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[09/20/19 - 08:16 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with CBS, FOX
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/19/19):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The ABC station in Jacksonville carried NFL football.]

ABC (4.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.675 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and the two-hour special "The Last Days of Phil Hartman" (3.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (3.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.453 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (4.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "FBI" (2.562 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8).

Likewise on top among adults 18-49 was FOX (3.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with a primetime edition of "MLB on FOX" (3.058 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up its specials "Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event" (2.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7) and "The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place" (1.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.667 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (1.254 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.111 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) followed by the season finale of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.609 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rouned out the evening on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Two Sentence Horror Stories - 9:00
0.00% - Big Brother 21
0.00% - The Outpost
-50.00% - Two Sentence Horror Stories - 9:30 (vs. 8/15/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Two Sentence Horror Stories - 9:00 (vs. The Originals (Repeat))
+100.00% - The Last Days of Phil Hartman (vs. Station 19/How to Get Away with Murder (Repeats))
0.00% - The Outpost (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
0.00% - Two Sentence Horror Stories - 9:30 (vs. The Originals (Repeat))
-31.25% - Big Brother 21
-33.33% - Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event (vs. The Good Place (Repeats))
-71.43% - The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))

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," 1.4/4; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.1/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline," averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 0.9/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "A Little Late with Lilly Singh" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households 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 (9/20/18):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The NBC station in New York and the CBS station in Cleveland carried NFL football, numbers for which will be excluded in the final ratings.]

CBS (5.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on a nearly all-repeat Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (6.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Big Brother 20" (6.187 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "SWAT" (3.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

NBC (3.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its second run lineup of "The Good Place" (2.705 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "The Good Place" (2.627 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.342 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.872 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was ABC (2.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with encores of "Grey's Anatomy" (2.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "Station 19" (2.505 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (1.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up repeats of "The Gifted" (1.478 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "The Gifted" (1.530 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for repeats of "Supernatural" (0.862 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The Originals" (0.428 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-5.88% - Big Brother 20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - Big Brother 20 (vs. The Big Bang Theory/Mom (Repeats))

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," 1.7/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; 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," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.4/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/4 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," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

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

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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