(MediaLife) - With a truncated primetime leading into last night's two-hour presidential debate and analysis, NBC was an easy winner, dominating both the entertainment and news portions of the night.
"The Voice" led off the evening with a strong 4.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, up a tenth over last week and easily the highest-rated entertainment show of the night.
That gave the network some momentum heading into the debate. Though fast national ratings are based on timeslot data only and are subject to big changes, the indication is that NBC drew much stronger numbers than its rivals during the debate portion of the night, averaging a 4.7 to ABC's 2.8, CBS's 2.2 and Fox's 1.7.
All four networks were up from the first debate nearly two weeks ago. Accurate numbers for yesterday's debate won't be out until late this afternoon.
During the 8 p.m. hour ABC was the only other Big Four network besides NBC to draw better than a 2.0, averaging a 2.1 for its "Dancing with the Stars Results."
Fox saw a decline for new comedy "Ben and Kate," which drew just a 1.2 at 8:30, losing 20 percent of last week's 1.5. The show has already been picked up for a full season.
Meanwhile, the series premiere of "Emily Owens, M.D." on the CW posted a 0.5, losing a tenth of lead-in "Hart of Dixie's" rating. It did draw the CW's best audience in a year in that timeslot in total viewers with 1.7 million.
NBC led the night among 18-49s with a 4.7 average overnight rating and a 12 share. ABC was second at 2.5/6, CBS third at 1.9/5, Fox fourth at 1.6/4, Univision fifth at 1.5/4 and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.5/1.
As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Forty-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.
At 8 p.m. NBC was first with a 4.6 for "Voice," followed by ABC with a 2.1 for "Stars." Fox was third with a 1.5 for "Raising Hope" (1.7) and "Kate" (1.2), CBS and Univision tied for fourth at 1.4, CBS for a repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" and Univision for "Por Ella Soy Eva" and the start of a soccer match between Mexico and El Salvador, CW was sixth with a 0.6 for "Hart of Dixie" and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for "Rosa Diamante."
NBC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 5.0 for its debate coverage, with ABC second at a 2.8, CBS third at a 2.2 and Fox fourth at a 1.6, all for coverage of the debate. Univision was fifth with a 1.5 for soccer and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.5, CW for "Emily." and Telemundo for "Corazon Valiente."
At 10 p.m. NBC was first with a 4.5 for the debate, with ABC second at a 2.7, CBS third at a 2.1 and Fox fourth at a 1.7. Univision was fifth with a 1.6 for soccer and Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal" (0.6) and "El Rostro de la Venganza" (0.4).
ABC finished first for the night among households with a 7.6 average overnight rating and an 11 share. NBC was second at 7.2/11, CBS third at 5.4/8, Fox fourth at 2.4/4, Univision fifth at 1.7/2, CW sixth at 1.0/1 and Telemundo seventh at 0.7/1.
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