‘Apprentice’ scores for Peacock

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

“The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas “CSI” (7.7/19 in adults 18-49, 23.6 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (5.2/13 in adults 18-49, 17.4 million viewers overall). And for the season, it’s the No. 3 entertainment telecast in 18-49, behind only the Academy Awards on ABC and the post-Super Bowl premiere of “Survivor: All Stars” on CBS.

The night’s opening half-hour featured a head-to-head reality battle between CBS’ “Survivor” and Fox’s “American Idol,” whose results show was pushed back a day due to President Bush’s press conference on Tuesday. “Survivor” beat “Idol” head-to-head in most key categories including 18-49 (6.7/21 vs. 6.0/19) and total viewers (18.5 million vs. 14.9 million), with a repeat of NBC’s “Friends” (5.7/18 in adults 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall) a strong third.

For its hour, “Survivor” (7.4/22 in adults 18-49, 20.0 million viewers overall) wasn’t too far behind its prior week’s scores. And for Fox, “Idol” helped kickstart the net’s best Thursday of the season.

ABC didn’t do much on the night, led by “Primetime” at 10 (2.0/5 in adults 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 11.1/29; CBS, 6.8/18; Fox, 3.2/9; ABC, 1.7/4; UPN, 1.6/4; WB, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 23.4 million; CBS, 20.3 million; Fox, 7.9 million; ABC, 5.1 million; UPN, 4.4 million; WB, 2.1 million.

More TV

  • The Bold Type Meghann Fahy

    'The Bold Type' Boss and Star on 'Normalizing Conversations About Gun Control'

    The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. “The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas […]

  • Streaming Subscribers Overtake Pay-TV Customers for

    Streaming Subscribers Overtake Pay-TV Customers for First Time in the U.K.

    The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. “The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas […]

  • The Fast and the Furious

    TV News Roundup: Paramount Network Sets Paul Walker Documentary Premiere Date

    The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. “The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas […]

  • Lauren Lexton, Helga Eike

    Authentic Entertainment CEO Lauren Lexton to Step Down, Former Development Head Helga Eike Returns as President

    The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. “The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas […]

  • Elena Kampouris Sacred Lies Facebook Watch

    TV Review: 'Sacred Lies' on Facebook Watch

    The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. “The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas […]

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup

    World Cup Final U.S. Ratings Fall From 2014

    The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. “The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas […]

  • Tales From The Loop

    Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series 'Tales From the Loop'

    The two-hour finale of “The Apprentice” on Thursday helped NBC dominate the night, producing the net’s highest adults 18-49 rating for any telecast on any night in 18 months, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. “The Apprentice” (13.5/34 in adults 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall) overwhelmed its competition, which included firstrun episodes of CBS dramas […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content