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Here are a few programs that have been recommended by friends. For the most part they are not main stream TV watchers, so there are many top 20 missing.

Most popular TV shows 
All Time (There are many lists)
This is my combination of several lists
Cheers (1,2)
Seinfeld (3,3)
Friends (2,30)
Arrested Development (4,4)
The Cosby Show (5,5)
30 Rock (6,6)
Married With Children
The Office (UK) (7)
The Office (US) (9, 15)
Modern Family (6,18)
Big Bang Theory (Not ranked because it's current)
M.A.S.H
The Simpsons
Golden Girls
Family Ties
Three's Company
All in the Family
The 50 Greatest Sitcoms of All Time | underscoopfire.com
The 100 Best TV Sitcoms of All Time | pastemagazine.com

Current 2015-16 Season
Rank Program Rating
Points
1 The Walking Dead AMC 9.6
2 NFL Sunday Night Football NBC 7.8
3 Empire Fox 6.6
4 NFL Thursday Night Football CBS/NFL Network 6.0
5 The Big Bang Theory CBS 5.8
6 Game of Thrones HBO 5.0
7 The X-Files Fox 4.8
8 NFL Monday Night Football ESPN 4.6
9 Modern Family ABC 4.4
10 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 3.7
11 Fear the Walking Dead AMC 3.6
12 Scandal ABC 3.5
How to Get Away with Murder ABC
The Voice (Monday) NBC
15 Blindspot NBC 3.3
American Horror Story FX
The Voice (Tuesday) NBC
18 NCIS CBS 3.1
The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story FX
20 American Idol (Wednesday) Fox 3.0
Talking Dead AMC
Criminal Minds CBS
The Bachelor ABC
24 The Goldbergs ABC 2.9
25 Survivor CBS2.8
Chicago Fire NBC
Black-ish ABC
The Blacklist NBC
American Idol (Thursday) Fox
Scorpion CBS
31 Law & Order: SVU NBC 2.7
The Bachelorette ABC
Life in Pieces CBS
Into the Badlands AMC
100 Most-Watched TV Shows of the 2015-16 Season | IndieWire 2014-2015 season 1. NFL Sunday Night Football (NBC) 21.03 million 2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 19.05 million 3. NCIS (CBS) 18.25 million 4. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 17.42 million 5. Empire (FOX) 17.33 million 6. NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS) 16.82 milion 7. NFL Sunday Pre-Kick (NBC) 15.81 million 8. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 14.76 million 9. Madam Secretary (CBS) 14.32 million 10. Criminal Minds (CBS) 14.11 million 11. The Voice (NBC) 13.80 million 12. Blue Bloods (CBS) 13.77 million 13. The Blacklist (NBC) 13.76 million ... 18. 60 Minutes (CBS) 12.58 million 19. Hawaii 5-0 (CBS) 12.28 million 20. Dancing with the Stars results (ABC) 12.27 million 21. The Good Wife (CBS) 12.22 million 22. Person of Interest (CBS) 12.21 million 23. Two and a Half Men (CBS) 11.95 million 24. Modern Family (ABC) 11.91 million 25. The Mentalist (CBS) 11.80 million ... 34. CSI (CBS) 11.19 million 35. Elementary (CBS) 11.12 million 36. Grey's Anatomy (ABC) 11.08 million Gaps are programs I'd never heard of, but I don't watch a lot of TV. See the complete list below. The 50 Most Watched Broadcast Shows of 2014-15 | EW.com
Rankings from: Most Popular TV Shows - TV.com 2010's Old [best seasons] x.x Rating at IMDB.com Breaking Bad (2008-2013) 9.5 The Wire (2002-2008) [4, 3, 1, 2, 5] 9.3 The Sopranos ( 1999-2007) [5, 1, 6B, 3, 2, 4, 6A] 9.2 Friends (1994-2004) [ 5, 4, 2, 3, 1, 6, 8, 7, 9, 10] 9 Seinfeld (1989-1998) [5, 4, 7, 3, 6, 2, 8, 9, 1] 8.9 The West Wing (1999-2006) [2, 3, 1, 4, 7, 6, 5] 8.8 Mad Men (2007-2015) 8.7 ER (1994-2009) [4, 3, 2, 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 12, 10, 11, 7, 14] 7.7 Lost (2004-2010) [5, 1, 4, 3, 2, 6] 8.5 Cheers (1982-1993) 7.8 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996-2015) 8.8 Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1994) 9 Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) 8.6 The 40 Best TV Series of All Time, According to IMDB Users A Definitive Ranking of Every Season of Every TV Show That Mattered - The Wire
Why are some shows with high ratings cancelled?
Networks are most concerned with the 18-49 year old demographic. This generally accounts for slightly less than half the total audience.
Young adult viewers have been TV's target demographic for decades, because they're thought to have less brand loyalty and more disposable income, thus appealing to advertisers.


Links:
TV Show Reviews, Recommendations... TV Worth Watching!
Cable News Daily Ratings - TV Ratings, Nielsen Ratings, Television Show Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.zap2it.com

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last updated 22 Oct 2015