The Masked Singer Premiere Ratings Impressive, Win the Night

THE MASKED SINGER: Monster in the "Mask On Face Off" series premiere of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Jan 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

FOX executives are likely breaking out the champagne this morning, as the ratings numbers for the network’s new singing competition, The Masked Singer are impressive, indeed.

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Earning a robust 2.9 in the key 18-49 demo and more than 9 million viewers, the series, which features celebrities singing dressed in elaborate costumes, is the top-rated  series premiere of 2018-19 so far, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition: The show also had the second-best premiere among adults 18-49 of any non-sports series this season. The demo rating trails only NBC’s popular hit drama This Is Us which earned a 3.0 last fall. The Masked Singer’s  9.21 million viewers represents the best debut by a FOX series this season by more than a million people. It ranks fifth among series premieres across all the broadcast networks.

And that’s not all. The show garnered the top 18-49 rating for any FOX show in nearly a year, since a Simpsons episode following an NFL playoff game on Jan. 14, 2018 earned a 3.3. It was the best unscripted series premiere on FOX since The X Factor  back in September 2011, not including post-NFL premieres.

It’s not American Idol ratings in its heyday, but in terms of today’s broadcast ratings, it’s a massive hit and easily  this season’s competitive reality breakout.  Now, let’s see if the show can sustain the numbers over its 9 week season.

Via TVByTheNumbers

8 p.m.

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) – P 1.2/5 4.14
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 6.91
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.57
Chicago Med (NBC) – R 0.6/3 4.22
All American (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.62

8:30 p.m.

Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/4 6.25
American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.59

9 p.m.

The Masked Singer (FOX) – P 2.9/12 9.21
SEAL Team (CBS) 0.9/4 6.22
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.75
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.58
All American (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.40

9:30 p.m.

Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.89

10 p.m.

Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.88
Chicago P.D. (NBC) – R 0.5/2 3.65
Match Game (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.15

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