Thanks to COVID-19, the 2020/21 season was unlike any other. ABC aired many more unscripted series than usual and only ran 15 scripted series in the regular season (compared to 20 the previous year). The Alphabet network launched a total of four new scripted series. Neither was a hit, but the programmers canceled two and renewed the other two anyway. How will ABC TV shows perform in the ratings in the 2021-22 season? Stay tuned!
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, Abbott Elementary, America’s Funniest Home Video, American Idol, The Bachelor, Bachelorette, Big Sky, Blackish, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, The Chase, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, The Great Christmas Battle, Grey’s Anatomy, Holi Moth, Housekeeping, Danger! National College Championship, Judge Steve Harvey, Let the World See, A Million Little Things, Promised Land, Queens, Rookie, Shark Tanks, Station 19, Supermarket Cleanup, Tell the Truth, Who Do You Trust?, Women of the Movement, as well as The Wonder Years.
There’s a lot of data that network executives look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV show, but ratings are the main component. These 2021-2022 season charts will be updated daily as new ranking data becomes available.
A few notes about these charts:
These numbers are updated automatically as new ratings are released. Averages are based on final national figures (live plus same day viewing) unless marked with an asterisk.
. For technical reasons, I have to resort to them manually. While these numbers do not include further delayed or streaming viewing, they are a very good indication of the show’s performance, especially when compared to others on the same channel. There may be other economic factors in the fate of a show, but generally higher-rated series are renewed and lower-rated series are cancelled.
Keep in mind that demo numbers tend to be the most important to advertisers. So this is how networks measure success. Advertisers pay more for ad time on shows with a higher demo rating. Older viewers also matter, but younger viewers watch less traditional television and are therefore harder to reach. Delayed viewing is becoming increasingly important these days (if people are watching commercials), but live viewing is still ideal for advertisers.
Demo numbers are usually reported using 10 decimal places (eg 2.4). On average, I use an extra decimal to make it easier to rank. Networks take into account when programs go on the air on Fridays and Saturdays, evenings when there are fewer viewers. What do you think?
Are you surprised by any of the ratings? What shows 2021-22 should be better? Which one do you think will be canceled next?