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10. Bull (CBS)
Average No. of Viewers: 13.5 million
Michael Weatherly’s CBS series got some love from fans, and after a Season 2 finale cliffhanger weighed heavy on their hearts, they clearly tuned in to find out the fate of their beloved Dr. Bull.
9. America’s Got Talent (NBC)
Average No. of Viewers: 14.2 million
The NBC competition series found a winning spot for their Tuesday night installments.
8. The Good Doctor (ABC)
Average No. of Viewers: 14.5 million
Dr. Shaun Murphy captivated viewers in the show’s first season, and it appears they were happy to join him on rotations in Season 2.
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7. Manifest (NBC)
Average No. of Viewers: 14.6 million
NBC’s new drama series introduced a mystery that viewers are all too eager to solve.
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6. Young Sheldon (CBS)
Average No. of Viewers: 15.6 million
This Big Bang Theory spinoff is following in the original show’s footsteps in the ratings department. And with the impending departure of The Big Bang Theory, a boost in ratings could be in the cards for the younger series.
5. This Is Us (NBC)
Average No. of Viewers: 16.5 million
Considering the twists and turns this fan favorite drama introduces on nearly a weekly basis, it’s not shocking to see viewers continued to tune in to get more pieces to its various puzzles.
4. NCIS (CBS)
Average No. of Viewers: 16.7 million
There’s a reason NCIS has lasted more than 15 seasons — its undying fanbase.
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Average No. of Viewers: 18.3 million
Sheldon Cooper and friends have kept the shenanigans fresh for more than 10 seasons, and a third place spot is not surprising considering the big Season 11 Sheldon and Amy wedding finale.
2. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Average No. of Viewers: 19.5 million
Who doesn’t love a game of football or two? America’s devotion to the sport reflects in the ratings.
1. Roseanne (ABC)
Average No. of Viewers: 19.9 million
Despite the show’s May cancellation, Roseanne fed nostalgia-hungry viewers for the season run, and clearly they enjoyed it by making it the year’s highest-rated show.
It's the end of the year, which means Nielsen has released their ratings for television in 2018, and some of the results may surprise you.
Looking at their released numbers for regularly scheduled programming — not counting special programming like the Super Bowl — we now know the 10 series that came out on top. Find out where fan favorites like This Is Us, NCIS, and The Big Bang Theoryfall in the gallery above.
And let us know what you think about the results in the comments below!