Fox Has Lost 30% of Its Viewers This Season – and CBS Declines Are Even Worse

Tony Maglio
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We knew this Fall TV season would suck, and now we pretty much know just how much it sucks — in TV ratings, at least. At this same point in the Fall 2019 TV season, Fox was No. 1, with an average 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. NBC was fairly close behind with a 1.9, according to Nielsen. CBS and ABC were all knotted up in third place a year ago, each with a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted demographic. One year later, things have changed — and not for the better. Also Read: All 27 of Broadcast TV's 2020 Holiday Specials Ranked by Viewers Thus far this season, NBC and Fox are separated by the same margin — they’re just both much lower rated. Through Dec. 13, 2020, Fox is averaging a 1.5 and NBC has a 1.3. ABC is alone in third place with a 1.1 and CBS is fourth with 0.9. Those numbers include one week of delayed viewing and focus on regularly scheduled primetime programming. The averages include sports and news, but exclude politics. For this season, we’re averaging broadcasts from Sept. 21, 2020 through December 13, 2020. To date, Fox has shed 30% of its...

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