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NBC WINS THE WEEK OF NOV. 16-22 IN TOTAL VIEWERS WITH THE ‘CHICAGO’ DRAMAS, ‘VOICE’ & ‘THIS IS US’ ACCOUNTING FOR 6 OF THE TOP 10 ENT. SHOWS

“Sunday Night Football” Rules As the Week’s #1 Primetime Show in 10 of 10 Key Ratings Measures; “Voice” Is the #1 Most-Watched Alternative Series

Season to Date, NBC Ranks #1 in Total Viewers

"The Voice" Is Monday's #1 Entertainment Show in 18-49 & Total Viewers

"Voice" Matches Its Tuesday High Since Feb. 25, "This Is Us" Is the Night's #1 Scripted Show

"Chicago Med" & "Fire" Are the #1-2 Shows of the Night in Total Viewers; At 10 p.m., "P.D." Beats the ABC-CBS Competition Combined

Digital / Social: “Med” Beats Last Season’s Social-Interactions Average by +183%, Making This the #3 Most-Social Episode in Series History

“Dateline” Delivers Its Biggest Friday Audience Since May 8, NBC Wins Friday in Total Viewers, "Blacklist" Maintains 100% of the Prior Week’s Season Premiere in 18-49

Chiefs-Raiders “Sunday Night Football” Is Television’s Most-Watched Primetime Show Since the NFL Kickoff Game on Thurs., Sept. 10

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Nov. 24, 2020 — NBC has won the primetime ratings week of Nov. 16-22 among the Big 4 networks in total viewers, averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers overall for the week according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

“NBC Sunday Night Football” scored as the week’s #1 primetime show in 10 of 10 key ratings measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, as well as total viewers. With a Total Audience Delivery of 20.2 million viewers across NBC TV, NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital Platforms, the Chiefs-Raiders matchup ranks as television’s most-watched primetime show since the NFL Kickoff Game on Thursday, Sept. 10.

“Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” Tuesday and Monday editions of “The Voice,” “This Is Us” and “Chicago P.D.” all ranked among the week’s top 10 most-watched entertainment programs (excludes newsmagazines and live news and sports).

Tuesday’s “Voice” scored as the week’s #1 most-watched alternative program.

Nine weeks into the new season, NBC leads as the #1-ranked network in total viewers.

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 9 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Nov. 16-22

Fox…1.6

NBC…1.2

ABC…0.9

CBS…0.5

CW…0.1

Total Viewers

NBC…6.3 million

Fox…5.8 million

CBS…4.5 million

ABC…4.2 million

CW…0.7 million

2020-21 Season Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

Fox…1.5

NBC…1.3

ABC…1.1

CBS…0.8

CW…0.1

Total Viewers

NBC…5.9 million

Fox…5.6 million

ABC…5.0 million

CBS…4.7 million

CW…0.8 million

NBC highlights for the week of Nov. 16-22:

Monday

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

“The Voice” (0.9 rating in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 entertainment telecast of the night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers, and won the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in all three categories. The Nov. 16 “Voice” was up +50% versus NBC’s season average in the timeslot prior to the Oct. 19 return of “The Voice” in 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.6, L+SD) and up +3.5 million persons or +100% in total viewers (6.928 million vs. 3.465 million).

“Weakest Link” (0.5 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m.) tied for the 10 p.m. win among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54 versus ABC’s “The Good Doctor” and CBS’ season premiere of “Bull,” and was #1 outright among those nets in men 18-34. Week to week, “Link” retained 100% in 18-49 rating (0.5 vs. 0.5).

Tuesday

NBC tied for the nightlong win in adults 25-54, with “This Is Us” and “The Voice” tying as the #1 show of the night in the 25-54 demo.

“The Voice” (1.1 rating in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s highest Tuesday rating of the season and best since the “Voice 18” Tuesday premiere on Feb. 25 (1.4). For a second week in a row and just the second time since Dec. 17, 2019, “The Voice” improved on the prior night’s Monday 18-49 rating (1.1 vs. 0.9). Week to week, the Nov. 17 telecast retained 100% in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.1) and 99% in total viewers (7.5 million vs. 7.6 million).

“This Is Us” (1.2 rating in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 scripted show of the night in adults 18-49 and tied “The Voice” as the night’s #1 show overall in adults 25-54. “TIU” won the 9-10 p.m. timeslot among the Big 4 networks in adults 25-54.

“Transplant” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) has matched or topped its premiere 0.4 rating in 18-49 with six of seven successive telecasts since the show’s Sept. 1 U.S. debut.

Wednesday

NBC’s “Chicago” lineup finished #1 for the night in total viewers, with “Chicago Med,” “Fire” and “P.D.” ranking as the #1-2-3 scripted shows of the night in adults 18-49.

“Chicago Med” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night in total viewers and tied “Chicago Fire” as the #1 scripted show in adults 18-49. “Med” beat “The Masked Singer,” “Amazing Race” and ABC’s comedies to win the 8 p.m. hour in total viewers. Digital / Social: Total Interactions for the Nov. 18 “Chicago Med” hit 202,000, +183% higher than last season’s average to rank as the #3 most-social episode in series history.

“Chicago Fire” (1.0 rating in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) grew +4% versus last week’s season debut in total viewers (7.550 million vs. 7.236 million) scored as the #2 show of the night in total viewers behind only “Chicago Med,” and tied “Med” as the #1 scripted show in 18-49. Versus the prior week’s season premiere, “Med” retained 100% in 18-49 rating (1.0 vs. 1.0) and grew +7% in total viewers (7.768 million vs. 7.236 million), to tie for the 9-10 p.m. win among the Big 4 networks in 18-49 and win the hour outright among those nets in 25-54 and total viewers. Digital / Social: With Total Activity of 237,000 Social Interactions, “Fire” beat last season’s average by +77%.

“Chicago P.D.” (0.8 rating in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) dominated the timeslot among ABC, CBS and NBC , beating ABC’s “For Life” and CBS’ “S.W.A.T.” combined in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers. ”P.D.” ranked as the #3 scripted show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49, behind only “Chicago Med” and “Fire.” Digital / Social: The 255,000 Total Social Interactions for the Nov. 18 “P.D.” doubled last season’s average.

Thursday

“Superstore” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) 100% week to week in 18-49 (0.5 vs. 0.5) and 97% in total viewers (2.283 million vs. 2.349 million). Digital / Social: Total Social Interactions for “Superstore” grew +55% week to week (from 28,700 to 44,500).

An encore telecast of “Superstore” averaged a 0.3 rating in 18-49 and 1.2 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (0.5 rating in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) grew +8% from its first half-hour to its second in total viewers (2.8 million to 3.1 million). “SVU” maintained or increased its Nielsens from the show’s first half-hour to its second in 10 of 10 key ratings measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers – and built on its lead-in by +67% in 18-49 rating and +1.7 million persons or +136% in total viewers.

“Dateline NBC” (0.3 rating in adults 18-49, 0.5 rating in adults 25-54, 2.4 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) increased by +5% from its first half-hour to its second in total viewers (2.4 million to 2.5 million), maintaining the show’s full rating or growing half-hour to half-hour in 10 of 10 key ratings measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Friday

NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in total viewers.

“The Blacklist” (0.4 rating in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) retained 100% versus the prior week’s season premiere in 18-49 (0.4 vs. 0.4). Versus NBC’s average in the timeslot this season prior to the Nov. 13 “Blacklist” premiere, the Nov. 20 telecast was up +1.4 million persons or +68% in total viewers (3.5 million vs. 2.1 million, L+SD). Digital / Social: With 110,100 Total Interactions, the Nov. 20 “Blacklist” ranks as the series’ #4 most social episode under current SCR methodology.

“Dateline NBC” (0.5 rating in adults 18-49, 0.8 in adults 25-54, 3.8 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) delivered the show’s top Friday result in total viewers since May 8 (3.9 million), equaled its Friday high in 18-49 since May 8 (0.6) and tied its Friday high in 25-54 since May 1 (1.0). “Dateline” increased its overall Friday audience for a third week in a row. “Dateline” was the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in total viewers, and the #1 newsmagazine. From its first half-hour to its fourth, “Dateline” grew by +50% in adult 18-49 rating (0.4 to 0.6), +50% in adults 25-54 (0.6 to 0.9) and +29% in total viewers (3.3 million to 4.3 million).

Sunday

NBC Sports coverage of Kansas City Chiefs-Las Vegas Raiders “Sunday Night Football” (5.4 rating in 18-49, 19.6 million viewers overall from 8:23-11:26 p.m. ET) won the night of Nov. 22 in 10 of 10 key ratings measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

The Chiefs’ down-to-the-wire 35-31 victory over the Raiders averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 20.2 million viewers across NBC TV, NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital Platforms – to rank as television’s most-watched primetime show since the NFL Kickoff Game on Thurs., Sept. 10, according to official data released today by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

Sunday night’s viewership average of 20.2 million viewers is the best for an NBC “SNF” Week 11 game since 2017, and topped by +17% last year’s Week 11 SNF game (17.3 million viewers for Bears-Rams).

Viewership on NBC peaked at 20.9 million viewers from 9:30-9:45 p.m. ET, and also topped 20 million (20.6 million) for the exciting conclusion from 11:15-11:27 p.m. ET, as Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs on the game-winning, seven-play scoring drive, culminating with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds remaining.

The Average Minute Audience (AMA) for Sunday’s live stream via NBC Sports digital platforms, NFL Digital platforms, Chiefs and Raiders mobile properties and Verizon Media mobile properties was 647,000 viewers – the #3 most streamed Sunday NBC NFL regular-season game ever – and up +85% from last year’s Week 11 (350,000).

The Chiefs delivered a 50.0/74 local rating in Kansas City, marking their second-highest home market performance in 17 games since the NBC SNF package debuted in 2006. The Raiders registered a 22.6/38 local rating in Las Vegas – the highest figure in their inaugural season in the city.

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