NBC, Univision Tie for Demo Lead in Weekly Ratings Race

Univision NBC Ratings Tie

Univision moved up to a tie with NBC for the primetime lead among young adults last week, with the former benefiting from higher circulation due to the World Cup and the latter aided by a second helping of summer standout “America’s Got Talent.”

TNT, meanwhile, got off to an encouraging start with drama “The Last Ship,” as the net ruled cable’s scripted-program rankings in key demos.

Though it aired outside of primetime, the week’s most-watched event was the World Cup match on Sunday between the United States and Portugal, which drew nearly 25 million viewers on ESPN (18.2 million) and Univision (6.5 million). The final hour of the game, which concluded around 8 p.m. ET, was included in the week’s averages and helped Univision’s cause.

Overall, according to Nielsen estimates for the week of June 16-22, NBC and Univision tied in adults 18-49 with a 1.2 rating/4 share, and were followed by ABC (1.0/4), Fox (1.0/3), ESPN (0.9/3) and CBS (0.8/3). The Peacock finished alone on top in 25-54 (1.6/5), and CBS prevailed in total viewers (just under 5 million).

On the entertainment side, Univision was led by weeknight telenovelas “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo” (What Life Took From Me) and “Que Pobres Tan Ricos” (The Poor, Rich Family). The former averaged a 2.0 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million total viewers, and the latter rose week to week to a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and about 3 million total viewers.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the week’s No. 1 primetime program (2.6 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 11.42 million viewers overall), and a special two-hour Sunday installment ranked second among Big Four telecasts (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.12 million viewers overall).

Tuesday’s “The Night Shift” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.25 million viewers overall) lost a bit of steam in its fourth week, but stood as the No. 2 scripted original ad-supported program of the week in 18-49, just a tick behind Fox’s “24: Live Another Day” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.63 million viewers overall). The net also continues to get nice contributions from “American Ninja Warrior” on Monday (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.66 million viewers overall) and “Last Comic Standing” on Thursday (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.02 million viewers overall).

Also of note on the broadcast networks last week was a modest premiere for ABC’s ambitious music competition series “Rising Star” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.20 million viewers overall); it certainly didn’t get much of a lead-in, as “Wipeout” had a lackluster return (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.61 million viewers overall).

On Thursday, “Rookie Blue” opened its fifth season (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.92 million viewers overall), down a tick in the demo from last year’s opener (which had a stronger lead-in) while drawing more total viewers than all but one episode from last summer. One night earlier, fellow Canadian drama “Motive” was on the rise (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.64 million viewers overall), delivering its best 18-34 rating (0.8/3 share) in its 17 airings on the Alphabet over the last two summers.

Fox was paced by reality vets “MasterChef” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.24 million viewers overall) and “So You Think You Can Dance” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 5.32 million viewers overall), both of which posted gains last week. Thursday drama original “Gang Related” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.47 million viewers overall) held at the previous week’s level.

CBS, which tied its record 18-49 low of the previous week, aired only one original hour: Monday’s “48 Hours” (0.8/3 in 18-49,  4.07 million viewers overall). And CW didn’t do much with Thursday’s “Critics Choice Awards” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.03 4.07 million viewers overall) or new series “Famous in 12” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.49 million viewers overall).

At TNT, the premiere of “The Last Ship” did well on Sunday (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.33 million viewers overall), standing as cable’s top scripted series debut of the summer in 18-49 and as cable’s most-watched scripted premiere overall of the calendar year. “Falling Skies” returned lower as it launched its fourth season (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.67 million viewers overall), but it joined “Last Ship” and “Rizzoli & Isles” in giving TNT three of basic cable’s top four scripted originals in 18-49.

And the Turner network also had the top four scripted basic-cable originals in adults 25-54 (with “Major Crimes” making the cut too) and seven of the top 10 in total viewers.

FX’s “Louie” ended its season quietly, averaging 576,000 for a pair of original episodes on Monday — but this was actually higher the audience for the finale of its prior season in September 2012 (434,000).

HBO’s season premiere of “True Blood” drew 4.03 million viewers for its initial airing Sunday, down from last year’s 4.52 million.



Adults 18-49 (rating/share)
NBC             1.2/4
UNI              1.2/4
ABC              1.0/4
Fox               1.0/3
CBS             0.8/3
TEL             0.6/2
CW              0.3/1

Total Viewers
CBS             4.98 million
NBC            4.90 million
ABC            4.10 million
UNI            3.02 million
Fox              2.95 million
TEL             1.48 million
CW              0.99 million

(Live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49
1.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 2.6/9
2.  True Blood (HBO)*, 2.2/7
3.  America’s Got Talent-Sunday special (NBC), 2.1/6
4.  Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta (VH1), 2.0/7
5.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 1.8/7
5.  Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), 1.8/7
5.  MasterChef (Fox), 1.8/6
8.  So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), 1.7/6
8.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 1.7/5
10.  American Ninja Warrior (NBC), 1.6/5
11.  Rising Star (ABC), 1.5/5
12.  WWE Raw (USA), 1.5/5
12.  Duck Dynasty (A&E), 1.5/5
14.  Last Comic Standing (NBC), 1.4/5
14.  24: Live Another Day (Fox), 1.4/4
16.  Mom-r (CBS), 1.3/5
16.  Two and a Half Men-r (CBS), 1.3/5
16.  The Night Shift (NBC), 1.3/4
16.  Mike & Molly-r (CBS), 1.3/4
16.  Modern Family-r (ABC), 1.2/4
16.  Family Guy-r (Fox), 1.3/4

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 11.42
2.  America’s Got Talent-Sunday special (NBC), 8.12
3.  NCIS-r (CBS), 7.82
4.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 7.67
5.  60 Minutes (CBS), 6.72
6.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 6.50
7.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 6.42
8.  The Night Shift (NBC), 6.25
9.  Blue Bloods-r (CBS), 6.19
10.  Dateline-Friday (NBC), 6.02
11.  CSI (CBS), 5.96
12.  Rookie Blue (ABC), 5.92
13.  Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), 5.81
14.  24: Live Another Day (Fox), 5.63
15.  Mom, Thursday-r (CBS), 5.58
16.  Mike & Molly-r (CBS), 5.50
17.  Criminal Minds-r (CBS), 5.35
18.  The Last Ship (TNT), 5.33
19.  So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), 5.32
20.  Mike & Molly, 9:30-r (CBS), 5.28

Source: Nielsen (English-language programs only)

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