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[11/04/20 - 08:46 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Top Election Night in Viewers, Demos
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 six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/3/20):

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

NBC (5.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on election night with its primetime coverage of "NBC News: Decision 2020 Election Night" (5.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

ABC (5.903 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) however was the most-watched network with its "Your Voice/Your Vote: Election Night 2020" (5.903 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

Next up was FOX (3.663 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its telecast of "FOX Democracy 2020: Election Night" (3.663 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.428 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up "CBS News 2020: Election Night America Decides" (4.428 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

And finally, repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) and another "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.806 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.1, #6) on The CW (0.835 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-25.00% - FOX Democracy 2020: Election Night (vs. 11/9/16)
-50.00% - Your Voice/Your Vote: Election Night 2020 (vs. 11/9/16)
-57.69% - CBS News 2020: Election Night America Decides (vs. 11/9/16)
-61.36% - NBC News: Decision 2020 Election Night (vs. 11/9/16)


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/5/19):

ABC (7.142 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) got a big demo boost on Tuesday thanks to "The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!" (8.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) followed by a new "Emergence" (3.471 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

NBC (6.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with its trio of "The Voice" (8.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "This Is Us" (6.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.007 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was CBS (8.629 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (10.741 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "FBI" (8.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.606 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.956 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the post-MLB return of "The Resident" (3.418 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Empire" (2.494 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.202 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Arrow" (0.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.912 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Emergence
+8.33% - The Voice
0.00% - FBI (vs. 10/22/19)
0.00% - NCIS: New Orleans (vs. 10/22/19)
0.00% - The Resident (vs. 10/15/19)
-7.14% - This Is Us
-9.09% - NCIS (vs. 10/22/19)
-12.50% - New Amsterdam
-12.50% - Empire (vs. 10/15/19)
-20.00% - The Flash
-33.33% - Arrow

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! (vs. ABC News 2018 Midterm Election)
+33.33% - The Flash (vs. The Flash (Repeat))
+11.11% - NCIS (vs. CBS News: Campaign 2018)
0.00% - The Resident (vs. The Gifted)
0.00% - Empire (vs. Lethal Weapon)
0.00% - Arrow (vs. Black Lightning (Repeat))
-7.14% - The Voice (vs. The Vote: America's Future)
-7.14% - This Is Us (vs. The Vote: America's Future)
-11.11% - FBI (vs. CBS News: Campaign 2018)
-22.22% - NCIS: New Orleans (vs. CBS News: Campaign 2018)
-46.15% - Emergence (vs. ABC News 2018 Midterm Election)
-50.00% - New Amsterdam (vs. The Vote: America's Future)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

TBA

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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