This image released by ABC shows a scene from the series "A Million Little Things." The sophomore drama, reality show "Shark Tank" and the Fox first-responders drama "9-1-1" are the only three of 49 prime-time shows returning to the ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox fall schedules that have a bigger audience on the night they originally air than they did last season, the Nielsen company said. (David Bukach/ABC via AP)

Only 3 returning big network shows see rise in live viewers

October 15, 2019 - 5:22 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — What do ABC's drama "A Million Little Things," its reality show "Shark Tank" and Fox's first-responder drama "9-1-1" have in common?

The Nielsen company says they are the only returning shows on the big television networks to have more live viewers than they had at this point in 2018.

Yet network executives aren't panicking yet.

Because of the rapid changes in how people watch TV, many programs get the majority of their audience on a time-delayed basis.

The networks, meanwhile, wait patiently for more returns to come in.