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‘Million Second Quiz’ Off to Slow Ratings Start for NBC

Monday's premiere fares no better in demo than previous week's 'American Ninja Warrior'

It has some time to recoup, but NBC’s ambitious gameshow “The MIllion Second Quiz” opened to soft numbers Monday night.

The around-the-clock quiz show hosted by Ryan Seacrest settled for a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, according to Nielsen. While “MSQ” beat tennis on CBS and repeats on ABC and Fox, it merely matched NBC’s demo delivery in the hour a week earlier with reality show “American Ninja Warrior.”

And in a not-so-good sign, “Quiz” dropped from a 1.7 in the 8 p.m. half-hour to a 1.6 in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour. In total viewers, it started with 6.8 million but finished with 6.2 million.

The show follows a group of contestants who compete for up to $10 million in a quiz competition spanning 1,000,000 seconds (or about 11 days). With the exception of next Sunday when it airs “Sunday Night Football,” NBC is devoting the 8 o’clock hour in primetime to the series very night through next Thursday.

Elsewhere on the broadcast networks Monday, CBS’ “Under the Dome” fell to a season low one week from its finale, averaging roughly a 2.2 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 9.3 million viewers overall. The preliminary numbers are murky because CBS opted to start TV’s top-rated new show of the summer about 30 minutes late in the Eastern and Central time zones; the net aired U.S. Open tennis until about 8:55 p.m. ET and then aired some comedy repeats before starting “Dome” at about 10:30.

Prelims for ABC are inflated due to a preemption in Philadelphia for Eagles football, but the season finale of “Mistresses” earned a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 5 million viewers overall. In the nationals, it figures to come in below its penultimate episode of last week, which also was a 1.4/4.

ESPN dominated the night with its “Monday Night Football” doubleheader. The first game, between Washington and Philadelphia, did a big 11.6 overnight rating, which should translate to around 17 million viewers.

 

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