The end of the 2011-2012 broadcast TV season means it's time to look forward to our favorite summer shows, but it also means it's time to see how the shows we've been following all year did in the final rankings. Some of the results may surprise you.
Of the 156 broadcast shows listed in the ranking, which lists shows based on how they did in the all-important 18-49 demographic, 15 of them are among the series we follow every week. The top series of the year was NBC's Sunday Night Football, which became the first sports show ever to lead a full season with an 18-49 rating of 7.99 and an average of more than 10 million 18-49 viewers every week. The rest of the top five is rounded out by American Idol's Wednesday broadcast, The Voice, Sunday Night Football's pre-kickoff show and ABC's sitcom Modern Family.
Sadly, only one of the shows we follow managed to crack the top 10, but if you've been keeping track of our weekly ratings listing you can probably guess which one it was. The Big Bang Theory (which isn't a genre show, but it's about genre addicts, so we pay attention) finished sixth (tied with American Idol's Thursday night broadcast) in the overall rankings with an average demo rating of 5.53 and an average demo viewership of about 7 million.
Next in line among our shows was ABC's Sunday night powerhouse Once Upon a Time, which finished 18th overall with a 4.1 rating and 5.24 million demo viewers. The next two genre shows on the list were both Fox series, and they're also both series that ended up being canceled. Terra Nova was the 26th highest-rated show of the year overall with a score of 3.58 and viewership of 4.57 million demo viewers, while Alcatraz ranked 30th with a rating of 3.39 and a demo viewership of 4.33. Person of Interest, which wasn't canceled, placed behind both of them at 32nd with a rating of 3.31 and a viewership of 4.23.
Check out the full listing of genre shows below to see where you favorite series wound up.
- The Big Bang Theory: Season Rank 6/Demo Rating 5.53/Demo Viewers 7.06
- Once Upon a Time: Season Rank 16/Demo Rating 4.10/Demo Viewers 5.24
- Terra Nova: Season Rank 24/Demo Rating 3.58/Demo Viewers 4.57
- Alcatraz: Season Rank 30/Demo Rating 3.39/Demo Viewers/4.33
- Person of Interest: Season Rank 32/Demo Rating 3.31/Demo Viewers 4.23
- Touch: Season Rank 51/Demo Rating 2.74/Demo Viewers 3.50
- The River: Season Rank 68/Demo Rating 2.42/Demo Viewers 3.09
- Grimm: Season Rank 81/Demo Rating 2.14/Demo Viewers 2.74
- Awake: Season Rank 104/Demo Rating 1.66/Demo Viewers 2.12
- Fringe: Season Rank 105/Demo Rating 1.66/Demo Viewers 2.12
- A Gifted Man: Season Rank 120/Demo Rating 1.35/Demo Viewers 1.72
- Chuck: Season Rank 122/Demo Rating 1.33/Demo Viewers 1.70
- The Vampire Diaries: Season Rank 123/Demo Rating 1.30/Demo Viewers 1.65
- The Secret Circle: Season Rank 140/Demo Rating 0.91/Demo Viewers 1.16
- Supernatural: Season Rank 141/Demo Rating 0.89/Demo Viewers 1.14