Five Rookies Among Primetime’s Top-Rated Series of 2013

CBS claims eight of the top 25 in adults 18-49 and 11 of the top 25 in total viewers

As years go, 2013 will go down as a pretty good one for new series.

A look at the top-rated series of the calendar year (based on original episodes) finds that five of the 25 biggest shows among young adults are shows that bowed in 2013.

PHOTOS: Top Primetime Series of 2013

NBC’s “The Blacklist,” ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” were the standout newcomers this fall, making the top 25 along with a pair of shows that bowed earlier in the calendar year: Fox’s “The Following” in January and CBS’ “Under the Dome” in June.

Despite having just one of the top 10 series in the 18-49 rankings, CBS has the most top-25 shows (eight) — twice as many as ABC, NBC and Fox. Five of the top 25 series in 18-49 aired on cable, including No. 1 “The Walking Dead.”

The Eye network was even more dominant in the program rankings in total viewers, with its 11 shows in the top 25 equaling the combined number of rivals ABC (five), NBC (four) and Fox (two).

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  1. Tim Skoglund says:

    Is that Ming-Na Wen in the photo? I would have to check the cast names for all three shows.

  2. carol says:

    When are tv people going to get it; we are getting tired of being bombarded with reality shows and a singing competition on every channel. C’mon people give us some new drama’s,old period pieces(Dracula is coming along nicely) and suspense. This past season Wednesday night was awful. Scare us, shock us, amaze us, but please get rid of those awful reality and singing shows. As the saying goes “Let us entertain you”, well…we’d love it if you did.

  3. BarrettWallaceLives says:

    I love Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. It is a show that, while the ratings have been up and down, has been steadily getting better. I look forward to it’s return on Jan 7th.

  4. EK says:

    “Shield” actually underperformed and, although maybe technically on the list, it actually shouldn’t be considered in the same breath as the others.

  5. The Blacklist is really good show and well cast. For me, James Spader can do no wrong. I look forward to the coming seasons.

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