October 15, 2020

The Sked: Wednesday Network Scorecard 10.14.2020


The BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS and THE AMAZING RACE were the latest TV staples to plunge.

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:  After a run of the movie COCO at 0.5, THE CON debuted at 0.3.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER held at 1.0, and the season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE was at 0.7, down half a point from the April 2019 premiere.  A rerun of SWAT ended the night at 0.3.

NBC:  The BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS was at a preliminary 0.8, down 1.3 from the May 2019 edition.

FOX:  THE MASKED SINGER gained 0.1 to 1.6, and I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE returned from a week off down 0.2 to 1.0. 

CW:  DEVILS (0.1) and CORONER (0.1) were steady. 

Tonight brings the battle of the TOWN HALLS, with Trump on NBC (and MSNBC/CNBC) and Biden on ABC.

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 Wednesday cable programs and broadcast finals.






About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."


  1. Destiny

    I think the ease of which you can jump into any Amazing Race episode should help it with future ratings. Though saying that a 0.7 is fine.

    • Destiny

      They also shoot the show in roughly 21 days. Down from the 4 week mark for 70 percent of its run. Though that means Phil the host has a more hectic schedule and can’t fly to the next country to record the task introductions way in advance. He literally has to get it right the first time.

    • 69 Road Runner

      I don’t really watch any reality television, but such shows on CBS seem to be of a higher concept than most others in that genre; in contrast, the game and dating shows on ABC strike me as being pure rubbish.

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