Breaking Down the Ratings of the 2020 Republican National Convention

One week after the Democrats held their convention virtually, the Republicans took a different approach as they renominated Donald Trump and Mike Pence, with most of their speakers appearing in-person in Washington DC, culminating in a speech at the White House by the President himself. I broke down the ratings for the 2020 Democratic Convention last week, and you can keep reading to see how things played out in the ratings department for the RNC.

Friday Cable Ratings 8/28/20: Real Time with Bill Maher Rises, Tucker Carlson Tonight Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 8/28/20. Items of note include Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue on VH1, and Morning Joe on MSNBC.
(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Sunday TV Ratings 8/30/20: Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman Tribute Give ABC a Huge Win, Big Brother Down, NHL Steady with Last Sunday (UPDATED)

Circumstances surrounding the massive ratings were upsetting to say the least, but ABC was able to manage a big win Sunday night for their airing of 2018's blockbuster Marvel film Black Panther, scoring a 1.4 and easily being one of the top ratings of the summer. The film's star, Chadwick Boseman, died late last week after a battle with colon cancer, and ABC broadcast the film commercial-free as a tribute to him. The big ratings for the film, which was only added to the schedule earlier in the day, are a testament to how beloved Boseman was. A tribute about his life that started at 10:20 PM drew a 1.1, the highest 10 PM number in many months (final ratings will determine how this special actually did, as its 1.1/4.7 million views are only for the 10:30-11 PM portion). At 7, a repeat of America's Funniest Home Videos tied for first in its timeslot, though it was down from last week as it was inflated by a big lead-in then.

NBC was the best of the rest. A PGA overrun attracted a 0.6. That wasn't enough to boost Cannonball, joined in progress, past its 0.4 from last week. At 8, An NHL game featuring the Flyers and Islanders was at 0.5, steady with last week.

CBS had a down Big Brother at 0.9 (with a 0.8 in the second half). It was followed by a tragic Love Island, which was steady at 0.3 despited a lead-in three-times the size of its lead-in on Friday. It even somehow managed to hit 0.2 in the second half-hour. A 60 Minutes repeat at 7 was at 0.5. An NCIS: New Orleans repeat thathad the misfortune of airing behind Love Island drew a paltry 0.2, but managed to grow to 0.3 in the second half-hour and beat Love Island in viewers.

Fox had a Last Man Standing encore at 7 and cartoon repeats the rest of the night. They were stuck at 0.2 all night. Congrats on the big gains, Fox.

The CW showed the 2020 MTV VMA Awards, which featured performances by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Miley Cyrus, among others. It rose from last week's CW lineup with a 0.2.

Finals Update: Chadwick Boseman: Tribute for a King (+0.1) and the repeat of America's Funniest Home Videos (+0.1) adjusted up.. Love Island (-0.1) PGA Championship (-0.1) and repeats of Last Man Standing (-0.1) and Duncanville (-0.1) adjusted down.

Saturday TV Ratings 8/29/20: NASCAR Easily Leads, Love Island: More to Love Abysmal (UPDATED)

There was little competition on Saturday night as NASCAR's Coke Zero Sugar 400 easily won the night with a strong 0.6 for NBC, beating its closest competition by two tenths. This rating for a Saturday race isn't too far off what original episodes of America's Got Talent, NBC's top summer show, are doing, so this is a very impressive result to say the least.

In second, being the only other network to have any meaningful quantity of people tuning in, was ABC. A Funniest Home Videos repeat at 8 was at 0.4, taking second for the night in both the 18-49 demo and in viewers. Ratings dropped as the night went along, with a Shark Tank repeat ast 9 drawing a 0.3 and a Good Doctor encore at 10 at 0.2, continuing to be the clear weak spot in this lineup.

Fox had two hours of PBC Boxing with 0.1/0.2 halves and an abysmal viewership totals. On the plus side, it's not really much worse than how the network's been doing for some of its repeats lately (such as MasterChef and Prodigal Son).

CBS had quite a night. Love Island recap show More To Love got off to a horrifying start with a 0.1 and well under a million viewers, potentially being CBS's lowest-rated airing ever. Love Island itself is an awful performer, so it's puzzling that they'd even order a recap show, but they did and at least it delivered some interesting ratings. At 10, the 48 Hours repeat dropped thanks to that abysmal lead-in, drawing a 0.2 with a notable drop in viewers, as well.

Finals Update: The repeat of 48 Hours (+0.1) adjusted up.

Friday TV Ratings 8/28/20: Love Island and 20/20 Down, Being Reuben Rises (UPDATED)

Once again, Friday night was won by Fox with WWE Smackdown. The wrestling series again remained at 0.6, continuing its rebound after hitting some ugly numbers earlier in the summer.

Fox's closest competition came from NBC. A repeat of America's Got Talent, relocated from Sundays, rose from last week's 0.3. At 10, a Dateline NBC encore was steady at 0.4.

CBS had an original Love Island, down a tenth to 0.3 and tying its Tuesday rating. The show had some outright horrendous retention in total viewers, but it held onto 100% of its MacGyver repeat lead-in in the 18-49 demo, which I guess is impressive in a way. At 10, the Blue Bloods repeat deserves some massive kudos for airing after the worst lead-in imaginable for it and still managing to draw the night's biggest audience.

ABC had a Shark Tank repeat at 0.4, steady with last week. At 9, 20/20 had a bizarrely abysmal night with just a 0.2, pushing ABC to last place among the big four.

The CW's Masters of Illusion was steady at the typical CW 0.1. At 9, Being Reuben managed to grow slightly to 0.1, breaking a streak of 0.0s. Don't worry, though. It's still the worst-performing show in the history of broadcast television.

Finals Update: Being Reuben (-0.1) and repeats of America's Got Talent (-0.1) and Dateline NBC (-0.1) adjusted down.

Prime Time Cable News Ratings August 24 - August 27: President Trump’s Speech Fails To Match Former Vice President Biden’s In Viewers And The Most-Coveted Demographic


Thursday Cable Ratings 8/27/20: Republican National Convention Jumps for Trump Speech, Tacoma FD and Lost Resort Rise

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 8/28/20. Items of note include the final night of the Republican National Convention on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, Tacoma FD on TruTV, and Cannonball on USA.
(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Thursday TV Ratings 8/27/20: Republican National Convention Ends with Week-Long High, Love Island Rises Behind Big Brother (UPDATED)

The 2020 Republican National Convention came to a close last night, featuring an acceptance speech from President Donald Trump, as well as speeches by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Jeff Van Drew, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, and WH Senior Advisor and the First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Despite a high-profile speech by the President, RNC coverage was down on CBS, hitting a 0.2 and  tying Monday and Tuesday's RNC results (both of those nights had Love Island as a lead-in, so perhaps there's a theme there). Big Brother kicked off the night for CBS, down a tenth to 1.0, in-line with most of its results this season. The first post-BB episode of Love Island was up a tenth to a 0.4, tying the premiere.

ABC had more repeats of Holey Moley and To Tell The Truth. The TTTT encore was down from last week to a 0.4, and Holey Moley was steady at 0.4. Speaking of 0.4s, that's how their Republican Convention coverage rated, up a notch from Wednesday's 0.3 and in-line with last week's DNC coverage which featured Joe Biden's speech.

NBC kicked their night off with a repeat of The Wall at 0.4, followed by a Law & Order: SVU encore at 0.3. Republican Convention coverage was also at 0.3, steady both with Wednesday's RNC rating and last Thursday's DNC rating.

Fox had two hours of MasterChef again, but nobody really cared with a 0.2 and weak enough ratings to put Fox in dead-last in the viewer race for the night.

The CW had another unusually-strong Mysteries Decoded encore at 8, followed by a Penn & Teller: Fool Us encore at the typical CW 0.1.

Finals Update: Republican National Convention coverage on NBC (+0.1) and CBS (+0.1) adjusted up. Mysteries Decoded (-0.1) adjusted down.

Summer Renew/Cancel Week 17: Love Island Isn’t Doing Lovely, but Don’t Count It Out

The final show of the season has finally premiered, as CBS brought back Love "Island" for its second season after an extended hiatus. Keep reading to see its initial placement, plus my final analysis of the recently-ended United We Fall.

Wednesday Cable Ratings 8/26/20: Republican National Convention Slips, Hurricane Laura Coverage Dominates, Corporate Rises for Series Finale

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 8/26/20. Items of note include the 2020 Republican National convention on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, the series finale of Corporate on Comedy Central, and Hurricane Laura coverage on Weather Channel.
(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

NBC Shifts Fall 2020 Schedule, Sets Premiere Dates

Just as CBS and ABC have updated their fall schedules, NBC has joined them, moving multiple shows off the fall schedule and setting premiere dates. Below are the networks new premiere dates, with shows in bold that were not previously announced for the fall schedule:

Wednesday TV Ratings 8/26/20: United We Fall Ends Stable, Republican National Convention Slightly Up, Big Brother Rises (UPDATED)

The Republican National Convention continued for night three with speakers including VP Mike Pence, Senators Joni Ernst and Marsha Blackburn, Governor Kristi Noem, Kellyanne Conway, Kayleigh McEnany, Reps. Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin, and former DNI Richard Grenell.

Coverage of the RNC rose slightly on CBS, potentially thanks to the far superior lead-in. Instead of the incompatible and low-rated Love Island, the RNC got the higher-rated and semi-compatible Tough As Nails as a lead-in. Tough as Nails rose a tenth, and the RNC also rose from Tuesday. It was steady with the DNC's rating a week ago. At the start of CBS's night, Big Brother also rose a tenth and easily won the night.

Things weren't getting any better for America's Got Talent Wednesday night. Once the dominant summer program, it's now at nearly half of what Big Brother is doing ratings-wise and held steady with last week's low of 0.6. After it, a Game of Games repeat was steady at 0.4 and the RNC was steady at 0.3, two tenths below the DNC's comparable rating last week (but only a tenth below the DNC's preliminary rating.)

ABC said farewell to their summer sitcom United We Fall, which was steady with yet another 0.5. Though it's no power player, it's a solid result for a show that ABC clearly didn't have high expectations for. As shown by some of their other summer shows, ratings easily could've been worse. ABC sitcom repeats were at 0.4/0.3/0.3, with the 8:30 Goldberg encore rising from last week. At 10, the RNC was down a tenth both from the previous night on ABC and the DNC last week (in both cases, they adjusted up in the finals, so this broadcast still has a chance).

Fox had another MasterChef repeat night at 0.4.

The CW had a special on women's employment featuring appearances by Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Crow and Jane Fonda at 0.1, followed by Coroner, also at 0.1. Once again, Coroner grew from its lead-in in viewers.

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.

Tuesday Cable Ratings 8/25/20: Republican National Convention Holds Mostly Steady, NBA Playoffs Lead Again

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 8/25/20. Items of note include the Republican National Convention on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC,  Hard Knocks on HBO, and the NBA Playoffs on TNT.
(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

CBS Adapts Fall Schedule and Sets Premiere and Finale Dates

CBS has again changed their fall schedule to allow time for their regular scripted programs to return amid production delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Updates to the schedule are as follows:

Tuesday TV Ratings 8/25/20: Republican National Convention Steady, Love Island Down (UPDATED)

The Republican National Convention continued last night, featuring speeches by the President's family, including First Lady Melania Trump, Senator Rand Paul, Governor Kim Reynolds and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

NBC won the night thanks to America's Got Talent, which is still performing extremely weakly by its own standards. It's pulling numbers 50% below last season's ratings and is even heavily down from last year's lesser-viewed results episodes. Considering where the season started, it's a very concerning seasonal trend for AGT, but even with the weaker ratings, it's still one of the top summer shows (it's now in very real danger of slipping behind Big Brother in the seasonal average, as BB is consistently beating it in the ratings lately). After AGT, the Republican Convention saw no boost with the bigger lead-in and held at 0.3, in-line with both Monday's rating on NBC and the DNC's Tuesday rating from last week.

ABC was on the rise from last week's lows, with both the 8 PM Modern Family repeat and the special 9 PM airing of What Would You Do? rising a tenth to 0.4 Even with that rise, the Republican National Convention was at 0.3, no better than the Democratic Convention's rating of the RNC's Monday rating on ABC, both with mildly worse lead-ins.

CBS had a mismatched lineup, starting with an NCIS encore at 0.4. That was easily their top show in viewers and narrowly their top show in the 18-49 demo. After that, they for some reason decided to air Love Island, which was down to a 0.3 with such an incompatible lead-in. Speaking of incompatible lead-in, the RNC had the misfortune of airing behind Love Island once again, and it was steady with Monday. Its 0.2 came in a tenth below last week's Democratic Convention.

Fox had a Hell's Kitchen repeat at 0.4. For some reason, they're still wearing Prodigal Son repeats. Those have always done terrible and last night was no different.

The CW had a mixture of repeats and originals. An original Dead Pixels kicked off the night with a 0.1, and a Dead Pixels repeat also drew a 0.1. Tell Me A Story also was at 0.1.

Finals Update: The 2020 Republican National Convention on ABC (+0.1) adjusted up.

A Look at the Ratings for the 2016 Republican National Convention Ahead of the 2020 Convention

Tonight, the 2020 Republican National Convention kicks off, where Republicans (and even some Independents and Democrats) will make the case for a second term for incumbent president Donald Trump and his VP, Mike Pence. It feels like a good time to take a look back at how their 2016 convention stacked up in the ratings department, just as I did with the Democrats last week.

I’m Sorry Canceled, Season Three Renewal Rescinded

Another show had joined an elite unlucky club of shows canceled after prior renewals due to COVID-19. TruTV's I'm Sorry will not be back for the third season that was previously ordered. The show, which was shot on-location and not on a soundstage, filmed multiple episodes before shutting down during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis. With on-location filming unable to resume, and costs of moving to a soundstage too high, the show found iteslf in an unlucky situation and was canceled. Series creator and star Andrea Savage revealed the news, along with the news that the show was set to move from TruTV to TBS for the third season. Savage starred in the series alongside Tom Everett Scott, and Kathy Baker and Martin Mull recurred.

What do you think of this news? Will you miss I'm Sorry? Let us know in the comments below!

POTUS’d Episode 1: Vice President Howard


HOWARD BROOKS, the Vice President-elect of the United States, is in a car with BOBBY TILBOURNE, the President-elect of the United States. They are on their way to a post-election rally.

HOWARD
Bobby, just to make it clear, I am so excited to be your Vice President.

BOBBY
I know. You’ve told me many times.

HOWARD
Yeah one thing though. Why are we campaigning here? We’ve already won the election.

BOBBY
Where would you rather be, the beaches in Florida? They love me here, it’s a victory lap.

HOWARD
Yes, actually.

BOBBY
I see this kind of as a way to tour the country. See what it looks like for myself instead of going on the internet and using the birds’ eye view.

HOWARD
You do that?

BOBBY
Who doesn’t?

HOWARD
Most people.

BOBBY
Boy, you’re challenging me more than my opponent was!

HOWARD
Not my intention.

HOWARD and BOBBY arrive at the venue.

BOBBY
Alright, you know the drill. We’re gonna walk over to the arena and get our crowd excited.

BOBBY and HOARD walk into the arena. Their supporters roar.

BOBBY
Thank you! Thank you everybody! As you know, we have actually won the election. My Vice President, Howard Brooks, will now say a word.

HOWARD replaces BOBBY at the podium and speaks for 20 minutes, getting the crowd excited by going through their agenda and citing the highlights of the campaign. When he is done, HOWARD and BOBBY wave and walk out.

HOWARD
That was a quick speech you gave.

BOBBY
Yeah, but I think I got my point across.

HOWARD
You know, your speeches have been getting shorter and shorter. People are going to think you’re lazy.

BOBBY
I’m not lazy.

HOWARD
You need to prove that to the citizens. Remember, there are already a lot of people who aren’t happy we won.

BOBBY
Look, I don’t know what you’re trying to imply but we’re doing just fine.

HOWARD
Okay. Want to get something to eat?

BOBBY
No, I think I’m gonna go back to my room. I’m feeling a little tired.

HOWARD
It’s 10am and you slept for a solid 10 hours last night.

BOBBY
I wouldn’t say I slept that whole time.

HOWARD
Stresses of being President-elect keeping you up again?

BOBBY
Uh...sure. Yeah, that’s it.

HOWARD
We have another event at 3pm, don’t forget about that. I still don’t know why we’re doing two events in this state in one day, but I’m not the decision-maker.

BOBBY
You might be soon.

HOWARD
Huh?

BOBBY
What?

HOWARD
You said I might be the decision-maker soon. If you come across as lazy, citizens will have some doubts.

BOBBY
I told you, I’m not lazy! Now stop pressing me.

HOWARD
Sometimes I wonder why you even chose me as your running mate.

BOBBY
Because I think you’ll be a good President.

HOWARD
Come on Bobby, don’t talk like that. Being older than me doesn’t mean much, given I haven’t cracked 40 yet. Did the party leaders put you up to this?

BOBBY
Let’s just say I get the feeling they like you.

HOWARD
I’m the future Vice President. I’m honored to take on this role, though I think you’re overestimating the power I will have.

BOBBY
No, I don’t think I am.

HOWARD
Don’t even tell me you plan on phoning it in through the entire term.

BOBBY
Oh I’m not staying around for the entire term.

HOAWRD
That’s lazy.

BOBBY
NO IT’S NOT, I’M DYING, OKAY?

HOWARD
That’s not funny.

BOBBY
I know.

HOWARD
Then why are you joking about it?

BOBBY
I’m not. It’s true. Doctors say I’ll be lucky to make it to Inauguration Day.

HOWARD
Holy crap. I didn’t know.

BOBBY
I know you didn’t know.

HOWARD
You need to step down. It’s for your own good. And I am more than willing to step down too. I want to show you this isn’t just me trying to be President.

BOBBY
You are going to be President.

HOWARD
How many people have you told?

BOBBY
Just my close family and you. I don’t care what you’re thinking, you need to help me cover this up. This is going to be our secret.

Monday Cable Ratings 8/24/20: Republican Convention Rates Lower than Opening Night of Democratic Convention, American Dad! and I May Destroy You Finale Rise

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 8/24/20. Items of note include coverage of opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, American Dad! on TBS, and the season finale of I May Destroy You on HBO.
(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Monday TV Ratings 8/24/20: Republican Convention Lower Than Last Week’s Democratic Convention, Love Island Returns Low (UPDATED)

While last week was the Democratic National Convention, this week was the Republicans' time to shine. Prominent Republican figures such as Nikki Haley, Matt Gaetz, Tim Scott, Jim Jordan, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., and Steve Scalise appeared to make the case for Donald Trump's second term. Ratings for the convention weren't much different than last week's Democratic Convention.

NBC had another 0.4/0.5 prelim for their American Ninja Warrior repeat, leading into a 0.3 for their Republican Convention coverage, in-line with their Democratic Convention coverage from Monday (it later adjusted up to 0.4, and this can, as well) and eight tenths below their coverage for the first night of the event in 2016.

ABC's lineup was also essentially unchanged, ratings-wise. Repeats of Thursday game shows Holey Moley and To Tell the Truth matched last week's airings, and their convention coverage was steady at last week's 0.3 preliminary number (like NBC's coverage, it later adjusted up in the final ratings).

CBS brought back Love Island to expectedly little success. Its 0.4 start is below the ratings it got for its premiere week in 2019, but relatively in-line with most of its season one ratings. Their RNC coverage was at a 0.2, steady with last week and again placing them last among the big three.

Fox aired The King's Speech to little success with a 0.2.

The CW had an original Whose Line? at 0.2, followed by a Whose Line? also at 0.2 and an original Penn & Teller: Fool Us, also at 0.2.

Finals Update: The repeat of American Ninja Warrior (-0.1) adjusted down.

Sunday Cable Ratings 8/23/20: Yellowstone Ends on a New Series High, The Chi Down for Finale, Lovecraft Country Steady

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 8/23/20. Items of note include the season finale of Yellowstone on Paramount, the season finale of The Chi on Showtime, and the season finale of NOS4A2 on AMC.
(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Saturday Cable Ratings 8/22/20: Love in the Time of Corona Flops, The Owl House Hits New Series High, NBA Playoffs Lead Again

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 8/22/20. Items of note include the miniseries premiere of Love in the Time of Corona on Freeform, The Owl House on Disney Channel, and NBA Playoffs on ESPN and TNT.
(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Breaking Down the Ratings of the 2020 Democratic National Convention

Last week, the Democrats had their virtual convention, a four-day long affair that was far more compact than usual conventions, with two-hour runtimes each night compared to the standard day-long events. Democrats, Republicans and Independents appeared to make their cases for Joe Biden  and Kamala Harris in their race against incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Below are the ratings across the week:

Sunday TV Ratings 8/23/20: Biden/Harris Interview Does Solidly, Big Brother Leads (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC swapped out its usual 'Celebrity Family Feud' repeat for an exclusive interview with presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris (0.7). It performed a good bit higher than what the DNC was pulling on ABC last week but also lost two-tenths from an NBA-inflated 'AFV' repeat (0.9). The interview's numbers were not earth-shattering but still very respectable. Later in the night came repeats of 'Press Your Luck' (0.4) and 'Match Game' (0.4), both dropping significantly from Biden.

Even with a stronger alphabet network, a steady 'Big Brother' (1.0) topped the networks once more on CBS. It led out of a decently-rated '60 Minutes' repeat (0.5) and led into dismal encores of 'NCIS: LA' (0.3) and 'NCIS: NO' (0.3). 

'Cannonball' (0.4) remained unchanged from last week on NBC but the 'NHL Playoffs' game (0.5) gained a tenth after it. Fox had 0.2s across the board for 7pm-9:30pm comedy repeats with 'Family Guy' (0.3) unsurprisingly rising above the rest at the end of the block. The CW's 'Fridge Wars' (0.1) held even while a repeat of 'Supernatural' (0.1) gained a tenth after last week's disastrous 0.0 rating.

Finals Update: Repeats of Last Man Standing (-0.1), Duncanville (-0.1), NCIS: Los Angeles (-0.1), and Family Guy (-0.1) adjusted down.

Friday Cable Ratings 8/21/20: RuPaul’s Drag Race Vegas Revue Flops, NBA Playoffs Lead, Tucker Carlson Wins in Viewers


Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 8/21/20. Items of note include the series premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue on VH1, the season finale of Sydney to the Max on Disney, and
(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Saturday TV Ratings 8/22/20: Lakers and Trail Blazers NBA Playoff Game Dominates, NHL Modest (UPDATED)

Despite Saturday ratings typically being lower, ABC managed to have one of the top programs of the week with last night's NBA Playoff game featuring the Lakers and Trail Blazers. Though the game was a notch below primetime games that aired on TNT and ESPN this week, it was easily last night's top show with a 0.9. A 0.5 in the first half-hour weighed it down, as it grew to a 1.1 by the end of the night.

The other networks were left completely in the dust.

NBC had an NHL game featuring the Stars and Avalanche, which drew little interest with a 0.3. This is steady with last week's result for a Golden Knights and Blackhawks game.

CBS had a repeat of Magnum PI at 0.2, with two 48 Hours encores at 0.3.

Fox took last place for the night with PBC Boxing, drawing weak 0.1/0.2 hourly averages.

Finals Update: NBA: Lakers v. Trail Blazers (+0.4) adjusted up. NBA Countdown (-0.4) adjusted down

Friday TV Ratings 8/21/20: WWE SmackDown Stays on Top, Blue Bloods Repeat Leads in Viewers (UPDATED)

It was another Friday led by WWE Smackdown, with Fox's solidly-performing Friday night program ticking up a tenth from last week's preliminary number to a 0.6. It adjusted up last week in the finals, so it is steady week-to-week. This result gives Fox another easy victory for Friday night.

The CW had Masters of Illusion repeats at 0.1. Being Reuben aired at 9, but nobody would know it considering its 0.0s for both episodes.

NBC was the closest behind Fox, with repeats of America's Got Talent and Dateline NBC at 0.4.

ABC had a Shark Tank repeat at 0.4, followed by a 0.3 for a 20/20 repeat, down a tenth from last week.

CBS had repeats of their regular Friday lineup at 0.3/0.3/0.3, the first time this lineup has aired together in over a month. Though MacGyver was a notch below last week's Greatest #AtHome Videos finale, Blue Bloods rose at 10 and easily won the night in viewers.

Finals Update: The repeat of America's Got Talent (-0.1) adjusted down.

Prime Time Cable News Ratings August 17 - August 20: CNN Leads The Week With Hour Of Barack Obama’s Speech, Donald Trump Interview Leads FOX News


Below is a table with the ratings for prime time shows airing on CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC from Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20. While this column typically does not report ratings of programs airing in the 11pm hour, an exception was made this week for the special airings of The Ingraham Angle on FOX News. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment and voting in our poll!


Network
Day
A25-54
A18-49
A18-34
Total viewers
America’s Choice 2020 (10pm)
CNN
Wednesday
1.41
1.07
0.76
5.828
America’s Choice 2020 (10pm)
CNN
Thursday
1.40
1.02
0.58
5.569
America’s Choice 2020 (10pm)
CNN
Monday
1.26
0.92
0.58
4.848
America’s Choice 2020 (9pm)
CNN
Monday
1.14
0.83
0.48
4.587
America’s Choice 2020 (8:56pm)
CNN
Wednesday
1.12
0.81
0.57
4.880
America’s Choice 2020 (10pm)
CNN
Tuesday
1.07
0.76
0.52
4.304
America’s Choice 2020 (9pm)
CNN
Tuesday
1.05
0.75
0.46
4.288
MSNBC Special Coverage
MSNBC
Wednesday
1.00
0.69
0.33
6.187
America’s Choice 2020 (8:46pm)
CNN
Thursday
0.98
0.68
0.38
4.389
MSNBC Special Coverage
MSNBC
Thursday
0.92
0.62
0.33
5.676
MSNBC Special Coverage
MSNBC
Monday
0.70
0.49
0.25
4.373
Hannity
FOX News
Thursday
0.70
0.40
0.26
4.587
MSNBC Special Coverage
MSNBC
Tuesday
0.69
0.46
0.24
4.564
America’s Choice 2020 (8pm)
CNN
Monday
0.68
0.43
0.26
2.827
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Wednesday
0.64
0.41
0.25
3.940
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Monday
0.64
0.40
0.16
4.127
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Tuesday
0.63
0.42
0.24
4.239
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Thursday
0.62
0.38
0.22
4.283
Hannity
FOX News
Monday
0.61
0.34
0.12
3.882
Hannity
FOX News
Wednesday
0.58
0.39
0.28
3.648
Hannity
FOX News
Tuesday
0.56
0.37
0.20
3.990
FNC Democracy 2020: DNC Convention
FOX News
Thursday
0.54
0.35
0.25
2.968
America’s Choice 2020 (8pm)
CNN
Wednesday
0.53
0.34
0.19
2.583
The Ingraham Angle (11:29pm)
FOX News
Thursday
0.48
0.33
0.18
2.694
America’s Choice 2020 (8pm)
CNN
Tuesday
0.47
0.33
0.15
2.228
America’s Choice 2020 (8pm)
CNN
Thursday
0.47
0.29
0.14
2.273
The Ingraham Angle (11:23pm)
FOX News
Wednesday
0.44
0.30
0.17
2.285
FNC Democracy 2020: DNC Convention
FOX News
Wednesday
0.40
0.27
0.19
2.160
Erin Burnett OutFront
CNN
Monday
0.39
0.26
0.14
1.585
The Ingraham Angle (11:13pm)
FOX News
Tuesday
0.38
0.22
0.12
2.054
The Ingraham Angle (11:10 pm)
FOX News
Monday
0.37
0.24
0.10
2.163
FNC Democracy 2020: DNC
FOX News
Monday
0.36
0.24
0.10
2.100
FNC Democracy 2020: DNC
FOX News
Tuesday
0.35
0.22
0.10
2.145
The Story
FOX News
Monday
0.34
0.22
0.13
2.248
The Story
FOX News
Wednesday
0.34
0.22
0.12
2.174
Erin Burnett OutFront
CNN
Thursday
0.34
0.20
0.10
1.486
The ReidOut
MSNBC
Monday
0.33
0.21
0.10
2.417
The Story
FOX News
Thursday
0.33
0.21
0.09
2.106
The Story
FOX News
Tuesday
0.32
0.21
0.09
2.156
The ReidOut
MSNBC
Thursday
0.31
0.21
0.12
2.205
Erin Burnett OutFront
CNN
Wednesday
0.31
0.19
0.10
1.493
The ReidOut
MSNBC
Wednesday
0.30
0.19
0.09
2.154
Erin Burnett OutFront
CNN
Tuesday
0.28
0.18
0.06
1.387
The ReidOut
MSNBC
Tuesday
0.27
0.17
0.08
2.100

Viewers turned to cable news to watch the Democratic National Convention this week. CNN and MSNBC had no issue out-rating broadcast networks in key demos. FOX News was also competitive with broadcast at times. FOX News, like ABC, CBS, and NBC, only carried the 10pm hour, while CNN and MSNBC aired the convention start to finish.

Like with the coverage of the protests in late May and early June, these ratings demonstrate that viewers often turn to CNN for event viewing. The 9pm and 10pm coverage of the Democratic National Convention on CNN oftentimes brought ratings even higher than those of the coverage of the protests.

MSNBC also had its share of good news this week. Its coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday was the most-viewed program of the week among prime time cable news programs, and was higher-rated in all key demos than the ratings smash Mary Trump interview the network aired in July.

The 10pm hour of Wednesday’s Democratic National Convention featured a speech from former President Barack Obama. The hour topped the weekly chart, narrowly edging out the same hour on Thursday night when viewers awaited Joe Biden’s speech. The speech’s ratings were more than double that of President Trump’s interview on Hannity. Meanwhile, CNN’s lowest-rated 9pm hour of the week came against President Trump’s interview.

While having Barack Obama give a speech was a ratings magnet for CNN, FOX News had less luck. Wednesday’s edition of FNC Democracy 2020: DNC fell sharply from its Hannity lead-in in all key demos. Some viewers returned for The Ingraham Angle, which did not begin until 11:23pm.

As a conservative network, FOX News was much better off carrying an interview with President Donald Trump on Thursday night. The phone interview on Hannity led FOX News’ week in the ratings, and even performed better than many of the other recent Hannity-Trump interviews. Their coverage of the Democratic National Convention had poor retention in the key A25-54 demographic, and was also down significantly with total viewers. This coverage at least managed to out-rate the special Ingraham Angle, which didn’t start until 11:29pm.