Thursday TV Ratings 10/19/23: ABC Leads Coverage of President Biden’s Address, The Golden Bachelor Drops, The Challenge: USA Rises for Finale (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: Coverage of President Biden's address took over the 8 p.m. time slot for the majority of the broadcast networks. ABC led the way in both the Adults 18-49 demographic and in total viewership (0.45 rating/4.65 million). CBS (0.41 rating/3.46 million) took second in the ratings but lost to NBC (0.33 rating/3.57 million) in total viewership. After the address, ABC series 'The Golden Bachelor' (0.45, -0.03) shed a few ticks, while 'Bachelor in Paradise' (0.34, 0.00) tied its week-ago episode. CBS followed the address with 'Buddy Games' (0.28, +0.02), 'Big Brother' (0.50, +0.03), and the finale of 'The Challenge: USA' (0.29, +0.05). All three were up from last week's installments, and the gains actually got bigger as the night went on. Post-Biden, NBC aired a repeat of 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.15), a fading 'Transplant' (0.13, -0.06), and 'Dateline' (0.18). Fox staple 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.33, +0.01) gained a hundredth, but 'LEGO Masters' (0.22, 0.00) could only match last week's outing. The CW offered up reruns of 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (0.07) and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.04/0.04).

Finals Update: 'Big Brother' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'Transplant' (-0.1) and the 9 PM repeat of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating

18-49 Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMPresident Biden Address0.4554.65ABC

President Biden Address0.4143.46CBS

Hell's Kitchen0.3331.85Fox

President Biden Address0.3333.57NBC

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)0.0710.46The CW
8:30 PMThe Golden Bachelor0.4544.09ABC

Buddy Games0.2831.89CBS

Law & Order: SVU (R)0.1521.96NBC
9 PMLEGO Masters0.2221.01Fox

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.0410.45The CW
9:30 PMBig Brother0.5042.67CBS

Bachelor in Paradise0.3432.00ABC


Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.0400.44The CW
10 PMThe Challenge: USA (F)0.2931.75CBS

Dateline NBC (R)0.1822.23NBC
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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