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‘AGT: THE CHAMPIONS,’ ‘TITAN GAMES’ & ‘GAME OF GAMES’ SCORE TOP 10 RANKINGS IN 18-49 AMONG PRIME ENT. SHOWS FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 7-13

Also Finishing in the Top 25 Among Primetime Entertainment Shows Are “Chicago Med,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chicago Fire” & Encores of “Game of Games” & “Titan Games”

Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 or Tied for #1 in Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 & Every Key Adult-Female Demo and Is Running the Closest It’s Been to #1 in Total Viewers at This Point in 19 Years

"AGT: The Champions" Tops Monday Among the Big 4 Nets, Is the Most-Watched Alternative Regular-Slot Series Debut in Nearly 3 Years

L+3: “Manifest” More Than Doubles Its 18-49 Rating to a 2.2 After Just Three Days of Time-Shifting, Adds +4.4 Million Viewers for the Biggest L+3 Lifts of the Night

"Ellen’s Games of Games" Is Tuesday's #1 Entertainment Show in 18-49, "New Amsterdam" Wins at 10 by a +67% Margin, NBC Dominates the Night

L+3: “New Amsterdam” Sews Up Tuesday’s Biggest L+3 Increases in 18-49 and Total Viewers

NBC Wins Wednesday in Total Viewers, "Chicago Med" & "Fire" Are the #1-2 Most-Watched Shows of the Night

L+3: “Chicago P.D.” Apprehends Wednesday’s Biggest Total-Viewer Lift in L+3

On Thursday, the NBC Debut of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Captures a Two-Year High, "Titan Games" Doubles NBC’s Timeslot Average at 8 p.m.; “Good Place” & “SVU” Grow

L+3: “SVU” Doubles in Just Three Days of Time-Shifting, Is Thursday’s Biggest Percentage Gainer on the Big 4 in 18-49

Friday’s “Blindspot” Captures Season Highs

L+3: The Prior Week’s “Blacklist” Nabs That Night’s Top L+3 Lift on the Big 4 in 18-49 Percentage

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 15, 2019 — NBC has finished #2 among the Big 4 networks in primetime ratings results for the week of Jan. 7-13 in adults 18-49 and all other key demographic (including a tie in women 18-34), behind only NFL-boosted Fox, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Ranking in the top 10 among primetime entertainment telecasts for the week were NBC’s premiere of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (#6), Thursday’s “The Titan Games” (#8) and Tuesday’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” (tied for #9).

Also ranking in the top 25 were a Tuesday encore of “Game of Games” (tied for #11), “Chicago Med” (tied for #14), Thursday’s NBC premiere of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (tied for #19), “Chicago Fire” (tied for #19) and a Saturday encore of “Titan Games” (tied for #19).

Season to date, NBC ranks #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demographics. In total viewers, NBC is running within just 145,000 persons of #1 CBS (8.488 million vs. 8.343 million), NBC’s closest position to #1 in total viewers at this point in the season in 19 years, since trailing by 9000 persons at this time in 1999.

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 16 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Jan. 7-13

Fox…3.4

NBC…1.0

ABC…0.8

CBS…0.8

CW…0.2

Total Viewers

Fox…11.4 million

CBS…6.5 million

NBC…4.9 million

ABC…3.8 million

CW…0.9 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

NBC…2.0

Fox…2.0

CBS…1.3

ABC…1.2

CW…0.4

Total Viewers

CBS…8.5 million

NBC…8.3 million

Fox…6.9 million

ABC…5.3 million

CW…1.4 million

NBC highlights for the week of Jan. 7-13:

Monday

NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.

The premiere of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (1.8 rating in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) scored as the most-watched regular-slot debut of a new alternative series in nearly three years, since “Little Big Shots” (14.930 million on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 8-9 p.m.), despite the night’s high-rated competition from ESPN’s College Football Championship. “AGT: The Champions” ranked as the #1 entertainment telecast of the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers and was up +13% versus NBC’s average in the timeslot earlier this season in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6, L+SD) and +16% in total viewers (10.0 million vs. 8.6 million).

“Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “AGT: The Champions” increased by +28% in 18-49 (from a 1.83 rating to a 2.34) and +2.0 million viewers overall (10.0 million to 12.0 million) going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to L+3.

Upscale: Monday’s “Voice” is delivering a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 106 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

“Manifest” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) retained 100% of its fall finale of six weeks earlier in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.1 on Nov. 26, 2018) and 98% in total viewers (5.8 million vs. 6.0 million). “Manifest” ranked #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in total viewers and adults 25-54. L+3: “Manifest” grew by +109% in 18-49 (from a 1.05 rating to a 2.19) and more than +4.4 million viewers overall (5.8 million to 10.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3, for the biggest lifts of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 rating and percentage, as well as total viewers. L+7: “Manifest” has increased by +118% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.44 to a 3.14) and +6.7 million viewers overall (7.2 million to 13.9 million). The gain of +1.70 rating points in 18-49 is the #2 biggest L+7 lift on television this season (behind only “This Is Us”) and the increase of +6.701 million viewers is television’s biggest L+7 gain. When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Manifest” 18-49 rating grows to a 4.22, a +193% increase on the show’s 1.44 L+SD figure. Upscale: “Manifest” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 116 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

Tuesday

NBC won the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and every other key demographic.

The regular-slot second season debut of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.5 rating in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET finished as the #1 entertainment show of the night in adults 18-49 and ranked #1 for the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 and every other key demographic. “Games” increased by +20% versus the show’s prior original, a Dec. 12 holiday special, in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.2 from 8-9 p.m. on that Wednesday) and +10% in total viewers (6.5 million vs. 5.9 million). From its first half-hour to its second, “Games” grew in every key measure, including an increase of +21% in adults 18-49 (1.4 to 1.7). L+3: “Game of Games” increased by +18% in 18-49 (1.53 to 1.80) and +821,000 viewers overall 6.5 million to 7.4 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Last season, “Ellen’s Game of Games” increased by +21% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.94 to a 2.34) and more than +1.2 million viewers overall (7.9 million to 9.2 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “Games” rating grew to a 2.92 in 18-49.

A rebroadcast of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.4 rating in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall from 9:25-10:01 p.m. ET) led the hour among entertainment programs in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and other key demographics.

“New Amsterdam” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) ranked #1 in the timeslot in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all other key demographics, winning the timeslot in adults 18-49 by a +67% margin (1.0 vs. 0.6 for ABC’s “The Rookie”). L+3: “New Amsterdam” increased by +82% in 18-49 (1.04 to 1.89) and +3.9 million viewers overall (5.4 million to 9.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest lift of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 and total viewers. L+7: “New Amsterdam” has grown by +98% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.32 to a 2.61) and +5.3 million viewers overall (6.7 million to 12.0 million) going from L+SD to L+7. The gain of +5.328 million viewers is the #4 biggest L+7 lift on television so far this season. When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “New Amsterdam” 18-49 rating grows to a 3.33, a +152% increase on the show’s L+SD figure of a 1.32. Upscale: “New Amsterdam” is attracting a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes. Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, “New Amsterdam” is also indexing at a 114.

Wednesday

NBC’s Wednesday schedule of “Chicago” dramas won the night in total viewers, making this the 10th time in 10 tries this season that the “Chicago” lineup has ranked as the #1 regular schedule in total viewers.

“Chicago Med” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) was the #1 most-watched show of the night on the Big 4 networks, while matching the show’s season high in 18-49 and equaling its high since last March (1.4 on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10 p.m.). In total viewers, “Med” delivered a regular-slot season high with its biggest regular-slot audience since March 2, 2017 (8.8 million). “Med” won the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in total viewers and adults 25-54 and tied for #1 in adults 18-49. L+3: “Med” grew by +43% in 18-49 (1.19 to 1.83) and +2.4 million viewers overall (8.5 million to 10.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: “Med” is increasing by +61% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.22 to a 1.97) and +3.2 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.2 million). When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Med” 18-49 rating grows to a 2.32, a +90% gain versus the show’s 1.22 L+SD rating.

“Chicago Fire” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) won the hour in total viewers overall “The Masked Singer” by nearly +1.0 million persons (8.0 million vs. 7.1 million) and ranked as the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 in total viewers, behind only “Chicago Med.” With its first original in five weeks, “Fire” maintained 100% of its prior result in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.2 on Dec. 5) and grew in total viewers (8.0 million vs. 7.9 million). L+3: “Fire” was up +59% in 18-49 (1.24 to 1.97) and more than +2.8 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 10.8 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Fire” is growing by +67% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.29 to a 2.15) and +3.5 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.5 million) going from L+SD to L+7. With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Fire” figure increases to a 2.52 in 18-49, a +95% gain over the series’ 1.29 rating in L+SD.

“Chicago P.D.” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key measure, winning among those networks by a +25% margin in adults 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.8 for CBS’ “Criminal Minds”) and in total viewers by +2.3 million persons or +51% (6.9 million vs. 4.6 million for “Criminal Minds”). It was the most-watched “P.D.” since Oct. 31 (6.949 million). L+3: “P.D.” grew by +79% in 18-49 (1.04 to 1.86) and more than +3.3 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lift of the night in total viewers. L+7: “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +89% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.13 to a 2.14) and more than +4.0 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.0 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “P.D.” figure grows to a 2.48, a +119% gain versus the show’s 1.13 in L+SD.

Thursday

NBC’s new Thursday lineup won the night among the Big 4 networks in adults and women18-34, and its 1.0 rating in the women 18-34 demo is NBC’s best for a Thursday, excluding sports, since Sept. 28, 2017, the night of “Will & Grace’s” return.

“The Titan Games” (1.6 rating in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) retained 94% of the prior week’s 1.7 rating from 8-9 p.m. for the first half of the show’s two-hour debut and retained 88% in total viewers (5.7 million vs. 6.5 million). The Jan. 10 “Titan” doubled NBC’s season average in the Thursday, 8-9 p.m. timeslot in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 0.8, L+SD non-sports) and grew by +2.6 million persons or +85% in total viewers (5.700 million vs. 3.084 million). L+3: “The Titan Games” grew by +23% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (1.57 to 1.93) and +983,000 viewers overall (5.7 million to 6.7 million). Upscale: “The Titan Games” is attracting a strong upscale audience this season, indexing at a 119 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

The NBC debut of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) jumped +71% versus the show’s prior season premiere in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 0.7 on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at 9:30 on Fox) and more than +1.5 million persons or +80% in total viewers (3.5 million vs. 2.0 million). “B99” captured a two-year high in 18-49, the show’s top rating since a special Sunday hourlong episode the night of a big NFL overrun on Jan. 1, 2017 (1.3) -- excluding that, it was a three-year high, best since Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at 9 p.m. (1.2). It was the most-watched “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” since December 2015 (3.824 million on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 at 8:30). “B99” was up +50% versus NBC’s prior 18-49 average in the timeslot earlier this season (1.2 vs. 0.8, L+SD non-sports) and won its timeslot Thursday night among the Big 4 networks in adults, men and women 18-34.

Social: The Jan. 10 NBC premiere of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has scored as the #1 most-social episode of a scripted comedy series of the 2018-19 season to date across all of primetime television, with 858,900 Total Interactions across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Source: Nielsen Social SCR, Primetime Daypart, Comedy Series, 09/23/18-01/10/19. Linear Window. Excludes unscripted series.

L+3: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” grew by +38% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+7 (1.21 to 1.67) and more than +1.0 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 4.6 million). L+7: Last season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” increased by +86% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.7 to a 1.3) and by +59% or +1.0 million viewers overall (1.8 million to 2.8 million). Upscale: Last season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was Fox’s #2 most upscale primetime series, indexing at a 137 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes and a 141 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, to rank #4.

“The Good Place” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) earned the show’s best 18-49 rating since Week 2 of the season (0.9 on Oct. 4), as, with its first original in five weeks, “Good Place” grew +13% versus the show’s prior telecast in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.8 for its Dec. 6 fall finale) and by +6% in total viewers (2.722 million vs. 2.576 million). The Jan. 10 “Good Place” grew by +29% versus NBC’s average in the timeslot so far this season in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.7, L+SD non-sports). L+3: “The Good Place” grew by +75% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (0.92 to 1.61) and +1.6 million viewers overall (2.7 million to 4.3 million). L+7: “The Good Place” has increased by +87% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 so far this season (from a 0.85 to a 1.59) and by +1.8 million viewers overall (2.8 million to 4.6 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Good Place” figure grows to a 2.46, nearly three times the show’s 0.85 in L+SD. Upscale: “The Good Place” is generating powerful high-income and high-education audiences this season, indexing at a 142 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes), to rank #3 among primetime entertainment shows on the Big 4 networks, and a 155 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college to rank #1.

“Law & Order: SVU” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET), with its first original in six weeks, increasesd by +14% versus the show’s prior telecast in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7 for its Nov. 29 fall finale) and +3% in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.9 million). “SVU” tied for #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-34 and was #1 outright in the women 18-34 demo. L+3: “SVU” increased by +100% in 18-49 (0.84 to 1.68) and +2.7 million viewers overall (4.0 million to 6.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest lift of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 percentage. L+7: “SVU” has grown by +110% this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.93 to a 1.95) and +3.2 million viewers overall (4.4 million to 7.6 million). When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “SVU” 18-49 rating increases to a 2.54, a +173% gain versus the show’s L+SD 0.93.

Friday

“Blindspot” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) scored season highs in adults 18-49 and total viewers, hitting the show’s highest 18-49 rating since March 30, 2018 (0.6) and its most-watched episode since March 23, 2018 (3.3 million). With its first telecast in five weeks, “Blindspot” grew +0.1 of a point or +20% versus its prior episode in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5 with its fall finale on Dec. 7) and +8% in total viewers (3.0 million vs. 2.8 million), increasing its audience for a third straight telecast (from 2.5 million on Nov. 16 to 2.6 million on Nov. 30 to 2.8 million on Dec. 7 to 3.0 million on Jan. 11). L+3: The prior telecast of “Blindspot” increased by +56% in 18-49 (0.50 to 0.78) and +1.2 million viewers overall (2.8 million to 4.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Blindspot” is growing by +80% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.46 to a 0.83) and more than +1.5 million viewers overall (2.6 million to 4.2 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Blindspot” 18-49 figure increases to a 1.03, a +124% gain versus the show’s L+SD 0.46. Upscale: “Blindspot” is generating a significant upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes). Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, “Blindspot” is delivering a 114 index.

“The Blacklist” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) maintained 100% of the prior week’s season premiere in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6), while growing +0.1 of a point or +20% versus NBC’s season average in timeslot prior to “Blacklist” in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5, L+SD non-sports) and +34% in total viewers (3.7 million vs. 2.7 million). L+3: The prior week’s “Blacklist” grew by +75% in 18-49 (0.57 to 1.00) and +2.4 million viewers overall (3.9 million to 6.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lift of the night in 18-49 percentage. L+7: Last season “The Blacklist” increased by +72% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (0.93 to a 1.60) and more than +2.9 million viewers overall (5.7 million to 8.6 million). When projected 35-day linear and non-linear viewing was added, the “Blacklist” 18-49 rating grew to a 2.09, a +125% increase over the show’s 0.93 in L+SD. Upscale: “The Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 136 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (100 represents an average concentration of those homes) to rank #4 among entertainment shows on the Big 4.

“Dateline NBC” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 0.9 in adults 25-54, 3.3 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) grew +0.1 of a point or +20% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5), +29% in adults 25-54 (0.9 vs. 0.7) and +7% in total viewers (3.325 million vs. 3.106). L+3: The previous original Friday “Dateline” increased by +50% in 18-49 (0.52 to 0.78) and +1.2 million viewers overall (3.1 million to 4.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Friday’s “Dateline” is growing by +42% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 0.62 to a 0.88) and +1.2 million viewers overall (3.6 million to 4.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7. Upscale: Friday’s “Dateline” is delivering a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes. Among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, Friday’s “Dateline” is indexing at a 113.

Saturday

An encore telecast of "The Titan Games” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) with a high-rated lead-in from NFL Playoff football, generated strong sampling, more than doubling the show’s week-earlier Saturday rebroadcast (1.2 vs. 0.5 from 8-10 p.m.) and growing by +135% in total viewers (3.9 million vs. 1.7 million).

A rebroadcast of the prior Monday’s premiere of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) was the night’s #2 primetime Big 4 entertainment telecast in 18-49, behind only NBC’s 8-9 p.m. “Titan Games” encore.

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