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NBC TIES FOR #2 FOR THE PRIMETIME WEEK OF JAN. 14-20 AND IS #2 OUTRIGHT IN TOTAL VIEWERS

Pacing NBC’s Lineup Are “This Is Us” (#4 Entertainment Telecast of the Week in 18-49), “AGT: The Champions” & “Ellen’s Game of Games” (Tied for #6), “The Titan Games” (Tied for #10), “Chicago Med” (Tied for #15) and “Fire” & “P.D.” (Tied for #20)

Season to Date, NBC Ranks #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, Excluding Sports, in 16 Years

Monday’s "AGT: The Champions" Is the First New Series on the Big 4 This Season to Grow From Week 1 to Week 2 in Total Viewers

L+3: “Manifest” Grows by +107% After Just Three Days of Time-Shifting, the Biggest L+3 Lift of the Night on the Big 4

“Games of Games,” “This Is Us” & “New Amsterdam” Sweep the Tuesday Hours in 18-49, “Games” Grows +13% on the Prior Week’s Season Premiere

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

The "Chicago" Dramas Rank as Wednesday’s #1-2-3 Shows of the Night in Total Viewers, “Med” & “P.D.” Also Capture Their Hours in 18-49

L+3: “Chicago P.D.” Locks Up Wednesday’s Biggest L+3 Lifts on the Big 4 in Total Viewers and 18-49 Percentage

On Thursday, "SVU" Wins at 10 With Its Top Nielsens Since Nov. 8; “Titan Games,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Good Place” Continue to Top Prior Timeslot Averages

L+7+Digital: The Jan. 10 “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Debut Grows by +141% With Linear & Non-Linear Delayed Viewing, Ranks as NBC’s Best-Ever Digital Performer Among Primetime Comedies

Friday’s “Blindspot” Increases Its Viewership for a Fourth Straight Telecast, to Lock Up Another Season High

L+3: “Blacklist” Captures the Night’s Top L+3 Lifts in 18-49 and Total Viewers, Grows by +93% in 18-49 in Just Three Days of Time-Shifting

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 23, 2019 — NBC has tied for #2 among the Big 4 networks in primetime ratings results for the week of Jan. 14-20 in adults 18-49 and ranked #2 outright in total viewers, finishing behind only NFL-boosted CBS, according to “live plus same day” viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Pacing NBC’s lineup for the week were “This Is Us” (#4 among primetime entertainment programs in adults 18-49), “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (tied for #6), “Ellen’s Game of Games” (tied for #6), “The Titan Games” (tied for #10), “Chicago Med” (tied for #15), “Chicago Fire” (tied for #20) and “Chicago P.D.” (tied for #20).

In total viewers, “AGT: The Champions,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “This Is Us” ranked in the top 10 excluding sports and “Chicago P.D.” and “Game of Games” joined them in the top 20.

Season to date, NBC ranks #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demographics. In total viewers, excluding sports, NBC is running within 1.5 million persons of #1 CBS, NBC’s closest position to #1 in total viewers at this point in the season, excluding sports, in 16 years, since trailing by 567,000 persons at this time in 2002-03.

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 17 Averages

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

Fox…3.4

ABC…1.0

NBC…1.0

Fox…1.0

CW…0.3

Total Viewers

CBS…14.2 million

NBC…5.0 million

ABC…4.1 million

Fox…3.2 million

CW…1.0 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

NBC…2.0

Fox…1.9

CBS…1.5

ABC…1.2

CW…0.4

Total Viewers

CBS…8.9 million

NBC…8.2 million

Fox…6.8 million

ABC…5.3 million

CW…1.4 million

NBC highlights for the week of Jan. 14-20:

Monday

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

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (1.7 rating in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) retained 94% of the prior week’s series premiere in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.8) and grew in total viewers (9.984 million vs. 9.962 million), making “AGT: The Champions” the first new series on the Big 4 networks this season to grow from Week 1 to Week 2 in total viewers. “Champions” tied as the #1 telecast of the night in adults 18-49 and was #1 outright in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

“Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “AGT: The Champions” increased by +25% in 18-49 (from a 1.69 rating to a 2.12) and +1.8 million viewers overall (10.0 million to 11.8 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” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for the timeslot lead among the ABC-CBS-NBC dramas in the men 25-54 demographic. L+3: “Manifest” grew by +107% in 18-49 (from a 0.94 rating to a 1.95) and +4.1 million viewers overall (5.5 million to 9.6 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 +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 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 +60% margin of victory in adults 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.0 for #2 CBS).

“Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.7 rating in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. grew +13% versus the prior week’s regular-slot season premiere in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.5). The Jan. 15 “Games” ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in men 18-49, men 18-34 and men 25-54 and was the #2 show in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54, behind only “This Is Us.” “Games” won the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 and every other key demographic L+3: “Game of Games” increased by +11% in 18-49 (1.66 to 1.85) and +665,000 viewers overall (6.3 million to 7.0 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” (2.0 rating in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) won the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in nine of nine key demographics and scored as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demos. L+3: “This Is Us” grew by +64% in 18-49 (1.97 to 3.24) and more than +3.9 million viewers overall (7.7 million to 11.7 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 tied 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 #4.

“New Amsterdam” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) maintained 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0) and +5% in total viewers (5.6 million vs. 5.4 million), to rank #1 in the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and most other key demographics. L+3: “New Amsterdam” increased by +88% in 18-49 (1.04 to 1.95) and +4.0 million viewers overall (5.6 million to 9.6 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest lifts of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 percentage 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 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 11 of the 11 Wednesdays it’s aired so far this season.

“Chicago Med” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 most-watched show of the night on the Big 4 networks and tied for #2 in 18-49, while winning the 8-9 p.m. hour in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers. L+3: “Med” grew by +40% in 18-49 (1.20 to 1.68) 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” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) finished as the #2 show of the night in total viewers, behind only “Chicago Med,” and won the 9-10 p.m. timeslot over “The Masked Singer” by a margin of +1.1 million persons or +16% (8.0 million vs. 6.9 million). “Fire” increased for a third 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). L+3: “Fire” was up +63% in 18-49 (1.14 to 1.86) and +3.0 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.0 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.” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 7.3 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, leading among those networks by a +120% margin in adults 18-49 (1.1 vs. 0.5 each for ABC and CBS). Week to week, “P.D.” grew +10% in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0) to match the show’s high since Oct. 24 (1.2), and was up +6% in total viewers (7.3 million vs. 6.9 million), making last night’s episode the show’s most-watched since Oct. 3 (7.8 million). “P.D.” grew for a third straight original telecast in total viewers (from 6.0 million on Nov. 14 to 6.8 million on Dec. 5 to 6.9 million on Jan. 9 to 7.3 million on Jan. 16). L+3: “P.D.” grew by +67% in 18-49 (1.08 to 1.80) and +3.2 million viewers overall (7.3 million to 10.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lifts of the night on the Big 4 on the Big 4 in 18-49 percentage and 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 2.49, a +120% gain versus the show’s 1.13 in L+SD.

Thursday

“The Titan Games” (1.3 rating in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) outscored by +63% NBC’s average in the Thursday, 8-9 p.m. timeslot this season prior to “Titan Games” in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 0.8, L+SD non-sports) and by +2.1 million persons or +73% in total viewers (4.9 million vs. 2.8 million). From its first half-hour to its second, “Titan” increases in every key ratings measure. L+3: “The Titan Games” grew by +25% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (1.30 to 1.62) and +855,000 viewers overall (4.9 million to 5.7 million). 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) was up+29% versus the show’s average last season in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.7) and more than +1.0 million persons or +61% in total viewers (2.8 million vs. 1.8 million), and was also up +13% versus NBC’s average in the Thursday 9 p.m. timeslot this season prior to “B99” in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.8). L+3: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” grew by +37% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+7 (0.95 to 1.30) and 751,000 viewers overall (2.8 million to 3.6 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 #3.

“The Good Place” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) won the timeslot in adults 18-34 among the Big 4 networks and tied for #1 in men 18-34. “Good Place” increased by +14% versus NBC’s slot average before “The Good Place” moved to the time period on Jan. 10 in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.7, L+SD non-sports). L+3: “The Good Place” grew by +81% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (0.84 to 1.52) and +1.6 million viewers overall (2.5 million to 4.1 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 #5 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 #2.

“Law & Order: SVU” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 4.2 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 demographic, scoring the show’s best 18-49 and total-viewer results since Nov. 8 (0.9 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers) and equaling its 18-49 high since Oct. 18 (1.0). Week to week, “SVU” grew +13% in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.8) and +6% in total viewers (4.2 million vs. 4.0 million). L+3: “SVU” increased by +89% in 18-49 (0.89 to 1.68) and +2.8 million viewers overall (4.2 million to 7.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. 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, 3.1 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) equaled the prior week’s season high in adults 18-49 and rose to its second consecutive season high in total viewers, increasing its audience for a fourth 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 to 3.1 million on Jan. 18). The Jan. 18 “Blindspot” equaled the show’s highest 18-49 rating since March 2, 2018 (0.7) and delivered its most-watched episode since March 23, 2018 (3.3 million). L+3: “Blindspot” increased by +61% in 18-49 (0.56 to 0.90) and more than +1.3 million viewers overall (3.1 million to 4.4 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 116 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 115 index.

“The Blacklist” (0.6 rating in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) maintained 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6) and grew +11% in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.7 million), to deliver its most-watched episode among three Friday originals aired so far this season. Versus NBC’s season average in the Friday, 9-10 p.m. timeslot prior to “Blacklist,” the Jan. 18 telecast is up +0.1 of a point or +20% in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5, L+SD non-sports) and +1.3 million persons and +49% in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 2.7 million). L+3: “Blacklist” grew by +93% in 18-49 (0.59 to 1.14) and more than +2.8 million viewers overall (4.0 million to 6.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lifts of the night in 18-49 ratinga and percentage, as well as total viewers. 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 143 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, 1.0 in adults 25-54, 3.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) maintained 100% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6) and grew +11% in adults 25-54 (1.0 vs. 0.9) to its top rating since Dec. 14 (1.2). L+3: “Dateline” increased by +34% in 18-49 (0.65 to 0.87) and +902,000 viewers overall (3.1 million to 4.0 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 119 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 114.

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