April 23, 2018



AMERICAN IDOL rebounded from last week’s low.

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 22.SUN


ABC:  Without last week’s ACM Awards competition, AMERICAN IDOL improved by 0.2 to 1.5, but DECEPTION was down 0.1 from its last airing 2 weeks ago to 0.6.  The night started with AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, down 0.2 to 1.0. 

NBC:  DATELINE (0.6), LITTLE BIG SHOTS (0,8), GENIUS JR (0.6) and TIMELESS (0.5) were all steady.

CBS:  60 MINUTES fell 0.4 to 0.7.  The rest of the line-up returned from its one-week break with INSTINCT down 0.3 to 0.6, NCIS: LA down 0.1 to 0.8, and MADAM SECRETARY steady at 0.6.

FOX:  Following an 0.4 rerun, a new BOB’S BURGERS (0.8) and THE SIMPSONS (0.9) were each down 0.1.  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE was at 0.8, compared to last week’s 0.8/0.7.  FAMILY GUY returned from a week off at a steady 0.9.  THE LAST MAN ON EARTH remained at 0.6.

There are season finales tonight for Lifetime’s UNREAL and AMC’s MCMAFIA.  In addition, CBS has its latest CARPOOL KARAOKE special.

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

Fast Track 2018 Apr 22.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."