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“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted by:Rick Porter