December 31, 2018



The return of THE ORVILLE.

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.

FOX:  As it did in September 2017, the network gave THE ORVILLE a premiere boost with a Sunday post-NFL airing.  THE ORVILLE was down a full point from the preliminary rating for that night to 1.3, but the football lead-in was also much lower, with 4.1 for the game overrun and 2.3 for THE OT post-game show, compared to 2017’s 5.9/4.2.  Once THE ORVILLE settled in on Thursdays, it was at an unspectacular but steady 0.9-1.0 level, and we’ll see whether that holds to form later this week.  The night ended with sitcom reruns at 0.6/0.4.

NBC:  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was at a preliminary 4.0, down 0.6 from last week’s early number.

CBS:  After a 60 MINUTES that was down 0.9 from last week’s NFL-aided rating to 1.1, reruns were at 0.6/0.4.

ABC:  A night of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS reruns at 0.6-0.8.

CW:  A rerun of the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL at 0.2.

New Year’s Eve festivities will occupy NBC, ABC and FOX tonight, with reruns elsewhere.

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 WEDNESDAY morning for detailed demographic ratings for top Sunday cable programs.




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.