIS.
Paramount’s “Yellowstone” was again a ratings sensation this season.
Cam McLeod


Yes, I know it’s a cable show, but there’s no way to ignore the impact of this Kevin Costner drama, which not only surpassed its closest competitor by 300,000 viewers, but has already spawned a prequel – ‘1883’ ( starring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) – and two spin-offs in the works by series creator Taylor Sheridan: 1932 and 6666.

Yellowstone (Paramount Network): 11.3 million.

Chicago PD (NBC): 9.3 million.

Chicago Med (NBC): 9.2 million.

FBI: Most Wanted (CBS): 8.8 million.

NCIS: Hawaii (CBS): 8.3 million

“FBI: International” (CBS): 8.3 million

"ghosts" was right behind "Young Sheldon" as the most-watched sitcom of the past season.
Ghosts was the most-watched sitcom last season, right behind Young Sheldon.


“Young Sheldon” (CBS): 9.2 million.

“Ghosts” (CBS): 8.4 million.

“The Neighborhood” (CBS): 6.8 million.

Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS): 6.7 million.

“US of Al” (CBS): 5.9 million. Canceled after two seasons.


“B-positive” (CBS): 5.7 million. Canceled after two seasons.

“The Conners” (ABC): 4.8 million.

How We Roll (CBS): 4.2 million. Entry into the post-season (March 31). Cancelled.

“The Goldbergs” (ABC): 3.9 million.

Abbott Elementary (ABC): 3.8 million.

"The voice" Judges Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton and Usher.  They pose on the set of the show.
The Voice judges are Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton, and Coach John Legend.
Trae Patton/NBC


“The Voice” (NBC, Tuesday edition): 8.3 million.

“Survivors” (CBS): 7.4 million.

“American Idol” (ABC, Monday edition): 6.9 million.

Dancing With the Stars (ABC): 6.3 million.

“The Masked Singer” (Fox): 5.9 million.


The Amazing Race (CBS): 5.5 million.

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC): 5.1 million.

Shark Tank (ABC): 4.5 million.

“The Bachelor” (ABC): 4.5 million.

AGT Extreme (NBC): 4 million.


CBS: 6.2 million. Even.

NBC: 5.9 million. 14 percent up.

Fox: 4.5 million. 7 percent up.

ABC: 4.2 million. minus 10 percent.

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