Tuesday TV Ratings 8/18/20: Democratic Convention Stays Steady & Low, America’s Got Talent and What Would You Do? Down (UPDATED)

It was another night in which the primary focus was on the Democratic National Convention, which drew about 6 million viewers on broadcast in the preliminary numbers (the heavy majority of Monday's viewers watched on cable, so come back around 4:30 Eastern for the full numbers). Joe Biden was officially selected as the party's nominee last night, in a broadcast that included speeches by former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Presidents Carter and Clinton, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the potential next First Lady, Jill Biden.

Tuesday night was a far stronger night for NBC than Monday night, thanks to an original America's Got Talent. However, potentially due to the increased competition in live viewing from the Convention and sports, the show lost about a tenth from last week, down to a 0.8, with a 0.7 in the second half. The Democratic Convention wasn't assisted much by this increased lead-in and held steady with Monday's 0.3 preliminary number.

ABC was at 0.3 all night, which included two Modern Family repeats, an original What Would You Do? (down a tenth from last week's 10 PM airing despite a better lead-in), and the Democratic National Convention (steady with Monday's preliminary number).

CBS had an unusually low NCIS repeat at 0.3, followed by an FBI repeat also at 0.3, and the Democratic National Convention steady at Monday's 0.2. Once again, CBS ranks last among the big three broadcast networks in terms of Convention coverage.

Fox had a 0.3/0.2 night with repeats of Hell's Kitchen and Prodigal Son.

The CW premiered new show Dead Pixels to little interest, drawing a 0.1. A Whose Line? repeat after it was also at 0.1, as was an "original" episode of Tell Me a Story, which hit a low in viewership.

Finals Update: Democratic National Convention coverage on CBS (+0.1) adjusted up. America's Got Talent (-0.1) adjusted down.

18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMAmerica's Got Talent0.7/55.56NBC

NCIS (R)0.3/24.59CBS

Modern Family (R)0.3/31.85ABC

Hell's Kitchen (R)0.3/21.35Fox

Dead Pixels (Series Premiere)0.1/10.42The CW
8:30 PMModern Family (R)0.3/21.47ABC

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.1/10.30The CW
9 PMWhat Would You Do?0.3/21.77ABC

FBI (R)0.3/23.49CBS

Prodigal Son (R)0.2/10.65Fox

Tell Me A Story0.1/00.29The CW
10 PM2020 Democratic National Convention0.3/32.32NBC

2020 Democratic National Convention0.3/22.25ABC

2020 Democratic National Convention0.3/22.07CBS

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