September 21, 2020


NOTE: ABC and NBC numbers below do not include live viewing in the Pacific Time Zone from 5-8PM local time for the EMMY AWARDS and SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. Precise program ratings will be available for those programs Tuesday morning.

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:  The preliminary 1.0 for the EMMY AWARDS was 0.5 below the early number in 2019 (which adjusted up to 1.7 in finals).  Just about all broadcast ratings are down these days, but that’s a heavy hit.  The night started with a rerun CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD at 0.7.

CBS:  The line-up shifted by 50 minutes in most of the country due to an afternoon NFL overrun, so these numbers may change in finals as well.  Currently, 60 MINUTES is up 0.5 to 1.3, BIG BROTHER is down 0.2 to 0.9, and LOVE ISLAND is down 0.1 to 0.4.

NBC:  The preliminary 4.2 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is down 1.2 from last week’s early rating (which adjusted to 6.2 in finals).

FOX:  Reruns at 0.3-0.5, although the current 0.5 for the LAST MAN STANDING rerun is almost certainly a reflection of afternoon NFL overruns.

CW:  Reruns at 0.1/0.1.

The night after the Emmy Awards is traditionally the kick-off to the broadcast network fall season, and in 2020 this is where we are:  two of the night’s premieres were produced for and have already aired on the Spectrum cable platform (FOX’s LA’S FINEST and CBS’s MANHUNT: DEADLY GAMES), and the third is FOX’s FILTHY RICH, which was intended for the 2019-2020 season but never made its way onto the air.

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.