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Wednesday Overnights: Consistent Return for NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Modest Sampling for New NBC Drama 'The InBetween'

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 2.9/ 5, CBS: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 2.1/ 4, ABC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Change Versus the Year Ago Evening:
ABC: + 6, NBC: + 4, CW: -17, CBS: -22, Fox: -25

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC inched past CBS for household overnight dominance with its combination of the season premiere of “American Ninja Warrior” (#1: 3.1 rating/5 share from 8-10 p.m.) and the series premiere of drama “The InBetween” (#1: 2.6/ 5 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “American Ninja Warrior” was on par with its year-ago debut, while “The InBetween” opened 32 percent above the debut of year-ago time period occupant “Reverie” (2.5 versus 1.9). “The InBetween,” additionally, outdelivered competing “NCIS: The Cases They Forgot” (#2: 2.5/ 5) by four percent.

In season premiere news was the first of two episodes of “NCIS: The Cases They Forgot” at a second-place 2.6/ 5 in households at 9 p.m. Lead-in “The Amazing Race” scored a dominant 3.4/ 5 (#2) at 8 p.m.

Also opening the season Fox’s veteran “MasterChef,” which scored a 2.5/ 4 (#3) into a 1.8/ 3 for “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” at 9 p.m.

Elsewhere, The CW was at typical early summer Wednesday overnight levels while ABC was in all repeats as follows:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.4/ 5 (#3t)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.1/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season premiere): 2.4/ 4 (#3t)
CW – “My Last Days” : 0.5/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Schooled” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “The Amazing Race”: 3.3/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.1/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season premiere): 2.5/ 4 (#2)
CW – “My Last Days” : 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: The Cases They Forgot” (season premiere): 2.6/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.2/ 5 (#1)
Fox – “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: The Cases They Forgot” (season premiere): 2.5/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.0/ 5 (#1)
Fox – “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Jane the Virgin”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: The Cases They Forgot”: 2.4/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “The InBetween” (series premiere): 2.7/ 5 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: The Cases They Forgot”: 2.5/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The InBetween” (series premiere): 2.4/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. From NBC:

    “NINJA WARRIOR” TOPS “AMAZING RACE” & “MASTERCHEF” AS THE #1 SHOW OF THE NIGHT IN BOTH 18-49 & TOTAL VIEWERS, NBC WINS WEDNESDAY

    AT 10, “THE INBETWEEN” RANKS #1 ACROSS THE BOARD, BEATS THE 10 P.M. EPISODE OF THE PREMIERING “NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET” IN 18-49 BY +50%

    “THE INBETWEEN” MATCHES THE TOP 18-49 RATING FOR A DEBUTING SUMMER DRAMA SERIES ON THE BIG 4 SINCE “MIDNIGHT, TEXAS” IN JULY 2017

    Wednesday Primetime Results:

    NBC ranks #1 among the Big 4 networks Wednesday night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers and is #1 or tied for #1 among those nets in all other key ratings categories. In adults 18-49, NBC led six of six primetime half-hours among the Big 4.

    The regular-slot season premiere of “American Ninja Warrior” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET):

    · Is the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers, topping such competition as “The Amazing Race” and this summer’s premiere of “MasterChef,” and is #1 or tied for #1 in every other key ratings measure.

    · Wins the two-hour 8-10 p.m. timeslot among those nets in every key ratings measure.

    · Outrates both the “MasterChef” premiere and “Amazing Race” by a +25% margin in adults 18-49 rating (1.0 vs. 0.8 each for “MasterChef” and “Amazing Race”).

    · Last summer’s regular-slot “Ninja” premiere averaged a 1.2 in 18-49 and 5.375 million viewers overall on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 8-10 p.m.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting:

    o Last summer, “American Ninja Warrior” grew by +17% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.2 to a 1.4) and +779,000 viewers overall (5.7 million to 6.5 million).

    o When 35-day linear and projected non-linear viewing is included, the “Ninja” 18-49 rating increased to a 1.60.

    The premiere of “The InBetween” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Wins the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key ratings category (including a tie in women 18-34).

    · Matches the highest 18-49 rating for a premiering summer drama series on the Big 4 networks since July 24, 2017 (0.9 for “Midnight Texas”).

    · In the timeslot, defeats the 10 p.m. episode of the premiering “NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget” by a +50% margin in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.4).

    · Grows +15% versus NBC’s timeslot average last summer in total viewers (3.685 million vs. 3.203 million, L+SD).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.4/4 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/4 with an encore.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.3/2 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.2/2 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/3 with an encore.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 0.9/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore; “Late Late Show,” 0.1/1 with an encore.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/1 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.