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2016-2017 Television Season

The 2016-2017 television season is the 71st network season in 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 Saturday, September 24, 2016 through Friday, September 22, 2017.

Highest-Rated Programs

Top 2 ranking of the highest achieved rating by programs during the span of the 2016-17 TV season.

RankProgramNetworkRating
HighLow
1The ViewABC1.140.79
2The TalkCBS0.970.68

Media Market Estimates

Top 10 ranking of designated market areas by number of television homes for the 2016-2017 TV 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%

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 2016-17 TV season. See the extended 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 35+168,550,00055.9%
Persons 50+109,520,00036.3%

Events

2016

September

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

October

  1. Kindred Spirits premieres on Travel Channel.
  2. Dead Silent premieres on ID.

November

  1. People Magazine Investigates premieres on ID.
  2. Tucker Carlson Tonight premieres on Fox News.
  3. Disney Magical Holiday Celebration premieres on ABC.

December

  1. Homicide for the Holidays premieres on Oxygen.
  2. The Wall premieres on NBC.

2017

January

  1. First Take premieres on ESPN.
  2. Truth & Lies premieres on ABC.
  3. Story with Martha MacCallum premieres on Fox News.
  4. Summer House premieres on Bravo.
  5. How It Really Happened premieres on HLN.

February

  1. At This Hour with Kate Bolduan premieres on CNN.
  2. History of Comedy premieres on CNN.
  3. Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres on We TV.
  4. 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. Reasonable Doubt premieres on ID.

May

  1. Deadline: White House premieres on MSNBC.
  2. 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. Snowfall premieres on FX.
  2. On Assignment with Richard Engel premieres on MSNBC.
  3. Home Run Derby premieres on ESPN.
  4. Dateline: Secrets Uncovered premieres on Oxygen.
  5. Beat with Ari Melber premieres on MSNBC.
  6. Siesta Key premieres on MTV.

August

  1. 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days premieres on TLC.
  2. ABC Fall Preview premieres on ABC.

September

  1. NFL Today premieres on CBS.
  2. Fantasy Show premieres on ESPN.
    Fantasy Show premieres on ESPN2.

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