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An Estimated 32.71 Million Viewers for The Big 3 + Fox for the Third Presidential Debate


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, October 19 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 8.71 million, ABC: 8.60, NBC: 7.69, Fox: 6.38, CW: 1.42

-Adults 18-49:

ABC: 2.5 rating/8 share, NBC: 2.2/ 7, CBS: 2.0/ 6, Fox: 1.8/ 6, CW: 0.5/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (R)
Viewers: 7.66 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.50 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#2)

NBC – Blindside
Viewers: 5.66 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.18 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#3)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.91 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Toy Story of Terror (R)
Viewers: 6.70 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1t)

CBS – Survivor
Viewers: 8.76 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1t)

NBC – Blindside
Viewers: 5.59 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 7.04 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#3)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.68 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Presidential debate
Viewers: 9.69 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Presidential debate
Viewers: 9.24 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

NBC – Presidential debate
Viewers: 8.75 million (#3), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#2)

Fox – Presidential debate
Viewers: 6.11 million (#4), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#4)

CW – No Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.11 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Presidential debate
Viewers: 10.13 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Presidential debate
Viewers: 9.62 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#3)

NBC – Presidential debate
Viewers: 9.60 million (#3), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#1)

Fox – Presidential debate
Viewers: 6.21 million (#4), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#4)

CW – No Tomorrow
Viewers: 994,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 9.70 million (#1), A18-49: 2.8/ 8 (#1t)

CBS – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 9.00 million (#3) million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#3)

NBC – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 9.19 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/ 8 (#1t)

Fox – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 6.57 million (#4), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#4)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 7.70 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1t)

CBS – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 7.09 million (#3) million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#3)

NBC – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 7.37 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1t)

Fox – Presidential debate/analysis
Viewers: 4.85 million (#4), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#4)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-8:30pm – 8.6 million and 2.5/8 in AD18-49): Based on the preliminary Fast Affiliate ratings for primetime on the night of the final Presidential Debate, ABC was the lead broadcaster on Wednesday in Adults 18-49 (2.5/8), with a 14% advantage over runner-up NBC (2.2/7). Airing from 8-9pm, ABC’s encore animated Halloween specials (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown/Toy Story of Terror!) finished as the Top 2 entertainment programs on Wednesday in Adults 18-49.

    · Starting out at 8pm against first-run programming (CBS’ Survivor/NBC’s Blindspot/Fox’s Lethal Weapon), ABC’s repeat special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown won its half hour to stand as the #1 entertainment program on Wednesday in Adults 18-49 (2.2/8). The PEANUTS’ special was up over its year-ago telecast (on Tuesday, 10/20/15) by 1.7 million viewers (7.7 million vs. 6.0 million) and by 10% in Adults 18-49 (2.2/8 vs. 2.0/7), drawing the special’s largest audience in 4 years – since 10/31/12.

    · At 8:30pm, ABC’s repeat special Toy Story of Terror! ranked #1 among Adults 18-49 (2.0/7), matching the second half-hour of CBS’ Survivor to finish as the #2 entertainment program of the night. Toy Story of Terror! spiked from its year-ago telecast (on Tuesday, 10/20/15) by 34% in Total Viewers (6.7 million vs. 5.0 million) and by 25% in Adults 18-49 (2.0/7 vs. 1.6/5) to score the special’s best numbers since its initial debut airing 3 years ago – since 10/16/13.



    VIEWERS AND A25-54

    Live Broadcast of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Posts

    Best Metered Market Rating In Four Weeks

    · At 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR was first in viewers (8.63m) and A25-54 (2.7) and averaged 1.9 in A18-49.


    Note that 8-9 p.m. ratings are subject to adjustment due to out-of-pattern broadcasts in the Mountain Time Zone.

    “Blindspot” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Jumps +18% week to week in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.1) and +2% in total viewers (5.623 million vs. 5.533 million).

    · Equals the show’s highest regular-slot rating since April 25 in 18-49 (1.4).

    · Matches the show’s last four telecasts on Monday night last season, each of which benefited from a “Voice” lead-in.

    · Is up +18% versus NBC’s average in the hour last season in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.1, L+SD non-sports).

    · Maintains or increases its rating half-hour to half-hour in every key demo, including gains of +7% in women 18-49 (1.4 to 1.5) and +9% in men 18-49 (1.1 to 1.2).

    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – so far this season “Blindspot” has grown by +71% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.36 to 2.33) and +3.2 million viewers overall (6.1 million to 9.3 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    · Upscale: “Blindspot” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 121 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    The Presidential Debate aired from 9-10:36 p.m. ET as sustaining programming and won’t be included in nightly, weekly or season ratings averages. Post-debate analysis was rated and will be included in official-national results for Tuesday night.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.2/5 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.1/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.8/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.3/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; “Late Late Show,” 0.3/3.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated. Season-to-date ratings are “most current” – “live plus seven day” except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

  4. My ratings are huge. The best ratings the world has ever seen. We’re going to get are ratings back that went to China and Mexico. Make ratings great again!

  5. Lethal Weapon did well without Empire a way better player than flop Designated Survivor. Sad that a pair of reruns did better than all of their regular comedies in the 8pm hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for ABC. Blindspot doing better than the Thursday comedies right now probably should’ve aired in front of Chicago Med on Thursdays.

    Comic book genre suffering from more fatigue, ouch at Arrow. Has anybody seen its numbers on TNT yet for replays? I’ve noticed that Grimm is completely off the network so why did NBC keep that loser?

      • Nice try though but DS isn’t even top 5 as most watched on the night. Survivor and Empire are well ahead of it. FACTS

        Didn’t Modern Family have more viewers just last week than DS?

        • Here are facts: DS was the most-watched Wednesday show on all of TV in L+3 with 12.16M viewers, almost doubling the time-shifted audience of Empire (5.2M vs. 2.7M).

          DS is here to stay!

          • LMFAO! Don’t ever use L+3 on me ever again bro. Me and Rena were just talking about that a week or two ago how much of a spin that is. If it’s not getting 12.16 million live on Wednesday nights then it don’t matter. That’s just like the bad excuse from FOX talking about how many social media tweets they got for Scream Queens to justify it losing to The CW every week.

            • False equivalency when comparing it to social media. I’m not using a percentage of DVR/VOD lift like CW. It matters when DS is the top time-shifted series on all of television currently in C3 (not just L+3).

              • Not live that’s the point, 12 million people didn’t watch it at 10pm on Wednesday so it doesn’t matter. Nice try though!

                • The actual point is advertisers base rates off the C3 metric. It’s usually close to the Live+SD figure but in DS case, its C3 doing much better than Live+SD.

                  You’re now best informed.

                  • Thank you for clarifying that Overnights do approximate best what advertisers pay for.

                    It’s something that most people who write or comment on ratings just don’t seem to know and is worth repeating. 🙂

              • C3 is indeed the correct metric if you want to see what advertisers really pay for.

                Are those numbers not for publication? Because they’d be a lot more relevant than L+7, which is there just for spin (and is why the networks love to use it).

                That said, getting the most time-shifted viewers is no crown to be proud of. It’s the overall total that is meaningful.

            • To be fair, we were talking about Live+7. 🙂

              That said, that it has more shifted audience is NOT a good thing as shifted audience tends to watch fewer ads and as always is a predictor of lower future ratings (which is something we’ll both agree on about DS 😉 ).

              Love the way you voiced the Scream Queens thing. 🙂 I propose a new “reality” show for FOX: “How to Justify Losing to CW”… 😉

      • designated surivior is not a flop but it’s not a hit either its very medoicore fox is in a worst position compared to abc that why people think lethal weapon is a hit

        • It’s certainly not a hit and it started in “solid” territory but is losing ground each week, and the high DVR usage predicts it will keep ebbing.

          It’s the only new show this season that was recommended to me, but I have to say I can’t muster the interest to try it.

        • It’s not just an impression. They’re dreadful all over the board, and the “it’s fragmentation” excuse just won’t fly. Ratings are also going down for cable shows. Looking at USA’s current ratings is shocking when you recall where they were 5-10 years ago.

          I don’t know that people watch less TV, but they certainly watch a lot less scripted TV (sadly because that’s what I’m really interested in).

          I know personally I watch a lot more news (except now as I’ve had my fill of election coverage and Countdown to Election Day) and sports and DVDs of old shows and movies (or old shows on Me-TV, Ovation etc…).

          • and its scripted shows that are suffering it sad when shows like The bachelor, survivor and the voice are betting many scripted shows. the Chicago shows are not hits but the media acts like they are. Abc has had better luck in finding modestly rated sitcoms but there is really no hits left. So the networks are lowering their standards because they cant afford to cancel everything.

            I think fox don’t even care anymore look at the ratings turmoil the network is in they renew shows that nobody are watching

            • You said what I’ve been saying for a while. When you can’t beat an old reality show, what does it say about the “quality” of your scripted show..?

              The big issue is the incentives given to executives by their owners. They get rewarded for not rocking the boat, for all failing in the same way (hiring the same people to do the same remakes and adaptations) and for not cancelling their flops to make way for potentially better shows.

              So they renew their flops, think up an excuse (age of the audience, social media, whatever….) to justify it and don’t lose their cushy high-power jobs…

              I understand why they do it and if I were in their place, I’d probably get fired in three months.

              That said, they are killing the US scripted industry and nobody wants to mention it in public (they’d rather pretend it’s a Golden Age of Television – hint when they insist so much it’s a Golden Age it’s not – you only realize it was when it’s over!!)

              The media, for reasons which are theirs loves to echo the PR spin and thus we keep hearing shows like the Chicagos are huge hits when they’re not (they’re just not as bad as the rest of NBC’s stable).

              Nobody has had a real hit since Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist and the last two left are Big Bang Theory and NCIS (Classic).

              And they are both starting to show they won’t last long as real hits…

              There’s a third one on cable: The Walking Dead.

              At FOX it’s amazing to me that the people who renewed their Tuesday Night Trilogy of Horrifying Ratings Flop haven’t been fired.

              Than again, they’d be replaced by virtual clones as Channing Garvey replaced Paul Lee and renewed 12 flops a few days after taking charge…

  6. CBS Late Night

    · At 11:35 PM, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT was the top rated late night program, averaging 2.7/07 in the 56 overnight metered markets. THE LATE SHOW posted its best metered market rating in four weeks and was up +23% from its last first-run broadcast on Oct. 5.

    · At 12:35 AM, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN averaged 1.3/04 in the 56 overnight metered markets, its highest rating in four weeks and up +18% from its last first-run episode on Oct. 5,

  7. Funny! The debate did the same lead-out effect for Lethal Weapon as Empire usually does. 🙂

    That 20 year-old “reality” show Survivor beats the scripted shows is testament to something not good about the state of scripted TV…

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