There are only a couple of episodes left of crime drama Hawaii Five-0 before it paddles into the sunset. But it’s not going quietly. Last night’s episode was highlighted by a guest shot from everyone’s favorite internet meme, Chuck Norris. The episode was originally scheduled to air with the show’s finale on April 3, but was bumped up because of the NCAA men’s basketball cancellation. The new time slot worked, as the episode soared to an 0.9 and had, by far, the night’s largest total audience.
The season finale of A Million Little Things on Thursday brought in the ABC show’s largest total audience since November. It helped ABC lead every hour of primetime in total viewers and score the top spot in adults 18-49.
NBC’s Chicago Med and Chicago Fire each delivered their biggest overall audiences in more than four years on Wednesday. Survivor also grew, passing The Masked Singer in total viewers on another heavy night of broadcast viewing amid widespread stay-home mandates during the coronavirus pandemic.
The season finale of This Is Us delivered its best same-day ratings in months on Tuesday. CBS’s entire lineup hit or tied season highs in both total viewers and adults 18-49 as widespread stay-at-home mandates during the coronavirus pandemic continue to drive viewing.
ABC’s The Good Doctor hit its highest ratings of the season Monday, and American Idol also grew. The Voice stayed strong for NBC as linear TV continues its strong performance amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks mostly to American Idol, ABC won another Sunday in the key demo’s TV ratings. Just like last week, 60 Minutes lifted CBS to a total-viewer victory.
Primetime ratings continued to soar Friday, as a locked down country turned to the tube to get some relief from the outside world’s pressures.
ABC’s entire lineup hit season highs in total viewers Thursday, and NBC’s Superstore and Will & Grace also recorded highs as coronavirus quarantines continue to drive linear TV viewing.
Same-day ratings for the networks improved again Wednesday, as every major English- and Spanish-language broadcaster gained viewers — even The CW’s lineup of repeats. Survivor had its best performance since last spring for CBS, The Masked Singer reached its biggest audience since its Super Bowl episode, and NBC’s Chicago dramas all had their best outings in more than a year.
Tuesday night brought increased ratings for a number of network shows, consistent with the pattern of the past five days or so. Ellen’s Game of Games got the biggest boost, and its fellow shows on NBC, along with those on all the other broadcast networks, saw gains.
The Voice won its first head-to-head matchup with American Idol Monday, drawing season highs in both adults 18-49 and total viewers in the process. CBS’s The Neighborhood also had its best outing of the season, and Fox’s 9-1-1 picked up about where it left off.
Network TV audiences were up week to week again on Sunday, consistent with the past few nights as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s American Idol were the top shows on Sunday, both improving on last week’s total audiences. Fox’s animated shows were also up, as were two of CBS’ three dramas.
The good news is that more people in the choice demos appear to be watching television. The bad news is the reason why, the coronavirus. For now, television is the great national comforter, and that was reflected in the large audience for its offerings on Friday during primetime. ABC’s Shark Tank was the overall winner of the early results of Friday’s demo wars, clocking with an 0.8. But close behind were four programs with an 0.7.
Broadcast TV viewing was up across the board Thursday, possibly because more viewers stayed in as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly every show on the five English-language networks grew its audience vs. a week ago, and as a whole the five networks averaged about 7 percent more primetime viewers (17.56 million vs. 16.45 million) and grew by 11% in adults 18-49 (2.9 rating vs. 2.7). That runs counter to the usual pattern this time of year, when ratings tend to dip following the start of daylight saving time.
The Masked Singer led Wednesday’s primetime ratings in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, moving ahead of CBS’s Survivor for the first time in a month in the latter measure. The night also included a 15-minute presidential address on the coronavirus pandemic, meaning some program ratings are likely inaccurate.
The finale of The Bachelor edged last season’s closer in total viewers and dominated Tuesday’s primetime ratings among adults 18-49, carrying ABC to a victory in the key ad demographic. NBC’s This Is Us, meanwhile, recorded its lowest same-day ratings.
The first half of The Bachelor finale on Monday scored the show’s best same-day ratings of the season, giving ABC a big win among adults 18-49 in primetime. The show dominated NBC’s The Voice in the key ad demographic, though the latter still led the night in total viewers.
For the second time in three weeks, ABC’s The Rookie scored its biggest same-day audience of the season. American Idol also improved in total viewers, and the network scored a victory in primetime among adults 18-49.
Ratings for Grey’s Anatomy hit their highest mark since the ABC drama’s January return on Thursday for an episode that wrote out original castmember Justin Chambers.
ABC’s Volcano Live special Wednesday night didn’t bring much ratings heat, falling below Nik Wallenda’s last televised wire walk in June 2019. Fox’s The Masked Singer retained its spot as the night’s top show among adults 18-49 as the other broadcast networks were fairly steady.
News coverage of Super Tuesday primary voting didn’t bring great returns to the broadcast networks in the early Nielsen numbers. Fox’s The Resident drew its biggest audience of the season opposite primary election coverage on ABC, CBS and Fox.
The annual Women Tell All episode of The Bachelor topped the 2019 edition and helped ABC score a win among adults 18-49 in primetime Monday. NBC’s The Voice, meanwhile, was the most-watched show of the night and put up ratings virtually identical to its premiere last week.
American Idol‘s same-day ratings came down a little bit for the second consecutive week, but the ABC singing competition still led primetime Sunday in adults 18-49. It also gave another boost to The Rookie. NBC’s Little Big Shots, meanwhile, took a good-sized hit in the show’s time-period debut.
ABC scored an across-the-board ratings victory Thursday, leading the broadcast networks in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, on an night when usual total-audience leader CBS aired mostly reruns. Station 19 grew its audience for the second straight week, and Grey’s Anatomy topped the night in adults 18-49.
A crossover between two of NBC’s Chicago shows Wednesday lifted both — with Chicago Fire drawing its biggest same-day viewership in a year. Chicago PD also hit a multi-month high in viewers. CBS’ Survivor topped Fox’s The Masked Singer in total viewers, but the latter kept its title as the night’s top show among adults 18-49.
CBS’s coverage of the face-off between the candidates easily tops the night in viewers, while NBC’s This Is Us and New Amsterdam both improve.
The Bachelor and The Voice topped Monday’s ratings, with the latter opening its spring cycle with its biggest Monday audience of the season. The Bachelor also hit a season high in viewers and tied its best adults 18-49 rating.
ABC’s The Rookie scored season highs in the same-day ratings Sunday with an assist from American Idol. The two shows helped ABC top the night in adults 18-49.
Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 drew their largest same-day viewership since their Jan. 23 return. CBS’s Young Sheldon also grew its total-viewer tally and is near a season high, and three of NBC’s four comedies posted viewer gains as well. Univision also scored solid numbers with its annual Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.
Preliminary figures for the ninth face-off, and the first featuring Mike Bloomberg, are ahead of NBC’s last debate broadcast in June 2019.
This Is Us and NCIS remained in their usual position atop Tuesday’s ratings, with the former once again scoring the night’s top 18-49 number and the latter dominating the total-viewer rankings. ABC’s For Life held up reasonably well in its second week opposite improved numbers for the other 10 p.m. dramas.
The finale of America’s Got Talent: The Champions on NBC Monday pulled in its best ratings since the season premiere, and also helped Manifest to its best viewer tally in six weeks. ABC’s The Bachelor recorded a season high in view
About 8 million viewers were tuned in for the end of the game, where LeBron James’ team defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team 157-155 in the first target-score format in All-Star history. The fourth quarter was untimed and was broadcast commercial-free.
Thursday’s broadcast ratings didn’t bring many surprises. Per usual, CBS’s Young Sheldon had the largest total audience in primetime by a sizable margin, and it tied ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the lead among adults 18-49. First- year shows Indebted (NBC) and Katy Keene (The CW) both fell a bit in their second week on the air.
Survivor opened its 40th season with fairly steady ratings, with its two-hour premiere pulling in similar numbers to the fall cycle’s debut. The Masked Singer remained No. 1 among adults 18-49 and NBC swept all three hours of primetime in total viewers.
A live episode of The Conners delivered the show’s biggest same-day audience of the season Tuesday. ABC also got decent ratings from the premiere of For Life, which topped the 10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 and built on the network’s recent performance in the time slot.
The Bachelor bounced back from last week’s down ratings, recording its biggest same-day audience of the season Monday night and maintaining its spot as the top show among adults 18-49. Several other shows, including NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions, also grew in viewers week to week.
ABC’s Oscar telecast reached all-time lows in the ratings, falling sharply from last year. The three-hour-plus broadcast averaged about 23.6 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49, well below the 29.56 million and 7.7 for last year’s awards.
NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine opened its seventh season a little ahead of where it finished its sixth on Thursday. The network’s other comedy debut, Indebted, opened to soft ratings, and CBS’s drama Tommy premiered with a total-viewer win in the 10 p.m. hour. Young Sheldon, meanwhile, is near a season high in viewers.
The premiere of Fox’s Lego Masters built up a solid audience on Wednesday. The competition series delivered the second best series-debut rating of the season in adults 18-49 — and the only one to beat it had an NFL lead-in.