Several broadcast-TV shows have entered a brief hiatus during this holiday season and “Station 19” is no different. But as we close out the year in just a few days, there isn’t a better time to reflect on the show’s performance. TV Line just released the demo ratings for the ABC network and before you sound the alarms, “Station 19” actually did really well. The procedural took home the 2nd slot for the best performing shows this fall.
Before we dive into the data, though, here’s a quick rundown of the rating system. It ranks the average demo rating for each series on the network including Live+7 DVR playback. This is because the networks take that specific metric into consideration when it comes time to renew or cancel each series. The data also includes the total audience for each program and puts all this information together for a final rank. A TV show’s rank is considered its most critical measure.
So without further ado, here’s what the numbers over at ABC are looking like:
‘Station 19’ Far Outranks Another ABC Show That Was Supposed to Be a Hit
Data shows that this fall season, “Station 19” earned a total of 6.27 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. The only show on the network to do better was the long-running medical procedural drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” Its 18th season brought in 6.67 million viewers and a 1.3 rating.
In potentially surprising news, both TV shows performed better than Saturday Night Football, which only brought in a rating of 1.0 and 4.55 million viewers.
According to the data, another low blow to the network involved “The Wonder Years.” The series was deemed highly anticipated and really ramped up ahead of its Season 1 debut. However, the ratings show it falling to number 14 on the list with a 0.6 rating and 3.24 million viewers.
“Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” came in at 17th with a 0.5 rating and 4.16 million viewers which may be surprising considering that long-time host Pat Sajak just celebrated his 40th anniversary with the show.
How ABC Stacks Up To Other Networks
So, how does the ABC network compare to other networks?
Unfortunately, the data is there and the numbers don’t lie. ABC falls behind its rival networks by a landslide. In fact, CBS alone consistently ranks higher for at least seven better-watched TV shows. And that’s just in the drama category.
It might bring flashbacks of one of the network’s most disappointing calls. It canceled the “Rebel” series starring Katey Sagal and created by “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Krista Vernoff upsetting fans nationwide. Earlier this year, a (yet-to-be-successful) petition was even started to bring it back.