April 16, 2018



Musical competition on CBS seemed to dent AMERICAN IDOL.

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 Apr 15.SUN


CBS:  After 60 MINUTES dropped 0.4 from last week’s post-Masters telecast to 1.1, the ACM AWARDS were steady with last year’s 2.1.

ABC:  AMERICAN IDOL fell 0.2 to a series low 1.3, making the 1.7 for the special James Comey 20/20 hour even more impressive.  The night started with AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, up 0.3 to 1.2, but possibly boosted by afternoon NBA Playoffs coverage.

NBC:  DATELINE held at 0.6.  LITTLE BIG SHOTS fell 0.2 to 0.7, and GENIUS JR was steady at 0.7.  TIMELESS lost 0.1 to a new low 0.5.

FOX:  After a 0.5 rerun, the new BOB’S BURGERS was steady at 0.8, and THE SIMPSONS gained 0.1 to 1.0.  Despite what the chart above says, a pair of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE episodes followed at 0.9/0.7, compared to last week’s 0.8, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH was down 0.1 to 0.6.

We’ve reached the season finale part of the calendar, and tonight’s is CBS’s SCORPION.  In addition, CW’s SUPERGIRL returns to the air after a 2-month hiatus.

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

Fast Track 2018 Apr 15.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."


  1. Destiny

    Awful night for FOX, the only thing thats working in TLMOEs favor is that its only a tenth below Family Guy. Such well known and loved shows like The Simpsons & Family Guy shouldn’t need sports to inflate, they should be posting decent numbers on their own. They always underperform in the Spring.

    Hilariously bad for Timeless, that show is clearly out of time. Idol had a bad night too. The Country Music Awards did fine though y’all.

  2. Matthew

    That green for the male “Simpsons” share just looks weird among a sea of red, oranges and yellows!

  3. Jonathan

    I know it’s a re-run but I’ll be interested in seeing how that Apu documentary/rant did on Tru TV. Based on social media, you’d expect it to reach more viewers than The Simpsons did. Based on reality, I doubt that.

    • Destiny

      The perpetually outraged targeting Apu is ridiculous. You’d have to live a very sad existence to find offense with The Simpsons.

      • Jonathan

        The Simpsons is a show filled with characters based on stereotypes, so singling one out as offensive seems ridiculous to me. Especially when Apu’s been developed over the years to be a lot more than just a stereotype.

        But people need their Twitter hot takes so they get outraged over a largely irrelevant cartoon that has no malicious intent. I’m disappointed that the show’s staff and Turner decided to entertain this in the first place.

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