The Most Watched TV Shows Of 2023 (So Far)

Did you see the new episode of Chicago Fire yet? Have you caught up on Succession? Oh, and have you managed to check out The Bear? If all these questions are making your head hurt, don't worry: you're not alone. How anybody can keep up with every amazing TV show out there is beyond us! And in this era of peak content, how do you tell which shows people are just talking about — and which shows they're actually watching? Here are the most-watched shows so far this year to add to your must-see list.

40. The Masked Singer (Fox)

Viewers: 5,142,000

Rotten Tomatoes critics score: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: N/A

If you find singing contests too cliched, The Masked Singer is for you! It does exactly what it says on the tin, putting the celebrity contestants in masks, and sometimes full-body costumes, to perform before the audience. Then it’s up to the panel of famous judges — Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, Nick Cannon, Jenny McCarthy, and Robin Thicke — to guess who’s the diva or divo in disguise. It’s a crazy concept, but worth seeing for the even crazier costumes. The catchy tunes don’t hurt either.

39. Night Court (NBC)

Viewers: 5,209,000

Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 73 percent

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 45 percent

Remember Melissa Rauch, Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory? Well, this time she’s stepping into a judge’s gown as Abby Stone, who takes over the night shift from her departed father. It sounds fine on paper, except the court is crewed by the strangest people she’s ever met. They only come out at night, huh? “Each episode gets better than the last. I can't wait to see how the characters continue to develop,” IMDb reviewer afijamesy2k wrote in 2023. “Give it a chance. This show will be a joy to watch as it continues to grow.”

38. Station 19 (ABC)

Viewers: 5,215,000

Rotten Tomatoes critics score: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 61 percent

When you think Grey’s Anatomy you don’t think of firefighting, but that’s exactly what the spinoff Station 19 represents. Jaina Lee Ortiz stars as Andy Herrera, daughter to the head of the firehouse and a stickler for the rules. There’s a personality contrast when she partners up with an impulsive member of the crew, Grey Damon’s Jack Gibson, but they get on like a house on fire. And then the station’s interaction with the Seattle PD bring’s Andy’s ex onto the scene to fan the flames.

37. Law & Order: Organized Crime (NBC)

Viewers: 5,390,000

Rotten Tomatoes critics score: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81 percent

There’s a ton of Law & Order content out there, but it seems viewers just can’t get enough! Organized Crime focuses on Detective Elliot Stabler — portrayed by Christopher Meloni — who returns to the NYPD after losing a loved one. But a decade has passed since he was in the service, and now he faces a new world. Not only does Stabler need to adjust to ten years of police advancement, but he also needs to bring down an elite crime syndicate. It’s a task he’s taking personally.