November 13, 2017



Football helps one network, the lack of it hurts another.

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 Nov 12.SUN

FOX:  The late national NFL game made all the difference, as THE SIMPSONS jumped 0.6 to 1.9, GHOSTED climbed 0.3 to 1.3, FAMILY GUY added 0.3 for 1.4, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH gained 0.1 to 0.9.

CBS:  Without the national game, 60 MINUTES fell 1.3 to 1.2, and WISDOM OF THE CROWD lost 0.3 to 0.8.  NCIS: LA held at 0.9, and MADAM SECRETARY remained at 0.6.

ABC:  THE BOY BOX rose 0.1 to 0.5, and AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS was also up 0.1 to 1.0.  The back-to-back SHARK TANK episodes were at 0.9/0.8, respectively steady and up 0.1.

NBC:  The preliminary 5.0 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was up a full point from last week’s early number, a testament to the appeal of New England.

CBS tries Version 3.0 for its Monday line-up tonight, with the addition of the season premiere of MAN WITH A PLAN.  On cable, Showtime launches the British import ILL BEHAVIOUR. 

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

Fast Track 2017 Nov 12.SUN

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.


  1. Destiny

    CBS are having such an unbelievably horrible fall season so far. Just wait until Spring. It’s not like they’re struggling to attract viewers either, the viewers they do get are just so old. We all know they love the 25-54 demo, but perhaps they should focus on some dramas that can appeal to a younger audience too? Scorpion did a good job there before the network messed around with its scheduling.

    • FlopWatch

      Sadly the network moved away from that, they cancelled Limitless, moved Supergirl to the CW, and doubled down even harder than ever on older skewing concepts/shows.

    • Monzo

      I don’t feel sorry for CBS, it’s time they change their attitude. Just look at H50’s behind the scenes drama this summer. If you’re male & white your show seems to stay on the air whatever you do, so I really hope Wisdom Of The Crowd gets cancelled soon while Swat gets a full season order. Navy Seal should be a goner after this season, but with CBS you never know, just look how long Elementary has survived with bad ratings.

    • JohnInDC

      We’ll see how Celebrity Big Brother rates in a few months.

  2. carbar

    I’m what you guys call a CBS prized viewer & haven’t watch any CBS shows for over 10 yrs. Watched NCIS N.O. initially until they added the black girl as a regular. And yes, I’m black, but didn’t like her character. Why? IDK. Orig cast had great chemistry including at that time reg guest cast member, Darryl, but she ruined that for me.

    However, this year decided to go with, Me, Myself, & I = cancelled already. Wisdom of the Crowd = probably cancelled w/ Priven’s accusations, but never found much diversity w/ CBS’ shows overall. IMHO, CBS are comfort shows from the 1960’s.

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