February 18, 2019



A particularly bleak night for network TV.  (Note: the current high number for the 7PM rerun of THE SIMPSONS is actually the overrun for FOX’s afternoon DAYTONA 500 coverage. Program titles and start and end times will be corrected in the official nationals on Wednesday.)

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:  Even blockbuster movies are out of gas by the time they get to the broadcast networks, and after a rerun of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS at 0.8, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS scored just 0.5.

NBC:  Similarly, the original HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (surprise, the latest sequel, from NBC-owned Universal, opens on Friday) was at 0.5.  It was followed by a new ELVIS ALL-STAR TRIBUTE special at 0.6.

CBS:  60 MINUTES returned from its Grammys break at 0.8.  The first new GOD FRIENDED ME since January 13 dropped 0.2 to tie its series low 0.7.  NCIS: LA lost 0.1 from its last airing on January 27 to tie its season low 0.7, and MADAM SECRETARY fell 0.1 from the same night to a new low 0.4.

FOX:  After that deceptive 2.1/1.4 for the early-evening reruns, THE SIMPSONS gained 0.3 from last week to 0.9, BOB’S BURGERS was up 0.2 to 0.9, and FAMILY GUY rose 0.1 to 0.9, followed by a rerun of the latter at 0.7.

CW:  Airing for the first time since January 27, SUPERGIRL held at 0.3, while CHARMED dropped 0.1 to tie its series low 0.2.

Tonight, NBC’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and MANIFEST air their season finales. 

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, a day later than usual because of the Presidents Day holiday.




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.