Boy, 2017 was something -- wasn't it? While plenty has been happening in the "real world" over the past 12 months, the show continues to go on for TV. Well, not every show. When it comes to television, the winners and losers are pretty easy to define, though 2017 was such a screwy year sometimes they intertwined. Here is the breakdown for who conquered the airwaves and what crumbled in ratings.
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Winner: NBC -- Once-again, NBC is the year's broadcast TV ratings winner. This win makes it four years in a row atop the key 18-49 demographic, and the fifth No. 1 finish of six years. And before you argue that's all due to "Sunday Night Football" and The Olympics, 2017 marks the third year in a row NBC has finished first -- or tied for No. 1 -- in entertainment-only programming. So, there.
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Loser(s): Sexual Harrassers (and the Shows/Networks/etc. That Employ Them) -- Here are just some TV stars and executives accused of sexual misconduct in 2017: Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor, Bill O'Reilly, Matt Lauer, Mario Batali, Roy Price, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Louis CK, Jeremy Piven, Chris Savino, Ken Baker, Matthew Weiner, Mark Schwahn, Nick Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Geraldo Rivera-- OK, we're running out of room. It was a lot of guys.
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Winner(s): The Silence Breakers -- OK yeah, so we stole that term from Time. Good enough for their cover, good enough for our gallery. The point is, some of this year's biggest winners are those who came forward to speak out against this year's biggest losers. Props to Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Hilarie Burton (pictured), Anna Faris and Terry Crews -- to name just a few -- for sharing their own personal stories about being victims of Hollywood's sexual misconduct problem.
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Winner: HBO -- You're more than a little liar if you say HBO didn't own premium cable this year. Boasting an impressive lineup of new and returning series ("Big Little Lies," "Game of Thrones") and a landslide victory at the Primetime Emmy Awards (10 wins, thank you very much), it's clear the network was living its best life in 2017. Of course, HBO could be on track to crush the next couple of years as well, with the return of "Westworld" and the final season of "Game of Thrones." Also Read:Golden Globes 2018: The Complete List of Nominees
Loser: "Still Star-Crossed" -- A win just wasn't in the cards for this short-lived ABC series, which was 2017's lowest-rated new show for the calendar year. Across its seven-episode first (and last) season, the medieval Shondaland drama, averaged 1.36 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the key demo. Also, more than half the episodes aired on Saturdays during the summer. So, yeah.
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Loser: "Marvel's Inhumans" -- "What even is this?" was what some viewers (definitely not any here) wondered when ABC's new Marvel Cinematic Universe series came to town this fall. Between the bizarre IMAX rollout, weird wig CGI, and bad ratings, "Inhumans" was a mess. The strangest thing about the show? It's yet to be officially cancelled.
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Winner: USA -- The network, not the country, obviously. USA is expected to finish 2017 as the No. 1 cable entertainment network in total viewers for a record 12th straight year and is in the mix in the 18-49 demo. But that race is too close to call right now. WWE's "SmackDown" going live last summer, not to mention the success of the Jessica Biel-led "The Sinner," have made USA the place to be in 2017. Again, the network, not the country.
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Winner: "Big Bang Theory" Universe -- While this CBS staple has been ruling the small screen for years now, it really went to the head of the class in 2017. With the successful launch of prequel series "Young Sheldon" (which is TV's No. 1 new comedy -- "Will & Grace" is higher, but that's technically a returning comedy) and "Big Bang Theory" hanging tough in the No. 1 slot for comedy overall, the brainiacs over at the Tiffany Network have plenty to brag about.
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