December 5, 2016



The prospects of finales didn’t improve ABC’s Sunday line-up.

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.


ABC:  AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS and the midseason finale of ONCE UPON A TIME both dropped 0.1 to 0.9.  The 2-hour “season” finale of SECRETS & LIES stayed at 0.7.

FOX:  The national late afternoon NFL game gave THE SIMPSONS a 1.1 bounce from its last original airing 2 weeks ago to 2.4, although SON OF ZORN hadn’t aired in 3 weeks (i.e., since another FOX NFL night), so that was down 0.3 to 1.3.  FAMILY GUY (1.6) and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1.1) were each up 0.2 from 2 weeks ago.

NBC:  The preliminary number for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was 5.1, down 0.7 from last week.

CBS:  After 1.5 for 60 MINUTES, which was down 1.3 from last week (when CBS had the late afternoon NFL game), the network aired a trio of procedural reruns at 0.7-0.9.

CBS has its annual VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW tonight, and ABC premieres this year’s THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, while FOX debuts SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 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.