“NCIS” has been dethroned. However, in all fairness, it should be mentioned that the long-running drama series was edged out by less than 2 million viewers. Nevertheless, for the first time in history, Chuck Lorre’s “The Big Bang Theory” has been named TV’s top scripted series, averaging almost 20 million viewers. In fact, CBS has the most shows listed in the top 20 with “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person of Interest,” and “Blue Bloods” ranking in the top five. As for the number one rated television program of the season…that honor went to the NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Cast members of “The Big Bang Theory” – Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch – are already riding from the recent news that their popular series has been renewed for three more years. So while ABC’s “Modern Family” may have taken home the coveted Emmy statue year after year, millions of viewers turn their TV sets to “The Big Bang Theory” every Thursday night.
The good news does not end with CBS. Two freshman shows – NBC’s “The Blacklist” also made the top 20 list with 15 million viewers as did ABC’s “Resurrection” with 13 million viewers. Other top 20 shows include: Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”
And speaking of “Grey’s” and “Scandal,” fans are anxiously awaiting the arrival of another Shonda Rhimes’ sure-to-be masterpiece, “How to Get Away with Murder.” The new legal series will star Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, Billy Brown and Alfred “Alfie” Lewis Enoch of the “Harry Potter” franchise movies.
CBS wins may not come as a great surprise to many and surely NBC can thank “The Voice” and “The Blacklist” for their rating success. So cheers to everyone for all your hard work. You made it through another season and "the Nielson family” has spoken.