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‘AGT: CHAMPIONS’ & TWO EDITIONS OF ‘GAME OF GAMES’ RANK IN THE NON-SPORTS TOP 10 FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 28-FEB. 3

Joining Them in the Top 25 Among Entertainment Broadcasts in 18-49 Are “Titan Games” and “Manifest”

Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 or Tied for #1 in Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 & Every Key Adult-Female Demo and Is Running the Closest It’s Been to #1 in Total Viewers at This Point in the Season, Excluding Sports, in 16 Years

Monday’s "AGT: Champions" Jumps +13% Week to Week, Matches Its Premiere Rating as a Series High; "Manifest" Maintains 100% Week to Week

"Game of Games" Set a New Season High in 18-49, Delivers Tuesday’s #1-2-3 Highest Ratings

Wednesday’s "Chicago Med" & "Fire" Score Their Most-Watched Encores Ever; "Med" & "P.D." Rebroadcasts Beat Original Timeslot Competition in Total Viewers

On Thursday, "Will & Grace" Grows +14% Vs. Its Fall Finale, Equals Its High Since Oct. 18

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Feb. 5, 2019 — NBC has finished #2 among the Big 4 networks in primetime ratings for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3 in total viewers behind only Super Bowl-boosted CBS, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research.

For the week, NBC place three show among television’s top 10 programs in adults 18-49 excluding sports – “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (#3), a special 9 p.m. edition of Tuesday’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” (tied for #7) and the regular 8 p.m. “Game of Games” (#10).

Also ranking in the week’s top 25 of broadcast programs, excluding sports, were “The Titan Games” (tied for #17) and “Manifest” (tied for #22)..

Season to date, NBC ranks #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demographics. In total viewers, excluding sports, NBC is running within 1.341 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 546,000 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 19 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Jan. 28-Feb. 3

CBS…5.8

ABC…0.9

NBC…0.8

Fox…0.7

CW…0.3

Total Viewers

CBS…20.9 million

NBC…4.2 million

ABC…3.8 million

Fox…2.9 million

CW…1.0 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

NBC…1.9

Fox…1.9

CBS…1.7

ABC…1.2

CW…0.4

Total Viewers

CBS…9.6 million

NBC…8.0 million

Fox…6.5 million

ABC…5.3 million

CW…1.4 million

NBC highlights for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3:

Monday

NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in total viewers and adults 25-54.

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (1.8 rating in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) jumped +13% week to week in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6) and +8% in total viewers (10.5 million vs. 9.7 million), to equal the show’s Jan. 7 premiere as a series high in 18-49 and set a new series high in total viewers. “Champions” tied as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and was #1 outright among adults, men and women 25-54 and total viewers. “AGT: The Champions” increased by +13% versus NBC’s season average in the timeslot prior to “Champions” in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6, L+SD) and more than +1.8 million persons or +21% in total viewers (10.5 million vs. 8.6 million).

“Live Plus Seven Day” Ratings: “AGT: The Champions” has grown by +37% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.76 to a 2.41) and more than +2.5 million viewers overall (10.0 million to 12.5 million). When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Champions” 18-49 rating increases to a 2.57.

“Manifest” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) maintained 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0) and increased by +3% in total viewers (5.5 million vs. 5.4 million). “Manifest” was the #2 scripted show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-49. L+7: “Manifest” has increased by +122% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.36 to a 3.02) and +6.5 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 13.4 million). The gain of +1.66 rating points in 18-49 is the #2 biggest L+7 lift on television this season (behind only “This Is Us”) and the increase of +6.508 million viewers is television’s #1 biggest L+7 gain. When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Manifest” 18-49 rating grows to a 3.96, a +191% increase on the show’s 1.36 L+SD figure. Upscale: “Manifest” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

Tuesday

NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and every other key demographic, with a nightlong +88% margin of victory in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.8 for #2 CBS) and the #1-2-3 ratings of the night inn 18-49 from the three hours of “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

The regular 8 p.m. episode of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.6 rating in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s 18-49 high so far this season in its regular 8 p.m. timeslot. The 8 p.m. “Ellen’s” was the #2 show of the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and most other key demos, behind only the 9 p.m. “Game of Games,” while tying that 9 p.m. episode as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-34 and men 18-34. “Games” won the 8 p.m. hour among the Big 4 in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all other key demographics, with a +60% margin in adults 18-49 over CBS’ annual “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials” (1.6 vs. 1.0). L+7: “Ellen’s Game of Games” has increased by +19% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.59 to a 1.90) and +988,000 viewers overall (6.4 million to 7.4 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Games” rating grows to a 2.15 in 18-49.

A special 9 p.m. telecast of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.7 rating in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) delivered a new season high in adults 18-49 and ranked as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all other key demographics (including ties with the 8 p.m. “Games” in adults 18-34 and men 18-34).

An encore telecast of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the 10 p.m. hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all other key demographics, outrating its ABC-CBS encore competition combined in adults, men and women 18-49 and adults, men and women 25-54. The 10 p.m. “Ellen’s” encore was the night’s #3 telecast in adults 18-49, behind only the 8 and 9 p.m. originals.

Wednesday

A rebroadcast of “Chicago Med” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) generated its #1 most-watched encore ever, one week after delivering its #3 most-watched original ever. “Med” won the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers versus all original competition on the Big 4 networks and was up +17% versus the show’ prior encore in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6 on Jan. 2) and up +26% in total viewers (5.3 million vs. 4.2 million).

An encore telecast of “Chicago Fire” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) scored as the show’s most-watched encore ever and finished #2 in the timeslot in total viewers, behind only Fox’s “The Masked Singer.” The Jan. 30 “Fire” was up +29% in total viewers versus the show’s prior rebroadcast (4.8 million vs. 3.7 million on Jan. 2).

A rebroadcast “Chicago P.D.” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the 10 p.m. hour in total viewers versus original competition on ABC and CBS and was up +20% versus the show’s prior encore in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5 on Jan. 2) and +31% in total viewers (4.8 million vs. 3.7 million).

Thursday

“The Titan Games” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) outscored by +38% NBC’s average in the Thursday, 8-9 p.m. timeslot this season prior to “Titan Games” in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 0.8, L+SD non-sports) and by +1.8 million persons or +65% in total viewers (4.646 million vs. 2.821 million). L+7: “Titan Games” has grown by +29% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.61 to a 2.08) and +1.2 million viewers overall (5.9 million to 7.1 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Titan” 18-49 figure increases to a 2.51. Upscale: “The Titan Games” is attracting a strong upscale audience this season, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) was up +14% versus the show’s average last season in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7) and up +55% in total viewers (2.724 million vs. 1.761 million) and tied for #1 in the competitive half-hour among the Big 4 networks in men 18-34. L+7: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is increasing by +47% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.09 to a 1.60) and +1.1 million viewers overall (3.2 million to 4.3 million). When projected non-linear seven-day viewing is included, the “Superstore” 18-49 rating increases to a 2.73, a gain of +150% versus the show’s L+SD 1.09. Upscale: Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is generating powerful high-income and high-education audiences, indexing at a 135 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes, to tie for #6 among entertainment shows on the Big 4, and a 145 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, to rank #4.

“Will & Grace” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) grew +14% versus its fall finale of eight weeks earlier in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7 on Dec. 6, 2018 at 9 p.m.) and by +8% in total viewers (3.087 million vs. 2.859 million), to generate the show’s best 18-49 rating since Nov. 1, 2018 (0.8) and equal its high since Oct. 18, 2018 (0.9). It was also the most-watched “W&G” since Nov. 1, 2018 (3.5 million at 9 p.m.). The Jan. 31 telecast was up +14% versus NBC’s slot average before “Will & Grace” moved to the time period this week in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7, L+SD non-sports) and was up +9% in total viewers (3.087 million vs. 2.837 million). “Will & Grace” retained 100% of its 18-49 lead-in and grew +13% in total viewers. The 3.087 million is NBC’s biggest audience in the timeslot with comedy in the past year, since Feb. 1, 2018 (3.117 million). L+7: “Will & Grace” has grown by +99% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (0.85 to a 1.69) and +2.5 million viewers overall (3.4 million to 5.9 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Will & Grace” 18-49 average increases to a 2.06, a +142% gain versus the show’s L+SD 0.85. Upscale: “Will & Grace” is delivering powerful high-income and high-education audiences, indexing at a 132 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes and a 138 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, to rank #6 among entertainment shows on the Big 4 nets,.

“Law & Order: SVU” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) matched the show’s best 18-49 rating since Oct. 18, 2018 (1.0) and delivered its most-watched episode since Nov. 1, 2018 (4.618 million). “SVU” tied for #1 in the timeslot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in adults 18-49 and ranked #1 or tied for #1 in the hour among those dramas in adults, men and women 18-34, men and women 18-49 and women 25-54. L+7: “SVU” has grown by +111% this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.92 to a 1.94) and more than +3.2 million viewers overall (4.3 million to 7.6 million). When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “SVU” 18-49 rating increases to a 2.53, a +175% gain versus the show’s L+SD 0.92.

Friday

“Blindspot” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) finished within 0.1 of its prior telecast of two weeks earlier in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.6 on Jan. 18) and retained 93% in total viewers (2.8 million vs. 3.1 million, which was a season high). L+3: The prior “Blindspot” increased by +61% in 18-49 (0.56 to 0.90) and more than +1.3 million viewers overall (3.1 million to 4.4 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Blindspot” is growing by +79% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.48 to a 0.86) and more than +1.5 million viewers overall (2.7 million to 4.3 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Blindspot” 18-49 figure increases to a 1.07, a +123% gain versus the show’s L+SD 0.48. Upscale: “Blindspot” is generating a significant upscale audience, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes). Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, “Blindspot” is delivering a 114 index.

“The Blacklist” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) maintained or increased its rating from half-hour to half-hour in every key demographic. L+3: The previous “Blacklist” increased by +93% in 18-49 (0.59 to 1.14) and more than +2.8 million viewers overall (4.0 million to 6.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lifts of the night in 18-49 rating and percentage, as well as total viewers. L+7: “Blacklist” is growing by +107% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (0.58 to a 1.20) and more than +3.2 million viewers overall (3.9 million to 7.1 million). When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Blacklist” 18-49 rating increases to a 1.31. Upscale: “The Blacklist” is generating a highly upscale audience, indexing at a 142 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (100 represents an average concentration of those homes), to rank #4 among entertainment shows on the Big 4.

“Dateline NBC” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 0.7 in adults 25-54, 2.3 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) maintained or increased its rating from half-hour to half-hour in every key demographic, including gains in adults 25-54 (0.6 to 0.7), men 25-54 (0.5 to 0.6) and women 25-54 (0.7 to 0.8). L+3: The prior Friday “Dateline” increased by +34% in 18-49 (0.65 to 0.87) and +902,000 viewers overall (3.1 million to 4.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Friday’s “Dateline” is growing by +46% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 0.61 to a 0.89) and +1.2 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 4.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7. Upscale: Friday’s “Dateline” is delivering a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 120 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes. Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, Friday’s “Dateline” is indexing at a 114.

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