25 Top Broadcast Scripted Shows from the 2017-18 Season

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Football continued to reign supreme during the 2017-2018 TV season, but that's not to say that scripted TV on the broadcast networks rolled over and accepted defeat. 

Despite ratings being on the downside for the broadcast networks, some shows were forces to be reckoned with in the advertiser-craved adults 18-49 demographic. 

Oh yes, the ratings do still matter. 

We've ranked the top 25 scripted offerings on the broadcast networks below for you. That means there are no reality TV series below. 


25. Splitting Up Together

Splitting Up Together
This new ABC comedy hit viewers right in the funny bone. It averaged a 1.8 rating.

24. The Goldbergs

The Goldbergs
This comedy had a 1.8 rating in the demo for the season.

23. The Middle

The Middle
Viewers had a heck of a time with the Hecks. This comedy averaged a 1.9 rating.

22. Bull

This Michael Weatherly fronted CBS drama averaged a 1.9 rating.

21. The Good Place

The Good Place
This NBC comedy series is not going anywhere. It averaged a 1.9 rating.

20. The Orville

The Orville
This Seth McFarlane drama averaged a solid 2.0 rating.

19. How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder
Murder still pays for ABC. This series managed a 2.0 rating.

18. Mom

This comedy series with very serious storylines turned in a 2.0 rating for the season.

17. Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds
This grisly procedural drama had a 2.0 rating for the season.

16. Chicago Med

Chicago Med
This medical drama secured a 2.0 rating.

15. Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire
The series that started the #OneChicago universe secured a 2.0 rating.

14. Scandal

This Shondaland drama went out with a 2.1 rating.

13. NCIS

This CBS drama averaged a cool 2.1 rating.

12. Law & Order: SVU

Law & Order: SVU
Even after all these years, viewers still like to watch the adventures of Olivia Benson and her talented team. It averaged a 2.1 rating.

11. Modern Family

Modern Family
This hit ABC comedy tied for 10th place with Chicago PD and managed a 2.2 rating.

10. Chicago PD

Chicago PD
This NBC crime solver secured a 2.2 rating and tied for 10th place with Modern Family.

9. Empire

This musical drama may be down but it is not out. It averaged a 2.6 rating.

8. Will & Grace

Will & Grace
This revived series is a hit. It averaged a 2.8 rating.

7. 9-1-1

Who knew the lives of first responders was so dramatic? This Fox drama averaged a 3.0 rating.

6. Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy
Viewers are still very much engaged by the lives of everyone working at Grey Sloan Memorial. It had a 3.2 rating.

5. Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon
This prequel to The Big Bang Theory successfully enthralled a lot of viewers. It had a 3.3 rating.

4. The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor
The Good Doctor scored big for ABC with a 3.4 rating.

3. The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory
This veteran CBS comedy is still watched by millions. It secured a 4.4 rating.

2. Roseanne

ABC was laughing all the way to the bank with this hilarious revival. It averaged a 5.0 rating.

1. This Is Us

This Is Us
There was no sophomore slump in sight for this red-hot NBC drama. It averaged a 5.4 rating.

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