April 18, 2017



A steady and mostly dull night.

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 2017 Apr 17.MON

FOX:  The season finale of 24: LEGACY stayed at 0.8, and APB remained at 0.6.

CBS:  All of the night’s sitcoms were at 1.0, meaning that KEVIN CAN WAIT and SUPERIOR DONUTS were down 0.2, while MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS were steady.  SCORPION gained 0.1 to 1.1.

NBC:  THE VOICE dropped 0.1 to 2.0, and TAKEN was up 0.1 to 0.9, although those numbers could shift in finals.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS rose 0.1 to 1.7, and QUANTICO held at 0.6.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.2.

Freeform is hoping for a big night tonight with the final season premiere of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, followed by the series premiere of FAMOUS IN LOVE.  (The latter’s entire season is already available via online and VOD.) 

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

Fast Track 2017 Apr 17.MON

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




About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.


  1. Destiny

    That 24 Legacy finale could have served as a series finale. Everything was wrapped up nicely with nothing of note unresolved.

    The CBS comedy line-up is a disaster. Taken & Quantico continue to flop, with amusing inflation. No doubt it’ll be heart-breaking for FOX to see Gotham perform better than 24 when it returns.

    • FlopWatch

      FOX only has themselves to blame.

      CBS tried to expand without a solid comedy lineup and getting rid of most of their big hitters, that’s the result of that. Take note, NBC.

      As for Taken and Quantico, they need to find stronger shows next season.

      • Destiny

        It was actually a super predictable finale. I can’t imagine there wasn’t a viewer out there that didn’t predict Eric Carter would join CTU, that Donovan would continue his campaign and that when his wifes involvement with what happened to the little girl was mentioned, that she would die.

        CBS needs to drop an hour of sitcoms next season. And it has two struggling shows in 2BG and TGI, which have yet to be renewed to pick.

        • FlopWatch

          CBS is still most likely to have their comedy blocks, they still renewed most of their comedies already and then that’s with Sheldon and other comedies incoming.

          • Destiny

            True. It’s also kinda sad that after six seasons 2 Broke Girls doesn’t have an audience of its own. It’d be easy to say look at the other shows, but they haven’t been on the air for six seasons. It really should be doing a few tenths better than this regardless of how bad or great CBS performs.

          • FlopWatch

            Yeah, like I said before, CBS screwed itself over by getting rid of most of their stronger comedies, that left them with TBBT to milk dry.

          • CMM

            What stronger comedies? The Millers, for instance? They may all be in the same boat right now.

            You two should run a network together, if you think it’s so easy given what you all have to work with…or don’t.

          • Destiny

            Mike & Molly would have easily outperformed 2 Broke Girls in this slot.

          • FlopWatch


            Umm, CBS used to have a strong lineup of comedies, nowadays, they’re left with milking TBBT dry and whatever comedies are barely clinging on.

          • Destiny

            Lol pretty much. Canceling Mike & Molly was one of the dumbest decisions CBS had made in years on the comedy front. And just because it was WB owned and they wanted their own.

            I really doubt Melissa McCarthy would have said no to a Season 7 had CBS wanted it.

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