Wednesday, September 30, 2020

UPDATED Tuesday Ratings - ABC and NBC Lead Coverage of First Presidential Debate; 'Weakest Link' Has Solid Debut

On September 29, 2020, ABC won in the Adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.32 rating - followed by NBC (2.05), FOX (1.13), CBS (1.07) and The CW (0.15).

Furthermore, ABC won in total viewers with 9.674 million viewers - followed by NBC (7.966), CBS (4.839), FOX (4.023) and The CW (0.605).



UPDATE - The final numbers for the debate and the subsequent analysis were released. Weakest Link, Trump v. Biden: The Main Event and Cosmos: Possible Worlds were adjusted down.

ABC (2.32 Rating, 9.674 Million Viewers)
        TRUMP V. BIDEN: THE MAIN EVENT (1.1)
        2020 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE (3.2)
        DEBATE ANALYSIS (2.1)

NBC (2.05 Rating, 7.966 Million Viewers)
        WEAKEST LINK (1.2) SERIES PREMIERE
        2020 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE (2.7)
        DEBATE ANALYSIS (1.8)

FOX (1.13 Rating, 4.023 Million Viewers)
        COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (0.4, +0.1)
        2020 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE (1.6)
        DEBATE ANALYSIS (1.2)

CBS (1.07 Rating, 4.839 Million Viewers)
        LOVE ISLAND (0.6, +0.1)
        2020 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE (1.4)
        DEBATE ANALYSIS (1.0)

THE CW (0.15 Rating, 0.605 Million Viewers)
        WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (0.2) REPEAT
        WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (0.2) REPEAT
        TELL ME A STORY (0.1, +0.0) SEASON FINALE


The Final Ratings for Tuesday, September 29 

Average Rating: 1.25
Average Viewership: 5.132


NOTE: For the 2020-21 broadcast season, Nielsen has determined that there are 121 million TV households in the United States - with 307.9 million people ages 2 and up. The Adults 18-49 demographic is the rating most commonly reported and helps determine ad rates but is not the sole explanation for whether a show will be renewed or cancelled.