May 17, 2016



Two veteran series departed.

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 2016 May MON.16

CBS:  A pair of half-hours rang down the curtain for MIKE & MOLLY.  The 8PM episode was down 0.2 from last week to 1.4, and the series finale at 8:30PM was down 0.1 to 1.6 (and also down 0.2 from last season’s finale).  After a 1.5 rerun of THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE ODD COUPLE held at last week’s 1.3.  PERSON OF INTEREST lost 0.1 from last Monday to 0.9.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS (steady at 1.7) led into the series finale of CASTLE, which was up 0.2 from last week to 1.3, although that was down 0.1 from the 2015 finale.

CW:  Both REIGN and the season finale of JANE THE VIRGIN were up 0.1 from last week, to a respective 0.3/0.4.

NBC:  THE VOICE shaved off 0.1 to 2.0, and BLINDSPOT remained at 1.3.

FOX:  GOTHAM gained 0.1 to 1.3, but HOUDINI & DOYLE stayed at 0.6.

Tonight’s season finales include NCIS, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO FIRE, and 2 hours of AGENTS OF SHIELD, as well as the series finale of MTV’s FAKING IT.  Meanwhile, FOX gives the first broadcast showcase to MEGYN KELLY PRESENTS (including an interview with guess-who), and launches the unscripted COUPLED.

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

Fast Track 2016 May MON.16

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."