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‘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.

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