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[09/22/18 - 08:35 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Dateline" Sparks Another NBC Victory
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/21/18):

NBC (3.968 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the top draw on Friday with encores of "I Feel Bad" (2.631 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), another "I Feel Bad" (2.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.756 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

CBS (3.283 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the number two network with its mix of "MacGyver" (3.736 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), the season finale of "TKO: Total Knock Out" (2.221 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (3.894 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.348 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Speechless" (1.759 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Child Support" (1.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "20/20" (2.385 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.616 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "The Resident" (1.839 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "The Orville" (1.394 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and second runs of "Masters of Illusion" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.199 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.188 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - TKO: Total Knock Out
+14.29% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Masters of Illusion
-20.00% - 20/20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+6.67% - Dateline NBC (vs. America's Got Talent (Repeat)/Dateline NBC)
-20.00% - TKO: Total Knock Out (vs. Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat))
-33.33% - Masters of Illusion
-42.86% - 20/20

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," 2.5/7; 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," 0.3/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.3/2.

· 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," 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 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.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/22/17):

NBC (3.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed the adults 18-49 crown on Friday with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (3.202 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.988 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

Second place then went to ABC (3.491 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with its trio of "Shark Tank" (3.630 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.345 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "20/20" (3.499 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat lineup of "MacGyver" (4.190 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.804 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.303 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.361 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "MasterChef" (1.471 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Beat Shazam" (1.253 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, the season finale of "Masters of Illusion" (1.469 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.378 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.299 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.361 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - 20/20
+16.67% - Primetime: What Would You Do?
0.00% - Masters of Illusion
-11.11% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - 20/20
0.00% - Masters of Illusion
-11.11% - Dateline NBC
-36.36% - Primetime: What Would You Do? (vs. Shark Tank)

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," 1.9/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 with an encore.

· 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; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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," 1.0/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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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