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NBC RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE PRIMETIME WEEK OF FEB. 18-24

NBC Ranks #2 for the Week in 18-49 Behind Only Oscars-Boosted ABC

Excluding Oscars-Related Programming, “This Is Us” Is the Week’s #4 Primetime Program on the Big 4, “AGT: Champs” Ties for #5, “Chicago P.D.” & “Game of Games” Tie for #9, “Chicago Med” & “Fire” Tie for #11 and “Titan Games” Ties for #15

Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 or Tied for #1 in Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54, Adults 18-34 & Every Key Adult-Female Demo

Monday’s "AGT: Champions" Finale Hits a Series-Best 10.6 Million Viewers

"This Is Us" & "Game of Games" Are Tuesday’s #1-2 Shows, "New Amsterdam" Wins at 10 p.m. by +25% at 10, "Us" Doubles the #2 Show at 9 p.m.

Wednesday’s "Chicago" Dramas Are #1-2-3 for the Night in Total Viewers; "P.D." Hits Season Highs & Beats the 10 p.m. Competition Combined

On Thursday, "SVU" Equals Its 18-49 High Since Oct. 18, "Titan Games" Matches Its High Since Jan. 24

Friday’s "Blacklist" Captures the Show’s Biggest Total-Viewer Result of the Season

On Saturday, NBC Sports’ Penguins-Flyers Telecast Scores as the Net’s Most-Watched In-Season NHL Game, Excluding Winter Classics, in Five Years

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Feb. 26, 2019 — NBC has finished #2 in primetime ratings for the week of Feb. 18-24 in the key adult 18-49 demographic, behind only Academy Awards-boosted ABC, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Excluding Oscars-related programming, NBC’s “This Is Us” raked #4 for the week among primetime shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the 18-49 demo, while “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” tied for #5, “Chicago P.D.” and “Ellen’s Game of Games” tied for #9, “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” tied for #11 and “The Titan Games” tied for #15.

In total viewers, excluding “Oscars”-related telecasts, “AGT: Champions” ranked #4, “Chicago Med” finished #5, “Chicago P.D.” ranked #7 and “Chicago Fire” finished #8.

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

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 22 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Feb. 18-24

ABC…1.9

NBC…0.9

CBS…0.8

Fox…0.8

CW…0.2

Total Viewers

ABC…8.0 million

CBS…6.2 million

NBC…5.0 million

Fox…3.0 million

CW…0.6 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

NBC…1.8

Fox…1.8

CBS…1.7

ABC…1.2

CW…0.4

Total Viewers

CBS…9.4 million

NBC…7.8 million

Fox…6.2 million

ABC…5.5 million

CW…1.4 million

NBC highlights for the week of Feb. 18-24:

Monday

NBC won the night in total viewers and adults 25-54.

The finale of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (1.7 rating in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) set a series high in total viewers and finishes within 0.1 of the series best in 18-49, maintaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.7) and growing in total viewers (10.6 million vs. 10.4 million). “AGT: Champions” was the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers and adults 25-54, growing +6% versus NBC’s season average in the timeslot prior to “AGT: Champions” in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.6, L+SD) and by +2.0 million persons or +23% in total viewers (10.6 million vs. 8.6 million).

“Live Plus Seven Day” Ratings: “AGT: The Champions” has grown by +34% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.71 to a 2.29) and +2.4 million viewers overall (10.0 million to 12.4 million).

“Live Plus 35 Day Plus Digital” Ratings: “AGT: The Champions” has grown by +78% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.71 to a 3.05).

The Season 1 finale of “Manifest” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the timeslot among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in adults 25-54. In adults 18-49, “Manifest” beat CBS’ rival drama “Bull” in the time period by a +43% margin in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.7). L+7: “Manifest” has increased by +123% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.31 to a 2.92) and +6.3 million viewers overall (6.7 million to 13.1 million). The gain of +1.61 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 +6.341 million viewers is television’s #1 biggest L+7 gain. L+35+Digital: “Manifest” has grown by +305% in adult 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.31 to a 5.31).

Tuesday

NBC won the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and every other key demographic, taking six of six half-hours among those nets in adults 18-49.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked as the #2 show of the night in adults 18-49, behind only “This Is Us” and won the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 by a +17% margin (1.4 vs. 1.2 for CBS’ #2 “NCIS. L+7: “Ellen’s Game of Games” has increased by +18% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.59 to a 1.88) and +925,000 viewers overall (6.8 million to 7.8 million). L+35+Digital: “Game of Games” is growing by +54% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.59 to a 2.45).

“This Is Us” (1.8 rating in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) was the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-49 and dominated its timeslot, doubling the hour’s #2 show (with a 1.8 rating vs. a 0.9 for CBS’ #2 “FBI”). “Us” grew +6% week to week in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.7) and +2% in total viewers (7.6 million vs. 7.4 million). L+7: “This Is Us” is increasing by +84% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.18 to a 4.01) and more than +5.5 million viewers overall (8.7 million to 14.3 million) going from L+SD to L+7. The gain of +1.83 rating points in 18-49 is the #1 strongest average L+7 lift on television this season and the increase of +5.544 million viewers is television’s #3 biggest L+7 gain. L+35+Digital: “This Is Us” has grown by +229% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 2.18 to a 7.18).

“New Amsterdam” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in every key demographic, inlcuding by a +25% margin in adults 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.8 for CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans”). “New Amsterdam” maintained a steady 1.0 rating in 18-49 for a fifth consecutive telecast. L+7: “New Amsterdam” has grown by +102% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.25 to a 2.52) and more than +5.3 million viewers overall (6.4 million to 11.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7. The gain of +5.334 million viewers is the #4 biggest L+7 lift on television so far this season. L+35+Digital: “New Amsterdam” has grown by +227% in the 18-49 demo going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.25 to a 4.12).

Wednesday

NBC is won the night in total viewers with the #1-2-3 shows of the night, “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire,” with crossover episodes for “P.D.” and “Fire.” With a nightlong average of 9.0 million viewers, it was NBC’s most-watched in-season Wednesday (excluding Olympics) in nearly two years, since Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (with a “Chicago Fire”-“P.D.”-“Justice” crossover). NBC’s Wednesday schedule of “Chicago” dramas has ranked as the #1 regular lineup in total viewers on 15 of the 15 Wednesdays it’s aired so far this season.

“Chicago Med” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) won the 8-9 p.m. timeslot among the Big 4 networks in total viewers, topping CBS’ premiere of “Survivor” by more than +1.3 million persons or +18% (9.1 million vs. 7.8 million). “Med” was the #1 most-watched show of the night, with a +4% build week to week in total viewers (9.1 million vs.. 8.7 million) and 100% retention in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.3). L+7: “Med” is increasing by +59% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.24 to a 1.97) and +3.1 million viewers overall (8.2 million to 11.3 million). L+35+Digital: “Med” is growing by +117% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.24 to a 2.70).

A crossover episode of “Chicago Fire” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #3 show of the night on the Big 4 in total viewers, behind only “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.,” and won the 9 p.m. timeslot over “The Masked Singer” by +7% (8.8 million vs. 8.3 million). Week to week, “Fire” jumped +18% in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.1) and +5% in total viewers (8.848 million vs. 8.427 million) to equal the show’s 18-49 high since Oct. 24, 2018 (1.4) and deliver its most-watched episode since March 1, 2017 (9.013 million). L+7: “Fire” is growing by +71% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.26 to a 2.15) and more than +3.6 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7. L+35+Digital: “Fire” is increasing by +134% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.26 to a 2.95).

A crossover episode of “Chicago P.D.” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) was the #2 show of the night in total viewers, behind only “Chicago Med.” “P.D.” scored season highs in 18-49 and total viewers, equaling the show’s 18-49 high since March 1, 2017 (1.9 with a 9-10 p.m. crossover episode) and delivering the show’s most-watched telecast since that same March 2017 episode (9.6 million). “P.D.” won the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key measure, beating the combined ABC-CBS competition in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers. Week to week, “P.D.” jumped +27% in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.1) and +1.4 million persons or +19% in total viewers (8.9 million vs. 7.5 million). It was a third straight original telecast to grow versus the prior firstrun “P.D.” L+7: “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +92% in the 18-49 demo this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.11 to a 2.13) and more than +4.0 million viewers overall (7.0 million to 11.0 million). L+35+Digital: “P.D.” has grown by +166% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.11 to a 2.95).

Thursday

“The Titan Games” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) equalled the show’s top 18-49 rating since Jan. 24 (1.2), maintaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.1) and 99.5% in total viewers (4.3 million vs. 4.4 million). The 1.1 outscores by +38% NBC’s average in the Thursday, 8-9 p.m. timeslot this season prior to “Titan Games” in 18-49 (0.8, L+SD non-sports) and the 4.3 million is up by +1.5 million persons or +54% in total viewers (vs. 2.8 million). L+7: “Titan Games” has grown by +30% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.45 to a 1.88) L+35+Digital: “Titan Games” is increasing by +113% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 1.45 to a 3.09).

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) was up +14% versus what the show averaged last season in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7) and up +34% in total viewers (2.4 million vs. 1.8 million), while also matching NBC’s 18-49 average in the Thursday 9-9:30 timeslot this season prior to “B99” (0.8 vs. 0.8). The Feb. 21 telecast maintained 100% of the prior week’s 18-49 rating. L+7+Digital: B99” generates 45% of its L+7+digital rating from nonlinear viewership.

“Will & Grace” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) built by +11% on this week’s lead-in in total viewers (2.6 million vs. 2.4 million), while maintaining 100% of its 18-49 rating from last week (0.7 vs. 0.7. L+7: “Will & Grace” has grown by +101% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (0.80 to a 1.61) and more than +2.4 million viewers overall (3.2 million to 5.7 million). L+35+Digital: “Will & Grace” has increased by +213% in the 18-49 demo going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 0.80 to a 2.50).

“Law & Order: SVU” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) grew +13% week to week in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.8) to match the show’s best rating since Oct. 18, 2018 (1.0) and tie for the timeslot win among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in adults 18-49. 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 (4.4 million to 7.6 million). L+35+Digital: “SVU” is growing by +254% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 0.92 to a 3.26).

Friday

A special 8 p.m. telecast of “The Blacklist” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) generated the show’s season high in total viewers (4.3 million, topping the prior high of 4.2 million at 9 p.m. on Feb. 8), while matching its season high for a Friday telecast in adults 18-49. The special “Blacklist” tied NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot since Nov. 23, 2018 (0.8 with holiday specials) and generated the net’s top total-viewer result in the Friday 8-9 p.m. hour, excluding sports, since Nov. 24, 2017 (5.6 million with holiday specials).

The regular 9 p.m. telecast of “The Blacklist” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) matched the show’s season high for a Friday telecast in adults 18-49. Week to week, “Blacklist” maintained 100% in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6) and grew +11% in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.6 million). L+7: “Blacklist” is growing by +114% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (0.57 to a 1.22) and +3.4 million viewers overall (3.8 million to 7.2 million). L+35+Digital: “Blacklist” is increasing by +193% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+35+Digital (from a 0.57 to a 1.67).

“Dateline NBC” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 0.7 in adults 25-54, 3.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) increased its audience for a third Friday in a row (from 2.3 million on Feb. 1 to 2.8 million on Feb. 8 to 3.0 million on Feb. 15 to 3.1 million on Feb. 22).

Saturday

NBC Sports coverage of the NHL Stadium Series matchup featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Philadelphia Flyers averaged a 0.5/3 in 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers overall from 8-11:10 p.m. ET. With a Total Audience Delivery (TAD, combining linear and digital viewership) of 1.965 million, the Penguins-Flyers matchup is NBC’s most-watched in-season NHL telecast, excluding Winter Classic games held on or near New Year’s Day, in nearly five years, since the 2014 Penguins-Blackhawks Stadium Series game on March 1, 2014 scored a TAD of 2.767 million.

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