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Thursday Final Nationals: GOP Debate on Fox News Channel Still Potent Sans Donald Trump

The networks of Fox ruled Thursday night on television. The Fox broadcast network won among key demos, thanks to another 2-hour edition of “American Idol.”

With an average of 10.159 million viewers, the Fox News Channel led all networks among total viewers with “The O’Reilly Factor” leading into the seventh prime time “Republican Presidential Debate” of the 2016 election season — the first to not feature Republican front-runner Donald Trump who boycotted the event, its network and its moderator Megyn Kelly.

The debate drew very well — as it was, by far, the night’s most watched program on television — but was the second-least watched prime time GOP debate of this season.

Trump’s rally for U.S. military veterans was carried simultaneously on CNN and MSNBC in the 9-10 p.m. hour and combined, it drew about a quarter of the Fox News debate’s viewership.

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Programming Insider Thursday, January 28, 2016
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.8/3 2724 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
8:00 Beyond the Tank 2.7/4 4007 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
9:00 My Diet is Better Than Yours 1.4/2 2082 0.4/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.7/8 7329 0.8/3 1.5/5 2.3/6
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 6.1/10 9624 1.1/5 2.0/7 3.0/9
8:31 Mom (r) 4.8/8 7516 0.8/3 1.6/5 2.4/7
9:01 Big Bang Theory (r) 5.0/8 7834 1.0/4 1.7/6 2.6/7
9:30 Angel from Hell 4.4/7 6758 0.7/3 1.4/4 2.2/6
10:00 Elementary 4.0/7 6092 0.5/2 1.1/4 1.7/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.0/7 6226 0.8/3 1.4/5 1.9/5
8:00 You, Me and the Apocalypse (p) 3.1/5 5024 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.6/5
9:00 The Blacklist 4.5/7 7164 0.9/3 1.6/5 2.2/6
10:00 Shades of Blue 4.2/8 6490 0.7/3 1.3/5 1.9/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 5.2/9 8774 1.6/7 2.3/8 3.1/8
8:00 American Idol 5.2/9 8774 1.6/7 2.3/8 3.1/8
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.4/2 2264 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.0/3
8:00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.7/3 2897 0.8/4 1.1/4 1.2/3
9:00 The 100 1.1/2 1631 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2055 0.8/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.2/2 1974 0.7/3
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.1/2 1940 0.7/2
8:59 Pasion y Poder 1.3/2 2338 0.9/3
10:02 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1866 0.7/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 1/28/16

Beyond the Tank” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

My Diet is Better Than Yours” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Angel from Hell” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Elementary” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

You, Me and the Apocalypse” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/2
Women 18-49: 1.4/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

The Blacklist” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.8/5
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Shades of Blue” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

American Idol” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 2.1/8
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 2.8/9
Men 18-49: 1.8/6

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

The 100” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Republican Presidential Debate-Iowa” (Fox News Channel)
Women 18-34: 1.49
Men 18-34: 2.05
Women 18-49: 1.96
Men 18-49: 2.58

Colony” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.32
Men 18-34: 0.42
Women 18-49: 0.41
Men 18-49: 0.50

Baskets” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.27
Men 18-34: 0.39
Women 18-49: 0.27
Men 18-49: 0.42

Cable Rankings – Thursday 1/28/16
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Thursday, January 28:


  1. “Republican Presidential Debate-Iowa” (Fox News Channel, 9-11 p.m., 7.22 household rating): 12.467 million (2.27 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 5.542 million (0.70)

  3. “WWE SmackDown” (USA, 8 p.m., 1.61 household rating): 2.720 (0.87)

  4. “CNN Tonight (Trump rally for vets)” (CNN, 9 p.m., 1.24 household rating): 2.031 (0.45)

  5. “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8 p.m.): 2.013 (0.39)
  6. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 2.010 (0.58)

  7. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.969 (0.96)

  8. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.862 (0.42)

  9. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.788 (0.85)

  10. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 9:30 p.m.): 1.706 (0.48)
  11. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 1.654 (0.65)

  12. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.): 1.615 (0.41)

  13. “The First 48” (A&E, 9 p.m.): 1.608 (0.58)

  14. “Nightwatch” (A&E, 10:01 p.m.): 1.555 (0.63)

  15. Movie: “The Avengers” (2012) (FX, 6:59 p.m.): 1.544 (0.66)
  16. “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike, 10 p.m.): 1.536 (0.83)

  17. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 8:30 p.m.): 1.523 (0.33)

  18. “CNN Tonight (Trump rally for vets)” (CNN, 10 p.m., 0.91 household rating): 1.491 (0.36)

  19. “Cloud 9” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.351 (0.27)

  20. “The Cleveland Show” (Adult Swim, 9:30 p.m.): 1.336 (0.62)


  • “Real Detective” (ID, 10 p.m.): 1.240 (0.30)

  • “Colony” (USA, 10 p.m.): 1.212 (0.46)

  • “Rachel Maddow Show (Trump rally for vets)” (MSNBC, 9 p.m.): 1.185 (0.15)

  • “NBA Basketball: Chicago @ L.A. Lakers” (TNT, 10:33 p.m.-12:57 a.m., 0.76 household rating): 1.152 (0.53)

  • “Project Runway Junior” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): 1.144 (0.34)

  • “NBA Basketball: New York @ Toronto” (TNT, 8:00-10:33 p.m., 0.67 household rating): 1.003 (0.42)

  • “Top Chef” (Bravo, 9 p.m.): 0.973 (0.43)

  • “Beat Bobby Flay” (Food Network, 10 p.m.): 0.932 (0.34)

  • “My 600 Lb. Life-Super Sized” (TLC, 8 p.m.): 0.850 (0.26)

  • “College Basketball: Michigan State @ Northeastern” (ESPN, 9:04-10:52 p.m., 0.52 household rating): 0.807 (0.26)

  • “Ridiculousness” (MTV, 10 p.m.): 0.776 (0.38)

  • “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.): 0.658 (0.35)

  • “Growing Up Hip Hop” (WE, 10 p.m.): 0.613 (0.29)

  • “Workaholics” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): 0.508 (0.31)

  • “Party Down South” (CMT, 9 p.m.): 0.497 (0.26)

  • “Tamar & Vince” (WE, 10:30 p.m.): 0.483 (0.19)

  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, 10:52-11:59 p.m., 0.31 household rating): 0.446 (0.18)

  • “Greatest Party Story Ever” (MTV, 10:31 p.m.): 0.436 (0.21)

  • “Redneck Island” (CMT, 10 p.m.): 0.385 (0.18)

  • “Idiotsitter” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): 0.339 (0.19)


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, may you please provide whatever GSN 18-49/total viewer primetime numbers you can from this night (1/28)? Family Feud and Idiotest were on. Thank you

    • GSN 1/28 in total viewers (adults 18-49)

      Family Feud (r) 7:30 622k (201k)
      Idiotest 8:00 431k (177k)
      Idiotest 8:30 411k (174k)
      Family Feud (r) 9:00 389k (161k)
      Family Feud (r) 9:30 487k (175k)

      Very good demo night for GSN

  2. 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards – And the Winners were…

    -Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
    SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
    BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

    -Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
    DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
    KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
    VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
    IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
    QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
    IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
    ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

    -Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
    ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
    UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

    -Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
    JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

    -Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
    “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

    -Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
    “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)

    • Colony (USA, 1/28 10:00-11:04 p.m.) 2.821 million Live+7 viewers; 1.0/4 Live+7 adults 18-49 rating/share

      Baskets (FX, 1/28 10:00-10:33 p.m.) 1.319 million Live+7 viewers; 0.7/2 Live+7 adults 18-49 rating/share

      • I don’t want to be greedy, but my last L+7 requests for this day are ‘Portlandia’ (IFC), and ‘Ridiculousness’ (MTV). If that’s too much, I understand, but I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

        • Portlandia (IFC, 1/28 10:00-10:30 p.m.) 312,000 Live+7 viewers; 0.2/1 Live+7 adults 18-49 rating/share

          Ridiculousness (MTV, 1/28 10:00-10:31 p.m.) 1.183 million Live+7 viewers; 0.6/2 Live+7 adults 18-49 rating/share

  3. Do you have the ratings for the premiere of ‘Jo Frost: Nanny on Tour’ (UP) from this day? Somehow I forgot about it. Thank you.