“America’s Next Top Model” turned 21 this fall, and as a present TV viewers got it — well, not much. The show has the dubious honor of being the least-watched show on the five English-language broadcast networks in fall 2014.
As we do every year at this time, Zap2it has compiled the Bottom 5 shows on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW. You’ll see a mix of already-canceled shows and veteran series that keep plugging along despite dwindling audiences. This list includes only first-run, regularly scheduled shows that aired more than once in the fall, with college and NFL pre-game shows are excluded. There are 95 such programs this season. All ratings figures are Nielsen’s “most current” averages as of Dec. 14, a mix of Live +7 ratings and same-day numbers for the most recent telecasts.
Below view the list of each network’s least-watched shows, starting with the (relative) best and ending with the H-to-T worst.
‘The Millers’ (CBS)
Viewers: 8.18 million (44th of 95); 18-49 rating: 2.0 (tied for 46th). Fun fact: Its mid-pack ratings overall weren’t good enough for CBS — the show was canceled after just a couple of weeks into its second season.
‘Mike & Molly’ (CBS)
Viewers: 8.06 million (45th); 18-49 rating: 1.9 (tied for 54th). Fun fact: Since it premiered Dec. 8, these numbers reflect only same-day viewing. It will move in front of “The Millers,” the show it replaced, in the rankings when DVR use is factored in.
Viewers: 7.35 million (52nd); 18-49 rating: 1.7 (tied for 64th). Fun fact: The first-year show loses a full ratings point in adults 18-49 from its lead-in, “Two and a Half Men,” a drop of about 37 percent.
‘The Amazing Race’ (CBS)
Viewers: 7.33 million (53rd); 18-49 rating: 1.7 (tied for 64th). Fun fact: A move from Sunday to Friday nights has driven the show’s audience down by about 2 million viewers.
Viewers: 6.35 million (62nd); 18-49 rating: 1.3 (tied for 79th). Fun fact: Tom Bergeron’s final go-round as host of the long-running show is actually up slightly in viewers vs. last season, but ABC’s mostly improved fortunes make put it on this list.
‘Saturday Night College Football’ (ABC)
Viewers: 6.23 million (63rd); 18-49 rating: 1.9 (tied for 54th). Fun fact: ABC’s older college football franchise beat FOX’s Saturday prime-time game (see below) by a wide margin.
Viewers: 5.87 million (64th); 18-49 rating: 1.2 (tied for 83rd). Fun fact: Although it’s been picked up for a full season, the well-reviewed comedy’s 18-49 rating is the lowest for any show still on ABC this fall.
’48 Hours’ (CBS)
Viewers: 5.73 million (65th); 18-49 rating: 1.0 (tied for 87th). Fun fact: The least-watched list perennial is running about even with its performance this time last season.
‘The Biggest Loser’ (NBC)
Viewers: 5.62 million (67th); 18-49 rating: 1.7 (tied for 64th). Fun fact: Season 16 is subtitled “Glory Days,” but a Thursday-night timeslot opposite the NFL, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Grey’s Anatomy” hasn’t been glorious, pushing the show to series-low numbers in overnight ratings.
‘Bad Judge’ (NBC)
Viewers: 5.35 million (69th); 18-49 rating: 1.4 (tied for 77th). Fun fact: “Bad Judge” is running about 1.5 million viewers behind the last “Bad” show to air on the broadcast nets, CBS’ one-and-one “Bad Teacher.”
‘About a Boy’ (NBC)
Viewers: 5.03 million (73rd); 18-49 rating: 1.5 (tied for 74th). Fun fact: Even in these DVR-rich times, “About a Boy” doesn’t get much help in Live +7 ratings, growing by about 1.2 million viewers and 0.4 in adults 18-49 per episode.
Viewers: 4.84 million (76th); 18-49 rating: 1.6 (tied for 68th). Fun fact: “Constantine” is running about even with the season average for “Dracula,” which occupied the 10 p.m. Friday slot in fall 2013 and averaged 5 million viewers.
Viewers: 4.66 million (77th); 18-49 rating: 1.5 (tied for 74th). Fun fact: Though it was (sadly) canceled, “Selfie’s” average viewership was still bigger than the number of retweets Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie received (3.37 million at posting time).
‘Manhattan Love Story’ (ABC)
Viewers: 3.87 million (80th); 18-49 rating: 1.2 (tied for 83rd). Fun fact: The show was the first cancellation of fall, getting the ax after four episodes.
‘A to Z’ (NBC)
Viewers: 3.76 million (82nd); 18-49 rating: 1.1 (tied for 85th). Fun fact: One of several rom-com casualties this fall has a smaller 18-49 rating than four CW shows.
‘Bob’s Burgers’ (FOX)
Viewers: 3.21 million (83rd); 18-49 rating: 1.6 (tied for 68th). Fun fact: The show’s ratings include some airings at 7:30 p.m. Sundays; it has grown some since moving to 9:30 in mid-November.
‘The Mindy Project’ (FOX)
Viewers: 3.17 million (84th); 18-49 rating: 1.6 (tied for 68th). Fun fact: Rising critical acclaim hasn’t led to rising ratings. “Mindy” is down about 660,000 viewers and 0.4 in adults 18-49 compared to this time last year.
‘College Football Primetime’ (FOX)
Viewers: 2.62 million (86th); 18-49 rating: 0.8 (tied for 90th). Fun fact: Based on Nielsen’s ratings, FOX’s college football slate was 11 percent less interesting than it was last fall (2.94 million viewers in 2013).
‘Utopia’ – Friday (FOX)
Viewers: 2.51 million (88th); 18-49 rating: 1.0 (tied for 87th). Fun fact: The second weekly installment of FOX’s heavily hyped reality show was the first to go; the Tuesday airing (which averaged 3.9 million viewers) followed a few weeks later.
Viewers: 2.2 million (90th); 18-49 rating: 1.0 (tied for 87th). Fun fact: NBC, which orignally developed “Mulaney,” was criticized for letting the show go to FOX, given star-creator John Mulaney’s reputation as an up-and-coming comedian. Now that viewers have seen and rejected the show, it looks like a fairly smart move.
‘The Originals’ (The CW)
Viewers: 2.12 million (91st); 18-49 rating: 1.1 (tied for 85th). Fun fact: Though it’s down from last season’s average (2.6 million), the show has improved The CW’s Monday-night fortunes considerably.
‘Jane the Virgin’ (The CW)
Viewers: 1.8 million (92nd); 18-49 rating: 0.7 (tied for 92nd). Fun fact: The show got a ratings bump in the week after it scored the network’s first-ever Golden Globe nominations.
‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ (The CW)
Viewers: 1.764 million (93rd); 18-49 rating: 0.7 (tied for 92nd). Fun fact: Repeats draw almost identical ratings as original episodes when they’re scheduled back-to-back.
‘Reign’ (The CW)
Viewers: 1.756 million (94th); 18-49 rating: 0.7 (tied for 92nd). Fun fact: Ratings-wise, the show is in something of a sophomore slump — it’s off by about 24 percent in viewers (vs. 2.3 million this time last year) and 0.2 in adults 18-49.
‘America’s Next Top Model’ (The CW)
Viewers: 1.52 million (95th); 18-49 rating: 0.5 (95th) Fun fact: As evidence of The CW’s somewhat improved fortunes this fall, “Top Model” drew more eyeballs than three shows in Zap2it’s Bottom 5 last year.