Ratings: ‘Miss Universe’ Sheds Viewers From 2017 Pageant, Fox Finishes Fourth

But network ranks third among adults 18-49

Last Updated: December 17, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Fox’s “Miss Universe” pageant was steady with its 2017 ratings, but the special slipped 7 percent in total viewers year over year. As a result, Fox finished last out of the Big 4 broadcasters in terms of overall audience averages, but it ranked third among adults 18-49.

NBC was first in ratings with a 4.1 rating/16 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 13.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. That was all due to “Sunday Night Football” and its pregame show.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.0/8 and in viewers with 11.1 million. Following an afternoon NFL overrun, “60 Minutes” starting at 7:30 p.m. posted a 2.4/9 and 14.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “God Friended Me” got a 1.1/4 and 8.4 million viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9:30 had a 0.9/4 and 6.8 million viewers. A rerun followed.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and fourth in viewers with 4.189 million. “Miss Universe” aired from 7 to 10, averaging those Nielsen numbers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 4.197 million. ABC aired 1965’s “The Sound of Music” all night, averaging those numbers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 838,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 735,000. CW aired iHeartRadio’s “Jingle Ball 2018” throughout primetime, averaging those numbers.