Now with delayed viewing!
“Live” TV tune-in only provides a fractional snapshot of how a program performs these days, and delayed viewing makes its way to us in spurts — so it is only right that we reevaluate Premiere Week 2021 now that one week of (mostly) DVR catch-up is available for every single primetime show that aired between Monday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 26.
Below, we’ve mapped out the 21 highest-rated and most-watched broadcast shows of Nielsen’s Fall TV Premiere Week. We excluded sports programming, as NFL domination would have merely booted a bunch of well-performing scripted and unscripted series off our tables. Plus, sports are pretty much totally consumed live, so a delayed-viewing story heavy on the professional pigskin doesn’t really demonstrate anything.