Fox, the new home of “Thursday Night Football,” ironically just lost to a Thursday night football game. NBC’s Hall of Fame Game 2018 topped last night’s primetime ratings, taking down both “Big Brother” and Fox’s “The Four” season finale.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. The preseason game ran throughout primetime, averaging those Nielsen numbers. Due to the nature of live sports, however, these fast national figures for NBC should be considered subject to significant adjustment.
CBS and Fox tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.0/5. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.8 million viewers, Fox was third with 3.4 million.
For CBS, between reruns, “Big Brother” posted a 1.4/6 and 5.5 million viewers.
Fox’s “The Four” finale was the only show on the network’s schedule, averaging those numbers above. Thursday marked a season high for the singing competition.
ABC and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.5. ABC had a 2 share, Telemundo got a 3. ABC was fourth in total viewers with 2.7 million, Telemundo was fifth with 1.4 million.
For ABC, the “Gong Show” at 8 had a 0.5/3 and 3 million viewers. Following a repeat, “Take Two” at 10 got a 2.5 million viewers.
Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 591,000, airing reruns.