From ‘This Is Us’ to ‘Mom': The 6 TV Shows With More Viewers Than Last Year (Photos)
ABC is the only Big 4 network without an overall audience grower — though “AFHV” does have some kind of claim
Tony Maglio | November 21, 2017 @ 2:14 PM
Last Updated: November 21, 2017 @ 2:19 PM
These days, it is rare for a TV show to grow its audience year over year, but miracles -- and sophomore smash hits like "This Is Us" -- do happen.
Thus far this season, six broadcast series are averaging more total viewers than they did at this same period in autumn last year. We've ranked them in order from smallest to largest gainers.
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Show: "Dateline - Friday" Net: NBC This season's viewer average: 5.916 million Last season's viewer average: 5.664 million Change: +4%
As Chris Hansen would say, "Have a seat," and that's exactly what Dateline viewers are doing in front of the TV when this news magazine show is on.
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Show: "Bob's Burgers" Net: Fox This season's viewer average: 3.366 million Last season's viewer average: 3.157 million Change: +7%
Despite NFL's declining ratings, this animated show has benefitted more this season from some football afternoon games leading into its airing.
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Show: "This Is Us" Net: NBC This season's viewer average: 15.344 million Last season's viewer average: 13.538 million Change: +13%
This one's easy to explain -- cross-reference "Empire" Season 2 for another recent sophomore-bump example.
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Meanwhile, ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was actually up 11 percent in the key 18-49 demographic, but down 3 percent among overall viewers.
Every show in this gallery not named "Chicago Fire" and "Dateline" also grew in the aforementioned demo.
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