Here are complete series rankings for the 2011-12 season in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Several highlights: NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the No.1 program of the season in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, ending American idol‘s eight-year streak topping both categories. SNF also became the first sports series to rank as the most watched primetime TV show for a full season. The highest-rated new series of the season are CBS’ 2 Broke Girls (in 18-49) and CBS’ Person of Interest (in total viewers). It was a strong year for freshman series as there where were 4 first-year series in the Top 20 among adults 18-49: 2 Broke Girls (#9), Fox’s New Girl (12), Fox’s X Factor (13) and ABC’s Once Upon A Time (16) vs. one, The Voice, last year. In total viewers, two freshmen, Person of Interest and X Factor, made the cut this season vs. 3 last season.
The highest-rated series to get canceled this year: CBS’ Rob (18-49) and Unforgettable (total viewers). The lowest-rated series to get renewed on the Big 4 networks: NBC’s Rock Center With Brian Williams and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares. The top scripted series of last season was ABC’s Modern Family, in a virtual tie with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory among adults 18-49. CBS’ NCIS had the honors in total viewers.
2011-12 Season: Series Ranking In Adults 18-49: