Ratings: ABC’s ‘$100,000 Pyramid’ and ‘To Tell the Truth’ Finales Get Lost in Emmys, NFL Clutter

Fox’s Emmy Awards are looking at an all-time low rating

Last Updated: September 23, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

ABC sacrificed its season finales for “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “To Tell the Truth” last night, when in addition to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” primetime programming also had to contend with the Emmys on Fox.

Due to the nature of live programming, these below Nielsen numbers for NBC, CBS and Fox should be considered subject to significant adjustment. See the earlier-available overnight ratings for the 71st Emmy Awards and “Sunday Night Football” here — those are adjusted for time zone differences.

We’ll get a final rating and viewer total for the Emmys later today. This story is more about the rest of broadcast’s performance against the stiff competition.

NBC was first in ratings with a 4.5 rating/20 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 13.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. That was all “Sunday Night Football” and its pregame show.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.8/8 and in viewers with 7.9 million. An NFL overrun at 7 p.m. posted a 4.8/23 and 17.7 million viewers. A boosted “60 Minutes” starting at 7:30 put up a 2.7/13 and 11.8 million viewers. “Big Brother” beginning at 8:30 landed a 1.3/6 and 5.8 million viewers. Reruns followed.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.4/6 and in viewers with 6 million. That was nothin’ but Emmys.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 3.6 million. Following a repeat, “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 3.9 million viewers. At 9, “The $100,000 Pyramid” season finale got a 0.5/2 and 3.5 million viewers. The “To Tell the Truth” season finale at 10 received a 0.4/2 and 2.8 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 633,000, airing all reruns.

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