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The First Clinton-Trump Presidential Debate Will Be the Most Watched Historically

UPDATED MONDAY RATINGS SCORECARD

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Monday, September 26 broken out by network and by each half-hour. As a reminder, results for any live event are always estimated.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 14.43 million, ABC: 11.32, CBS: 10.98, Fox: 4.56, CW: 1.04

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 4.4 rating/12 share, CBS: 2.8/ 8, ABC: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 1.5/ 4, CW: 0.3/ 1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars
Viewers: 10.43 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#3)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 14.09 million (#1), A18-49: 3.5/12 (#1)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.21 million (#2), A18-49: 3.0/10 (#2)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 3.65 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supergirl (R)
Viewers: 968,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars
Viewers: 11.04 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Kevin Can Wait
Viewers: 10.94 million (#3), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 13.07 million (#1), A18-49: 3.7/11 (#1)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 3.71 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supergirl (R)
Viewers: 1.04 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 12.40 million (#2), A18-49: 2.9/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 11.31 million (#3), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#3)

NBC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 16.66 million (#1), A18-49: 5.2/14 (#1)

Fox – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 4.79 million (#4), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supergirl (R)
Viewers: 1.10 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 12.78 million (#2), A18-49: 3.3/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 11.25 million (#3), A18-49: 2.9/ 7 (#3)

NBC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 17.09 million (#1), A18-49: 5.6/14 (#1)

Fox – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 5.34 million (#4), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#4)

CW – Supergirl (R)
Viewers: 1.06 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 12.20 million (#2); 18-49: 3.2/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 10.44 million (#3), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#3)

NBC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 16.06 million (#1), A18-49: 5.3/14 (#1)

Fox – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 5.61 million (#4), A18-49: 2.0/ 5 (#4)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 9.07 million (#2); 18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 7.84 million (#3), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#3)

NBC – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 12.50 million (#1), A18-49: 3.9/11 (#1)

Fox – Presidential Debate
Viewers: 4.25 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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      • You think so? I have wondered if they will be able to afford the cast’s demands (which I would guess would be astronomical). But then, could they NOT afford them…

        • My belief is that CBS doesn’t go into the final season of BBT without announcing it as the final season because they know how much bigger promotion wise that would be. If it were to end I think it would be next season. I would probably be extremely shocked if the show ended without a proper series finale in May. It would be a very rare case if this happened but it will be interesting for sure.

          • Frankly, given it’s an ensemble comedy, they’ll continue even if one actor leaves. Jim Parsons may be the only one they truly need creatively but witness Two and Half Men.

            Now I’m not saying I’ll still watch or it’ll be as successful… 🙂

            • I actually think Jim Parsons makes the show without him they have no chance. I haven’t watched it live since since season 5 but the show is living off of reputation now to the point where it won’t do too bad if any of the non-Jim Parsons actors leave.

              • I was surprised Two and a Half Men survived that long. I was gone after the first Charlie-less episode. I caught a couple of them in syndication (wanted to see the one with Lynda Carter) and it was really bad, especially after they cast Amber Tamblyn who still can’t act.

                • I’m surprised Two and a Half Men became the hit became I never thought it was bad off the bat but I never thought before it came out it would make it past season 1 unless Charlie Sheen drew hard for it and he did. It didn’t hurt that Everybody Loves Raymond helped build its audience.

                  Actually I’m the exact opposite on your thoughts about Amber Tamblyn. She’s one of the best younger actors I’ve seen she’s amazing, I’ve been following her career since her General Hospital days, I loved her on Joan of Arcadia too when that was around shortly. I didn’t follow Men again after Charlie left until she came on there and she provided a lot of energy on the show and it got better but I was gone again after that season.

                  • I remember liking Men from the pilot (unlike BBT which had a really bad pilot) and not being surprised it did really well. Having a good lead-in always helps!!

                    Amber Tamblyn has the opposite effect on me. I stopped watching House when she came on (well that and the bad writing, bad directing and oddly the same Director of Photography suddenly producing sub-par work).

        • Let me interject a dose of reality: the cast is ALREADY being paid astronomically. They’re lucky to be on one of the last real hits on TV (even if it’s far from its creative heights) and highly unlikely to find anything better creatively or that will pay them as much.

  1. You can’t really analyze last nights ratings….everything will rise or fall or is convoluted like CBS Sundays with football overrun.

    For the most part things looked very similar.

    I will say that Keven Can Wait is King of Queens….same premise, same look different cast and unfortunately this cast isn’t as good as the former (not surprising as the stars haven’t meshed yet). The problem is their timing seems off and last nights show dragged a bit.

    Gotham had the worst and most laughable episode ever. Penguin speaks for the people, initiates a mob to kill “2 monsters” one is a speedster who is caught by a very slow moving mob (right). Penguin doesn’t kill Fish (right). Gordon’s vigilantism is so unrealistic. Last nights episode was just moronically bad….the writers should be fired. Bruce being threatened is so stupid, HE’S A MINOR….he has no power……….yet. Ridiculous.

    • Just like last week I agree with you fully on Kevin Can Wait being King of Queens. It feels more and more like King of Queens just without the cast support although Taylor Spreitler is pretty good in this so far but I think they need to let the supporting characters shine more as Erin Hayes was a little bit more better in her role on Guys with Kids a few years ago. The one thing I like about Kevin Can Wait is two things Kevin James is funny in this and it’s very simple to get into no offense towards the other comedies on TV but this one is simple and doesn’t require viewers to have a brain to understand the jokes.

  2. No surprise the Presidential Debate did this well I didn’t watch this one because of MNF but I am going to watch the one next Tuesday for sure because Trump makes these debates watchable. I am interested in how MNF did against the debate the game was high-scoring with no defense. FOX proved with these numbers that they’re no longer a big network.

    The one thing that stuck out to me was how well Kevin Can Wait did in week 2 staying over 10 million in its first week and I believe it went up in the demo to 2.7 as well but I think there was preemptions so it could go way down in adjustments. If Kevin Can Wait continues to take full advantage of this BBT lead-in it could be the first true hit comedy we’ve had in years. This might bold well for Man with a Plan and The Great Indoors which debut in the next month I believe.

    Good to see DWTS going up this week this is a fantastic season so far but I’m scared of tonight’s elimination as I didn’t foresee Jake T. Austin going home in the very first week and Rick Perry surviving. Could be another surprise tonight but the cast is deep this season. Loving seeing Laurie Hernandez and Megatron Calvin Johnson doing so well to start the year. Justin Detroit Lions new receiver Marvin Jones leading the league in fantasy points this week, Calvin Johnson led DWTS in points last night. Only way to make this a perfect week for the Lions is to win a very important game in Chicago this Sunday. #GoLions

  3. FROM NBC

    NBC WINS PREMIERE WEEK IN ADULT 18-49 VIEWERS WITH THE WEEK’S #1 SHOW, #1 DRAMA PREMIERE AND #1 COMEDY DEBUT

    “SNF” Is the Premiere Week’s #1 Telecast, “This Is Us” Scores As Premiere Week’s #1 New Show and “The Good Place” Delivers the Top-Rated Debut Half-Hour of a New Comedy

    NBC Wins Its Fifth Consecutive Premiere Week, Tying the Longest Streak in People Meter History

    NBC Also Claims the Week in Non-Sports / Entertainment Results

    Football, 2 Nights of “The Voice,” “This Is Us” and “The Good Place” Deliver 5 of the Week’s Top 10 Primetime Rankings on the Big 4

    NBC Digital Surges, With Premiere Week Episode Views Up Almost +90% Vs. Premiere Week 2015

    NBC Sweeps the Opening Night of the Season Among the Big 4, as “Good Place” Scores the Best Debut Half-Hour for a New Comedy in L+3 in the Past Year; “Voice” Jumps +50% Vs. Its May Finale

    “This Is Us” Is NBC’s Top-Rated Scripted Show in the Tuesday 10 p.m. Slot in 6 Years; “Voice” Grows +13% Vs. Its Previous Tuesday Debut and +55% Vs. Its Prior Finale

    “This Is Us” Grabs NBC’s Best Premiere L+3 Lift Ever in 18-49 Rating and Is the Network’s Most Viewed Series Debut On Record Across NBC Digital Platforms

    Thursday’s #2 Entertainment Shows Are “Superstore” in 18-49 & “Chicago Med” in Total Viewers; “Good Place” Retains 93% of “Superstore”; “Blacklist” Beats “How To Get Away With Murder” in Total Viewers

    L+3: “Blindspot’s” +86% Increase in L+3 18-49 Rating Is the Biggest Gain of Premiere Week to Date on the Big 4

    Bears-Cowboys NFL Football Wins Sunday Night in Every Key Measure

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 27, 2016 — NBC has won premiere week of the 2016-17 primetime TV season among viewers aged 18-49, marking the fifth straight year NBC has claimed the season’s opening week, according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

    In people meter history, dating back to 1987, no network has finished #1 for more than five consecutive seasons and only one network, ABC from 2005 through 2009, has previously equaled NBC’s current five-year streak.

    In viewers 18-49, NBC averaged 3.215 million for premiere week versus #2 CBS’s 3.158 million. In 18-49 rating points, NBC finished the week with a 2.51 rating in adults 18-49 versus a 2.46 for CBS, and while both ratings round to a 2.5, CBS declines to a 2.28 excluding the NFL Network viewers that CBS adds to its “Thursday Night Football” results.

    In entertainment-program averages that exclude live news and sports, NBC also won premiere week in adults 18-49.

    NBC’s week was highlighted by the season’s #1 series premiere to date in 18-49, Tuesday’s “This Is Us,” and the week’s highest-rated debut half-hour of a new comedy, Monday’s “The Good Place” (L+3).

    Ranking in the premiere week top 10 primetime shows on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 are “Sunday Night Football” (#1), Tuesday’s “Voice (#5), Monday’s “Voice” (#6), Tuesday’s “This Is Us” (#7) and Monday’s debut half-hour of “The Good Place” (tied for #8). Rankings excludes sports pre- and post-game shows.

    In total viewers, four of the week’s top seven are “SNF” (#1), Tuesday’s “Voice” (#5), Monday’s “Voice” (#6) and “This Is Us (#7), with the premiere half-hour of “The Good Place” #12.

    Premiere Week Averages, All Programs
    Adult 18-49 Rating, L+SD, Sept. 19-25
    NBC…2.51
    CBS…2.46
    ABC…1.34
    Fox…1.23

    Total Viewers
    CBS…11.2 million
    NBC…8.7 million
    ABC…5.9 million
    Fox…3.6 million

    Premiere Week Averages, Entertainment Programs Only
    Adult 18-49 Rating, L+SD, Sept. 19-25
    Excludes Live News & Sports
    NBC…1.76
    ABC…1.68
    CBS…1.41
    Fox…1.41

    Total Viewers
    CBS…9.5 million
    NBC…7.0 million
    ABC…6.2 million
    Fox…4.1 million

    NBC Digital has surged with the network’s Fall 2016 premieres. “This Is Us” scored as the most viewed NBC series premiere of any kind across NBC digital platforms and episode views of NBC’s premiere week programming are up almost +90% over premiere week last year.

    NBC highlights for the week of Sept. 19-25:

    Monday
    NBC won the opening night of the season in 18-49 and every other key measure among the Big 4.

    “The Voice” (3.3/11 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) grew +22% versus its Aug. 21 preview (which benefited from an Olympic lead-in [4.1 in 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall], 3.3 vs. 2.7) and was up +17% in total viewers (12.1 million vs. 10.3 million). “Voice” also sored +50% above where it closed last season in 18-49 (3.3 vs. 2.2 for the spring finale on May 24) and was up +14% in total viewers (12.1 million vs. 10.6 million) to score the show’s highest rating since Feb. 29 in 18-49 (3.4) and biggest overall viewership since March 14 (12.5 million). “Voice” won the time period among the Big 4 networks in every key measure (including a tie in men 25-54). Among adults 18-34, “The Voice” grew +4% versus the year-ago premiere (with a 2.4 rating vs. a 2.3) and by +20% versus the spring premiere (2.4 vs. 2.0).

    “Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “Voice” increased by +23% in 18-49 (3.30 to 4.05) and +2.2 million viewers overall (12.1 million to 14.3 million) going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to L+3.

    “Live Plus Seven Day” Ratings: Last season, Monday’s “Voice” grew by +24% going from L+SD to L+7 in 18-49 rating (from a 2.81 to a 3.49) and 2.0 million viewers overall (11.5 million to 13.5 million).

    Digital: Monday’s “Voice” premiere generated the show’s highest six-day total number of digital views for any “Voice” episode on record, since the Fall of 2012. Tuesday’s telecast has scored the show’s #2 highest five-day total on record, behind only the prior night’s Monday debut.

    Upscale: Last season, Monday’s “Voice” delivered a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 119 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current,” including L+3).

    A special Monday preview of “The Good Place” averaged a 2.6/8 in 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall from 10-10:30 p.m. ET to tie for the highest debut half-hour of a new comedy since premiere week last year (2.6, ties “Kevin Can Wait” as top Big 4 comedy-debut half-hour since Sept. 22, 2015). Monday’s “Good Place” generated strong sampling — NBC’s highest in-season ratings in the slot in 18-49 and total viewers since Dec. 14, 2015 (3.2 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers for “Adele Live in New York City”). “Good Place” won the half-hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key measure – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. L+3: The 10-10:30 half-hour of “The Good Place” increased by +41% in 18-49 (from a 2.56 rating to a 3.62) in 18-49 and more than +3.2 million viewers overall (9.1 million to 12.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3, making it the week’s top-rated debut half-hour of a new comedy in 18-49, moving it ahead of CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait” (3.30 in L+3), and “The Good Place” is also the top-rated comedy debut in L+3 on the broadcast networks since Premiere Week last year.

    A second half-hour of “The Good Place” averaged a 2.0/7 in 18-49 and 7.0 million viewers overall from 10:30-11 p.m. ET and won the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults, men and women 18-34 and adults, men and women 18-49 (including a tie in men 18-49).

    Digital: The premiere of “The Good Place” garnered record views for a new NBC comedy on digital platforms, dating back to the Fall of 2012.

    Tuesday
    NBC won the night in every key demo, sweeping six of six half-hours among the Big 4 in 18-49. “The Voice” and “This Is Us” were the #1-2 shows of the night in 18-49. It’s a record fourth year in a row that NBC has won the opening two nights of the season among the Big 4 nets in 18-49.

    “The Voice” (3.4/12 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) jumped +13% versus its prior premiere (3.4 vs. 3.0 on March 1) and soared +55% above its spring finale (3.4 vs. 2.2 on May 24), while in the younger adult 18-34 demo, “Voice” was up +33% versus its prior debut (2.4 vs. 1.8 on March 1) and up +85% versus the May finale (2.4 vs. 1.3). For the first time ever, the Tuesday “Voice” premiere improved on the rating of the prior night’s Monday debut. It was the highest “Voice” Tuesday rating since Sept. 29, 2015 (3.7) and biggest overall Tuesday viewership since March 8 (13.5 million). “The Voice” was the #1 show of the night in 18-49 and all other key demos. L+3: “Voice” increased by +18% in 18-49 (3.38 to 3.99) and +1.8 million viewers overall (12.3 million to 14.1 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: Last season, Tuesday’s “Voice” increased by +24% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.63 to a 3.27) and 1.8 million viewers overall (12.3 million to 14.1 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    The debut of “This Is Us” (2.8/10 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) is NBC’s highest-rated scripted program in the time slot in more than six years, since April 20, 2010 (“Parenthood, ”2.9) and NBC’s most-watched scripted program in the hour in more than seven years, since June 2, 2009 (“SVU,” 11.5 million). With its 10-10:30 half-hour, “This Is Us” retained 81% of “The Voice’s” 9:30 half-hour (3.0 vs. 3.7 in 18-49), the highest-ever retention for the opening half-hour of a Tuesday post-“Voice” scripted premiere. In the 10 p.m. hour, “This Is Us” won the time period versus its ABC-CBS drama-premiere competition in all key demographics and beat that ABC-CBS competition combined in adults 18-49 (2.8 vs. a combined 2.5). “This Is Us” ranks as the highest-rated series debut so far this season in 18-49 and outrated 26 of 28 new-drama premieres on the Big 4 over the prior year in 18-49 and 25 of 28 in total viewers.

    L+3: “This Is Us” grew by +50% in 18-49 (from a 2.8 rating to a 4.2) and more than +3.4 million viewers overall (10.1 million to 13.5 million) going from L+3 to L+SD, for the best-ever L+3 lift for an NBC drama premiere (+1.4). The 4.2 rating makes “This Is Us” the highest-rated series premiere on any network in the past year in L+3 (since “Blindspot” on Sept. 21, 2015, 4.4) and the 13.5 million viewers makes it the most-watched drama premiere on NBC in the past year (also since “Blindspot,” 15.2 million).

    Digital: “This Is Us” is the most viewed series premiere of any kind across NBC digital platforms, more than doubling the network’s previous record for most one-day views of a series debut across NBC digital platforms. That adds to the record-breaking viral success of the “This Is Us” trailer, which has accumulated over 127 million combined views since its May release. The iOS NBC App saw two straight days of near-record downloads, starting the morning after the “This Is Us” premiere.

    Wednesday
    The regular-slot season-two debut of “Blindspot” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) maintained 100% of last May’s season finale (1.3 vs. 1.3 on May 23) and matched its final four ratings from last season on Monday nights (when it benefited from a “Voice” lead-in). Excluding the prior week’s post-“America’s Got Talent” telecast, “Blindspot” delivered its most-watched episode since March 14 (6.2 million). L+3: “Blindspot” grew by +50% in 18-49 (1.31 to 1.96) and +2.2 million viewers overall (6.1 million to 8.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: Last season, “Blindspot” grew by +82% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.84 to a 3.34) and 4.8 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    The 18th season premiere of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) grew +13% versus its premiere-week rating in the same hour last year (1.6 with the first hour of a 9-11 p.m. season premiere on Sept. 23, 2015) and +2% in total viewers (7.8 million vs. 7.7 million). It’s “SVU’s top 18-49 rating since Feb. 10 (1.9) and most-watched episode since Feb. 17 (7.7 million). L+3: “SVU” increased by +56% in 18-49 (1.84 to 2.87) and +2.7 million viewers overall (7.8 million to 10.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: Last season, “SVU” grew by +72% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.60 to a 2.75) and 3.0 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 9.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    The fourth season debut of “Chicago P.D.” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) increased by +14% on last season’s finale (1.4 on May 25) and captured the show’s highest rating since Feb. 24 (1.6). “P.D.” improved on the previous season’s premiere in total viewers by +3% (6.9 million vs. 6.7 million). L+3: “P.D.” grew by +52% in 18-49 (1.57 to 2.38) and more than +2.9 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 9.8 million) going from L+SD to L+3. – L+7: Last season, “Chicago P.D.” increased by +71% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.54 to a 2.64) and more than 3.5 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 10.4 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    Thursday
    The second season premiere of “Superstore” (1.5/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) ranked the #2 entertainment show of the night in 18-49, behind only “Grey’s Anatomy,” grabbing NBC’s best regular-program Nielsens in the slot since Oct. 1, 2015 in 18-49 (1.5) and Sept. 24, 2015 in total viewers (7.0 million). It was also the highest 18-49 rating for an NBC Thursday comedy in nearly three years (since Oct. 3, 2013). Versus last February’s season finale, “Superstore” grew by +7% in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.4 at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22) and +16% in total viewers (5.4 million vs. 4.7 million). Versus NBC’s averages in the slot last season, “Superstore” was up +50% in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.0) and up +38% in total viewers (5.449 million vs. 3.956 million). L+3: “Superstore” grew by +37% in 18-49 (1.47 to 2.01) and more than +1.2 million viewers overall (5.4 million to 6.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: Last season, “Superstore” grew by +31% in L+7 vs. L+SD in 18-49 rating (from a 1.57 to a 2.06) and by +1.1 million viewers overall (5.5 million to 6.6 million). Digital: “Superstore’s” second season premiere grew +59% in the first three days of availability versus the first three days of its season one timeslot premiere in January.

    The regular-slot debut of “The Good Place” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) retained 93% of its “Superstore” lead-in in adults 18-49, 96% in total viewers and 100% in women 18-49. “Good Place” scored NBC’s best regular-program rating in the slot since Oct. 1, 2015 in 18-49 (1.6) and since Sept. 24, 2015 in total viewers (6.1 million). “The Good Place” grew +40% versus NBC’s average in the slot last season in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.0) and +41% in total viewers (5.3 million vs. 3.7 million). L+3: “Good Place” increased by +50% in 18-49 (1.36 to 2.04) and +1.9 million viewers overall (5.3 million to 7.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3, building on its lead-in in both measures in L+3.

    The second season premiere of “Chicago Med” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) ranked #1 in the slot among entertainment programs in adults 18-49 and total viewers, marking the first time NBC has won the time period among non-sports shows during premiere week with regular programming versus regularly scheduled Big 4 entertainment competition in 15 years in 18-49 (since Sept. 27, 2001 with “Will & Grace” and “Just Shoot Me”) and in 17 years (since Sept. 23, 1999 with “Frasier” and “Stark Raving Mad”). “Med” was the #2 entertainment show of the night in total viewers. L+3: “Med” grew by +58% in 18-49 (1.37 to 2.17) and +3.0 million viewers overall (7.0 million to 10.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: Last season, “Chicago Med” increased by +48% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.71 to a 2.53) and +2.8 million viewers overall (7.9 million to 10.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7

    The fourth season debut of “The Blacklist” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) ranked #1 among entertainment programs in the time period ahead of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” in total viewers and key adult-male demos, pulled within 0.1 of a rating point in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.4) and tied “HTGAWM” in adults 25-54. “Blacklist” equaled its highest rating since April 14 in 18-49 (1.4) and maintained 100% of last season’s finale in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.3 at 9 p.m. on May 19). L+3: “Blacklist” increased by +86% in 18-49 (1.25 to 2.33) and +4.2 million viewers overall (6.4 million to 10.6 million) going from L+SD to L+3, with the +86% gain in 18-49 the biggest L+3 lift of premiere week to date on the Big 4 networks. L+7: Last season, “The Blacklist” increased by +98% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.42 to a 2.81) and +4.8 million viewers overall (6.8 million to 11.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    Friday
    An encore telecast of “Superstore” averaged a 0.6/3 in 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET
    .
    A rebroadcast of “The Good Place” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) retained 100% of its adult 18-49 lead-in from a “Superstore” encore and built on its lead-in in men 18-49.

    The season premiere of “Dateline NBC” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 1.4 in adults 25-54, 4.6 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) grew +38% from its first hour to its second in 18-49 (0.8 to 1.1) and matched the show’s year-ago season-debut rating in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0). L+3: The previous Friday’s “Dateline NBC” increased by +30% in 18-49 rating (from a 0.89 to a 1.16) and +1.0 million viewers overall (3.7 million to 4.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: Friday’s “Dateline NBC” grew by +32% last season in 18-49 rating (from a 0.99 to a 1.31) and more than 1.1 million viewers overall (4.7 million to 5.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    Sunday
    NBC Sports coverage of Chicago Bears-Dallas Cowboys “Sunday Night Football” (7.6/24 in 18-49, 20.6 million viewers overall from 8:31-11:13 p.m. ET) won the night in all key ratings measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

  4. FROM NBC

    NBC NEWS AND MSNBC TOGETHER BEAT ALL OTHER NETWORKS FOR FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WITH 23.1 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS

    Primetime Coverage on NBC Delivers its Highest Total Audience and Demo Deliveries in a First General Election Presidential Debate Since 1992

    NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Averages 8.4 Million Total Viewers on Monday, +1 Million More than ABC

    TODAY Averages 4.3 Million Total Viewers, +203,000 More than ABC

    NEW YORK (September 27, 2016) – More Americans tuned to NBC News and MSNBC combined for coverage of the first presidential debate than any other broadcast or cable television network. According to Nielsen Media Research fast national data, the two networks drew a combined total of 22.5 million total viewers. NBC led the broadcast and cable networks across the board for the first 2016 presidential debate and achieved its highest total audience and A25-54 demo deliveries in a first general election presidential debate since 1992.

    The NBC News broadcast network coverage (9-10:39 pm ET) averaged 18.2 million total viewers, outperforming ABC by 4.6 million (+34%) and CBS by 6.1 million (+50%). Among A25-54 viewers, NBC News averaged 8.3 million viewers, leading ABC by 3.5 million (+73%) and CBS by 3.6 million (+75%). In A18-49, NBC averaged 7.5 million, topping ABC by 3.1 million (+72%) and CBS by 3.6 million (+91%). MSNBC’s coverage of the debate (9-10:39pm ET) averaged 4.9 million total viewers, 1.58 million A25-54 viewers and 1.4 million A18-49 viewers.

    Earlier on Monday, “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” averaged 8.4 million total viewers, outperforming ABC by 1 million and CBS by 1.7 million. “TODAY” averaged 4.3 million total viewers, outperforming ABC by 203,000 and CBS by 789,000.

    “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt moderated the first presidential debate. Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd anchored NBC News’ primetime coverage, joined by Tom Brokaw, and others. Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams anchored MSNBC’s coverage, joined by Chris Matthews and the full team of NBC News and MSNBC correspondents and contributors.

    SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

    Broadcast Specials: 9-10:39 p.m. ET

    Total Viewers
    A25-54 Rating
    A25-54 Viewers
    A18-49 Rating
    A18-49 Viewers
    NBC
    18.156
    6.93
    8.323
    5.82
    7.462
    CBS
    12.082
    3.95
    4.750
    3.04
    3.898
    ABC
    13.521
    4.00
    4.802
    3.39
    4.349

    Cable Primetime: 9-10:39 p.m. ET

    Total Viewers
    A25-54 Rating
    A25-54 Viewers
    A18-49 Rating
    A18-49 Viewers
    MSNBC
    4.895
    1.31
    1.576
    1.10
    1.413
    CNN
    9.804
    3.69
    4.435
    3.50
    4.488
    FNC
    11.359
    2.93
    3.525
    2.33
    2.990

    # # #

  5. Big Bang Theory slipping more (I think a consequence of the really bad premiere episode).

    Kevin still losing too much, but CBS will probably feel it’s a great number.

    Gotham continues to pay dividends for FOX in low ratings. They knew what they were buying…

    • I am traveling so had to DVR Monday’s BBT and haven’t seen it yet. I do hope it was better than the premiere because, as I said last week, it was my least favorite episode ever. I don’t think I laughed once.

      • I liked the episode. From my perspective, it was WAY better than the premiere. The writing is still not where it used to be quality-wise, but it was pleasant and mildly amusing which is progress. The whole “afraid of the Air Force calling them” thing was just out of character and thus unfunny and continues to be plodding. Hopefully it’ll pay off.

          • One of the ways it doesn’t work is that at first it was just Howard being paranoid, and suddenly after the season break, Leonard is also (and Raj who’s not concerned anyway), while Sheldon is left off the storyline which is just out of character (he’s likely to go all-in “I want to serve my country” or “let’s move to a bunker in Wyoming”) as are the spouses, with Bernadette being oddly passive.

            I’ll be curious what you think and don’t want to spoil it by further comments. 🙂

  6. Yeah right! LOL! I’m not sure if he will win it all because Laurie Hernandez is my pick to win it all but he deserve those scores. That race car driver dude was way overscored and Maureen McCormick too. If he would’ve stayed a lot longer while Stafford is starting to become an elite quarterback now he would’ve had a ring in a few years from now.