Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/29/20: Fox News Coverage of Trump/Biden Presidential Debate Beats All Other Networks, The ReidOut Hits a Series High

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/29/20. Items of note include the 2020 Presidential Debate on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, MLB on ESPN, and The ReidOut on MSNBC.

(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.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 9/29/20: Trump/Biden Presidential Debate Heavily Down from 2016 as ABC Leads Coverage, Weakest Link Starts Strong (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: President Trump and Joe Biden got into the ring and took part in a 90-minute screaming match, pulling in a solid amount of viewers in the process but mostly trailing the first debate ratings from 2016. ABC led the way with a robust 2.8 rating, just six-tenths below what debate coverage managed in 2016 (3.4). It had some solid help from a 'Trump vs Biden' special (1.2) that preceded it. NBC's debate coverage (2.2) was down a whopping 62% from the monstrous 5.8 the peacock network garnered four years ago. There was a nice consolation prize in the 8pm hour though as the series premiere of Jane Lynch game show 'Weakest Link' (1.3) debuted in strong fashion. 

Week 2 of Fox's 'Cosmos: Possible Worlds' (0.5) was a good bit above last week's premiere (0.4/0.3) thanks to debate pre-tune. The debate itself at 9 (1.3) was well behind ABC and NBC but only five-tenths below the first debate of 2016 (1.8). Like NBC, CBS was massively down from 2016's 3.0 rating, posting a paltry 1.1 A18-49 rating this time around. The coverage led out of 'Love Island' (0.6), the latter is eyeing a season high if it does not adjust down in finals.

As far as debate analysis goes, ABC posted a sturdy 2.0, NBC a 1.6, and CBS a measly 0.9. Fox stayed out of the political sewer. And the CW avoided politics entirely, instead going for a double dose of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway' (0.2/0.2) and the finale of 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1).

You can read more about 2016 debate ratings HERE

Finals Update: Debate coverage on ABC (+0.4), NBC (+0.5), CBS (+0.3), and Fox (+0.3) and Debate Analysis on ABC (+0.1), NBA (+0.2), and CBS (+0.1) adjusted up. Weakest Link (-0.1), The Main Event (-0.1), and Cosmos (-0.1) adjusted down.

Fox Renew/Cancel #1: ’Filthy Rich’ Is Likely to be Canceled

Predictions for 9/29/20

Photo Credit: Fox TV
Given that most scripted programming on the Fox network has an episode or two out now, here is an updated chart to reflect where they currently stand. One series has been downgraded while two others have received early renewals. Drama 'Next' is still yet to premiere but will debut on October 6th. It remains in the 'Tossup' section until Nielsen data is available. 

Show Title [Average Adults 18-49 Rating/Most recent rating]

LA's Finest [0.45/0.4] & Filthy Rich [0.40/0.3]: Fox's Monday drama duo already disappointed on premiere night (both programs garnering a mediocre 0.5 A18-49 rating) but week two saw them sink into more dire territory. Although the 0.4 that LA's Finest notched a day ago was far from solid, it remains one-tenth above the weaker Filthy Rich (0.3). The latter took a steep two-tenth fall from its September 21st debut rating. Because of this, Filthy Rich has now been downgraded from "Tossup" to "Likely to be Canceled". LA's Finest remains in the tossup category because there is still a chance it can rebound from here. Cop procedurals are prone to casual viewing and Fox may still want a bit of a scripted presence on their sports and reality-heavy roster. Despite that, chances of it returning continue to be up in the air. At the very least, it will likely transition back to its Spectrum home if Fox has no need for it. 

Cosmos: Possible Worlds [0.35/0.3]: Right out the gate, Cosmos: Possible Worlds premiered in particularly ugly territory. It was understandably a far cry from what the first season managed in spring 2014 (ratings in the 1.1-2.1 range) but a 0.3 A18-49 rating is still an incredibly poor number to pull. Since this (like LA's Finest) is an acquired series that has already aired out its season order, it will either return to the National Geographic channel or not come back at all. Even by current, bleak Fox standards, these numbers will not be tolerated. 

The Simpsons [1.7/1.7] & Bless the Harts [0.8/0.8]: There is not much to say about the performance of The Simpsons. With massive assistance from football, America's favorite animated family managed a hefty 1.7 rating for its season premiere and was the highest-rated scripted series of the week. Without NFL help, it will likely pull numbers in the 0.5-0.7 vicinity but that is still enough to be considered passable in today's climate. It remains a 'Certain Renewal' as there is little reason to believe Fox will get rid of this longtime juggernaut. Airing immediately after it, Bless the Harts managed a 0.8 for its second season premiere, a notch above last year's series debut (0.7). The only problem is that it also lost a whopping 53% of its 'Simpsons' lead-in. Such poor retention would have been a death sentence in the past but Fox seems determined to expand its animated roster. They renewed 'Harts' last year with equally poor numbers and they will probably continue trying to nurture it. The sophomore sitcom remains a 'Likely Renewal'. 

Bob's Burgers [0.7/0.7] & Family Guy [0.7/0.7]: These two Sunday night staples returned with a 0.7 rating each, matching their year-ago premieres. Before they even returned, Fox handed them both two-season renewals. These were correct predictions as they were in the 'Certain Renewal' category before the announcement took place. 

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Emergency Call Ratings (Season 1, Fall 2020)

The Ratings Junkie Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Monday Cable Ratings 9/28/20: The Comey Rule Rises for Finale, Tucker Carlson Leads Fox News to Resounding Cable News Victory, NFL Monday Night Football Down from ABC+ESPN Combined Rating Last Week

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/28/20. Items of note include the miniseries finale of The Comey Rule on Showtime, Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network, and Monday Night Football on ESPN.
(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.)

Sunday Cable Ratings 9/27/20: Fargo Returns Decently, The Comey Rule Bombs, Lovecraft Country, Last Week Tonight and Power Book II: Ghost Rise, NBA Playoffs Down Vs. NFL

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/27/20. Items of note include the season premiere of Fargo on FX, the miniseries premiere of The Comey Rule on Showtime, and Last Week Tonight on HBO.

(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 9/26/20: Falling for Look Lodge Solid for Hallmark, NBA Playoffs Rise, Amy Coney Barrett Nomination Strong for Fox News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/26/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on ESPN, Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, and Falling for Look Lodge on Hallmark.

Monday TV Ratings 9/28/20: Emergency Call Starts Solidly Behind Stable Dancing with the Stars, Filthy Rich and Manhunt Get Uglier, Final Stanley Cup Game Rises (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: The 'Dancing with the Stars' resurgence showed no sign of slowing down in week 3 as the longtime reality series notched a healthy 1.1 A18-49 rating, steady with last week and far ahead of all other offerings. In comparison, the third episode of 'Dancing' in fall 2019 could only manage a 0.8 rating. The good will transitioned nicely into the 10pm hour as the series premiere of new drama 'Emergency Call' (0.7) posted a very solid number for its debut. Considering how low Nielsen ratings have fallen, it's safe to say that ABC will be quite happy with its performance.

But while the alphabet network had a night of prosperity, there was little to write home about over on Fox. New drama 'LA's Finest' (0.4) lost a tenth from last week's premiere while 'Filthy Rich' (0.3) shed two-tenths from a barely passable start. Over on NBC, game six of the Stanley Cup (0.8) posted a hefty result but couldn't quite come close to the heights of 'Dancing'. CBS had a duo of comedy repeats (0.4/0.4), a stable 'Love Island' (0.4), and a declining 'Manhunt: Deadly Games' (0.2). The CW had another 'iHeartRadio Music Festival' (0.2) that was a notch above yesterday's 0.1.

Finals Update: Emergency Call (-0.1) adjusted down.

Breaking Down the Ratings of the 2016 Debates Ahead of the Trump/Biden Debates

With the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden quickly approaching, it's time to look at the ratings for the 2016 presidential debates, in which Trump fced off with Hillary Clinton. Keep reading to see how these record-breaking debates performed!

Friday Cable Ratings 9/25/20: NBA Playoffs Rise and Win the Night, Tucker Carlson Tonight Tops Cable News, Vegas Revue Finale Down

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 9/25/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on ESPN, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and the finale RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue on VH1.

(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 9/27/20: Bless the Harts Returns Weak Behind NFL-Boosted The Simpsons and Drags Down Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy, NFL Sunday Night Football Rises, Big Brother Slips (UPDATED)

Friday TV Ratings 9/25/20: Greatest #AtHome Videos Returns on a Low, WWE Smackdown Edges Out Stanley Cup and 20/20 for the Win (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: In standard fashion for a Friday evening, Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.6) took the lead with a sturdy showing. This was a stronger performance than all three programs that debuted on Monday and Tuesday for the network. NBC was a notch behind them with game 4 of the 2020 Stanley Cup (0.5). ABC aired a repeat of 'AFV' (0.4) that managed to beat the return of CBS's 'The Greatest #AtHome Videos' (0.3) head-on. '#AtHome Videos' was a tenth below its last original episode. The alphabet network had a solid edition of '20/20' (0.5) afterwards while CBS had a declining 'Love Island' (0.4) and a 'Blue Bloods' repeat (0.3). The CW's 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1) held even with last week's debut and matched its 'Masters of Illusion' (0.1) lead-in. 

Finals Update: Stanley Cup Game 4 (+0.1) and Greatest #AtHome Videos (+0.1) adjusted up.

Joe Biden’s Campaign Gains More Momentum Despite Prime Time Cable News Viewership Trends

The Ratings Junkie Friday, September 25, 2020
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Thursday TV Ratings 9/24/20: Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game and Press Your Luck Return Well, Star Trek: Discovery Bombs, Big Brother Stays on Top


Thursday Cable Ratings 9/24/20: The Bradshaw Bunch Rises in Week Two, Down NFL Thursday Night Football Edges Out NBA Playoffs for the Win, Lost Resort Ends Steady

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 9/24/20. Items of note include The Bradshaw Bunch on E!, Thursday Night Football on NFL, and the finale of Lost Resort on TBS.

(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.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 9/23/20: The Masked Singer And I Can See Your Voice Lead FOX To A “Kensday” Win, AGT Rises for Finale, Coroner Steady for Finale (UPDATED)

Wednesday Cable Ratings 9/23/20: Full Frontal and Archer Sink, Hannity Surpasses Tucker Carlson and Leads in Viewers, NBA Playoff Game Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 9/23/20. Items of note include Archer on FXX, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS.

(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Summer Renew/Cancel Week 20: Final Calls on Every Summer Series Including Love Island, Big Brother, The Wall, Holey Moley & Game On!

Summer is over, and now, so is the summer renew/cancel. Keep on reading for my final breakdown on every summer show!

Tuesday Cable Ratings 9/22/20: NBA Playoffs Dominate, Tucker Carlson Tonight Rises, Deadline: White House and Morning Joe Low

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 9/22/20. Items of note include the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, and Morning Joe on MSNBC.

(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.) 

’Family Guy’ & ’Bob’s Burgers’ Renewed For Two More Seasons


Two Fox animated staples will be returning for two more seasons apiece. 

Photo Credit: Fox

Four days before their Sunday season premieres, Fox has handed two-season renewals to cartoon sitcoms 'Family Guy' and 'Bob's Burgers'. Currently on its 19th season, 'Family Guy' is now locked in for a 20th and 21st season. Meanwhile, 'Bob's' has secured a 12th and 13th season. Noticeably missing from this renewal announcement is animated powerhouse 'The Simpsons'. Homer, Marge, and Bart are slated to air their 32nd season premiere this coming Sunday. 

Originally premiering on the network in 1999, 'Family Guy' was canceled by the Fox network in 2002 due to low ratings. It made a triumphant reappearance in 2005 and has been a reliable performer for them ever since. The series follows the everyday lives of the Griffin family in Quahog, Rhode Island. 'Bob's Burgers' debuted in 2011 and features the dysfunctional Belcher family as they run and maintain a small burger restaurant. Airing in the 9:00pm timeslot on Sundays, the 10th season of 'Bob's Burgers' averaged a passable 0.73 A18-49 rating. 'Family Guy' was close behind with a respectable 0.71 rating during the 2019-20 television season. 

These were both correct predictions by the TVRatingsGuide, with both shows being in the "certain renewal" category. The two shows once intertwined in a 2019 'Family Guy' episode. Here is the clip below. 

What do you think of this news? Are you a fan of either show? Are they still as good as they were in the past? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

Tuesday TV Ratings 9/22/20: Cosmos Low in Premiere, Dancing with the Stars Takes a Hit (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Day two of Fox's fall rollout turned out to be even more dismal then the first as the broadcast debut of 'Cosmos: Possible Worlds' (0.4/0.3) began in abysmal territory. While there was no way it was going to garner the numbers its first season managed six years ago, this is still a whopping seven-tenths below its 2014 series low. 'Cosmos' will only air one episode next week. 

ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' (1.0) took a sizable three-tenth hit in week two but remained in remarkably solid territory. It was once more the top telecast of the night and the only show to manage a 1.0 A18-49 rating. The 'Time100' special that came after it (0.4) performed no better than how previous 'Dancing' lead-out 'Vote or Miss Out' (0.4) did last Monday. 'America's Got Talent' (0.8) gained back a tenth on NBC while drama 'Transplant' (0.5) held even at its season high. Sandwiched between repeats of 'NCIS' (0.4) and 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.3), CBS's 'Love Island' (0.4) inched down. On the CW, 'Dead Pixels' (0.1) and 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1) were once again steady.

Finals Update: Dancing with the Stars (+0.1) and Love Island (+0.1) adjusted up.

Monday Cable Ratings 9/21/20: Halloween Baking Championship Down, NFL Monday Night Football and Stanley Cup Drop, Tucker Carlson Tonight Leads Cable News

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 9/21/20. Items of note include Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network, Monday Night Football on ESPN, and Stanley Cup Game Two on NBCSN.
(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.)

Supergirl Ending with Season Six

The CW's first female-fronted superhero drama, Supergirl, is coming to an end. Melissa Benoist stars in the series as the titular superhero, the cousin of Superman (who is receiving his own CW show, Superman & Lois, next season). This comes one season after the end of Arrow, the original show in CW's Arrowverse, of which Supergirl was one of the first shows. Supergirl debuted on CBS in 2015 before being moved to The CW after a single season, which also moved the show's production from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada (leading to the departure of star Calista Flockhart). Originally a very strong performer for CW, it's been a more average player in later seasons, with its latest season taking a 37% drop to a 0.22 average, making it The CW's #7 show. Season five was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, and with filming delayed to to the ongoing outbreak, its return is slated for much later than usual. The CW, which rolled out a pandemic-proof fall schedule consisting of mainly acquired shows, already announced a January schedule that will see the returns of most of their regular programming. Supergirl's now-final sixth season was not included on it, meaning the show could see up to a one-year gap between seasons. In addition to Benoist, Supergirl stars Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Katie McGrath and Nicole Maines.

Sunday Cable Ratings 9/20/20: Lovecraft Country Steady, Halloween Wars Jumps, Power Book II: Ghost Down, NBA Playoffs Easily Lead Again

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 9/20/20. Items of note include Lovecraft Country on HBO, Halloween Wars on Food Network, and Power Book II: Ghost on Starz.

(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 9/19/20: The Invisible Man Solid on HBO, NBA Playoffs Rise from Last Saturday, Big City Greens and Amphibia Rise

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 9/19/20. Items of note include the movie premiere of The Invisible Man on HBO, Amphibia on Disney Channel, and the NBA Playoffs on ESPN.

(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.)

Monday TV Ratings 9/21/20: Filthy Rich and LA’s Finest Weak, Manhunt: Deadly Games Even Weaker, NFL Monday Night Football Below ESPN Airing (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: With the traditional premiere week delayed due to Covid-19, the majority of the networks chugged along with leftover programming from the summer months. Only Fox was able to gather up a pandemic-proof lineup, hosting the series premieres of new dramas 'LA's Finest' (0.5) and 'Filthy Rich' (0.4). Neither program performed particularly well but 'Finest' could still be in pretty good shape if it remains steady at this rating in the upcoming weeks or manages to rise a bit. Nonetheless, it's hard to be too optimistic with these numbers when they could only tie what a pair of 'MasterChef' repeats garnered last week. 

ABC's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast of Saints v. Raiders (1.6) effortlessly topped the night, beating out every other network even if they combined the ratings of their entire lineup. NBC had a steady 'American Ninja Warrior' (0.5) and 'Dateline' (0.4). CBS started the night with repeats of 'The Neighborhood' (0.3) and 'Young Sheldon' (0.3). Those two led into a stable 'Love Island' (0.5) and the poorly-rated broadcast debut of Spectrum series 'Manhunt: Deadly Games' (0.3). And the CW went with repeats of 'Whose Line' (0.2/0.2) and 'Penn & Teller' (0.1). 

Finals Update: Filthy Rich (+0.1), NFL Monday Night Football (+0.4) and repeats of The Neighborhood (+0.1) and Young Sheldon (+0.1) adjusted up.

Sunday TV Ratings 9/20/20: Another Harsh Drop for the Emmys, NFL Sunday Night Football Drops (UPDATED)

Friday TV Ratings 9/18/20: World’s Funniest Animals Starts Stronger Than Being Reuben, WWE SmackDown and Love Island Slip (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: The CW ditched 'Being Rueben' in favor of the series premiere of 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1/0.1). It performed better than the 0.0 A18-49 rating that 'Rueben' consistently pulled but that's a very low bar to clear. Nonetheless, an improvement is an improvement. The CW began their evening with a 'Masters of Illusion' original and a repeat (0.1/0.1). 

Fox's 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5) shed a tenth from last week and matched ABC's '20/20' (0.5) for the night's top broadcast. A repeat of 'Shark Tank' (0.4) started the alphabet network's night. On CBS, 'Love Island' (0.3) took a disheartening two-tenth dip from last week's stellar 0.5. It was once more sandwiched between repeats of 'MacGyver' (0.3) and 'Blue Bloods' (0.3). NBC had a low-rated repeat of 'America's Got Talent' (0.2) and a feeble 'Dateline' (0.3).

Finals Update: The repeat of America's Got Talent (+0.1) and Dateline NBC (+0.1) adjusted up.