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Thursday Final Nationals: ‘Thursday Night Football’ Still Tops Prime Time Sans CBS National Simulcast

Thursday Night Football” was Thursday night’s winner once again but it aired exclusively on NFL Network (and not also on CBS with the exception of affiliates in Miami and Cincinnati) for this evening which featured the Cincinnati Bengals 22-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins. NFL Network won among total viewers (approx. 7.2 million), adults 18-49 (approx. 2.7 rating), adults 18-34 (2.2) and adults 25-54 (3.2).

Fox’s new baseball drama “Pitch” and ABC’s newest TGIT drama “Notorious” each opened disappointingly on the prior Thursday and each eroded in the typical manner most new series experience for their second weeks on the air:

Episode #2 of “Pitch” (Fox) erosion from series premiere:
Total Viewers: -13 percent (3.676 million from 4.227 million)
Adults 18-49: -10 percent (1.0 rating from a 1.1 rating)

Episode #2 of “Notorious” (ABC) erosion from series premiere:
Total Viewers: -16 percent (4.509 million from 5.394 million)
Adults 18-49: no change (1.1 rating from a 1.1 rating)

Nonetheless, one minor positive for ‘Pitch’ was it again built out of lead-in “Rosewood.”

The second week in its regular Thursday night slot for NBC’s new “The Good Place” also saw normal declines…

Episode #3 of “The Good Place” (NBC) erosion from Thursday 8:30 regular time slot premiere:
Total Viewers: -14 percent (4.509 million from 5.251 million)
Adults 18-49: -7 percent (1.3 rating from a 1.4 rating)

… but its Adults 18-49 performance is a modest positive for NBC — it tied the rating of the shows which ‘Good Place’ is sandwiched in-between, “Superstore” and “Chicago Med.”

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Thursday, September 22, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.9/7 5748 1.3/6 1.6/6 1.9/6
8:00 Grey’s Anatomy 249 94 5.6/10 8407 2.0/9 2.4/9 2.8/9
9:00 Notorious 249 94 3.1/5 4509 0.8/4 1.1/4 1.3/4
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder 249 94 3.0/6 4327 1.1/5 1.3/5 1.5/5
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.2/6 4821 0.5/2 1.1/4 1.5/5
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 254 94 4.3/8 6500 0.7/4 1.3/5 1.9/6
8:31 Kevin Can Wait (r) 254 94 3.2/6 4900 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.6/5
9:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 254 94 3.5/6 5360 0.6/2 1.3/4 1.8/5
9:31 Kevin Can Wait (r) 254 94 2.8/5 4254 0.5/2 1.1/4 1.6/4
10:00 Bull (r) 254 94 2.6/5 3917 0.3/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.7/7 5733 0.8/4 1.2/4 1.6/5
8:00 Superstore 244 94 2.8/5 4389 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.5/5
8:30 The Good Place 244 94 2.9/5 4447 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.5/5
9:00 Chicago Med 244 94 4.4/8 6788 0.9/4 1.3/5 1.7/5
10:00 The Blacklist 244 94 3.8/7 5994 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.5/5
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.3/4 3638 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.1/3
8:00 Rosewood 255 94 2.4/4 3599 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
8:59 Pitch 255 94 2.3/4 3676 0.7/3 1.0/3 1.2/3
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1035 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 The Flash (r) 247 92 0.7/1 1146 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 247 92 0.6/1 925 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1859 0.7/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.0/2 1678 0.6/3
8:00 Despertar Contigo 0.9/2 1677 0.6/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana 1.1/2 2095 0.8/3
10:03 El Color de la Pasión 1.0/2 1791 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 468 0.2/1
7:00 Mi Corazon es Tuyo 0.2/0 302 0.1/1
8:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.4/1 629 0.2/1
9:00 La Ronca de Oro 0.3/1 497 0.2/1
10:00 El Príncipe 0.2/0 279 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1886 0.8/3
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 1.0/2 1622 0.4/2
8:00 Silvana Sin Lana 0.8/1 1440 0.5/2
9:00 Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso 1.0/2 1966 0.8/3
10:00 Señora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.1/2 2252 1.0/4

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 9/29/16

Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 2.9/12
Men 18-34: 1.1/6
Women 18-49: 3.5/12
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

Notorious” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/7
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Thursday Night Pre-Kick” (NFL Network)
1.91 household rating
3.107 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.58
Men 18-34: 1.44
Women 18-49: 0.65
Men 18-49: 1.72

Thursday Night Football: Miami @ Cincinnati” (NFL Network)
4.76 household rating
7.895 million viewers

Women 18-34: 1.36
Men 18-34: 3.40
Women 18-49: 1.71
Men 18-49: 4.32

Superstore” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

The Good Place” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Chicago Med” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/3

The Blacklist” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.4/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Rosewood” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/3

Pitch” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

60 Days In” (A&E)
Women 18-34: 0.69
Men 18-34: 0.50
Women 18-49: 0.63
Men 18-49: 0.51

Project Runway” (Lifetime)
Women 18-34: 0.46
Men 18-34: 0.19
Women 18-49: 0.69
Men 18-49: 0.24

Nick Cannon Wild N’ Out” (MTV)
Women 18-34: 0.31
Men 18-34: 0.25
Women 18-49: 0.29
Men 18-49: 0.19

College Football: UConn @ Houston” (ESPN)
0.91 household rating
1.421 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.23
Men 18-34: 0.55
Women 18-49: 0.26
Men 18-49: 0.66

College Football: Kansas @ Texas Tech” (FS1)
0.26 household rating
0.513 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.10
Men 18-34: 0.22
Women 18-49: 0.12
Men 18-49: 0.23

Cable Rankings – Thursday 9/29/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Thursday, September 29:

* 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
46 20 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 9:00 PM 30 839 0.32
31 11 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1048 0.44
22 7 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1240 0.56
20 7 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1256 0.56
60 48 THE FIRST 48 AEN 8:00 PM 29 636 0.22
66 39 60 DAYS IN XTRA AEN 8:29 PM 11 609 0.24
65 39 60 DAYS IN PRE-SHOW AEN 8:40 PM 20 622 0.24
21 6 60 DAYS IN A&E 9:00 PM 61 1241 0.57
51 19 BEHIND BARS: ROOKIE YEAR A&E 10:01 PM 62 771 0.34
44 31 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 870 0.26
86 67 COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST CMDY 9:00 PM 120 431 0.20
29 60 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1068 0.21
33 60 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1037 0.21
28 39 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1099 0.24
54 48 FAST N LOUD DISC 8:00 PM 60 697 0.22
75 84 FAST N LOUD SPECIAL DISC 9:00 PM 60 580 0.17
57 35 FAST N LOUD SPECIAL DISC 10:00 PM 60 657 0.25
53 60 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 760 0.21
61 84 MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH DISJR 8:30 PM 25 631 0.17
43 84 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 8:00 PM 30 888 0.17
34 71 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 8:30 PM 30 1017 0.19
24 48 LIV & MADDIE: CALI STYLE DSNY 9:00 PM 30 1156 0.22
25 48 GIRL MEETS WORLD DSNY 9:30 PM 30 1138 0.22
27 71 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:00 PM 30 1100 0.19
40 100 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 10:30 PM 30 931 0.15
18 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: UCONN / HOUSTON ESPN 7:55 PM 200 1421 0.46
49 39 CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 60 790 0.24
36 26 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 971 0.28
50 39 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 784 0.24
52 39 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 769 0.24
2 39 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 3224 0.24
4 48 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2769 0.22
5 67 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2345 0.20
87 71 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: LOVE AND BASKETBALL FRFM 8:00 PM 180 430 0.19
80 84 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BIG 12: KANSAS / TEXAS TECH FS1 8:30 PM 232 513 0.17
59 48 FX MOVIE PRIME: THE HEAT FX 7:29 PM 151 640 0.22
98 95 THE SIMPSONS FXX 8:00 PM 30 320 0.16
99 95 THE SIMPSONS FXX 8:30 PM 30 311 0.16
79 84 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 540 0.17
76 79 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 577 0.18
81 84 THE REVENANT (2015) HBO 8:00 PM 156 487 0.17
23 27 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1237 0.27
17 16 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1445 0.35
14 16 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1509 0.35
19 16 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1399 0.35
11 14 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1729 0.37
12 15 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1548 0.36
45 67 PAWN STARS HIST 8:00 PM 29 848 0.20
42 71 PAWN STARS HIST 8:29 PM 28 890 0.19
37 48 ICE ROAD TRUCKERS AC HIST 9:00 PM 60 947 0.22
26 23 ICE ROAD TRUCKERS HIST 10:00 PM 63 1132 0.29
38 48 20/20 ON ID ID 9:00 PM 60 939 0.22
47 60 BLOOD RELATIVES ID 10:00 PM 60 836 0.21
8 9 PROJECT RUNWAY LIF 9:00 PM 92 1809 0.47
100 84 RUPAUL ALL STARS 2 LOGO 8:00 PM 60 292 0.17
15 84 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1470 0.17
6 35 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1920 0.25
9 71 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 1790 0.19
91 60 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7B MTV 8:00 PM 30 402 0.21
91 71 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN8 MTV 8:30 PM 30 402 0.19
96 84 NICK CANNON WILD N OUT S8 MTV 9:30 PM 30 360 0.17
82 39 NICK CANNON WILD N OUT S8 MTV 10:00 PM 32 482 0.24
16 13 NICK AT NITE MOVIE NAN 8:00 PM 120 1455 0.40
32 21 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 1041 0.30
39 23 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 935 0.29
3 2 TNF PRE-KICK NFLN 8:00 PM 27 3107 1.18
1 1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: MIAMI / CINCINNATI NFLN 8:27 PM 170 7895 3.00
56 95 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 672 0.16
55 79 COPS SPIKE 8:00 PM 30 676 0.18
48 67 COPS (O) SPIKE 8:30 PM 30 799 0.20
67 79 COPS SPIKE 9:00 PM 30 608 0.18
64 71 COPS SPIKE 9:30 PM 30 624 0.19
69 79 COPS (O) SPIKE 10:00 PM 30 592 0.18
77 84 COPS SPIKE 10:30 PM 30 576 0.17
73 71 SYFY MOVIE: G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA SYFY 9:00 PM 150 587 0.19
70 27 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 8:00 PM 30 591 0.27
63 27 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 8:30 PM 30 627 0.27
30 12 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1057 0.41
13 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1539 0.58
10 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 1764 0.66
7 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 1905 0.70
70 47 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: THE HANGOVER TNT 8:00 PM 120 591 0.23
94 95 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: DATE NIGHT TNT 10:00 PM 105 378 0.16
35 35 REGULAR SHOW TOON 8:00 PM 30 983 0.25
41 31 STEVEN UNIVERSE TOON 8:30 PM 30 901 0.26
83 60 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:00 PM 30 439 0.21
84 48 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 437 0.22
85 48 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 432 0.22
87 48 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 430 0.22
90 60 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 411 0.21
89 48 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 10:30 PM 30 419 0.22
70 31 MODERN FAMILY USA 8:00 PM 30 591 0.26
73 31 MODERN FAMILY USA 8:30 PM 30 587 0.26
62 23 MODERN FAMILY USA 9:00 PM 30 629 0.29
58 21 MODERN FAMILY USA 9:30 PM 30 646 0.30
68 27 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:00 PM 30 606 0.27
78 35 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:30 PM 30 567 0.25
93 79 GROWING UP HIP HOP: FIRST LOOK WETV 9:00 PM 15 398 0.18
95 95 CUTTING IT: IN THE ATL WETV 9:15 PM 60 362 0.16
96 84 JIM & CHRISSY WETV 10:15 PM 60 360 0.17

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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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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    • GSN 9/29, in total viewers (adults 18-49)

      8:00 Family Feud 401k (93k)
      8:30 Family Feud 464k (131k)
      9:00 Winsanity 273k (108k)
      9:30 Family Feud 305k (106k)
      10:00 Family Feud 344k (108k)
      10:30 Family Feud 421k (117k)

  1. Very interesting to see the Modern Family numbers (thanks for providing them BTW) as you can see how that show, which was supposed to be a huge syndication success, is struggling badly and weighing down a USA Network already sinking thanks to shows Like Mr. Robot.

    USA is far removed from its successful years of Monk, Closer and Psych.

  2. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Thursday 09/29/2016

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Grey’s Anatomy ………. 2.41 … 3.61
    Notorious ……………….. 1.06 … 1.51
HTGAWM ……………….. 1.26 … 2.23
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 1.35 … 1.43
    Kevin Can Wait-r ……… 1.12 … 1.17
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 1.27 … 1.41
    Kevin Can Wait-r ……… 1.07 … 1.12
    Bull-r ……………………… 0.78 … 0.85
    Superstore ……………… 1.25 … 1.80
    Good Place …………….. 1.26 … 1.95
    Chicago Med ………….. 1.32 … 1.95
    The Blacklist ……………. 1.13 … 2.01
    Rosewood ………………. 0.79 … 1.06
    Pitch ………………………. 1.01 … 1.49
    The Flash-r ……………… 0.34 … 0.38
    Supernatural-r …………. 0.29 … 0.33


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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Grey’s Anatomy ………. 8411 .. 11264
    Notorious ……………….. 4510 … 6166
HTGAWM ………………. 4329 … 6925
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 6501 … 6815
    Kevin Can Wait-r …….. 4901 … 5061
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 5360 … 5849
    Kevin Can Wait-r …….. 4255 … 4416
    Bull-r …………………….. 3917 … 4236
    Superstore …………….. 4389 … 5507
    Good Place ……………. 4447 … 6263
    Chicago Med …………. 6789 … 9360
    The Blacklist ………….. 5994 … 9538
    Rosewood …………….. 3599 … 4757
    Pitch …………………….. 3676 … 5276
    The Flash-r ……………. 1146 … 1250
    Supernatural-r ………….. 925 …. 995