September 21, 2020


NOTE: ABC and NBC numbers below do not include live viewing in the Pacific Time Zone from 5-8PM local time for the EMMY AWARDS and SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. Precise program ratings will be available for those programs Tuesday morning.

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:  The preliminary 1.0 for the EMMY AWARDS was 0.5 below the early number in 2019 (which adjusted up to 1.7 in finals).  Just about all broadcast ratings are down these days, but that’s a heavy hit.  The night started with a rerun CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD at 0.7.

CBS:  The line-up shifted by 50 minutes in most of the country due to an afternoon NFL overrun, so these numbers may change in finals as well.  Currently, 60 MINUTES is up 0.5 to 1.3, BIG BROTHER is down 0.2 to 0.9, and LOVE ISLAND is down 0.1 to 0.4.

NBC:  The preliminary 4.2 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is down 1.2 from last week’s early rating (which adjusted to 6.2 in finals).

FOX:  Reruns at 0.3-0.5, although the current 0.5 for the LAST MAN STANDING rerun is almost certainly a reflection of afternoon NFL overruns.

CW:  Reruns at 0.1/0.1.

The night after the Emmy Awards is traditionally the kick-off to the broadcast network fall season, and in 2020 this is where we are:  two of the night’s premieres were produced for and have already aired on the Spectrum cable platform (FOX’s LA’S FINEST and CBS’s MANHUNT: DEADLY GAMES), and the third is FOX’s FILTHY RICH, which was intended for the 2019-2020 season but never made its way onto the air.

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). Also live events such as sporting events and major specials are usually undercounted because the fast nationals measure what was on in primetime in the Pacific Time Zone (mostly what aired after the live event ended on the West Coast). Accurate program ratings will be available Tuesday morning with the broadcast finals.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top Friday cable programs. Saturday & Sunday cable ratings and broadcast finals will be posted Tuesday morning.






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 many viewers are getting tired of the political spin whenever you get a few Hollywood elites gathered together….

    • Destiny

      Good luck being a Trump supporter among a massively liberal Hollywood acting pool. Put it this way, for the sake of your career you would never admit to agreeing with or liking Donald Trump.

      • Destiny

        That and yes, you’re right. These Hollywood types live in a different reality to the rest of the world. So taking their advice at face value is foolish at best. These people never see the result of any election beyond maybe the tax side of things. So for some of them to push an agenda onto their fans is wrong, at least I think so.

        • 69 Road Runner

          “Limousine Liberals”

          • nan

            Great line 69

            Did you coin that term? Or, am I out of touch?

          • 69 Road Runner

            Sadly, I can’t claim to have invented the term

          • ChrisM

            Like Ronald Reagan and Charlton Heston to name just two?

            You may forget that “Hollywood types” come from around the country, if not the world, and were rarely wealthy to begin with. Sleeping in cars and living in dumpy apartments – often with others, working at regular jobs, and going to numerous screen tests and gigs trying to make it until they got lucky or were simply talented enough to get that break. Many, likely, faced discrimination – black and older actors, Hispanics, Asians, and disabled. In one form or anther, it still exists today.

            This can give actors, musicians, writers, producers, etc. a social consciousness enabling them to identify with peoples and issues that often get magnified by the media, but are no less real.

            As I noted, there are conservative voices in the industry. I think Tom Selleck is another. Unfortunately, they do get drowned out, or hold their tongue, so to speak, so as not to harm their relations and/or career in that industry, particularly at this time. Many of them may actually be more moderate and understanding and agreeable with the other side.

            I actually do not consider Trump and friends Republican in the true sense of the word and should branch off into their own party – whatever that might be called. It’s the problem with a two-party system we have being corrupted by those who join one or the other they identify with most, but have too extreme views that do not conform closely with either. Each extreme side is too afraid to form some far right wing party or a true socialist one, so they use what we have as cover. It’s a shame and another example of a broken system.

            Celebrities have opinions, beliefs, and a right to voice them. Their fans may already believe as they do or, as we see now with social media, get angry at them if they do not. I am not really sure how influential those Hollywood types are. As generally public figures in a mass news and social media world, they may just be louder voices in the choir.

  2. 69 Road Runner

    The commercials for LA’s Finest debuting tonight make it look a little cheesy. The only new FOX show this season that looks really interesting to me is Next, though even that one sort of seems like a ripoff of Person of Interest.

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