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'This Is Us,' 'The Big Bang Theory' and other TV shows we like

Western New Yorkers love NBC's sophomore series "This Is Us," which has gone down several dark paths in this season's episodes.

We are also as fascinated by the new ABC freshman series about a brilliant autistic physician, "The Good Doctor."

But we like to go to bed early so a high percentage of us watch those series at our convenience On Demand or on DVRs.

Those are some of the findings when looking at the Nielsen results of What Western New York is Watching on broadcast television as midseason finales and holiday specials take over the schedule.

Let's first take a look at the Top 14 shows of the season in household viewership up to Nov. 5, which is the last available time that viewing up to seven days later is measured.

Top 14 Shows: 1. "The Big Bang Theory" (18.4 rating) 2. "This Is Us" (18.2) 3. "9JKL" (16.9) 4. "NCIS" (15.3) 5. "NBC's Sunday Night Football" (13.6) 6. "The Good Doctor" (13.5) 7. "60 Minutes" (12.7) 8. "Blue Bloods" (11.6)  9. "The Voice" on  Monday (11.0) 10. "Seal Team" (10.8) 11. NCIS: New Orleans" (10.6) 12. "Bull" (10.5) 13. "Chicago Fire" and "Thursday Night Football" (10.4).

"This is Us" has been a local fan favorite since its premiere.

Analysis: CBS' "Big Bang" remains the top-rated show in WNY households by a slim margin over "This Is Us," which gets much stronger demographics. The third place finish of "9JKL," the comedy based on Mark Feuerstein's life living near his parents, deserves an asterisk. After it lost "Big Bang" as a lead-in, it has crashed here.

The continued success of "The Good Doctor" is a little surprising since episodes after the exceptional pilot have been much weaker and repetitive. No one should be surprised by the success here of "Seal Team," a patriotic CBS series starring Buffalo-born David Boreanaz, fresh out of "Bones."

Top Secondary Viewing Gainers: 1. "This Is Us" (6.6 added points from live and same day viewing) 2. "The Good Doctor" (5.8) 3. "Chicago Fire" (4.7 points) 4. "Chicago P.D." (3.9) 5. "Designated Survivor" and "Blue Bloods" (3.8) 7. "How to Get Away With Murder" (3.5) 8. "NCIS: New Orleans," "Seal Team," "Modern Family" and "Scorpion" (3.3).

Analysis: A 9 p.m. Tuesday series, "This Is Us" gets more than one-third of its viewership from delayed viewing, which is partly became it had two episodes opposite the World Series. "The Good Doctor" gets an even higher percentage than that, partly because it starts at 10 p.m.

Six of the Top 10 secondary viewing gainers are 10 p.m. shows. That isn't good for the 11 p.m. local newscasts, which rely on strong same day lead-ins to generate viewing. The "Chicago" series continue to be among NBC's most popular programs. Three oldies but goodies, "Big Bang" (3.2), "Grey's Anatomy" and "NCIS" (2.9,) barely finish outside the Top 10 in secondary viewing.

Top New Shows: 1. "Young Sheldon" (18.9 rating, with an asterisk) 2. "9JKL" (16.9) 3. "The Good Doctor" (13.5) 4. "Seal Team" (10.8)  5. "Will & Grace" (9.7) 6. "Wisdom of the Crowd" (9.5) 7. "Me, Myself and I" (7.4) 8. "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (7.2) 9. "Brave" (6.2). 10. "10 Days in the Valley" (4.4).

Iain Armitage plays the young Sheldon Cooper in the CBS spin-off of "The Big Bang Theory." (Robert Voets/CBS)

Analysis: "Young Sheldon" isn't included in the top-rated series above and gets an asterisk in this category because only the pilot ran here before Nov. 5. The second episode on Nov. 2 was preempted by Channel 4 for a Bills-Jets game on "Thursday Night Football." It is the season's one can't-miss series since it follows "Big Bang."

It is harder for many new shows that aren't as hyped as "The Good Doctor" to be sampled because of the higher delayed-viewing that older series tend to get when the new shows are on.

Top 10 in 18-49 demographic: 1. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" (10.2 ) 2. "This Is Us" (8.8) 3. "Big Bang" (6.8) 4. "Modern Family" (5.7) 5. "The Voice" - Monday (5.5) 6. "Thursday Night Football" (5.4) 7. "Bob's Burgers" (5.0) 8. "The Voice"- Tuesday (4.5) 9. "Survivor" (4.6) 10. "Chicago Fire" (4.4)

Analysis: "NCIS" (4.3) and "The Good Doctor" (4.0) finish just out of the Top 10.  The only surprise in this group may be "Bob's Burgers," which illustrates Fox's strength in demographics.

Several Fox shows do much better in this demo than many shows with higher household ratings on the Big 3 networks. The aging "Modern Family" continues to be ABC's biggest demographic hit.

Top 10 in 25-54 demographic: 1. "Big Bang" (10.9) 2. "This Is Us" (10.8) 3. "Sunday Night Football" (10.3) 4. "Modern Family" (8.0) 5. "9JKL" (7.5) 6. "The Voice" Monday (7.4) 7. "Will & Grace" (7.1) 8. "The Good Doctor" (6.6) 9. "Thursday Night Football," Chicago Fire" (6.2).

Analysis: This is the money demo for local television. "The Good Doctor" and "Will & Grace" are the only new shows to make the Top 10 – and calling NBC's "Will & Grace" a new show is debatable. "NCIS" (5.7), Tuesday's episode of "The Voice" (5.7) and CBS' ageless and timeless "60 Minutes" (5.5) just finished outside the Top 10.

Top 10 in 35-64 demographic: 1. "Big Bang" 14.5 2. "This Is Us" (13.0) 3. "9JKL" (9.4) 4. "NCIS" (9.2) 5. "The Voice"- Monday (9.1) 6. "Sunday Night Football" (8.7) 7. "The Good Doctor" (8.6) 8. "60 Minutes" (8.0) 9. "Will & Grace" (7.7) 10. "Modern Family" (7.3)

Analysis: Older shows generally get older viewers. "The Good Doctor," "Will & Grace" and "9JKL" are new shows, but they have an older vibe.

Top Fox Shows in households: "Lethal Weapon" (4.6) "Empire" (4.1) "Bob's Burgers" (4.0) "Orville" (3.9) "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" (3.6) "Ghosted," "Gifted" and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.4)

"Lethal Weapon" is the top Fox show in WNY. (Brian Bowen Smith/FOX)

Analysis: "Lethal Weapon" is my favorite Fox guilty pleasure but it isn't exactly a ratings juggernaut and, unlike most Fox series, it has older demos. Seth MacFarlane's Thursday night sci-fi-comedy series "Orville," which has strong demographics here, already has been renewed for a second season.

Top-rated CW Shows: None of CW's series get a 2 rating here. Here are the household numbers: "Valor" (1.7) "Riverdale" (1.6) "The Flash" (1.3) "DC Legends" (1.2)"Arrow" and "Supernatural" (1.1) "Dynasty" (1.0) "Jane the Virgin" and "Supergirl" (0.9) "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.3).

Analysis: CW shows are a tough sell in WNY, with its older audience. "Valor," the top-rated CW series, is another patriotic series. It is sad that two of the critically-acclaimed CW series, "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" can't even hit a 1 rating here.

Old Shows Going Strong: "Survivor" (9.9 household rating), "Criminal Minds" (9.0), "Grey's Anatomy" (7.9).

Analysis: Besides the older shows listed in the Top 10, these are the three oldies but goodies. They also get strong demographics. "Grey's" ties sophomore series "Designated Survivor" as ABC's third-highest rated show in households.


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