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Ratings: ‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson’ Leads ABC to Thursday Win

Fox finishes last among Big 4 broadcasters with ”Terrence Howard’s Fright Club“ special, ”Showtime at the Apollo“ finale

It’s not the traditional Nielsen season anymore — nor is it summer just quite yet. ABC won this first no-man’s-land Thursday with documentary “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” and a new “What Would You Do?” episode.

Fox finished last among the Big 4 broadcasters with its “Terrence Howard’s Fright Club” special and “Showtime at the Apollo” finale.

CBS and NBC tied for second in the key 18-49 demographic last night. CBS was all reruns, while NBC aired “American Ninja Warrior,” “Hollywood Game Night” and “Red Nose Day.”

ABC was first in ratings with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.92 million, according to preliminary numbers. The Michael Jackson special from 8-10 p.m. averaged a 1.0/5 and 5.6 million viewers. “What Would You Do?” at 10 saw a 0.8/4 and 3.6 million viewers.

CBS and NBC tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.86 million, NBC was third with 3 million.

For NBC, “ANW” at 8 p.m. had a 0.8/4 and 3.6 million. At 9, “Hollywood Game Night” got a 0.8/3 and 3.2 million viewers. The “Red Nose Day” special at 10 received a 0.5/2 and 2.1 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.9 million. “Terrence Howard’s Fright Club” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers. At 9, the Apollo finale got a 0.6/3 and 2.3 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.2 million.

Airing all repeats, the CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 696,000.

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