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‘VOICE’ IS #1 MOST-WATCHED ALTERNATIVE SERIES, ‘THIS IS US’ & ‘CHICAGO MED’ ARE #1-2 SCRIPTED SHOWS IN 18-49 VIEWERS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 23-29

NBC Wins the Week In 18-49, Matching Its Highest Average Since New Year’s Week

“Us” & the Three “Chicago” Dramas Account for 4 of the Top 7 Scripted Shows in 18-49

For the 2019-20 Season to Date, NBC Is Running the Closest It’s Been to #1 in Total Viewers at This Point, Excluding Sports, in 17 Years

"Voice" Grows Vs. the Same Night Last Year, Is Monday's #1 Show Across the Board

On Tuesday, "This Is Us" Delivers Its Most-Watched Episode Since Last Season’s Finale, "Game of Games" Delivers Highs Since February 2019

Digital / Social: The March 24 “This Is Us” Is NBC’s #1 Most-Social Primetime Telecast Since the “Good Place” Finale

NBC Wins Wednesday in Total Viewers With the Most-Watched "Chicago Fire" in Six Years, the Biggest “Med” Audience in Four Years & the Most-Watched "P.D." Non-Crossover Since Jan. 2016

Digital / Social: “Chicago P.D.” Logs Its #1 Most Social Non-Crossover Episode in Series History

Thursday’s "Superstore" Equals Its Season High in 18-49, "SVU" Matches Its High Since Premiere Week

Digital / Social: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Scores as the #1 Most Social Scripted Primetime Comedy of the Week, With Its #1 Most Social Episode of the Season

On Sunday, "Good Girls" Matches Its Season High in 18-49, "Zoey's" Maintains 100%

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 31, 2020 — NBC has won the primetime ratings week of March 23-29 in the key demographic of adults 18-49, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research. NBC also tied for #1 for the week in adults 25-54 and adults 18-34.

NBC’s 0.9 rating for March 23-29 matches the prior week as NBC’s highest average since the week of Dec. 30, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020 (1.5).

In total viewers, Monday’s “The Voice” was the #1 alternative series of the week. In viewers aged 18-49, “This Is Us” was the #1 scripted program and “Chicago Med” was #2. “Us” was joined by all three Wednesday “Chicago” dramas to account for four of the week’s top seven scripted shows.

Season to date, excluding sports, NBC is running within 1.375 million persons of #1 in total viewers behind CBS, the closest NBC has run to first place in total viewers at this point in the season, excluding sports, in 17 years, since the 2002-2003 season when NBC ranked within 768,000 viewers of #1 at this point.

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 27 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” March 23-29

NBC…0.9

ABC…0.8

Fox…0.8

CBS…0.7

CW…0.1

Total Viewers

CBS…6.3 million

NBC…4.7 million

ABC…4.7 million

Fox…3.4 million

CW…0.6 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

Fox…1.9

NBC…1.4

ABC…1.1

CBS…1.1

CW…0.3

Total Viewers

CBS…7.7 million

Fox…6.9 million

NBC…6.8 million

ABC…5.5 million

CW…1.1 million

NBC highlights for the week of March 23-29:

Monday

NBC won Monday night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers, and was #1 or tied for #1 in every other key ratings measure.

“The Voice” (1.7 rating in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) grew +6% versus the same night last in both 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.6 on March 25, 2019) and total viewers (9.6 million vs. 9.0 million), to score as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 10 of 10 key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers).

“Manifest” (0.7 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m.) was up +17% versus NBC’s average in the timeslot this season prior to “Manifest’s” debut in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6, L+SD) and up +20% in total viewers (4.1 million vs. 3.4 million).

Tuesday

NBC won Tuesday in adults 18-49, led by the #1-2 shows of the night, “This Is Us” and “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

“Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked as the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49, behind only “This Is Us,” and won the 8-9 pm. hour ahead of “NCIS.” The March 24 “Ellen’s” delivered the show’s highest 18-49 rating since Feb. 19, 2019 (1.4) and attracted its biggest overall audience since Feb. 5, 2019 (6.3 million). Week to week, “Games” increased by +8% in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3) and +10% in total viewers (6.233 million vs. 5.655 million).

The season finale of “This Is Us” (1.7 rating in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall from 9-10:02 p.m. ET) jumped +21% week to week in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.4) and +13% in total viewers (8.0 million vs. 7.1 million), to score the show’s highest 18-49 rating since Oct. 8, 2019 (1.7) and delivers its most-watched episode since the show’s year-ago season finale (8.2 million). The “TIU” season finale was the #1 telecast of the night networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and all key adult-female demographics.

Digital / Social: “This Is Us” was the #1 most social scripted primetime program of the week, with 1.2 million Total Interactions, +151% higher than the show’s season average (495,000) and +146% higher than the “TIU” series average (503,000), to rank as NBC’s #1 most-social primetime telecast since the “Good Place” finale (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/23/20-3/29/20, Percent Share, Primetime, All Series).

Justin Hartley had the #2 most social post of the week for all scripted primetime dramas, with an Instagram post of Kevin and Madison that garnered 85,000 interactions (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/23/20-3/29/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). Mandy Moore had the #3 most social post of the week for all scripted primetime dramas with an Instagram post thanking fans for their viewership that generated 84,000 interactions (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/23/20-3/29/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). “Us” also delivered the #1 most commented-on Facebook post of the week for all scripted primetime dramas (4.000) with a video of Randall and Kevin trading devastatingly mean-spirited comments (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 3/23/20-3/29/20, ListenFirst Content Responses (Instagram), Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Drama).

L+7 Lifts: The season’s first 17 episodes of “This Is Us” have delivered television’s 17 biggest L+7 lifts versus “live plus same day” results in 18-49 rating so far this season.

A preview of “Council of Dads” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 10:02-11 p.m. ET) generated solid sampling, ranking #2 in the hour among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, behind only a crossover episode of CBS’ “FBI: Most Wanted,” and finishing #2 or tied for #2 among those dramas in all other key measures. “Dads” rated within a tenth of a rating point of NBC’s strong season-to-date 18-49 average in the timeslot (0.7 vs. 0.8, L+SD excluding live news). Digital / Social: Total Activity for “Council of Dads” reached 79,000 Total Interactions, up +98% versus the average of all broadcast drama premieres so far this season and ranking as the #3 most social broadcast drama or comedy premiere this season (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/24/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). “Council” also accounted for the week’s #1 most viewed YouTube video for all broadcast dramas (5 million) with the pilot episode (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 3/23/20-3/29/20, ListenFirst Video Views (YouTube), Brand Type: TV Shows, Broadcast, Drama).

Wednesday

NBC’s “Chicago” lineup finished #1 last night in total viewers, with “Med” and “Fire” ranking as the #1-2 shows of the night.

“Chicago Med” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) delivered the show’s highest 18-49 rating for a non-crossover episode since Feb. 6, 2019 (1.4) while equaling its best non-crossover since Tuesday Feb. 6, 2018 (1.5), and generated its most-watched episode, crossover or non-crossover, in four years, since Dec. 1, 2015 (9.9 million viewers). “Med” was the #1 show of the night in total viewers, beating “The Masked Singer,” “Survivor” and ABC’s comedies to win the 8 p.m. hour. Week to week, “Med” grew +8% in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3) and +5% in total viewers (9.601 million vs. 9.181 million).

“Chicago Fire” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s highest 18-49 rating for a non-crossover episode since Oct. 24, 2018 (1.4) and delivered its most-watched episode, crossover or non-crossover, in six years, since Dec. 10, 2013 (9.3 million viewers). Week to week, “Fire” maintained 100% in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.3) and grew +2% in total viewers (9.201 million vs. 9.024 million). “Fire” ranked as the #2 show of the night in total viewers, behind only “Chicago Med.” For the 9-10 p.m. hour, “Fire” ranked #1 in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers.

Digital / Social: “Chicago Fire” was Wednesday’s #2 most social scripted primetime drama, with 119,000 Total Interactions, up +26% from the series average (95,000, Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/25/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). “Fire” generated the #3 most viewed Facebook video of the week for all scripted primetime dramas (1 million) with a video from the previous week’s episode of Brett and Foster responding to a call of a naked intoxicated man (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 3/23/20-3/29/20, ListenFirst Video Views (Facebook), Brand Type: TV Shows, Broadcast, Drama).

“Chicago P.D.” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) matched the show’s highest 18-49 rating for a non-crossover episode since March 21, 2018 (1.3) and delivered its most-watched non-crossover since Jan. 13, 2016 (8.0 million viewers), retaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.2 vs 1.2) and increasing by +3% in total viewers (7.7 million vs. 7.5 million). “P.D.” won the timeslot in 10 of 10 key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers – and beat the combined rating of the hour’s ABC-CBS drama competition in adult 18-49 rating (1.2 vs. a combined 1.0 for “S.W.A.T.” and “Stumptown”) and total viewers (7.7 million vs. a combined 6.5 million). “P.D.” has now won the slot or tied for #1 versus regular ABC and CBS competition with its last 78 straight original telecasts in adults 18-49 (L+SD), extending back to October 2016.

Digital / Social: “Chicago P.D.” scored as Wednesday’s #1 most social scripted primetime drama with 212,000 Total Interactions, up +72% from the prior episode (123,000) and up +95% versus the “P.D.” season average (109,000), ranking as the #1 most social non-crossover episode in series history (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/25/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). “P.D.” generated the #1 most viewed Facebook video of the week for all scripted primetime dramas (1.4 million) with a video of Halstead and Upton in a shootout (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 3/23/20-3/29/20, ListenFirst Video Views (Facebook), Brand Type: TV Shows, Broadcast, Drama).

Thursday

NBC tied for #2 for the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49.

“Superstore” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) matched its season high in 18-49 and delivered the show’s second-biggest total viewership of the season. The 0.9 in 18-49 equals the show’s top rating since March 22, 2018 (1.1). In the timeslot, “Superstore” ranked #2 in adults 18-49 and tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks nets in all key adult-male demos. Digital / Social: “Superstore” ranked as Thursday’s #2 most social scripted primetime comedy with 49,000 Total Interactions, up +37% from the season average (36,000) and +134% higher than the series average (21,000, Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/26/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Comedy).

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) ranked #2 in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-34. Digital / Social: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” scored as the #1 most social scripted primetime comedy of the week, with 611,000 Total Interactions. That’s up +53% versus the “B99” season average (400,000) and ranks as its #1 most social episode of the season (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/26/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Comedy). “B99” generated the Instagram post with the week’s #1 most content responses for all scripted primetime comedies (156,000) with an image of Kyra Sedgwick directing the episode (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 3/23/20-3/29/20, ListenFirst Content Responses (Instagram), Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Comedy).

A special 9 p.m. telecast of “Indebted” averaged a 0.4 rating in 18-49 and 1.6 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET, and the regular 9:30 telecast attracted a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 1.5 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET), with its first original in four weeks, equaled the show’s 18-49 high since Sept. 26 during Premiere Week in 18-49 (0.8) and hit a new high in total viewers since the show’s fall finale on Nov. 21, 2019 (3.817 million). “SVU” tied for #1 in the timeslot in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Versus the show’s previous first-run telecast, “SVU” grew +17% in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6 on Feb. 27) and +15% in total viewers (3.803 million vs. 3.305 million).

Friday

“The Blacklist” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) improved on its season averages by +0.1 of a point or +20% in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5, L+SD) and +18% in total viewers (4.732 million vs. 3.997 million). Digital / Social: With 60,000 Total Interactions, “The Blacklist” rose +40% above the show’s season average (43,000) with its #2 most social episode of the season.

“Dateline NBC” (0.6 rating in adults 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.8 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) was the #1 newsmagazine of the night in total viewers and ranked #2 In the two-hour 9-11 p.m. timeslot among the Big 4 networks in total viewers. The March 27 “Dateline” equaled the show’s season average in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6, L+SD) and was up +8% in total viewers (3.844 million vs. 3.553 million).

Sunday

“Little Big Shots” (0.4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall from 7-8 p.m.) was up +0.1 of a point or +33% versus NBC’s timeslot average this season prior to “Little Big Shots” moving to the hour on March 22 (excluding sports and the Golden Globes) in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.3, L+SD) and +31% in total viewers (2.9 million vs. 2.2 million).

“The Wall” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) was up +0.1 of a point or +25% versus NBC’s time-period average this season prior to “The Wall” moving to the slot on March 22 (excluding sports and the Golden Globes) in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.4, L+SD) and +24% in total viewers (3.1 million vs. 2.5 million).

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) equaled its highe 18-49 rating since Feb. 23 (0.5), retaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4) and 96% in total viewers (1.9 million vs. 2.0 million viewers). Digital / Social: Total Activity for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” reached 66,000 Total Interactions, up +64% versus the “Zoey’s” season average to rank as the show’s #2 most social episode of the season, behind its premiere. “Zoey’s” has accumulated the #2 most new followers across the “big four” social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) among all new TV program across the linear/streaming landscape, with 145,000 new followers since Jan. 1 (Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic, New Fans, Brand Type: TV Shows, Season 1, 1/1/20-3/29/20).

“Good Girls” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) matched the show’s season high in adults 18-49 and equaled its top rating since April 28, 2019 (0.6). In total viewers, it was the most-watched “Good Girls” since its Feb. 16 season premiere (1.978 million). Week to week, “Good Girls” retained 100% in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.5) and grew in total viewers (2.0 million vs. 1.9 million viewers). Digital / Social: “Good Girls” captured 78,000 Total Interactions, up +80% versus the series average of 43,000.

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