March 19, 2018



Basketball scrambled INSTINCT’s premiere.

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 2018 Mar 18.SUN

ABC:  After AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS fell 0.3 to 0.8, AMERICAN IDOL was down half a point from last Sunday to 1.8, although that was steady with last Monday’s result.  DECEPTION lost 0.3 from last week’s premiere to 0.9.

FOX:  It was a night of returns, with only BOB’S BURGERS (down 0.1 to 0.7, after a 0.5 rerun) having aired last week.  THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH aired for the first time since January 14, although comparisons to that night make little sense since they followed a huge NFL overrun.  In fact, the last time they aired original episodes without help from the NFL seems to have been on November 19, and in comparison to that night, THE SIMPSONS was down 0.3 to 0.8, FAMILY GUY rose 0.1 to 1.0, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH was steady at 0.7.  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE had its first Sunday airing of the season, and gained 0.2 from its last Tuesday episodes to 0.9.

NBC:  LITTLE BIG SHOTS returned with back-to-back episodes at 0.8/1.1, the latter around where it left off in June.  GENIUS JUNIOR premiered at 1.0, and TIMELESS dropped 0.1 from last week’s season premiere to 0.7.

CBS:  An NCAA TOURNAMENT overrun pushed the entire line-up by 37 minutes in most of the country, so all the numbers are subject to adjustment.  Currently, 60 MINUTES is at 1.5, the premiere of INSTINCT is at 1.0, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is down 0.1 to 0.8, and MADAM SECRETARY is steady at 0.6.

All the broadcasters air their regular line-ups tonight.


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

Fast Track 2018 Mar 18.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 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."