Current Viewership for “Minds”, “Grey’s”, “NCIS” and “SVU” Defies Their Respective Longevity

CBS’s Criminal Minds is in its TWELFTH season, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is in its THIRTEENTH season, CBS’s NCIS is in its FOURTEENTH season and NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is in its EIGHTEENTH season — but you wouldn’t know it given their continued ratings strength as highlighted below:

CRIMINAL MINDS

– Is averaging 7.79 million L+SD viewers — good for 21st place so far this season in that metric (out of 104 shows).

– Is averaging a viewership gain of 3.52 million viewers, or 46%, in L+7 DVR lift — 16th among all shows in raw viewership gain.

– Is averaging 11.37 million L+7 viewers so far this season.

GREY’S ANATOMY

– Is averaging 8.03 million L+SD viewers — good for 20th place so far this season in that metric (out of 104 shows).

– Is averaging a viewership gain of 3.54 million viewers, or 44%, in L+7 DVR lift — 15th among all shows in raw viewership gain.

– Is currently ABC’s #1 scripted show in same-day viewership and L+7 viewership.

– Is currently ABC’s #2 show overall in same-day viewership (behind Dancing with the Stars).

– Is averaging 11.56 million L+7 viewers so far this season — 3% above last season.

NCIS

– Is averaging 14.92 million L+SD viewers – good for #2 so far this season in that metric (behind NBC’s Sunday Night Football).

– Is averaging a viewership gain of 3.86 million viewers, or 25%, in L+7 DVR lift – 8th among all shows in raw viewership gain.

– Currently, is not only CBS’s #1 drama in same-day viewership AND in L+7 viewership, but also TV’s #1 drama in those same metrics.

– Currently, is not only CBS’s #1 scripted show in same-day viewership, but also TV’s #1 scripted show in that same metric.

– Is averaging 18.72 million L+7 viewers so far this season.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT

– Is averaging 6.11 million L+SD viewers — good for 36th place in that metric (out of 104 shows).

– Is averaging a viewership gain of 3.02 million viewers, or 50%, in L+7 DVR lift – 20th among all shows in raw viewership gain.

– Is averaging 9.17 million L+7 viewers so far this season – 10% ABOVE last season.

– Is currently TV’s longest-running drama series.

 

How does one explain such longevity?

MindsNCIS and SVU are all crime procedurals — which typically perform well in originals, repeats and syndication. Syndication tends to help maintain the viewership of the originals — likely extending their network runs.

Minds and NCIS have aired in the same time slot since their respective inceptions — so consistency could also be a factor.

Grey‘s seems to be the anomaly — a serialized drama that doesn’t repeat well and has aired in three different time slots on two different nights (which is not bad for 12-year-old show). It is, however, more character-driven then its fellow compatriots in longevity and viewers love to invest in the personal stories of a set of characters — which doesn’t happen as much with crime procedurals where the plots drive the stories as opposed to the characters.

Either way, each of these three shows are still going strong and expected to return this fall for their respective 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th seasons.

Will viewers continue to tune in?

Most likely.

Sources: TV Series Finale and Deadline.
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