Entertainment Your winners and losers of the TV season

07:15  05 june  2017
07:15  05 june  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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  Why Trump is right about terrorists being 'losers' Literally and most plainly, it is simply someone who doesn't win some specific contest or challenge: the loser of a race, boxing match, business deal, etc. Economists routinely talk about how this or that policy-- on trade, taxes, whatever-- creates "winners and losers." A big part of Donald Trump's winning appealLoad Error

Zero Hour, one of the many here-and-gone shows of the TV season . This show was ridiculous. 3. Losers : Most New Shows. View this image ›. NBC’s Do No Harm, which got yanked after record low ratings.

A lot of shows were canceled after this season , so why pick on Fox’s The Following? Because two years ago in my first annual Winners and Losers of the TV Season post, I picked it as a winner : It was one of the biggest dramas of the 2012-13 season .

The 2016-17 TV season ended last week, and it was not an especially pretty one.  As online streaming climbed, traditional TV ratings fell on much of broadcast and cable, even with delayed and on-demand viewing counted.

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Click through for the highlights and lowlights of this season.

This is Us. The season's breakout drama averaged nearly 15 million viewers, and was by far the biggest new series among young adults. Its emotional, heavily serialized storylines, about three siblings who share a birthday and (in flashbacks), their 1980s-era parents, was unlike most network TV. Fans caught on, and caught up: Comcast, which owns NBC, says the series smashed video-on-demand records in homes it serves with 38 million views, eclipsing the 23 million that Fox's Empire had for its first season. (Us aired 18 episodes, however, to Empire's 12). Sterling K. Brown is Randall and Chrissy Metz is Kate in NBC's 'This Is Us,' TV's top newcomer last season among young adults. © Ron Batzdorff, NBC Sterling K. Brown is Randall and Chrissy Metz is Kate in NBC's 'This Is Us,' TV's top newcomer last season among young adults.

Kyle Busch wins pole for Cup race at Dover

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Search TV . Winners & Losers : Season 4, episode 2. Sophie learns more about Luke's past. Frances has her first ultrasound and the image of her unborn baby rams home the reality of impending motherhood.

Bull. Despite competing against Us, CBS drama Bull, led by former NCIS star Michael Weatherly, narrowly eclipsed it as the season's most-watched newcomer with 15.5 million viewers, and the network's Kevin Can Wait was the top new comedy.

Stephen Colbert. Donald Trump (and a new producer) gave Late Show With Stephen Colbert a boost from those looking for laughs at the president's expense. In his second season, Colbert jumped 11%, adding about 300,000 viewers, and narrowly took the total-viewer crown from NBC's perennial leader, Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, which lost about 600,000.  ABC's third-place Jimmy Kimmel Live also lost ground.

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Timeless. NBC's freshman drama traveled through time and, helped by fan support (it was the top pick in USA TODAY's Save Our Shows poll) and a more financially attractive deal, led NBC to renew it for next year only days after canceling the series.

76ers' Jerry Colangelo worried about 'the people around' Lonzo Ball

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The lives of four best friends bound together by their shared experience of being "the losers " in high school. Now ten years later the women are about to become winners , but at what cost? 70 Episodes available. Season 4, episode 1. Sophie still has the hots for Sam's brother Luke, making life

Yet none of that stopped me from putting on my black-and-white striped referee Snuggie and, for the second straight year, declaring the season ’s winners and losers . With TV real estate at a premium, there simply isn’t time or space to schedule shows based on seasons .

Bright spots. Most shows shed viewers the longer they stay on the air. But a few scripted series actually won more: CBS stalwarts NCIS: Los Angeles (up 12% on a new night), Hawaii Five-0 (+9%) and Blue Bloods (+8%). Among young-adult viewers, ABC's The Bachelor managed to grow 3%.

Depleted survivors. Plenty of returning shows took ratings tumbles this season; many were canceled as a result. But some with troubling declines were spared the ax, anyway. Among them: NBC's Blindspot (down 35%), thanks to a pricetag cut; ABC's Quantico, which plunged 42% and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (-27%), both owned by the network; and Fox's no-longer-red-hot Empire, off a steep 36%. On cable, AMC's The Walking Dead lost 20% of its young-adult audience this spring but remains (by far) TV's top series among that crowd.

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Football punts. The NFL's Sunday, Monday and Thursday games all declined, though alarming early-fall drops moderated later in the season. Networks blamed blowout games and weaker matchups, but perhaps there were just too many games fighting for attention. And yet NBC's Sunday Night Football remains prime time's top-rated program.

Tale of two CW shows. The smaller network, which gets a disproportionate share of its viewers online, had good news on TV anyway with Jane the Virgin, which got a 17% boost in young-adult viewers (and 6% overall) thanks to new Monday lead-in Supergirl. But its former companion, similarly praised Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, dropped 25% and  27%, respectively, after it was shunted to Fridays.

Playoff pressure ratcheting up with each new NASCAR winner .
As we get closer to 16 different winners, there isn't much room to race your way in with points this season.It’s about that time of the year — time for any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver who doesn’t already have a victory to start getting concerned about making the playoffs.

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