Network Ratings Roundup: Jan. 20-26

ABC Anchor Vargas' Return Interests Viewers

An estimated 8.3 million people saw ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas talk about last fall's stint in rehab, putting the show among the 20 most-viewed of the week. CBS easily won the week in primetime, averaging 11.3 million viewers. Fox had 6.1 million viewers, NBC had 6 million, ABC had 5.4 million, Univision had 2.9 million, the CW had 1.7 million, Telemundo 1.4 million and Ion Television 1.3 million.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Television news viewers proved curious about ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas' battle with alcoholism, with her return to "20/20" on Friday night earning the newsmagazine's biggest audience in four years.

The Nielsen company said an estimated 8.3 million people saw Vargas talk about last fall's stint in rehab, putting the show among the 20 most-viewed of the week. Vargas said it took her years to admit her problem with excessive wine-drinking. She said she was angry at first when her husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, told her she had a problem, but he was right.

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Vargas also spoke to George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" on Friday about her treatment. The morning show averaged more than 6 million viewers that day, its largest audience of the week and 10 percent more than it reached the previous Friday, Nielsen said.

Several ABC News personalities have publicly shared stories about their medical issues — including "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts and her battle against a blood and bone marrow disease, and "GMA" correspondent Amy Robach's treatment for breast cancer — and viewers have appreciated the openness.

Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast on CBS had twice as many viewers as any other program last week, with its second-biggest audience since 1993. It continues a trend where live events are major audience-grabbers, partly because of the way they drive social media conversation.

The "60 Minutes" telecast that aired just prior to the Grammys, which featured "Tonight" show host Jay Leno's exit interview with Steve Kroft, was the second most-popular show on TV last week.

Brand Connections

Fox's premiere of Greg Kinnear's new drama, "Rake," got off to a slow start with just under 7 million viewers. To blunt the impact of "Rake," CBS scheduled a special episode of TV's most popular comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," directly against it.

CBS easily won the week in primetime, averaging 11.3 million viewers. Fox had 6.1 million viewers, NBC had 6 million, ABC had 5.4 million, Univision had 2.9 million, the CW had 1.7 million, Telemundo 1.4 million and Ion Television 1.3 million.

USA was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.4 million viewers in prime time. History had 2.3 million, Discovery had 2.2 million, The Disney Channel had 2.1 million and TBS had 2 million.

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 10.1 million viewers. ABC's "World News" was second with 9.2 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 7.9 million viewers.

The Top 20

Primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. Grammy Awards, CBS, 28.51 million.

2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.31 million.

3. "NCIS," CBS, 14.2 million.

4. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 13.29 million.

5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.94 million.

6. "American Idol" (Thursday), Fox, 12.39 million.

7. NFL Pro Bowl, NBC, 11.38 million.

8. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 10.42 million.

9. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.35 million.

10. "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 9.881 million.

11. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.88 million.

12. "Modern Family," ABC, 9.59 million.

13. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 9.47 million.

14. "2 Broke Girls," CBS, 9.03 million.

15. "Castle," ABC, 8.96 million.

16. "Mike & Molly, CBS, 8.92 million.

17. "The Millers," CBS, 8.86 million.

18. "The Black List," NBC, 8.83 million.

19. "How I Met Your Mother," CBS, 8.827 million.

20. "20/20" (Friday), ABC, 8.29 million.

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 27, 2016
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Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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