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The top of the three-day Nielsen ratings for the week of Oct. 18-24 is heavier on sports than usual, at least among adults 18-49.
Eight of the top 10 shows in the key ad demographic for the week were live sports telecasts, led by the three primetime NFL games. Four games from baseball’s league championship series and a contest from the NBA’s opening night also made the top 10.
Things were more tilted toward entertainment programming on the total viewer side, per usual, since live sports doesn’t tend to add much audience with delayed viewing. The three NFL games are again on top, but 15 of the remaining 17 shows in the top 20 are entertainment shows; CBS’ 60 Minutes and game six of the National League championship are the exceptions.
60 Minutes (which benefited from an NFL lead-in) was also the top non-sports program in adults 18-49 with a 1.49 rating. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy had the biggest demo gain of any show in the top 20, growing by 0.51 points to 1.13. CBS’ Blue Bloods added the most total viewers (3.15 million) to end with 9.21 million after three days.
Below are the top 20 shows in three-day ratings for the week of Oct. 18-24.
|Show||Network||Live +3 viewers (000s)||Change vs. live + SD (000s)||% change vs. live + SD|
|Sunday Night Football||NBC||16,211||98||1%|
|Thursday Night Football||Fox||13,097||103||1%|
|Monday Night Football||ESPN||12,653||123||1%|
|The Voice – Tues.||NBC||7,598||868||13%|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS||7,401||1,618||28%|
|The Voice – Mon.||NBC||7,393||1,029||16%|
|NL Championship Series Gm 6||TBS||6,987||38||1%|
|Change vs. live + SD||% change vs. live + SD|
|Sunday Night Football||NBC||4.37||0.01||< 1%|
|Monday Night Football||ESPN||4.09||0.03||< 1%|
|Thursday Night Football||Fox||3.74||0.02||< 1%|
|NL Championship Series Gm 6||TBS||1.75||0.01||< 1%|
|NL Championship Series Gm 4||TBS||1.36||—||—|
|NBA Basketball – Tues. 10:08 p.m.||TNT||1.33||0.02||1%|
|AL Championship Series Gm 6||FS1||1.29||—||—|
|NL Championship Series Game 5||TBS||1.29||—||—|
|The Masked Singer||Fox||1.28||0.33||35%|
|Law & Order: SVU||NBC||1.10||0.46||71%|
|AL Championship Series Gm 4||FS1||1.02||—||—|
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