the debut of L.A.’s Finest on Fox delivered 2.9 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, landing in a three-way tie for Monday’s second best demo number (behind ABC’s share of Monday Night Football).
TV’s biggest night is looking at its smallest audience. Per Nielsen fast nationals (and pending possible adjustment in finals), ABC’s broadcast of the 2020 Emmys on Sunday night averaged 5.1 million total viewers, down double digits from last year’s all-time audience low — which is not unexpected, given multiple on- and off-screen obstacles.
CBS’s Big Brother was the top-rated show in primetime Thursday, scoring a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic to go along with 4.14 million viewers. It teamed with fellow reality mate Love Island (0.5, 2.03 million) to help the network finish No. 1 in the key demo overall in early Nielsen numbers. ABC was tops in viewers behind the second night of two Holey Moley specials (0.5, 2.50 million).
The CBS broadcast of the virtual, pandemic-delayed Academy of Country Music Awards averaged 6.6 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, down about 33% from last year (when it aired in-season, in April) but still dominating Wednesday in both measures.
ABC’s The Presidential Town Hall: Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Questions: Pennsylvania drew 3.8 million total viewers, marking Tuesday night’s third-largest broadcast audience (behind America’s Got Talent and Big Brother). In the 18-49 demo, the town hall scored a 0.6 demo rating.
Dancing With The Stars samba’d, tango’d and fox-trotted its way to the top of Monday’s primetime broadcast ratings, delivering a 1.3 in the adults 18-49 demo and netting 8.10 million viewers. The final numbers for the live premiere are expected to be adjusted due to an NFL preemption in parts of the country, but the numbers were still big enough to lead the night.
SoFi Stadium was devoid of fans on last night’s Sunday Night Football due to the coronavirus pandemic, but full of victory for hometown heroes the Los Angeles Rams. Sadly that winning feeling wasn’t reflected in the ratings for NBC and the NFL.
NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Thursday-night NFL kickoff game between the Chiefs and Texans averaged 17.1 million total viewers and a 5.5 demo rating in fast nationals, down about 12% from the preliminary numbers for last year’s season opener. Among regularly scheduled Thursday fare, CBS’ Big Brother (3.9 million/1.0) dipped week-to-week but led the pack; lead-out Love Island (1.7 million/0.4) was also steady.
CBS’s Big Brother delivered 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, ticking down week-to-week yet still dominating Wednesday in the demo. Leading out of that, Love Island did 1.7 million and a 0.4, followed by the 48 Hours: Suspicion premiere’s 2.4 million/0.3.
NBC’s America’s Got Talent this Tuesday delivered 5.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, dipping week-to-week yet still leading the night in both measures. Leading out of that, Transplant (3.7 million/0.4) matched its U.S. premiere rating while dropping just a handful of eyeballs.
On Aug. 31, Nielsen started including out of home viewing in its daily final ratings, which are usually released in the afternoon (or Tuesday morning for Saturdays and Sundays). They also include ratings for cable programs. The “fast national” ratings (overnights) that arrive each morning don’t have either of those. THR will now switch to reporting on the afternoon numbers, which, it says, will provide a better — if still incomplete — snapshot of just how many people watched a given network or cable show the night it aired.
In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior Season 12 premiere delivered 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, down sharply from its Season 11 averages (4.7 mil/0.9) but still good enough to dominate Labor Day in both measures.
Big Brother continued its steady performance on Thursday, easily leading the broadcast primetime ratings. It was a pretty quiet night otherwise, however, with ABC’s game shows returning lower after two weeks off for the political conventions.
CBS’s Big Brother led Wednesday’s primetime among adults 18-49, beating America’s Got Talent head to head. The NBC show, however, scored a victory among total viewers.
The Tuesday night ratings race was a battle between the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, and the latest edition of America’s Got Talent. In the end, the basketball came out on top, averaging around a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.7 million total viewers for ABC. The game itself was the decider between two evenly-matched teams, and ended in a narrow 80-78 victory for the Nuggets.
ABC’s The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! returned from a three-week break to its lowest ratings yet. The Bachelor highlight show scored a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 and drew only 1.5 million, roughly a 20% drop on both metrics from the previous episode. It remains to be seen whether the show can boost things a little with its final episode of the summer next week.
Following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman Friday, ABC aired Black Panther and a tribute to Boseman on Sunday night. Both programs scored big numbers for the Disney-owned network, as viewers tuned in to see the likes of fellow Avengers stars Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Winston Duke, Mark Ruffalo, and Paul Rudd discuss the significant legacy that Boseman has left behind. In total, 6.1 million viewers watched Black Panther, delivering a Sunday night-high 1.4 rating for the Disney-owned network. The remembrance special A Tribute For a King, followed with a 1.1 rating and 4.7 million viewers, the second largest tally on the night.
CBS’ unscripted combo Big Brother and Love Island helped the network to the top ratings spot Thursday, on a night President Donald Trump’s 70-minute speech from the White House lawn in primetime wrapped the Republican National Convention. Big Brother scored a night-leading 1.0 rating and 4.01 million viewers, with the all-star edition off a tenth from Wednesday’s episode, which had matched season-best numbers in the demo. As for that final night of the RNC at 10 p.m., ABC (0.4, 2.25 million) led among the broadcasters in early numbers from Nielsen, as it did for the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
CBS set the bar for Wednesday ratings, topping the night with a new episode of Big Brother: All Stars, which climbed one tenth from last week to a 1.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.24 million viewers. The reality series matched season-best numbers in the demo. Tough As Nails (0.5, 2.90 million) also climbed a tenth from last week while the broadcaster saw an uptick in early numbers for Night 3 of the Republican National Convention (0.3, 1.64 million).
America’s Got Talent topped Tuesday in primetime, delivering a 0.7 in the adults 18-49 demographic and 5.58 million viewers to hold steady with last week’s numbers. The reality talent competition led into Night 2 of the Republican National Convention, which so far trails Night 1 in the early data with NBC (0.3, 2.42 million) and ABC (0.3, 1.74 million) leading in the demo and CBS (0.2, 1.30 million) at No. 3. These numbers will likely be adjusted when finals are delivered.
The quarantined second season of Love Island premiered on CBS on Monday and took a two-tenths hit from last year’s freshman debut. Still, the reality dating competition in which hot and bothered singles are essentially stuck on an island to find “love” scored a 0.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 1.94 million viewers, plenty enough to finish No. 1 among primetime’s new offerings.
CBS’s Big Brother and an ABC News interview with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris led Sunday’s broadcast ratings among adults 18-49. 60 Minutes also delivered its best viewer tally in two months.
CBS’s Thursday edition of Big Brother was primetime’s top-rated and most-watched program, scoring a 1.0 rating and 3.98 million viewers. That and the network’s coverage of the final night of the Democratic National Convention (0.2, 1.59M) helped CBS sweep the night in the demo and viewers. ABC’s Your Voice/Your Vote 2020 (0.4, 2.43M) finished No. 1 in the demo and viewers, according to the early Nielsen numbers as the Democrats wrapped their confab with Joe Biden accepting the party’s presidential nomination.
CBS took the top spot in primetime Wednesday, with Big Brother leading the way delivering a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 3.93 million viewers. The reality series dipped a tenth from last week, as did its lead-out Tough As Nails (0.4, 2.63M). The network’s broadcast of the third night of the Democratic National Convention (0.3, 1.81M) from 10-11 p.m. ET ticked up from night 2. It was NBC that won the night in preliminary Neilsen numbers when it came to the convention.
NBC won Tuesday in primetime with a fresh episode of America’s Got Talent, which took a two-tenths hit in the adults 18-49 demographic but still delivered a night-leading 0.7 rating. The reality talent competition also netted the largest audience of the night with 5.51 million viewers. Of the three networks airing the Democratic National Convention from the 10-11 p.m. ET hour, NBC tied in the demo with ABC with a 0.3 but was tops in viewers with 2.29 million.
The Disney-owned network drew 2.1 million total viewers to its 10 p.m. coverage of the convention, and scored a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49. NBC tied in the demo, but came second with 1.9 million viewers. CBS lagged behind in the third with a 0.2 rating and 1.7 million total viewers. That gives a total of around 5.8 million viewers across all three, which is around half the viewership from the last convention.
Season 22 of the CBS reality competition series continued with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and just over 4 million total viewers. That represents a 23% up tick from last Sunday in the age demo, and a 1 million viewer increase to boot. Those numbers match almost exactly the scores from the first Thursday episode of the season which aired last week.
CBS’s Big Brother aired its first Thursday episode of the year, which coincided with the first eviction of season 22. Last night’s episode, which saw Keesha Smith evicted on a crushing 13-0 vote, topped the TV ratings table with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and around 4.1 million total viewers. ABC managed to snag an overall win on the night, thanks in no small part to Holey Moley, which carded an 0.6 rating (up from a 0.5 last time around) and 3.3 million pairs of eyeballs.
CBS’s Big Brother easily led NBC’s America’s Got Talent among adults 18-49 in Wednesday’s primetime ratings, as the latter drew a series low in the key ad demographic for the second consecutive night. NBC did lead primetime among total viewers, and the Agents of SHIELD series finale on ABC built a little on its recent performance.
America’s Got Talent continued its weekly ratings drop, but nevertheless emerged way out ahead of slim competition on Tuesday night. The NBC talent show, which last night saw Kelly Clarkson fill in for Simon Cowell who sustained a serious back injury over the weekend, scored a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 6.7 million total viewers. While that represents a 0.1 ratings point drop from last week, it does represent a 500,000 viewer increase on the previous edition.
Dwayne Johnson’s Titan Games aired its second season finale to decent numbers on Monday night, leading NBC to an overall win. The athletic competition show scored a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, roughly a 10% up tick from the penultimate episode, and drew 3.5 million total viewers, which is pretty much the same tally as the last couple weeks. A replay of fellow physical competition show American Ninja Warrior followed that up with a 0.5 rating and 2.3 million viewers.
The Sunday night TV ratings race wasn’t exactly as close as the PGA Championship finale, which easily out-drove the competition. CBS’s coverage of the golf major’s final day averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. Around 5.6 million total viewers tuned in to watch 23-year-old Collin Morikawa emerge victorious, two strokes ahead of former world number one Dustin Johnson and Englishman Paul Casey.
ABC collected another ratings victory among adults 18-49 demographic on Thursday, with To Tell the Truth leading the broadcast networks in the key ad demographic. CBS led the networks in total viewers, paced by Young Sheldon.
The long-running reality show comes in behind last season’s debut but tops the broadcast networks on Wednesday.
The hour-long John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero, which was co-hosted by the stellar lineup of Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Brad Pitt, scored a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 and drew almost exactly 3 million total viewers.
NBC’s athletic competition series scored a 0.7 rating among adults 19-49 and around 3.7 million total viewers. That’s pretty much exactly even on last week’s episode. NBC followed it up with a replay of American Ninja Warrior (USA vs. the World), which delivered a 0.5 rating and 2.7 million pairs of eyeballs.
A primetime NBA game carried ABC to a demographic victory on Sunday, pulling in preliminary numbers in line with the network’s primetime games earlier in the season. CBS’s 60 Minutes led the total-viewer rankings by a sizable margin.
ABC’s mini golf competition series hit the fairway with a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 and just under 3 million viewers, on par with last episode ratings-wise, but down around 15% in terms of total audience. Both ABC and Univision averaged a 0.5 rating across the night.
ABC’s United We Fall and CBS’ Tough as Nails finished in a virtual tie as the most watched shows on the broadcast networks Wednesday night. They also tied for the lead among adults 18-49 with two Univision series, and the Spanish-language network led the key ad demographic in primetime.
America’s Got Talent dropped to a season low TV rating once again, as ABC aired a tribute to Regis Philbin in the same time slot. The NBC singing show scored a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, an 18% dip from the previous episode from two weeks ago. A total of 6.1 million viewers watched AGT, which was the largest audience on the night, but also represents a 1.5 million viewer loss from the previous edition.