'The Million Second Quiz' Scores NBC’s Best Adult 18-49 Rating in the Time Period, Excluding Sports, Since May 16

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September 13th, 2013


via press release:

Thursday Results (CBS carried Jets-Patriots NFL football in New York and ABC carried the game in Boston):

At 8 p.m. ET, "The Million Second Quiz" (1.1 rating, 4 share in adults 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) scored NBC’s best adult 18-49 rating in the time period, excluding sports, since May 16 (with an “Office” retrospective the night of that show’s finale), despite facing last night’s Jets-Patriots football on NFL Network and the Thursday season premiere of Fox’s “The X Factor.”  In total viewers, it’s NBC’s biggest overall audience in the time period, excluding sports, since the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” two months ago.  Versus NBC’s time-period average this summer, “Million Second Quiz” is up 57% in 18-49 rating (with a 1.1 vs. a 0.7, L+SD non-sports) and up 37% in total viewers (4.222 million vs. 3.078 million).

“Million Second Quiz” grew from half-hour to half-hour in nearly every key demographic: adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54; men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54; and women 18-34 and 18-49.  The adult 18-49 gain was 10% (to a 1.1 from a 1.0).

Despite the strong Jets-Patriots NFL competition Thursday night, “Million Second Quiz” is currently running within a tenth of point of the prior night’s 1.2 in these preliminary fast-affiliate ratings and within 0.2 of Wednesday’s 1.3 in official nationals.

At 9 p.m. ET, an encore telecast of “Hollywood Game Night” averaged a 1.0/3/2 in 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers overall. Versus its prior encore in this time period, “Hollywood Game Night” is up 43% in 18-49 (with a 1.0 vs. a 0.7 on August 29), giving NBC its top 18-49 rating in the time period, excluding sports, since August 1.

At 10 p.m. ET, a second rebroadcast of “Hollywood Game Night” averaged a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers overall, which matches the show’s prior result in this time period with an original. In total viewers, the “Hollywood Game Night” encore is up versus that prior original on August 29 (2.863 million vs. 2.815 million), pending updates.

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Inflated, what, a tenth by the NFL?

  • Joe

    I can’t believe NBC are proud of a 1.1 rating.

  • Fred

    This show is a bomb. Almost guaranteed it wont be on again after the inital run.
    NBC was hoping for a Who Want’s To Be a Millionare type buzz, but that was well over a decade ago. Different era.

  • E.S.

    Ryan Seacrest is no Regis Philbin. He’s no Dick Clark or Casey Kasem, either.

  • Tomcatt630

    I imagine Seacrest naked as a Mattel “Ken” doll.

  • TheWB

    I find _MSQ_ absolutely fascinating on multiple levels. Then again, I felt the same about _The Office_ and _The Killing_, so I guess I don’t share tastes with the rest of America on many levels as well.

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