2016 was an embarrassment of riches in the TV department, with an abundance of top-notch new series complemented by stellar returns from all the usual small screen suspects. And as it happens annually, Nielsen Media Research has released its list of the most-watched TV series of the year, and 2016 had a couple of big surprises in the pack. As well as some big ol' non-surprises.

Without further ado, check out the Top 10 shows of 2016. See what everyone has been watching for the last 12 months, and judge them accordingly.

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10. Blue Bloods (CBS)

A drama that regularly makes anyone under 30 flock to Google, Blue Bloods has been about as consistently successful for CBS as any modern series has been over a seven-year span for any network. Led by Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, among others, Blue Bloods earned an average of 14.41 million viewers per episode in 2016, which is definitely impressive and not far behind last year's 14.9 million average. The drama's numbers in the key 18-49 demographic aren't always so impressive, but they're not so terrible that advertisers are pulling anchor.

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