Wednesday TV Ratings 5/20/20: The Masked Singer Surges for Finale, Ultimate Tag Solid in Premiere, The 100 Returns In Decent Shape

Preliminary Analysis: Fox's 'The Masked Singer' (2.3) bowed out in remarkable fashion, rising five-tenths from its last episode and reaching a new spring 2020 high. Not only was it easily the top program of the night but it would also be the highest-rated if the other networks combined their ratings. While significantly behind the 3.6 rating it posted for its March 2019 finale, this was still a strong way for the Nick Cannon-hosted powerhouse to end its season.

Fox wisely used that massive lead-in juice on the series debut of summer competition program 'Ultimate Tag' (1.3). 'Tag' got off to a robust start, comfortably outperforming last week's episode of 'After the Mask' (0.8) and a notch above the finale of 'Lego Masters' (1.2). While it will be tough for the series to maintain this level of prosperity without the huge assistance of 'The Masked Singer', this goes down as a pretty successful launch.

The remaining networks made far less noise. Leading out of repeats of 'NCIS' and 'FBI', the season finale of 'S.W.A.T' (0.6) lost a tenth from its last episode. Meanwhile, ABC's presentation of the 2016 film 'Moana' (0.7) was the strongest non-Fox program of the night. The animated flick led into a repeat of 'Holey Moley' (0.5) that matched a few of its summer 2019 originals. NBC had a set of 'Chicago' repeats (0.4/0.4/0.4) and The CW housed the debut of the finale season of 'The 100' (0.2). It was a tenth below its previous season premiere but steady with its finale. The netlet capped the night with a 'Bulletproof' repeat (0.1).

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.

18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Masked Singer (F)2.3/149.00Fox


NCIS (R) 0.5/44.92CBS

Chicago Med (R)0.4/33.21NBC

The 100 (P)0.2/10.80The CW
9 PMUltimate Tag (Series Premiere)1.3/74.35Fox

FBI (R)0.5/34.41CBS

Chicago Fire (R)0.4/23.12NBC

Bulletproof (R)0.1/00.29The CW
10 PMSWAT (F)0.6/44.82CBS

Holey Moley (R)0.5/32.21ABC

Chicago PD (R)0.4/33.37NBC

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