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[10/07/20 - 08:40 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Finals Put ABC on Top
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/6/20):

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

ABC (4.906 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (4.657 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "NBA Countdown" (3.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (5.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

NBC (3.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with "Weakest Link" (4.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), the return of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.457 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and a new "Transplant" (3.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.226 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (4.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) and "FBI" (4.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus the debut of "The FBI Declassified" (3.337 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.323 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) alongside the premiere of "Next" (1.768 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.987 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the broadcast premiere of "Swamp Thing" (1.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.589 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-20.00% - Transplant (vs. 9/22/20)
-38.46% - Weakest Link
-40.00% - Cosmos: Possible Worlds

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-27.78% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night (vs. 6/7/19)
-33.33% - NBA Countdown (vs. 6/7/19)
-42.42% - NBA Finals, Game 4 (vs. 6/7/19)
-46.67% - Weakest Link (vs. The Voice)
-50.00% - Transplant (vs. New Amsterdam)
-57.14% - Cosmos: Possible Worlds (vs. The Resident)
-57.14% - The FBI Declassified (vs. NCIS: New Orleans)
-60.00% - Swamp Thing (vs. The Flash/Batwoman (Repeat))
-62.50% - Ellen's Game of Games (vs. This Is Us)
-62.50% - Next (vs. Empire)


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/8/19):

NBC (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) once again took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (8.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.315 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (8.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) likewise continued its total viewers reign with its trio of "NCIS" (10.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "FBI" (8.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.239 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (3.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Empire" (2.872 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (3.436 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.040 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Emergence" (3.094 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (1.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and an encore of "Batwoman" (1.105 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Bless This Mess
0.00% - The Voice
0.00% - The Conners
0.00% - NCIS: New Orleans
0.00% - The Resident
0.00% - Mixed-ish
0.00% - Black-ish
-5.88% - This Is Us
-11.11% - New Amsterdam
-11.11% - Empire
-15.38% - NCIS
-16.67% - Emergence
-20.00% - FBI

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Empire (vs. Lethal Weapon)
0.00% - The Resident (vs. The Gifted)
-16.67% - The Voice
-20.00% - FBI
-21.43% - NCIS
-22.22% - NCIS: New Orleans
-25.00% - The Flash
-30.43% - This Is Us
-38.89% - The Conners (vs. 2018 American Music Awards)
-42.86% - New Amsterdam
-55.56% - Bless This Mess (vs. 2018 American Music Awards)
-61.11% - Mixed-ish (vs. 2018 American Music Awards)
-61.11% - Black-ish (vs. 2018 American Music Awards)
-72.22% - Emergence (vs. 2018 American Music Awards)

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

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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