November 9, 2020



NOTE:  the entire CBS line-up was pushed about 15 minutes by the afternoon national NFL game, so the numbers are likely to be adjusted, including the season premieres of NCIS: LA and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS.  ALSO:  Contrary to the chart below, ABC aired an Alex Trebek memorial special in the 10PM hour.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart.

ABC:  AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS was steady at 0.7.  SUPERMARKET SWEEP (0.7) and WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (0.4) lost 0.1, and the news special was at 0.4..

CBS:  Currently, 60 MINUTES is at 2.8, the NCIS: LA premiere is at 1.0 (last year adjusted to 0.6) and the premiere of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is at 0.6 (last year’s premiere on a Tuesday was at 0.7).  A rerun NCIS: NEW ORLEANS followed at 0.4.

NBC:  The preliminary 4.0 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was up 0.1 from last week’s early number.

FOX:  Comparisons are to October 11, the last time FOX aired new episodes without a national NFL lead-in.  THE SIMPSONS gained 0.1 to 0.6, BLESS THE HARTS held at 0.4, BOB’S BURGERS was up 0.1 to 0.6, and FAMILY GUY was steady at 0.6.

CW:  Both the new PANDORA and the rerun WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY were at zero in the 18-49 demo.

Tonight, AMC airs the season finale of SOULMATES, and HBO premieres INDUSTRY.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

Note: The fast affiliate-based ratings below measure what aired on network affiliates in 210 U.S. markets from 8-11 pm Eastern & Pacific or 7-10 pm Central & Mountain. The numbers are some combination of the network schedule and any pre-emptions (such as local news or weather coverage). Also live events such as sporting events and major specials are usually undercounted because the fast nationals measure what was on in primetime in the Pacific Time Zone (mostly what aired after the live event ended on the West Coast). Accurate program ratings will be available Tuesday morning with the broadcast finals.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top Friday cable programs. Saturday & Sunday cable ratings and broadcast finals will be posted Tuesday morning.






About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.