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Super Tuesday Is Not Very Super, Ratings-Wise, for Broadcast TV

Fox airs original episodes of ”The Resident“ and ”Empire,“ winning primetime over the political coverage

Super Tuesday was a slow night for broadcast television, and Fox’s entertainment programming — “The Resident” and “Empire” — beat all the political coverage on NBC, ABC, CBS, Univision and Telemundo.

The CW, airing a pair of DC Comics-series repeats, was a non factor.

Fox was first in ratings with a 0.7 rating/3 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 3.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Resident” at 8 p.m. had a 0.8/4 and 4.8 million viewers. At 9, “Empire” got a 0.6/3 and 2.5 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.8 million.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 2.7 million.

CBS, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. CBS was fourth in total viewers with 2.5 million. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1 million.

NBC, ABC, CBS and the Spanish-language broadcast networks aired Super Tuesday coverage throughout primetime, which spans 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 570,000.

Read our Super Tuesday synopsis here. It was a big night for Bernie Sanders and a huge one for Joe Biden. Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the 2020 race this morning.