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Tuesday Final Nationals: ‘American Horror Story’ Season Premiere on FX at Five-Year Viewer Low but Still Dominates Cable

With “America’s Got Talent” and “Hollywood Game Night”, NBC topped Tuesday night, by far, among total viewers (10.35 million), adults 18-49 (2.1 rating/8 share), adults 18-34 (1.3/7) and adults 25-54 (2.7/9).

Although the sixth season premiere of FX’s “American Horror Story” (3.933 million viewers) — its season labeled “Cult” — drew, according to live plus same day data, its least-watched season premiere in five years and its lowest-rated season premiere among adults 18-49 in six years (since its very first season), the telecast was cable’s most-watched in prime time and was television’s highest rated program on Tuesday night among adults 18-34 (2.17 rating) and second-highest among adults 18-49 (2.02 rating) and adults 25-54 (1.75 rating).

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Tuesday, September 5, 2017
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.9/3 2727 0.5/3 0.7/3 1.0/3
8:00 Bachelor in Paradise 254 92 3.1/5 4544 0.9/5 1.3/5 1.7/6
9:01 black-ish (r) 253 91 1.3/2 1857 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
9:30 black-ish (r) 253 91 1.2/2 1762 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.7/2
10:00 Somewhere Between 253 91 1.2/2 1784 0.2/1 0.4/1 0.5/2
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.9/7 5942 0.3/2 0.6/2 1.0/3
8:00 NCIS (r) 254 92 4.5/8 6905 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.1/4
9:00 Bull (r) 254 92 3.7/6 5493 0.3/2 0.6/2 1.0/3
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (r) 253 92 3.6/7 5428 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 6.1/11 10350 1.3/7 2.1/8 2.7/9
8:00 America’s Got Talent 245 92 7.7/14 13291 1.7/9 2.6/10 3.4/11
10:01 Hollywood Game Night 245 92 2.7/5 4318 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.8/1 1147 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
8:00 The Simpsons (rs) 255 92 0.9/2 1401 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:30 The Mick (r) 255 92 0.7/1 1093 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.5/2
9:00 Family Guy (rs) 255 92 0.7/1 1031 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
9:30 The Mick (rs) 255 92 0.7/1 1064 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.4/1 618 0.1/0 0.1/1 0.2/1
8:00 The Flash (r) 249 85 0.4/1 650 0.1/0 0.1/1 0.2/1
9:00 D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (r) 249 85 0.4/1 586 0.1/0 0.1/0 0.2/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1771 0.6/2
7:00 DACA ¿Y Ahora Qué? (s) 0.9/2 1667 0.6/3
8:00 DACA ¿Y Ahora Qué? (s) 0.9/2 1637 0.6/2
9:00 Mi Marido Tiene Familia 1.1/2 1977 0.7/2
10:00 La Tierra Prometida 1.0/2 1699 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 486 0.2/1
7:00 La Candidata 0.2/0 349 0.1/0
8:00 Totalmente Diva (r) 0.2/0 385 0.1/1
9:00 Totalmente Diva 0.3/1 569 0.2/1
10:00 Rosario Tijeras 0.3/1 503 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1673 0.6/3 0.7/3
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 0.8/1 1251 0.3/2 0.4/2
8:00 Los Dreamers y Trump: La Hora de la Verdad (s) 0.7/1 1172 0.3/2 0.4/2
9:00 Rumbo al Mundial: La Antesala (s) 0.7/1 1137 0.4/2 0.5/2
9:32 CONCACAF Eliminatorias Copa del Mundo 2018 Costa Rica vs. Mexico (s) (thru 12:08 a.m.) 1.2/2 2422 0.9/5 1.1/5

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Tuesday 9/05/17

Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/7
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/7
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Somewhere Between” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.1/1
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

America’s Got Talent” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 2.1/10
Men 18-34: 1.3/7
Women 18-49: 3.0/11
Men 18-49: 2.2/9

Hollywood Game Night” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/3
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

American Horror Story: Cult” (FX)
2.22 household rating
3.933 million viewers
2.02 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 2.73
Men 18-34: 1.62
Women 18-49: 2.33
Men 18-49: 1.70

The Haves and the Have Nots” (OWN, 9 p.m.)
1.71 household rating
2.611 million viewers
0.68 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.58
Men 18-34: 0.24
Women 18-49: 0.91
Men 18-49: 0.45

Shooter” (USA)
0.77 household rating
1.196 million viewers
0.36 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.16
Men 18-34: 0.29
Women 18-49: 0.29
Men 18-49: 0.43

The Fosters” (Freeform)
0.51 household rating
0.743 million viewers
0.33 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.52
Men 18-34: 0.23
Women 18-49: 0.47
Men 18-49: 0.18

Being Mary Jane” (BET)
0.52 household rating
0.781 million viewers
0.33 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.33
Men 18-34: 0.17
Women 18-49: 0.46
Men 18-49: 0.19

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers” (HBO)
0.38 household rating
0.568 million viewers
0.28 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.09
Men 18-34: 0.35
Women 18-49: 0.12
Men 18-49: 0.44

Cable Rankings – Tuesday 9/05/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Tuesday, September 5:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No. = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No. = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No.* D-No.* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
68 72 LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AC A&E 8:00 PM 60 629 0.19
27 18 LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY SPECIAL A&E 9:00 PM 62 1272 0.43
50 40 MURDER OF LACI PETERSON A&E 10:02 PM 61 818 0.27
70 54 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 627 0.24
64 43 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 675 0.26
46 21 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 846 0.35
36 15 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1045 0.46
32 11 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1185 0.56
26 10 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1287 0.61
83 75 ROCKYFEST: ROCKY III AMC 8:00 PM 150 451 0.18
86 93 ROCKYFEST: ROCKY IV AMC 10:30 PM 120 431 0.15
74 43 SAWCQ-L ARGENTINA VS. VENEZUELA (0.31 HH, 0.25 A18-34) BEIE 7:15 PM 136 550 0.26
84 84 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK: MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION BET 6:05 PM 175 446 0.16
53 26 BEING MARY JANE S4 BET 10:00 PM 60 781 0.33
89 93 BELOW DECK BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 418 0.15
24 14 BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1313 0.48
91 84 NIGHT WITH MY EX BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 390 0.16
82 48 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 60 458 0.25
88 64 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: JOE DIRT CMDY 9:00 PM 120 419 0.21
30 54 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1205 0.24
37 69 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1043 0.20
35 59 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1092 0.23
69 93 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 7:00 PM 120 628 0.15
20 21 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 9:00 PM 61 1367 0.35
39 40 MANHUNT: UNABOMBER DISC 10:01 PM 62 1022 0.27
67 82 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:00 PM 25 630 0.17
49 93 RAVEN’S HOME DSNY 8:00 PM 30 822 0.15
51 84 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:30 PM 30 801 0.16
22 26 TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME (0.87 HH, 0.27 A18-34) ESPN 7:00 PM 417 1319 0.33
58 48 CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 60 716 0.25
56 37 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 722 0.28
47 40 CHOPPED FOOD 10:00 PM 60 828 0.27
6 43 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2556 0.26
7 48 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2442 0.25
4 48 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2608 0.25
54 26 THE FOSTERS FRFM 8:00 PM 61 743 0.33
96 84 THE BOLD TYPE FRFM 9:01 PM 61 331 0.16
15 7 FX MOVIE PRIME: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FX 7:30 PM 150 1711 0.75
1 1 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 67 3933 2.02
97 75 THE SIMPSONS FXX 9:00 PM 30 327 0.18
94 75 THE SIMPSONS FXX 9:30 PM 30 342 0.18
98 75 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:00 PM 30 312 0.18
73 84 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 559 0.16
75 93 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 526 0.15
72 37 HARD KNOCKS 17-TAMPA BAY (0.38 HH, 0.22 A18-34) HBO 10:00 PM 57 568 0.28
25 30 FIXER UPPER HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1296 0.30
17 30 FIXER UPPER HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1469 0.30
19 54 GOOD BONES HGTV 10:00 PM 60 1405 0.24
71 84 TIME MACHINE HIST 8:00 PM 60 572 0.16
61 64 TIME MACHINE HIST 9:00 PM 123 698 0.21
43 48 48 HOURS ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 962 0.25
33 34 KILLER INSTINCT WITH CHRIS HANSEN ID 9:00 PM 60 1169 0.29
29 30 GRAVE MYSTERIES ID 10:00 PM 60 1222 0.30
65 61 DANCE MOMS LIF 9:00 PM 62 654 0.22
13 59 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1946 0.23
2 19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 2744 0.38
9 37 LAST WORD W/ L. O’DONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2304 0.28
93 72 TEEN MOM II SSN8 MTV 9:00 PM 60 348 0.19
47 13 CHALLENGE: DIRTY 30 MTV 10:00 PM 62 828 0.50
34 64 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1101 0.21
38 64 HENRY DANGER NICK 8:30 PM 30 1041 0.21
62 61 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 33 690 0.22
66 69 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:33 PM 30 635 0.20
59 43 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:03 PM 33 710 0.26
60 34 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:36 PM 33 701 0.29
39 75 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 8:00 PM 60 1022 0.18
3 8 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 60 2611 0.68
42 54 GREENLEAF OWN 10:00 PM 60 992 0.24
81 64 INK MASTER SPIKE 9:00 PM 60 460 0.21
41 15 INK MASTER SPIKE 10:00 PM 60 1005 0.46
90 84 SYFY MOVIE: JEEPERS CREEPERS SYFY 7:00 PM 120 400 0.16
80 84 FACE OFF: GAME FACE SYFY 9:00 PM 60 462 0.16
16 12 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1501 0.53
14 9 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1889 0.67
11 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2257 0.81
8 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2331 0.85
10 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2258 0.85
12 6 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2141 0.79
57 84 OUTDAUGHTERED: LIFE WITH QUINTS TLC 8:00 PM 60 721 0.16
21 21 OUTDAUGHTERED TLC 9:00 PM 64 1349 0.35
44 48 RATTLED TLC 10:04 PM 63 881 0.25
55 54 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: THE HELP TNT 8:00 PM 181 740 0.24
77 93 BIZARRE FOODS W/ANDREW Z TRAV 10:00 PM 60 502 0.15
92 75 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:00 PM 30 383 0.18
85 61 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 444 0.22
76 29 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 510 0.31
63 17 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 683 0.44
79 34 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 474 0.29
100 93 YOU CAN DO BETTER TRU 10:30 PM 30 275 0.15
52 82 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 786 0.17
45 72 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 865 0.19
18 25 WEATHER UNDERGROUND TWC 8:00 PM 60 1416 0.34
22 21 WEATHER UNDERGROUND TWC 9:00 PM 60 1319 0.35
28 30 WEATHER CENTER LIVE (0.84 HH, 0.14 A18-34) TWC 10:00 PM 60 1247 0.30
87 69 RUM-MUNDIAL – TEL-UNVSO-905: COSTA RICA VS. MEXICO (0.21 HH, 0.16 A18-34) UNVSO 9:32 PM 156 420 0.20
5 5 WWE SMACKDOWN (1.53 HH, 0.56 A18-34) USA 8:00 PM 120 2582 0.80
31 20 SHOOTER USA 10:00 PM 61 1196 0.36
95 75 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD 4 VH1 8:00 PM 60 334 0.18
78 43 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD 4 VH1 9:00 PM 60 490 0.26
99 93 BALLER WIVES VH1 10:00 PM 60 290 0.15

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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