THIS IS US -- Season: 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Sullivan as Toby, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson, Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson, Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson -- (Photo by: NBC)

Fall 2018 TV Survey: 40 Most Anticipated Returning Shows

We asked TV fans, “Which returning fall TV shows are you most looking forward to?” See which series our survey respondents chose, ranked by popularity, below. (Respondents were allowed one choice.)

The winner took top spot with 7.2 percent of the vote, while second place got 6.4 percent. Third place was the write-in vote, featuring some top titles like Outlander and Doctor Who, along with offerings like Vikings, Ray Donovan, college football, and The Crown (maybe — season 3 still doesn’t have a release date), but also some titles that — sorry to break it to you — definitely aren’t expected to return until 2019, like Game of Thrones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gotham, Stranger ThingsVictoria, and Star Trek: Discovery. There was also a lot of “you can’t make me pick just one!” grousing among the write-in votes. (Noted for next time.) The top Nielsen-rated series of 2017 took fourth place at 5.3 percent, and fifth place got 4.8 percent.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Adjusted Score: -0.31%
Synopsis: A mockumentary-style sitcom chronicling the unusual kinship of the extended Pritchett clan, a brood that includes patriarch Jay; his younger... [More]

Superstore: Season 4 (2018)
100%

#39
Adjusted Score: 69.837%
Synopsis: High jinks at a megastore come to the fore in this workplace comedy.... [More]

Survivor (2013)

#38
Synopsis: Former players compete with and ultimately against loved ones. Redemption Island returns, where ousted castaways are banished and fight for... [More]

#37
Adjusted Score: -0.078%
Synopsis: Reinventing the DC Comics character, the Arrow is not a superhero but a hero every bit as dangerous as the... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.155%
Synopsis: Following a hamburger restaurateur and his quirky family in this animated sitcom.... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.31%
Synopsis: Now in its 20th season, is the longest-running primetime drama currently on television. This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC's... [More]
Directed By: Mariska Hargitay

#34
Adjusted Score: 62.31%
Critics Consensus: South Park recaptures its sardonic magic in a less serialized season that remains hit-or-miss in its resonance but undeniably funny no matter who it skewers.
Synopsis: An animated adult series about foul-mouthed primary school children living in a Colorado town. Rude, crude and seriously funny, it... [More]

9-1-1: Season 2 (2018)
100%

#33
Adjusted Score: 54.318%
Synopsis: From creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (the "American Horror Story" franchise, "Nip/Tuck"), new procedural drama 9-1-1 explores the high-pressure... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.078%
Synopsis: Revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.31%
Synopsis: Matt Groening's subversive, animated satire about Springfield's hapless first family became a cult favourite when it premiered on Fox in... [More]

Poldark: Season 4 (2018)
81%

#30
Adjusted Score: 81.242%
Critics Consensus: Though cynics may struggle to see it, Poldark's fourth season pairs a surprisingly multilayered side of social commentary with its soapy romantic delights.
Synopsis: In the fourth series of this drama series, Demelza and Ross Poldark are striving to rebuild their marriage. Meanwhile, the... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.233%
Synopsis: This drama follows the professional and personal life of Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, a brilliant CIA analyst-turned-college professor who... [More]

#28
Adjusted Score: 57.732%
Critics Consensus: Faced with the responsibility of aiding Freeland through trying times, the Pierce family takes Black Lightning back by storm.
Synopsis: A retired superhero is drawn back into his old lifestyle when his daughter seeks to serve justice to evil-doers. Based... [More]

#27
Adjusted Score: 75.733%
Critics Consensus: House of Cards folds slightly under the weight of its labyrinthian ending -- thankfully Robin Wright's commanding performance is more than enough to keep it standing strong.
Synopsis: Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) steps into the limelight as the first female President of the United States, a position vacated... [More]

#26
Adjusted Score: -0.233%
Critics Consensus: Suspend your disbelief and hold on to your beanie: Season 3 of Riverdale is off the rails, and delightfully so.
Synopsis: Drama based on characters from the Archie comic-books series is set in Riverdale, where aspiring musician Archie deals with life,... [More]

Castlevania: Season 2 (2018)
100%

#25
Adjusted Score: 93.116%
Critics Consensus: Castlevania sinks its fangs into vampiric lore during a devilishly fun second season that benefits from an expanded sense of scale and episode tally that allows the series to fully spread its leathery wings.
Synopsis: As Dracula and his legion of vampires prepare to rid the world of humanity's stain, an unlikely trio of heroes... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.155%
Synopsis: Drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan is the New York... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.155%
Synopsis: A talented young surgeon with Savant syndrome ruffles feathers while saving lives at a prestigious hospital's pediatric surgical unit.... [More]
Directed By: Mike Listo

#22
Adjusted Score: 100.259%
Critics Consensus: BoJack Horseman continues confidently down the thematic rabbit hole with a fresh and poignant season that's as devastating as it is hilarious.
Synopsis: Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90's sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin? Around, who has been... [More]

#21
Adjusted Score: 45.569%
Critics Consensus: This just in: while the nostalgia and wit are welcome, Murphy Brown's dated messaging tactics feel heavy-handed and smug, leaving this formerly formidably timely series feeling like a reboot reaching for the headlines.
Synopsis: Multiple Emmy Award winners Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for MURPHY BROWN, the revival of the ground-breaking... [More]

#20
Adjusted Score: 23.279%
Synopsis: Snappy hit about a straight woman and a gay man who are best friends. She's a decorator with a snippy,... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.116%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the exceptional Rachel Bloom and her equally talented castmates, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's final season further explores the depths of Rebecca's mental illness with humor, heart, and humanity.
Synopsis: Yeah, so pleading guilty to a federal offense because you wanted to take responsibility for every sketchy thing you may... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.078%
Synopsis: A nostalgic comedy series about kids growing up in a dysfunctional family in the 1980s. Based on creator Adam F.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 54.007%
Critics Consensus: Last Man Standing isn't the most realistic sitcom on the dial, but its idealistic representation of opposites living in harmony offers sorely needed hope during divided times.
Synopsis: Hit family comedy LAST MAN STANDING moves to FOX for its upcoming seventh season. The series stars Tim Allen as... [More]

#16
Adjusted Score: -0.31%
Critics Consensus: The Flash's fifth season maintains the show's high standard for compelling visuals, chilling villains, and well-scripted moments of humor, but also turns a more focused gaze on the role of family dynamics amongst the increasingly complex characters.
Synopsis: Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive in this... [More]
Directed By: Tom Cavanagh

Shameless: Season 9 (2018)
63%

#15
Adjusted Score: 39.109%
Synopsis: In season nine of SHAMELESS, political fervor hits the South Side and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 86.63%
Critics Consensus: The crafty addition of minor sci-fi elements and a terrific William Forsythe to the show's already engrossing narrative make The Man in the High Castle's third season another worthy binge.
Synopsis: An alternate version of life in the U.S. in the 1960s -- if Nazi Germany and Japan had won WWII.... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 77.597%
Critics Consensus: Grey's Anatomy continues to diagnose and treat previous season's weaknesses to deliver a seemingly impossible 15th season of original storytelling.
Synopsis: The high-intensity medical drama, now in its 15th season, follows Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan... [More]

#12
Synopsis: The series is about criminal cases involving Navy and Marine personnel, handled by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 96.044%
Critics Consensus: Like Midge herself, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel charges full speed ahead in a second season brimming with warmth, empowerment, and a whole lot of laughs.
Synopsis: The Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series returns for another Marvelous season.... [More]

#10
Adjusted Score: 69.837%
Synopsis: Twenty-six years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father... [More]
Directed By: Thomas J. Wright

Adjusted Score: 93.164%
Critics Consensus: It's Always Sunny's winning formula keeps the laughs rolling and the stomachs turning in a thirteenth season that's topical, triumphant, and toxic in the best way.
Synopsis: In Season 13 of this comedy, the gang have their hands full as Charlie (Charlie Day) hopes to have a... [More]

The Orville: Season 2 (2018)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 85.357%
Critics Consensus: Fun, focused, and surprisingly thoughtful, The Orville's second season makes good use of its talented crew.
Synopsis: In Season Two, the ship's crew will meet never-before-seen aliens and face old adversaries, the Krill. They'll make first contact... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.31%
Synopsis: Series 12 of this sitcom.... [More]

#6
Adjusted Score: 102.259%
Critics Consensus: Charming and curious as ever, The Good Place remains a delightfully insightful bright spot on the television landscape.
Synopsis: The first two seasons featured surprise after surprise and twist after twist, including a world-upending season one finale that threw... [More]

Adjusted Score: 27.547%
Critics Consensus: Ryan Murphy and his murderers' row of witchy performers literally save the world -- and franchise -- in Apocalypse, the series most ambitious crossover swing yet.
Synopsis: Season 8 of the FX horror anthology.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.086%
Critics Consensus: Nine seasons in, The Walking Dead feels more alive than ever, with heightened tension and a refreshed pace that rejuvenates this long-running franchise.
Synopsis: Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the... [More]

Outlander: Season 4 (2018)
88%

#3*
Adjusted Score: 61.457%
Critics Consensus: Outlander's epic romance settles into a violent fourth season, planting its flag on the American frontier while treading on darker themes.
Synopsis: Season Four of "Outlander" continues the story of time-traveling 20th century doctor Claire Fraser and her 18th century Highlander husband... [More]
Directed By: David Moore, Metin Huseyin

#3*
Adjusted Score: 92.949%
Critics Consensus: Carried by Jodie Whittaker's boundless energy and charm, Doctor Who's latest regeneration manages to feel fresh well into the show's 55-year tenure.
Synopsis: Following the adventures of a time-traveling alien called "The Doctor" and companions as they deal with crises set on Earth... [More]
Directed By: Jamie Childs

Adjusted Score: 99.423%
Critics Consensus: The Man with No Fear returns to top form with a third season that begins tediously slow but gradually generates comic book thrills, immeasurably helped by the welcome return of Vincent D'Onofrio's menacing Kingpin.
Synopsis: A blind lawyer fights crime by day in the courtroom and by night as a superhero with extraordinary senses in... [More]

#1
Adjusted Score: 58.353%
Critics Consensus: With a lot of love, hugs, and tears, season three of This is Us continues to please fans with new intense storylines.
Synopsis: The present time of "This Is Us" Season 3 shows Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) turning to IVF... [More]

*No. 3 was the write-in vote, of which Doctor Who and Outlander were tied as the returning fall shows with the most votes.

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