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Tuesday Final Nationals: Cubs-Indians Game 1 on Fox Delivers Best MLB World Series Start in 7 Years

TNT NBA Doubleheader Jumps 10 Percent from Year-Ago Viewer Levels

The meeting of the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians — two franchises with long-suffering world championship droughts — is already delivering ratings dividends for Fox and their coverage of the “2016 World Series.” The network dominated on Tuesday and will look to win the week which will include at least four World Series nights.

Tuesday night’s contest delivered 19.368 million viewers and a 11.3 U.S. household rating/20 share — the best Game 1 figures since 2009 (Phillies-Yankees), just 144,000 viewers shy of that 2009 WS game. It is up +30 percent over 2015 (vs. 14.94 million; New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals) and is up +59 percent (vs. 12.19 million; San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals) over 2014. 

Viewership peaked with 22.7 million from 9:15-9:30 p.m.

The local markets performed exceptionally well for Game 1 on Tuesday night. Cleveland led all markets by delivering a staggering 46.5/65 overnight rating/share (same market drew a 36.0 rating for Cavaliers/Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 on ABC 6/02/16). Chicago posted a strong 34.1/51.

(Source: Fox Sports)

Opposite the World Series, TNT’s exclusive NBA Opening Night doubleheader featuring the New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors averaged 3.2 million total viewers — up +10 percent over last year’s comparable doubleheader — and a 1.9 U.S. household Rating to deliver the network’s most-viewed and highest-rated opening night coverage since 2013, based on Nielson Fast Nationals.

San Antonio Spurs’ lopsided 129-100 win over Golden State Warriors averaged a 2.1 U.S. household rating and 3.48 million total viewers, up +40 percent and +38 percent, respectively, vs. last year’s comparable game (Pelicans/Warriors – 2.5 million viewers, 1.5 U.S. household rating in 2015). In the opener, the Cavaliers’ 117-88 win over the Knicks averaged a 1.7 U.S. household rating and 2.87 million total viewers.

The Spurs/Warriors telecast peaked with 4.1 million total viewers from 12-12:15 a.m. Knicks/Cavaliers peaked with an average of 3 million total viewers from 9:30-9:45 p.m.

TNT’s Spurs/Warriors telecast generated a 12.4 household rating in the Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose), the network’s highest rated regular season NBA game telecast ever in the market, and an 11.8 household rating in San Antonio. Knicks/Cavs averaged a 9.1 household rating in Cleveland and a 4.6 in New York.

For last night’s doubleheader, Turner’s TV Everywhere platforms garnered more than 5.5 million minutes of video consumption and 311,000 video starts, +97 percent and +144 percent, respectively, when compared to last year’s opening night.

(Source: Turner Sports)

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Tuesday, October 25, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.4/4 3785 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
8:00 The Middle 249 94 3.6/6 5716 0.9/4 1.5/5 1.9/6
8:30 American Housewife 249 94 3.2/5 5202 0.9/4 1.6/5 2.0/5
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat 249 94 2.5/4 3976 0.7/2 1.2/4 1.6/4
9:30 The Real O’Neals 249 94 2.0/3 3224 0.6/2 1.0/3 1.2/3
10:00 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 249 94 1.4/3 2297 0.6/3 0.8/3 0.9/3
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 7.4/12 11767 0.8/3 1.5/5 2.3/7
8:00 NCIS 254 94 8.7/14 14075 1.0/4 1.7/6 2.7/8
9:00 Bull 254 94 7.3/12 11611 0.8/3 1.5/5 2.3/6
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans 254 94 6.2/11 9616 0.7/3 1.3/6 2.0/6
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.3/9 8339 1.3/6 2.0/7 2.7/8
8:00 The Voice 244 94 5.9/10 9408 1.3/6 2.1/7 2.9/8
9:00 This Is Us 244 94 5.5/9 8675 1.7/6 2.4/8 3.1/8
10:00 Chicago Fire 244 94 4.5/8 6934 1.0/5 1.6/5 2.1/6
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 11.5/19 19780 4.4/19 5.6/19 6.7/19
7:30 World Series Pre-Game (s) 252 3.8/7 6127 1.2/6 1.6/7 2.1/8
8:05 2016 MLB World Series Game 1: Chicago @ Cleveland (s) (thru 11:48) 252 11.3/20 19368 4.4/19 5.6/19 6.6/20
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1788 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.7/2
8:00 The Flash 247 91 1.7/3 2800 0.9/4 1.0/4 1.1/3
9:00 No Tomorrow 247 91 0.5/1 776 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1914 0.6/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.9/2 1617 0.5/2
8:00 Despertar Contigo 0.9/1 1639 0.6/2
9:00 Vino el Amor (p) 1.2/2 2143 0.7/2
10:03 El Color de la Pasión 1.1/2 1933 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/0 500 0.2/1
7:00 Mi Corazon es Tuyo 0.2/0 385 0.1/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.4/1 650 0.2/1
10:00 Bloque de Búsqueda 0.1/0 200 0.0/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1831 0.7/2
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 1.1/2 1706 0.4/2
8:00 Silvana Sin Lana 0.8/1 1390 0.5/2
9:00 Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso 1.0/2 1787 0.7/2
10:00 Señora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.2/2 2315 1.0/4

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Tuesday 10/25/16

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.7/6
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

American Housewife” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.0/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/2
Women 18-49: 1.4/4
Men 18-49: 1.1/3

The Real O’Neals” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/3
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

NCIS” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.1/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.0/7
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Bull” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/5
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/7
Men 18-34: 1.1/5
Women 18-49: 2.6/9
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

This Is Us” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 2.3/9
Men 18-34: 1.0/4
Women 18-49: 3.3/10
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Chicago Fire” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/6
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

World Series Pre-Game” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/5
Men 18-34: 1.5/9
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 2.0/9

2016 World Series Game 1: Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 3.2/14
Men 18-34: 5.5/25
Women 18-49: 4.1/14
Men 18-49: 7.1/25

The Flash” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

No Tomorrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.3/1
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

If Loving You Is Wrong” (OWN)
Women 18-34: 0.58
Men 18-34: 0.21
Women 18-49: 0.89
Men 18-49: 0.27

WWE SmackDown” (USA)
1.33 household rating
2.127 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.51
Men 18-34: 0.68
Women 18-49: 0.61
Men 18-49: 0.78

Chrisley Knows Best” (USA, 10:00)
Women 18-34: 0.50
Men 18-34: 0.43
Women 18-49: 0.67
Men 18-49: 0.48

Atlanta” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.30
Men 18-34: 0.41
Women 18-49: 0.28
Men 18-49: 0.36

Tosh.0” (Comedy Central)
Women 18-34: 0.21
Men 18-34: 0.51
Women 18-49: 0.20
Men 18-49: 0.51

Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
Women 18-34: 0.09
Men 18-34: 0.21
Women 18-49: 0.13
Men 18-49: 0.21

NBA Regular Season: New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers” (TNT, 7:33-10:12 p.m.)
1.73 household rating
2.867 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.72
Men 18-34: 2.35
Women 18-49: 0.68
Men 18-49: 1.93

NBA Regular Season: San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors” (TNT, 10:12 p.m.-12:56 a.m.)
2.05 household rating
3.478 million viewers
Women 18-34: 1.04
Men 18-34: 2.66
Women 18-49: 0.96
Men 18-49: 2.24

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. Douglas, what were the 18-49 and total viewers for Idiotest and Family Feud on GSN for 10/25? Thank you.

    • GSN 10/25, in total viewers (adults 18-49)

      8:00 Family Feud 358k (115k)
      8:30 Family Feud 380k (112k)
      9:00 Idiotest 270k (65k)
      9:30 Idiotest 226k (41k)
      10:00 Idiotest 194k (45k)
      10:30 Idiotest 209k (41k)

  2. American Housewife adjusts up again, so it built on The Middle just like it did the first two weeks. I’m expecting a full season renewal from ABC any day now. It is truly a riot! My wife and I love this show.

    • If they renewed mega-flop Agent of SHIELD with less than half the viewership, why not that one?

      Of course at some point ABC may want to order hit shows. It used to know how to do that…

  3. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Tuesday 10/25/2016

    ABC……………….. L+SD …. L+3
    The Middle ………… 1.50 …. 1.98
    American Housewife …. 1.59 …. 2.14
    Fresh Off the Boat …. 1.24 …. 1.65
    Real O’Neals ………. 0.98 …. 1.25
    Agents of SHIELD …… 0.76 …. 1.46

    CBS……………….. L+SD …. L+3
    NCIS ……………… 1.75 …. 2.32
    Bull ……………… 1.50 …. 2.06
    NCIS: New Orleans ….. 1.33 …. 1.82

    NBC……………….. L+SD …. L+3
    The Voice …………. 2.11 …. 2.52
    This Is Us ………… 2.42 …. 4.05
    Chicago Fire ………. 1.59 …. 2.31

    Fox……………….. L+SD …. L+3
    World Series ………. 5.57 …. 5.57

    CW………………… L+SD …. L+3
    The Flash …………. 1.04 …. 1.64
    No Tomorrow ……….. 0.27 …. 0.34

  4. Live+7 vs. Live+SD data for Tuesday 10/25/2016

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+7
    No Tomorrow …………… 0.3 … 0.3

    Total Viewers
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+7
    No Tomorrow ………… 0.776 … 1.024

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