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Ratings: ‘The Masked Singer’ Sheds Almost a Quarter of Its Big Premiere Audience

But it’s still the highest-rated show of the night

“The Masked Singer” was an instant hit for Fox — and then it got even better with delayed viewing. Last night, the second week of the bizarre singing competition was again the highest-rated show in primetime, but it lost almost a quarter of its huge (for Fox) debut audience.

Wednesday’s “Masked Singer” slipped 23 percent in ratings from its first week, and was down 24 percent in terms of total viewers. Fox still won primetime among adults 18-49, but it settled for third in average overall audience size. NBC was No. 1 in total viewers and runner-up in the key demo.

Find out the real identity of last night’s “Masked Singer” elimination, Pineapple Man, here.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 5.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” at 8 p.m. had a 1.1/5 and 3.5 million viewers. “The Masked Singer” at 9 put up a 2.3/10 and 7.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.2 and first in viewers with 7.9 million. “Chicago Med” at 8 posted a 1.3/6 and 8.6 million viewers. At 9, “Chicago Fire” got a 1.3/5 and 8.1 million viewers. “Chicago P.D.” at 10 received a 1.0/5 and 6.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0 and fourth in viewers with 3.8 million. At 8, “The Goldbergs” got a 1.3/6 and 5.1 million viewers. “Goldbergs” spinoff “Schooled” debuted at 8:30 to a 1.3/5 and 4.8 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 landed a 1.3/5 and 4.8 million viewers. At 9:30, “Single Parents” had a 0.8/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 10, the new season of “Match Game” started with a 0.6/3 and 2.6 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.9 and second in viewers with 5.4 million. Following repeats, “SEAL Team” at 9 had a 0.8/3 and 5.5 million viewers. At 10, “Criminal Minds” got a 0.8/4 and 4.5 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

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

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 482,000, airing just a pair of low-rated reruns.