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Final Broadcast Ratings: July 21, 2016


The last night of the Republican National Convention saw ABC and CBS coverage ratings go up, while NBC fell by a 500,000 viewers, night-to-night. NBC did not have its usually great lead in support for the RNC coverage, but was still able to beat ABC and CBS.

CBS won the night, with strong showings from its encore comedies, at 8 PM, and BIG BROTHER at 9 PM. It was the #1 network, across the board, for the two hours, Thursday's RNC coverage was the best night for CBS.

NBC was not far behind, as the season finale of SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE was #2 in the 8 PM and 9 PM hours, with a 0.9 demo rating and 3.3 million viewers. NBC's RNC coverage still topped 4.5 million viewers and equalled the previous night's 1.1 rating in Adults 18-49.

ABC edged out FOX for the #3 spot of the night, mainly because HOME FREE, on FOX, was the lowest rated program of the night, from any of the Big 4 Networks. The season finale of BONES was third in its 8 PM time slot, beating BATTLE BOTS.

Final L+SD Network Averages:

Total viewers A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
ABC 3.20 million 0.5 0.7 1.0
CBS 5.10 million 0.8 1.2 1.6
CW 0.70 million 0.1 0.2 0.2
FOX 2.70 million 0.4 0.6 0.8
NBC 3.70 million 0.6 1.0 1.3

Time Net Program P2* A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8:00 ABC Battlebots 2.96 0.5 0.7 1.0
9:00 ABC Greatest Hits 2.89 0.4 0.7 0.9
10:00 ABC Republican National Conv. 3.88 0.5 0.8 1.2
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory [R] 6.64 0.7 1.3 1.9
8:30 CBS Life in Pieces [R] 4.96 0.7 1.1 1.5
9:00 CBS Big Brother 5.70 1.2 1.7 2.2
10:00 CBS Republican National Conv. 3.81 0.5 0.7 1.0
8:00 CW Legends of Tomorrow [R] 0.76 0.1 0.2 0.2
9:00 CW Beauty & The Beast  0.73 0.2 0.2 0.2
8:00 FOX Bones (SF) 3.74 0.5 0.8 1.1
9:00 FOX Home Free 1.59 0.3 0.4 0.5
8:00 NBC Spartan (SF) 3.23 0.5 0.9 1.2
10:00 NBC Republican National Conv. 4.59 0.7 1.1 1.5
* - viewers in millions

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