Top 20 TV Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Voice’ and ‘Modern Family’ Break Through Sports Dominance

Fox’s World Series games take five spots in the week’s rankings

Last week, five of the 16 top-rated primetime broadcast spots went to Fox’s World Series games. Additionally, Sunday’s pregame show landed at No. 17.

The first three Nielsen slots went to National Football League coverage, with NBC’s Sunday Night matchup besting them all as per usual, earning a 7.1 rating in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic. CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” broke into the pigskin party for fourth place, scoring a 4.6 rating in Live + Same Day numbers.

“The Voice” and “Modern Family” tied for fifth place (3.4) alongside an NFL pregame show and a pair of World Series games.

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The other three World Series contests finished at No. 11 (3.3), No. 13 (3.1) and No. 16 (2.6).

Aside from the aforementioned “Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family,” the only other comedy to make the Top 20 was ABC’s “Black-ish,” which finished in a seven-way tie at the bottom of our cutoff. With all that gridlock at No. 20 — forcing 26 actual programs on the list this week — there was no shortage of network dramas.

To make it into the Top 20 this week, a show needed a 2.4 rating. Last week was far more competitive — a 2.7 or better made the cut.

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Here is the full list:

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