'NCIS' & 'FBI' Among Top Shows in Nielsen's 2020 Top Programs Report
In a year that has turned almost everything we've known or done upside down, COVID's impact on TV has been just as evident. Viewing habits shifted as more people began to work from home and, with productions delayed or shut down, premiere dates got pushed back, wreaking havoc on network and streamer schedules.
Nielsen's top programs are actually tallied in four different ways: single telecast, regularly scheduled (the top-rated programs in their regularly scheduled slots), time-shifted programs ranked by percent change in viewers (this takes live plus seven-day viewing into consideration, which includes people who tuned into shows when they aired and those who watched in the first seven days following the episode's debut) and time-shifted programs ranked by absolute difference (which shows how the time shift ranks the programs overall).
Coming out atop the Single Telecast category is Super Bowl LIV, which aired in February. While sports is big here, The Masked Singer's post-Super Bowl episode came in at seventh with the Oscars rounding out the list at number 1o.
Time-shifted programming ranked by absolute difference rather than percentage in improved viewership includes more of the regularly scheduled contenders.
Did your favorite shows make the lists?