Ratings Watch: Football, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘NCIS’, ‘Walking Dead’, Dem Debates Lead the Week

Ratings Watch

Quite a mix of programming leading this week’s ranker of most-watched programming, with football, comedy, drama, zombies, a soap opera, a reality competition, a newsmagazine and a presidential debate all in the top 10. (Now if someone could mash all those up, it would be the No. 1 show on TV!)

The Oct. 14 Democratic presidential debate on CNN wound up being one of the top 10 non-sports cable telecasts in history, although below this year’s Donald Trump-infused Republican debates.

Shows earning the largest audience lift last week included The Walking Dead (4.9 million), Blindspot (4.1 million), Empire (4.1 million), The Big Bang Theory (4.1 million), The Blacklist (4 million), Quantico (3.6 million, Scandal (3.5 million), Modern Family (3.4 million), How to Get Away with Murder (3.4 million), Blue Bloods (3.3 million) and American Horror Story (3 million).

Here are the top 25 shows (including Live+3 DVR and VOD data) for the week of October 12 to October 18.

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

Sunday Night Football: New England vs. IndianapolisNBC

22.9

22.8

2

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

19.0

15.0

3

NCISCBS

18.8

16.0

4

The Walking DeadAMC

17.1

12.2

5

EmpireFox

16.3

12.2

6

Nevada Democratic DebateCNN

16.3

15.8

7

Thursday Night Football: Atlanta vs. New OrleansCBS/NFL Network

14.9

14.8

8

NCIS: New OrleansCBS

14.8

12.5

9

60 MinutesCBS

14.2

13.8

10

The Voice (Monday)NBC

14.0

12.0

11

Blue BloodsCBS

13.9

10.6

12

Dancing with the Stars (Monday)ABC

13.0

11.7

13

BlindspotNBC

12.6

8.4

14

ScorpionCBS

The Voice (Tuesday)NBC

Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh vs. San DiegoESPN

12.3

12.3

12.3

9.4

10.1

12.2

17

Criminal MindsCBS

11.8

9.1

18

ScandalABC

11.6

8.1

19

Hawai’i Five-0CBS

11.5

9.1

20

Madam SecretaryCBS

11.3

9.6

21

Modern FamilyABC

11.2

7.9

22

Grey’s AnatomyABC

11.0

8.2

23

The BlacklistNBC

SurvivorCBS

10.9

10.9

6.9

9.1

25

LimitlessCBS

10.8

8.0

Total viewers; in millions