Excluding Newsmagazines and Live News & Sports, NBC’s “Weakest Link” on Both Tuesday & Wednesday and “Ellen’s Game of Games” All Finish Among the Top 10 Primetime Shows on the Big 4 in Both 18-49 & Total Viewers

Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 in Total Viewers

On Tuesday, "Weakest Link" Ranks as the night’s #1 Entertainment Show In 18-49

"Weakest Link" Earns NBC's Top Wednesday 8-9 p.m. 18-49 Rating in Nearly Six Months

“Dateline" Matches NBC's Best Thursday 9-11 p.m. Rating in 18-49, Excluding Sports, Since April; One Night Later “Dateline” Reports Its Highest Friday Rating Since May

Vikings-Seahawks “Sunday Night Football,” With a Total Audience Delivery of 15.6 Million, Beats the Combined TV Audiences of the Competing NBA Finals Game 6 & ALCS Game 1 by Nearly +50%

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Oct. 13, 2020 — NBC has averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall for the primetime ratings week of Oct. 5-11, led by week’s #1 primetime show of the week in total viewers, “NBC Sunday Night Football,” according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

Tuesday and Wednesday editions of “Weakest Link” plus the Tuesday telecast of “Ellen’s Game of Games” landed among the top 10 primetime entertainment programs of the week on the Big 4 networks in both adults 18-49 and total viewers (excludes newsmagazines and live news and sports).

Three weeks into the new season, NBC ranks #1 in total viewers and is tied for #1 in adults 25-54.

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Summer-to-date and 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 3 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Oct. 5-11






Total Viewers

CBS…5.8 million

ABC…5.7 million

NBC…4.9 million

Fox…4.3 million

CW…0.7 million

2020-21 Season Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”






Total Viewers

NBC…5.2 million

ABC…5.1 million

CBS…4.4 million

Fox…3.8 million

CW…0.6 million

NBC highlights for the week of Oct. 5-11:


From 8-9 p.m. ET, the NBC News Special “Decision 2020: Biden Town Hall” averaged a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49, a 1.1 in adults 25-54 and 6.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

“American Ninja Warrior” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) topped Fox’s “Filthy Rich” in the 9-10 p.m. hour in 10 of 10 key ratings measures. Digital / Social: Total Social Activity for the Oct. 5 telecast totaled 37,300 interactions, for a week-to-week gain of +53% (24,500 to 37,300).


“Weakest Link” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) is the night’s #1 non-sports telecast in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. “Link” won its timeslot in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34 (tie), as well as all key adult-female demos. From its first half-hour to its second, “Weakest Link” grew by +13% in adults 18-49 (from a 0.8 rating to a 0.9), +8% in 25-54 (1.2 to 1.3) and +6% in total viewers (4.8 million to 5.1 million).

“Ellen’s Game of Games” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 non-sports program in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in nine of nine key demographics – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

“Transplant” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied CBS’ premiere of "FBI Declassified" in the timeslot in 18-49 and topped it in 25-54. “Transplant” has now matched or topped its premiere 0.4 rating in 18-49 with all four successive telecasts since the show’s Sept. 1 U.S. debut.


“Weakest Link” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) delivered NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the Wednesday 8-9 p.m. timeslot in nearly six months, since April 15 (1.1). “Link” grew from half-hour to half-hour in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54; and total viewers. Digital / Social: With 15,000 Total Social Interactions, “Weakest Link” was up +50% versus the prior night in Total Social Activity.

From 9-10:35 p.m. ET, NBC carried sustaining coverage of the Vice Presidential debate.

From 10:35-11 p.m. ET, NBC News analysis of the Vice Presidential debate averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, a 1.4 in adults 25-54 and 4.7 million viewers overall.


“Connecting…” premiered with a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET in a highly competitive timeslot versus Fox’s NFL Football, CBS’ “Big Brother” and ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud.”

“Late Night with Seth Meyers: Closer Look Thursday” averaged a 0.2 rating in 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET.

“Dateline NBC” (0.4 rating in adults 18-49, 0.6 rating in adults 25-54, 2.7 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) equaled NBC’s best 18-49 rating in the timeslot, excluding sports, since April 23 (0.6 with the “Will & Grace” finale and “Law & Order: SVU”).


A rebroadcast of “American Ninja Warrior” (0.3 rating in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) combined with the show’s original run on Oct. 5 (2.2 million) to total more than 4.0 million viewers.

“Dateline NBC” (0.5 rating in adults 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) reported its top Friday 18-49 rating since May 15 (0.5), its best Friday 25-54 score since May 8 (0.8) and its highest total viewers for a Friday telecast since Aug. 7 (3.2 million). Versus its prior Friday telecast, “Dateline” increased by +0.1 of point or +25% in adults 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.4 on Sept.21), +60% in adults 25-54 (0.8 vs. 0.5) and +35% in total viewers (3.1 million vs. 2. 3 million).


NBC Sports coverage of Minnesota Vikings-Seattle Seahawks “Sunday Night Football” (4.2 rating in 18-49, 15.1 million viewers overall from 8:23-11:29 p.m. ET) won the highly competitive night in adults, men and women 18-49; adults, men and women 25-54 and total viewers.

The game’s Total Audience Delivery of 15.6 million beats by almost +50% the combined TV audience of 10.4 million for the night’s unprecedented competition of the clinching Game 6 of the NBA Finals and Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.


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