October 17, 2018



ABC was… alright.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day 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:  No one could have rationally expected the premiere of THE CONNERS to come near the phenomenal 5.2 start for ROSEANNE last Spring, and at 2.3, it was way behind.  However, that’s still a big number, and just 0.1 below the ROSEANNE finale.  The question will be how many of those viewers come back now that curiosity has been satisfied.  THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT did an OK job of holding its lead at 1.4.  BLACK-ISH dropped 0.4 from last fall’s premiere to 1.1.  It’s unfair to compare SPLITTING UP TOGETHER to its 2.2 series premiere, because that was also ROSEANNE premiere night, but its 1.0 was down 0.4 from its 2nd episode.  THE ROOKIE debuted at 1.0, not a terrible number, but disappointing considering the resources ABC put into marketing it as its biggest drama of the fall.

CBS:  With more competition at 8PM, NCIS dropped 0.2 to 1.2.  FBI was steady at 1.0, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was down 0.1 to 0.8.

NBC:  THE VOICE (1.7) and THIS IS US (2.2) both slipped 0.1, and NEW AMSTERDAM dropped 0.2 to 1.2. 

FOX:  THE GIFTED lost 0.1 to a series low 0.6, and LETHAL WEAPON held at 0.7.

CW:  THE FLASH fell 0.2 to 0.6, and BLACK LIGHTNING shed 0.1 to 0.3.

Tonight will be the first time in a while that all the broadcast networks have their full fall line-ups in place, with no premieres or specials. 

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day 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.




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."