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‘Survivor’ Steady In ‘Winners At War’ Debut

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.

Entravision Adds Nielsen Measurement Services

The agreement includes local TV rating services, audio, and digital ratings for Entravision’s 22 predominantly Spanish-language markets.

Fox News, MSNBC Get Ratings Bump On Primary Night

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Live ‘Conners’ Scores Season High

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.

XFL Draws Decent Opening Weekend Ratings

The football league delivered some of the biggest audiences for sports programming on Feb. 8 and 9, with three of its four games outdrawing every NBA and college basketball telecast in the previous week. The numbers are a far cry from what the NFL brings in — and from the opening game of the previous XFL incarnation 19 years ago — but put the league on steady footing at the outset.

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‘Bachelor’ Rebounds, Hits Season High In Viewers

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.

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Oscars Ratings Fall To All-Time Lows

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.

Ovation TV Signs With Comscore

Comscore today announced a new agreement to provide cable arts network Ovation TV with OnDemand Essentials, Comscore’s currency measurement service for video on demand. As an independent cable network, production and digital media company, Ovation TV is committed to “connect the world to all forms of art and artistic expression” including new seasons of Inside the Actors Studio, a […]

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Returns Steady

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.

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‘Lego Masters’ Premiere Scores For Fox

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.

State Of The Union Falls In Early Numbers

The State of the Union address drew a considerably smaller audience on the broadcast networks than it did a year ago, at least in the preliminary ratings from Tuesday. President Trump’s address and the Democratic response averaged 15.23 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in Nielsen’s fast national ratings. That’s down about 25% from the comparable figure last year.

Fox News Most Watched For Iowa Caucuses

KRGV Makes Comscore Its Ratings Provider

The Manship family-owned ABC affiliate in Harlingen is now using Comscore exclusively.

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‘911: Lone Star’ Gets Post Super-Bowl Boost

Fox’s heavy promotion of 911: Lone Star during the Super Bowl paid off with improved ratings Monday. The Bachelor slipped a little with an extended episode on ABC, though it still led the adults 18-49 rankings in primetime.

Super Bowl Draws 100M Viewers

The Super Bowl scored its first ratings increase in five years, with just under 100 million viewers on average watching Fox’s broadcast Sunday. The game drew an average of 99.9 million viewers and a 41.7 household ratings, both slight upticks from CBS’s broadcast of Super Bowl LIII in 2019 (98.2 million, 41.1).

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‘Good Place’ Ends On An Up Note

The series finale of The Good Place Thursday night delivered the show’s best same-day ratings since its season premiere. ABC’s Station 19 cooled some from last week’s series-high premiere but still drew one of the larger audiences of its two season-plus run so far, helping the network lead the night among adults 18-49.

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‘Criminal Minds’ Jumps On Wednesday

Criminal Minds delivered season-high ratings for CBS on Wednesday, helped by a stronger than usual lead-in and also likely by NBC giving its Chicago shows the night off. Dueling specials about the British royal family on Fox and ABC drew nearly identical audiences.

Nielsen Improves Voter Ratings Service

Nielsen Voter Ratings combines advanced meter technology, big data, people-powered panels and voter registration data to provide persons-level, monthly voter-based insights.

Rethinking Broadcast TV’s Long-Tail Ratings

The Big 4 networks are using 35-day (and beyond) viewership data to make the case that their shows’ delayed-viewing audience is relevant in the streaming era, even if the loss of “immediate mass reach” complicates the ad-buying process.

‘Arrow’ Ends On Steady Note, ‘NCIS’ Scores

CBS’s NCIS drew its biggest same-day audience since the second week of the season, easily topping Tuesday’s total-viewer rankings. NBC’s This Is Us held onto its top rating among adults 18-49, and the series finale of Arrow drew ratings on par with its season average.

Fox News Marks 18 Straight Years Atop Cable News

When the January 2020 Nielsen ratings dropped today, Fox News was crowned the top cable news channel for the 18th straight year. Since Janary 2002, Fox News has been the most-watched cable news network in primetime and in average total-day viewers and in the advertiser-coveted demographic of viewers 25-54.

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‘The Bachelor’ Dips, Still Wins Monday

Although The Bachelor slipped week-to-week, the ABC show still managed to top the TV ratings charts for Monday night. Episode four of the dating show’s 24th season scored a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and drew just under 6 million total viewers. That’s down around a quarter million viewers from last episode, but is still a better number than episode 2 put up.

Grammys Down A Little In Early Ratings

As they usually do, the Grammy Awards ruled Sunday’s ratings — although they were down a little year to year. The 62nd annual awards, airing on their earliest date since 2013, drew 16.54 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast national ratings, the earliest — and least accurate — figures available at publication time. Those numbers are down about 8% and 6% from the comparable figures for the 2019 awards.

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‘Station 19’ Hits High With ‘Grey’s’ Crossover

The third-season premiere of Station 19 delivered its biggest same-day audience ever for ABC, thanks in part to a crossover with Grey’s Anatomy. The penultimate episode of The Good Place on NBC also hit a multi-episode high in viewers.

Impeachment Trial Audience Drops 19% On Wednesday

About 8.9 million TV viewers watched the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the first day Democrats laid out their case against the president, marking a significant drop from the roughly 11 million viewers who watched on Tuesday, according to Nielsen ratings data.

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‘Chicago’ Trio Scores Again For NBC

For the second straight week, NBC’s three Chicago shows powered the network to an across-the-board ratings victory Wednesday. ABC’s comedy The Goldbergs also bounced back some from last week’s lows.

Comscore Promotes Carol Hinnant To Chief Revenue Officer

Comscore has promoted Carol Hinnant, a 15-year Comscore executive, to chief revenue officer. Hinnant will guide Comscore’s revenue-generating operations across the global digital, television, and cross-platform business, and will serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team reporting to Chris Wilson, chief commercial officer. Hinnant has been the longtime leader for Comscore’s national television relationships and more recently has focused […]

Fox News Impeachment Coverage Draws Most Viewers

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‘This Is Us,’ ‘NCIS’ Hold Up Vs. Impeachment

The broadcast networks remained fairly steady in the ratings Tuesday night despite ongoing coverage of the opening of President Trump’s impeachment trial on cable. NBC’s This Is Us and CBS’s NCIS held their usual posts of the top shows in, respectively, adults 18-49 and total viewers.

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‘The Bachelor’ Rebounds, ‘911: Lone Star’ Decent

The Bachelor bounced back from last week’s ratings dip to lead ABC to a first-place finish among adults 18-49 Monday night. NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions also improved week to week. The time-period debut of 911: Lone Star on Fox unsurprisingly came down a lot from its NFL-fueled premiere Sunday, but it still tied for first among scripted shows in the 18-49 demo.

Even Apple TV+’s Biggest Stars Don’t Know How Their Shows Are Doing

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‘911: Lone Star’ Starts Well

Fox’s NFC Championship broadcast is off by a large amount in Sunday’s early ratings, but the game still gave a big launchpad for 9-1-1: Lone Star.

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‘Sheldon’ Rebounds, ‘Last Man Standing’ Steady

CBS’s Young Sheldon and Fox’s Last Man Standing helped their respective networks to a share of the nightly ratings crown on Thursday. Young Sheldon was the top show on the broadcast networks across the board, scoring a 1.0 in adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers. The latter figure is the show’s third-largest same-day audience of the season and up by more than a million viewers over last week (it was steady in the 18-49 demo).

‘Rachel Maddow Show’ Hits All-Time High With Lev Parnas Interview

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‘Chicago’ Dramas Power NBC Wec. Sweep

NBC’s Chicago dramas swept Wednesday’s ratings, recording the night’s three best performances on the broadcast networks across several measures. ABC’s The Goldbergs returned from hiatus to a same-day series low in adults 18-49.

LSU-Clemson Draws 25M+ Viewers On ESPN

The audience for the game, in which LSU defeated the defending champion Clemson 42-21 to complete the team’s undefeated season, was up 3% from last year’s Alabama-Clemson CFP National Championship telecast, which drew 24.3 million viewers, according to ESPN.

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‘Jeopardy: GOAT’ Falls In Final Episode

What turned out to be the finale of Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time suffered its first dip in viewership, but the show still dominated Tuesday’s ratings. The fourth and final installment of the tournament drew 13.51 million viewers for ABC on Tuesday, the smallest audience of the four shows.

FNC Finishes Week At No. 1 In Basic Cable

CLOSING BELL

‘Bachelor,’ ‘AGT: Champions’ Cool

The two are still the biggest shows on broadcast Monday, opposite college football’s championship game on ESPN.

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Critics’ Choice Awards Fall 33% From 2019

Sunday’s 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards were down 33% in the key adults 18-49 demographic and -22% in total viewers from 2019’s show, according to preliminary data from Nielsen. Last night’s Taye Diggs-hosted edition of the awards show, which aired from 7-10 p.m. on The CW, settled for a 0.2 rating and 1.2 million viewers, compared to last year’s event, which got a 0.3 rating and 1.5 million viewers.