As the clock counts down on The Million Second Quiz (0.8/3) so seemingly do the ratings. Five nights in, the live one-hour Ryan Seacrest multi-platform game show hit a new low on Friday. On a night with no X-Factor, no Big Brother, no new So You Think You Can Dance or any other competition, MSQ was down from Thursday’s previous low of 1.1/4. In fact, a repeat of Undercover Boss (0.9/3) actually won the time slot over MSQ last night. With questions like who admitted they had an affair with Jay Leno when she was 25 and who is the new PM of Norway (not the same person BTW), the show also fell in viewers from September 12’s 4.2 million to 4 million last night. Heading towards its September 19 conclusion, The Million Second Quiz continues tonight but is off on Sunday for NFL Football – because nothing gets between NBC and its football.
A two-hour Dateline (1.4/4) at 9 PM was up 17% over last week to hit its best result among adults 18-49 since May 31. With that and a 1.2/4, NBC was No. 1 for the night among the key demo. The network was also tops and in viewers with 5.79 million watching. ABC came second among the demo with a 0.9/3 while CBS was No. 2 in viewers with 4.81 million.
The only original on ABC last night, 20/20 (1.1/4) was even with its September 6 show. At 8 PM, the CW’s Perfect Score (0.3/1) was up a tenth from last week while America’s Next Top Model (0.4/2) was down by the same amount from its September 6 show.
CBS ran encores on Friday and Fox aired a repeat of this week’s SYTYCD (0.52) season finale.
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