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NBC TAKES THE OCT. 8-14 WEEK WITH THE TOP SHOW OVERALL, THE TOP ENT. SHOW, THE TOP ALTERNATIVE SERIES AND THE TOP TWO NEW SHOWS

NBC Wins the Week in 18-49 and Total Viewers, Ranks #1 for the Season in Both, for NBC’s First Total-Viewer Lead at This Point in the Season in 17 Years

In 18-49, “Sunday Night Football” Ranks #1 Overall, “This Is Us” Is the #1 Entertainment Program, “The Voice” Is the #1 Alternative Series and “Manifest” & “New Amsterdam” Are the #1-2 First-Year Shows

It’s the 18th Week in a Row NBC Has Ranked #1 or Tied for #1 in 18-49 and the 14th Time in 15 Weeks NBC Has Won in Total Viewers

Monday’s "The Voice" & "Manifest" Are the Night’s #1-2 Entertainment Shows in 18-49 and Total Viewers

L+3: “Manifest” Earns Monday’s Biggest Lifts in 18-49 and Total Viewers

NBC’s Tuesday Team Ties the "AMAs" for the Nightlong Win Among the Big 4, "This Is Us" Is the Night’s #1 Entertainment Show, “The Voice” Ties for #2, “New Amsterdam” Is the Dominant 10 p.m. Drama

L+3: “This Is Us” & “New Amsterdam” Are the #1-2 Biggest L+3 Gainers on the Night in 18-49 and Total Viewers

NBC Dominates Wednesday in Total Viewers, All Three “Chicago” Dramas Equal or Top Their Crossover Ratings of One Week Earlier in 18-49

L+3: “Chicago P.D.” Apprehends Wednesday’s Biggest L+3 Lift in Total Viewers

Friday’s “Dateline” Ties for the 10-11 p.m. Win Among ABC, CBS & NBC in 18-49, “Blindspot” Retains 100% of Last Spring’s Finale Rating

Chiefs-Patriots “SNF” Beats the Combined Big 4 competition in Every Key Ratings Measure, Jumps +4.9 Million Viewers Vs. Last Year’s Week 6 Telecast to Top the Year-Ago Game for a 5th Week in a Row

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Oct. 16, 2018 — NBC has finished #1 for the week of Oct. 8-14 in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key ratings category (including a tie in men 18-34), according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research.

NBC’s week was led by the #1 primetime telecast in 18-49 and total viewers, “Sunday Night Football,” and also featured in 18-49 the #1 entertainment program, “This Is Us”; the top two alternative shows, the Monday and Tuesday editions of “The Voice”; and the #1-2 first-year shows, “Manifest” and “New Amsterdam.”

In 18-49, “SNF” ranked #1 among primetime Big 4 telecasts in 18-49, “This Is Us” tied for #3, Monday’s “Voice” tied for #5, Tuesday’s “Voice” tied for #7, “Manifest” tied for #11 and “New Amsterdam” and “Chicago Fire” tied for #15.

NBC leads the new season through three weeks in total viewers (with an average 8.5 million vs. CBS’ 8.4 million), marking the first time in 17 years, since 2001, that NBC has ranked #1 in total viewers three weeks into the season.

NBC also leads the season in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34, men 25-54, men 18-49 (tie) and all key adult-female demographics.

Week 3 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Oct. 8-14

NBC…1.9

Fox…1.6

CBS…1.1

ABC…1.1

CW…0.4

Total Viewers

NBC…7.8 million

CBS…7.2 million

Fox…5.3 million

ABC…5.2 million

CW…1.1 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

NBC…2.1

Fox…1.8

CBS…1.3

ABC…1.2

CW…0.2

Total Viewers

NBC…8.5 million

CBS…8.4 million

Fox…6.0 million

ABC…5.6 million

CW…0.9 million

NBC highlights for the week of Oct. 8-14:

Monday

NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure, winning six of six half-hours among those nets in 18-49. NBC’s “The Voice” and “Manifest” ranked as the #1-2 shows of the night on the Big 4 in every key category.

“The Voice” (1.9 rating in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measures (including a tie with “Manifest” in men 18-34), while winning its two-hour time period among those nets in every key measure, including a +90% margin in the timeslot versus “Dancing With the Stars” in adults 18-49 (1.9 vs. 1.0 from 8-10 p.m.).

“Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “The Voice” increased by +18% in 18-49 (from a 1.92 rating to a 2.27) and +1.5 million viewers overall (9.6 million to 11.1 million) going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to L+3.

L+7+Digital: After seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “The Voice’s” Week 1 telecast rose to a 3.09 rating in 18-49.

Upscale: Monday’s “Voice” is delivering a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 107 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

“Manifest” (1.6 rating in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and all other key measures, winning in adults 18-49 by a +33% margin versus “The Good Doctor” (1.6 vs. 1.2) and by +100% versus “Bull” (1.6 vs. 0.8). “Manifest” finished as the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 and most other key measures, behind only “The Voice,” and tied with “The Voice” as top show on those nets in men 18-34. “Manifest” beat NBC’s average in the timeslot last season by +60% in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.0, L+SD non-sports) and more than +2.8 million persons or +62% in total viewers (7.4 million vs. 4.6 million). L+3: “Manifest” grew by +89% in 18-49 (from a 1.55 rating to a 2.93) and +5.5 million viewers overall (7.4 million to 12.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3, for the biggest lifts of the night in 18-49 rating and total viewers. L+7+Digital: Counting seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “Manifest’s” Week 1 episode increased to a 5.41 rating in 18-49. Upscale: “Manifest” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 114 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

Tuesday

NBC tied for #1 for the night in adults 18-49 with ABC and its “American Music Awards” and ranked #1 outright in adults 25-54.

“The Voice” (1.8 rating in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) tied for the timeslot win in 18-49 despite this week’s competition from ABC’s “American Music Awards,” maintaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.8) and 98% in total viewers (9.211 million vs. 9.391 million). “Voice” also tied the “AMAs” as the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49, behind only “This Is Us.” L+3: “Voice” increased by +17% in 18-49 (1.85 to 2.17) and +1.4 million viewers overall (9.2 million to 10.6 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7+Digital: With seven days of linear and non-linear viewership counted, the Tuesday “Voice’s” Week 1 telecast grew to a 3.12 rating in 18-49. Upscale: Tuesday’s “Voice” is delivering a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

“This Is Us” (2.3 rating in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49, topping ABC’s 8-11:04 p.m. “American Music Awards” telecast by +28% (2.3 vs. 1.8). Despite this week’s competition from the “AMAs” and Red Sox-Yankees playoff baseball, “Us” finished within 0.1 of the prior week’s 18-49 rating (2.3 vs. 2.4) and grew in total viewers (8.908 million vs. 8.865 million). L+3: “This Is Us” grew by +60% in 18-49 (2.28 to 3.65) and +4.1 million viewers overall (8.9 million to 13.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the largest L+3 lifts of the night in adult 18-49 rating and total viewers. L+7+Digital: After seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “This Is Us’” Week 1 telecast increased to a 6.64 rating in 18-49. Upscale: “This Is Us” is generating powerful high-income and high-education audiences, indexing at a 139 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes, to rank #3 among entertainment shows on the Big 4, and a 143 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, to rank #4.

“New Amsterdam” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 drama in the timeslot in adults 18-49, beating “NCIS: New Orleans” by +56% in adults 18-49 (1.4 vs. 0.9), and tied as the #2 drama of the night with “NCIS,” behind only “This Is Us.” Despite last night’s competition from the “American Music Awards” and Red Sox-Yankees baseball, “New Amsterdam” rated within 0.1 of a point of the previous week’s result in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.5) and retained 95% in total viewers (7.0 million vs. 7.4 million). The first-year series was up by +17% versus NBC’s timeslot average last season in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.2 in 18-49, L+SD excluding sports) and up +14% in total viewers (7.0 million vs. 6.2 million). L+3: “New Amsterdam” increased by +68% in 18-49 (1.40 to 2.35) and +3.8 million viewers overall (7.0 million to 10.8 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest lift of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 percentage and #2 biggest increases in 18-49 rating and total viewers, behind only “This Is Us.” L+7+Digital: Counting seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “New Amsterdam’s” Week 1 telecast rose to a 4.03 rating in 18-49. Upscale: “New Amsterdam” is attracting a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes. Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, “Superstore” is indexing at a 116.

Wednesday

NBC won the night in total viewers, growing +2.0 million persons or +34% versus the same Wednesday last year (7.9 million vs. 5.9 million on Oct. 11, 2017). NBC’s margin of victory for the night was +2.0 million viewers or +33% (7.9 million vs. 5.9 million for #2 CBS). In adults 18-49, NBC ranked #2 for the night among the Big 4, up from a year-ago #4 finish.

“Chicago Med” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) won the timeslot in total viewers, topping “Empire,” “Survivor” and ABC’s comedies, while equaling NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the timeslot with regular in-season programming since Feb. 25, 2015 (1.4) and scoring the net’s best total-viewer result with in-season regulars since Nov. 19, 2014 (8.8 million). “Med” maintained 100% of the previous Wednesday’s crossover episode in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.3 from 9-10 p.m.)This was “Med’s” most-watched regular-slot episode since Thursday, March 2, 2017 (8.824 million with a “Voice” lead-in). L+3: “Med” grew by +34% in 18-49 (1.27 to 1.70) and +2.4 million viewers overall (8.1 million to 10.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7+Digital: After seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “Med’s” Week 1 episode increased to a 2.30 rating in 18-49.

“Chicago Fire” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 most-watched telecast of the night, while winning its timeslot in adults 18-49, total viewers and adults 25-54. “Fire” delivered NBC’s best total-viewer result in the timeslot with in-season regular programming since Nov. 12, 2014 (10.006 million). It was also “Fire’s” highest 18-49 rating since the show’s Fall 2017 season premiere (1.5 at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017) and its most-watched regular-slot episode since Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (8.657 million). Versus the previous week’s crossover episode, “Fire” increased by +8% in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3 from 8-9 p.m.) and +4% in total viewers (8.410 million vs. 8.101 million). L+3: “Fire” grew +41% in 18-49 (1.36 to 1.92) and +2.6 million viewers overall (8.4 million to 11.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7+Digital: Through seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “Fire’s” Week 1 telecast rose to a 2.47 rating in 18-49.

“Chicago P.D.” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key measure, leading among those dramas by a +50% margin in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 0.8 for “A Million Little Things” and “Criminal Minds”) and by +2.5 million persons or +54% in total viewers (7.2 million vs. 4.7 million for “Criminal Minds”). “P.D.” matched the show’s best 18-49 rating since March 21 (1.3) and retained 100% of the prior week’s crossover episode in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.2). L+3: “P.D.” increased by +54% in 18-49 (1.18 to 1.82) and +2.9 million viewers overall (7.2 million to 10.1 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lift of the night in total viewers. L+7+Digital: Counting seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “P.D.’s” Premiere Week telecast grew to a 2.56 rating in 18-49.

Thursday

“Superstore” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) finished within 0.1 of the previous week’s season-premiere 18-49 rating (0.8 vs. 0.9) to equal what the show was averaging at the end of last season with its final four telecasts in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.8 from April 12-May 3) and improve by +3% in total viewers (3.0 million vs. 2.9 million). L+3: “Superstore” increased by +51% in 18-49 (0.79 to 1.19) and +883,000 viewers overall (3.0 million to 3.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. Digital: In six-day digital results, the Oct. 4 season premiere of “Superstore” jumped +36% versus last year’s debut through six days of non-linear digital viewership, with a projected 0.76 rating in adults 18-49 versus the year-ago 0.56. It’s the #1 best six-day digital performance ever for “Superstore.” Upscale: “Superstore” is attracting a strong upscale audience this season, indexing at a 117 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes. Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, “Superstore” is indexing at a 122.

“The Good Place” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) retained 100% of its adult 18-49 lead-in from “Superstore” (0.8 vs. 0.8) and grew in adults 18-34 (0.6 vs. 0.5). L+3: “The Good Place” grew by +71% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (0.83 to 1.42) and +1.3 million viewers overall (2.7 million to 4.0 million). Digital: In 13-day digital results, the Sept. 27 season premiere of “The Good Place” jumped +61% versus last year’s debut through 13 days of non-linear digital viewership, with a projected 1.19 rating in adults 18-49 versus the year-ago 0.74. It’s the #1 best 13-day digital performance ever for “The Good Place.” Upscale: “The Good Place” is generating powerful high-income and high-education audiences this season, indexing at a 139 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes), to rank #2 among primetime entertainment shows on the Big 4 networks, and a 155 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college to rank #1..

“Will & Grace” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) retained 100% of its lead-in in adult 18-49 rating (0.8 vs. 0.8) and increased by +25% in total viewers (3.4 million vs. 2.7 million). L+3: “Will & Grace” increased by +84% in 18-49 (0.83 to 1.53) and +2.1 million viewers overall (3.4 million to 5.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, Upscale: “Will & Grace” is delivering powerful high-income and high-education audiences, indexing at a 137 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes, to rank #4 among entertainment shows on the Big 4 nets, and a 144 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, to rank #3.

“I Feel Bad” averaged a 0.5 rating in 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. L+3: “I Feel Bad” grew by +42% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (0.55 to 0.78) and +683,000 viewers overall (2.2 million to 2.9 million). Upscale: “I Feel Bad” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes. Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, “Bad” is indexing at a 123.

“Law & Order: SVU” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) ranked #1 among entertainment programs in the time period in adults 18-49 and grew +5% week to week in total viewers (4.4 million vs. 4.2 million). L+3: “SVU” grew by +90% in 18-49 (0.89 to 1.69) and +2.5 million viewers overall (4.4 million to 6.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, to tie for the biggest 18-49 percentage lift of the night on the Big 4. L+7+Digital: Counting seven days of linear and non-linear viewership, “SVU’s” Week 1 telecast rose to a 2.68 rating in 18-49.

Friday

The fourth season debut of “Blindspot” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) retained 100% of the show’s finale last spring in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.5 on May 18) and 99% in total viewers (2.945 million vs. 2.985 million), and maintained 100% of the 0.5 rating for last season’s final five “Blindspot” telecasts, last topped with the March 30 episode (0.6). L+7: Last season, “Blindspot” increased by +94% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.62 to a 1.20) and more than +2.0 million viewers overall (3.3 million to 5.3 million).

“Dateline NBC” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 1.1 in adults 25-54, 4.4 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) grew +17% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6 from 10-11 p.m.), +22% in adults 25-54 (1.1 vs. 0.9) and more than +1.1 million persons or +36% in total viewers (4.4 million vs. 3.4 million). For its second hour from 10-11 p.m., “Dateline” tied for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49. “Dateline” scored as the #1 newsmagazine of the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers ahead of “20/20: Being Melania.” L+3: The prior Friday’s “Dateline” increased by +44% in 18-49 (0.59 to 0.85) and more than +1.1 million viewers overall (3.3 million to 4.4 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. Upscale: Friday’s “Dateline” is delivering a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 105 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 117.

Sunday

NBC Sports coverage of Kansas City Chiefs-New England Patriots “Sunday Night Football” (7.0 rating in 18-49, 21.1 million viewers overall from 8:23-11:29 p.m. ET) beat the combined Big 4 competition for the night in all key ratings measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. Versus the year-ago Giants-Broncos telecast, the Chiefs-Patriots game is up +25% in 18-49 (7.0 vs. 5.6) and +4.9 million persons or +31% in total viewers (21.1 million vs. 16.2 million). It’s the fifth week in a row “SNF” has topped the year-ago game in total viewers.

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