During the regular portion of the 2021–2022 television season, ABC aired as many scripted series as it did non-scripted series. The Alphabet network launched six new scripted series, but only two of them will return in 2022-2023. How will a new episode of the ABC TV show perform in the ratings this season? Stay tuned!
ABC shows (so far): Abbott Elementary, Big Sky, The Conners, The Goldbergs, as well as home economics.
There’s a lot of data that network executives look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series, 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 rankings 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 higher demo ratings. 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? Which 2022-23 shows should be the best? Which one do you think will be canceled next?