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Fox Delivers Strong Ratings In Delayed Viewing For 2022-23 TV Season, Led By ‘Animal Control,’ ‘Accused’ & ‘Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test’

Fox is closing out the 2022-23 television season with a ratings win in delayed viewing.

The network is averaging a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic season-to-date, according to live+seven-day Nielsen data. That’s compared to NBC’s 0.9, CBS’ 0.7 and ABC’s 0.6.

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When accounting for delayed viewing, Fox manages to top the broadcast demo on five nights (Tues – Friday and Saturday – Sunday). This data only accounts for linear viewing and does not take into account each network’s internal multi-platform data. The data below does account for some of Fox’s streaming numbers.

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Fox is touting several of its broadcast wins this season, including the newly renewed comedy series Animal Control, which debuted this season with Fox’s most-streamed premiere in network history with 2.7M viewers tuning in across Hulu and Fox Now. When combined with linear, the audience was 3.4M — Fox’s most-watched comedy telecast since the 2021 series finale of Last Man Standing (excluding NFL lead-ins).

On average, the series brought in about 4.6M viewers per episode across platforms after seven days. About 2.1M came from streaming, making it Fox’s most-streamed new series to date.

Fox also debuted its crime anthology Accused this season, which hails from 24 creator Howard Gordon. The drama series averaged 6.5M multi-platform viewers after seven days of delayed viewing. Accused premiered as television’s highest-rated and most-watched debut in nearly two years, since NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime in April 2021.

The premiere episode was also the network’s highest-rated, most-watched and most-streamed drama debut in three years across Hulu and Fox Now after seven days of delayed viewing (since 9-1-1: Lone Star premiered in January 2020).

On the unscripted front, Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test averaged about 4.4M multi-platform viewers after seven days, ranking as the No. 1 new unscripted series season-to-date.

Fox recently handed two more seasons to Gordon Ramsay’s Next Level Chef, and it’s clear why. In its second season, the series averaged 6.1M multi-platform viewers. The premiere benefited from a strong post-Super Bowl LVII lead in, drawing a whopping 18.5M multi-platform viewers. That episode takes the cake as the most-watched cooking series telecast in television history and highest-rated and most-watched entertainment series telecast in two years.

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