January 6, 2017


  • SumoMe


True crime is still an audience draw.

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:  After a 0.1 rise for THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW to 1.0, the Menendez Brothers documentary TRUTH AND LIES did nicely at 1.6.

NBC:  A down night for the line-up, which was back in place for the first time since November 3 (all but THE GOOD PLACE aired as well the following week).  SUPERSTORE was steady at 1.2, but THE GOOD PLACE fell 0.2 to 1.0, CHICAGO MED was down 0.2 to 1.2, and THE BLACKLIST dropped 0.2 to 1.0.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY and the rest of the sitcoms returned well from their winter break.  BIG BANG was up 0.2 to 3.6, THE GREAT INDOORS rose 0.3 to 1.9, MOM gained 0.2 to 1.7, and LIFE IN PIECES was up 0.1 to 1.4.  Only PURE GENIUS slipped 0.1 to 0.8.

FOX:  2 hours of HELL’S KITCHEN were at 1.2/1.1.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.2.

Tonight is a busy one for the networks.  NBC launches its scripted Friday line-up with the final season premiere of GRIMM followed by the 2-hour premiere of EMERALD CITY, FOX has ROSEWOOD and then the rebooted premiere of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and CW airs back-to-back hours of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.

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 cable programs from this day. FINAL BROADCAST RATINGS for Thursday will be available Monday morning, the final delay related to the New Year’s holiday.


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."


  1. Destiny

    Slow night for NBC, but giving it the benefit of the doubt. This line-up was off the air for months, a slow start is to be expected. The Good Place remains safe. I don’t see much wrong with those Life in Pieces numbers too. It’s not really the fault of LiP that a massive flop airs after it. Should CBS put something that isn’t a massive flop at 10pm Thursdays, it shouldn’t be a fractional at all. Maybe move a more established show there?.

    I think The Blacklist will have one more season(Even if its just a 13 episodes one to air in the fall) Thursdays 10pm before being canceled. I can’t see the point whatsoever of the show being scheduled on Fridays. It won’t happen. It has definitely run out of steam though.

    • FlopWatch

      CBS should stop dumping new dramas at 10pm, it hasn’t worked.

      As for Blacklist, the most it could get is a final season on Fridays and that’s a big if.

      • Destiny

        Perhaps CBS should move Criminal Minds into a 10pm slot next season? Thursdays I hear is a good slot :)

        I don’t disagree with you often, but I think The Blacklist will stay as is. There’s no reason to move if it gets the final season treatment. Airing it out on 10pm Thursdays next fall would just be a good way to send it off and it could premiere something new in that slot in Jan 2018.

        But I’m not saying Fridays can’t happen. The Blacklist could potentially hit fractional levels and force that move to Friday. I’m just being a bit more optimistic about the shows numbers, is all lol.

        • FlopWatch

          I’m just projecting Blacklist’s decline based on how it’s already doing right now.

          • Destiny

            Yeah gosh, what happened to it? It used to be such a prestige show. Now no one seems to care about it. I’m thinking this week was just a sluggish one for NBC and it will start to recover from here on out.

            You know, if Blindspot was on its third season and pulled Blacklist numbers above, I’d call it a lock for renewal. But seeing as its not doing any better and is on its 2nd season, and unowned, I think its dead. It’s easy to compare the shows, but Blacklist has more value.

          • FlopWatch

            2nd season it dropped hard, basically the Thursday move accelerated its slump and it never recovered.

            Blindspot declined even faster and Timeless was even worse only a few episodes in.

          • Destiny

            I really thought the 10pm move would have helped it too. I think the direction of the series turned some viewers away though. Too much focus on a whiny Liz and the baby drama & Kirk. Alexander Kirk should have been resolved way sooner.

          • FlopWatch

            The storyline certainly didn’t help and them dragging out her father reveal is ridiculous.

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