October 16, 2018



A lackluster season premiere for ARROW.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart.

CW:  The season premiere of ARROW dropped 0.2 from Fall 2017 (on a Thursday) to 0.4.  It was followed by a CONSTANTINE: THE LEGEND CONTINUES special at 0.2.

NBC:  THE VOICE was steady at 1.9, and MANIFEST slipped 0.1 to 1.5.

CBS:  THE NEIGHBORHOOD (1.1) and HAPPY TOGETHER (0.9) were steady.  MAGNUM PI (0.8) and BULL (0.7) were each down 0.1.

FOX:  THE RESIDENT held at 1.0, and 9-1-1 was up 0.1 to 1.5.

ABC:  Currently, DANCING WITH THE STARS is steady at 1.0, and THE GOOD DOCTOR is down 0.1 to 1.1.  However, a local NFL preemption could push those numbers down in finals.

Tonight is the biggest night of ABC’s fall, with series premieres of the revamped THE CONNERS, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT and THE ROOKIE bookending season premieres of BLACK-ISH and SPLITTING UP TOGETHER. 

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.




About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."