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[09/12/20 - 09:46 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "SmackDown" Hold Onto Demo Crown
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 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/11/20):

FOX (2.261 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was still the demo champ on Friday with its weekly telecast of "WWE SmackDown" (2.261 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

The silver went to ABC (3.284 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with its duo of "9/11 Remembered: The Day We Came Together" (2.790 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "20/20" (3.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.422 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "MacGyver" (2.804 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Love Island" (1.797 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (2.664 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.895 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up "America's Got Talent" (1.815 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (2.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.684 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.551 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) led into a new "Being Rueben" (0.258 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T11) and the season finale of "Being Rueben" (0.225 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T11) to round out the night on The CW (0.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
#DIV/0! - Being Rueben - 9:00
#DIV/0! - Being Rueben - 9:30
+150.00% - 20/20 (vs. 8/28/20)
+66.67% - Love Island
0.00% - WWE SmackDown
-20.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. 5/15/20)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Various)
+42.86% - 20/20 (vs. Reef Break/20/20)
+25.00% - Love Island (vs. Magnum P.I. (Repeat))
-14.29% - 9/11 Remembered: The Day We Came Together (vs. American Housewife/Fresh Off the Boat (Repeats))
-33.33% - Dateline NBC
-100.00% - Being Rueben - 9:00 (vs. Red Bull Peaking)
-100.00% - Being Rueben - 9:30 (vs. Red Bull Peaking)


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/13/19):

NBC (2.823 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo champ for the third consecutive Friday with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

CBS (3.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its repeat mix of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.860 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Magnum P.I." (3.836 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (4.191 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with repeats of "American Housewife" (2.349 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.909 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Reef Break" (2.075 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a new "20/20" (2.531 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.993 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "BH90210" (0.927 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "MasterChef" (1.058 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.339 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the special "EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic" (0.434 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) followed by the premiere of "Red Bull Peaking" (0.250 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and a second "Red Bull Peaking" (0.239 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Reef Break (vs. 9/5/19)
-20.00% - 20/20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-14.29% - Dateline NBC
-20.00% - 20/20
-25.00% - Reef Break (vs. Child Support (Repeat))
-50.00% - EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic (vs. Masters of Illusion)
-50.00% - Red Bull Peaking - 9:00 (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat))
-50.00% - Red Bull Peaking - 9:30 (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (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," 1.5/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 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 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.3/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 0.9/3 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," 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.1/1 with an encore.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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