August 31, 2020

The Sked: Sunday Network Scorecard 8.30.2020


A superhero’s memorial night.

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:  After a rerun of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS at 0.6, the network ran BLACK PANTHER commercial-free in commemoration of the late Chadwick Boseman, and took the night at 1.4.  A tribute special afterward was at 1.1.

CBS:  60 MINUTES was steady at 0.5, BIG BROTHER lost 0.1 to 0.9, and LOVE ISLAND was at 0.3.  A rerun of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS rounded out the night at 0.2.

NBC:  After CANNONBALL held at 0.4, an NHL PLAYOFFS game was at 0.5.

FOX:  Reruns at 0.2 across the board.

CW:  A simulcast of the MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS was at 0.2.

Tonight, NBC airs a special new episode of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR. 


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 Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."