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[09/21/18 - 08:27 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Brother" Top All-Repeat Competition
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (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.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/21/17):

FOX (3.585 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the demo competition on Thursday with the season premiere of "Gotham" (3.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and the time slot debut of "The Orville" (4.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

CBS (4.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Mom" (5.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), second doses of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.009 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Mom" (4.996 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "Zoo" (2.907 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Chicago Fire" (3.291 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.608 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Scandal" (2.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.015 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.596 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.206 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) alongside a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.131 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.382 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
0.00% - Zoo
0.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
-35.29% - The Orville (vs. 9/17/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - Gotham (vs. Rosewood)
+33.33% - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (vs. Supernatural (Repeat))
+33.33% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. The Flash (Repeat))
0.00% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
-88.37% - Zoo (vs. Thursday Night Football)

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," 1.6/4; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 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 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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