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The 50 Most Watched Broadcast Shows of 2014-15

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Chuck Hodes

Time just flies when you have so many versions of NCIS to chose from, doesn’t it? 

Another broadcast TV season has come to an end, and as expected, fictitious naval criminal investigators ruled the roost. Here are the top 50 most-watched shows between Sept. 22, 2014 and May 20, 2015. As is always the case, advertisers don’t (usually) pay attention to total viewer counts — but it’s awfully hard to ignore those nearly 15 million fringe lovers who continue to tune into Dancing with the Stars. (Bring up season 21, baby!) Big tent shows like DWTS still help to shore up a schedule.

 

1. NFL Sunday Night Football (NBC) 21.03 million

2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 19.05 million

3. NCIS (CBS) 18.25 million

4. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 17.42 million

5. Empire (FOX) 17.33 million

6. NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS) 16.82 milion

7. NFL Sunday Pre-Kick (NBC) 15.81 million

8. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 14.76 million

9. Madam Secretary (CBS) 14.32 million

10. Criminal Minds (CBS) 14.11 million

11. The Voice (NBC) 13.80 million

12. Blue Bloods (CBS) 13.77 million

13. The Blacklist (NBC) 13.76 million

14. Scorpion (CBS) 13.62 million

15. The Voice, Tuesdays (NBC) 13.45 million

16. OT (FOX) 12.756 million

17. Scandal (ABC) 12.65 million

18. 60 Minutes (CBS) 12.58 million

19. Hawaii 5-0 (CBS)  12.28 million

20. Dancing with the Stars results (ABC) 12.27 million

21. The Good Wife (CBS) 12.22 million

22. Person of Interest (CBS) 12.21 million

23. Two and a Half Men (CBS) 11.95 million

24. Modern Family (ABC) 11.91 million

25. The Mentalist (CBS) 11.80 million

26. Mom (CBS) 11.79 million

27. NCIS: LA (CBS) 11.72 million

28. Football Night in America (NBC) 11.60 milion

29. American Idol, Thursdays (FOX) 11.60 million

30. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 11.40 million

31. Survivor (CBS) 11.35 million

32. The Odd Couple (CBS) 11.28 million

33. Under the Dome (CBS) 11.26 million

34. CSI (CBS) 11.19 million

35. Elementary (CBS) 11.12 million

36. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 11.08 million

37. The Big Bang Theory (at 9, CBS) 10.83 million

38. Castle (ABC) 10.82 million

39. CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10.77 million

40. NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesday at 9, CBS) 10.57 million

41. American Idol, Wednesdays (FOX) 10.31 million

42. Stalker (CBS) 10.13 million

43. Mike & Molly (CBS) 9.9 million

44. The Bachelor (ABC) 9.67 million

45. Chicago Fire (NBC) 9.65 million

46. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 9.14 million

47. Undercover Boss (CBS) 9.12 million

48. Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8.98 million

49. Chicago PD (NBC) 8.74 million

50. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 8.70 million