We can officially unmask the September-to-May ratings winner: It’s Fox. Again. Fox also won the September 2019 through May 2020 TV season in ratings among adults under 50 years old. Fox is currently averaging a 1.1 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen, including one week of DVR viewing where available. NBC and CBS are both averaging a 1.0 and ABC has a 0.9.
In a season that already carries an asterisk because of the pandemic, Fox topped the fall ratings in adults 18-49 (1.4 rating) on the strength of Thursday Night Football and The Masked Singer, while NBC, paced by Sunday Night Football and This Is Us, was the most watched network (6.11 million), according to most current season-to-date rating information from Nielsen. Excluding sports and breaking news, ABC, which does not have NFL football on the fall schedule, ranked as the No. 1 network with entertainment programming (1.0 rating) for the first time in 5 years among adults 18-49 – since the 2015-2016 season — and as the top entertainment network in total viewers (5.1 million) for the first time in 20 years – since the 2000-2001 season, at the height of the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? craze.