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With the summer season winding down it's time to take a good hard look at the highlights and lowlights of the most recent slate of TV shows to hit the airwaves.

While some shows, such as AMC newest series, Preacher absolutely slayed, there were others such as Freeform's Pretty Little Liars, which continues to slightly drop ahead of rumors that the series is nearing its end.

[Lewis Jacobs/Sony Pictures Telev]
[Lewis Jacobs/Sony Pictures Telev]

Take a look below at the ranking of the average viewer numbers for summer TV, and check out where your favorite show ranks:

Note: These viewership numbers reflect the Live+7 ratings, which basically includes how many people on average viewed a TV show live and in the seven days following it's original airing time, taking into account viewers who DVR or stream shows:

Rizzoli and Isles Season 7 (TNT) — 6.8 million

Rizzoli and Isles
Rizzoli and Isles

There's not too many series currently in their seventh season that manage to bring in the type of numbers that TNT series Rizzoli and Isles does, but time and time again this crime drama brings the big ratings. Sadly Season 7 is the last for Rizzoli and Isles, but TNT won't be too concerned, with many other bigger hitters on its lineup.

  • Major Crimes Season 5 (TNT) — 6.7 million
  • The Last Ship Season 3 (TNT) — 3.9 million
  • Suits Season 6 (USA) — 3.4 million
  • Preacher Season 1 (AMC) — 3.1 million

AMC latest stab at a comic book adaptation was a pleasant surprise this TV season. Despite the series having well established source material, the show forged its own path, picking, choosing and rewriting storylines from the controversial comic series to make one hell of a first season. Obviously it was a winning strategy, with the series averaging 3.3 million viewers.

  • Murder in the First Season 3 (TNT) — 2.6 million
  • Mr. Robot Season 2 (USA) — 2.5 million

Having been nominated for six Emmy's and heavily praised by critics, USA Network's Mr. Robot still saw a sophomore slump this year. However, perhaps it was thanks to the network paying more attention to the Live+7 rating, which shows the series averaging 2.2 million, rather than the live numbers, which have the show closer to 1 million, Mr. Robot recently earned itself a third season.

  • Hell on Wheels Season 5 (AMC) — 2.5 million
  • Ballers Season 2 (HBO) — 2.5 million

HBO series Ballers can be proud of its Season 2 ratings, dropping a little from Season 1 but still strong. No doubt the series popularity is helped by the star power of Dwayne Johnson, but the series has also done well with critics indicating that Ballers more than just a big name.

  • Animal Kingdom Season 1 (TNT) — 2.4 million
  • Ray Donovan Season 4 (Showtime) — 2.3 million
  • Pretty Little Liars Seson 7 (ABC Family) — 2.2 million

ABC Family/Freeform's longest running series, Pretty Little Liars has proved it's still popular seven seasons on with an average of 2.2 million. This viewership puts it just below Season 6 ratings, though it's still a far reach off the high ratings of Season 1 and 2.

  • Queen of the South Season 1 (USA) — 2.2 million
  • Devious Maids Season 4 (Lifetime) — 1.9 million
  • Tyrant Season 3 (FX) — 1.6 million
  • Dark Matter Season 2 (SyFy) — 1.3 million

Building on Season 1, the second season of Dark Matter has grown a decent audience, bringing in an average of 1.3 million. Unfortunately for the series, which is comic book adaptation, it may not have been enough to impress SyFy, with the network yet to make a decision on whether or not a third season will be greenlit.

  • UnReal Season 2 (Lifetime) — 1.2 million
  • Killjoys Season 2 (SyFy) — 1.1 million
  • Scream Season 2 (MTV) — 832,000

Viewership fell in the second season of the TV show version of Scream, which concluded on Tuesday evening. Given that a third season is yet to be confirmed, MTV executives will be seriously considering whether the series should be given a third season if ratings continue to plummet.

  • Feed the Beast Season 1 (AMC) — 829,000
  • Roadies Season 1 (Showtime) — 527,000
  • Outcast Season 1 (Cinemax) — 416,000

The second comic book TV adaptation for Robert Kirkman wasn't as much of a wild success as The Walking Dead, but given that the show was aired on premium cable network Cinemax, it's hardly surprising viewership is much lower. Outcast obviously pleased the network though, as it's currently in production on Season 2.

  • BONUS: Stranger Things (Netflix) - ?

Netflix is infamous for not releasing viewer data on its series and films, however ratings tracker SymphonyAM has found that retro sci-fi series Stranger Things is one of the streaming services most popular show yet. SymphonyAM estimates that 8.2 million people watched the series within the first 16 days, pushing it above shows such as Jessica Jones and Daredevil, and sitting it just below Orange is the New Black and family friendly Fuller House. Even if SymphonyAM's numbers are widlly incorrect, given the huge buzz the series generated since it was released, it's fair to say that Stranger Things was a summer winner.

What has been your favorite series of the summer TV season?

Preacher's opening credits [AMC]
Preacher's opening credits [AMC]

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, TV by the Numbers


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