Monday TV Ratings 8/17/20: Democratic National Convention Coverage Collapses from 2016, American Ninja Warrior Repeat Leads (UPDATED)

It was a night with little original content, and mostly low ratings. Most eyes were on the Democratic National Convention's opening night, which featured speeches from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Bernie Sanders, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, among others. Final ratings won't be available for the convention until later, which will include more reliable ratings.

NBC had the best night, despite losing its strong summer series The Titan Games last week. The American Ninja Warrior repeat airing in its place drew a solid-enough 0.5, a few tenths behind how you'd expect Titan Games to perform. Behind it, the Democratic Convention was down about eight tenths from 2016 to a tepid 0.3.

CBS had comedy repeats at 0.4 and a repeat of All Rise at 0.3. Nothing deserves to air after All Rise repeats, but the Democratic National Convention did and it certainly wasn't helpful, with the hour of coverage drawing the lowest across the big 3 - a 0.2. Still, its drop from 2016 is a smaller four tenths.

ABC had a slightly better night than when they air Bachelor clip shows, with a 0.4 to kick off the night for a Holey Moley repeat. A To Tell the Truth encore at 9 was down to 0.3, and the Democratic National Convention matched that number, down six tenths from 2016's night one coverage on ABC.

Fox had 9-1-1-Verse repeats at 0.4 each.

The CW had Whose Line? repeats at 0.2 and an original Penn & Teller, also at 0.2.

Finals Update: The Democratic National Convention on NBC (+0.1) and ABC (+0.1) adjusted up. The repeat of American Ninja Warrior (-0.1) adjusted down.

18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMAmerican Ninja Warrior (R)0.4/32.45NBC

The Neighborhood (R)0.4/33.52CBS

Holey Moley (R)0.4/32.11ABC

9-1-1 (R)0.4/22.21Fox

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.2/10.93The CW
8:30 PMBob Hearts Abishola (R)0.4/33.48CBS

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.2/10.93The CW
9 PM9-1-1: Lone Star (R)0.4/21.98Fox

To Tell The Truth (R)0.3/22.06ABC

All Rise (R)0.3/22.15CBS

Penn & Teller: Fool Us0.2/10.96The CW
10 PM2020 Democratic National Convention0.3/22.44ABC

2020 Democratic National Convention0.3/22.28NBC

2020 Democratic National Convention0.2/11.99CBS

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