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[07/27/18 - 08:14 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (7/26/18):

CBS (4.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.749 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (5.402 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Big Brother 20" (5.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "SWAT" (2.992 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

FOX (3.109 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.867 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.352 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

Next up was ABC (2.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its trio of "The Gong Show" (2.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Match Game" (3.325 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Take Two" (2.540 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.604 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.479 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), week two of "Trial & Error" (2.165 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), a second "Trial & Error" (1.786 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, encores of "Burden of Truth" (1.225 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Black Lightning" (0.937 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.081 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00
0.00% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00
0.00% - Match Game
0.00% - The Gong Show
0.00% - Take Two
-6.25% - Big Brother 20
-16.67% - Trial & Error - 9:00
-20.00% - Trial & Error - 9:30

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00 (vs. Love Connection)
0.00% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00 (vs. Beat Shazam)
0.00% - Match Game (vs. Battle of the Network Stars)
0.00% - The Gong Show (vs. Boy Band)
-21.05% - Big Brother 20
-33.33% - Take Two (vs. The Gong Show)
-50.00% - Trial & Error - 9:00 (vs. The Wall)
-60.00% - Trial & Error - 9:30 (vs. The Wall)

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/7; 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," 0.4/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

· 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," 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," 0.3/2 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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/27/17):

CBS (4.865 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.301 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 19" (6.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Zoo" (2.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

NBC (4.376 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with the Tuesday-bound "Hollywood Game Night" (3.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by new episodes of "The Wall" (4.803 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Night Shift" (4.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.411 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its summer entries "Beat Shazam" (2.796 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Love Connection" (2.026 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Boy Band" (2.418 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.522 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "The Gong Show" (2.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.551 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the Monday-bound "Hooten & The Lady" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.250 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - The Night Shift
+5.56% - Big Brother 19
0.00% - Hollywood Game Night
0.00% - Beat Shazam
0.00% - Zoo
0.00% - The Gong Show
0.00% - Boy Band
0.00% - Hooten & The Lady
-9.09% - The Wall
-14.29% - Battle of the Network Stars
-14.29% - Love Connection
-25.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - The Wall (vs. Hollywood Game Night)
+33.33% - Beat Shazam (vs. Home Free)
+28.57% - Hollywood Game Night (vs. Running Wild with Bear Grylls)
+20.00% - Love Connection (vs. Home Free)
+5.56% - Big Brother 19
0.00% - Hooten & The Lady (vs. Beauty and the Beast)
0.00% - Battle of the Network Stars (vs. Greatest Hits)
0.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat))
-11.11% - The Night Shift (vs. NBC News Special)
-14.29% - The Gong Show (vs. ABC News Special)
-25.00% - Zoo (vs. CBS News Special)
-37.50% - Boy Band (vs. BattleBots)

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," 1.2/3 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 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 0.3/2 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," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.5/2 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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