Summer TV 2019: Complete List of Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Updating)

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We’re almost midway through midseason TV and you know what that means? Right, time for broadcast’s summer programming slates.

While the list of premiere dates for new and returning shows that will hit Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW during the warmer months is still pretty short, we wanted to prep you for what’s to come once staples like “This Is Us,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Empire” and all the “Arrow”-verse series wrap for the season — and shows like “The Big Bang Theory” wrap forever.

ABC will debut new soapy drama “Grand Hotel,” from executive producer Eva Longoria, The CW will bring back “iZombie” for its fifth and final season, and your competitive side will be taken care of with fresh seasons of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior.”

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See the full list of broadcast’s summer premiere dates below, which TheWrap will continue to update as more become available in the coming months.

And for a look at where we are at in the midseason premiere date schedule head over here.

Thursday, May 2
8 p.m. “iZombie” (The CW, season premiere)

Wednesday, May 22
8 p.m. “The Amazing Race” (CBS, season premiere)

Tuesday, May 28
8 p.m. “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, season premiere)

Wednesday, May 29
8 p.m. “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, season premiere)

Monday, June 17
10 p.m. “Grand Hotel” (ABC, series premiere)

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‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Premiere Dates Set On NBC

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Reveals First Look At New Judges And Host

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New ‘Got Talent’ Series Headed to China, Featuring ‘Memorable’ Acts From Across Franchise

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Another country will soon get in on the “Got Talent” fun, as Fremantle, Syco Entertainment and Hunan TV announced Monday they are co-developing a new China-based, 13-part series in the immensely popular global franchise. The local adaptation will be known in Chinese as “Dian Feng Zhi Lu,” which translates to “World’s Got Talent” and will air in April on Hunan TV.

And it isn’t just for Chinese contestants.

Per Fremantle: “This primetime production will bring together a number of the world’s most talented, memorable and fan-favorite acts from over 30 of the ‘Got Talent’ franchises around the globe. These all-star performers will take to the stage in Hunan, China to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of China’s World Champion of Got Talent and an equally impressive winner’s grand prize.”

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“Inspired by China’s One Belt One Road initiative, this production will welcome many exceptional acts who’ve already featured in many Got Talents around the world,” Vivian Yin, CEO, Fremantle, China, said. “It will celebrate the cultural diversity and stories of ordinary people with extraordinary talents together on the world’s biggest stage in Changsha, China. We are thrilled that our partners Hunan TV and Syco Entertainment share the same vision and have made this unique project possible.”

“‘Got Talent’ is the biggest TV brand in the world and responsible for discovering incredible international talent,” Abi Doyle, Vice President, International Productions, Syco Entertainment, said. “This format has already entertained a global audience of almost a billion and we are delighted to have Hunan TV commission this exciting production with our Fremantle partners, which will showcase a variety of Chinese acts as well as the very best of our ‘Got Talent’ global family.”

Lester Hu, Head of Formats and International Business, Hunan TV added: “As China’s leading content producer and broadcaster, we’ve always been looking for big ideas with global influence. What Hunan TV is really after is co-developing original content with our partners by engaging global creative into local market at the very beginning of the development process. We are excited about hosting this massive television event that promotes intercultural communication and appreciation. Combined with our in-house production expertise, we trust that Dian Feng Zhi Lu will make a splash in both local and international markets.”

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Simon Cowell created the “Got Talent” format, which is co-owned by Syco Entertainment and Fremantle. Per Fremantle, the reality TV format is watched by an estimated 900 million people worldwide and there are 71 local versions of the series across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.

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Ratings: ‘AGT – The Champions’ Finale Conjures Up 10.5 Million Viewers

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“AGT: The Champions” hit a season high — so, a series high — in viewers with its Monday finale. The “Manifest” season finale that followed received 5.4 million total viewers, which was a bit more than half its lead-in’s hefty sum.

NBC finished first in primetime averages in terms of overall eyeballs, but ABC topped the night in key demo ratings thanks to “The Bachelor.”

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ABC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Bachelor” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. earned a 1.9/8 and 6.5 million viewers. At 10, “The Good Doctor” got a 1.1/5 and 6.2 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.4 and in viewers with 8.8 million. “AGT” from 8-10 posted a 1.7/7 and 10.5 million viewers. “Manifest” at 10 had a 1.0/4.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and fourth in viewers with 4.3 million. “The Resident” at 8 received a 0.9/3 and 5.1 million viewers. At 9, “The Passage” had a 0.9 and 3.5 million viewers.

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CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.8 and third in viewers with 6.2 million. “The Neighborhood” at 8 had a 1.1/5 and 6.5 million viewers. “Man With a Plan” at 8:30 got a 0.9/4 and 5.3 million viewers. “Magnum P.I.” at 9 received a 0.8/3 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “Bull” finished primetime with a 0.7/3 and 6.7 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 536,000, airing all reruns.

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Watch ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ Champion’s Mind-Blowing Final Performance (Video)

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(Spoiler alert: Stop reading right now if you don’t want to know who won the inaugural season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”)

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” crowned its first worldwide winner on Monday, and wouldn’t you know it, magician Shin Lim triumphed again.

The dude is amazing: Watch him blow “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Melissa Fumero’s mind via the video above. Lock your phone girl.

We’re somewhere between awestruck and baffled by Lim’s latest elaborate card trick — compete with that, CBS’ “The World’s Best.”

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In case you missed the Summer 2018 run of regular ol’ “AGT,” well, Lim took home that title too.

And in case you’ve missed the entire history of “Got Talent,” below are some stats about the franchise and its latest spinoff’s official description.

The “Got Talent” format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006 and has aired in 194 markets worldwide. “Got Talent” holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history, with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The series, from NBC, Fremantle and Syco Entertainment, will feature the star-studded judges panel from “America’s Got Talent” – Executive Producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel – as well as Host Terry Crews, co-star of NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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‘AGT’ Shakeup: Terry Crews to Host, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union Set as New Judges

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“America’s Got Talent” is going through a shakeup for its 14th season, with Terry Crews taking over as host from Tyra Banks.

In addition, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough will join the judges’ table, alongside the returning Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. Mel B and Heidi Klum will not return.

NBC is keeping Crews busy. Along with hosting the “Champions” edition of “AGT,” Crews stars on the sixth season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Banks had hosted “AGT” for the last two seasons after longtime host Nick Cannon left.

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“One of the many secrets to the success and longevity of ‘America’s Got Talent’ is its fearless drive to reinvent itself,” said Meredith Ahr, president, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “The next evolution of the format brings in fresh expert eyes to join Simon and Howie on the panel. Gabrielle and Julianne are two of the most aspirational women in the business, on top of being electric entertainers with talent across disciplines. I am excited to see how their knowledge, compassion and sheer joy enhance the experience for acts and viewers alike.”

Hough is no stranger to sitting on a judges’ panel, having served in the role for ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Union is currently executive producing and starring in the “Bad Boys” spinoff, “LA’s Finest” on Charter’s Spectrum network that will debut May 13.

“America’s Got Talent” was created by Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane, and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

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‘The World’s Best’ Producers on Why Their Show Definitely, Definitely Isn’t ‘America’s Got Talent’

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New reality competition show “The World’s Best” is totally not just CBS’ version of “America’s Got Talent,” producers said on Wednesday. For starters, this one showcases talent from around the globe and NOT just a specific country, right?

“While the talent is going to be the best in the world and similar to ‘Got Talent’ in some ways, the whole format is completely different — and that’s the biggest change,” Mike Darnell said at the Television Critics Association press tour.

He was referring to the show’s international judges playing a big role from their voting pods, which readers can get a good visual of from the just-released trailer.

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Earlier during the Pasadena panel, seemingly in preparation for the obvious comparison to come, the veteran reality producer turned the tables a bit on his friends at similar shows.

Darnell called NBC’s currently airing “AGT” spinoff “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” a “direct shot at us.”

“That’s OK,” he continued. “We’re ready for the challenge.”

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But back to the glaring differences between the two talent shows. Fellow “World’s Best” executive producer Alison Holloway pointed out that their show will feature acts that have not performed on “AGT” — or anywhere else on television. She also called both the stage and judges (Ru Paul Charles, Drew Barrymore and Faith Hill make up the American panel) on their show “tremendous.”

“The thing that makes us different is our global identity,” Holloway told TV critics, adding that the aforementioned Wall of the World “gives a very unique voice to what we’re bringing to the table.”

It is an impressive set.

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Another executive producer, Ben Winston, questioned if critics would also ask about similarities to existing programming when a new late-night show, soap opera, or police procedural is launched. We do.

Speaking of late-night, Winston said his business partner and the “World’s Best” host, James Corden, is the other X factor (pun kind of intended) in this series. Welcome to primetime bud.

“The World’s Best” debuts Sunday after CBS’ Super Bowl LIII — the primo TV time slot of the year.

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Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent – The Champions’ Sets New Viewer High

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“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” posted a new series high in viewers on Monday, hauling in 10.382 million audience members. The “AGT” all-star spinoff earned a 1.8 rating/7 share among adults 18-49, making the NBC competition the highest-rated and most-watched show in primetime.

NBC and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. ABC had a 7 share, NBC got a 6. NBC was first in total viewers with an average of 8.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was second in total viewers with 6.4 million.

For NBC, following the two-hour “AGT: Champions,” “Manifest” at 10 p.m. had a 1.0 and 5.6 million viewers.

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For ABC, “The Bachelor” from 8-10 p.m. landed a 1.7/7 and 6.4 million viewers. “The Good Doctor” at 10 p.m. got a 1.1/5 and 6.5 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and fourth in viewers with 4.7 million. “The Resident” at 8 p.m. had a 0.9/4 and 5.4 million viewers. At 9 p.m., “The Passage” got a 0.9/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/4 and third in viewers with 5.2 million. “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” at 8 p.m. received a 1.1/5 and 4.7 million viewers. “Magnum P.I.” at 9 p.m. had a 0.7/3 and 5.6 million viewers. A rerun followed.

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Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.14 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.07 million. “Arrow” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.2 million viewers. “Black Lightning” at 9 got a 0.3/1 and 922,000 viewers.

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CBS tied for third in ratings on Monday, despite premiering its new season of “Celebrity Big Brother” at 8 p.m. With “The Bachelor,” ABC was No. 1 in the key demo last night, while NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” attracted the most overall eyeballs.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Bachelor” from 8 to 10 landed a 1.6/7 and 6 million viewers. “The Good Doctor” at 10 got a 1.2/5 and 6.2 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.4/6 and first in viewers with 8.2 million. “AGT” from 8-10 averaged a 1.6/6 and 9.7 million viewers. “Manifest” at 10 had a 1.0/4 and 5.4 million viewers.

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CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 1.0/4. CBS was third in total viewers with 5.8 million, Fox was fourth with 4.8 million.

For CBS, the special Monday start to “Celebrity Big Brother” at 8 received a 1.4/6 and 5.4 million viewers. “Magnum P.I.” at 9 had a 0.7/3 and 5.3 million viewers. At 10, “Bull” got a 0.8/3 and 6.7 million viewers.

For Fox, “The Resident” at 8 had a 1.0/4 and 5.4 million viewers. At 9, “The Passage” got a 1.0/4 and 4.3 million viewers.

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Telemundo and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Telemundo was fifth in total viewers with 1.42 million, Univision was sixth with 1.39 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million. “Arrow” at 8 had a 0.4/1 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, “Black Lightning” got a 0.3/1 and 875,000 viewers.

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‘AGT: The Champions’ Judges Give Teen Courtney Hadwin Standing Ovation for First Original Song (Video)

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Teen Courtney Hadwin made her “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” debut Monday night — and debuted her very first original song while she was at it.

When the Season 13 finalist took the stage — after a brief montage recapped how she was this close to winning the whole thing in 2018 — judges Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel were ready to welcome her back with open arms and see what she had prepared for them.

But when Hadwin started to perform, the set got rearranged a little, as the tiny teen with a big voice had a crowd of audience members assemble beneath her like a mosh pit and she began to belt out, “Pretty Little Thing.”

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She finished to a standing O from the crowd and judges alike, and Mandel in awe when she told him that song — which he didn’t recognize — was her very own track.

Hadwin isn’t the first of the “AGT” finalists and fan-favorites to make an appearance on “The Champions,” a special winter edition that is bringing back many a familiar face. Viewers were delighted with the return of Susan Boyle last week and Darci Lynne Farmer last night, along with many others.

Watch her performance above.

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We thought the reaction to Susan Boyle’s return for last week’s premiere of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” was intense — and then NBC “leaked” footage of 14-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer making her come back on Episode 2.

In a preview clip from Monday’s episode, Farmer is back in front of Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell, ready to wow them for the special all-star edition of the competition.

“Well, I always love a good competition, but I missed being on ‘AGT’ and maybe having a chance to have the ‘World Champion’ title just seemed awesome so…” the former winner and fan-favorite tells the judges, while holding Oscar, one of her trusty puppets.

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“Well look, no pressure, but you’re the first up, so let’s set the standard,” Cowell tells the teen.

Farmer and Oscar are totally up for the challenge, first riffing on Simon’s wardrobe before launching into performances of “Nutbush City Limits” and “Proud Mary.” She even took the opportunity to use her own voice — not just Oscar’s — while “rolling on a river.” We’ll see her full performance when she makes her official “AGT: The Champions” debut next week.

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Watch the video above.

Darci Lynne Farmer will make her “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” debut Monday, Jan. 14 at 8/7c on NBC.

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The debut of NBC’s “AGT: The Champions” dumped ABC’s “The Bachelor” season premiere on Monday, when the talent show actually pulled in more viewers than last week’s big “Masked Singer” start. Fox’s bizarre singing competition did much better among viewers 18-49, however.

The “AGT” spinoff opened to a 1.8/7 demo rating/share and 9.9 million viewers. Last Wednesday’s “Masked Singer” rose its curtain to an initial 2.9 rating and 9.2 million viewers. Those eventually ticked up in final “live” viewership data from Nielsen, and set new records for delayed-viewing growth.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following the two-hour “America’s Got Talent” spinoff from 8-10, “Manifest” at 10 p.m. posted a 1.1/4 and 5.9 million viewers.

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ABC was second in ratings with a 1.5/5 and in viewers with 5.1 million. Those were all “Bachelor” numbers, with the rating tying the previous season-premiere low for the dating competition. The overall audience set a new low for a Bachelor’s start.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 4.3 million, airing all reruns.

Fox, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.4. Univision got a 2 share, the other two had 1s. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 2.1 million, airing all repeats. Univision was fifth with 1.3 million and Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 689,000, also running just reruns.

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NBC Wins Calendar Year in Viewers for First Time in 16 Years

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NBC has won 2018 in total viewers, making it the network’s first such calendar-year victory in 16 years. It also snapped CBS’ nine-year winning streak.

Below are the calendar-year primetime total-viewer averages through Dec. 16, 2018.

  1. NBC: 7.821 million
  2. CBS: 7.367 million
  3. ABC: 5.350 million
  4. Fox: 4.442 million

The last time CBS did not finish No. 1 in overall-eyeball averages was when Fox triumphed back in 2008. All good things must come to an end — and it makes sense that this one did in a year NBC had both the Super Bowl and a Winter Olympics.

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Oh yeah, and NBC also won 2018 among adults 18-49 — that’s the demographic most coveted by companies that advertise on primetime entertainment programming.

As a matter of fact, in that metric, it wasn’t even a contest. NBC’s +38% margin (a 1.8 average vs. 1.3 each for ABC and Fox) in the key demo is the biggest for any net at this point in the year in Nielsen’s people meter history.

Putting a bow on things just in time for Christmas, NBC will win the fourth quarter itself among adults 18-49 for the seventh straight time. CBS will win in total viewers, but the margin there is the slimmest for NBC out of the past 19 years.

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Considering just the traditional Nielsen TV season to-date, NBC is No. 1 among adults 18-49 this fall, Fox is second. Below are the primetime rankings, which count a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

  1. NBC: 2.2
  2. Fox: 2.0
  3. CBS: 1.4
  4. ABC: 1.2
  5. CW: 0.5

That “Thursday Night Football” thing seems to be paying off for Fox.

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In viewers, CBS just edges NBC for the top slot.

  1. CBS: 8.94 million
  2. NBC: 8.88 million
  3. Fox: 7.05 million
  4. ABC: 5.70 million
  5. CW: 1.48 million

Maybe next year, everyone else.

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The final performance episode of the season for NBC’s The Voice (1.6, 9.80M) ranked No. 1 Monday night among Big 4, growing 2/10ths of a rating in the demo to equal its best showing since mid-November.
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Regardless of who wins Season 15 of “The Voice,” part one of the singing competition’s two-night finale won Monday — and so did NBC. An “America’s Got Talent” holiday special pitched in on that primetime claim.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.6/7 and 9.8 million total viewers. At 10, “AGT” landed a 1.2/5 and 6.6 million viewers.

CBS and ABC tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.7 million, ABC was third with 3.9 million.

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For CBS, the fall finale of “The Neighborhood” at 8 had a 1.0/5 and 6.1 million viewers. At 8:30, the “Happy Together” fall finale got a 0.7/3 and 4.1 million viewers. Reruns followed.

For ABC, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” finale from 8 to 10 received a 0.7/3 and 3.9 million viewers. At 10, a look-back at 2018 closed ABC’s primetime with a 0.6/3 and 3.9 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 2.3 million, airing all repeats.

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Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4. Univision had a 2 share, Telemundo got a 1. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/0 and in viewers with 462,000, running all reruns.

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