Fall marks the return of fan favourite shows, but sometimes old classics are still more popular.
INSIDER worked with Parrot Analytics, which compiles available global data on social media, blogging, pirating, and other factors to figure out the viewer demand for shows and came up with the most popular fall shows of the season so far.
Each series was marked with an “expressions” total that reflects average daily audience demand from the United States from September 1 to October 16, 2018.
Continue reading to see the 20 most popular TV shows of the fall.
20. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network)
Average Demand Expressions: 34.48 million
The cartoon came to an end in September 2018 following its 10th season, but that hasn’t stopped people from talking about the show and reminiscing on the nearly 300 episodes that aired since 2010.
19. “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim)
Average Demand Expressions: 34.54 million
“Rick and Morty” was picked up in May 2018 for 70 episodes to air over the course of an unspecified number of seasons, though at the end of three seasons, 31 episodes have aired.
Fans of the animated series are deeply devoted to the show and even rioted when McDonald’s ran out of Szechuan sauce, a limited-release sauce from the ’90s that became famous again in the 2000s after the cartoon mentioned the sauce. Police even had to be called at various restaurants.
18. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Average Demand Expressions: 34.61 million
Though the show isn’t returning for its third season until 2019, “Stranger Things” is the perfect fall show. With supernatural elements and horrific creatures, fans seem to turn to the series in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
17. “This Is Us” (NBC)
Average Demand Expressions: 34.74 million
“This Is Us” returned for its third season at the end of September. The series is an emotional family drama that appeals to a wide audience. It has garnered multiple awards since first premiering in 2016.
16. “Riverdale” (The CW)
Average Demand Expressions: 35.18 million
15. “The Simpsons” (Fox)
Average Demand Expressions: 35.55 million
“The Simpsons” has been a comedic staple on TV since 1989 and it is still going strong, though it is not without its controversies. The series is currently airing its 30th season.
14. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
Average Demand Expressions: 37.27 million
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” caused an uproar in the summer of 2018 when Fox canceled the beloved series, but NBC stepped in and saved the show just 24 hours later. The series will be returning for a sixth season in 2019.
13. “Doctor Who” (BBC)
Average Demand Expressions: 37.51 million
12. “WWE Monday Night Raw” (USA Network)
Average Demand Expressions: 37.98 million
The professional wrestling program is in its 26th season and features various fights every Monday night.
11. “Supernatural” (The CW)
Average Demand Expressions: 38.36 million
“Supernatural” is currently on its 14th season and continues to be a ratings hit. It almost resulted in a spin-off series called “Wayward Sisters,” but the series wasn’t picked up.
10. “The Office” (NBC)
Average Demand Expressions: 39.25 million
“The Office” wrapped in 2013, but thanks to Netflix, the series is as popular as ever. A revival was reported to be possible, but star Steve Carell recently said that it probably wouldn’t work in today’s “climate.”
9. “My Hero Academia” (Hulu)
Average Demand Expressions: 39.31 million
The superhero anime series is based on a popular Japanese manga. The series has aired for three seasons and fans in the United States can watch on Hulu.
8. “America’s Got Talent” (NBC)
Average Demand Expressions: 41.92 million
Fans have been competing on “America’s Got Talent” for 13 seasons now. Tyra Banks hosted the show for the second season this year, while Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell served as judges.
7. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Average Demand Expressions: 43.02 million
“Grey’s” is the medical drama that will never end. The series has followed doctors and residents at Grey Sloan Memorial for 15 seasons now and a 16th is expected. It got a spin-off, “Station 19,” in 2018.
6. “The Flash” (The CW)
Average Demand Expressions: 43.65 million
Part of The CW’s Arrowverse, “The Flash” follows Barry Allen and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs as they work to fight metahumans threatening their city. The series returned for its fifth season in October.
5. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Average Demand Expressions: 45.55 million
The sketch comedy has been a weekend staple since the ’70s and continues to push the envelope with political jabs and interesting characters. It’s currently in its 44th season.
4. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Average Demand Expressions: 47.10 million
“Game of Thrones” hasn’t aired a new episode since 2017, but that doesn’t stop the popularity of HBO’s hit show. Fans are anxiously awaiting the eighth and final season, which is set to premiere in 2019.
3. “Spongebob Squarepants” (Nickelodeon)
Average Demand Expressions: 48.99 million
The popular cartoon has been on TV since 1999 and has launched movies and even a Tony-winning Broadway musical. The show keeps rising in popularity thanks in part to all of the memes that have resulted from the series.
2. “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
Average Demand Expressions: 55.69 million
“The Walking Dead” may be bringing in lower ratings, but it’s devoted fanbase keeps the series high on this list. As the series airs its ninth season, fans are preparing for the loss of main character Rick Grimes after Andrew Lincoln announced he was leaving the show.
1. “American Horror Story” (FX)
Average Demand Expressions: 71.77 million
The popular anthology series returned in September 2018 for a series titled “Apocalypse.” Though it has introduced new characters, it is also a crossover event of the “Murder House” and “Coven” seasons.
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