13 TV Shows With the Worst Audience Declines From Last Year (Photos)
Fox actually claims all three of the biggest drops from Fall 2016
Tony Maglio | Last Updated: November 30, 2017 @ 2:23 PM
We've already learned that just six entertainment (so, no sports or news programming) TV shows across the Big 4 broadcast channels were able to grow their audiences from Fall 2016 to this season -- but which ones are actually falling the hardest? TheWrap's got that answer for you today, and we've ranked them in order from bad-to-awful.
Unfortunately for Fox, the newest of the networks (again, we're leaving The CW alone here) owns each of the three worst year over year total-viewer drop-offs. All numbers in this story comes from Nielsen's "most current" metric, which includes a week's worth of delayed viewing where available.
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Rank: 9 Show: "Scorpion" Net: CBS Total-Viewer Average: 7.599 million Year-Over-Year Decline: -25%
"Scorpion" is mostly getting beaten-up by ABC's freshman drama"The Good Doctor." Bring back the good-old days when this batch of geniuses battled "Conviction." Plus, no one wants "Me, Myself & I" as a lead-in -- or in CBS' case, really, at all.
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Rank: 8 Show: "Black-ish" Net: ABC Total-Viewer Average: 5.641 million Year-Over-Year Decline: -26%
Leaving "Modern Series" and entering the "This Is Us" time slot is not exactly a recipe for TV ratings success. Unfortunately, no one told ABC that.
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Rank: 7 Show: "Once Upon a Time" Net: ABC Total-Viewer Average: 3.550 million Year-Over-Year Decline: -28%
Once upon a time this fairy-tale series had a cast viewers loved and a Sunday night time slot. Now, the Friday show has neither.
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Rank: 4 (tie) Show: "Designated Survivor" Net: ABC Total-Viewer Average: 8.742 million Year-Over-Year Decline: -33%
New lead-in "American Housewife": you are no "Black-ish."
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Rank: 3 Show: "Empire" Net: Fox Total-Viewer Average: 8.099 million Year-Over-Year Decline: -36%
Sometimes 8 o'clock isn't better than 9 o'clock. Now a self-starter, "Empire" is sure helping companion series "Star," but who's helping "Empire"?
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Rank: 1 (tie) Show: "The Exorcist" Net: Fox Total-Viewer Average: 1.944 million Year-Over-Year Decline: -37%
We'd call it a sophomore slump, but the devil didn't exactly earn his due in Season 1 either. Time to exorcise this show, Fox.
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Rank: 1 (tie) Show: "Lethal Weapon" Net: Fox Total-Viewer Average: 5.902 million Year-Over-Year Decline: -37%
As a freshman, "Lethal Weapon" benefitted in its final 15 minutes as viewers flocked to Fox early for "Empire." Now the action-drama is on its own for Season 2, and Murtaugh and Riggs are maybe already getting too old for this s---.
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