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NBC DELIVERS SIX OF THE WEEK’S TOP 10 MOST-WATCHED PROGRAMS

“AGT: Champions,” “This Is Us,” “Ellen’s Game of Games” & All Three “Chicago” Dramas Make the Top 10 for the Primetime Week of Jan. 21-27

NBC Ties for #2 for the Week in 18-49, Is #2 Outright in Total Viewers

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 the Season in 17 Years

Monday’s "AGT: The Champions" Is the Night’s #1 Most-Watched Show, Ties as the #1 Program in 18-49

L+3: “Manifest” Grows by +93% After Three Days of Time-Shifting, the Biggest L+3 Lift of the Night on the Big 4

"This Is Us" & "Game of Games" Are Tuesday’s #1-2 Shows of the Night in 18-49, "New Amsterdam" Wins at 10 p.m. by a +25% Margin

L+3: “This Is Us” Is Tuesday’s Biggest Gainer in 18-49 Rating, “New Amsterdam” Earns the Night’s Biggest L+3 Increase in Total Viewers

The "Chicago" Dramas Rank as Wednesday’s #1-2-3 Shows in Total Viewers, “Med” Wins at 8 in 18-49 With the Night’s #2 Demo Rating Behind Only “The Masked Singer”

"Med" Delivers Its Most-Watched Episode Since Dec. 2015, “Fire” Nets Its Biggest Regular-Slot Audience Since March 2016

L+3: “Chicago P.D.” Locks Up Wednesday’s Biggest L+3 Lift in Total Viewers

L+7: Thursday’s “Good Place” Season Finale Grows by +99% in Just Three Days of Time-Shifting, the Biggest Lift of the Night on the Big 4

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2019 — NBC has tied for #2 among the Big 4 networks in primetime ratings results for the week of Jan. 21-27 in adults 18-49 and ranked #2 outright in total viewers, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research.

For the week, NBC claimed six of television’s top 10 most-watched programs – “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (#2), “Chicago Med” (#3), “Chicago Fire” (#4), “This Is Us” (#6), “Ellen’s Game of Games” (#8) and “Chicago P.D.” (#10).

In the key adults 18-49 demographic, “This Is Us” is the #2 show of the week, “AGT: The Champions” and “Ellen’s Game of Games” tie for #3, “Chicago Med” ties for #12, “Chicago Fire” and “The Titan Games” tie for #15 and “Chicago P.D.” ties for #20.

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 725,000 persons of #1 CBS (8.107 million vs. 8.832 million), NBC’s closest position to #1 in total viewers at this point in the season in 17 years, since trailing by 570,000 persons at this time in 2001-02.

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 18 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Jan. 21-27

ABC…1.1

NBC…0.9

Fox…0.9

CBS…0.8

CW…0.3

Total Viewers

CBS…5.6 million

NBC…4.9 million

ABC…4.6 million

Fox…3.2 million

CW…1.1 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

NBC…1.9

Fox…1.9

CBS…1.5

ABC…1.2

CW…0.4

Total Viewers

CBS…8.8 million

NBC…8.1 million

Fox…6.6 million

ABC…5.3 million

CW…1.4 million

NBC highlights for the week of Jan. 21-27:

Monday

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

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (1.6 rating in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and ranked #1 outright in adults 25-54 and total viewers. The Jan. 21 “AGT: The Champions” maintained 100% of NBC’s season average in the timeslot prior to “Champions” in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.6, L+SD) and grew by +1.1 million persons or +13% in total viewers (9.703 million vs. 8.609 million).

“Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “AGT: The Champions” increased by +24% in 18-49 (from a 1.56 rating to a 1.93) and +1.6 million viewers overall (9.7 million to 11.3 million) going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to L+3.

Upscale: “AGT: The Champions” is delivering a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 105 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (100 represents an average concentration of those homes).

“Manifest” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) grew +11% week to week in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9) and retains 98% in total viewers (5.4 million vs. 5.5 million) and tied as the #2 scripted show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-49. L+3: “Manifest” grew by +93% in 18-49 (from a 1.02 rating to a 1.97) and +4.1 million viewers overall (5.4 million to 9.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3, for the biggest lift of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 percentage. L+7: “Manifest” has increased by +120% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.40 to a 3.08) and +6.6 million viewers overall (7.1 million to 13.7 million). The gain of +1.68 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 +6.605 million viewers is television’s #1 biggest L+7 gain. When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Manifest” 18-49 rating grows to a 4.04, a +181% increase on the show’s 1.44 L+SD figure. Upscale: “Manifest” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

Tuesday

NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key demographic, with a nightlong +50% margin of victory in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.0 for #2 CBS).

“Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.6 rating in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) took the hour by a +23% margin in adults 18-49, 1.6 vs. 1.3 for CBS’ Tuesday premiere of “Celebrity Big Brother,” while also topping “Brother” by +2.6 million persons or +53% (7.5 million vs. 4.9 million). “Ellen’s” was the #2 show of the night in adults 18-49, behind only “This Is Us,” and won the timeslot in 18-49, total viewers and most other key measures. In total viewers, “Games” grew week to week by +18% week to week in total viewers (7.5 million vs. 6.3 million). L+3: “Game of Games” increased by +13% in 18-49 (1.59 to 1.80) and +667,000 viewers overall (7.5 million to 8.1 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.

“This Is Us” (1.9 rating in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) scored as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49, as well as adults 18-34 and adults 25-54, and won the 9-10 p.m. timeslot among the Big 4 networks in nine of nine key demographics. Week to week, “Us” grew +6% in total viewers (8.2 million vs. 7.7 million). L+3: “This Is Us” grew by +63% in 18-49 (1.95 to 3.17) and +3.9 million viewers overall (8.2 million to 12.1 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the largest L+3 lift of the night in adult 18-49 rating. L+7: “This Is Us” is increasing by +83% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.22 to a 4.06) and +5.5 million viewers overall (8.9 million to 14.4 million) going from L+SD to L+7. The gain of +1.84 rating points in 18-49 is the #1 strongest average L+7 lift on television this season and the increase of +5.553 million viewers is television’s #3 biggest L+7 gain. When projected seven-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Us” 18-49 rating grows to a 5.69, a +156% increase on its 2.22 L+SD result. Upscale: “This Is Us” is generating powerful high-income and high-education audiences, indexing at a 135 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes, to tie for #6 among entertainment shows on the Big 4, and a 141 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, to rank #5.

“New Amsterdam” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) maintained 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0) and increased by +3% in total viewers (5.764 million vs. 5.606 million). “New Amsterdam” finished #1 in the timeslot in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and all key adult-female demos, leading in adults 18-49 by a +25% margin (1.0 vs. 0.8 for CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans”). L+3: “New Amsterdam” increased by +87% in 18-49 (1.00 to 1.87) and +3.9 million viewers overall (5.8 million to 9.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest lift of the night in total viewers. L+7: “New Amsterdam” has grown by +99% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.29 to a 2.57) and +5.3 million viewers overall (6.6 million to 11.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7. The gain of +5.313 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 3.29, a +155% increase on the show’s L+SD figure of a 1.29. Upscale: “New Amsterdam” is attracting a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 116 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 115.

Wednesday

NBC won the night in total viewers with the #1-2-3 shows of the night. NBC’s Wednesday schedule of “Chicago” dramas has ranked as the #1 regular lineup in total viewers on 12 of the 12 Wednesdays it’s aired so far this season.

“Chicago Med” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) was the #1 most-watched show of the night and the #2 show in 18-49, behind only Fox’s “The Masked Singer.” The Jan. 23 “Med” delivered the show’s most-watched episode in more than three years, since the fourth telecast of its first season on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at 9 p.m., 9.6 million), making this the show’s #3 most-watched episode ever, behind only two Dec. 1 and Dec. 5 telecasts in 2015. In 18-49, “Med” matched the show’s season high and its best since Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (1.4). “Med” won the 8-9 p.m. timeslot in adults 18-49 over CBS’ Wednesday and has ow ranked #1 or tied for #1 in the hour three weeks in a row. L+3: “Med” grew by +38% in 18-49 (1.33 to 1.83) and more than +2.3 million viewers overall (9.4 million to 11.8 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 1.23 to a 1.98) 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 +89% gain versus the show’s 1.23 L+SD rating.

“Chicago Fire” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) increased for a fourth straight original telecast in total viewers (from 7.290 million on Nov. 14 to 7.939 million on Dec. 5 to 8.010 million on Jan. 9 to 8.027 million on Jan. 16 to 8.426 million on Jan. 23). In total viewers, the Jan. 23 “Fire” beat “The Masked Singer” for the timeslot victory, delivering a winning margin of +1.3 million persons or +18% (8.4 million vs. 7.1 million). “Fire” equalled its highest 18-49 rating since Nov. 14 (1.3) and delivered its most-watched regular-slot episode since Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 10 p.m. (8.657 million). L+3: “Fire” was up +64% in 18-49 (1.19 to 1.95) and +3.2 million viewers overall (8.4 million to 11.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Fire” is growing by +68% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.28 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 +97% gain over the series’ 1.28 rating in L+SD.

“Chicago P.D.” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) matched its 18-49 high since Oct. 24 (1.2), maintaining100% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.1) and 99.6% in total viewers (7.223 million vs. 7.255 million, which made the prior week’s episode the show’s most-watched since Oct. 3). “P.D.” won the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key measure. L+3: “P.D.” grew by +70% in 18-49 (1.08 to 1.84) and more than +3.3 million viewers overall (7.2 million to 10.6 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lifts of the night on the Big 4 in total viewers. L+7: “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +91% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.12 to a 2.14) and +4.1 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 +121% gain versus the show’s 1.12 in L+SD.

Thursday

“The Titan Games” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) outscored by +50% NBC’s average in the Thursday, 8-9 p.m. timeslot this season prior to “Titan Games” in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 0.8, L+SD non-sports) and was up by more than +1.8 million persons or +65% in total viewers (4.7 million vs. 2.8 million). The Jan. 24 telecast grew from its first half-hour to its second by +18% in 18-49 (1.1 to 1.3). L+3: “The Titan Games” grew by +22% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (1.16 to 1.42) and +722,000 viewers overall (4.7 million to 5.4 million). L+7: “Titan Games” has grown by +27% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.72 to a 2.19) and +1.3 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 7.5 million). With the addition of projected seven-day non-linear ratings, the “Titan” 18-49 figure increases to a 2.63. Upscale: “The Titan Games” is attracting a strong upscale audience this season, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s second-best 18-49 result in two years (since Sun., Jan. 1, 2017 at 8:30 on Fox, 1.3), trailing over that span only the show’s Jan. 10, 2019 NBC debut (1.2 in 18-49, 3.537 million). The Jan. 24 episode was up +29% versus the show’s average last season in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.7) and +56% in total viewers (2.8 million vs. 1.8 million). L+3: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” grew by +38% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+7 (0.90 to 1.24) and 768,000 viewers overall (2.8 million to 3.5 million). L+7+Digital: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Jan. 10 NBC debut has generated a 2.92 rating in 18-49 after seven days of linear and projected non-linear viewership, a +141% increase on the show’s 1.21 in L+SD Nielsens. “B99” continues to be NBC’s best-ever digital performance for a primetime comedy series. Upscale: Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is generating powerful high-income and high-education audiences, indexing at a 135 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes, to tie for #6 among entertainment shows on the Big 4, and a 145 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, to rank #4.

The third season finale of “The Good Place” (0.7 rating in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in men 18-34. L+3: “The Good Place” grew by +99% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (0.72 to 1.43) and +1.6 million viewers overall (2.4 million to 4.0 million), for the biggest L+3 lift of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 perecentage. 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 0.86 to a 1.61) 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 2.47, nearly three times the show’s 0.86 in L+SD. Upscale: “The Good Place” is generating powerful high-income and high-education audiences this season, indexing at a 140 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes), to rank #5 among primetime entertainment shows on the Big 4 networks, and a 156 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college to rank #2.

An encore telecast of “Law & Order: SVU” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for the timeslot win among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, versus competition that included an original “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Friday

NBC Sports coverage of the “U.S. Figure Skating Championships” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall from 8-11 p.m. ET) maintained a consistent 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 with each of its three hours, as well as a 0.5 in the women 18-49 and a 0.8 in the women 25-54 category.

Saturday

NBC Sports coverage of the NHL All-Star Game (0.6 rating in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall from 8-11 p.m. ET) finished #2 for the night among the Big 4 nets in 18-49.

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