March 20, 2017


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At this point, ABC may be hoping for some more Nielsen delays.

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 2017 Mar 19.SUN


ABC:  AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (0.9) and ONCE UPON A TIME (0.8) were both down 0.1, but the roof really came in after that, as TIME AFTER TIME fell 0.2 to a disastrous 0.4, and AMERICAN CRIME lost 0.1 for a matching 0.4.  It’s hard to believe ABC can stay with this line-up for the remainder of the season, but also not clear what would do substantially better.

NBC:  After a 0.6 LITTLE BIG SHOTS rerun, the night’s new episode dropped 0.2 to 1.5, still tied as the highest-rated show of the night. CHICAGO JUSTICE fell 0.2 to 1.0, and SHADES OF BLUE slipped 0.1 to 0.8.

FOX:  The new BOB’S BURGERS held at 0.8, just a tenth above the rerun that preceded it.  THE SIMPSONS was down 0.1 to 1.0, and MAKING HISTORY was steady at 0.7.  FAMILY GUY remained at 1.1, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH lost 0.1 to 0.8.

CBS:  The primetime schedule slid by half an hour due to the NCAA TOURNAMENT, so adjustments may follow.  For now, 60 MINUTES is up 0.4 to 1.6, and NCIS: LA is up 0.1 to 1.2, while MADAM SECRETARY (0.8) and ELEMENTARY (0.6) are steady.

Things should improve for ABC tonight with the return of DANCING WITH THE STARS.  On cable, AMC has the 2-hour season finale of HUMANS.

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

Fast Track 2017 Mar 19.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 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.


  1. Destiny

    Bad night, bad nights everywhere as far as the eye can see!

  2. Dave

    My goodness. ABC could do better demo ratings with a 2-hour block of their news shows as opposed to the Time After Time/American Crime combo. When will they pull them?

    • FlopWatch

      It’s a complete disaster, ABC desperately needs a revamp, dumping dramas here shouldn’t even be an option anymore.

      • Monzo

        ABC should revamp the night, starting with a comedy hour after AFHM, maybe moving The Goldbergs and it’s spin-off there, followed by a family friendly feelgood-drama like Hallmark is doing, because the young audience moved to cable at 9 pm and I think they won’t come back whatever ABC is trying to do. At 10 pm Match Game could be a nice show to close the night.

      • Russell

        Airing Disney movies would plug that hole in the schedule, or maybe game shows (like “Big Fan”).

      • Destiny

        You know things are bad when FOX beats you.

        • FlopWatch

          Exactly, not to mention they’re losing to freaking Elementary.

          • Monzo

            Will Elementary get renewed again because of it’s syndication deal?

          • Destiny

            No, I don’t think so. Especially since CBS ordered an additional two episodes a while back. This strongly suggests(Along with the awful ratings) that CBS is getting all it can out of the show before cancelling.

  3. Fred

    So why was Shades of Blue renewed again ?

    • Destiny

      J Lopez, and the ratings aren’t that far off Thursdays numbers. But as I summed up nicely in the very first comment, everyone had a bad night. Let’s see what next weeks numbers look like.

  4. Dave

    A 0.8 is actually not bad relative to everthing else.

  5. Amaury

    Everything is right with the world again, am I right, guys?

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