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2023-24’s Top TV Shows Include TRACKER, NCIS, BLUE BLOODS

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2023-24’s Top TV Shows Include TRACKER, NCIS, BLUE BLOODS

By Movieguide® Contributor

As the 2023-2024 network season comes to an end, Nielsen has ranked each show’s popularity.

CBS drama TRACKER has seen the most success after its first season on the air. The show, which stars THIS IS US star Justin Hartley, was this season’s “most-watched entertainment series.”

Variety reported, “TRACKER was helped, of course, by premiering in February behind SUPER BOWL LVIII — giving it a huge jump start. And this was an unusual, truncated TV season due to the Hollywood strikes, which meant limited episodic orders for most programs.”

TRACKER’s success was the “first time a first-year TV series was ranked as the No. 1 show since SURVIVOR premiered as an instant phenomenon in 2000,” Uproxx reported.

The top five shows after three NFL broadcasts were TRACKER with 10.8m viewers, NCIS with 9.67m viewers, YOUNG SHELDON with 9.1m viewers, FBI with 8.97m viewers and CHICAGO FIRE with 8.79m viewers. BLUE BLOODS and 60 MINUTES rounded out the top 10.

Other shows that have done well this season are THE GOLDEN BACHELOR, SURVIVOR and game shows such as THE PRICE IS RIGHT, CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!, CELEBRITY WHEEL OF FORTUNE, PASSWORD, LET’S MAKE A DEAL PRIME and THE $100,000 PYRAMID.

Variety reported of THE GOLDEN BACHELOR, “Depending on whether you consider it a new show, given its identical format to THE BACHELOR, the ABC series was nonetheless the most-watched new unscripted series of the year — besting the original-recipe BACHELOR by an average of more than a million viewers.”

Shows that did not fare as well this season were NCIS: HAWAII, cable shows and the Paramount Network.

Movieguide® previously reported that although many shows had delays due to last year’s SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, series were able to rise back up to their normal averages:

After months-long strikes last year put the entertainment industry on pause, viewership for TV’s top shows is back on the rise.

“Viewer totals for a host of shows are on par with or better than their 2022-23 averages. A couple of newcomers have put up strong showings, and an unscripted stalwart is growing, too,” said The Hollywood Reporter.

Now, in its twenty-first season, CBS’ NCIS has increased its total viewership. It’s up 5% and averages 10.32 million viewers.


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