Ratings update: Winners and losers of fall TV
Cable-news viewers might have an unending appetite for politics, but fans looking for entertainment seem to be turning off Washington dramas. ABC's Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland as a bureaucrat who reluctantly becomes president following a terrorist attack, has seen ratings plunge 35% in its second season. CBS drama Madam Secretary, which stars Tea Leoni as an idealistic secretary of state, is down 18%, according to the latest available Nielsen data, with delayed viewing included. And ABC's Scandal is down, too, along with many other shows. A look at winners and losers of the month-old season:
The Good Doctor. ABC's medical drama, starring Freddie HIghmore as a young physician with autism, is fall's breakout hit: It's averaging 17.4 million viewers, has been steady week to week, builds sharply on its Dancing With the Stars lead-in, grows substantially from delayed viewing and was TV's No. 1 show for the week of Oct. 9
Young Sheldon. The CBS prequel to The Big Bang Theory is also big, with a big caveat: Its Sept. 25 premiere (22.5 million viewers) is the only episode that's aired. The show returns Nov. 2 on a new night, still behind Big Bang but without that show's inflated lead-in that resolved a cliffhanger about the adult Sheldon's wedding proposal.
This is Us. The weepy NBC drama, TV's buzziest series, is up 20% from this point last fall, averaging 16.9 million viewers. It ranks third among young adults and fifth overall.
Will & Grace. Turns out people do like revivals of some shows. The groundbreaking 1998-2006 comedy about four friends, two of them gay, had a big turnout for its opener. Interest has cooled since then. Still, it's NBC's top-rated comedy (by far) and has already been renewed.
The Gifted. Fox's Marvel series, set in the X-Men universe, is not a big show. But it has one of the biggest "lifts" from delayed viewing, and significantly outpaces ABC's Marvel series, Inhumans, and Fox's Star Trek homage, The Orville among both fans and critics.
Ten Days in the Valley. With a measly 4 million viewers, Kyra Sedgwick's serialized ABC mystery about a showbiz mom whose daughter goes missing never managed to generate interest, and is the lowest-rated major-network newcomer. On the bright side, there are only six days left.
Me, Myself & I. CBS's comedy about a man at three different ages, led by Saturday Night Live veteran Bobby Moynihan, figured to be a bigger draw than the network's critically reviled sitcom 9JKL. But that may change when steady 9JKL loses its Big Bang lead-in next week.
Empire. A massive hit when it premiered in 2015, Fox's music-industry soap is down a huge 38%, shedding 5 million viewers since this point last fall.
Bull. Last year's biggest hit from CBS is down 24% this season, losing 4.5 million viewers, as timeslot competitor This Is Us climbs, and fell from third place to eighth.
Valor. CW's stab at a military drama, one of three this fall, was a bad fit for the youthful network, even with soapy plotlines.