April 29, 2019



CBS’s experiment with a May sweeps miniseries didn’t start well.

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.

CBS:  After a 60 MINUTES that was up 0.1 from last week to 0.8, the two-hour premiere of THE RED LINE was at 0.5, down from the regular programming in that time period.  NCIS: LA was moved to 10PM, and its 0.6 was down 0.1 from its last 9PM airing.

ABC:  The first new AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS since April 7 was up 0.3 to 1.1.  AMERICAN IDOL gained 0.1 to 1.4, and SHARK TANK was steady at 0.8.

NBC:  WORLD OF DANCE rose 0.1 to 0.8, and GOOD GIRLS was up 0.1 to 0.6.  The night started with a rerun ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES at 0.5.

FOX:  After reruns at 0.4/0.4, and before another rerun at 0.6, THE SIMPSONS (steady at 0.7) and BOB’S BURGERS (steady at 0.8) aired their first new episodes since April 7, and FAMILY GUY (down 0.1 to 0.8) had its first since March 31.

CW:   SUPERGIRL (0.3) and CHARMED (0.2) were steady.

Tonight, ABC tries to capitalize on BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY with THE SHOW MUST GO ON, a special about Adam Lambert joining Queen.

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 this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top Friday cable programs. Saturday & Sunday cable ratings will be posted Tuesday morning.




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.