TV Ratings: 'Good Doctor' Premieres to Series Lows

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Season four of The Good Doctor opened to the show's smallest same-day audience ever in Monday's final Nielsen ratings. If it holds true to past form, however, the series will add several million viewers over the next week.

Also Monday, ESPN's NFL telecast hit a five-week high in total viewers, and The Voice improved a bit for NBC. Cable news had another strong night on the eve of the election.

The Good Doctor's premiere drew a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, tying a series low, and 4.87 million viewers, about 200,000 fewer people than its previous all-time low (set a year ago on Nov. 4, 2019). The show has consistently been among network TV's biggest beneficiaries of delayed viewing; last season it added an average of 5 million viewers and about 0.9 points to its 18-49 rating per episode. Lead-in Dancing With the Stars (0.8 in 18-49, 5.55 million viewers) was steady week to week.

The Voice's 1.1 in the 18-49 demo and 7.71 million viewers led the broadcast networks in primetime; it was up a little (from 1.0 and 7.6 million) vs. last week. A Saturday Night Live election special (0.6, 3.25 million) aired at 10 p.m.

Monday Night Football delivered 11.7 million viewers for ESPN, a five-week high for the telecast, and topped all of TV in both total audience and every key demographic. The game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants was up 17 percent over the same week of the NFL season in 2019.

The three main cable news channels averaged a combined 11.27 million viewers in primetime, with Fox News (5.8 million) holding a commanding lead over MSNBC (3.1 million) and CNN (2.37 million). Tucker Carlson Tonight had the biggest cable audience outside of Monday Night Football with 6.38 million viewers.

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