February 12, 2020



NOTE:  Due to last week’s State of the Union preemptions, comparisons are to 2 weeks ago except where noted.

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:  The live broadcast(s) of THE CONNERS on both coasts worked, with a 0.2 bump to 1.1, while BLESS THIS MESS (0.7), MIXED-ISH (0.6) and BLACK-ISH (0.6) were all up 0.1.  That set the stage nicely for the premiere of FOR LIFE at 0.7, up a big 0.4 from the finale of EMERGENCE.

CBS:  NCIS (1.0), FBI (0.8) and FBI: MOST WANTED (0.6) were all down 0.1.

NBC:  ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES was steady with last week’s 1.0.  THIS IS US held the 1.4 from 2 weeks ago, and NEW AMSTERDAM was down 0.1 to 0.6.

FOX:  THE RESIDENT fell 0.4 to 0.3, and 24 HOURS TO HELL & BACK was down 0.2 from last week to 0.6.

CW:  THE FLASH dipped 0.1 from last week to 0.3, and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW was steady at 0.2.

Tonight, CBS begins the latest cycle of SURVIVOR.

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 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. ntscuser

    The Resident was a rerun last night.

  2. Monzo

    CBS wants a FBI franchise?!? If the first spin-off isn’t doing great as lead-out of it’s successful mother show, CBS should not waste more energy on a third FBI show.

  3. Dapper Dan

    I may need to check out For Life that premiered last night. It won its time period and the previews look really good. That’s been a tough time period for ABC to crack and they may finally have found a winner

  4. Ike

    Tonight is not just the latest cycle of Survivor, but season 40, the long-awaited all-winners season. I hope it sees at least a small bump for that, though most long-running shows don’t seem to get bumps for much of anything anymore, so maybe that’s unlikely. Despite some missteps, this is still the king of all game shows IMHO and far better than virtually all other “reality” TV.

    • BILL G

      You forgot about The Amazing Race, I think it is the best reality game show ,and it has the Emmys to prove it. You actually learn something about the World during every episode. I lost interest in Survivor a long time ago, because it is the same thing every episode. JMO

    • Bruce

      I used to watch Survivor religiously because they had down-to-earth contestants, such as Rudy (RIP). Now the contestants are just pretentious, over-the-top and bewailing to be a victim of something…anything. it’s too exhausting to watch.

  5. Ryan

    @Bill G: How can it be the same thing every episode? Survivor’s format is the best format ever created. Every season is completely unique and different because of the dynamics and the people. OK the challenges and rewards can be dull sometimes but the social dynamics keep this thing so fresh even after 20 years.
    Super stoked for tonight! Cannot wait.

    • BILL G

      It’s the same thing every episode they start out with night vision cameras (I really hate that part) ,and go on to “Obsess”over Immunity Idols the rest of the episode. Not sure about any Social Dynamics since they are all Sleep, and Food deprived. They are all out to win so it is a Dog eat Dog contest. I really lost interest around the fourth season when I realized the format never changed, and I got tired of watching people suffer in the elements, and then be expected to perform in the Challenges. Total manipulation by the producers, and not Fun to watch.

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