October 20, 2020


Note: The FOX 8-9PM number below contains 15 minutes of NFL postgame in most of the country. The numbers for LA’S FINEST will decline in the official nationals this afternoon.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS gained 0.1 to 1.0, and EMERGENCY CALL was also up 0.1 to 0.5.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER dipped 0.1 to 0.9, ONE DAY AT A TIME was at 0.2/0.2 compared to last week’s 0.3/0.3, and MANHUNT: DEADLY GAMES held at 0.2.

NBC:  THE VOICE became the latest veteran to return with a sharp drop, down half a point from last fall’s premiere to 1.2.  (It was down 0.3 from last February’s midseason premiere.)  An episode of WEAKEST LINK followed at 0.8.

FOX:  As noted, the current 0.9 for LA’S FINEST will likely drop once the NFL overrun is removed.  FILTHY RICH is up 0.1 to 0.4

CW:  The new WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY dropped 0.1 to 0.1, with the rerun at 0.2.  PENN & TELLER: FOOL US was steady at 0.2.

Tonight, FOX begins its coverage of the WORLD SERIES.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

Note: The fast affiliate-based ratings below measure what aired on network affiliates in 210 U.S. markets from 8-11 pm Eastern & Pacific or 7-10 pm Central & Mountain. The numbers are some combination of the network schedule and any pre-emptions (such as local news or weather coverage). Accurate program ratings will be available this afternoon with the broadcast finals.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top Monday cable programs and broadcast finals.






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.


  1. 69 Road Runner

    Not too bad for The Voice. DWTS is holding up quite well.

  2. Destiny

    Those LAs Finest half hours are hilarious. I’d Imagine the 15 minute breakdown for this episode showing mass rejection for the show.

    • Raiderguy

      Not to mention it’s been cancelled, so why bother?…

      • Destiny

        It was probably a good reflection as to how poorly the show also did on Spectrum too. Its not uncommon when a show is picked up(Especially on Cable or Streaming) to get a two season deal upfront.

  3. 69 Road Runner

    The Cardinals really thumped the Cowboys last night. I believe this makes Ezekiel Elliott the Weakest Link. 🙂

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