Sunday Ratings: It Could Be Another Record Low for The Primetime Emmy Awards

Sunday 9/19/21 Fast Affiliate Ratings  
Total Viewers:
NBC: 13.54 million, CBS: 8.57, ABC: 3.41, Fox: 1.78, CW: 325,000
Adults 18-49:
NBC: 3.9 rating/25 share, CBS: 2.1/13, Fox: 0.4/ 3, ABC: 0.4/ 2, CW: 0.1/ 0
NBC, as expected, scored an easy victory care of “Sunday Night Football.” The match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens averaged an estimated 16.1 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/30 share in adults 18-49 from 8:30-11 p.m. ET. As a reminder, results for any live event (including the Primetime Emmys last night) are only approximate.
Speaking of the Primetime Emmys, last year the virtual telecast plummeted to a record low 6.1 million viewers (based on the final nationals). Last night, the fast affiliate tally for this 73rd telecast was 6.28 million viewers (and a 1.5/ 9 in the demo). But that does not include the final 15 minutes from 11-15 p.m. (which will probably fall just below 5-million viewers). And because these initial results are time period based, the primetime football overrun is factored into the 8 p.m. ET outside of the Eastern time zone. That said, last night could very well be another record low performance for the Primetime Emmys. For a listing of the winners, click here
Elsewhere, ABC featured the season finale of “Celebrity Family Feud” (Viewers: #3, 4.00 million; A18-49: #3, 0.5/ 3 at 8 p.m.) into game shows “The Chase” (Viewers: #3, 3.09 million; A18-49: #3, 0.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.) and “To Tell the Truth” (Viewers: #3, 2.34 million; A18-49: #2, 0.2/ 2 at 10 p.m.). Fox aired the series finale of the failed reboot of “Fantasy Island” (Viewers: #4, 1.62 million; A18-49: #4, 0.3/ 2 at 8 p.m.). And an original installment of “Wellington Paranormal” in the Sunday 9 p.m. half-hour on The CW plunged to what has to be an historical low 197,000 viewers (and no recorded delivery in adults 18-49).
Source: Nielsen Media Research
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Today in History: Monday, September 20, 2021

Television
Two long-running sitcoms premiered in 1984: “The Cosby Show” on NBC and “Who’s The Boss?” on ABC. Both aired for eight seasons…Also debuting: CBS comedy “You’ll Never Get Rich” in 1955 (which was eventually re-titled “The Phil Silvers Show”), ABC variety hour “The Captain and Tennille” in 1976, and NBC science fiction drama “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”…The phrase “jump the shark” originated in 1977 when “Fonzie” (Henry Winkler) responds to a challenge and jumps over a shark (wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket) in the conclusion of a three-part episode of ABC’s “Happy Days.” Although “jump the shark” is normally synonymous with the beginning of the end of any series, “Happy Days” actually survived for another six seasons…Two series starring Robert Urich launched on ABC: “Vegas” (as a weekly series) in 1978 and “Spenser: For Hire” in 1985. Both aired for three seasons…Other notable debuts: 1) “Lou Grant” on CBS in 1977, 2) ABC’s short-lived “Life With Lucy” in 1986, 3) “My Two Dads” on NBC in 1987, 4)  “Step By Step” on ABC in 1991, 5) “Dave’s World” on CBS in 1993, 6) the TV version of “Clueless” on ABC in 1996, 7) “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on NBC in 1999, 8) syndicated “Blind Date” in 1999, 9) “Firefly” on Fox in 2002, 10) “My Name Is Earl” on NBC in 2005, 11) “Jericho” on CBS in 2006, 12 and 13) sitcom “Mike & Molly” and the reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” — both on CBS in 2010, 14) “New Girl” on Fox in 2011, 15) and 16) dramas “Bull” on CBS and “This Is Us” on NBC — both in 2016…In 2001, Dr. Will Kirby was crowned the winner of the second season of CBS reality competition “Big Brother.” It was the first season of the show’s revamped game format to closer resemble “Survivor” but using the aspect of a weekly Head of Household. Kirby won by a jury vote of 5-2 over Nicole Schaffrich…In 2005, Maggie Ausburn defeated fellow “Nerd Herd” alliance member Ivette Corredero by a 4-3 jury vote to win the sixth season of CBS’ “Big Brother.” Third place finisher Janelle Pierzina would return three more times in the franchise, for seasons 7 (in 2006), 14 (in 2012) and 22 (in 2020).
Music
Virtual band Archies’ single “Sugar Sugar” hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard in 1973.
News:
At the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015, several firsts occurred. There were 1) HBO’s “Veep” became the second cable series to win Outstanding Comedy Series; 2) Viola Davis became the first African-American to win in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category (for ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder“); 3) Jon Hamm earned his first Emmy award, winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for his role as Don Draper on AMC’s “Mad Men“); 4) Amazon earned its first Emmys ever (thanks to “Transparent“), and 5) comedian Tracy Morgan made his first public appearance since his auto accident from sixteen months earlier, presenting for Outstanding Drama Series.
Sports
In a much-publicized “Battle of the Sexes“ tennis match, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in 1973.
American professional baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. ended his streak of 2,632 consecutive games played in 1998.
Celebrity Birthdays
Actress Sophia Loren is 87; actor Tony Denison (“Major Crimes,” “The Closer”) is 72; actress Debbi Morgan (“Power”) is 70; actress Betsy Brantley (“Deep Impact”) is 66; actor Gary Cole (“Veep”) is 65; actress Kristen Johnston (“3rd Rock From the Sun”) is 54; singers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of Nelson are also 54; actress Moon Bloodgood (“Falling Skies”) is 46; actor Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” “Daredevil”) is 45; actor Charlie Weber (“How To Get Away With Murder”) is 43; actress Crystle Stewart (“For Better or Worse”) is 42; actor Aldis Hodge (“Leverage”) is 35; season 11 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips is 31. Did You Know?
Actor George Kennedy, who served in the US army, was a technical advisor for “The Phil Silvers Show.” He was also given a bit part, the first acting role of his screen career…”Who’s The Boss?” debuted in the same season as “Three’s Company” spin-off “Three’s a Crowd,“ starring John Ritter. Both were on the fence and ABC decided to only keep one of the two on the air past the freshman season. Since “Who’s The Boss” was the fresher concept, it got the vote of confidence.
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This Day in History: Sunday, September 19, 2021

TelevisionMary Tyler Moore “made it after all” in her self-titled CBS comedy, which premiered in 1970.  It aired for seven seasons and spun-off “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Lou Grant”…Other notable series premieres: “Highway to Heaven” on NBC in 1984, syndicated action/adventure “Renegade” in 1992, “ER” on NBC in 1994, “Judging Amy” on CBS in 1999, and Eye net sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005.
News
In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York after a gold certificate from the ransom money is found and traced back to Hauptmann, he was charged with the kidnap / murder of the Lindbergh baby. On Feb. 13, 1935 he was sentenced to death and executed on April 3, 1936 for the abduction and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr… The United States barred Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England in 1952.
Celebrity Birthdays
“NCIS” star David McCallum is 88; Former “Emergency!” star Randolph Mantooth is 76; Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is 73; model Twiggy is 72; “Real Housewife” Kim Richards is 57; country singer Trisha Yearwood is also 57; NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is 47; daytime soap star and “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney is 45.
Did You Know?:
Although “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is credited for being the first sitcom to focus on a single, independent woman, that distinction actually goes to “That Girl,” which starred Marlo Thomas and aired on ABC from 1996-71…“ER,” which ran for 15 seasons, was the top-rated show in all of primetime in the 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons. Overall, it finished in the Top 5 from 1994 to 2003 and is the longest running medical drama in the history of television…If you grew up in the “Brady Bunch” era, you might remember Kim Richards as little Prudence Everett on 1970-71 ABC sitcom “Nanny and the Professor.” 
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Friday Ratings: ABC, CBS and Fox Share Modest Leadership

Friday 9/17/21 Fast Affiliate Ratings  
Total Viewers:
ABC and CBS: 2.37 million, Fox: 2.12, NBC: 2.01, CW: 867,000
Adults 18-49:
Fox: 0.5 rating/5 share, CBS and NBC: 0.3/ 3 each, ABC: 0.3/ 2, CW: 0.1/ 1
A Friday 8 p.m. edition of “Big Brother” led the hour, with 3.23 million viewers and a 0.6 rating/6 share among adults 18-49. But lead-out “Greatest #AtHome Videos” sunk to fourth place at 9 p.m. ET, with just 1.63 million viewers and a 0.2/ 2 in the demo. 
In season (or series) finale news was The CW drama “Burden of Proof” at 923,000 viewers and a 0.1/ 1 in adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. That led into the reboot of “Dynasty” at 811,000 viewers and a also a 0.1/ 1 in the demo, which indicates that something else must of aired on the network in various markets to boost these dramas. Keep in mind that these fast affiliate ratings are time period based and can include other entries. And don’t forgot that no one generally watches “Dynasty.”
On Fox, “WWE Friday Night Smackdown!” has a typical performance. See network averages above. 
Elsewhere, ABC aired a Friday 8 p.m. edition of “Soul of a Nation”, which finished fourth in the hour with 1.90 million viewers and a 0.2/ 2 in the demo. That led into “20/20” (Viewers: #1, 2.61 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.3/ 2 from 9-11 p.m.). And “Dateline” on NBC scored 2.11 million (#3) and a 0.3/ 2 in adults 18-49 (#1) at 10 p.m.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
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Today in History: Saturday, September 18, 2021

Television
ABC sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” launched in 1963. It aired for three seasons…In 1964, ABC launched “The Addams Family,“ which like “The Munsters” on CBS, only aired for two seasons…Barbara Eden debuted as a 2,000 year-old (but remarkably well preserved) genie on NBC sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” in 1965. It ran for five seasons…Also in 1965 was the launch of Emmy-winning “Get Smart,” starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon. It aired for five seasons: the first four on NBC and the final season on CBS. And it was unsuccessfully revived on Fox for seven episodes in 1995. Four films have been produced following the end of the TV series…In 1969, Tiny Tim announced his engagement to Miss Vicki on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Tiptoe through the weird tulips!..Also in 1969, Dick Sargent officially replaced Dick York as Darrin Stephens on ABC comedy “Bewitched“…CBS sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” began its four season run in 1978. It was revived in first-run syndication as “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” in the fall of 1991…ABC action/drama “Hardcastle and McCormick,” starring Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly, launched in 1983. It aired for three seasons…Janet (Joyce DeWitt) got married while Jack Tripper (John Ritter) fell in love with a stewardess name Vicky (Mary Cadorette) and decides to live with her despite her father’s (Robert Mandan) wishes on the one-hour series finale of ABC sitcom “Three’s Company” in 1984. This set the stage for the one season spinoff “Three’s A Crowd”…David Letterman aired his first Top 10 List in 1985 on his NBC talk show “Late Night with David Letterman.” The topic of that first list: Top 10 Words That Almost Rhyme with “Peas”…Teenage Leonardo DiCaprio joined the cast of ABC’s “Growing Pains” in 1991 for what it turn out to be the sitcom’s final season…Family drama “Picket Fences” starring Tom Skerritt premiered on CBS in 1992. Created by David E. Kelley, it would win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1993 and 1994, respectively. The series lasted four seasons. Movies:“A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play of the same name, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, was released in theaters in 1951. The movie won four Oscars, including three acting awards (Leigh for Best Actress, Karl Malden for Best supporting Actor. and Kim Hunter for Best Supporting Actress). Historically, this was the first time a film won three out of four acting awards. Brando was nominated for Best but lost to Humphrey Bogart for “The African Queen”…”Funny Girl,”  based on life of Fanny Brice with Barbra Streisand in the lead role, opened in 1968… one of the most popular guilty-pleasure films of all-time, “Mommie Dearest” starring Faye Dunaway as the Oscar-winning actress with a torturous parenting style Joan Crawford opened in theaters in 1981… the iconic film that explored infidelity and extreme obsession, “Fatal Attraction” starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close was released in theaters in 1987… “Rush Hour” starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker was released in 1998.
Music:
“Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1976… The rock band KISS appeared on MTV in 1983 without their traditional makeup.
News:
Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was arrested in 1975 in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery. She had been kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California on February 4, 1974 but in April she sent letters to the media saying she was joining the SLA of her own free will.Celebrity Birthdays
Actor Robert Blake (“Baretta”) is 88; actor-singer Frankie Avalon is 81; actress Beth Grant (“The Mindy Project”) is 72; actress Anna Deavere Smith (“The West Wing”) is 71; actress Holly Robinson Peete (“21 Jump Street”) is 57; actress and TV host Aisha Tyler (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) is 51; actress Jada Pinkett Smith (“Set It Off”) is 50; actor James Marsden (“Dead to Me”) is 48; actress Emily Rutherfurd (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 47; “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis is 46; legendary Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo is 45; actor-comedian Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street”) is 43.
Did You Know?
ABC was interested in a fourth season of “The Patty Duke Show,” but the production company, United Artists Television, refused the network’s demands to switch to color. ABC also wanted to shift the sitcom’s production from New York to Los Angeles, but Patty Duke, who was then 18, nixed the idea…Rumor has it that the producers of “I Dream of Jeannie” wanted to replace co-star Larry Hagman with Darren McGavin because he was difficult to work with. There was even a proposed episode written to address the change in casting, but Hagman remained Tony Nelson and rose to greater fame as J.R. Ewing on CBS’ “Dallas”…In the spring of 1985 ABC had to make a decision which of its two freshman comedies, “Three’s a Crowd” or “Who’s The Boss,“ it would renew for a second season. Although both sitcoms at the time had equally modest ratings, the network chose “Who’s The Boss?” because it was a fresher concept. “Who’s The Boss?” ultimately went on to an eight season run and is being rebooted from Sony Pictures Television with Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano set to return.
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Thursday Ratings: Two-Hour Double Eviction Installment of ‘Big Brother’ Leads CBS to Broadcast Network Victory

Thursday 9/16/21 Fast Affiliate Ratings
Total Viewers:
CBS: 3.08 million, NBC: 2.34, ABC: 1.71, Fox: 1.51, CW: 575,000
Adults 18-49:
CBS: 0.7 rating/5 share, NBC: 0.5/ 4, Fox: 0.4/ 3, ABC: 0.2/ 2, CW: 0.1/ 1
CBS featured a two hour (double eviction) installment of “Big Brother”, which led the Thursday 8-10 p.m. ET block with 3.73 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/7 share in adults 18-49. Tonight is another original episode of the summer mainstay (followed by a Wednesday 10 p.m. airing out of the two-hour season premiere of “Survivor” next Wednesday).
In series finale news was NBC sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (two episodes) at an average – and estimated – 2.17 million viewers (#3) and a 0.5/ 4 in the demo from 8-9 p.m. This is subject to change given its aired on WNBC in New York in access (from 7-9 p.m.).
Elsewhere, ABC featured “When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren” (Viewers: #4, 1.26 million; A18-49: #4, 0.2/ 1) and game show “The Hustler” (Viewers: #3, 1.53 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.2/ 2) from 9-11 p.m. The CW airs dramas “Coroner” (Viewers: 730,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and “The Outpost” (Viewers: 420,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 0 at 9 p.m.), which were buried in last place. And the remainder of the evening were encore telecasts.
UPDATED 9/17/2021 4:33 PM ET: What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s network telecasts on Thursday, September 16:

ABC
• 1.775 million viewers
• 1.1/3 HH (1.326 million households)
• 0.3/2 A18-49 rating/share (0.337 million adults 18-49)
When Nature Calls (ABC, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM)
• 1.310 million viewers
• 0.8/2 HH (1.033 million households)
• 0.2/1 A18-49 rating/share (0.255 million adults 18-49)
The Hustler (ABC, 10:00 PM-11:00 PM)
• 1.586 million viewers
• 1.0/3 HH (1.219 million households)
• 0.2/2 A18-49 rating/share (0.285 million adults 18-49)
CBS
• 3.190 million viewers
• 2.0/5 HH (2.427 million households)
• 0.7/5 A18-49 rating/share (0.907 million adults 18-49)
Big Brother 23 Double Eviction (CBS, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM)
• 3.913 million viewers
• 2.4/6 HH (2.927 million households)
• 0.9/7 A18-49 rating/share (1.228 million adults 18-49)
NBC
• 1.734 million viewers
• 1.1/3 HH (1.396 million households)
• 0.3/2 A18-49 rating/share (0.375 million adults 18-49)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 8:00 PM- 9:01 PM)
• 1.882 million viewers
• 1.2/3 HH (1.435 million households)
• 0.4/3 A18-49 rating/share (0.505 million adults 18-49)
Fox
• 1.120 million viewers
• 0.8/2 HH (0.918 million households)
• 0.3/2 A18-49 rating/share (0.339 million adults 18-49)
CW
• 0.526 million viewers
• 0.4/1 HH (0.472 million households)
• 0.1/1 A18-49 rating/share (0.091 million adults 18-49)
Coroner (CW, 8:00 PM- 9:00 PM)
• 0.680 million viewers
• 0.5/1 HH (0.600 million households)
• 0.1/1 A18-49 rating/share (0.117 million adults 18-49)
The Outpost (CW, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM)
• 0.372 million viewers
• 0.3/1 HH (0.345 million households)
• 0.1/0 A18-49 rating/share (0.066 million adults 18-49)
Univision
• 1.678 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH (1.085 million households)
• 0.5/4 A18-49 rating/share (0.701 million adults 18-49)
Que Le Pasa A Mi Familia (Univision, 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM)
• 1.199 million viewers
• 0.7/2 HH (0.799 million households)
• 0.4/4 A18-49 rating/share (0.503 million adults 18-49)
Disenando Tu Amor (Univision, 8:00 PM- 9:00 PM)
• 1.483 million viewers
• 0.8/2 HH (0.966 million households)
• 0.4/3 A18-49 rating/share (0.576 million adults 18-49)
Si Nos Dejan (Univision, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM)
• 1.765 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH (1.134 million households)
• 0.6/4 A18-49 rating/share (0.749 million adults 18-49)
La Desalmada (Univision, 10:00 PM-11:00 PM)
• 1.786 million viewers
• 0.9/3 HH (1.156 million households)
• 0.6/5 A18-49 rating/share (0.780 million adults 18-49)
UniMás
• 0.392 million viewers
• 0.2/1 HH (0.297 million households)
• 0.1/1 A18-49 rating/share (0.144 million adults 18-49)
Las Mil y Una Noches (UniMás, 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM)
• 0.430 million viewers
• 0.2/1 HH (0.244 million households)
• 0.1/1 A18-49 rating/share (0.178 million adults 18-49)
Enamorandonos (UniMás, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM)
• 0.458 million viewers
• 0.3/1 HH (0.344 million households)
• 0.1/1 A18-49 rating/share (0.163 million adults 18-49)
Inseparables, Amor Al Limite Season 2 (UniMás, 10:00 PM-11:00 PM)
• 0.262 million viewers
• 0.2/0 HH (0.204 million households)
• 0.1/1 A18-49 rating/share (0.107 million adults 18-49)
Telemundo
• 0.000 million viewers
• 0.6/2 HH (0.795 million households)
• 0.3/3 A18-49 rating/share (0.433 million adults 18-49)
Casa De Los Famosos (Telemundo, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM)
• 1.141 million viewers
• 0.7/2 HH (0.822 million households)
• 0.3/3 A18-49 rating/share (0.423 million adults 18-49)
Hercai: Amor Venganza (Telemundo, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM)
• 1.242 million viewers
• 0.7/2 HH (0.866 million households)
• 0.3/2 A18-49 rating/share (0.426 million adults 18-49)
Cafe Aroma De Mujer (Telemundo, 10:00 PM-11:00 PM)
• 0.992 million viewers
• 0.5/1 HH (0.657 million households)
• 0.3/3 A18-49 rating/share (0.414 million adults 18-49)

Source: Nielsen Media Research
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