NBC’s ‘Million Second Quiz’ Dips in Second Night

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Gameshow still wins in young adults, but faces tougher reality competition going forward

NBC’s “Million Dollar Quiz” hasn’t caught on with a large audience after its first two nights, with Tuesday’s episode dipping from the show’s opening night level on Monday.

The night included President Obama’s address to the nation from 9 to 9:15 p.m. ET, so results for the night’s middle hour are subject to revision in the afternoon nationals provided by Nielsen.

In the prelims for Monday, “The Million Second Quiz” averaged a 1.5 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour —down 12% (0.2) in the demo from its premiere but finishing ahead of programming on ABC, CBS and Fox. It also won its hour in adults 25-54 (1.9/5). One positive to come out of night two for “MSQ” is that it edged up in its second half-hour — a reversal of the previous night when it dipped half-hour to half-hour — though the rise last night could be due to pre-tune in for the Obama address.

“MSQ” will have plenty of formidable reality competition during the rest of its run, starting tonight with the two-night premiere of “The X Factor.” ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” bows Monday, and Wednesday sees the return of CBS’ “Survivor.”

From 9 to 11 p.m. for NBC, “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 2.2 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers overall — down from its three-week high of last week, though it’s expected to edge up in the nationals. “Talent” was Tuesday’s top program in 18-49 and 25-54 (2.9/7).

Elsewhere, the season finale of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” did a nothing-special 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers overall, in line with last week and off 13% from its year-ago conclusion. The net premieres its fall Tuesday lineup of shows, including new comedies “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” next week.

At ABC, a special repeat of “Shark Tank” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) was competitive in the 8 o’clock hour, matching “Million Second Quiz” in some male demos and logging the best series score in the timeslot for the network since “Splash” in early April. It was followed by a repeat of the special “The Bachelor’s Funniest Moments” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) and a special “20/20” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall).

CBS aired encores of “NCIS” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall). Head-to-head, “NCIS” easily beat the firstrun “Million Second Quiz” and “So You Think You Can Dance” in total viewers.

At CW, repeats of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” averaged a 0.7/3 in 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 1.7 million at 8:30 p.m., and were followed by reality show “Capture” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s delivery.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.0/6; Fox, 1.3/4; ABC, CBS and Univision, 1.0/3; CW, 0.5/2; Telemundo, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.8 million; CBS, 7.1 million; Fox, 4.2 million; ABC, 3.6 million; Univision, 2.8 million; CW, 1.4 million; Telemundo, 1.0 million.

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  1. iDontWatch says:

    I understand networks hit slumps, but NBC is now Numbing Baboons Channel. Good luck.

  2. MichaelZ says:

    More importantly, in the race for “dumbest programming team ever,” NBC with its latest massively expensive flop (Smash, MSQ, etc.) is neck-and-neck with the geniuses at Fox who just renewed a very expensive has-been (SYTYCD) despite its disastrous ratings and less than 4 million viewers per week. How do these Village Idiots keep their jobs? Do the Comcast execs not know how to read a ratings report? Is Rupert too focused on the hacking scandals to pay attention to the asinine decisions his Fox programming execs continue to make?

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