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10.09.2018

CBS HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEEK TWO OF 2018-2019 BROADCAST SEASON

NEW SERIES “FBI” MAINTAINS PREMIERE WEEK STRENGTH

AND IS WEEK’S TOP NEW SERIES

MURPHY BROWN” RETAINS 95% OF PREMIERE WEEK VIEWERS;

ADDS OVER +3.6 MILLION TO TOP 11 MILLION VIEWERS IN LIVE PLUS 7-DAY LIFT FOR PREMIERE EPISODE

The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS” and “Young Sheldon”

Are Once Again the Week’s Top Three Entertainment Programs

CBS Has Top Four Scripted Programs and Seven of the Top 10 in Week Two

CBS’ new series FBI maintained its audience in week two of the 2018-2019 broadcast season, retaining +93% of its premiere week viewership, while the return of MURPHY BROWN led the way with 95% retention in week two. Further, MURPHY BROWN added +3.64 million viewers for its premiere episode in live plus 7-day lift (11.15m from 7.51m). Finally, THE BIG BANG THEORY, NCIS and YOUNG SHELDON remained the three most-watched scripted series in their second week back while FBI was the most-watched new series.

FBI was first in viewers (9.37m) on Tuesday at 9:00 PM, retaining 93% of its premiere week viewership (from 10.08m). MURPHY BROWN was equally strong on Thursday, with 7.12 million viewers, retaining 95% of its premiere week audience (from 7.51m).

CBS had seven of the top 10 most-watched scripted series, with THE BIG BANG THEORY (12.29m), NCIS (12.13m), YOUNG SHELDON (10.68m) and FBI (9.37m) as the top four, followed by BLUE BLOODS (8.57m, #7), GOD FRIENDED ME (8.37m, #9) and THE NEIGHBORHOOD (8.10m, #10) rounding out the top scripted shows.

For the first two weeks of the 2018-2019 season (and without any primetime sports on CBS), the Network is in a virtual tie with NBC as the most-watched network (7.61m versus 7.69m).

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME

Week #2 of 2018-2019 Season (ending: 10/7/18)

 

2018-2019

VIEWERS

 

 

(000)

CBS

6,868

NBC

7,506

ABC

4,695

FOX

6,046

A25-54

 

 

 

Rtg

Sh

CBS

1.4

5

NBC

2.3

8

ABC

1.2

4

FOX

2.2

8

A18-49

 

 

 

Rtg

Sh

CBS

0.9

4

NBC

1.8

8

ABC

0.9

4

FOX

1.8

8

SEASON-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (9/24/18-10/7/18)

 

2017-2018

VIEWERS

 

 

(000)

CBS

7,611

NBC

7,687

ABC

5,063

FOX

5,682

A25-54

 

 

 

Rtg

Sh

CBS

1.7

6

NBC

2.4

8

ABC

1.4

5

FOX

2.1

7

A18-49

 

 

 

Rtg

Sh

CBS

1.1

5

NBC

1.9

8

ABC

1.0

5

FOX

1.7

8

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Press Contact:

Scott Grogin

818-655-1584

scott.grogin@cbs.com