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[08/17/18 - 08:28 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: Another Week, Another "Big Brother" Victory for CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/16/18):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some high rated local pre-season NFL games (across all networks) are included here but will be excluded from Officials.]

CBS (5.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) snagged the top spot on Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.506 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.019 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Big Brother 20" (6.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "SWAT" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.107 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the number two draw with its special "20/20: Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Match Game" (4.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Take Two" (3.498 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.839 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Trial & Error" (3.413 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), another "Trial & Error" (2.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.379 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up primetime coverage of the "NASCAR Camping World Truck Series" (1.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.853 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (0.844 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-10.00% - Big Brother 20
-18.18% - Trial & Error - 9:00
-20.00% - Match Game
-25.00% - Take Two
-30.00% - Trial & Error - 9:30

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Match Game (vs. Battle of the Network Stars)
+33.33% - 20/20: Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T (vs. Boy Band)
0.00% - Take Two (vs. The Gong Show)
-10.00% - Big Brother 20
-12.50% - Trial & Error - 9:30 (vs. Great News (Repeat))
-40.00% - Trial & Error - 9:00 (vs. Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/17/17):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some high rated local pre-season NFL games on ABC, CBS and NBC are included here but will be excluded from Officials.]

CBS (4.968 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.326 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.829 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Big Brother 19" (6.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Zoo" (2.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "The Wall" (5.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (5.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Great News" (3.135 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Night Shift" (3.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.517 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Love Connection" (2.333 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.617 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes from "Boy Band" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Gong Show" (2.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.896 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.586 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.580 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Wall
0.00% - Battle of the Network Stars (vs. 8/3/17)
-9.09% - Big Brother 19
-11.11% - The Night Shift
-11.76% - Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update
-14.29% - Boy Band
-20.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
-20.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
-25.00% - Zoo
-25.00% - The Gong Show (vs. 8/14/17)
-27.27% - Beat Shazam
-40.00% - Love Connection

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. My Last Days)
+33.33% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat))
+5.26% - Big Brother 19
0.00% - Battle of the Network Stars (vs. $100,000 Pyramid (Repeat))
0.00% - The Gong Show (vs. Match Game (Repeat))
0.00% - Beat Shazam (vs. Rosewood (Repeat))
-25.00% - Boy Band (vs. BattleBots (Repeat))
-25.00% - Zoo (vs. Code Black (Repeat))
-25.00% - Love Connection (vs. Bones (Repeat))
-73.68% - Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update (vs. Olympic Games Rio 2016)
-78.95% - The Wall (vs. Olympic Games Rio 2016)
-85.96% - The Night Shift (vs. Olympic Games Rio 2016)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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