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Kansas City Chiefs Victory Over the New England Patriots Leads NBC to Thursday Overnight Victory


Household Rating/Share
NBC: 13.2/23, CBS: 3.2/ 5, ABC and Fox: 1.7/ 3 each, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +50, Fox: +13, CBS: no change, NBC: -10, ABC: -35

-Ratings Breakdown:
It was a touchdown in the household overnights for NBC thanks to the 42 to 27 victory for the Kansas City Chiefs over the New England Patriots on NFL Football, It scored a 14.5 rating/25 share in primetime (and a 14.6 rating overall from 8:45 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET). Comparably, however, this was 10 percent below the 16.2/27 for the Panthers versus the Broncos on the year-ago evening (which translated into 25.19 million viewers and a 9.4 rating in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data).

Elsewhere, the double eviction episode of CBS’ “The Paul Show,” I mean “Big Brother,” was consistent despite facing football at a 4.1/ 7 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. hour. As for the upcoming celebrity edition of “Big Brother,” I have two immediate favorites I would love to see compete: Valerie Bertinelli and Marilu Henner. Bring it on!

ABC featured the season (or series) finales of “Battle of the Network Stars” (#3: 1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and “The Gong Show” (#3: 1.4/ 2) from 9-11 p.m. Both should be series-enders. Fox aired its already renewed combination of “Beat Shazam” (#4: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and “Love Connection” (#4: 1.6/ 3 at 9 p.m.), which was nothing special. And The CW was on par with its pairing of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 9 p.m.).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, September 7:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.5/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Football Night in America”: 7.0/13 (#1)
Fox – “Beat Shazam”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots): 13.0/22 (#1)
Fox – “Beat Shazam”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars” (season or series finale): 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots): 15.1/25 (#1)
Fox – “Love Connection”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars” (season or series finale): 1.6/ 3 (#3t)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 4.0/ 6 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots): 15.8/26 (#1)
Fox – “Love Connection”: 1.6/ 3 (#3t)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show” (season or series finale): 1.4/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “Zoo”: 1.7/ 3 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots): 14.0/24 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show” (season or series finale): 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Zoo”: 1.7/ 3 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots): 14.3/25 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. I’m looking forward to this celebrity edition of Big Brother this winter as I’ve been begging for it for years, I haven’t watched a full season of BB in a while and I didn’t watch this season that’s going on now at all because I’m sick of Paul and the noobs. Celebrities are better because they know how to be controversial when the cameras are on them which is why I loved the UK version of it as well. If CBS does a celebrity edition every year I will never watch the noobs ever again unless they get an Evel Dick on there.

    I can’t wait for the winter to get here as the Olympics are going to be fun as it will give me something to watch all day and night for 2-3 weeks and with the amount of coverage they have now where I can see every sport live that’s going to make this the first real version of the games that I can max the most out of it but I got to say I’m happy we got some alternatives this year. I’m looking forward to The Bachelor and this Celebrity BB. Not sure if DWTS Jr. will be on in the winter or not but I always looking forward to that as well.

    Speaking of the winter ABC should expand on those alternatives and setup a special edition of Battle of the Network Stars where the celebrities play winter style sports like hockey and stuff that will be fun.

  2. What a game last night between the Pats and Chiefs, I’m surprised the numbers are down from last year as that game was boring last year just like the Panthers and Broncos two boring teams but last night had an upset with the Chiefs beating the Pats and it was a fun game to watch. Chiefs really battled in that game. Can’t wait for Sunday when my Lions are back at Ford Field trying to end this streak against the Cardinals.

    I disagree with Marc about cancelling Battle of the Network Stars, the numbers have improved a little bit since moving to 8pm I always felt like that was the better slot for it. There’s so many things that ABC can still do with the show it’s not even funny. They just got to retool it and reformat it and it can do better. They should’ve used it like Dancing with the Stars that’s where I always thought the mistake was made with this show. It was basically a highlight show and repetitive although I had a lot of fun watching it all summer. FOX did a great job with Big 3 Basketball and something similar to that would work better for this show. I think the network vs. network format should return as well. The show needs 2-hours realistically to work and because of the way social media and live viewing has taking precedence these days they may need to start filming the episodes live as well. Last couple of things they need is an audience of people cheering the stars on, a wide variety of real sporting events, and a playoff tournament for the end of the season really make this shit count.

    ABC should not wait until the summer to bring it back, with the Winter Olympics coming up they should plan on airing a couple of special editions this winter with these changes made then in the summer air a full season of it.

    • Hoping that the Lions finally beat the Cards so excited for the season to start hope the Lions finally have a running game would help Stafford out a lot. I agree with Battle Of The Network Stars should be live and have a crowd cheering them on.

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