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[02/01/21 - 09:12 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos; CBS Leads Total Viewers
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 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/31/21):

ABC (3.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.895 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), a new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (4.213 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), a new "Card Sharks" (2.968 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "The Rookie" (1.647 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

CBS (4.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with "60 Minutes" (9.024 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "NCIS" (2.820 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was NBC (1.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with encores of "Weakest Link" (2.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "The Wall" (1.985 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Chicago Med" (1.117 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) plus "Dateline NBC" (2.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up second runs of "Name That Tune" (0.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "The Simpsons" (0.994 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "The Great North" (0.807 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Bob's Burgers" (0.799 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Call Me Kat" (0.908 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

And finally, originals from "Batwoman" (0.717 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Charmed" (0.433 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (0.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+150.00% - Card Sharks
+66.67% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
0.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Batwoman
0.00% - Charmed
-36.36% - 60 Minutes (vs. 1/17/21)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+250.00% - 60 Minutes
+150.00% - Card Sharks (vs. Shark Tank (Repeat))
+100.00% - Batwoman (vs. Batwoman (Repeat))
+66.67% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (vs. America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat))
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Ellen's Game of Games (Repeat))
0.00% - Charmed (vs. Supergirl (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/2/20):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live events. FOX numbers courtesy of ShowBuzzDaily.com]

FOX (78.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 23.9, #1) was of course the network to beat with its primetime portions of "Super Bowl LIV" (88.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 26.7, #1), "Super Bowl LIV Post-Game" (66.793 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 21.0, #2) and "The Masked Singer" (29.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 9.9, #3).

CBS (2.358 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T2) was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (2.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), "NCIS" (2.049 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), "FBI" (2.174 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was ABC (1.466 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T2) and repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.744 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "Shark Tank" (1.128 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and another "Shark Tank" (1.435 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.163 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T2) likewise opted for "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (1.091 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.117 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and another "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.353 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "Batwoman" (0.304 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Supergirl" (0.296 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) on The CW (0.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+15.12% - The Masked Singer (vs. The World's Best on CBS)
+10.53% - Super Bowl LIV Post-Game (vs. Super Bowl LIII Post-Game on CBS)
-4.30% - Super Bowl LIV (vs. Super Bowl LIII on CBS)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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