January 22, 2016



A strong but not stellar start for LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

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).

Fasts Demo 2016 Jan THU.21

CW:  LEGENDS OF TOMORROW launched at 1.2, which is a very good number for its network, but considerably below the 1.8 premiere of THE FLASH, despite the months of hype leading to last night’s first episode, and only 0.1 above the previous night’s midseason ARROW premiere.  The season premiere of THE 100 was above last season’s levels at 0.7, but it dipped from 0.8 to 0.6 at 9:30PM, suggesting that it’s likely to return to its previous 0.5 standard.

NBC:  The series finale of HEROES REBORN (despite the cliffhanger ending, the network has already said it has no plans to bring the show back) remained at last week’s lackluster 1.0.  THE BLACKLIST lost 0.1 to 1.5, while SHADES OF BLUE gained 0.1 to 1.4.

CBS:  A rerun THE BIG BANG THEORY (2.2 compared to last week’s 3.8) didn’t dent LIFE IN PIECES, which remained at 2.0.  MOM was also steady at 1.7, and ANGEL FROM HELL rose 0.1 to 1.4.  ELEMENTARY held at 1.1.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL gained 0.2 from last Thursday to 2.4.  With BIG BANG a rerun, that made it the highest-rated show of the night.

ABC:  BEYOND THE TANK was steady at 1.0, and MY DIET IS BETTER THAN YOURS was up 0.1 to 0.7.

Tonight’s REIGN isn’t the season finale, but it’s the last currently scheduled episode, with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and cohort THE ORIGINALS moving in to Fridays next week. 


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

Fasts 3way 2016 Jan THU.21


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


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."