CBS Wins Thursday. FNC Tops Cable. What’s Coming Over The Weekend?





Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, August 29, 2019

Note: There were multiple NFL preseason broadcasts that aired in local markets on all of the broadcast networks last night, resulting in inflated ratings across the board this morning. Expect to see a greater number of adjustments than usual in the finals later today.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. MasterChef (FOX) – R 1.1/6 4.60
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/6 5.68
Holey Moley (ABC) – R 0.9/5 4.26
The Wall (NBC) – R 0.8/5 4.68
The Outpost (The CW) 0.3/2 1.24
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/6 5.72
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.4/8 6.14
Spin the Wheel (FOX) – R 1.1/6 4.60
Reef Break (ABC) 0.9/5 4.28
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – R 0.8/4 3.78
Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW) 0.3/2 1.21
9:30 p.m. Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW) – R 0.3/2 1.08
10 p.m. FBI (CBS) – R 0.8/5 3.91
Reef Break (ABC) 0.6/4 3.42
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.6/4 3.30

Thursday night’s preliminary primetime ratings were, once again, inflated by NFL pre-emptions this week, with most (if not all) of the night’s shows expected to adjust down in the finals later today.

So, with that being said, it looks like “Big Brother” has managed to stay on top of a relatively quiet Thursday night. Pending updates, the CBS reality-competition series is leading the night with a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49, up two-tenths from its 1.2 a week ago. “Big Brother” also currently has the night’s largest audience under its belt, with 6.14 million viewers tuning in.

Those season-high numbers for “Big Brother” are expected to adjust down in the finals, but it’s likely that the CBS series will remain the night’s no. 1 show, even after adjustments.

Elsewhere, after airing a pair of back-to-back episodes, ABC’s “Reef Break” scored an inflated 0.9 at 9 p.m. and a 0.6 at 10 p.m., both of which are not only up quite a bit from the 0.3 it scored last Thursday, but from the show’s overall season average this year as well.

The CW’s “The Outpost” (0.3) and “Two Sentence Horror Stories” (0.3) were the night’s only two other original broadcasts, and both were up two-tenths from their episodes last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/6 1.1/6 0.8/4 0.8/4 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.25 4.60 3.99 3.92 1.19

Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.7/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.8/3


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

FOX News Channel Wins Thursday On Cable.

#1  FNC         2.740 million viewers                                                                                                          #2  MSNBC  1.856 million viewers                                                                                                          #3  ESPN      1.638 million viewers                                                                                                        #4  HGTV     1.471 million viewers                                                                                                        #5  History   0.945 thousand viewers

What’s Coming Over The Weekend?

Carnival Row premieres on Amazon Prime Saturday

Saturday’s Premieres
Amazon Prime: Carnival Row
BBC America: Planet Earth: Nature’s Great Events at 9p
HGTV: House Hunters Renovation at 10p
INSP: Burn Boss at 6p
Ovation TV: Maigret at 7p
Saturday’s Finale
OWN: Black Love at 9p
Sunday’s Premiere
Smithsonian Channel: Air Disasters at 8p
Sunday’s Finales
BET: Murder In the Thirst at 9p
Cooking Channel: Carnival Eats at 9p
Fox: What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage at 9:30p
Fox News: Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe at 8p
Science Channel: Unearthed at 9p
Monday’s Premieres
Fuse: Complex x Fuse at 11p
ID: American Monster at 8p
Nat Geo WILD: Dog Impossible at 9p
Netflix: Middle School Moguls
E!’s “Literally Labor Day” marathon, which kicks off Monday, September 2 at 6a, deliver a full day’s worth of Keeping Up With the Kardashians baby memories.
ID also has a Labor Day stunt planned. The true crime net’s marathon features premieres of seven ID series, starting with a new episode of Deadly Women.
Disney Chanel’s three Descendants movie titles are at the center of a programming event, “Descendants 3 Labor Day Weekend Takeover,” Saturday, August 31-Monday, September 2. Stunt includes new interstitials spotlighting the cast during production, behind-the-scenes recording sessions and more.
Other News…..
Apple is expected to unveil new models of its iPhones at a media event September 10. Reportedly on the way are three versions of the iPhone 11, with improved camera and video recording features.
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