Entertainment Ratings: 'Connecting…' Enjoys Trump Town Hall Lead-in, and Then Falls Off a Cliff
Why This Year's Emmys Ratings May Not Decline as Much as You'd Think
Jimmy Kimmel can do a lot of things, but when it comes to savings the virtual Emmys from record ratings lows, even he can only do so much. The 72nd annual Emmy Awards, also known as the first (and hopefully not annual) virtual Emmy Awards, air Sunday on ABC. By Monday, we'll likely have new record-low TV ratings for the Emmys — though the Nielsen numbers may not drop as much as you would think. Last year, Fox's turn with the Emmys drew 6.9 million total viewers, which was down 32% from 2018 (10.2 million total viewers) to a new record low. Those 2019 Emmys, which were host-less and also on a Sunday, declined 33% in ratings among adults 18-49, falling from a 2.4 to a 1.6.
NBC's freshman comedy "Connecting…" got a ratings and audience boost Thursday thanks to its Donald Trump town hall lead-in, but that bump lasted for only one of the two back-to-back episodes that aired last night.
Immediately after POTUS' hourlong Savannah Guthrie-moderated event, Episode 102 of the social-distancing sitcom at 9 p.m. averaged 0.5 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 2.4 million viewers, up from last week's series premiere, which had a 0.3 and 1.6 million viewers. But Episode 103 at 9:30 fell to a 0.2/1 and 1.2 million viewers.
AP FACT CHECK: False claims flood Trump-Biden debate
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming that the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing. Trump barrelled into the debate Tuesday night as unconstrained by the facts as at his rallies, but this time having his campaign opponent and frequently the Fox News moderator, Chris Wallace, calling him out in real time, or trying. Biden stumbled on the record at times as the angry words flew from both men on the Cleveland stage.
Last night, NBC's Trump town hall was trumped by ABC's Joe Biden event in early ratings. You can read more about that.
On Wednesday, "Connecting…" star Shakina (pictured above)— an event filling the time slot vacated by the second presidential debate after Trump withdrew over objections to the debate's virtual format — which she said would promote "fear mongering, bigotry [and] disinformation."
"Shame on @NBC. Y'all sign my checks as of late but I'm disgusted by my home network giving Trump a platform for fear mongering, bigotry & disinformation," the actress said . "Don't praise yourselves for putting a trans woman on primetime then give a platform to someone who wants to abolish my rights."
No POTUS Debate This Week, But Biden & Trump Likely Facing Off If Incumbent Gets Negative COVID-19 Result
Joe Biden and Donald Trump won’t be meeting up face-to-face on October 15 for another debate, but the candidates look likely to be dueling across the dial later this week, with one caveat. Since last week when the second POTUS debate fell apart over coronavirus safety protocols, former Vice-President has had a primetime town hall scheduled on Thursday in Philadelphia with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. Never willing to cede precious primetime themselves, the poll sagging Trump campaign has been in talks with NBC News for its own solo outdoor event that same night to be hosted by Savannah Guthrie.
Some of Shakina's co-stars alsoagainst the Trump event, as did series creator Martin Gero. and actor tweeted the same statement on Thursday, within hours of Shakina's first tweet Wednesday.
"I strenuously object to @NBC giving Trump a town hall directly opposite Biden's on @ABC," they wrote. "Trump pulled out of the debate to destabilize the election. I understand NBC is required to give him an hour of prime time but request that they reschedule it so that America can watch both."
ABC was first in ratings Thursday with a 2.0 rating/12 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.2 million, according to preliminary Nielsen data. From 8-10, theearned a 2.6 rating/15 share and 12.2 million viewers. A repeat of "Emergency Call" Followed.
NBC News Continues To Face Backlash Over Scheduling Of Donald Trump Town Hall
NBC News is taking heat for its decision to schedule a town hall on Thursday evening with President Donald Trump that will compete head-to-head with ABC News’ event with Joe Biden. The backlash comes after Trump refused to participate in a virtual town hall debate with Biden, long scheduled for Oct. 15, forcing the Commission on Presidential Debates to cancel the event. As the Trump campaign expressed its opposition to the format, Biden agreed to an ABC News town hall last week.
NBC was second in ratings with a 0.8/5 and in viewers with 4.9 million. From 8-9, Trump's town hall put up a 1.7/10 and 10.4 million viewers. The 9 p.m. episode of "Connecting…" got the above-mentioned rating and total-viewer tally, plus a 3 share, and the 9:30 episode settled for its dropped-off numbers, plus a 1 share. At 10, "Dateline NBC" received a 0.4/2 and 2.5 million viewers.
Fox was third in ratings with a 0.7/4 and in viewers with 2.7 million. Fox aired the MLB playoffs game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves throughout primetime.
CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/3 and in viewers with 2.5 million. "Big Brother" at 8 posted a 0.9/5 and 3.9 million viewers. Following back-t0-back sitcom repeats, "Star Trek: Discovery" at 10 managed a 0.3/2 and 1.9 million viewers.
Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.3/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.
The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.2/1. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 831,00 and Telemundo was seventh with 789,000.
For The CW, "Supernatural" at 8 had a 0.3/2 and 1 million viewers. At 9, "The Outpost" got a 0.1/1 and 633,000 viewers.
Beyoncé's Beyhive Includes Two Beehives: Singer Reveals She Uses '80,000 Bees' for Honey at Home .
The "Formation" singer made the revelation to British Vogue in her December cover storyWhile speaking with British Vogue for her December cover story, the 39-year-old musician revealed that not only is she the leader of her loyal Beyhive fan base, but she also homes real bees at her house as well.