One Network Sees Surge in Prime-Time Viewership

Nov 14, 2016  •  Post A Comment

One of the major broadcast networks saw a surge in total viewers and key demos across the board for its prime-time programming Sunday. Donald Trump’s first interview since becoming president-elect got things off to a strong start for CBS with “60 Minutes,” which subsequently saw increases for “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Madam Secretary” and “Elementary.”

Preliminary numbers released this morning by the network show “60 Minutes” was up 34% from a week ago in total viewers and 33% in the key 18-49 demo.

The network notes that it had a 24-minute delay for overrun of the Miami-San Diego NFL game in  New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and Nashville, the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin and all of Florida except Jacksonville.  The network’s ratings for prime time will be subject to adjustment.

Based on preliminary data, CBS released the following figures:

  • At 7:00 PM, “60 Minutes,” featuring President-elect Donald Trump’s first interview, averaged 18.77m (up +34% from 14.05m), 3.2 in A18-49 (up +33% from 2.4) and 4.3 in A25-54 (up +34% from 3.2).
  • At 8:00 PM, “NCIS: Los Angeles” averaged 13.39m (up +30% from 10.26m), 1.9 in A18-49 (up +36% from 1.4) and 2.7 in A25-54 (up +42% from 1.9).
  • At 9:00 PM, “Madam Secretary” averaged 9.38m (up +14% from 8.24m), 1.1 in A18-49 (up +10% from 1.0) and 1.6 in A25-54 (up +14% from 1.4).
  • At 10:00 PM, “Elementary” averaged 5.90m (up +26% from 4.68m), 0.7 in A18-49 (up +17% from 0.6) and 1.1 in A25-54 (up +22% from 0.9).


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