February 17, 2017


  • SumoMe


THE BIG BANG THEORY became smaller.

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 Feb 16.THU

CBS:  The network is reportedly close to a massive 2-year renewal for THE BIG BANG THEORY, the only remaining scripted broadcast series to regularly hit a 3+ demo rating.  But last night BIG BANG took a 0.3 hit to 2.7, its lowest rating in a decade.  It may well bounce back (and indeed could go up this afternoon in finals), but it’s another mark of how the broadcast universe is shrinking.  Meanwhile, THE GREAT INDOORS gained 0.1 to 1.6, while MOM (1.5) and LIFE IN PIECES (1.3) were steady.  TRAINNG DAY finished the night down 0.1 to 0.7.

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY shed 0.1 to 2.0, SCANDAL was up 0.1 to 1.7, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER held at 1.3.

NBC:  The just-renewed SUPERSTORE remained at 1.1, and POWERLESS stayed at 0.8.  CHICAGO MED rose 0.1 to 1.2, and THE BLACKLIST was steady at 0.9.

CW:  SUPERNATURAL was up 0.1 to 0.7, but RIVERDALE fell 0.1 to 0.4.

FOX:  MASTERCHEF JR fell 0.2 to 1.1, and MY KITCHEN RULES was also down 0.2 to 0.7.

All the networks are new tonight.

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

Fast Track 2017 Feb 16.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.


  1. Destiny

    The Blacklist is dying, slowly, but it’s dying. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility for The Blacklist to join Timeless and Blindspot in the afterlife. I think the only thing it has going for it is the spinoff, but if that flops too. Oh dear.

    The modest numbers for Riverdale should doom No Tomorrow and Frequency if they hold for its run.

    Training Day should be pulled fairly soon.

    • FlopWatch

      Riverdale seems steady enough, all it had to do was perform better than those shows so the CW could avoid canceling all their new shows.

      TD and Doubt are racing to the bottom, I guess they already have CMBB as a replacement for the ready if it keeps sinking I guess.

      Blacklist is a weakening show, it shouldn’t have gotten a spinoff. It could get a shortened final season as it would have more leverage over those flop shows, but it could go either way.

      • JamesG

        Riverdale is the perfect example of the Cancellation Bear model.

        • Destiny

          I think Riverdale is lucky that Frequency and No Tomorrow flopped so badly. If they were both 0.4 shows and renewal came down to one of the three, things could look very different.

        • FlopWatch

          Riverdale is lucky that No Tomorrow/Frequency bombed all the way down to 0.2s and they’re ending both The Vampire Diaries/Reign this season.

      • Destiny

        The Amazing Race is waiting in the wings to replace MacGyver in April when that concludes for the season. I see no reason why it can’t just take one of the slots left over by Doubt or Training Day if it came down to it. CM: BB could take the other.

        Just imagine if The Blacklist Redemption has a flop debut? It’d be in instant danger of cancelation lol.

        • FlopWatch

          I’m not expecting much from the spinoff of a show that’s fractional. At least its’ 8 episodes would be easier for a burnoff.

  2. salaciouscrumb

    TBBT – last yr 3.8 / last nite 2.7 = WOW.

    • Destiny

      The same happened with Two and a Half Men. Eventually even the massive hits come crashing down to Earth.

      • CMM

        It’s become a somewhat tired relationship show and not the geeky-nerdy friends shows it once was when one of them couldn’t even peak to a girl without a drink. Then again, I suppose there is only so far you can go with that original concept. For me, the relationships are more forced than organic, and therefore, less believable. I also can;t help seeing that the cast looks ready to move on despite what they are being paid.

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