September 25, 2018



MANIFEST kicked off the new broadcast season by flying high.

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.

NBC:  The season premiere of THE VOICE dropped 0.6 from 2017 to 2.0.  However, MANIFEST had a terrific start at 2.2, becoming the first show ever to premiere out of THE VOICE with a higher rating than its lead-in.  In addition, MANIFEST only declined to 2.0 during the course of the hour, suggesting that viewers were satisfied with what they were watching.

CBS:  The final season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY plunged 1.7 from 2017 to 2.4, and the season premiere of YOUNG SHELDON was down an even worse 2.1 to 1.7, although of course those are still strong numbers these days.  MAGNUM, PI kicked off with an OK 1.2, but its lead-in is likely to be much lower beginning next week when the night’s new sitcoms arrive.  BULL’s season premiere was down 0.4 from 2017 (on a Tuesday) to 0.9, and also down 0.3 from May’s season finale.

FOX:  THE RESIDENT gained 0.1 from its timeslot premiere in January to 1.1 (discounting its NFL-boosted series premiere the night before at 2.6).  9-1-1 fell a full point from its own NFL-boosted premiere on Sunday to 1.6, although again that’s a number any network would like to have.

ABC:  An NFL preemption in Pittsburgh will probably lower these preliminary numbers by a tenth or so.  As of now, DANCING WITH THE STARS is 0.3 below the 2017 premiere to 1.1, and THE GOOD DOCTOR is down 0.8 from its 2017 series premiere to 1.4 (also down 0.3 from the March season finale).

CW:  On the only network still in summer mode, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US was down 0.1 from its last new episode 3 weeks ago to 0.2, the new WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY was steady at 0.2, and a rerun followed at 0.2.

Tonight’s series premieres include CBS’s FBI and NBC’s NEW AMSTERDAM, and season premieres include THIS IS US, NCIS, THE GIFTED and LETHAL WEAPON.  In the midst of all this, FX will use its new hit MAYANS MC to premiere the Australian import MR. INBETWEEN with back-to-back half-hour episodes.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 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."