Top Ranked TV Programs by Success Index*

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As the Fall TV season gets underway, we wanted to find out what made last year’s top programs so successful.

Using our extensive database, we analyzed hundreds of last season’s top broadcast, cable and streaming shows to come up with our proprietary Success Index. See below for the top 10 programs in the Success Index. You’ll notice that these programs also score very highly on attributes measuring emotional connection.

(Bolded green text indicates top 10 ranking for attribute)

Rank
Programs
Network
Success Index*
Exciting %
Intriguing %
Keeps My Attention %
1
Empire
FOX
210
74
58
75
2
Game of Thrones
HBO
207
67
62
67
3
Sons of Anarchy
FX
181
76
58
62
4
The Walking Dead
AMC
179
65
53
69
5
Hannibal
NBC
171
54
73
59
6
Doctor Who
BBCA
169
60
54
71
7
Arrow
CW
168
55
58
50
= 8
Scandal
ABC
164
65
55
67
= 8
Supernatural
CW
164
65
57
64
9
Downton Abbey
PBS
163
23
45
70
10
Grimm
NBC
162
62
56
58
AVG.
TV Average
100
34
33
44

E-Score Programs Broadcast & Cable. Respondents 13-54. Total Awareness greater than or equal to 30%. Syndicated programming excluded.

Learn more about E-Score Programs and the data behind the Success Index here.

*E-Score calculation and factors applied to determine ranking.

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