ETI lists the 20 most popular TV shows right now

There is no shortage of TV to choose from these days, whether it’s catching up on the best shows of all time or the newest Netflix originals you might have missed.

To learn what shows have the most hype from fans, ETI 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.

Parrot assigned each series an “expressions” total that reflects average daily audience demand from all countries from April 8 to June 6, 2018 (adjusted for each country’s population).

Keep scrolling to see the 20 most popular TV shows right now.

20. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC)

“Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Alfonso Ribiero is the host of “AFV” now.

Average Demand Expressions: 2.56 million

The 28th season of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” concluded on May 20, helping mark it as the longest-running primetime entertainment show on ABC. The network renewed “AFV” for a 28th season, which will begin this October.

19. “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Nickelodeon)

The Tired SpongeBob meme comes from the episode “Nature Pants.”

Average Demand Expressions: 2.59 million

Though SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom pals are definitely still popular among TV watchers, the spike in demand expressions for “SpongeBob SquarePants” might be due to its current rise in the meme world.

18. “Gotham” (Fox)

Robin Lord Taylor on “Gotham.”
Tommy Garcia/FOX

Average Demand Expressions: 2.69 million

The fourth season of “Gotham” concluded in May, and Fox announced the show was going to have a fifth and final season that will likely begin this coming fall.

17. “Riverdale” (CW)

K.J. Apa as Archie on “Riverdale.”
Dean Buscher/The CW

Average Demand Expressions: 2.78

“Riverdale” dropped slightly on our list from earlier this year, going from No. 12 to No. 17. The second season ended in mid-May, but the CW already announced a third season is on its way to fans of Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead.

16. “Once Upon a Time” (ABC)

Colin O’Donoghue and Meegan Warner on “Once Upon a Time.”
ABC/Jack Rowand

Average Demand Expressions: 2.85 million

After most of the core cast of “Once Upon A Time” left the series last year, the show’s fate was uncertain. ABC announced just last month that “Once Upon A Time” is being canceled for good after the seventh season finale aired on May 18.

15. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)

Clark Gregg stars on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Jennifer Clasen/ABC

Average Demand Expressions: 2.86 million

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is one of the few shows on TV connected to the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe currently dominating the box office. The fifth season wrapped up in May, and ABC plans to air a sixth season in mid-2019.

14. “Supernatural” (CW)

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles star on “Supernatural.”
Diyah Pera/The CW

Average Demand Expressions: 2.98 million

“Supernatural” follows the story of two brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and (you guessed it) a host of other supernatural things. This popular fantasy TV series was renewed for a 14th season on the CW ahead of the 13th season finale last month.

13. “Lucifer” (Fox)

Tom Ellis plays Lucifer Morningstar (aka the Devil) on “Lucifer.”

Average Demand Expressions: 2.98 million

Unfortunately for “Lucifer” fans, the series was canceled last month. The vocal factions calling for its renewal might have contributed to it remaining on our list with demand expressions.

12. “Shameless” (Showtime)

William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum star in this family drama.
Paul Sarkis/Showtime

Average Demand Expressions: 2.98 million

“Shameless” rose three spots on our list since April. Earlier this year, “Shameless” concluded its eighth season, and has already been renewed for a ninth.

11. “Arrow” (CW)

Stephen Amell stars as the titular hero on “Arrow.”
Dan Power/The CW

Average Demand Expressions: 3.00 million

Slipping a couple places in the popularity ranking, “Arrow” nonetheless continues to captivate fans. The sixth season of “Arrow” ended in mid-May, and it was already renewed for a seventh season.

10. “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“The Big Bang Theory” stars Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki.

Average Demand Expressions: 3.09 million

Dropping down from our No. 5 spot in April is the geek-culture comedy series “The Big Bang Theory.” Its 11th season just concluded, and CBS has already renewed the show for a 12th round of episodes.

9. “The 100” (CW)

Yet another CW series makes the list.
Bettina Strauss/The CW

Average Demand Expressions: 3.10 million

As was the case for the first quarter of the year, The CW dominates our popular TV list. The fifth season of sci-fi series “The 100” premiered at the end of April, and ends on August 7, 2018. CW already renewed it for a sixth season.


8. “The Flash” (CW)

The final CW series on this list.
Dean Buscher/The CW

Average Demand Expressions: 3.27 million

Another DC superhero show fans can’t get enough of right now is “The Flash” (which is actually a spin-off from our previous entry “Arrow). “The Flash” recently ended its fourth season, and has already been renewed for a fifth.

7. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix)

Katherine Langford stars as Hannah on “13 Reasons Why.”

Average Demand Expressions: 3.36 million

This controversial Netflix series focuses on the experiences of suicide, depression, sexual assault, and drug/alcohol abuse in teenagers. “13 Reasons Why” premiered its second season on May 18. Netflix has already renewed the show for a third season.

6. “Westworld” (HBO)

Evan Rachel Wood stars as Dolores on “Westworld.”

Average Demand Expressions: 3.53 million

The anticipated second season of HBO’s sci-fi/western series premiered in mid-April, and concludes on June 24. It has already been renewed for a third season.

5. “Blindspot” (NBC)

Jaime Alexander stars on “Blindspot.”
David Giesbrecht/Warner Bros/NBC

Average Demand Expressions: 3.57 million

The third season of this NBC crime drama series about a mysterious tattooed woman found by the FBI ended in mid-May, and it has already been renewed for a fourth season expected to air this fall.

4. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Ellen Pompeo stars on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Average Demand Expressions: 3.79 million

This hospital drama series may have a nearly unrecognizable cast from its earliest seasons due to character turnover, but “Grey’s Anatomy” is still going strong. The 14th season ended in mid-May, and it’s already been renewed for a 15th.

3. “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke star on “Game of Thrones.”

Average Demand Expressions: 4.36 million

“Game of Thrones” hasn’t been on air since last fall, but the popular fantasy series still dominates pop culture. The show returns for its eighth and final season sometime in 2019 (likely springtime, as we’ve guessed here).

2. “Vikings” (History)

Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel star on “Vikings.”
History Channel

Average Demand Expressions: 8.52 million

Rising two spots from our list earlier this year, “Vikings” comes in as the second most popular TV show right now. The fifth season of “Vikings” concluded in January, and the series has already been renewed for a coming sixth season.

1. “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

Andrew Lincoln stars on “The Walking Dead.”
Gene Page/AMC

Average Demand Expressions: 11.84 million

The eighth season of “The Walking Dead” came to an end in April, helping launch the post-apocalyptic series to the No. 1 spot on our list. The show’s star Andrew Lincoln is reportedly leaving the serie, so we’ll have to see how future seasons of “The Walking Dead” stack up.

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