The 15 Most-Watched Shows Of 2016: \'Walking Dead,\' \'Grey\'s Anatomy\' & More (PHOTOS)

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The 15 Most-Watched Shows Of 2016: ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & More (PHOTOS)

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The 15 Most-Watched Shows Of 2016: \'Walking Dead,\' \'Grey\'s Anatomy\' & More (PHOTOS)

2016 is finally coming to a close, so it's time to see how popular our favorite TV shows were this year. Guilty pleasures, riveting dramas, and reality competitions all make the list.

Thanks to Nielsen ratings, we can officially rank which shows had the most viewers throughout the year. Each score represents the percentage of people watching said show out of all US homes with televisions. While these numbers may seem low, remember they mean millions of viewers! 

From The Walking Dead to The Voice, see which of your favorite shows made the list by clicking through the gallery above!

The 15 Most-Watched Shows Of 2016: \'Walking Dead,\' \'Grey\'s Anatomy\' & More (PHOTOS)
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15. Law & Order: SVU/The Bachelorette/Life In Pieces/Into The Badlands — 2.7

Law & Order: SVU/The Bachelorette/Life In Pieces/Into The Badlands — 2.7 Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC Television Group © 2016 Disney
It looks like America couldn't get enough of Olivia Benson and JoJo Fletcher this year. In addition to those two long-running shows, newbie programs Life In Pieces (CBS) and Into The Badlands (AMC) have quickly captivated viewers.
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15. Law & Order: SVU/The Bachelorette/Life In Pieces/Into The Badlands — 2.7

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It looks like America couldn't get enough of Olivia Benson and JoJo Fletcher this year. In addition to those two long-running shows, newbie programs Life In Pieces (CBS) and Into The Badlands (AMC) have quickly captivated viewers.

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14. Survivor/Chicago Fire/Black-ish/The Blacklist/American Idol/Scorpion — 2.8

Survivor/Chicago Fire/Black-ish/The Blacklist/American Idol/Scorpion — 2.8 Credit: Screen Grab/CBS © 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Long-time competition shows Survivor and American Idol take top spots yet again, with Anthony Anderson's Black-ish crushing the ratings another year. Scorpion, The Blacklist and Chicago Fire are also still holding strong.
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14. Survivor/Chicago Fire/Black-ish/The Blacklist/American Idol/Scorpion — 2.8

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Long-time competition shows Survivor and American Idol take top spots yet again, with Anthony Anderson's Black-ish crushing the ratings another year. Scorpion, The Blacklist and Chicago Fire are also still holding strong.

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13. The Goldbergs — 2.9

The Goldbergs — 2.9 Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC Television Group © 2016 Disney
ABC's The Goldbergs is a hit you might have missed. Currently in its fourth season, it's definitely a show you should binge ASAP.

13. The Goldbergs — 2.9

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ABC's The Goldbergs is a hit you might have missed. Currently in its fourth season, it's definitely a show you should binge ASAP.

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12. American Idol/Talking Dead/Criminal Minds/The Bachelor — 3.0

American Idol/Talking Dead/Criminal Minds/The Bachelor — 3.0 Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC Television Group © 2016 Disney
Since American Idol airs on two separate days a week, it's ranked twice. Who knew more people tune in for eliminations than actual performances?!

Talking Dead surprises us all by taking a top spot on the list, alongside Ben Higgins's season of The Bachelor. Meanwhile, Criminal Minds is currently in its 12th season and shows no signs of slowing down.

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12. American Idol/Talking Dead/Criminal Minds/The Bachelor — 3.0

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Since American Idol airs on two separate days a week, it's ranked twice. Who knew more people tune in for eliminations than actual performances?!

Talking Dead surprises us all by taking a top spot on the list, alongside Ben Higgins's season of The Bachelor. Meanwhile, Criminal Minds is currently in its 12th season and shows no signs of slowing down.

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11. NCIS/The People v. O.J. Simpson — 3.1

NCIS/The People v. O.J. Simpson — 3.1 Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS © 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
CBS's NCIS is still the most-watched drama on the network, with its spin-offs also performing very well.

Miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson dominated the ratings and has racked up quite a few Emmy and Golden Globes nominations.

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11. NCIS/The People v. O.J. Simpson — 3.1

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CBS's NCIS is still the most-watched drama on the network, with its spin-offs also performing very well.

Miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson dominated the ratings and has racked up quite a few Emmy and Golden Globes nominations.

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10. Blindspot/American Horror Story/The Voice (Tues) - 3.3

Blindspot/American Horror Story/The Voice (Tues) - 3.3 Credit: Trae Patton/NBC © 2016 NBC Universal, Inc.
American Horror Story is creeping out viewers again in the best way. Number one competition show The Voice ranks high again, with its Tuesday show just below its Monday show.

Blindspot is regularly gaining more viewers in its sophomore season.

10. Blindspot/American Horror Story/The Voice (Tues) - 3.3

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American Horror Story is creeping out viewers again in the best way. Number one competition show The Voice ranks high again, with its Tuesday show just below its Monday show.

Blindspot is regularly gaining more viewers in its sophomore season.

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9. Scandal/How To Get Away With Murder/The Voice — 3.5

Scandal/How To Get Away With Murder/The Voice — 3.5 Credit: Byron Cohen/ABC Television Group © 2016 Disney
Shonda Rhimes has taken over scripted television. ABC's Scandal and HTGAWM continually perform strong each season.

Monday night's The Voice is the highest-ranked competition and reality show on TV these days.

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9. Scandal/How To Get Away With Murder/The Voice — 3.5

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Shonda Rhimes has taken over scripted television. ABC's Scandal and HTGAWM continually perform strong each season.

Monday night's The Voice is the highest-ranked competition and reality show on TV these days.

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8. Fear The Walking Dead — 3.6

Fear The Walking Dead — 3.6 Credit: Ron Jaffe/AMC
The Walking Dead spin-off, FTWD, has done surprisingly well and might eventually cross over with the original show.
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8. Fear The Walking Dead — 3.6

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The Walking Dead spin-off, FTWD, has done surprisingly well and might eventually cross over with the original show.

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7. Grey's Anatomy — 3.7

Grey's Anatomy — 3.7 Credit: Richard Cartwright/ABC Television Group © 2016 Disney
The most successful and long-running of Shonda's shows, Grey's Anatomy is going strong in its thirteenth season.

7. Grey's Anatomy — 3.7

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The most successful and long-running of Shonda's shows, Grey's Anatomy is going strong in its thirteenth season.

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6. Modern Family — 4.4

Modern Family — 4.4 Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC Television Group © 2016 Disney
Modern Family is the highest-ranking show on ABC, though its ninth season is still to be determined.
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6. Modern Family — 4.4

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Modern Family is the highest-ranking show on ABC, though its ninth season is still to be determined.

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5. The X-Files — 4.8

The X-Files — 4.8 Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FOX © 2014 Fox Broadcasting Co.
Bringing a show back from the dead for a limited series is a major risk. Lucky for FOX, it paid off in a major way even, though the critics gave The X-Files reboot two thumbs down.
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5. The X-Files — 4.8

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Bringing a show back from the dead for a limited series is a major risk. Lucky for FOX, it paid off in a major way even, though the critics gave The X-Files reboot two thumbs down.

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4. Game of Thrones — 5.0

Game of Thrones — 5.0 Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO © 2016 Home Box Office
The only premium network show to make it on the list is none other than GOT. Viewers just can't get enough of Jon Snow!

4. Game of Thrones — 5.0

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The only premium network show to make it on the list is none other than GOT. Viewers just can't get enough of Jon Snow!

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3. The Big Bang Theory — 5.8

The Big Bang Theory — 5.8 Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS © 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
The highest-rated comedy is also the most popular show on CBS. Currently in its tenth season, BBT fans don't need to worry because it won't be its last.
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3. The Big Bang Theory — 5.8

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The highest-rated comedy is also the most popular show on CBS. Currently in its tenth season, BBT fans don't need to worry because it won't be its last.

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2. Empire — 6.6

Empire — 6.6 Credit: Chuck Hoades/FOX © 2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.
FOX's drama Empire is only in its junior year, but it's outperforming almost every other show on TV. Could it ever take the top spot? Unless the number one show goes off the air, we say no.
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2. Empire — 6.6

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FOX's drama Empire is only in its junior year, but it's outperforming almost every other show on TV. Could it ever take the top spot? Unless the number one show goes off the air, we say no.

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1. The Walking Dead — 9.6

The Walking Dead — 9.6 Credit: Gene Page/AMC
AMC's TWD absolutely crushes every show below it with 3 percent more viewers than Empire. The mid-season finale just ended, but no need to worry because the show will resume in February and continue next fall with Season 8.

1. The Walking Dead — 9.6

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AMC's TWD absolutely crushes every show below it with 3 percent more viewers than Empire. The mid-season finale just ended, but no need to worry because the show will resume in February and continue next fall with Season 8.

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2016 is finally coming to a close, so it's time to see how popular our favorite TV shows were this year. Guilty pleasures, riveting dramas, and reality competitions all make the list.

Thanks to Nielsen ratings, we can officially rank which shows had the most viewers throughout the year. Each score represents the percentage of people watching said show out of all US homes with televisions. While these numbers may seem low, remember they mean millions of viewers! 

From The Walking Dead to The Voice, see which of your favorite shows made the list by clicking through the gallery above!