May 19, 2017



More declining finales.

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 May 18.THU

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY has been a ratings marvel for a serialized drama in its second decade, and its season finale was up 0.1 from last week–but at 1.9, it still dropped 0.4 from the 2016 finale.  SCANDAL’S 2-hour season finale, at 1.2, was down 0.2 from last week and down a hefty 0.6 from 2016

NBC:  The 2-hour season finale of THE BLACKLIST was at 0.9, up 0.1 from last week but down 0.4 from the 2016 finale.  The night started with a 0.6 SVU rerun.

CW:  The 2-hour season finale of SUPERNATURAL was at 0.6, up 0.1 from last week and down 0.2 from last year (which aired on a Wednesday).

FOX:  The 2-hour season finale of MASTERCHEF JR was steady with last week’s 0.9, but down 0.4 from the 2016 finale (on a Friday).

CBS:  Not wanting to be left out of the 2-hour fun, the network aired a 2-hour non-finale THE AMAZING RACE, which at 0.8/0.9 was on par with last week’s 0.9 for a single episode.

Tonight’s finales are UNDERCOVER BOSS and THE TOY BOX.  Meanwhile, Syfy’s latest experiment to draw viewers’ attention is airing the entire 10-episode season of 12 MONKEYS over 3 nights, with tonight’s 4 episodes airing without commercials.

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

Fast Track 2017 May 18.THU

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.




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.