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October 23, 2020

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.22.2020

 

 

 

 

NETWORK FINALS:  Finals for the PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE had ABC at 2.6 (down 0.6 from the first debate), CBS at 1.3 (down 0.1), and NBC at 2.6 (down 0.1).  In addition, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL adjusted to 3.2.

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

 

CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  On the cable side, the order of finish was the same as for the first debate, with each network down:  Fox News at 2.61 (down 0.75), CNN at 1.94 (down 0.41), and MSNBC at 0.90 (down 0.10).  NFL Network’s share of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was at 0.57.  The next non-news, non-sports show on the list was Nickelodeon’s SPONGEBOB at 0.27.  On E!, THE BRADSHAW BUNCH gained 0.04 to 0.22 and a special KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS was down 0.05 to 0.15.  HGTV’s FLIP OR FLOP fell a tenth to 0.22, HOUSE HUNTERS INTL dropped 0.07 to 0.14, and HOUSE HUNTERS was down 0.09 to 0.13.  A&E’s THE FIRST 48 slipped 0.02 to 0.15.  On ID, SUSPICIOUS MINDS lost 0.03 to 0.12, and THE KILLER BESIDE ME was down 0.05 to 0.12.  TLC’s DR PIMPLE POPPER was at 0.11/0.10 compared to last week’s 0.18/0.16.  Bravo’s SOUTHERN CHARM was at 0.06/0.05 compared to last week’s 0.10.  We’s BRIDEZILLAS was down 0.02 to 0.06. 

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Thursday October 22, 2020 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:03 PM 94 2.61 15,405
2 PRES DEBATE/ANALYSIS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:37 PM 23 2.04 12,143
3 FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 9:04 PM 93 1.94 7,508
4 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CVG FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:50 PM 13 1.65 11,289
5 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:37 PM 83 1.07 5,275
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 PM 60 1.07 7,533
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 50 0.97 8,152
8 DEBATE MSNBC 9:03 PM 94 0.90 6,929
9 MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 10:37 PM 23 0.81 6,594
10 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 64 0.69 3,613
11 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 AM 60 0.61 4,511
12 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL: 2020 WK 7 NYG VS. PHI NFL NETWORK 8:23 PM 193 0.57 1,705
13 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 60 0.52 2,819
14 STORY, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.50 4,652
15 11TH HOUR W/B. WILLIAMS MSNBC 11:00 PM 60 0.47 4,045
16 ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 60 0.43 2,629
17 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 5:00 PM 60 0.40 4,361
18 MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC 8:00 PM 63 0.39 4,009
19 NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:08 PM 15 0.38 1,307
20 SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 PM 60 0.36 3,824
21 FOX NEWS AT NIGHT SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 AM 60 0.34 2,309
22 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 1:00 AM 60 0.31 1,691
23 11TH HR W/ B.WILLIAMS SPC MSNBC 12:00 AM 30 0.30 2,635
24 NFLN THU NT POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 11:40 PM 36 0.29 705
25 SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 6:30 PM 30 0.27 852
26 NFLN THU NT PREGAME NFL NETWORK 7:30 PM 38 0.26 744
27 SITUATION ROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.26 1,748
28 SITUATION ROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.25 1,818
29 LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.25 1,691
30 YOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.24 2,444
31 BILL HEMMER REPORTS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 3:00 PM 60 0.23 2,240
32 BRADSHAW BUNCH, THE E! 9:00 PM 30 0.22 639
33 FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 30 0.22 1,216
34 LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.22 1,635
35 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 2:00 AM 60 0.21 1,098
36 REIDOUT MSNBC 7:00 PM 60 0.21 2,462
37 OUTNUMBERED FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.21 2,459
38 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:00 PM 60 0.21 1,278
39 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.20 1,532
40 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 60 0.20 1,462
41 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.20 2,425
42 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.20 1,255
43 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.19 2,268
44 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.19 2,356
45 OUTNUMBERED OVERTIME FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.19 2,338
46 MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 12:30 AM 90 0.19 1,642
47 DAILY BRIEFING W/D.PERINO FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.19 2,127
48 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.18 2,516
49 DAILY SHOW COMEDY CENTRAL 11:00 PM 31 0.17 631
50 NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 12:16 AM 31 0.16 422
51 UNLEASHED NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 30 0.16 599
52 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.16 1,979
53 DEADLINE:WHITE HOUSE: N/A MSNBC 4:00 PM 120 0.15 2,470
54 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.15 1,119
55 THE FIRST 48 A&E NETWORK 9:00 PM 59 0.15 508
56 BEAT W/ARI MELBER MSNBC 6:00 PM 60 0.15 2,117
57 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS-SP E! 8:00 PM 60 0.15 375
58 HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:30 PM 30 0.14 969
59 DAILY SHOW – SUS COMEDY CENTRAL 11:31 PM 14 0.14 502
60 MTP DAILY MSNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.14 1,450
61 HOUSE HUNTERS HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:00 PM 30 0.13 962
62 MSNBC LIVE W/K.TUR MSNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.13 1,486
63 THE FIRST 48 A&E NETWORK 1:03 AM 59 0.13 390
64 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 30 0.12 534
65 MSNBC LIVE W/ C.MELVIN MSNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.12 1,252
66 ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS MSNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.12 1,377
67 MSNBC LIVE W/A.MOHYELDIN MSNBC 3:00 PM 60 0.12 1,442
68 COLL FTBL COUNTDOWN L ESPN 7:00 PM 25 0.12 322
69 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L: ARKANSAS STATE/APPALACHIAN STATE ESPN 7:25 PM 213 0.12 384
70 SUSPICIOUS MINDS INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 60 0.12 516
71 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.12 966
72 KILLER BESIDE ME, THE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 60 0.12 664
73 MSNBC LIVE W/ H.JACKSON MSNBC 10:00 AM 60 0.11 1,357
74 NEW DAY CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.11 910
75 DR. PIMPLE POPPER: BEFORE TLC 10:00 PM 30 0.11 848
76 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.11 1,463
77 NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF NFL NETWORK 6:00 PM 90 0.11 298
78 UNLEASHED NICKELODEON 7:30 PM 30 0.11 431
79 SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN 6:00 PM 60 0.11 334
80 NFL LIVE                L ESPN 4:00 PM 60 0.10 268
81 VICTOR & VALENTINO THE CARTOON NETWORK 7:30 PM 15 0.10 301
82 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 9:00 PM 97 0.10 733
83 CRAIG OF THE CREEK THE CARTOON NETWORK 7:00 PM 15 0.10 341
84 MORNING JOE: N/A MSNBC 6:00 AM 180 0.10 1,533
85 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 1:00 PM 60 0.10 239
86 DR. PIMPLE POPPER: THIS I TLC 9:00 PM 60 0.10 672
87 FIRST TAKE   L: N/A ESPN 10:00 AM 120 0.10 282
88 AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 8:00 PM 60 0.09 738
89 GET UP   L: N/A ESPN 8:00 AM 120 0.09 252
90 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:00 AM 60 0.09 246
91 MSNBC LIVE W/ S.RUHLE MSNBC 9:00 AM 60 0.09 1,467
92 MFAKM: FIRST STEPS TLC 10:30 PM 30 0.08 720
93 NEW DAY CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.08 719
94 GHOST ADV: SCREAMING ROOM TRAVEL CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.08 251
95 CLEVELAND SHOW, THE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 1:00 AM 30 0.08 172
96 NBA: THE JUMP L ESPN 3:00 PM 60 0.08 184
97 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 7:00 AM 60 0.08 197
98 AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 30 0.07 306
99 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 12:00 PM 60 0.07 211
100 JALEN & JACOBY ESPN 2:00 PM 30 0.07 168
101 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS-SP E! 10:00 AM 60 0.07 124
102 NEW DAY CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.07 648
103 CLEVELAND SHOW, THE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 1:30 AM 30 0.06 152
104 VAMPIRINA DISNEY JUNIOR 11:00 AM 25 0.06 303
105 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 1:00 AM 60 0.06 169
106 FBN DEMOCRACY 2020 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 10:37 PM 53 0.06 333
107 SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 0.06 253
108 UNDISPUTED L: 1027 FOX SPORTS 1 9:30 AM 150 0.06 170
109 HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE ESPN 2:30 PM 30 0.06 168
110 E! NEWS: DAILY POP I E! 11:00 AM 60 0.06 96
111 BRIDEZILLAS WETV 10:00 PM 61 0.06 205
112 HERD L: 1340 FOX SPORTS 1 12:00 PM 180 0.06 146
113 LIFE BELOW ZERO FL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:00 PM 13 0.05 478
114 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 6:00 AM 60 0.05 232
115 SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 0.05 215
116 NFL FANTASY LIVE NFL NETWORK 5:00 PM 60 0.05 146
117 AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 12:03 AM 60 0.05 345
118 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:58 PM 62 0.05 173
119 SPORTSCENTER PRIME    L ESPN2 7:00 PM 60 0.05 133
120 CASO CERRADO UNIVERSO 8:00 PM 60 0.05 186
121 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER L: SEATTLE SOUNDERS/PORTLAND TIMBERS FOX SPORTS 1 10:30 PM 135 0.05 131
122 LIFE BELOW ZERO SNAP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 8:00 PM 60 0.05 385
123 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.04 210
124 SQUAWK ALLEY CNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.04 304
125 LBZ NEXT GEN SNAP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:13 PM 60 0.04 309
126 CLOSING BELL: N/A CNBC 3:00 PM 120 0.04 292
127 BURIED IN THE BACKYARD OXYGEN MEDIA 8:00 PM 60 0.04 270
128 CAKE FXX 10:00 PM 35 0.04 82
129 NEWS W SHEPARD SMITH, THE CNBC 7:00 PM 60 0.04 289
130 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 8:00 AM 60 0.04 220
131 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 9:00 AM 60 0.04 265
132 WHAT ON EARTH SCIENCE 9:00 PM 60 0.04 182
133 FAST MONEY HALFTIME RPRT CNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.03 331
134 FAST MONEY CNBC 5:00 PM 60 0.03 233
135 EXCHANGE, THE CNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.03 287
136 POWER LUNCH CNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.03 283
137 SCOOBY-DOO AND GUESS WHO? BOOMERANG 7:00 PM 30 0.03 101
138 SQUAWK ON THE STREET: N/A CNBC 9:00 AM 120 0.03 280
139 FBN DEMOCRACY 2020 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 8:00 PM 60 0.03 324
140 CASO CERRADO UNIVERSO 7:00 PM 60 0.03 175
141 TNF FIRST LOOK: TNF FIRST LOOK NFL NETWORK 3:00 PM 120 0.03 83
142 PGA TOUR: 2020 ZOZO CHP GOLF CHANNEL 5:00 PM 182 0.03 327
143 FOX BET LIVE L FOX SPORTS 1 5:00 PM 30 0.03 75
144 FIRST TAKE: N/A ESPN2 12:00 PM 120 0.03 71
145 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK: ALIEU THE DREAMER BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 10:00 PM 120 0.03 62
146 SPEAK FOR YOURSELF L: 989 FOX SPORTS 1 3:00 PM 120 0.03 89
147 SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBAT WGN AMERICA 9:00 PM 97 0.03 151
148 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 10:00 AM 60 0.03 200
149 INJUSTICE W NANCY GRACE OXYGEN MEDIA 9:00 PM 60 0.02 199
150 UEFA EUROPA L: CELTIC / AC MILAN TUDN 2:51 PM 129 0.02 64

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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.




12 Comments


  1. Augus

    Do you have ‘Death in Paradise (Ovation at 10PM)’ season finale ratings, please? Thanks!


  2. earl

    Presidential Debate on Vice, please?


  3. 69 Road Runner

    A lot of people were watching broadcast TV last night. Too bad for the Giants and Biden.


  4. BILL G

    I do not understand the Low ratings for The News With Shepard Smith on CNBC. The show is really good, a complete run down of the days news. The show is only averaging around 400,000 on a daily basis. I know last night the debate played a factor, but on normal nights the ratings should be a lot higher. It’s a good show no one is watching.


    • Gary Garver

      Shep got average at best ratings on Fox News, he’s never been a huge draw.


    • Bruce

      It’s not that Shepard Smith wasn’t a huge draw; it’s 3 PM isn’t a huge draw for news. 3 PM would be equivalent to 6 AM for cable news.

      I’ve always liked Shepard Smith but the problem with Shepard Smith: he has no sellable expertise. The biggest sellable-expertises for cable-news anchors are being a political, judicial or financial wonk. I’ve always seen Shepard Smith as a glorified field reporter and only appropriate for early-afternoon.

      What’s great about Shepard Smith, however, is his gift of gab. For example, if there is breaking-news unfolding on TV, Shepard Smith is great at keeping the information flowing even though he has no information. He seamlessly keeps the unknown known, the scene well described and effective engagement with anyone at the scene. If an outlet were to assign somebody as a Breaking-News expert, it would definitely be Shepard Smith. Other than that, he’s a bore.


      • Gary Garver

        I agree. I loved him as a breaking news guy, but absolutely hated him when he veered into politics. He has Trump Derangement, he’s irrationally against anything this administration did. But as a hard news guy covering a developing non-political story, he is very talented. Sadly, the real money nowadays is in opinion, and talent in hard news is not highly valued by management at the big stations.


        • Bruce

          I think the Trump-bashers…Shep and Cavuto…is just the “fair and balanced” approach of FNC. They’re just an attempt to avoid the conservative news label. Cavuto is subtle about the bashing but Shep was just awful…especially during that Shep vs. Tucker on the credibility of Judge Napolitano. Shep also loved to use the “just the facts” motto but would blatantly ignore the countering facts. I hated those interns in front of humongous computer scenes on his set. It was just stunt casting…sure, like they’re going to interrupt his show with late-breaking news on Pinterest. Dumb.

          I think you’re right about the real-money opinionates. The hard-newsers (Brett and Shannon) are only bookending the primetime hours.


  5. Gary Garver

    Mitch, do u have debate ratings on smaller news channels like Newsmax or C-Span?


  6. Bruce

    Fox News, you have to stop! You have to stop winning! You’re winning too much!

    Fox News totaled 98.8 million viewers on Thursday and it’s the highest 24-hour total for any cable-network in at least 2 years. Although this debate didn’t score as high as the first on Fox News, its 24-hour total is impressive.



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