2020-2021 Television Season

The 2020-2021 television season is the 75th network season in United States television history. It began on Monday, September 21, 2020 and ended on Sunday, May 30, 2021. The effective start date of the 2020-21 season for the purposes of audience measurement was Saturday, September 26, 2020 through Friday, September 24, 2021.

Highest-Rated Programs

Top 5 ranking of the highest achieved rating by programs during the span of the 2020-21 TV season.

1The ViewABC1.200.12
2Live with Kelly and RyanSYN0.950.77
3Dr. PhilSYN0.910.62
4Today 3rd HourNBC0.820.55
5Today with Hoda & JennaNBC0.530.50

Media Market Estimates

Top 10 ranking of designated market areas by number of television homes for the 2020-2021 TV season. See the complete 2020-2021 Nielsen DMA ranking.

RankMarketTV HomesShare
1New York7,452,6206.163%
2Los Angeles5,735,2304.743%
5Dallas-Fort Worth2,962,5202.450%
6San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose2,653,2702.194%

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 2020-21 TV season. See the extended 2020-2021 universe estimates.

Persons 2+307,900,000
Persons 2-1139,330,00012.8%
Persons 12-1724,510,0007.96%
Persons 18-3469,890,00022.7%
Persons 18-49129,440,00042.0%
Persons 25-54120,910,00039.3%
Persons 50+114,620,00037.2%
Persons 55+94,760,00030.8%
Males 18-3435,110,00011.4%




  1. I Can See Your Voice premieres on FOX.
  2. Weakest Link premieres on NBC.


  1. NFL Thursday Pregame premieres on FOX.
  2. The Con premieres on ABC.
  3. I Love a Mama's Boy premieres on TLC.
  4. Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death premieres on ID.


  1. B Positive premieres on CBS.
  2. History's Greatest Mysteries premieres on History.
  3. Big Sky premieres on ABC.
  4. Beyond Oak Island premieres on History.


  1. Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross premieres on MSNBC.



  1. Wild Child premieres on NBC.
  2. One Team: The Power of Sports premieres on NBC.
  3. Great North premieres on FOX.
  4. Call Me Kat premieres on FOX.
  5. Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue premieres on Discovery.
  6. American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda premieres on ID.
  7. 90 Day Diaries premieres on TLC.
  8. Proof Is Out There premieres on History.
  9. Name That Tune premieres on FOX.
  10. Chase with Sara Haines premieres on ABC.
  11. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune premieres on ABC.
  12. Mr. Mayor premieres on NBC.
  13. America Reports premieres on Fox News.
  14. Faulkner Focus premieres on Fox News.
  15. Body Cam: On the Scene premieres on ID.
  16. Resident Alien premieres on Syfy.


  1. Big Saturday Show premieres on Fox News.
  2. Big Sunday Show premieres on Fox News.
  3. My Feet Are Killing Me: Footnotes premieres on TLC.
  4. World News Tonight Saturday with Whit Johnson premieres on ABC.
  5. World News Tonight Sunday with Linsey Davis premieres on ABC.
  6. Equalizer premieres on CBS.
  7. Young Rock premieres on NBC.
  8. 90 Day Pillow Talk: The Single Life premieres on TLC.
  9. 90 Day: The Single Life premieres on TLC.
  10. Superman & Lois premieres on CW.
  11. Mehdi Hasan Show premieres on MSNBC.


  1. Soul of a Nation premieres on ABC.
  2. Farmhouse Fixer premieres on HGTV.
  3. No Demo Reno premieres on HGTV.
  4. Alex Witt Reports premieres on MSNBC.
  5. Craig Melvin Reports premieres on MSNBC.
  6. Hallie Jackson Reports premieres on MSNBC.
  7. Katy Tur Reports premieres on MSNBC.
  8. MSNBC Reports Live premieres on MSNBC.
  9. Stephanie Ruhle Reports premieres on MSNBC.


  1. United States of Al premieres on CBS.
  2. Law & Order: Organized Crime premieres on NBC.
  3. Yasmin Vossoughian Reports premieres on MSNBC.
  4. Home Economics premieres on ABC.
  5. Wild West Chronicles premieres on INSP.
  6. Street Outlaws: America's List premieres on Discovery.
  7. Bargain Block premieres on HGTV.
  8. At This Hour with Kate Bolduan premieres on CNN for the second time.
  9. Extreme Sisters premieres on TLC.
  10. Inside Out premieres on HGTV.


  1. Inspiring America premieres on NBC.
  2. Home Town Takeover premieres on HGTV.
  3. Crime Scene Kitchen premieres on FOX.


  1. Unfiltered with Dan Bongino premieres on Fox News.
  2. Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy premieres on Fox News.


  1. Secret Celebrity Renovation premieres on CBS.
  2. White Lotus premieres on HBO.
  3. Battle on the Beach premieres on HGTV.


  1. Family Game Fight! premieres on NBC.
  2. Fantasy Island premieres on FOX.
  3. Superstar premieres on ABC.
  4. Casa de los Famosos premieres on Telemundo.
  5. Neighborhood Wars premieres on A&E.


  1. Big Noon Kickoff premieres on FOX.
  2. CBS Mornings premieres on CBS.
  3. Ayman premieres on MSNBC.

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