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October 16, 2020

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.15.2020

Note: The text has been corrected to note the combined simulcast audience numbers for the Trump Town Hall on NBC, MSNBC & CNBC. 

 

 

NETWORK FINALS:  The BIDEN TOWN HALL adjusted up 0.3 to 3.0 in final numbers on ABC, and the TRUMP TOWN HALL was up half a point to 2.2 (combining NBC, MSNBC & CNBC viewing).  The margin was closer in the older-skewing Total Viewers metric, where the total was 14.1M vs. 13.5M.  In addition, FOX’s MLB PLAYOFFS game more than doubled its morning number to an adjusted 1.5.  Elsewhere, BIG BROTHER and EMERGENCY CALL gained 0.1, while DATELINE lost the same. 

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

 

TBS’s MLB PLAYOFFS game topped Thursday cable t 0.63, with Fox Sports 1’s game at 0.53.  In the world of cable news, the town halls were passed by Fox News’s HANNITY at 0.59/0.96/5.8M, with CNN’s CUOMO PRIME TIME at 0.37/0.54/2.3M, and even MSNBC’s own RACHEL MADDOW SHOW at 0.33/0.56/3.6M.  On HGTV, FLIP OR FLOP was at 0.32, with HOUSE HUNTERS up 0.02 to 0.22, and HOUSE HUNTERS INTL ticking up to 0.21.  On E!, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS dropped 0.05 to 0.20, and THE BRADSHAW BUNCH ticked down to 0.18.  TLC’s DR PIMPLE POPPER was at 0.18/0.16 compared to last week’s 0.13/0.10.  On ID, THE KILLER BESIDE ME rose 0.07 to 0.17, and SUSPICIOUS MINDS was up 0.06 to 0.15.  A&E’s THE FIRST 48 was at 0.17.  On We, GET YA LIFE ticked up to 0.10, and BRIDEZILLAS also ticked up to 0.08.  Bravo’s SOUTHERN CHARM gained 0.04 to 0.10. 

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Thursday October 15, 2020 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 MLB ALCS TBS NETWORK 5:00 PM 109 0.63 2,706
2 HANNITY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.59 5,843
3 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 0.53 2,905
4 MLB NLCS FOX L: GM4: LA DODGERS/ATLANTA FOX SPORTS 1 8:04 PM 221 0.53 1,776
5 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.52 4,994
6 INSIDE THE MLB TBS NETWORK 8:49 PM 21 0.42 1,303
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.41 4,394
8 STORY, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.39 3,899
9 CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 60 0.37 2,304
10 CNN TONIGHT CNN 11:00 PM 60 0.36 1,815
11 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 5:00 PM 60 0.34 4,414
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 0.33 3,596
13 FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 30 0.32 1,749
14 FOX NEWS AT NIGHT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 PM 60 0.32 2,882
15 CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 12:00 AM 60 0.31 1,554
16 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 0.31 3,195
17 SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 PM 60 0.30 3,839
18 FLIP OR FLOP REPACK HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:30 PM 30 0.29 1,482
19 ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 60 0.28 1,817
20 11TH HOUR W/B. WILLIAMS MSNBC 11:00 PM 60 0.27 2,710
21 MLB NLCS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 1 11:45 PM 67 0.26 695
22 DAILY BRIEFING W/D.PERINO FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.25 2,940
23 LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.23 1,629
24 BILL HEMMER REPORTS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 3:00 PM 60 0.23 2,694
25 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.22 2,915
26 2020 TRUMP TOWNHALL SIMUL MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 0.22 1,831
27 YOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.22 2,864
28 HOUSE HUNTERS HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:00 PM 30 0.22 1,422
29 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.21 2,926
30 SITUATION ROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.21 1,573
31 HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:30 PM 30 0.21 1,368
32 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 0.21 1,484
33 LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.20 1,459
34 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L: GEORGIA STATE/ARKANSAS STATE ESPN 7:26 PM 262 0.20 698
35 SITUATION ROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.20 1,439
36 OUTNUMBERED OVERTIME FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.20 2,546
37 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! 8:00 PM 59 0.20 571
38 OUTNUMBERED FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.19 2,541
39 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.18 1,078
40 DR. PIMPLE POPPER: BEFORE TLC 10:00 PM 30 0.18 1,266
41 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.18 1,359
42 BRADSHAW BUNCH, THE E! 9:00 PM 30 0.18 670
43 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:00 PM 60 0.17 1,147
44 KILLER BESIDE ME, THE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 60 0.17 726
45 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.17 2,844
46 THE FIRST 48 A&E NETWORK 9:00 PM 59 0.17 612
47 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:00 AM 60 0.17 448
48 DAILY SHOW – SUS COMEDY CENTRAL 11:31 PM 13 0.17 573
49 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 60 0.17 1,337
50 REIDOUT MSNBC 7:00 PM 60 0.17 2,107
51 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.16 2,380
52 DAILY SHOW COMEDY CENTRAL 11:00 PM 31 0.16 632
53 DR. PIMPLE POPPER: THIS I TLC 9:00 PM 60 0.16 1,185
54 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 11:48 PM 12 0.15 463
55 MFAKM: FIRST STEPS TLC 10:30 PM 30 0.15 994
56 SUSPICIOUS MINDS INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 60 0.15 686
57 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.15 1,007
58 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 1:00 AM 60 0.15 340
59 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 30 0.14 489
60 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 12:00 PM 60 0.13 302
61 FIRST TAKE   L: N/A ESPN 10:00 AM 120 0.13 335
62 2020 TRUMP TOWNHALL SIMUL CNBC 8:00 PM 60 0.13 720
63 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.12 1,855
64 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 1:00 PM 60 0.12 245
65 JALEN & JACOBY ESPN 2:00 PM 30 0.12 244
66 MSNBC LIVE W/ S.RUHLE MSNBC 9:00 AM 60 0.12 1,396
67 MSNBC LIVE W/A.MOHYELDIN MSNBC 3:00 PM 60 0.12 1,355
68 HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE ESPN 2:30 PM 30 0.11 218
69 BEAT W/ARI MELBER MSNBC 6:00 PM 60 0.11 1,788
70 THE FIRST 48 A&E NETWORK 1:03 AM 59 0.11 327
71 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.11 923
72 COLL FTBL COUNTDOWN L ESPN 7:00 PM 26 0.11 304
73 TAMAR BRAXTON:GET YA LIFE WETV 9:00 PM 60 0.10 304
74 GET UP   L: N/A ESPN 8:00 AM 120 0.10 290
75 SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 60 0.10 291
76 MSNBC LIVE W/K.TUR MSNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.10 1,391
77 DEADLINE:WHITE HOUSE: N/A MSNBC 4:00 PM 120 0.10 1,961
78 ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS MSNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.10 1,300
79 MSNBC LIVE W/ C.MELVIN MSNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.10 1,183
80 AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 30 0.10 324
81 MORNING JOE: N/A MSNBC 6:00 AM 180 0.10 1,386
82 NFL LIVE                L ESPN 4:00 PM 60 0.10 257
83 SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 0.10 328
84 NBA: THE JUMP L ESPN 3:00 PM 60 0.10 182
85 LBZ NEXT GEN SNAP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:11 PM 60 0.10 556
86 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.10 1,495
87 FULL GAME BROADCAST: 2020 WK 5 LV VS. KC NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 180 0.09 609
88 MSNBC LIVE W/ H.JACKSON MSNBC 10:00 AM 60 0.09 1,249
89 LIFE BELOW ZERO FL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:00 PM 11 0.09 670
90 NEW DAY CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.09 837
91 WHEN NEW YORK WAS ONE: FOX SPORTS 1 12:52 AM 58 0.08 177
92 BRIDEZILLAS WETV 10:00 PM 60 0.08 274
93 MLB NLCS FOX PREGAME L FOX SPORTS 1 7:30 PM 34 0.08 259
94 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN18 MTV 11:00 PM 30 0.08 206
95 PUPPY DOG PALS DISNEY CHANNEL 9:32 AM 25 0.08 288
96 MTP DAILY MSNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.08 1,299
97 NEW DAY CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.08 623
98 GHOST ADV: SCREAMING ROOM TRAVEL CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.08 271
99 VICTOR & VALENTINO THE CARTOON NETWORK 7:30 PM 15 0.08 180
100 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 6:00 AM 60 0.08 251
101 CLEVELAND SHOW, THE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 1:00 AM 30 0.08 210
102 VAMPIRINA DISNEY JUNIOR 11:00 AM 25 0.07 286
103 CLEVELAND SHOW, THE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 1:30 AM 30 0.07 197
104 LIFE BELOW ZERO SNAP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 8:00 PM 60 0.07 477
105 KARDS KONFIDENTIAL E! 6:58 PM 62 0.07 167
106 MLB NLCS ON FOXD: GM4: DODGERS VS BRAVES FOX DEPORTES 7:58 PM 235 0.07 200
107 NEW DAY CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.07 515
108 APPLE & ONION THE CARTOON NETWORK 7:00 PM 15 0.06 211
109 MLB ON DECK PREGAME SHOW TBS NETWORK 4:30 PM 30 0.06 324
110 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 7:00 AM 60 0.06 190
111 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 0.06 188
112 SP HGTV URBAN OASIS HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 AM 60 0.06 241
113 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL    L: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (LA)/NEWMAN (LA) ESPN2 9:00 PM 188 0.05 202
114 UNDISPUTED L: 1022 FOX SPORTS 1 9:30 AM 150 0.05 121
115 LIGA MX L: CLUB ATLETICO SAN LUIS/ QUERETARO TUDN 9:55 PM 125 0.05 113
116 HERD L: 1335 FOX SPORTS 1 12:00 PM 180 0.05 133
117 EXCHANGE, THE CNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.05 270
118 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.05 215
119 FRONTERA S4 UNIVERSO 9:00 PM 60 0.05 89
120 WHAT ON EARTH SCIENCE 9:00 PM 60 0.04 298
121 FAST MONEY HALFTIME RPRT CNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.04 278
122 NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 7:00 PM 60 0.04 206
123 SQUAWK ALLEY CNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.04 265
124 BURIED IN THE BACKYARD OXYGEN MEDIA 8:00 PM 60 0.04 332
125 PARAMOUNT NETWORK MOVIE: LAST WITCH HUNTER,THE PARAMOUNT 12:45 AM 135 0.04 127
126 SPORTSCENTER PRIME    L ESPN2 7:00 PM 60 0.04 98
127 CASO CERRADO UNIVERSO 8:00 PM 60 0.04 162
128 SQUAWK ON THE STREET: N/A CNBC 9:00 AM 120 0.04 286
129 PHANTOM SIGNALS SCIENCE 10:00 PM 60 0.04 248
130 NEWS W SHEPARD SMITH, THE CNBC 7:00 PM 60 0.04 284
131 NFL FANTASY LIVE NFL NETWORK 6:00 PM 60 0.04 139
132 POWER LUNCH CNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.04 249
133 INJUSTICE W NANCY GRACE OXYGEN MEDIA 9:00 PM 60 0.03 280
134 CLOSING BELL: N/A CNBC 3:00 PM 120 0.03 255
135 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 8:00 AM 60 0.03 211
136 HOME & FAMILY: N/A HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 AM 120 0.03 182
137 PGA TOUR: 2020 CJ CUP GOLF CHANNEL 4:58 PM 212 0.03 234
138 MAD MONEY CNBC 6:00 PM 60 0.03 250
139 FAST MONEY CNBC 5:00 PM 60 0.03 229
140 SPEAK FOR YOURSELF L: 984 FOX SPORTS 1 3:00 PM 120 0.03 93
141 SCOOBY-DOO AND GUESS WHO? BOOMERANG 7:00 PM 30 0.03 75
142 NFL NOW NFL NETWORK 2:00 PM 60 0.03 88
143 FOX BET LIVE L FOX SPORTS 1 5:00 PM 30 0.03 70
144 CASO CERRADO UNIVERSO 12:00 AM 60 0.03 123
145 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 9:00 AM 60 0.03 269
146 CONTACTO DEPORTIVO TUDN 12:00 AM 60 0.03 51
147 CASO CERRADO UNIVERSO 11:00 PM 60 0.03 110
148 NFL NOW NFL NETWORK 1:00 PM 60 0.03 114
149 LOU DOBBS TONIGHT FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 5:00 PM 60 0.03 354
150 GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL: N/A NFL NETWORK 7:00 AM 180 0.03 71

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About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.




16 Comments


  1. Augus

    Do you have ‘Death in Paradise (7PM, 8PM, 9PM and 10PM on Ovation)’ season premiere ratings, please? Thanks!


  2. ryan craig

    so is that NBC number actually the combined # across NBC-MSNBC-CNBC since it included the same ads


    • Mark

      I’m wondering that as well. The NBC number is way higher than what has been reported. Seems a lot closer to the reported cumulative total between the 3 networks that aired the town hall.


      • Fusil Thomas

        I think , too


      • Donkey Kong

        The Hollywood Reporter appears to back that up

        “On NBC, Trump’s one-hour town hall, which was simulcast on MSNBC and CNBC drew 13.46 million million viewers. The final figures include adjustments for live telecasts and out of home viewing as well as the cable figures, which gave significant bumps to both programs.

        ABC also topped the key news demographic of adults 25-54 with a 3.8 rating, versus 3.1 for NBC, and among adults 18-49 with a 3.0 to NBC’s 2.2.

        MSNBC (1.83 million viewers) and CNBC (720,000) added about 2.55 million viewers to NBC’s total of 10.91 million. Counting just the broadcast networks, ABC had an advantage of better than 3 million viewers over NBC”


        • Destiny

          Wouldn’t surprise me if Republicans switched to ABC after the NBC broadcast was over. This would have boosted Bidens numbers. Moral of the story here would be to match your rivals town hall.


      • Kristianne earnhardt

        What was the true numbers?


  3. Destiny

    Ah. So Trump won the night in total viewers? Combined viewers are a bit ehhh.. I mean, if you were a Democrat you could say well, if Biden had the same treatment on say CNN they would have a higher total viewer too.

    I still think this is a win for Biden because he was able to draw a larger overall audience in total viewers and 18-49 demo on a singular network.


    • Destiny

      It looks like Mitch was incorrect when saying that Trumps townhall had 16 million viewers. The NBC figures apparently are the combined totals of three networks?

      Figured something was up when a ton of media websites were reporting a resounding Biden victory in the townhall head to head. That and Democrats on twitter are celebrating the victory lol.


    • Bruce

      Probably more viewers were curious if “Good Ol’ Trusted Uncle Joe” would finally account for his corruptive behavior. Nope. His Campaigner-in-Chief, Comrade Stephanopoulos, censored it from the American people. Good call, Georgie! Americans aren’t interested in court-packing, flip-flopping, racial comments, nepotism, sexual allegations or foreign gov’t paying tens of millions to Joe while Americans depended on food stamps. Nah. What’s Joe’s favorite color!


      • Destiny

        Did someone remind him before the Town Hall that he was running for President instead of the Senate?


        • Bruce

          His Visiting Angel could just write “President” on 1 of those 7 masks Joe like to wear on his face. Jeesh, Joe! What are you doing…hording ’em?


          • Destiny

            I wish him all the best in his race to the Senate. I do hope he’ll share how he managed to serve in the Senate 180 years ago too. I didn’t think time travel existed lol.


  4. Roger

    You screwed up the NBC number – that’s the total of NBC, MSNBC & CNBC.


  5. Bruce

    @Kristianne. According to Adweek…

    – ABC aired 2-hour Biden on 1 channel and totaled 13.9 M viewers
    – NBC aired 1-hour Trump on 3 channels (NBC, MSNBC, CNBC) and totaled 13.1 M viewers
    – ABC won by 800 K viewers (6%)

    Adweek also had some interesting comparisons.

    – Both town halls began at 8 PM
    – At 8 PM, Biden started with 14.1 M viewers
    – After the 2-hour broadcast, however, the total average dropped 200 K viewers to 13.9 M (-1.4%)

    I think the biggest loser of the night was the media. Stephanopoulos couldn’t challenge Biden (court-packing, filibuster, fracking, Huntergate, previous racial comments) while Guthrie failed to research her topics (denouncing white supremacy) and asked unimportant questions (QAnon, masks, Trump’s earliest negative COVID test). I can understand why more people tuned to Biden because we want answers to his evasive policies and assumed Stephanopoulos would ask. Nope.

    https://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/here-are-ratings-for-the-abc-and-nbc-town-halls/459764/



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