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[02/08/20 - 08:29 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Gets Boost from Democratic Debate
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 nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (2/7/20):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live events.]

ABC (6.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled off a rare victory on Friday with its coverage of "ABC News: The Democratic Debate" (6.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

FOX (2.547 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) had to settle for second in adults 18-49 with "WWE SmackDown" (2.547 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "MacGyver" (5.969 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by a new "Hawaii Five-0" (6.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.314 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.802 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its duo of "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (3.609 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.899 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

And finally, fresh installments of "Charmed" (0.596 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8) and "Dynasty" (0.326 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) closed out the evening on The CW (0.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Dateline NBC
+14.29% - WWE SmackDown
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0
0.00% - Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector
0.00% - Charmed
0.00% - Dynasty

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+57.14% - ABC News: The Democratic Debate (vs. Various)
+9.09% - Dateline NBC (vs. The Blacklist/Dateline NBC)
0.00% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
0.00% - Charmed (vs. Dynasty)
0.00% - Dynasty (vs. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
-20.00% - Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (vs. Blindspot)
-22.22% - Hawaii Five-0 (vs. Celebrity Big Brother)
-36.36% - MacGyver (vs. Celebrity Big Brother)


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/8/19):

CBS (5.444 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) claimed top honors on Friday thanks to a special "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.608 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), a second hour of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (7.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

FOX (3.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the penultimate "Hell's Kitchen" (3.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.109 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (3.295 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a two-hour "20/20" (5.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its trio of "Blindspot" (3.493 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Blacklist" (4.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.792 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.657 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - The Blacklist
+14.29% - 20/20
+10.00% - Celebrity Big Brother (vs. 1/25/19)
0.00% - Hell's Kitchen
0.00% - Blindspot
0.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Dynasty
0.00% - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
-12.50% - Blue Bloods

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - Blue Bloods (vs. Bull (Repeat))
+60.00% - 20/20 (vs. Child Support/20/20)
+33.33% - Hell's Kitchen - 9:00 (vs. Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (Repeat))
+33.33% - Hell's Kitchen - 8:00 (vs. Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (Repeat))
+10.00% - Celebrity Big Brother - 8:00
0.00% - Dynasty (vs. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
-10.00% - Celebrity Big Brother - 9:00
-66.67% - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (vs. Jane the Virgin)
-89.47% - The Blacklist (vs. 2018 Winter Olympics)
-91.23% - Blindspot (vs. 2018 Winter Olympics)
-91.23% - Dateline NBC (vs. 2018 Winter Olympics)

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," 1.9/5 with an encore.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 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," 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· 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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