A couple live NFL broadcasts and the first 5 games of this year’s World Series dominated the broadcast ratings for the sports-heavy week of Oct. 21.

Once again, “Sunday Night Football” gave NBC the week’s no. 1 broadcast in both the adults 18-49 (5.7 rating) and total viewer (18.32 million) charts, despite being down a bit from the previous week’s “SNF” game. FOX’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcast placed second in both charts with a 4.0 rating and 13.77 million viewers.

FOX’s broadcasts of the first 5 games of the World Series were all among the week’s 10 highest-rated and most-watched broadcasts as well. Of the week’s non-sports shows, NBC’s “This is Us” generated the highest 18-49 demo rating (1.6).

In the network standings, FOX beat the rest of the broadcast networks in the adults 18-49 demo for the fourth consecutive week, with a 2.6 average rating. NBC placed second in the demo with a 1.4, while FOX topped the week in the total viewers measure (10.94 million).

Here are the network standings for the week of Oct. 21-27, 2019 and the season so far.

Oct. 21-27 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.9/4 (3t) 0.9/4 (3t) 0.3/1 (7) 2.6/13 (1) 1.4/7 (2) 0.4/2 (5t) 0.4/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.30 (4) 6.54 (2) 0.88 (7) 10.94 (1) 6.45 (3) 1.28 (5) 1.16 (6)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.1/5 (3t) 1.1/5 (3t) 0.3/1 (7) 2.2/11 (1) 1.8/9 (2) 0.4/2 (5t) 0.4/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.48 (4) 7.78 (3) 1.04 (7) 7.94 (1) 7.85 (2) 1.22 (6) 1.32 (5)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 21-27, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 5.7 7,377
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 4.0 5,168
3 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC Sun. 8:14 PM 3.6 4,627
4 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 1 – S FOX Tues. 8:04 PM 3.1 4,001
5 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 2 – S FOX Weds. 8:03 PM 3.0 3,866
6 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 2.9 3,796
7 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 3 – S FOX Fri. 8:01 PM 2.8 3,679
8 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 5 – S FOX Sun. 8:02 PM 2.7 3,434
9 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 4 – S FOX Sat. 8:04 PM 2.3 2,924
10 THURSDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK FOX Thurs. 8:06 PM 2.1 2,764
11 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 7:37 PM 1.8 2,339
12 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:41 PM 1.7 2,259
13 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:29 PM 1.6 2,107
THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,038
15 911 FOX Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,963
16 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,744
THE VOICE – MON NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,686
THE VOICE – TUE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,673
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,654
GREAT PUMPKIN, C. BROWN – S ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,641
21 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,610
CHICAGO MED NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,519
23 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,487
YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,445
NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,436

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Oct. 21-27, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 18,323
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 13,773
3 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 1 – S FOX Tues. 8:04 PM 12,283
4 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 3 – S FOX Fri. 8:01 PM 12,220
5 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 2 – S FOX Weds. 8:03 PM 12,014
6 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC Sun. 8:14 PM 11,872
7 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 5 – S FOX Sun. 8:02 PM 11,390
8 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 11,354
9 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:41 PM 11,217
10 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 4 – S FOX Sat. 8:04 PM 10,219
11 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 9,517
12 FBI CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 8,878
13 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 8,665
14 THURSDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK FOX Thurs. 8:06 PM 8,301
15 THE VOICE – TUE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,080
16 THE VOICE – MON NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 8,046
17 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 7,877
18 CHICAGO MED NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 7,842
19 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 7,073
20 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 6,909
21 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 6,836
22 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 7:37 PM 6,754
23 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 6,683
24 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 6,650
25 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,647

All program ratings are live + same-day.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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