September 24, 2020



We may be seeing the new upper limits of non-sports primetime broadcast ratings.

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:  A run of the original GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was at 0.4, followed by a rerun of THE GOLDBERGS at 0.2.

CBS:  The line-up returned from a week off, with BIG BROTHER steady at 1.1, LOVE ISLAND up 0.2 to 0.6, and 48 HOURS: SUSPICION steady at 0.4.

NBC:  After a clip show at 0.6, the season finale of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was at 0.8, down a distressing 0.7 from the September 2019 finale, and down 0.4 from the February 2020 finale.

FOX:  The season premiere of THE MASKED SINGER was at 1.4, down 0.6 from the show’s February timeslot premiere, and down 0.9 from the May finale.  I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE held its lead-in well, premiering at 1.1.

CW:  THE 100 dropped 0.1 to 0.1, and the Season 1 finale of CORONER (which will soon be followed by the Canadian Season 2) held at 0.1.

Tonight, CBS starts running episodes of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, originally produced for the All Access streaming platform, on the broadcast network.

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 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. BM

    Wow, Masked Singer took a hit. I figured airing twice a season would create viewer fatigue, and here we are. Fox should know better that less is more.

  2. Raiderguy

    Color me surprised! I thought for sure Masked Singer would still pull off a 2.0 since the season review episode a few weeks ago pulled in a 1.6. But I guess that was mostly Football lead in.

    Farewell 2.0 ratings! Up next 1.0, what a world.

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