May 22, 2018



Pending final numbers, the AMERICAN IDOL finale slid past the season’s penultimate THE VOICE.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary 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.

Fast Demo 2018 May 21.MON


ABC:  The AMERICAN IDOL finale rose 0.3 from Sunday to 1.6.  The final episode of the short DANCING WITH THE STARS cycle began the night with a 0.1 bump to 1.1.

NBC:  THE VOICE dropped 0.1 from last Monday to 1.5.  RUNNING WILD was down 0.1 to 0.7.

CBS:  Surrounded by 1.1-0.8 reruns, the season finale of MAN WITH A PLAN was steady with last week at 1.0, which was down 0.1 from the 2017 finale.  ELEMENTARY fell 0.1 to 0.5.

FOX:  The MISS USA pageant lost 0.2 from last year’s edition (on a Sunday) to 0.6.

CW:  SUPERGIRL (0.5) and IZOMBIE (0.3) were steady.

The 9-season run of THE MIDDLE ends tonight, and there are season finales for ROSEANNE, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, FOR THE PEOPLE, NCIS, THE VOICE and THE FLASH.

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

Fast Track 2018 May 21.MON

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."