CBS is again “America’s Most-Watched Network” from a second consecutive year across primetime, daytime, and late-night, earning a rating trifecta during the 2019-2020 broadcast year from September 2019-September 2020.
According to Nielsen NPower (6+ minute qualifier), CBS has also reached 228 million viewers this season across all dayparts, nearly 75% of all persons 2+ in the television ratings universe.
For the year, CBS Primetime averaged 6.32 million viewers, beating its closest competitor (NBC) by over +700k viewers. This marks the 11th year in the last 12 that CBS has been the most-watched network for the full television year.
CBS LATE NIGHT
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert beat The Tonight Show by +1.52 million viewers (3.46m vs. 1.94m, +78%). This marks CBS’ fourth consecutive late-night win – the program’s longest winning streak and the largest margin of victory for CBS over “The Tonight Show” since 1993-1994. The Late Show also finished +48,000 viewers ahead in adults 18-49 (532k versus 484k), after winning by +20,000 last year.
The combination of TThe Late Show and The Late Late Show with James Corden easily wins late night by +620k viewers (CBS, 2.30m viewers versus NBC, 1.62m and ABC, 1.68m).
CBS has dominated the daytime landscape for the past 34 years, and this season was no exception. CBS beat its closest competition in daytime by +1.25 million viewers (3.46m versus ABC’s 2.21m).