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September 30, 2020

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.29.2020

 

 

 

 

NETWORK FINALS:  As expected, lots of adjustments on every network except CW.  The PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE rose across the board, by 0.3-0.6.  In addition, CBS aired a pre-debate episode of LOVE ISLAND at 0.6, and NBC’s WEAKEST LINK premiere gained 0.1 in final numbers.

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

 

CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  On the cable side, Fox News’s coverage of the PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE was on top at 3.36, with CNN at 2.35 and MSNBC at 100.  The highest-rated non-news telecast was ESPN’s MLB WILD CARD games at 0.73/0.23, with TBS’s game at 0.27.  On MTV, TEEN MOM slipped 0.02 to 0.34.  On TLC, LITTLE PEOPLE BIG WORLD was at 0.25, and SWEET HOME SEXTUPLETS was at 0.13.  Food Network’s CHOPPED lost 0.03 to 0.18.  Comedy Central’s TOSH.0 ticked up to 0.17.  On ID, LIVING A NIGHTMARE dropped 0.05 to 0.14.  On HGTV, WINDY CITY REHAB fell 0.07 to 0.14. 

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Tuesday September 29, 2020 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:03 PM 96 3.36 17,812
2 PRES DEBATE/ANALYSIS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:39 PM 21 2.37 12,548
3 1ST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 9:04 PM 95 2.35 8,287
4 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:39 PM 21 2.16 8,085
5 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CVG FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:50 PM 13 2.12 12,918
6 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 11:00 PM 60 1.62 6,731
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 50 1.18 8,266
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 PM 60 1.16 7,139
9 DEBATE MSNBC 9:03 PM 97 1.00 7,189
10 MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 10:40 PM 20 0.93 6,954
11 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 64 0.85 3,686
12 MLB WILD CARD SERIES   L: NEW YORK YANKEES/CLEVELAND ESPN 7:00 PM 206 0.73 2,593
13 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 60 0.67 3,188
14 11TH HOUR W/B. WILLIAMS MSNBC 11:00 PM 60 0.59 4,568
15 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 AM 60 0.52 4,021
16 MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC 8:00 PM 63 0.52 4,443
17 STORY, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.51 3,833
18 ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 60 0.40 2,161
19 SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 PM 60 0.38 3,680
20 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 1:00 AM 60 0.36 1,777
21 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 5:00 PM 60 0.35 4,158
22 11TH HR W/ B.WILLIAMS SPC MSNBC 12:00 AM 30 0.34 2,985
23 TEEN MOM II SSN10 MTV 8:00 PM 60 0.34 682
24 MLB WILDCARD TBS NETWORK 5:00 PM 81 0.27 803
25 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 10:26 PM 34 0.26 717
26 LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD TLC 9:00 PM 62 0.25 1,308
27 SITUATION ROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.24 1,544
28 FOX NEWS AT NIGHT SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 AM 60 0.24 1,909
29 REIDOUT MSNBC 7:00 PM 60 0.24 2,346
30 MLB WILD CARD SERIES   L: CHICAGO WHITE SOX/OAKLAND ESPN 3:00 PM 183 0.23 953
31 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 2:00 AM 60 0.21 1,145
32 DAILY SHOW COMEDY CENTRAL 11:00 PM 31 0.21 666
33 SITUATION ROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.21 1,470
34 LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.21 1,488
35 BASEBALL TONIGHT  L ESPN 6:03 PM 57 0.20 724
36 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.20 1,914
37 MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 12:30 AM 90 0.20 1,975
38 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 11:00 PM 60 0.19 500
39 LPBW: COUNTDOWN TLC 8:00 PM 60 0.19 976
40 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.19 2,110
41 DAILY SHOW – SUS COMEDY CENTRAL 11:31 PM 14 0.18 485
42 CHOPPED FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 60 0.18 702
43 YOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.17 2,093
44 TOSH.O COMEDY CENTRAL 10:00 PM 30 0.17 332
45 BILL HEMMER REPORTS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 3:00 PM 60 0.16 1,922
46 OUTNUMBERED OVERTIME FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.16 2,098
47 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.16 2,012
48 OUTNUMBERED FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.15 2,190
49 WINDY CITY REHAB REPACK HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 60 0.15 1,002
50 LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.15 1,332
51 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 9:00 PM 99 0.15 758
52 BEAT W/ARI MELBER MSNBC 6:00 PM 60 0.15 1,948
53 DEADLINE:WHITE HOUSE: N/A MSNBC 4:00 PM 120 0.15 2,078
54 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.15 1,943
55 DAILY BRIEFING W/D.PERINO FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.15 1,981
56 FIRST TAKE   L: N/A ESPN 10:00 AM 120 0.14 496
57 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 60 0.14 1,105
58 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:00 PM 60 0.14 995
59 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.14 1,883
60 LIVING A NIGHTMARE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 60 0.14 591
61 WINDY CITY REHAB HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 91 0.14 902
62 GET UP   L: N/A ESPN 8:00 AM 120 0.13 432
63 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 1:01 PM 59 0.13 366
64 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.13 1,177
65 LIFE BELOW ZERO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 8:00 PM 60 0.13 840
66 FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.13 1,286
67 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:00 AM 60 0.13 349
68 SWEET HOME SEXTUPLETS TLC 10:02 PM 62 0.13 838
69 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 12:00 PM 61 0.12 342
70 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.12 962
71 SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:00 AM 60 0.11 305
72 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.11 991
73 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.11 937
74 KITCHEN CRASHERS REPACK HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:31 PM 30 0.10 659
75 LIFE BELOW COMPILATION NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:00 PM 60 0.10 429
76 MORNING JOE: N/A MSNBC 6:00 AM 180 0.09 1,391
77 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN2 5:30 PM 30 0.09 395
78 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 7:00 AM 60 0.09 311
79 MSNBC LIVE W/K.TUR MSNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.09 1,352
80 NEW DAY CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.09 803
81 LIFE BELOW ZERO NEXT GEN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:00 PM 60 0.09 544
82 MSNBC LIVE W/A.MOHYELDIN MSNBC 3:00 PM 60 0.09 1,302
83 MTP DAILY MSNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.09 1,289
84 BASEBALL TONIGHT  L ESPN 2:00 PM 60 0.08 278
85 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN18 MTV 11:00 PM 30 0.08 228
86 RIZZOLI & ISLES LIFETIME TELEVISION 8:00 PM 58 0.08 673
87 ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS MSNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.08 1,224
88 FBN DEMOCRACY 2020 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 10:39 PM 51 0.08 408
89 NEW DAY CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.08 651
90 RIZZOLI & ISLES LIFETIME TELEVISION 9:00 PM 61 0.08 506
91 SPORTSCENTER MORNING    L ESPN 2:00 AM 60 0.07 209
92 MSNBC LIVE W/ H.JACKSON MSNBC 10:00 AM 60 0.07 1,131
93 KAL PENN APPROVES THIS ME FREEFORM 10:30 PM 30 0.07 181
94 CLEVELAND SHOW, THE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 1:30 AM 30 0.07 164
95 MSNBC LIVE W/ C.MELVIN MSNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.07 1,047
96 UNDISPUTED L: 1010 FOX SPORTS 1 9:30 AM 150 0.07 173
97 AROUND THE HORN ESPN2 5:00 PM 30 0.07 236
98 MSNBC LIVE W/ S.RUHLE MSNBC 9:00 AM 60 0.07 1,292
99 CLEVELAND SHOW, THE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 1:00 AM 30 0.06 162
100 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 0.06 179
101 DEAD FILES POPUPS TRAVEL CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.06 266
102 FBN DEMOCRACY 2020 FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 8:00 PM 60 0.06 328
103 HERD L: 1323 FOX SPORTS 1 12:00 PM 180 0.06 163
104 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 0.06 195
105 NEW DAY CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.05 542
106 SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN2 6:00 PM 90 0.05 137
107 TIME MACHINE HISTORY 3:00 PM 60 0.05 303
108 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 6:00 AM 60 0.05 261
109 DEAD FILES REPACK: TDFL-4R2R03H TRAVEL CHANNEL 8:00 PM 120 0.05 265
110 SQUAWK ON THE STREET: N/A CNBC 9:00 AM 120 0.05 341
111 RIZZOLI & ISLES LIFETIME TELEVISION 12:01 AM 58 0.05 401
112 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 11:30 PM 90 0.05 202
113 WNBA PLAYOFFS           L: CONNECTICUT/LAS VEGAS ESPN2 7:30 PM 125 0.05 209
114 FOOD PARADISE FOOD NETWORK 10:00 AM 60 0.05 203
115 NFL LIVE                L ESPN2 4:00 PM 60 0.05 153
116 TIME MACHINE: MARIJUANA REVOLUTION, THE HISTORY 1:00 PM 120 0.05 261
117 NBA: THE JUMP L ESPN2 3:00 PM 60 0.05 118
118 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.05 195
119 EXCHANGE, THE CNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.04 291
120 TIME MACHINE HISTORY 4:00 PM 60 0.04 331
121 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 6:00 PM 60 0.04 136
122 MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADE HLN 8:00 AM 60 0.04 181
123 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 7:00 PM 60 0.04 145
124 RIZZOLI & ISLES LIFETIME TELEVISION 1:01 AM 61 0.04 309
125 HOME & FAMILY: N/A HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 AM 120 0.04 215
126 THE A&E MOVIE: APOLLO 13 A&E NETWORK 8:00 PM 182 0.04 262
127 HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE ESPN2 2:30 PM 30 0.04 79
128 NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 7:00 PM 60 0.04 172
129 CAVUTO COAST TO COAST FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 1:00 PM 60 0.04 230
130 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 10:00 PM 30 0.04 145
131 FAST MONEY HALFTIME RPRT CNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.04 307
132 TIME MACHINE: COCAINE: HISTORY BETWEEN THE LINES HISTORY 11:00 AM 120 0.04 194
133 MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE SCIENCE 10:00 PM 60 0.04 198
134 MAKING MONEY W/C.PAYNE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 2:00 PM 60 0.04 226
135 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 5:00 PM 60 0.03 113
136 TIME MACHINE: THE STONED AGES HISTORY 9:00 AM 120 0.03 230
137 JALEN & JACOBY ESPN2 2:00 PM 30 0.03 88
138 NIGHTLY POP E! 11:30 PM 30 0.03 118
139 CASO CERRADO UNIVERSO 8:00 PM 60 0.03 146
140 POWER LUNCH CNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.03 295
141 FIRST THINGS FIRST L: 770 FOX SPORTS 1 7:30 AM 120 0.03 74
142 EDDIE EATS AMERICA COOKING CHANNEL 10:00 PM 30 0.03 91
143 SQUAWK ALLEY CNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.03 247
144 NFL 360 NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 60 0.03 133
145 E! NEWS: DAILY POP I E! 11:00 AM 60 0.03 75
146 VICE SPECIAL VICE 9:00 PM 100 0.03 79
147 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 10:30 PM 60 0.03 119
148 MAN V. FOOD REPACK COOKING CHANNEL 9:00 PM 30 0.03 133
149 NFL FANTASY LIVE NFL NETWORK 6:00 PM 60 0.03 159
150 CAVUTO COAST TO COAST FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 12:00 PM 60 0.03 232

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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.




11 Comments


  1. Tom

    Do you have the numbers for the presidential debate on WGN?


  2. Pedro

    Do you have the numbers for the presidential debate on Univision and Telemundo apart?


  3. Destiny

    That debate was some of the worst television I have ever watched. The moderator had little to no control and seemed way out of his depth dealing with two spirited characters engaging in a rather toxic back and forth.

    Credit to Biden for not walking off the stage. If someone constantly interupted me and loudly spoke over me Id get tired of it pretty quickly. Its poor form in debates to not let the other person speak.


    • Bruce

      You’re correct: Wallace is weak and highly overrated. Biden began the pattern to interrupt and Wallace just let him go; therefore, interruptions were tolerated.

      There were 2 things Trump could have done: let Biden incoherently babble or provoke Biden to lose his bearing. If we fundamentally assess, the #1 criterion for a president is leadership. Biden lost his bearing by devolving into childish insults and got irrational answering questions. For example, he vehemently refused to answer a question because he didn’t want his ANSWER to become an issue. Of course your answer will become an issue…it’s your stance on the topic.

      I think Trump did well to expose Biden’s nonexistent mettle.


  4. Amaury

    Fox News naturally won the night.


  5. Bruce

    According to this chart, 97.7 million viewers watched Fox News on Tuesday. Fox News normally averages 39.7 million on a Tuesday.

    Wow…17.8 million at 9 PM!



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