Wednesday, September 28, 2022

TV Ratings: NBC Wins The Week, Fox News Wins The 3rd Quarter

Besides live sports, the one thing broadcast networks can be counted on for these days is franchise procedural dramas.

That was evident on opening week of a new television season, when the 10 most-watched scripted programs all fit this tried-and-true formula, according to AP News citing data from the  Nielsen company.

There were three programs each in CBS’ “FBI” series and NBC’s “Chicago” shows, and two each of CBS’ “NCIS” shows and NBC’s “Law & Order” franchise.

Buoyed by “Sunday Night Football,” NBC won the week in prime time with an average of 6 million viewers. ABC had 4.5 million, Fox had 4 million, CBS had 3.9 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Ion Television had 960,000 and Telemundo had 850,000.


1. NFL Football: San Francisco at Denver, NBC, 17.8 million.

2. NFL Football: Minnesota at Philadelphia, ABC, 12.86 million.

3. “NFL Pregame,” NBC, 12.85 million.

4. “The OT,” Fox, 12.13 million.

5. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 9.11 million.

6. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.14 million.

7. “FBI,” CBS, 6.81 million.

8. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 6.75 million.

9. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.59 million.

10. NFL Football: Tennessee at Buffalo, ESPN, 6.57 million.

11. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 6.19 million.

12. “NFL Pregame,” ABC, 6.16 million.

13. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 6.12 million.

14. “NCIS,” CBS, 5.82 million.

15. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 5.48 million.

16. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 5.47 million.

17. “FBI: International,” CBS, 5.44 million.

18. “NCIS: Hawai’i,” CBS, 5.31 million.

19. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 5.27 million.

20. “Survivor,” CBS, 5.05 million.


For the week, ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.6 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.5 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.6 million.


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For the third quarter...Gutfeld! delivered its highest-rated quarter in program history as host Greg Gutfeld continued as the second most-watched late night host in all of broadcast and cable news. At 11 PM/ET, the program kicked off the fall season as the number one late night show in television, surpassing all broadcast and cable competition, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for August and September.

Gutfeld! posted double-digit percent growth since the same quarter last year in total viewers and was up with A25-54 averaging 2.1 million viewers and 339,000 with A25-54 this quarter, outpacing ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! And NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in total viewers. Gutfeld! also topped every program on CNN and MSNBC in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo. FNC’s late night show also bested Comedy Central’s The Daily Show across the board in total viewers and the younger 25-54 demo. 

Additionally, Gutfeld! Has the highest median income in all of late night television (ABC, CBS and NBC) in the younger 25-54 demo as well as the most upscale audience in total viewers and A25-54.


For the week, Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network, averaging 2.12 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 2.02 million, MSNBC had 1.21 million, HGTV had 811,000 and Hallmark had 688,000.

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For The Third Quarter, FOX News Channel (FNC) finished the third quarter of 2022 as cable’s most-watched network in primetime and total day viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. 

Marking 83 consecutive quarters as the highest-rated cable news channel in primetime, FNC also outpaced CNN and MSNBC combined in total day and primetime with total viewers, and easily surpassed both networks in the 25-54 and 18-49 demos for the quarter. 

FNC also ranked number one in all of basic cable in total day viewers for the sixth quarter in a row, winning every single weekday hour with double and triple-digit percent advantages while delivering 94 of the top 100 telecasts in cable news. In total day, FNC delivered 1.4 million viewers, 201,000 with the A25-54 demographic and 122,000 with A18-49. In primetime, FNC netted 2.2 million viewers, 294,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 180,000 with A18-49. 

Additionally, FNC’s cable news audience share increased to over 50% across all key dayparts and categories as more Democrats and Independents tuned in to FNC over any other network, according to data from Nielsen MRI Fusion.

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During the third quarter of 2022, FNC delivered the top seven programs in cable news in total viewers and the top 15 programs in the younger 25-54 demo. FNC continued to serve as the go-to destination for breaking news coverage, earning triple-digit advantages over CNN and MSNBC across the board for stories including the ongoing war in Ukraine, the passing of Queen Elizabeth, the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s home, among others.



For the second-straight week, the SEC on CBS topped the college football ratings charts:

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