On a night when the well-watched third and final Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wasn’t actually the only game in town as the Chicago Cubs tied up MLB’s National League Championship series 2-2 in beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6 in the City of Angels, there was at least one-hour of primetime on the Big 4 not behind a podium or running bases.
Over on ABC, maybe an indication of how scary the debate could be, that 8 PM slot was filled with the Halloween themed night topping specials of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (2.2/8) and Toy Story of Terror (2.0/6). Both were up double digits among adults 18-49 from last year with the former rising 10% to its best result since our last year of Presidential election in 2012 when it ran on Halloween itself. As for Toy Story of Terror …well, turns out Woody and the gang still have it with a 25% leap in the key demo to its highest numbers since the special first premiered back in 2013.
Among the originals playing on the Big 4 and the CW last night, the Blindspot (1.3/4) also saw double-digit uptick. Rising 18% among the 18-49s and now six-weeks into its second season, the Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton-led drama had it best ratings result since its Season 1 April 25 show.
No upward movement for either Lethal Weapon (1.7/6) or Survivor (1.9/7) in the 8 PM slot last night. With some possible adjustments due to Mountain time pre-emptions, the Fox show was down 11% from its October 12 airing while the CBS reality veteran was down a tenth. Survivor, by the way, was both the highest rated and most watched (8.63 million) original of the trimmed night.
Not showing the Clinton and trump dust-up, the CW saw Arrow (0.6.2) down a tenth but newbie Frequency (0.4/1) actually rise a tenth from last week – as it went head-to-head with the first hour of Hillary and the Donald.
As for those fast affiliate debate numbers, ABC and NBC are tied with a 2.8/8 rating, while CBS had a 2.2/6 and Fox a 2.0/6 in the 9 – 10:30 PM time period. With a total viewership of 34.32 million right now, the third and most policy heavy, which isn’t saying a lot let’s be honest, debate of the 2016 campaign is up just over 4.5 million over the early numbers for the last debate of October 9 – though those numbers will almost certainly change in the final tally.