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Top 46 most popular primetime shows shot in Atlanta in 2015

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Thursday, January 28, 2016

FX has been beating the drum about "peak TV," the vast array of original options now available for consumption. The network even compiled a list of  every original prime-time show that aired in 2015.The total? A whopping 1,415!

Atlanta has become a decent-sized home for TV production and more than 40 are included on the list.

This total list, which you can access here, does not include non primetime shows so shows such as "Judge Judy" and "Family Feud" (shot here) are out. Newsmagazines like "60 Minutes" were snipped. Also excluded: original shows on streaming services that aren't measured by Nielsen such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Sony Playstation. So no "Orange is the New Black" or "Transparent" or "Powers" (shot here) because those services don't tell us how popular they are anyway. It also excludes sporting events and specials so no "Academy Awards" or "Grease" live.

This is ranked based on total audience using any TV viewing up to seven days including DVR usage. Not surprisingly, CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" is tops with 21.18 million viewers, followed by fellow CBS drama "NCIS" at 20.83 million.

In terms of total audience, broadcast TV still dominates. The only cable network program to crack the top 20 was AMC's "The Walking Dead" and it was by far the biggest show shot in metro Atlanta. It was in third place at 19.49 million viewers. The top pay cable show was "Game of Thrones," ranked at No. 48 with 9.51 million viewers.

Fox's "Empire" was by far the biggest new show, ranked No. 4 with 17.5 million viewers.

And proof that CBS remains the "big tent" network, 11 of the top 20 are from that network. Just 9 of the top 100 shows are non-broadcast. The top show from an Atlanta-based network is TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" (6.57 million viewers, No. 90).

The most popular reality show is 'Dancing With the Stars" on ABC with 14.53 million viewers, ranked No. 7 followed by "The Voice" on NBC at 14 million ranked No. 10. "Survivor" (11.6 million, No. 25) beat "American Idol" (11.55 million, No. 28)

I also parsed the list below and compiled the top 46 shows shot in Atlanta. I excluded a few shows that shot a portion of their show in Atlanta such as "Braxton Family Values" on WE-TV and "Meet the Smiths" on TBS.

Rank, show name, network, audience in millions (Live+7 total)

1- "The Walking Dead" AMC 19.49

2- "Sleepy Hollow" Fox 5.927 (shot in Atlanta starting in the fall)

3- "Resurrection" ABC 5.624 (since cancelled)

4- "Constantine" NBC 4.564 (since cancelled)

5- "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Bravo 3.899

6- "The Haves and the Have Nots" OWN 3.881

7. "Home Free" Fox 3.699

8. "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" VH1 3.686

9. "If Loving You Is Wrong" OWN 2.811

10. "Being Mary Jane" BET 2.75

11. "Chrisley Knows Best" USA 2.611

12- "Devious Maids" Lifetime 2.487

13- "Vampire Diaries" the CW 2.359

14- "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta After Party show" VH1 2353

15- "Complications" USA 2.312 (cancelled)

16- "The Game" season 8 BET 2.278 (ended)

17 - "The Game" season 9 BET 1.97 (ended)

18- "Archer" FX 1.957

19. "Originals" the CW 1.926

20. "TI & Tiny" VH1 1.725

21. "Lost in Transmission" History 1.506

22. "Don't Be Tardy" Bravo 1.422

23. "Married to Medicine" Bravo 1.406

24. "Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta" TLC 1.297

25. "For Better or Worse" OWN 1.257

26. "7 Little Johnstons" TLC 1.246

27. "Sunday Best" BET 1.196

28. "The Carbonaro Effect" TruTV 1.095

29. "Atlanta Plastic" Lifetime 1.086

30. "Kim of Queens" Lifetime 1.052 (cancelled)

31. "Love Thy Neighbor" OWN 968K

32. "Halt and Catch Fire" AMC 947K

33. "Cutting It in the ATL" WE-TV 933K

34. "Your Worst Nightmare' ID 922K

35. "Finding Carter" MTV 916K

36. "Satisfaction" USA 870K

37. "Sorority Sisters" VH1 752K (cancelled),

38. "Survivor's Remorse" Starz 658K

39. "Mother Funders" Bravo 614K (cancelled)

40. "2 Fat 2 Fly" OWN 537K (cancelled)

41. "Hindsight" VH1 448K (cancelled)

42. "Selling it in the ATL" WE-TV 421K4

43. "Rickey Smiley For Real" TV One 357K

44. "Rectify" Sundance 327K

45. "The Red Road" Sundance 317K (cancelled)

46. "Born Again Virgin" TV One 283K

All Primetime Series on Television



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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.