October 14, 2020



Steadiness can be good news these days.

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 season premiere of THE BACHELORETTE was at the same 1.3 as the May 2019 premiere.  An episode of CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD followed at 0.6.

CBS:  A postponed special NFL FOOTBALL game had a preliminary 2.5, boosting lead-out FBI DECLASSIFIED by a current 0.5 to 0.9.

NBC:  Against a higher level of competition, WEAKEST LINK dropped 0.2 to 0.6, ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES fell 0.3 to 0.4, and TRANSPLANT was down 0.1 to 0.3.

FOX:  COSMOS and NEXT held at 0.3/0.3.

CW:  SWAMP THING stayed at 0.2, and TELL ME A STORY returned at 0.1.

Tonight, NBC airs the BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, and CBS has the season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE. 


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 Tuesday 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. Destiny

    If Fox wanted to save Next they would try the show at 8pm at the very minimum. The fact they haven’t confirms they know it won’t make a meaningful difference and are happy for the show to become schedule filler until cancelation. It’s also kinda sad that some think dvr might make a difference, it won’t, it’s not premium cable.

    • Destiny

      That FBI thing at 10pm is a news like show right? Sort of like what you’d expect the history network or discovery to do a topic about?. It’s done well for is likely a no budget production.

  2. 69 Road Runner

    I’m unfortunately liking NeXt more each week, “unfortunately” because it’s probably not long for this world. The show is like a cross between Person of Interest and Perception with a little bit of 24 mixed in, and John Slattery does a god job in the lead role.

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