Colorful Infographic of 2013-14 TV Season Illustrates Steep Declines

We’ve covered this ratings territory already in the Top 50 Broadcast TV Shows of 2013-2014 Season post.  And HERE. But this cool infographic, created by Vulture, takes another angle on this year’s broadcast TV ratings.

The colorful graphic compares broadcast TV shows ratings to the 2012-2013 season.  It really paints a dismal portrait of the state of network TV.  Only TEN shows rose vs last year. Six stayed the same and FIFTY-FIVE shows saw their ratings fall between the two seasons.  Click on the graphic to enlarge it. It’s so very pretty! Yet so sad.  See more and a cool scrolly version of the graphic at Vulture.


On e of the few winners in the bunch, The Shonda Rhimes political soap, Scandal, rose 45%! Seriously? Do I need to begin live blogging this show?  Supernatural rose 27%. The entertaining Shark Tank (we covered that for awhile. Should we again?) rose 14%.

But there were so many losers. Too many to list here, I’ll just highlight the shows we cover.

  • Dancing with the Stars -4% – Not bad, considering low ratings prompted ABC to cancel the results show last season.
  • Nashville -4% – Not bad either. Steady ratings surely factored into ABCs decision to renew.
  • Survivor -6% – Still steady, but not so great to justify Mark Burnett gloating in a recent interview
  • The Bachelor -6%
  • The Voice Results -11% – Double digit deficit.  Is the singing show already showing signs of age?
  • The Voice  -12%
  • Biggest Loser -18%
  • Amazing Race -21% – Wow.
  • American Idol -26% – Nothing we didn’t already know.
  • American Idol -28%
  • The X Factor -37% – Ouch.
  • The X Factor Results -42% – Yikes.
  • Glee -45% – !!! It was only outdone by Raising Hope which dipped 50%.  And that was after the show was moved to a death spot on Friday.  And then cancelled. Glee aired on Tuesdays after X Factor and then switched at mid-season to 9 pm on Thursdays.  If a two year renewal hadn’t already been inked, Glee would be gone.  The production is lucky to be able to come back to half a season. It’s the lowest rated scripted show to get a renewal.
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