October 7, 2019



Varying starts for the night’s newcomers.

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.

ABC:  AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS dropped 0.1 to 0.6, followed by the premiere of KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS at 0.9, down 0.1 from last week’s CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD finale.  SHARK TANK held at 0.7, and THE ROOKIE was down 0.1 to 0.6.

CW:  BATWOMAN premiered at 0.5, steady with last season’s Sunday premiere of SUPERGIRL.  SUPERGIRL itself was down 0.1 from that night to 0.4.

CBS:  The line-up shifted due to football overruns, so ratings (especially early in the evening) are subject to change.  60 MINUTES was at 0.9 compared to last week’s football-boosted 1.8, GOD FRIENDED ME lost 0.2 to 0.7, NCIS: LA slipped 0.1 to 0.7, and the final season of MADAM SECRETARY premiered at 0.4, down 0.2 from last year’s premiere.

FOX:  The network had a huge football lead-in from the Dallas vs. Green Bay game, propelling THE SIMPSONS to a preliminary 2.6 compared to last week’s 0.9.  Similarly, BLESS THE HARTS went from 0.7 to 1.3, and BOB’S BURGERS from 0.7 to 1.1.

NBC:  The preliminary 5.0 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was down 1.7 from last week’s early number.

CW continues its roll-out week with tonight’s season premieres of ALL AMERICAN and BLACK LIGHTNING.


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 Friday cable programs. Saturday & Sunday cable ratings will be posted Tuesday morning.




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.