Some popular TV shows in 2014 were "The Big Bang Theory," "NCIS," "The Walking Dead," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Blacklist." Other popular shows include "The Voice," "Modern Family," "Person of Interest," "Criminal Minds" and "Dancing With the Stars."
The most popular shows tend to be sitcoms, reality shows or crime dramas. Popular sitcoms include "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family" and "Mike & Molly." Popular reality shows include "American Idol," "The Voice" and "Dancing With the Stars." Popular crime dramas include "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "The Blacklist." Additionally, the most popular TV shows tend to be on networks available to everyone, such as ABC, CBS and NBC. "The Walking Dead," which airs on AMC, is a notable exception
The popularity of TV shows has become more difficult to measure in recent years due to the advent of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. Traditionally, a show's popularity has been measured by Nielsen ratings, which measure the number of people watching a given show. However, Nielsen ratings don't effectively measure a show's popularity through streaming services, or through illegal downloads. HBO's "Game of Thrones," though already popular according to Nielsen ratings, is the most downloaded show on the Internet, far surpassing shows that are more popular according to Nielsen ratings.
"The Big Bang Theory" pulled in 23.1 million viewers, while second-ranked show "NCIS" had 22.4 million. The 10th-ranked show, "The Voice," had 14.7 million viewers.