FOX Wins 2019-2020 Ratings Race, First Time in 8 Years

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On the heels of winning its first fall in a decade and claiming its first fall victory ever in entertainment programming only, FOX is poised to win the 2019-20 season among Adults 18-49. It’s the first time FOX will win the broadcast season in eight years, since 2011-12.

Or, in other words, it’s the first time FOX won the broadcast season since American Idol was the network’s No. 1 series. FOX’s fall win is notable. While the network ratings won the overall season during the Idol years, winning the fall season was elusive, as American Idol didn’t premiere until January. 

The Masked Singer Ratings End on High Note, Smash the Competition

Ironically, it’s the success of another singing show, The Masked Singer, that helped FOX win the ratings crown. But the network had other successes as well. Here are FOX’s top entertainment shows. Note the numbers are inflated L7 (live + 7 days) numbers vs the same day numbers we typically post on the blog. 

THE MASKED SINGER (3.2/16 L7, 10.8 million Total Viewers)
9-1-1 (2.3/11 L7, 10.4 million Total Viewers)
THE MASKED SINGER: AFTER THE MASK (1.4/7 L7, 5.6 million Total Viewers)

Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1 beat The Voice Monday nights on the regular.

Adult 18-49 Key Demo Rating

The numbers include football, and both season 2 and 3 of The Masked Singer.


Entertainment Only

However, FOX loses its mojo when the Super Bowl and NFC Championship game are excluded.

FOX 1.1
ABC 1.1
NBC 1.1
CBS 0.9

While CBS 18-49 ratings rank last of the big four in both measures, the network is No. 1 in overall viewers for the 12th straight season. In other words, CBS continues to broadcast shows that appeal to an older audience.

NCIS is the season’s most-watched series and drama averaging 15.3 million viewers per week. Young Sheldon is season’s most-watched comedy (11.4m).

Total Viewers

CBS…7.74 million
NBC…6.63 million
Fox…6.40 million
ABC…5.51 million
CW…1.0 million

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