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The Most Popular Show of 2018 Isn't Even on Anymore

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, Roseanne | Photo Credits: Adam Rose, ABC

In the world of television, Nielsen is the god all broadcast TV executives must bow down to/make blood sacrifices to, and now Nielsen has made its final judgment on 2018.

While the folks who work at streaming services like Netflix are busy knocking back eggnog and laughing at the trials and tribulations that broadcast execs must go through for ratings success, we here at TV Guide are more interested than ever to see which shows and events made Nielsen's most-watched series and events lists this year. Check out the list below, which details the average audience, in millions of viewers, for prime-time broadcast or cable series. The numbers include delayed viewing via DVRs or on-demand.

Top 10 Regularly Schedule Series

  1. Roseanne (ABC) 20.0
  2. Sunday Night Football (NBC) 19.6
  3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 18.3
  4. NCIS (CBS) 16.7
  5. This Is Us (NBC) 16.6
  6. Young Sheldon (CBS) 15.7
  7. Manifest (NBC) 14.6
  8. The Good Doctor (ABC) 14.5
  9. America's Got Talent (NBC) 14.3
  10. Bull (CBS) 13.5

That's right, folks! The most watched series in 2018 isn't even on the air anymore. The Roseanne revival pulled in huge numbers during its first season back on ABC, and it was well on its way to dominating the broadcast audience. Then sh-- went sideways; Roseanne Barr's offensive tweet about Valerie Jarrett got her fired from the series and Roseanne was subsequently canceled. A spin-off, The Conners, has not been able to pull in the same massive numbers the original series did.

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Of course, it's no surprise that The Big Bang Theory and NCIS continued to dominate this list as major performers, but NBC's Manifest was a surprising success in its freshman year. In fact, NBC programming claimed four of the top 10 spots. Not too shabby!

Now, let's take a look at time-shifted viewing. Shows no longer necessarily live and die on live numbers, since DVR allows people to watch their shows whenever they've got the time. What this means is that shows that would normally get left out in the cold when it comes to top performer lists get a second chance if they manage to snag enough people with delayed viewing numbers. Here are the shows that saw their ratings spike in the week after a new episode aired.

Top Time-Shifted Series of 2018

  1. Better Call Saul (AMC) 429 percent
  2. The Sinner (USA) 352 percent
  3. Shameless (Showtime) 321 percent
  4. American Horror Story (FX) 313 percent
  5. Mayans M.C. (FX) 305 percent
  6. Yellowstone (Paramount) 280 percent
  7. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX) 271 percent
  8. Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV) 244 percent
  9. The Alienist (TNT) 236 percent
  10. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo) 222 percent

Naturally, basic cable series dominated the top time-shifted series list. AMC's Better Call Saul increased its number by more than 400 percent in time-shifted viewing. Meanwhile, it looks like FX is getting a lot of lift from delayed viewing.

This all pretty interesting, but when we look at the top 10 telecasts of the year, there's nothing surprising. The only thing to take away from the telecast numbers is that Americans like sports, especially the Super Bowl.

Top 10 Telecasts

  1. Super Bowl LII (NBC) 104.1
  2. Super Bowl post-game (NBC) 74.0
  3. NFC Championship (Fox) 42.4
  4. NFC Playoff (Fox) 35.8
  5. This Is Us post-Super Bowl episode (NBC) 33.4
  6. Winter Olympics opening ceremony (NBC) 29.3
  7. College Football championship (ESPN) 27.9
  8. Oscars (ABC) 27.4
  9. Roseanne premiere (ABC) 27.3
  10. AFC Divisional Playoff (CBS) 26.9

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Where to Stream Penny Marshall's Best Movies and TV Shows

Penny Marshall, The Odd Couple | Photo Credits: ABC Photo Archives, ABC via Getty Images

Whenever Hollywood loses a star, it's hard to deny the urge to flock to your streaming site of choice in order to binge watch all of their shows and or movies. That goes doubly so for Penny Marshall, a legend in front of and behind the camera, who passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Penny Marshall may have been best known for Laverne & Shirley, but one look at her IMDB page will show you just how many TV classics and films she actually worked on. TV Guide has compiled a list of places and times you can watch Marshall's greatest hits, so clear your Christmas calendar -- this is how you'll be spending the holidays.

If Laverne & Shirley is your jam, you're out of luck when it comes to streaming options. Don't panic though! MeTV will be paying tribute to the Marshall's work on the series with a marathon on Sunday, December 23 of the following episodes:

2:00pm-2:30pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Fakeout at the Stakeout"
2:30pm-3:00pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Bridal Shower"
3:00pm-3:30pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Guinea Pigs"
3:30pm-4:00pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Steppin' Out"
4:00pm-4:30pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Airport '59"
4:30pm-5:00pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Supermarket Sweep"
5:00pm-5:30pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Christmas Eve at the Booby Hatch"
5:30pm-6:00pm ET: Laverne & Shirley - "Oh, Come All Ye Bums"

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If The Odd Couple, The Mary Tyler Moore Show or any of Marshall's other projects are more your thing, you won't have to look too far thanks to streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and CBS All Access!

The Odd Couple: Hulu, CBS All Access
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Hulu
Happy Days: CBS All Access
That Girl: Amazon Prime, Hulu
Frasier: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, CBS All Access
Portlandia: Netflix
Entourage: Amazon Prime, HBO Now
Bones: Hulu, Amazon Prime

They're's also a wide variety of options for Marshall's directorial work, which often rivals her on-screen stuff for notoriety. While streaming options are few and far between (thank you Crackle for A League of Their Own), other films likeBig,Awakenings, Jumpin' Jack Flash, The Preacher's Wife,and Renaissance Man can be purchased on Amazon, Youtube, iTunes and Vudu.

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All the TV Marathons Airing on Christmas

Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, Doctor Who | Photo Credits: Ben Blackall, BBC Studios 2018

This holiday season has already been stacked with festive favorites airing on TV and through your favorite streaming services, but there's no better time to cuddle up on the couch with your loved ones and take in some tinselly TV than on Christmas. While some networks like Freeform, AMC and TBS/TNT will be heavy on the movie offerings, there will also be a boatload of other TV marathons accompanying Santa's big visit.

Here are all shows you can binge on cable this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (all times eastern).

Monday, Dec. 24

Charmed (3-10 a.m., TNT)
Doctor Who (3 a.m.-midnight, BBC America)
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (3 a.m.-midnight, ID)
Fast 'N Loud (4 a.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, Discovery)
Say Yes to the Dress (4 a.m.-noon, TLC)
Chrisley Knows Best (6-11 a.m., USA Network)
The Zoo (6 a.m.-1 p.m., Animal Planet)
Parks and Recreation (6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m, E!)
Expedition Unknown (7 a.m.-10 p.m., Travel Channel)
Impractical Jokers (7:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday, TruTV)
Friends (8 a.m.-1 p.m., TBS)
Rocky film series (8 a.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday, Paramount)
Ancient Aliens (8 a.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, History)
Jaws film series (8 a.m.-3:45 a.m. Tuesday, IFC)
The First 48 (8 a.m.-2 p.m., A&E)
The Office (9 a.m.-midnight, Comedy Central)
The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m.-4 p.m., TV Land)
Modern Family (11 a.m.-8 p.m., USA Network)
Tanked (1 p.m.-6 a.m., Animal Planet)
Love It or List It (2 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, HGTV)
Homicide for the Holidays (3 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Oxygen)
Extreme Couponing (4 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, TLC)
Ocean's Eleven movie series (4 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, A&E)
M*A*S*H (4-8 p.m., TV Land)
Love & Hip Hop (4-10 p.m., VH1)
The Simpsons (6 p.m.-midnight, FXX)

Tuesday, Dec. 25

A Christmas Story (8 p.m. Monday to 9 p.m., TBS and TNT)
The Fast and the Furious film series (11 p.m. Monday t0 6 p.m., USA Network)
Ridiculousness (11 p.m. Monday to 11 a.m., MTV)
Futurama (midnight-midnight, SYFY)
Doctor Who (midnight-midnight, BBC America)
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (midnight-6 a.m. Wednesday, ID)
Homicide for the Holidays (6 a.m.-6 p.m., Oxygen)
Below Deck (6 a.m.-10 p.m., Bravo)
The Rifleman (6 a.m.-noon, Sundance)
Die Hard film series (6:30 a.m.-5:45 a.m. Wednesday, IFC)
The Amazing World of Gumball (6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Cartoon Network)
Impractical Jokers (7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, TruTV)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (8 a.m.-4 p.m., VH1)
The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m.-4 p.m., TV Land)
Life Below Zero (9 a.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday, National Geographic)
Beach Hunters (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., HGTV)
I Know What You Did Last Summer movie series (9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fuse)
Monk (10 a.m. - 5 p.m., WeTV)
Food: Fact or Fiction? (noon-7 p.m., Cooking Network)
The Zoo (1 p.m. - 6 a.m. Wednesday, Animal Planet)
Untold Stories of the E.R. (2 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, TLC)
Chopped (3 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, Food Network)
M*A*S*H (4-8 p.m., TV Land)