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Here are the top 100 shows of the 2019-20 TV season, from NFL to 'The Wall'

Gary Levin
USA TODAY
Mark Harmon stars on CBS drama "NCIS," still the most-watched TV drama.

The 2019-20 prime time TV season ended with a whimper: Several shows ended earlier than usual, after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production in March. And some summer staples ("The Bachelorette," "Big Brother") have been put on ice.

But a look at Nielsen ratings shows that once again, crime does pay on TV: Three of the top five dramas focused on law enforcement. Yet the season lacked comedy firepower: "Young Sheldon" is the only sitcom to land in the top 25 shows. And few reality shows drew the kind of audiences "American Idol" and "Survivor" once did, relative to other shows. 

On cable, ESPN's May documentary "The Last Dance" was the big draw, but HBO lacked a hit, at least by traditional TV measurement standards. (The figures below, in millions, count TV viewing within seven days of initial airdate, but don't include streaming.)

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1. Sunday Night Football (NBC) 20.1

2. NCIS (CBS) 15.3

3. Thursday Night Football (Fox) 15.0

4. Monday Night Football (ESPN) 12.8

5. FBI (CBS) 12.6

6. Blue Bloods (CBS) 12.0

7. Chicago Fire (NBC) 11.7

8. This is Us (NBC) 11.5

"Young Sheldon," starring Ian Armitage, is the only sitcom among TV's  25 most-watched shows for the 2019-20 season.

9. Young Sheldon (CBS) 11.4

10. Chicago PD (NBC) 11.2

11. Chicago Med (NBC) 11.2

12. The Good Doctor (ABC) 10.8

13. The Masked Singer (Fox) 10.7

Fox's "The Masked Singer" was again the most popular reality TV show.

14. Bull (CBS) 10.5

15. 60 Minutes (CBS) 10.5

16. 9-1-1 (Fox) 10.4

17. The Voice (NBC) 10.2

18. FBI: Most Wanted (CBS) 10.2

CBS spinoff "FBI: Most Wanted" was the most-wanted new series of the 2019-20 TV season.

19. New Amsterdam (NBC)  9.7

20. Hawaii Five-0* (CBS) 9.7

21. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)  9.6

22. Grey's Anatomy (ABC). 9.4

23. Survivor (CBS) 9.3

24. 9-1-1: Lone Star (Fox) 9.1

25. AGT: Champions (NBC)  8.9

26. Magnum P.I. (CBS) 8.9

27. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 8.9

28. Mom (CBS)  8.5

29. Station 19 (ABC) 8.5

30. American Idol (ABC) 8.3

Michael Jordan in the 1998 NBA Finals, the subject of ESPN documentary "The Last Dance."

31. The Rookie (ABC) 8.2

32. SEAL Team (CBS) 8.0

33. Criminal Minds (CBS) 8.0

34. The Bachelor (ABC) 7.9

35. The Last Dance (ESPN) 7.9

36. Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 7.8

37. The Conners (ABC) 7.7

38. Manifest (NBC) 7.7

39. The Neighborhood (CBS) 7.7

40. Tommy* (CBS) 7.7

CBS police drama "Tommy," starring Edie Falco, was the most-watched series to be canceled in the 2019-20 TV season.

41. All Rise (CBS) 7.6

42. God Friended Me* (CBS) 7.6

43. Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS) 7.5

44. MacGyver (CBS) 7.5

45. Man With a Plan* (CBS) 7.4

46. S.W.A.T. (CBS) 7.3

47. A Million Little Things (ABC) 7.3

48. Modern Family* (ABC) 7.1

49. The Unicorn (CBS) 7.1

50. The Blacklist (NBC) 6.9

51. Broke* (CBS) 6.8

52. Madam Secretary* (CBS) 6.7

53. The Resident (Fox) 6.7

54. Carol's Second Act* (CBS) 6.6

55. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 6.5

56. Last Man Standing (Fox) 6.4

57. Deputy* (Fox) 6.3

58. Evil (CBS) 6.3

NBC's "Bluff City Law," a legal drama starring Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee, was one of the season's earliest casualties.

59. Bluff City Law* (NBC) 6.2

60. Stumptown (ABC) 6.0

61. Prodigal Son (Fox) 5.8

62. Emergence* (ABC) 5.7

63. America's Funniest Videos (ABC) 5.7

64. Lego Masters (Fox) 5.6

Fox's "Lego Masters" was the season's top new reality show, thanks to a lead-in from "The Masked Singer."

65. Lincoln Rhyme (NBC) 5.6

66. The Walking Dead (AMC) 5.4

67. The Goldbergs (ABC) 5.3

68. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC) 5.3

69. The Masked Singer: After the Mask (Fox) 5.3

70. Shark Tank (ABC) 4.9

71. Saturday Night Football (ABC) 4.9

72. Dateline (NBC) 4.9

73. Songland (NBC) 4.8

74. Bless This Mess* (ABC) 4.7

75. Curse of Oak Island (History) 4.7

76. American Housewife (ABC) 4.5

77. For Life (ABC) 4.4

78. How to Get Away with Murder* (ABC) 4.3

79. 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 (TLC) 4.1

80. Hannity (Fox News) 4.1

"Empire," starring Gabourey Sidibe and Taraji P. Henson, exited with a whimper after beginning its run as a huge hit.

81. Empire (Fox) 4.0

82. 48 Hours (CBS) 4.0

83. Will & Grace (NBC) 4.0

84. Kids Say the Darndest Things (CBS) 4.0

85. Schooled* (ABC) 3.9

86. Council of Dads (NBC) 3.9

87. Great American Baking Contest (ABC) 3.9

88. Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 3.9

89. Mixed-ish (ABC) 3.8

90. Superstore (NBC 3.8

91. Baker and the Beauty (ABC) 3.8

92. Black-ish (ABC) 3.7

TLC's "Dr. Pimple Popper" is an unlikely cable hit, and surpassed many network shows.

93. Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC) 3.7

94. Single Parents (ABC) 3.6

95. The Good Place (NBC) 3.6

96. Good Girls (NBC) 3.4

97. Celebrity IOU (HGTV) 3.4

98. The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart (ABC) 3.4

99. The Ingraham Angle (Fox News) 3.4

100. The Wall (NBC) 3.4

Average viewership, in millions, from Sept. 23, 2019, to May 20, 2020, for series airing four or more episodes. Includes DVR-delayed and on-demand viewing up to seven days after initial airdate.  Source: Nielsen

* Canceled series