September 22, 2020


NOTE: The ABC numbers below do not include live viewing in the Pacific Time Zone from 5-8PM, including Las Vegas, Oakland and Los Angeles. The ABC portion of NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALLshould rise about +15% in the official Monday broadcast nationals. The game also aired as usual on ESPN, and that audience will be available later with the Monday cable nationals. 

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:  With the limitations noted above, the preliminary rating for the ABC portion of MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was 1.6.

CBS:  After reruns at 0.3/0.3, LOVE ISLAND gained 0.1 to 0.5.  The Spectrum cable retread MANHUNT: DEADLY GAMES debuted on broadcast at 0.3.

NBC:  AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR was steady at 0.5, and DATELINE was at 0.4.

FOX:  Another Spectram cast-off LA’S FINEST launched at 0.5, and the new FILTHY RICH premiered at a grim 0.4.

CW:  The new and rerun WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US were all up 0.1 to 0.2.

Tonight, ABC airs a relocated DANCING WITH THE STARS, followed by the special TIME 100.

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

    I think those FOX ratings qualify as a “Meh”

  2. Monzo

    Manhunt had wrong lead-in for sure.

    So sad FOX line-up flopped. Now that Empire is gone it would have been nice to have a successful primetime soap on a network again.

  3. Chris L

    I think both Whose Lines were reruns – my DVR didn’t pick up a new one.

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