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Ratings: Joel McHale’s ‘Card Sharks’ Returned on Sunday – Not Like That’s a Good Thing

Don’t blame football (too much) for ABC game show’s poor Nielsen numbers

Joel McHale’s “Card Sharks” took a seat last week so ABC could honor the late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. The broadcast network probably should have just done that again.

In its return, the 10 p.m. game show was steady with its previous episode’s (soft) demo rating, though this one slipped below 2 million viewers (if you don’t round, which we will below), with 1.969 million.

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The usual suspects — the ones with football — cleaned up in primetime. However, due to the nature of live sports, consider the below Nielsen numbers for the networks with NFL rights subject to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.1 rating/17 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.9 million, according to preliminary numbers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.4/7 and third in viewers with 4.5 million.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/5 and second in viewers with 7.3 million.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “Supermarket Sweep” at 8 drew a 0.8/4 and 3.3 million viewers. At 9, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” received a 0.5/3 and 2.9 million viewers. “Card Sharks” closed primetime with a 0.3/2 and those (rounded) 2 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 861,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/0 and in viewers with 479,000.

More to come…

Tony Maglio