Thursday, September 19, 2019

NBC Ratings - September 2019

NBC NEWS “FOUR” THE WIN: FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT SEASON TODAY, NBC NIGHTLY NEWS AND MEET THE PRESS ARE #1

September 19, 2019 – NBC News’ TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd are #1 for the 2018-2019 broadcast season, according to Nielsen Media Research. This marks the fourth straight season that all three broadcasts win in the all-important demos, A25-54 and A18-49. NBC News’ ratings success across the programs continues to be fueled by the network’s original reporting, including over 250 scoops broken by the Investigative and Political Units, as well as over 120 exclusive interviews this season.

TODAY wins the A25-54 demo, most valued by advertisers, for the fourth straight season and tops ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning in A18-49 for the 26th season. TODAY has won 13 weeks in total viewers this season, posting its best total viewer margin versus GMA in seven years and largest total viewer lead over CBS in three years. Hoda Kotb rejoined co-anchor Savannah Guthrie this month alongside Al Roker, Craig Melvin and Carson Daly to kick off the fall season.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the #1 evening newscast in the key A25-54 demo for the 12th straight season and #1 in A18-49 for the 23rd consecutive season, delivering its best streak ever in the demos versus ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News. Additionally, Nightly News posts its biggest A25-54 advantage over CBS in seven seasons and its strongest total viewers lead over CBS in five seasons. Holt recently got rare access inside Iran during a critical moment for the world for a special edition of Nightly News and, this past season, the newscast launched a criminal justice reform series, “Justice for All,” which has evolved into a network-wide initiative led by Holt.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd achieves the third straight across-the-board season win, dominating all Sunday news programs in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49. Among both demos, the broadcast outperforms the competition and delivers its fourth straight season win. Meet the Press also continues to lead in total viewers, beating ABC’s This Week for four consecutive seasons and CBS’ Face the Nation for three straight seasons, while winning every Sunday in the influential Washington, D.C. market for over four years. Chuck Todd has just marked five years at the helm of Meet the Press and next month the show will debut its third annual Meet the Press Film Festival.

During this past season, NBC News made history producing the top-rated Democratic presidential debate in the key A25-54 demo and in total viewers. NBC News also dominated the top political specials of the season, delivering across-the-board wins among broadcast with the 2018 Midterm Election and coverage of the 2019 State of the Union and post-speech analysis.The network was also #1 in the key demos across television for coverage of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony and Attorney General William Barr’s press conference and was #1 in the demo across broadcast for coverage of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live + SD, 9/24/2018-9/15/2019 with one week remaining in the 2018-2019 season; NBC News programs versus respective competitive sets; regularly-titled telecasts only, excluding specials and repeats.

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More Americans watch NBC News than any news organization in the world. Its leading and award-winning television news broadcasts include TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Dateline NBC, and TODAY with Hoda and Jenna, as well as primetime specials and breaking news reports. For the 2017-2018 season, all four NBC News marquee broadcasts were #1 in the key news demo for the third year in a row. The rapidlygrowing NBC News Digital Group, including its streaming news service NBC News NOW, along with the SiriusXM TODAY Show Radio channel, provides continuous content to consumers wherever they are, whenever they want it. NBC News also operates Peacock Productions, an award-winning in-house production company, and the NBC NewsChannel affiliate news service.

NBC News is part of the NBCUniversal News Group, a division of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corporation. For more information about NBCUniversal, please visit www.NBCUniversal.com.

‘TONIGHT SHOW’ MATCHES ITS BEST 18-49 RATING FOR A NON-NFL WEEK SINCE JUNE

Fallon Wins the Late-Night Ratings Week of Sept. 9-13 in Adults 18-49 and All Other Key Demos
Seth Meyers Also Equals His Top 18-49 Rating for a Non-NFL Week Since June 24-28
Social / Digital: “Tonight” Is Easily Television’s Most-Viewed Program of the Week on Digital/Social Platforms With 84 Million Views Across YouTube & Facebook, a Five-Month High; Also Delivers Its Most Social Week of the Year

NEW YORK — Sept. 17, 2019 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has won the late-night ratings week of Sept. 9-13 in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics, matching the show’s highest adult 18-49 weekly average, excluding weeks of high-rated NFL lead-ins, since June.

“Tonight’s” 0.35 rating for the week in 18-49 equals the show’s highest average, excluding the prior week when the show benefited from two primetime NFL lead-ins, since the week of June 24-28 (0.41). This is also “Tonight’s” most-watched week, excluding NFL lead-ins, since that same June 24-28 week (2.102 million viewers).

Last week at 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” scored a 0.21 rating in 18-49, matching Seth’s best for a non-NFL week since June 24-28 (0.23). In total viewers, it’s also the best average for “Late Night” during a non-NFL week since June 24-28 (1.169 million).
For the week, Meyers outrated CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and ABC’s “Nightline” in adults 18-49 and all other key measures. Season to date, Meyers also leads both “Late Late Show” and ABC’s “Nightline” in “most current” averages in every key ratings category.

In the digital realm, “Tonight” generated 84 million video views for the week across YouTube and Facebook to easily rank as the week’s #1 program across daypart, genre, and broadcast type, topping the closest late-night competitor (“Late Show”) by almost 40 million views. It’s Fallon’s best weekly total since the week of April 1-6. Seven “Tonight” videos delivered more than 1 million views for the week across Facebook and YouTube (Source: ListenFirst Media, 9/9/19-9/15/19. LF// TV Universe // Episodic, Brand Type: TV Shows, ListenFirst Video Views (YouTube + Facebook).

“The Tonight Show” also ranked as the #1 most-viewed entertainment program of the week on YouTube with 62 million views, which stands as the show’s second-best weekly total of the year. The History of Music Video Dancing with Jennifer Lopez earned just under 5 million views and ranked as the #1 most-viewed TV-related entertainment video on YouTube for the week across all programs & dayparts (Source: ListenFirst Media, 9/9/19-9/15/19. LF// TV Universe // Episodic, Brand Type: TV Shows, ListenFirst Video Views (YouTube) excludes News, WWE, and Children’s programs).

“Tonight” dominated the week’s social engagement charts, ranking as the most-social late-night series with 1.5 million Total Interactions across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It’s the show’s most social week of the year to date. Wednesday’s episode featuring Kim Kardashian West, Winnie Harlow and Iggy Pop earned 1.3 million Total Interactions, making it the show’s most-social episode of 2019 (Source: Nielsen Social SCR, 09/09/19-09/15/19, Late Fringe, Linear Window. Series Only).

Year to date, “Tonight” is the #1 most-viewed entertainment program on television across social channels (excludes WWE programs & specials, Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Video Views [Facebook + YouTube], LF//TV Universe // Episodic, 01/01/19-09/15/19) and #1 Most-Social late-night series of 2019 (Source: Nielsen Social SCR, 01/01/19-09/15/19. Late Fringe Daypart. Series Only, Linear Measure).

Also last week, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” drew 14 million views across YouTube and Facebook,. ‘A Closer Look’ Segments continue to draw high YouTube viewership, averaging over 2.3 million views per installment.

LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 9-13. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”)

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.35 rating, 3 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.31/3 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.31/3 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.18/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.21/2 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.16/2 *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.14/2 (R)
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 1.785 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 2.638 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.659 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.001 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.064 million viewers *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.055 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.563 million viewers (R)

* Friday’s “Tonight,” “Late Show,” “Late Night,” and “Late Late Show” were encores and the CBS Friday rebroadcasts are excluded from these averages.

SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.48 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.49/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.38/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.24/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.29/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.22/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.17/2
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.307 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.627 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.981 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.227 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.385 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.296 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.693 million viewers


SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF SEPT. 9-13
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.15
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.07

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.10 (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.31
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.27

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.29 million viewers.
TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.598 million viewers
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.221 million viewers

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.298 million viewers (R)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.603 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.508 million viewers

‘SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL’ & ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ ACCOUNT FOR 3 OF THE WEEK’S TOP 4 MOST-WATCHED SHOWS ON THE BIG 4

NBC Rules the Primetime Ratings Week of Sept. 9-15, Winning in All Key Measures
“Talent” Has Remained Television’s #1 Entertainment Show in Total Viewers Every Week This Summer
Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 in Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-34
Excluding Sports, NBC Is Running the Closest It’s Been to #1 in Total Viewers in 16 Years
NBC Takes Monday in Total Viewers, "Ninja Warrior" Is the #1 Most-Watched Big 4 Show of the Night, “Dateline” Grows +31% Week to Week
"Talent" Dominates Another Tuesday, Hits a Five-Week High in Total Viewers; "Bring the Funny" Sweeps the 10 p.m. Demos Among ABC-CBS-NBC
NBC Wins Wednesday in 18-49 (Tie) and Total Viewers With the Most-Watched Wednesday “Talent” of the Season; “Songland” Ties Its Wednesday 18-49 High; “Hollywood Game Night” Wins the 10 p.m. Hour in 18-49
"Dateline" and a “Ninja Warrior” Encore Are Friday's #1-2 Big 4 Shows in 18-49 & 25-54
Eagles-Falcons “SNF” Sweeps Sunday’s Key Categories, Beats the Combined Big 4 Competition in Adults 18-49 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 17, 2019 — NBC has scored a dominant win for the primetime ratings week of Sept. 9-15, with “Sunday Night Football” combining with “America’s Got Talent” to deliver three of the week’s four most-watched primetime telecasts on the Big 4 networks, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research. 

“Sunday Night Football” ranked #1 for the week among primetime telecasts on the Big 4 networks in both total viewers and adults 18-49, with the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of “Talent” ranking #3 and #4 in total viewers, and Monday’s “American Ninja Warrior” finishing #9 (rankings exclude sports pre- and post-game shows).

Tuesday’s “Talent” was the week’s #1 entertainment telecast in total viewers and tied for #1 among entertainment shows in adults 18-49. “Talent” continued its streak this summer of ranking as television’s #1 most-watched entertainment show every week it’s aired.
For the week, NBC finished #1 among the Big 4 networks in 10 of 10 key ratings categories – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Season to date, NBC ranks #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 adults 18-34 and is #1 or tied for #1 in all key adult-female demos, men 18-49 and men 25-54. In total viewers, excluding sports, NBC is running within 967,000 persons of #1 CBS, NBC’s closest position to #1 in total viewers at this point in the season, excluding sports, in 16 years, since trailing by 603,000 persons at this time in 2002-03.

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”
Week 51 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Sept. 9-15
NBC…1.4
Fox…0.9
ABC…0.9
CBS…0.5
CW…0.1
Total Viewers
NBC…5.7 million
CBS…3.9 million
ABC…4.5 million
Fox…3.1 million
CW…0.6 million
Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
NBC…1.4
CBS…1.2
Fox…1.2
ABC…1.2
CW…0.4

Total Viewers
CBS…7.4 million
NBC…6.5 million
ABC…5.2 million
Fox…4.5 million
CW…1.2 million

NBC highlights for the week of Sept. 9-15:

Monday
NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in total viewers.
“American Ninja Warrior” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) scored as the #1 most-watched show of the night on the Big 4 networks, while maintaining 100% week to week in adult 18-49 rating (0.8 vs. 0.8).
L+35+Digital: After 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, “American Ninja Warrior” has been growing this summer by +133% in adults 18-49 and +4.9 million viewers overall versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens, to a 2.06 rating in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall in L+35+digital including encores.
“Dateline NBC” (0.6 rating in adults 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) grew week to week by +50% in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.4), up +14% in adults 25-54 (0.8 vs. 0.7) and up +31% in total viewers (3.8 million vs. 2.9 million), to finish #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults, men and women 18-49 and 25-54.

Tuesday
NBC ranked #1 Tuesday night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key measure (including a tie in women 18-34).
“America’s Got Talent” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) grew +4% week to week in total viewers (9.5 million vs. 9.1 million) to a five-week high, best since Aug. 6 (9.7 million). “Talent” was the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults, 25-54, adults 18-34 and total viewers. L+35+Digital: “America’s Got Talent” is growing by +140% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing and encores, increasing all the way to a 3.79 rating, while adding +8.4 million viewers, growing to 18.2 million persons in L+35+Digital including encores. Digital & Social: “America’s Got Talent” has amassed 2.4 billion views across all digital video platforms so far this season. With 436.8 million combined total views across Facebook, Twitter & YouTube, Kodi Lee’s Golden Buzzer performance is the show’s most viewed video clip this season. “Talent” is the #1 most-social Broadcast Series of the year (37 million Total Interactions to-date in Linear metrics, Source: Nielsen Social SCR, 1/1/19-9/9/19. Linear Metrics. Broadcast Series only. All dayparts. Excludes News & Sports).
“Bring the Funny” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) grew +11% week to week to a three-week high in total viewers (3.6 million vs. 3.2 million), with its biggest overall audience since Aug. 20 (3.7 million). In 18-49 “BTN” maintained a steady 0.7 for a fifth week in a row, while finishing #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in nine of nine key demographics – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. L+35+Digital: “Bring the Funny” is increasing by +138% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, growing to a 2.51 rating, while adding +5.7 million viewers, increasing to 11.0 million persons in L+35+Digital including encores.

Wednesday
NBC ranked #1 Wednesday night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 (tie) and total viewers, and is #1 or tied for #1 for the night in every other key measure.
“America’s Got Talent” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall from 8-9:01 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s Wednesday season high in 18-49 and set a new Wednesday high in total viewers, to rank as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers. “AGT” won the timeslot over “Big Brother” in total viewers by a margin of +88% or +4.0 million persons (8.6 million vs. 4.6 million). L+7+Digital: The Wednesday “Talent” is increasing by +114% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after seven days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, growing to a 2.37 rating, while adding +5.7 million viewers, increasing to 13.6 million persons in L+7+Digital including encores.
The season finale of “Songland” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 9:01-10 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s season-high 18-49 rating for a Wednesday edition, winning the timeslot outright versus the season finale of “BH90210” in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers), including a margin of +1.8 million viewers or +93% in total viewers (3.7 million vs. 1.9 million). Versus NBC’s timeslot average this summer prior to “Songland,” the show’s Sept. 11 telecast was up +33% in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.6, L+SD excluding sports) and +29% in total viewers (3.679 million vs. 2.848 million). L+35+Digital: After 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, “Songland” has been more than doubling this summer, growing by +103% in adults 18-49 versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens, to a 1.86 rating in 18-49. In total viewers, “Songland” is increasing by +3.2 million persons to 7.6 million viewers in L+35+digital including encores.
“Hollywood Game Night” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, delivering the show’s top-scoring Wednesday telecast this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers. “HGN” scored NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot, excluding live news and sports, since June 5 (0.5). L+35+Digital: “Hollywood Game Night” is growing by +104% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing and encores, increasing to a 0.98 rating, while adding +2.1 million viewers, growing to 4.6 million persons in L+35+Digital including encores.

Thursday
Encore telecasts of “Superstore” averaged a 0.4 rating in 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET and a 0.3 in 18-49 and 1.5 million viewers 8:30-9 p.m. p.m. ET.
Rebroadcasts of “The Good Place” delivered a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 1.3 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET and a 0.2 in 18-49 and 1.1 million viewers 9:30-10 p.m. ET.
An encore telecast of “Law & Order: SVU” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) grew by +0.1 of a point or +33% versus the show’s most recent encore in this timeslot in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.3 on Aug. 29) and +12% in total viewers (1.8 million vs. 1.6 million). 

Friday
NBC finished #1 among the Big 4 networks Friday night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and every other key demographic (including a tie in women 18-34).
An encore telecast of “American Ninja Warrior” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) was the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, behind only “Dateline NBC.”
“Dateline NBC” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 0.9 in adults 25-54, 3.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, equaling the show’s highs for a Friday edition in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 since June 7 (0.7 in 18-49, 1.0 in 25-54) and hitting a new high in total viewers since that same June 7 telecast (3.7 million viewers). L+7:Through the traditional September-to-May season, Friday’s “Dateline” grew by +51% in 18-49 rating (from a 0.57 to a 0.86) and more than +1.2 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 4.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Sunday
NBC Sports coverage of Philadelphia Eagles-Atlanta Falcons “Sunday Night Football” (5.8 rating in 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall from 8:23-11:37 p.m. ET) dominated the night in all key ratings measures, topping the Big 4 competition combined for the night in adults 18-49. 

NBC CLINCHES THE 2018-19 52-WEEK TV SEASON FOR ITS 6 TH STRAIGHT WIN THE KEY ADULT 18-49 DEMO

With One Week Left to Count in the September-to-September Season, NBC Has Clinched a #1 Finish in 18-49 Demo and Is Also #1 in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-34, and #1 or Tied for #1 in Every Key Adult-Female Demo, Men 18-49 & Men 25-54
NBC Also Claims the Season in Adults 18-49 When Counting Entertainment Programming Only, As Well As Scripted Shows Only and Alternative Programs Only
In Total Viewers, NBC Is Finishing the Season the Closest It’s Been to #1, Excluding Sports, in 16 Years
NBC Is In Position to Win the Summer of 2019, Which Would Be Its 9th Summer Victory in a Row in 18-49 and 5th Straight in Total Viewers

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. —Sept. 17, 2019 — NBC has clinched first place for the full September-to-September ratings season in primetime’s key demographic of adults 18-49 for the network’s sixth consecutive #1 finish. 

With one week left to count in the traditional season, NBC is averaging a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49, versus a 1.2 for CBS, a 1.2 for Fox and a 1.2 for ABC, according to “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research through 51 completed weeks of the season. The 52-week season ends on Sunday, Sept. 22. 

Season to date, NBC ranks #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34 and is #1 or tied for #1 in all key adult-female demos, men 18-49 and men 25-54. 

In total viewers, excluding sports, NBC is running within 967,000 persons of #1 CBS, NBC’s closest position to #1 in total viewers at this point in the season, excluding sports, in 16 years, since trailing by 603,000 persons at this time in 2002-03.

For the September-to-September season, NBC not only ranks #1 in viewers 18-49 counting all programs, it also wins counting entertainment programming only, as well as scripted programs only and alternative programs only, and is also #1 in alternative programs in total viewers. 

Pacing NBC’s top-ranking regular lineup this season were broadcast television’s #1 most-watched primetime series, “Sunday Night Football”; broadcast television’s #1 drama in 18-49, “This Is Us”; the #1 and #2 new scripted series of the season in 18-49, “Manifest” and “New Amsterdam”; the #1 alternative series in total viewers, “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”; the #1 Friday newsmagazine in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers, “Dateline NBC”; the summer’s #1 most-watched alternative series for a 14th straight year, “America’s Got Talent”; and the summer’s #1-2 new alternative series, “Songland” and “Bring the Funny.”

In the 10:30 lead-in to local news, NBC is a dominant #1 for the season in the key news demographic of adults 25-54, posting a 1.8 rating versus 1.4 ratings each for ABC and CBS.
NBC’s primetime lineup is also in position to win its ninth consecutive summer in adults 18-49 and fifth in a row in total viewers.
2018-19 Primetime Averages thru 51 Weeks, “Most Current”
NBC…1.4
CBS…1.2
Fox…1.2
ABC…1.2
CW…0.4
Total Viewers
CBS…7.4 million
NBC…6.5 million
ABC…5.2 million
Fox…4.5 million
CW…1.2 million

TODAY IS #1 IN KEY DEMO

TODAY Wins 192 out of 194 Weeks in A25-54
TODAY Tops GMA in Total Viewers Monday and Tuesday
TODAY More Than Triples Demo Lead Over GMA Versus Prior Week

NEW YORK – September 17, 2019 – TODAY was the number-one morning show last week topping “Good Morning America” in the key demo A25-54. The win marks 192 out of 194 weeks in first place. TODAY more than tripled its demo lead over GMA versus the prior week, its widest demo lead since the week of July 1. Additionally, TODAY won in total viewers Monday and Tuesday and narrowed the total viewer gap by 33% versus a year ago. 

Season to date, TODAY is posting its closest total viewer margin versus GMA in seven seasons and its largest total viewer lead over CBS in three seasons. Just 67,000 total viewers separate TODAY and GMA for the season.
TODAY HIGHLIGHTS:
ProgramP25-54P25-54P18-49P18-49P2+
RtgImpsRtgImpsImps
TODAY0.961,1630.658373,649
CBS THIS MORNING0.587010.384952,737
GOOD MORNING AMERICA0.881,0600.587483,729
TODAY averaged 1.163 million A25-54 viewers, topping GMA by +103,000 (+10%) and CBS This Morning by +462,000 (+60%)
  • TODAY posted its widest demo advantage over GMA since the week of 7/1/2019 (10-week high) and over CBS since the week of 6/24/2019 (11-week high)
  • Versus prior week, TODAY more than tripled its A25-54 lead over GMA while its advantage over CBS grew by 9%.
TODAY averaged 837,000 A18-49 viewers, +89,000 (+12%) ahead of GMA and +342,000 (+69%) higher than CBS
TODAY averaged 3.649 million total viewers, topping CBS by +912,000 (+33%)
  • TODAY topped GMA in total viewers Monday and Tuesday
  • TODAY had its highest total viewer advantage over CBS since the week of 6/3/2019 (a 14-week high)
  • Compared to the same week last year, TODAY reduced its total viewer gap vs. GMA by 33%.
  • Vs. prior week, TODAY’s total viewer lead over CBS rose by 5%.
SEASON-TO-DATE (9/24/2018-9/15/2019)
TODAY ranks #1 among A25-54 and A18-49
Among total viewers, TODAY is posting its largest lead over CBS season-to-date in 3 seasons and its narrowest gap vs. GMA in 7 seasons
  • TODAY’s total viewer advantage over CBS is up 17% vs. the same period last season (+875,000 vs. +748,000 last season)
  • Only 67,000 viewers separate TODAY and GMA, which is 11% closer than the same point last season

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT IS #1, BIGGEST A25-54 ADVANTAGE OVER ABC IN 35 WEEKS

Wins the Week in Key A25-54 and A18-49 Demos
#1 in A25-54 for 12 Straight Seasons; #1 in A18-49 for 23 Consecutive Seasons

September 17, 2019 – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is #1 in A25-54 and A18-49 for another straight week and season to date, according to Nielsen Media Research. NBC News’ signature newscast also delivers its strongest A25-54 advantage over ABC’s World News Tonight in 35 weeks and posts its best A25-54 weekly win streak in 30 weeks.

Nightly News averages 1.607 million viewers in the key A25-54 demo most valued by advertisers, topping ABC by +140,000 (+10%), marking its biggest lead over them in 35 weeks, and CBS by +692,000 (+76%). Nightly News also leads the competitive set in the younger A18-49 demo, averaging 1.102 million in A18-49, +57,000 (+5%) more than ABC and +453,000 (+70%) more than CBS.

All this week, Nightly News is presenting special reports on climate as part of the network’s “Climate in Crisis” series. It kicked off Monday with Holt’s piece from Alaska, showing the physical changes of the glaciers since he spent time there as a young boy. During the previous week, Holt took an in-depth look at the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Crime Bill, a “Justice for All” segment. 

WEEK OF SEPT. 9, 2019:
Nightly News ranks #1 among A25-54 and A18-49 viewers
Nightly averages 1.607 million A25-54 viewers, ahead of ABC by +140,000 (+10%) and CBS by +692,000 (+76%)
  • Strongest lead over ABC among A25-54 in 35 weeks (since week of 1/7/19)
  • Vs. prior week, Nightly is down the least by -4% while ABC is down -8% and CBS is down -18%
Nightly averages 1.102 million A18-49 viewers, ahead of ABC by +57,000 (+5%) and CBS by +453,000 (+70%)
  • Vs. prior week, Nightly is down -7% while ABC is down -6% and CBS is down -16%
In total viewers, Nightly also closes the gap with ABC to its closest level in 22 weeks (since week of 4/8/19)
ProgramP25-54
Imps
P18-49
Imps
P2+
Imps
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS1.6071.1027.557
CBS EVENING NEWS0.9150.6495.018
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT1.4671.0458.089
NOTE: ABC was rated based on a 4-day week due to the retitling of World News Tonight on Thursday for the Democratic debate. Nightly News ratings are comprised of telecasts with regular titling and include overnight airings on owned stations.
2018-19 SEASON TO DATE:
Nightly News is the #1 evening newscast this season in A25-54 and A18-49
Among A25-54 viewers:
  • Nightly leads ABC by +25,000 (+1%) and CBS by +572,000 (+49%)
  • Nightly is #1 among A25-54 viewers at this point of the season for the 12th consecutive season
Among A18-49 viewers
  • Nightly leads ABC by +19,000 (+2%) and CBS by +346,000 (+42%)
  • Nightly is #1 among A18-49 viewers at this point of the season for the 23rd consecutive season
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NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the most-watched evening newscast in America among the key news demo, and reaches over 24 million people every week through its broadcast and millions more through NBCNews.com, the Nightly News app, The Nightly newsletter and social media platforms. The broadcast provides the latest on the day’s top stories, going beyond the headlines to uncover how people’s lives are affected by the world around them. Lester Holt is the anchor, and was named the most-trusted television news personality in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult 2018 survey. Jennifer Suozzo is the executive producer.

‘TONIGHT SHOW’ SCORES A NINE-MONTH HIGH, DOMINATES THE WEEK OF SEPT. 2-6 IN 18-49

Thursday’s Post-NFL Telecast Is Fallon’s Top-Rated Since Thanksgiving & Most-Watched Since Last Dec. 18 With Guest Michelle Obama; Sunday’s “Tonight” More Than Doubles the Show’s Summer 18-49 Average
Seth Meyers Hits a 27-Week High in 18-49 and His Biggest Margin of Victory Over Corden Since Thanksgiving Week
Social / Digital: “Tonight” Is Easily the Week’s Most-Viewed Late-Night Program on Digital/Social Platforms With More Than 61 Million Views Across YouTube & Facebook


NEW YORK — Sept. 10, 2019 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has dominated the late-night ratings week of Sept. 2-6 in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics, posting its highest 18-49 weekly average in more than nine months, as well as a 19-week high in total viewers.

According to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research, “Tonight’s” 0.56 rating for the week is the show’s highest since Thanksgiving week last fall (0.77 for the week of Nov. 19-23, 2018), and its 2.149 million viewers is Fallon’s biggest audience since April 22-26 (2.315 million).

“Tonight” was paced by powerful results Thursday and Sunday nights after primetime NFL coverage. Sunday’s 0.80 rating easily doubled “Tonight’s” summer average for originals (+122% vs. 0.36) and Thursday’s 0.94 was “Tonight’s” top rating since Thanksgiving night last fall (1.43). In total viewers, Thursday’s 2.904 million made it the most-watched “Tonight” since Michelle Obama was the guest on Dec. 18, 2018 (3.494 million).

For the week, “Tonight” topped “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by a margin of +0.25 of a rating point (0.56 vs. 0.31), the show’s biggest advantage over Colbert since Thanksgiving week last fall (+0.34).

Last week at 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” surged to a 0.28 rating in 18-49, a 27-week high (best since a 0.30 the week of Feb. 25-March 1), and 1.196 million viewers, a 17-week high (best since 1.200 million for May 6-10). “Late Night” was paced by strong post-NFL results Thursday night (0.51 in 18-49, 1.636 million viewers, highs for the show since Thanksgiving 2018 [0.72 in 18-49, 2.414 million viewers]).

Meyers’ margin of +0.12 of a rating point (0.28 vs. 0.16) is his biggest since Thanksgiving week (+0.16).

In the digital realm, with more than 61 million views across YouTube and Facebook, “Tonight” was again easily the most-viewed late-night program on digital/social platforms last week, topping the nearest late-night program by more than 25 million views. “Tonight” had six videos generating more than 1 million views each across Facebook and YouTube. The clip of Cara Delevingne Playing "Sweet Home Alabama" on Guitar Behind Her Back was the late-night daypart’s most-viewed clip of the week on both Facebook (2.3 million views) and YouTube (4.5 million views) (Source: ListenFirst Media, 9/2/19-9/8/19. LF// TV Universe // Episodic, Brand Type: TV Shows, ListenFirst Video Views (YouTube + Facebook).
On YouTube, “Tonight” was the #1 most-viewed Entertainment Program, with more than 44 million views last week. (Source: ListenFirst Media, 9/2/19-9/8/19. LF// TV Universe // Episodic, Brand Type: TV Shows, ListenFirst Video Views [YouTube] excludes News, WWE, and Children’s programs).

“Tonight” was the most-social late-night series of the week, earning 477,700 Total Interactions across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and topping the nearest late-night competition by 177,000 Interactions. High engagement was driven by Tuesday’s installment, which featured Bill Hader; Cara Delevingne; Lester Holt; Alec Benjamin and drew 190,000 Interactions, the most of any episode in the late-night daypart last week. (Source: Nielsen Social SCR, 09/02/19-09/08/19, Late Fringe, Linear Window. Series Only.)
Year to date, “Tonight” is the #1 most-viewed entertainment program on television across social channels in 2019 (excludes WWE programs & specials, Source: ListenFirst Media, ListenFirst Video Views [Facebook + YouTube], LF//TV Universe // Episodic, 01/01/19-09/08/19).

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” generated just under 15 million video views across Facebook and YouTube with only three original episodes last week. 

LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 2-6. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”)

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.56 rating, 5 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.31/3 *
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.30/2 *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.20/2 *

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.28/3 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.16/2 *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.21/3 (R) *
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.149 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 2.754 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.617 million viewers *

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.023 million viewers *

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.196 million viewers *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.018 million viewers *

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.748 million viewers (R) *

* Monday’s results are excluded due to the Labor Day holiday. NBC’s Thursday telecasts were delayed by an NFL overrun. Friday’s “Late Show,” “Late Night,” and “Late Late Show” were encores and the CBS Friday rebroadcasts are excluded from these averages. “Tonight” also aired a Sunday edition, delayed by an NFL overrun.

SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.48 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.50/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.38/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.24/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.29/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.22/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.17/2
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.322 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.649 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.989 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.230 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.394 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.302 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.696 million viewers


SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF SEPT. 2-6
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.19 **
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.10 **

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.11 (R)
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.34
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.29

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.29 million viewers.

TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.584 million viewers **
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” 0.221 million viewers **

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.273 million viewers (R)

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.678 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.556 million viewers

NBC NFL COVERAGE & ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ ACCOUNT FOR FOUR OF THE WEEK’S TOP FIVE MOST-WATCHED SHOWS

NBC Dominates the Primetime Ratings Week of Sept. 2-8 With the Best 18-49 & Total Viewers Averages for Any Net Since Super Bowl Week
In 18-49, NBC Football Ranks #1-2, Tuesday & Wednesday Editions of “AGT” Finish #4 and Tied for #5, “Ninja” & “Songland” Tie for #12 and “Bring the Funny” Ties for #15
“Talent” Has Ruled As Television’s #1 Entertainment Show in Total Viewers Every Week This Summer
Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 in Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-34
Excluding Sports, NBC Is Running the Closest It’s Been to #1 in Total Viewers in 16 Years
NBC Wins Monday in Total Viewers, "Ninja Warrior" Is the #1 Most-Watched Show of the Night
"AGT" Grows +15% Week to Week, Dominates Tuesday; "Bring the Funny" Matches the ABC-CBS 10 p.m. Competition Combined in 18-49
NBC Takes Wednesday With New Wednesday Season Highs for "AGT," "Songland" & “Hollywood Game Night”
Thursday’s Packers-Bears NFL Kickoff Game Surges +16% vs. Last Year in Total Audience Delivery, Most-Watched Kickoff Game in Three Years
"Dateline" and a “Ninja Warrior” Encore Tie As Friday's #1 Big 4 Telecast in18-49, It's the Most-Watched Friday "Ninja" Encore of the Summer
Steelers-Patriots “SNF” Opener Grows Vs. Last Year, Marking the First Time in Four Years Both Opening Weekend Games Have Scored Year-to-Year Increases 


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 10, 2019 — NBC has generated a dominant win for the primetime ratings week of Sept. 2-8, with NBC Sports coverage of Thursday and Sunday season-opening NFL football combining with “America’s Got Talent” to deliver four of television’s five most-watched telecasts of the week, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research. 

NBC’s averages for the week of a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers overall are the highest for any network since CBS averaged a 5.8 in 18-49 and 20.9 million viewers for Super Bowl week, Jan 28-Feb. 3.

In total viewer, Sunday and Thursday NFL coverage ranked #1-2 in total viewers and adults 18-49, with Tuesday and Wednesday editions of “Talent” ranking third and fifth in total viewers. “American Ninja Warrior” also rated in the top 10 at #9. Rankings exclude sports pre- and post-game shows and primetime segments of afternoon sporting events.
In 18-49, “Talent” finished #4 and tied for #5, “Ninja” and “Songland” tied for #12 and “Bring the Funny” tied for #15.

“Talent” continued its streak this summer of ranking as television’s #1 most-watched entertainment show every week it’s aired. 

For the week, NBC ranked #1 among the Big 4 networks in 10 of 10 key ratings categories – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Season to date, NBC ranks #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 adults 18-34 and is #1 or tied for #1 in all key adult-female demos, men 18-49 and men 25-54. In total viewers, excluding sports, NBC is running within 995,000 persons of #1 CBS, NBC’s closest position to #1 in total viewers at this point in the season, excluding sports, in 16 years, since trailing by 614,000 persons at this time in 2002-03.

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

Week 50 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Sept. 2-8
NBC…2.4
Fox…0.9
ABC…0.8
CBS…0.5
CW…0.1

Total Viewers
NBC…8.8 million
CBS…3.7 million
ABC…3.5 million
Fox…3.3 million
CW…0.6 million


Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
NBC…1.4
CBS…1.2
Fox…1.2
ABC…1.2
CW…0.4

Total Viewers
CBS…7.5 million
NBC…6.5 million
ABC…5.2 million
Fox…4.5 million
CW…1.2 million



NBC highlights for the week of Sept. 2-8:
Monday
NBC won the night in total viewers.
“American Ninja Warrior” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 most-watched show of the night in total viewers and was the #2 show in adults 18-49.
L+35+Digital: After 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, “American Ninja Warrior” has been growing this summer by +133% in adults 18-49 and +4.9 million viewers overall versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens, to a 2.06 rating in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall in L+35+digital including encores.
“Dateline NBC” (0.4 rating in adults 18-49, 0.7 in adults 25-54, 2.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 and was #1 outright in adults, men and women 25-54.


Tuesday
NBC finished #1 Tuesday night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and total viewers.
“America’s Got Talent” (1.5 rating in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) grew +15% week to week in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.3) and up +1% in total viewers (9.1 million vs. 9.0 million) to rank as the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers. In the 8-10 p.m. timeslot, “AGT” outrated “Bachelor in Paradise” by +36% in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.1 head to head from 8-10) and +5.1 million persons or +125% in total viewers (9.1 million vs. 4.0 million). L+35+Digital: “America’s Got Talent” is growing by +140% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing and encores, increasing all the way to a 3.79 rating, while adding +8.4 million viewers, growing to 18.2 million persons in L+35+Digital including encores. Digital & Social: “America’s Got Talent” has amassed 2.21 billion views across all digital video platforms so far this summer. “Talent” is the #1 most-social Broadcast Series of the year (30.2 million Total Interactions to-date in Linear metrics, Source: Nielsen Social SCR, 1/1/19-8/18/19. Linear Metrics. Broadcast Series only. All dayparts. Excludes News & Sports).
“Bring the Funny” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) equaled the hour’s ABC-CBS timeslot competition combined in adults 18-49 (0.7 vs. a combined 0.7) and ranked #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in nine of nine key demographics – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. L+35+Digital: “Bring the Funny” is increasing by +138% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, growing to a 2.51 rating, while adding +5.7 million viewers, increasing to 11.0 million persons in L+35+Digital including encores.


Wednesday
NBC ranked #1 Wednesday night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and adults 25-54, and was #1 or tied for #1 for the night in every other key measure.
“America’s Got Talent” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall from 8-9:01 p.m. ET) delivered the show’s highest 18-49 and total-viewer results for a Wednesday edition among four telecasts to date this summer, tying “Big Brother” as the #1 show of the night and beating “Brother” in total viewers by a margin of +92% or more than +4.1 million persons (8.6 million vs. 4.4 million). “AGT” scored NBC’s strongest 18-49 rating in the timeslot, excluding sports, since the “Billboard Music Awards” on May 1 (1.9 from 8-9 p.m.), and the net’s top total-viewer result in the slot, excluding sports, since Feb. 20 (9.112 for “Chicago Med”). L+7+Digital: The Wednesday “Talent” is increasing by +114% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after seven days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, growing to a 2.37 rating, while adding +5.7 million viewers, increasing to 13.6 million persons in L+7+Digital including encores.
“Songland” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 9:01-10 p.m. ET) delivered the show’s top 18-49 and total-viewer Nielsens for a Wednesday edition among four telecasts so far this summer, winning the timeslot outright for the first time versus “BH90210” in adults 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.6). “Songland” also won the hour among the Big 4 networks in all other key measures. Week to week, “Songland” increased by +14% in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7) and +19% in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.3 million). L+35+Digital: After 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, “Songland” has been more than doubling this summer, growing by +103% in adults 18-49 versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens, to a 1.86 rating in 18-49. In total viewers, “Songland” is increasing by +3.2 million persons to 7.6 million viewers in L+35+digital including encores.
“Hollywood Game Night” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, while delivering the show’s most-watched Wednesday telecast to date this summer. L+35+Digital: “Hollywood Game Night” is growing by +104% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing and encores, increasing to a 0.98 rating, while adding +2.1 million viewers, growing to 4.6 million persons in L+35+Digital including encores.


Thursday
NBC Sports coverage of the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears NFL Kickoff Game (7.1/34 in 18-49, 22.1 million viewers overall from 8:23-11:30 p.m. ET) averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 22.7 million viewers across NBC TV, NBC Sports Digital, and NFL Digital platforms, making it the most-watched sporting event since Super Bowl LIII in February, according to Nielsen viewership figures and digital data from Adobe Analytics. The Packers-Bears matchup scored a +16% increase over last year’s opener (19.6 million TAD for Falcons-Eagles) and is the most-watched NFL Kickoff Game since 2016.


Friday
NBC ranked #1 among the Big 4 networks Friday night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and every other key demographic (including a tie in men 18-34).
An encore telecast of “American Ninja Warrior” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 with “Dateline NBC.” The Sept. 6 rebroadcast was up +20% versus the prior week’s encore in this timeslot in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5) and +16% in total viewers (2.7 million vs. 2.4 million), to match the highest 18-49 rating this summer among 14 “Ninja” Friday encores and set a new high among those rebroadcasts in total viewers.
“Dateline NBC” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 0.9 in adults 25-54, 3.3 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 with NBC’s “Ninja” encore and was the night’s #1 show outright on those nets in the key news demo of adults 25-54. The Sept. 6 “Dateline” delivered the show’s highs for a Friday edition in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers since July 12 (0.6 in 18-49, 0.9 in 25-54, 3.378 million viewers). “Dateline” was up +20% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5), +29% in adults 25-54 (0.9 vs. 0.7) and +27% in total viewers (3.338 million vs. 2.627 million). L+7:Through the traditional September-to-May season, Friday’s “Dateline” grew by +51% in 18-49 rating (from a 0.57 to a 0.86) and more than +1.2 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 4.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.


Saturday
The NBC Movie of the Week, the 2011 feature film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” averaged a 0.3 in 18-49 and 1.3 million viewers overall from 8-11 p.m. ET)


Sunday
NBC Sports coverage of Pittsburgh Steelers-New England Patriots “Sunday Night Football” (7.5/31 in 18-49, 22.2 million viewers overall from 8:23-11 p.m. ET) won the night in all key ratings measures. The game’s Total Audience Delivery of 22.7 million (according to fast-official figures from Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics) topped last year’s Bears-Packers “SNF” opener (22.6 million viewers).
Coupled with Thursday’s Packers-Bears NFL Kickoff Game – which also registered a viewership increase over last season – NBC’s two-game NFL Kickoff Weekend viewership average of 22.7 million viewers is up 8% from last year’s first two NBC games (21.1 million TAD). With Thursday’s game also scoring gains versus last year, it’s the first time both of NBC’s NFL opening weekend games posted year-over-year increases since 2015. The Thursday and Sunday games also combined as television’s two most-watched primetime telecasts since ABC’s Feb. 24 coverage of the Academy Awards (29.6 million viewers).

‘TODAY’ WINS TOTAL VIEWERS & KEY DEMO

TODAY Tops GMA in Total Viewers for the 13th Week This Season and Wins 191 out of 193 Weeks in A25-54
TODAY Posts 14-Week High in Total Viewers, Doubles the Combined Gains of ABC and CBS

NEW YORK – September 10, 2019 – TODAY was the number-one morning show outright last week topping “Good Morning America” in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49 for the 13th time this season. TODAY’s key demo win marks 191 out of 193 weeks in first place. TODAY also posted its largest total viewer audience since the week of May 27, a 14-week high. Versus the prior week, TODAY’s total viewership more than doubled the combined gains of CBS and GMA, and its demo lead over GMA grew by 67%.

Season to date, TODAY is posting its closest total viewer margin versus GMA in seven seasons and its largest total viewer lead over CBS in three seasons. Additionally, just 66,000 total viewers separate TODAY and GMA for the season.
TODAY HIGHLIGHTS:
ProgramP25-54P25-54P18-49P18-49P2+
RtgImpsRtgImpsImps
TODAY0.991,1990.698953,867
CBS THIS MORNING0.627510.384962,926
GOOD MORNING AMERICA0.951,1490.607793,832
TODAY averaged 1.199 million A25-54 viewers, topping GMA by +50,000 (+4%) and CBS This Morning by +448,000 (+60%)
  • This was TODAY’s best A25-54 delivery in 13 weeks (since the week of 6/3/2019)
  • Vs. prior week, TODAY’s demo audience jumped +9% (+103,000) vs. GMA +8% and CBS -2%. TODAY increased its A25-54 lead over GMA by 67% and CBS by 35% compared to prior week.
TODAY averaged 895,000 A18-49 viewers, +116,000 (+15%) ahead of GMA and +399,000 (+80%) higher than CBS
  • TODAY posted its highest A18-49 average in 15 weeks (since the week of 5/20/2019)
  • Week-over-week, TODAY rose +14% (+109,000) vs. GMA +9% and CBS -7%. TODAY improved its A18-49 advantages over both GMA (up 71%) and CBS (60% higher) compared to prior week.
TODAY averaged 3.867 million total viewers, outperforming GMA by +35,000 (+1%) and CBS by +941,000 (+32%)
  • TODAY hit a 14-week high among total viewers (best since week of 5/27/2019), its best advantage over CBS since week of 6/3/2019, and biggest lead over GMA since week of 4/15/2019 (20 weeks)
  • Vs. prior week, TODAY’s total viewership grew by +266,000 (+7%), more than doubling the combined gains of GMA and CBS.
SEASON-TO-DATE (9/24/2018-9/1/2019)
TODAY ranks #1 among A25-54 and A18-49
Among total viewers, TODAY is seeing its largest lead over CBS season-to-date in 3 seasons and its narrowest gap vs. GMA in 7 seasons
  • TODAY’s total viewer advantage over CBS is up 17% vs. the same period last season (+876,000 vs. +746,000 last season)
  • Only 66,000 viewers separate TODAY and GMA, which is 10% closer than the same point last season

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT IS #1 AGAIN FOR THE WEEK

Wins Key A25-54 and A18-49 Demos, Leading Both ABC and CBS
Posts A25-54 Increases Vs. Prior Week and A18-49 Increases Vs. Prior Year
#1 Season to Date in Both Demos

September 10, 2019 – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the #1-most watched newscast in the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos for the week of September 2, 2019 and season to date, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Nightly News averages 1.669 million viewers in A25-54, the demo most valued by advertisers, topping ABC by +76,000 (+5%) and CBS by +560,000 (+50%), and is up +3% over the prior week. Among the younger A18-49 demo, Nightly News posts an increase of +3% over last year and +11% vs. the previous week, and garners 1.184 million viewers, ahead of ABC by +69,000 (+6%) and CBS by +416,000 (+54%). 

Nightly News is also winning the current 2018-2019 season, leading both ABC and CBS in A25-54 for the 12th straight season and A18-49 for the 23rd consecutive season.

This past week, Lester Holt led the network-wide series “Justice for All,” looking at criminal justice reform and mass incarceration in America. Holt reported for Nightly News on why people falsely confess to crimes and spoke with survivors of violent crimes who want to be heard. The coverage last week culminated in a special Dateline on Holt’s two nights embedded inside Angola, America’s largest maximum security prison, as well as the first-ever televised town hall from a maximum security prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility. 

Week of 9/2/2019:
Nightly News ranks #1 among A25-54 and A18-49 viewers
  • Nightly averages 1.669 million A25-54 viewers, ahead of ABC by +76,000 (+5%) and CBS by +560,000 (+50%)
    • Vs. prior week, Nightly has a viewership increase of +51,000 (+3%) while ABC is up +1% and CBS is up +8%
  • Nightly averages 1.184 million A18-49 viewers, ahead of ABC by +69,000 (+6%) and CBS by +416,000 (+54%)
    • Vs. prior week, Nightly is up +117,000 (+11%) while ABC was down -2% and CBS was up +2%
    • Vs. prior year, Nightly has a viewership increase of +39,000 (+3%) compared to ABC up +4% and CBS flat
ProgramP25-54
Imps
P18-49
Imps
P2+
Imps
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS1.6691.1847.578
CBS EVENING NEWS1.1090.7685.410
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT1.5931.1158.384
NOTE: Nightly News was rated based on a 3-day week (T, W, F) while ABC and CBS were rated based on a 4-day week (T-F). All programs were coded special on Monday for Labor day and Nightly News was retitled on Thursday due to NFL Coverage. Nightly News ratings are comprised of telecasts with regular titling and include overnight airings on owned stations.
2018-19 Season to Date:
Nightly News is the #1 evening newscast this season in A25-54 and A18-49
  • Among A25-54 viewers, Nightly leads ABC by +23,000 (+1%) and CBS by +568,000 (+49%)
    • #1 among A25-54 viewers at this point of the season for the 12th consecutive season
  • Among A18-49 viewers, Nightly leads ABC by +19,000 (+2%) and CBS by +344,000 (+41%)
    • #1 among A18-49 viewers at this point of the season for the 23rd consecutive season
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NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the most-watched evening newscast in America among the key news demo, and reaches over 24 million people every week through its broadcast and millions more through NBCNews.com, the Nightly News app, The Nightly newsletter and social media platforms. The broadcast provides the latest on the day’s top stories, going beyond the headlines to uncover how people’s lives are affected by the world around them. Lester Holt is the anchor, and was named the most-trusted television news personality in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult 2018 survey. Jennifer Suozzo is the executive producer.

‘TONIGHT SHOW’ RANKS #1 FOR THE ENCORE WEEK OF AUG. 26-30 IN 18-49

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night” Tops “Late Late Show” for the Week in 18-49 & Leads the Season Over “Late Late” & “Nightline” in Every Key Measure

NEW YORK — Sept. 4, 2019 — Encore telecasts of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” have won the late-night ratings week of Aug. 26-30 in adults 18-49 as well as adults, men and women 25-54 versus rebroadcasts of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.

“Tonight’s” 0.30 rating in adults 18-49 for the week outscored “Kimmel’s” 0.28 and “Late Show’s” 0.26. 

Last week at 12:35 a.m. ET, rebroadcasts of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” outrated CBS’ encores of “The Late Late Show with James Corden” in adults 18-49 and adults, men and women 25-54. Season to date, Meyers leads both “Late Late Show” and ABC’s “Nightline” in “most current” averages in every key ratings category.

LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Aug. 26-30. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”)

ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.30 rating, 2 share (R)
CBS “Late Show,” 0.26/2 (R)
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.28/2 (R)

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.20/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.18/2 (R)
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.16/2 (R)

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.11/2 (R)
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 1.571 million viewers (R)
CBS “Late Show,” 1.917 million viewers (R)
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.449 million viewers (R)

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.949 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.880 million viewers (R)
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.960 million viewers (R)

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.516 million viewers (R)


SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.48 rating, 3 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.50/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.38/3

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.24/2

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.29/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.22/2

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.17/2
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.327 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.660 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.994 million viewers

12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.232 million viewers

12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.399 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.304 million viewers

1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.695 million viewers


SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF AUG. 26-30
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” preempted.
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” preempted.

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.14
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.29
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.26

Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.29 million viewers.
TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” preempted.
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “Lights Out with David Spade,” preempted.

TBS, 11-11:30 p.m., “Conan,” 0.353 million viewers

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.589 million viewers
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.515 million viewers

‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ RANKS #1-2 FOR THE PRIMETIME RATINGS WEEK OF AUG. 26-SEPT. 1 IN TOTAL VIEWERS

Tuesday & Wednesday Editions of “AGT” Top All Competition in Viewers; In 18-49 Excluding Sports, “Talent” Is #1 and Tied for #3, “Ninja” Ties for #6 and “Songland” & “Bring the Funny” Tie for #10
“Talent” Has Ruled As Television’s #1 Entertainment Show in Total Viewers Every Week This Summer
Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 and Is #1 or Tied for #1 in Adults 18-34 and All Key Adult-Female Demos
Excluding Sports, NBC Is Running the Closest It’s Been to #1 in Total Viewers in 16 Years
"Ninja" Is Monday's #1 Most-Watched Show, Sets a New Season High; "Dateline" Tops the 10 p.m. Hour
"Talent" Tops Tuesday, Beating "Bachelor in Paradise" by 5 Million Viewers; "Bring the Funny" Sweeps the 10 p.m. Demos
On Wednesday, "AGT" Finishes #1 for the Night in 18-49 (Tie) and Total Viewers; At 9 p.m., "Songland" Ties "BH90210" in 18-49, Beats It by +1.3 Million Viewers
"Dateline" and “Ninja Warrior” Encores Tie As Friday's #1 Big 4 Telecast in 18-49
"Dateline Mystery" Is Saturday’s #1 Primetime Non-Sports Telecast, Up +26% Week to Week in Total Viewers

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Sept. 4, 2019 — “America’s Got Talent” has generated television’s two most-watched telecasts for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research. 

For the week, NBC ranked #2 among the Big 4 networks behind only college football-boosted ABC in the key adult 18-49 demographic, as well as total viewers, adults 25-54 and all other key measures (including ties in adults 18-34 and men 18-34).

Tuesday and Wednesday editions of “AGT” ranked #1-2 for the week in total viewers while Monday’s “American Ninja Warrior” finished #7 (and #5 excluding sports). In 18-49, excluding sports, Tuesday’s “Talent” ranked #1, Wednesday’s “AGT” tied for #3, Monday’s “Ninja” tied for #6 and Wednesday’s “Songland” and Tuesday’s “Bring the Funny” tied for #10.

“Talent” continued its streak this summer of ranking as television’s #1 most-watched entertainment show every week it’s aired. 

Season to date, NBC ranks #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 and is #1 or tied for #1 in adults 18-34, all key adult-female demos and men 25-54. In total viewers, excluding sports, NBC is running within 1.046 million persons of #1 CBS, NBC’s closest position to #1 in total viewers at this point in the season, excluding sports, in 16 years, since trailing by 624,000 persons at this time in 2002-03.

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

Week 49 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Aug. 26-Sept. 1
ABC…0.9
NBC…0.6
CBS…0.5
Fox…0.4
CW…0.1
Total Viewers
ABC…3.7 million
NBC…3.4 million
CBS…3.4 million
Fox…1.4 million
CW…0.6 million
Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
NBC…1.4
CBS…1.3
Fox…1.2
ABC…1.2
CW…0.4

Total Viewers
CBS…7.5 million
NBC…6.4 million
ABC…5.2 million
Fox…4.5 million
CW…1.2 million


NBC highlights for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

Monday
NBC won the night in total viewers.
“American Ninja Warrior” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) set a new season high in total viewers and equaled the show’s season high for a Monday telecast. “Talent” scored as the #1 most-watched show of the night and was up week to week by +13% in 18-49 (with a 0.9 rating vs. a 0.8) and +10% in total viewers (4.9 million vs. 4.5 million).
L+35+Digital: After 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, “American Ninja Warrior” has been growing this summer by +142% in adults 18-49 and +5.3 million viewers overall versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens, to a 2.17 rating in 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall in L+35+digital including encores.
“Dateline NBC” (0.6 rating in adults 18-49, 0.9 in adults 25-54, 3.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) finished #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and every other key demographic (including a tie in adults 18-34). Week to week, “Dateline” increased by +20% in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5), +29% in adults 25-54 (0.9 vs. 0.7) and +8% in total viewers (3.428 million vs. 3.167 million). 

Tuesday
NBC ranked #1 Tuesday night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and total viewers.
“America’s Got Talent” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers, outrating ABC’s timeslot competition “Bachelor in Paradise” by +5.0 million persons or +127% in total viewers (9.0 million vs. 4.0 million head to head from 8-10). L+35+Digital: “America’s Got Talent” is growing by +145% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing and encores, increasing all the way to a 3.93 rating, while adding +8.7 million viewers, growing to 18.6 million persons in L+35+Digital including encores. Digital & Social: “America’s Got Talent” has amassed 2.21 billion views across all digital video platforms so far this summer. With 431.8 million combined total views across Facebook, Twitter & YouTube, Kodi Lee’s Golden Buzzer performance is the show’s most viewed video clip this season. “Talent” is the #1 most-social Broadcast Series of the year (30.2 million Total Interactions to-date in Linear metrics, Source: Nielsen Social SCR, 1/1/19-8/18/19. Linear Metrics. Broadcast Series only. All dayparts. Excludes News & Sports).
“Bring the Funny” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) ranked #1 in the timeslot in nine of nine key demographics – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 – and maintained a steady 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 for a third week in a row to equal the timeslot’s ABC-CBS timeslot competition combined. L+7+Digital: “Bring the Funny” is increasing by +70% versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens after seven days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, growing to a 1.54 rating, while adding +2.4 million viewers, growing to 7.0 million persons in L+7+Digital including encores.

Wednesday
NBC ranked #1 Wednesday night among the Big 4 networks in total viewers and adults 25-54.
“America’s Got Talent” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall from 8-9:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers and adults 25-54 and tied for #1 in adults 18-49. “AGT” beat “Big Brother” in the timeslot in total viewers by a margin of +87% or +3.7 million persons (8.0 million vs. 4.3 million), while maintaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.1) and 99% in total viewers (8.0 million vs. 8.1 million).
“Songland” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall from 9:01-10 p.m. ET) tied “BH90210” for #1 in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and ranked #1 in the timeslot among those nets in total viewers and adults 25-54. “Songland” outdelivered “BH90201” by +1.4 million persons or +72% in total viewers (3.3 million vs. 1.9 million), while maintaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.7) and 97% in total viewers (3.3 million vs. 3.4 million). “Songland” was up +17% versus NBC’s timeslot average this summer prior to “Songland” (0.7 vs. 0.6, L+SD excluding sports) and +17% in total viewers (3.3 million vs. 2.8 million). L+35+Digital: After 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing plus encores, “Songland” has been more than doubling this summer, growing by +103% in adults 18-49 versus its next-day “live plus same day” Nielsens, to a 1.86 rating in 18-49. In total viewers, “Songland” is increasing by +3.2 million persons to 7.6 million viewers in L+35+digital including encores.
“Hollywood Game Night” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults, men and women 25-54 and adults, men and women 18-34. “HGN” retained 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4) and grew +6% in total viewers (2.011 million vs. 1.905 million). 

Thursday
An encore telecast of “The Wall” averaged a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 2.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET.
A rebroadcast of “Hollywood Game Night” delivered a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 1.3 viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET.
An encore telecast of “Law & Order: SVU” (0.3 rating in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the time period among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, and ranked #1 outright among those dramas in women 18-49.

Friday
NBC won Friday night in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
An encore telecast of “American Ninja Warrior” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 with rebroadcasts of “Dateline NBC” and “20/20,” growing versus the prior Friday’s encore by +25 in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.4) and +15% in total viewers (2.4 million vs. 2.0 million).
A rebroadcast of “Dateline NBC” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 0.7 in adults 25-54, 2.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 with NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” encore and ABC’s “20/20” rebroadcast. L+7:Through the traditional September-to-May season, Friday’s “Dateline” grew by +51% in 18-49 rating (from a 0.57 to a 0.86) and more than +1.2 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 4.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Saturday
An encore telecast of “America’s Got Talent” (0.3 rating in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall from 8:03-9:03 p.m. ET) maintained 100% of the prior week’s rebroadcast in this timeslot in 18-49 (0.3 vs. 0.3) and increased by +7% in total viewers (1.757 million vs. 1.635 million).
"Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 0.5 in 25-54, 2.4 million viewers overall from 9:03-11 p.m. ET) ranked as primetime’s #1 non-sports telecast on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers, while growing week to week by +26% in total viewers (2.4 million vs. 1.9 million).

TODAY IS #1 IN KEY DEMO

TODAY Wins 190 out of 192 Weeks in A25-54
TODAY Posts 11-Week High in Total Viewers
TODAY Posts Closest Total Viewer Margin Vs. GMA In 7 Years, Best Total Viewer Lead Vs. CBS in 3 Years

NEW YORK – September 4, 2019 – TODAY was the number-one morning show last week topping “Good Morning America” in the key demo A25-54. The win marks 190 out of 192 weeks in first place. TODAY also posted its largest total viewer audience since the week of June 10, an 11-week high. Season to date, TODAY is posting its closest total viewer margin versus GMA in seven seasons and its largest total viewer lead over CBS in three seasons. Additionally, just 68,000 total viewers separate TODAY and GMA for the season.
TODAY HIGHLIGHTS:
ProgramP25-54P25-54P18-49P18-49P2+
RtgImpsRtgImpsImps
TODAY0.901,0960.617853,601
CBS THIS MORNING0.637640.415362,838
GOOD MORNING AMERICA0.881,0660.557173,796
TODAY averaged 1.096 million A25-54 viewers, leading GMA by +30,000 (+3%) and CBS This Morning by +332,000 (+43%)
TODAY averaged 785,000 A18-49 viewers, +68,000 (+9%) ahead of GMA and +249,000 (+46%) higher than CBS
  • TODAY more than doubled its A18-49 lead over GMA vs. prior week (+68,000 vs. +27,000 prior week).
TODAY averaged 3.601 million total viewers +763,000 (+27%) higher than CBS
  • Vs. prior week, TODAY added +13,000 total viewers (up +0.4%) This was TODAY’s largest total audience since the week of 6/10/2019 (an 11-week high).
SEASON-TO-DATE (9/24/2018-9/1/2019)
TODAY ranks #1 among A25-54 and A18-49
TODAY is seeing its largest total viewer lead over CBS season-to-date in 3 seasons and its most narrow gap vs. GMA in 7 seasons
  • TODAY’s total viewer advantage over CBS is up 18% vs. the same period last season (+875,000 vs. +744,000 last season)
  • Only 68,000 viewers separate TODAY and GMA, which is 7% closer than the same point last season

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT WINS THE WEEK AGAIN


#1 in Key A25-54 Demo, Topping Both ABC and CBS
Continues its Reign at #1 Season to Date in A25-54 and A18-49

September 4, 2019 – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the #1-most watched newscast in the key A25-54 demo for the week of August 26 and season to date, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Nightly News averages 1.617 million viewers in A25-54, the demo most valued by advertisers, topping CBS by +587,000 (+57%) and ABC by +40,000 (+3%). The newscast also continues to win the current season, leading both CBS and ABC in A25-54 for the 12 straight season and A18-49 for the 23rd consecutive season.

Lester Holt just announced a new network-wide series, “Justice for All,” which began as a Nightly News segment earlier this year. Tonight, the newscast will feature the first look inside the largest maximum security prison in America, the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, where Holt spent two nights behind bars to report on the various issues of mass incarceration and criminal justice reform in America.
WEEK OF 8/26/2019
  • Nightly News ranks #1 among A25-54 viewers, averaging 1.617 million A25-54 viewers, ahead of CBS by +587,000 (+57%) and ABC by +40,000 (+3%)
  • Nightly improves the most week-over-week in the demo with an increase of +63,000 (+4%), while ABC is up +2% and CBS is up +3%
  • Nightly delivers its best A25-54 in 17 weeks
ProgramP25-54
Imps
P18-49
Imps
P2+
Imps
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS1.6171.0677.436
CBS EVENING NEWS1.0300.7555.227
ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT1.5771.1398.496
NOTE: NBC and CBS were rated based on a 4-day week (Mon-Thurs) while ABC was rated based on a 3-day week (Mon-Wed). Nightly News ratings are comprised of telecasts with regular titling and include overnight airings on owned stations.
2018-19 SEASON-TO-DATE
  • Nightly News is the #1 evening newscast this season in A25-54 and A18-49
  • Among A25-54 viewers:
    • Nightly leads CBS by +568,000 (+49%) and ABC by +21,000 (+1%)
    • Nightly is #1 among A25-54 viewers at this point of the season for the 12th consecutive season
  • Among A18-49 viewers
    • Nightly leads CBS by +343,000 (+41%) and ABC by +18,000 (+2%)
    • Nightly is #1 among A18-49 viewers at this point of the season for the 23rd consecutive season
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NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the most-watched evening newscast in America among the key news demo, and reaches over 24 million people every week through its broadcast and millions more through NBCNews.com, the Nightly News app, The Nightly newsletter and social media platforms. The broadcast provides the latest on the day’s top stories, going beyond the headlines to uncover how people’s lives are affected by the world around them. Lester Holt is the anchor, and was named the most-trusted television news personality in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult 2018 survey. Jennifer Suozzo is the executive producer.

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