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‘THIS IS US’ & THE THREE ‘CHICAGO’ DRAMAS ARE THE TOP 4 SCRIPTED PROGRAMS IN 18-49 & TOTAL VIEWERS FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 24-MARCH 1

Monday’s “Voice” Is #4 for the Week in 18-49, #3 in Total Viewers

On Monday, the "Voice 18" Premiere Is Up +15% Vs. the Prior Cycle's Finale, to the Show's Best Rating Since Oct. 8, Also Hits a Series-Record Three-Day Digital Rating; "Little Big Shots" Ties for the 10 p.m. Win

Tuesday’s “This Is Us" & "New Amsterdam" Rise to Their Most-Watched Episodes Since November; “Voice” Is the #1 Entertainment Show of the Night in 18-49 (Tied with “Us”), 25-54 & Total Viewers

Wednesday’s "Chicago Fire" Delivers Its Most-Watched Episode in the Past Year; NBC Wins Primetime in Total Viewers with #1-2-3 Shows of the Night

"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" Delivers Its Most-Watched Regular-Slot Telecast to Date; In the Women 18-34 Demo, “Good Girls” Ties for #1 at 10 p.m.

DIGITAL: The Feb. 16, Feb. 23 & March 1 “Zoey’s” Episodes Have All Scored as Their Week’s #1 Most-Viewed Freshman Scripted Series on YouTube

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 3, 2020 — NBC has tied for #2 for the primetime ratings week of Feb. 24-March 1 in the key ratings demographic of adults 18-49 and ranked #2 outright in total viewers, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.

“This Is Us” and Wednesday’s three “Chicago” dramas delivered the week’s top four scores for scripted programming in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. “Voice” was #1 in scripted shows in 18-49 with a 1.4 rating and “Chicago Fire” topped the week’s scripted offerings in total viewers, averaging 8.7 million persons.

Both editions of “The Voice” ranked among the top 10 last week in 18-49 and total viewers, with Monday’s edition #4 in 18-49 and #3 in total viewers and Tuesday’s tied for #5 in 18-49 and #6 in viewers.

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

Week 23 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Feb. 24-March 1

ABC…0.9

NBC…0.8

CBS…0.8

Fox…0.6

CW…0.2

Total Viewers

CBS…6.1 million

NBC…4.7 million

ABC…4.2 million

Fox…2.6 million

CW…0.6 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

Fox…2.0

NBC…1.5

ABC…1.1

CBS…1.1

CW…0.3

Total Viewers

CBS…7.7 million

Fox…7.3 million

NBC…7.0 million

ABC…5.4 million

CW…1.1 million

NBC highlights for the week of Feb. 24-March 1:

Monday

NBC won Monday night in total viewers, as well as adults 25-54 (tie) and men 25-54.

The premiere of “The Voice 18” (1.5 rating in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) was up +15% above where the show closed its prior cycle in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.3 for the fall finale on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 from 9-11 p.m.) and +4% in total viewers (9.0 million vs. 8.7 million), to score the show’s highest 18-49 rating on any night since Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019 (1.5) and deliver its most-watched Monday telecast since March 25, 2019 (9.004 million). “Voice” was the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers, topping ABC’s “The Bachelor” by +2.2 million person or +32% head to head from 8-10 p.m. (9.0 million vs. 6.8 million). Digital: The Cycle 18 premiere posted a series-high three-day digital rating across Hulu and NBC Digital.

A preview of “Little Big Shots” (0.8 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m.) tied for the 10 p.m. win in adults 18-49 with NBC’s best 18-49 and total-viewer results in the timeslot since Jan. 6. The “LBS” preview was up +14% versus the finale of the show’s prior full season in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7 on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 8-9 p.m.).

Tuesday

NBC dominated the night among entertainment programs in in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key ratings measure. “This Is Us” and “The Voice” tied as the night’s #1 entertainment program on the Big 4 in 18-49 and “Voice” ranked #1 in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

The Tuesday debut of “The Voice 18” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked as the night’s #1 entertainment show on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 (tie), adults 25-54 and total viewers, growing +8% above where the show closed its prior cycle in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3 for the fall finale on Dec. 17, 2019). The 1.4 is the show’s highest Tuesday 18-49 rating since Oct. 8, 2019 (1.5). In the timeslot, “Voice” ranked as the #1 entertainment telecast by a +100% margin in adults 18-49 (1.4 vs. 0.7 for ABC’s hour of comedy).

“This Is Us” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) grew for a second straight week in total viewers to deliver its most-watched episode since the show’s fall finale Nov. 19, 2019 (7.3 million) and also increased in 18-49 to equal the show’s high since Jan. 14 (1.5). “Us” grew +8% week to week in both 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3) and total viewers (7.0 million vs. 6.5 million), to tie as the #1 entertainment telecast of the night in 18-49.

Social: “This Is Us” ranked as the #2 most social scripted primetime drama of the week, with 578,000 Total Interactions, up +3% from the prior episode (562,000) and up +25% from the show’s season average (425,000, Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 2/24/20-3/1/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). Justin Hartley had the #2 most engaging post of the night among all scripted primetime dramas (72,000), with an Instagram post of Kevin and old Rebecca (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 2/27/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama).

L+7 Lifts: The season’s first 14 episodes of “This Is Us” have delivered television’s 14 biggest L+7 lifts in 18-49 rating so far this season (a +1.51 increase for the Sept 24 season premiere, a +1.42 gain for the Oct. 1 telecast, a +1.50 for Oct. 8, a 1.55 for Oct. 15, a +1.46 for Oct. 22, a +1.41 for Oct. 29, a +1.43 for Nov. 5, a +1.48 for Nov. 12, a +1.39 for Nov. 19, a +1.38 for Jan. 14, a +1.36 for Jan. 21, a +1.24 for Jan. 28, a +1.28 for Feb. 11 and a +1.32 for Feb. 18). The biggest lift for any other show on television this season is the +1.21 for the Sept. 23 season premiere of “The Good Doctor.”

“New Amsterdam” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) grew +9% week to week in total viewers (5.2 million vs. 4.7 million) to deliver its most-watched episode since the show’s fall finale Nov. 19, 2019 (5.5 million) and in 18-49 was up week to week by +17% to equal the show’s high since Jan. 14 (0.8). In the timeslot, “New Amsterdam” outrated ABC’s rival drama “For Life” in 10 of 10 key ratings categories.

Wednesday

NBC’s “Chicago” lineup, which over the course of last season reached a total of 66 million viewers, finished #1 for the night in total viewers, with “Fire,” “Med” and “P.D.” ranking as the #1-2-3 shows of the night.

“Chicago Med” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) beat “The Masked Singer” and “Survivor” to win the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers, and was the #2 show of the night in viewers, behind only “Chicago Fire.” The Feb. 26 episode of “Med” equaled the show’s highest 18-49 rating for a non-crossover episode since Feb. 20, 2019 (1.3), increasing by +9% versus the show’s prior original in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.1 on Feb. 12) and is up +5% in total viewers (8.6 million vs. 8.2 million). Social: “Chicago Med,” with 54,000 Total Interactions, increased +13% versus the prior episode’s 48,000.

“Chicago Fire” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall from 9-10:03 p.m. ET), in the first half of a two-part crossover with “Chicago P.D.,” grew in total viewers for a third original telecast in a row, to rank as the #1 telecast of the night in total viewers with “Fire’s” most-watched episode since Feb. 20, 2019 (8.9 million). “Fire” won the 9-10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and all key adult-female demos, while matching the show’s highest 18-49 rating since Oct. 16, 2019 (1.3).

“Chicago P.D.” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall from 1:0311 p.m. ET) in the second half of a two-part crossover with “Chicago Fire,” won the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC, matching or beating the ABC-CBS competition combined in 10 of 10 key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. “P.D.” captured the show’s highest 18-49 rating and total-viewer results since Oct. 16, 2019 (1.3 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers). Versus its prior telecast, the Feb. 26 “P.D.” jumped by +20% in 18-49 rating (1.2 vs 1.0 on Feb. 12) and +16% in total viewers (8.1 million vs. 7.0 million). “P.D.” has now won the slot or tied for #1 versus regular ABC and CBS competition with its last 75 straight original telecasts in adults 18-49 (L+SD), extending back to October 2016.

Social: The “Chicago Fire” & “P.D.” Crossover combined to represent the #2 most social scripted primetime drama of Wednesday with 178K Total Interactions (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 2/26/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). “Chicago Fire’s” Instagram account generated Wednesday’s #2 most engaging post among all scripted primetime dramas (41,000), with an Instagram post of “Fire” and “P.D.” cast members posing together (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 2/26/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama). The crossover generated the #3 most viewed video on YouTube of the week for all scripted primetime dramas (219,000), with a clip of Burgess and Roman finding the body of Roman’s sister (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 2/24/20-3/1/20, ListenFirst Content Video Views [YouTube], Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Drama).

Thursday

“Superstore” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) retained 98% week to week in total viewers (2.572 million vs. 2.629 million). Social: “Superstore,” with 33,000 Total Interactions increased +37% versus the previous episode’s 21,000.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) tied for #2 in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and ranked #2 outright among those nets in adults 18-34. Social: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” ranked as the #1 most social scripted primetime comedy of the week, with 250,000 Total Interactions (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 2/24/20-3/1/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Comedy). The show’s Instagram page had the post with the #1 most content responses of the week for all scripted primetime comedies (148,000), with a post of Jake and Rosa in bomb suits (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 2/24/20-3/1/20, ListenFirst Content Responses [Instagram], Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Comedy).

“Will & Grace” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) grew +0.1 of a point or +25% week to week in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.4) to equal the show’s high since Oct. 31, 2019, and increased by +5% week to week in total viewers (2.1 million vs. 2.0 million). Social: “Will & Grace,” with 81,000 Total Interactions, increased +20% versus the prior episode’s 67,000. The show’s Instagram page had the #1 most commented-on post of the week for all scripted primetime comedies (4,000), with a post commemorating the first episode premiere date (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 2/24/20-3/1/20, ListenFirst Content Comments [Instagram], Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Comedy).

“Indebted” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s series premiere and its highest 18-49 rating to date and matched NBC’s best result in the timeslot with sitcom programing since Nov. 21, 2019 (0.5, excludes the Jan. 30 “Good Place” finale overrun into the half-hour). “Indebted” maintained 100% versus the prior week in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4) and grew week to week in total viewers (1.483 million vs. 1.478 million). Social: “Indebted,” with 8,000 Total Interactions, was up +49% from the prior episode.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the timeslot in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Social: “Law & Order: SVU” scored as the #2 most social scripted program of the night, with 277,000 Total Interactions, up +359% from the previous week’s episode (60,000) and up +245% from the show’s season average (80,000) to rank as the most social episode in “SVU” series history (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 2/28/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama Series). The show’s Instagram page had the #3 most commented-on post of the week for all scripted primetime dramas (9,000), with a post asking fans how old they were when the first “SVU” episode premiered (Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 2/24/20-3/1/20, ListenFirst Content Comments [Instagram], Brand Type: TV Shows, Primetime, Broadcast, Drama).

Friday

“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) maintained a steady 0.4 in 18-49 for a sixth consecutive telecast, retaining 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4) and 96% in total viewers (3.4 million vs. 3.6 million), while growing +29% in the women 25-54 demo (0.9 vs. 0.7).

“Dateline NBC” (0.5 rating in adults 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.4 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET), during its second hour from 10-11 p.m., tied for #1 in adults 18-49 and ranked #1 outright in adults 25-54.

Sunday

A rebroadcast of last Monday’s “Little Big Shots” preview averaged a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 3.0 million viewers overall from 7-8 p.m. ET):

The regular-slot season premiere of “Little Big Shots” (0.5 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m.) was up +0.2 of a point or +67% versus NBC’s timeslot average this season, excluding sports and the Golden Globes in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.3, L+SD) and +59% in total viewers (3.4 million vs. 2.1 million). “LBS” equaled NBC’s best in-season 18-49 and total-viewer results in the timeslot, excluding sports and the Golden Globes, since May 19, 2019 (0.7 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall).

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) grew +5% week to week in total viewers (2.1 million vs. 2.0 million viewers) to its most-watched Sunday telecast to date. In the timeslot, “Zoey’s” tied for #2 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-34. Social: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” scored as the #1 most-viewed freshman series on YouTube for the week of Feb. 23-March 1 with 11 million total views (Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic; Video Views; Season 1; 2/24/20-3/1/20). The March 1, Feb. 23 and Feb. 16 “Zoey’s” episodes have all three scored as their respective week’s #1 most-viewed freshman scripted series (Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic; Video Views; Season 1; 2/10/20-3/1/20). “Zoey’s” has accumulated the most new followers across the ‘big four’ social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) of any new TV program across the linear / streaming landscape, with 121,000 new followers since Jan. 1 (Source: ListenFirst Brand Rankings; LF// TV Universe // Episodic; New Fans; Brand Type: TV Shows; Season 1; 1/1/20-3/1/20).

“Good Girls” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) retained 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4) and 99.7% in total viewers (1.799 million vs. 1.805 million viewers). In the timeslot, “Good Girls” tied for #1 in the women 18-34 demographic. Social: “Good Girls” was Sunday’s #1 most social scripted primetime drama, with 122,000 Total Interactions, up +207% from the series-average 40,000 (Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, 3/1/20, Percent Share, Primetime, Drama).

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