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2016-2017 Television Season

The 2016-2017 television season is the 71st network season in the United States television history. It began on Monday, September 19, 2016 and ended on Sunday, May 28, 2017. The effective start date of the 2016-17 season for the purposes of audience measurement was September 24, 2016 through September 22, 2017.

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 2016-17 television season. See the complete 2016-2017 universe estimates.

DemographicPopulationShare
Households118,400,000
Persons 2+301,670,000
Persons 2-1139,410,00013.1%
Persons 12-1724,420,0008.09%
Persons 18+237,840,00078.8%
Persons 18-3469,290,00023.0%
Persons 18-49128,320,00042.5%
Persons 25-54120,170,00039.8%
Persons 50+109,520,00036.3%
Persons 55+88,640,00029.4%

Media Market Estimates

Top 10 designated market areas by number of television homes for the 2016-2017 season. See the complete 2016-2017 Nielsen DMA ranking.

RankMarketTV HomesShare
1New York7,348,6206.407%
2Los Angeles5,476,8304.775%
3Chicago3,463,0603.019%
4Philadelphia2,942,8002.566%
5Dallas-Fort Worth2,713,3802.366%
6San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose2,488,0902.169%
7Washington-Hagerstown2,476,6802.159%
8Houston2,450,8002.137%
9Boston-Manchester2,424,2402.114%
10Atlanta2,412,7302.104%

Events

2016

September

  1. Bull premieres on CBS.
  2. This Is Us premieres on NBC.

October

  1. Vice News Tonight premieres on Vice.
  2. Desus & Mero premieres on Showtime.
  3. NFL 360 premieres on NFL Network.

November

  1. People Magazine Investigates premieres on ID.
  2. Tucker Carlson Tonight premieres on Fox News.

December

  1. The Wall premieres on NBC.
  2. NFL Up to the Minute premieres on NFL Network.

2017

January

  1. Truth & Lies premieres on ABC.
  2. Story with Martha MacCallum premieres on Fox News.
  3. Riverdale premieres on CW.
  4. How It Really Happened premieres on HLN.
  5. Garage Dreams premieres on Motor Trend.

February

  1. Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres on We TV.
  2. Cold Case Files premieres on A&E.

March

  1. American Pickers: Best Of premieres on History.
  2. Home Town premieres on HGTV.
  3. UFOs: The Lost Evidence premieres on Travel Channel.
  4. Gold Rush: Parker's Trail premieres on Discovery.

April

  1. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown premieres on ESPN.
  2. Archer premieres on FXX.
  3. Puppy Dog Pals premieres on Disney Channel.
  4. Reasonable Doubt premieres on ID.

May

  1. Conversations with Nancy Brinker premieres on Newsmax.
  2. E! News: Daily Pop premieres on E!.
  3. Deadline: White House premieres on MSNBC.
  4. Beat Shazam premieres on FOX.

June

  1. Chris Salcedo Show premieres on Newsmax.
  2. Next Revolution premieres on Fox News.
  3. Tales premieres on BET.

July

  1. On Assignment with Richard Engel premieres on MSNBC.
  2. Home Run Derby premieres on ESPN.
  3. Raven's Home premieres on Disney Channel.
  4. Dateline: Secrets Uncovered premieres on Oxygen.
  5. Phelps vs. Shark premieres on Discovery.
  6. Beat with Ari Melber premieres on MSNBC.
  7. Inside Training Camp Live premieres on NFL Network.
  8. Siesta Key premieres on MTV.

August

  1. Impractical Jokers: After Party premieres on TruTV.
  2. ABC Fall Preview premieres on ABC.
  3. Black Love premieres on OWN.

September

  1. Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. premieres on A&E.
  2. Fantasy Show premieres on ESPN.

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