NBC narrowly won the first week of the 2019-20 TV season.

“Sunday Night Football” gave NBC the week’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast, thanks to its season high 7.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and a 24.11 million viewer audience. FOX’s first “Thursday Night Football” broadcast of the season came second in both measures (5.8, 17.91 million).

FOX also had the week’s highest-rated, non-sports broadcast, with the season 2 premiere of “The Masked Singer” scoring a 2.5. NBC, however, grabbed the week’s no. 1 scripted show, thanks to the “This is Us” premiere’s 1.8 rating.

In the network standings, NBC topped the week in both the adults 18-49 demo (1.8) and in total viewers (7.48). It’s the first time in 10 years that CBS hasn’t won premiere week in the total viewers measure. FOX came second in the demo rankings with a 1.7 average rating, while CBS place second in viewers (6.89).

Here are the network standings for the week of Sept. 23-29.

Sept. 23-29 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.9/5 (4) 1.0/5 (3) 0.1/1 (7) 1.7/9 (2) 1.8/9 (1) 0.4/2 (5t) 0.4/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.71 (4) 6.89 (2) 0.55 (7) 5.79 (3) 7.48 (1) 1.09 (6) 1.31 (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 Sept. 23-29, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 7.8 10,061
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – P FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 5.8 7,474
3 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC Sun. 8:13 PM 5.3 6,860
4 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:52 PM 3.9 5,099
5 THURSDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK – P FOX Thurs. 8:05 PM 2.9 3,805
6 THE MASKED SINGER – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,261
7 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.8 2,388
60 MINUTES – P CBS Sun. 7:46 PM 1.8 2,387
9 THE VOICE – MON – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,246
SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat. 7:37 PM 1.7 2,197
11 911 – P FOX Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,062
THE VOICE – TUE – P NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,014
13 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,966
14 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 1.4 1,825
15 NCIS – P CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,743
THURSDAY NIGHT NFL PREGAME – P FOX Thurs. 7:30 PM 1.3 1,685
THE CONNERS – P ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,655
SURVIVOR – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,641
BIG BROTHER – WED – F CBS Weds. 9:30 PM 1.3 1,626
20 CHICAGO FIRE – P NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,452
CHICAGO PD – P NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,415
YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,388
MODERN FAMILY – P ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,365
24 CHICAGO MED – P NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,337
A MILLION LITTLE THINGS – P ABC Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.0 1,337
EMPIRE – P FOX Tues. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,304
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – F ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,288
NEW AMSTERDAM – P NBC Tues. 10:08 PM 1.0 1,281
THE GOLDBERGS – P ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,275
PRODIGAL SON – P FOX Mon. 9:01 PM 1.0 1,246
THE GOOD DOCTOR – P ABC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,245

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for Sept. 23-29, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:23 PM 24,108
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – P FOX Thurs. 8:23 PM 17,905
3 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC Sun. 8:13 PM 16,544
4 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 12,581
5 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:52 PM 12,255
6 60 MINUTES – P CBS Sun. 7:46 PM 11,800
7 THURSDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK – P FOX Thurs. 8:05 PM 10,124
8 THE VOICE – MON – P NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 8,943
9 FBI – P CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 8,838
10 THE VOICE – TUE – P NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,327
11 YOUNG SHELDON – P CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 8,248
12 THE MASKED SINGER – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 8,033
13 THIS IS US – P NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 7,900
14 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 7,852
15 CHICAGO MED – P NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 7,536
16 CHICAGO FIRE – P NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 7,330
17 911 – P FOX Mon. 8:00 PM 7,148
18 GOD FRIENDED ME – P CBS Sun. 8:46 PM 7,125
19 HAWAII FIVE-0 – P CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 7,030
20 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – P CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 6,667
21 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 6,522
22 CHICAGO PD – P NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,494
23 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – P CBS Sun. 9:46 PM 6,442
24 BULL – P CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 6,429
25 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 6,407

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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