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[02/26/20 - 08:13 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: Democratic Primary Debate Wins Big for CBS
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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (2/25/20):

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

CBS (10.515 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) got a major boost on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of "CBS News Democratic Primary Debate" (13.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) followed by "CBS News: The Spin Room" (5.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (6.927 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) had to settle for the silver with night two of "The Voice" (8.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) alongside new episodes of "This Is Us" (7.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.176 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was ABC (2.950 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its mix of "The Conners" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Bless This Mess" (3.144 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mixed-ish" (2.307 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Black-ish" (2.157 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "For Life" (2.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.077 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.133 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and the season finale of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.020 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.179 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.753 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.966 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+7.69% - This Is Us
0.00% - New Amsterdam
0.00% - Bless This Mess
0.00% - For Life
0.00% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back - 9:00
0.00% - Mixed-ish
0.00% - Black-ish
0.00% - The Flash
0.00% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow
-18.18% - The Conners
-25.00% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back - 8:00 (vs. 2/4/20)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - The Flash (vs. The Flash (Repeat))
+20.00% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back - 9:00 (vs. The Gifted)
0.00% - This Is Us (vs. World of Dance)
0.00% - For Life (vs. The Rookie)
0.00% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow (vs. Roswell, New Mexico)
-10.00% - The Conners (vs. American Housewife)
-14.29% - Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back - 8:00 (vs. Lethal Weapon)
-16.67% - Black-ish (vs. Splitting Up Together)
-25.00% - Bless This Mess (vs. The Kids Are Alright)
-30.00% - The Voice
-37.50% - Mixed-ish (vs. Black-ish)
-50.00% - New Amsterdam (vs. World of Dance)


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/26/19):

NBC (7.697 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) got another boost on Tuesday with night two of the "The Voice" (10.552 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) season premiere followed by the return of "World of Dance" (6.270 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (9.440 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (11.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "FBI" (9.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "American Housewife" (4.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.323 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.121 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "The Rookie" (3.852 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the season finales of "Lethal Weapon" (3.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "The Gifted" (1.687 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.666 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - The Kids Are Alright
+14.29% - Black-ish
+11.11% - American Housewife
0.00% - NCIS
0.00% - FBI
0.00% - NCIS: New Orleans
0.00% - The Rookie
0.00% - Splitting Up Together
0.00% - The Gifted
-12.50% - Lethal Weapon
-33.33% - Roswell, New Mexico (vs. 2/12/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - The Rookie (vs. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World)
+14.29% - Black-ish (vs. Black-ish (Repeat))
0.00% - NCIS
0.00% - Splitting Up Together (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
-11.11% - The Kids Are Alright (vs. Fresh Off the Boat)
-11.11% - NCIS: New Orleans
-13.04% - The Voice
-16.67% - American Housewife (vs. The Middle)
-18.18% - FBI (vs. Bull)
-23.08% - The Gifted (vs. LA to Vegas/The Mick)
-28.21% - World of Dance (vs. This Is Us/Chicago Med)
-30.00% - Lethal Weapon
-60.00% - Roswell, New Mexico (vs. Black Lightning)

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," 2.1/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.0/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/4; "Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/4 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," 1.3/5 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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