Ratings: ABC’s David Blaine Special Disappears Behind CBS and NBC in Viewers

Tony Maglio
The Wrap
Ratings: ABC’s David Blaine Special Disappears Behind CBS and NBC in Viewers

David Blaine just made old people disappear.

The street magician’s “Beyond Magic” ABC special vanished behind its key competition in total viewers, but it topped the 10 o’clock hour in the key 18-49 demographic. Essentially that means people 50-plus flipped over to CBS or NBC.

NBC finished first across primetime in that main demo, while CBS claimed the most overall eyeballs.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 2.0 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 8.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. ET earned a 2.1/7 and 9.7 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” scored a 2.6/8 and 9.5 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 10 put up a 1.5/5 and 6.9 million viewers.

CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.5/5. CBS was first in total viewers with 11.8 million, ABC was third with 4.9 million.

For CBS, “NCIS” at 8 landed a 1.7/6 and 14.6 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” posted a 1.5/5 and 11.8 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 put up a 1.2/4 and 9.1 million viewers.

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For ABC, “The Middle” at 8 had a 1.6/6 and 6.2 million viewers. “American Housewife” at 8:30 got a 1.6/5 and 5.2 million viewers. “Fresh Off the Boat” at 9 received a 1.3/4 and 4.3 million viewers. At 9:30, “The Real O’Neals” closed the comedy block with a 1.1/4 and 3.6 million viewers. The Blaine special at 10 pulled a 1.6/6 and 5.1 million viewers out of its hat.

Telemundo was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 2.1 million.

Fox was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3, but seventh in viewers with 1.76 million. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8 had a 0.9/3 and 2.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “New Girl” got the same rating/share, but slipped to 2 million viewers. “Scream Queens” at 9 received a 0.6/2 and 1.4 million viewers.

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The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.9 million. “The Flash” at 8 raced to a 1.2/4 and 3 million viewers. At 9, “No Tomorrow” settled for a 0.3/1 and 855,000 viewers.

Univision was seventh in ratings with a 0.6/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.82 million.

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