Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, June 27, 2019

Note: NBC’s live democratic debate broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Holey Moley (ABC) 0.9/5 4.26
The Wall (NBC) – R 0.8/4 4.33
MasterChef (FOX) 0.7/4 2.89
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/3 4.50
iZombie (The CW) 0.2/2 0.67
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.5/3 4.31
9 p.m. 2020 Democratic Candidates Debate (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.9/10 8.83
Life in Pieces (CBS) 0.6/3 3.77
Spin the Wheel (FOX) 0.6/3 2.54
Family Food Fight (ABC) 0.6/3 2.53
In the Dark (The CW) – F 0.2/1 0.61
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – F 0.5/3 3.36
10 p.m. Elementary (CBS) 0.4/2 3.13
Reef Break (ABC) 0.3/2 1.99


For the second night in a row, the 2020 Democratic Debates brought NBC a strong, definitive victory in the primetime ratings.

The network started Thursday night off with a rerun of “The Wall,” which scored a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and drew in 4.33 million viewers. This then led into the big event of the night, with the second round of the Democratic Debates scoring a 1.9 with 8.83 million viewers. The final rating of Wednesday’s debate was a 1.8, so, pending adjustment, the second night came in with the stronger performance.

FOX took second place for the night, opening with “MasterChef” at the same 0.7 it picked up both yesterday and the preceding week. This lead-in didn’t do much for Dax Shepard’s “Spin the Wheel,” which suffered a collapse from the 0.8 it premiered at to 0.6.

Beyond the debates, the strongest individual performance of the night came from “Holey Moley” once again, even as it stumbled from 1.0 to 0.9 in its second week. “Family Food Fight,” on the other hand, remained at 0.6, pulling in 2.53 million viewers; despite premiering less powerfully than “Holey Moley,” it did manage to hold its ground. The same could not be said of “Reef Break,” which suffered a blow from 0.5 to 0.3.

A pair of reruns of “Young Sheldon” each netted a 0.5 for CBS, which then led into back-to-back episodes of “Life in Pieces.” The first of these came in at 0.6, while the second, the series finale, slunk to 0.5. Both episodes were even with the two that aired last week. “Elementary” closed out the night for CBS with the same 0.4 it previously fell to.

The CW stayed its usual course, beginning with an episode of “iZombie” at its typical 0.2. The season finale of “In the Dark” followed suit, remaining in line with the 0.2 it rose to last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/8 0.7/4 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.83 2.72 2.92 3.81 0.64



Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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