February 17, 2021



Solid starts for NBC’s new sitcoms.

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:  TO TELL THE TRUTH (0.6), BLACK-ISH (0.5), MIXED-ISH (0.4) and BIG SKY (0.6) were all steady.

CBS;  Reruns at 0.5/0.4/0.4.

NBC:  YOUNG ROCK premiered at 0.9, and KENAN was a compatible fit at 0.8, both of them considerably above the performance of ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST in that slot.  THIS IS US gained 0.1 to 1.1, and NURSES held at 0.3.

FOX:  THE RESIDENT was up 0.1 to 0.6, and PRODIGAL SON stayed at 0.4.

CW:  The new and rerun episodes of TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES (0.1/0.1) and the finale of TRICKSTER (0.1) were all steady.

Tonight, FOX airs the season finale of THE MASKED DANCER, and Freeform has the season premiere of GOOD TROUBLE.

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

Note: The fast affiliate-based ratings below measure what aired on network affiliates in 210 U.S. markets from 8-11 pm Eastern & Pacific or 7-10 pm Central & Mountain. The numbers are some combination of the network schedule and any pre-emptions (such as local news or weather coverage). Accurate program ratings will be available with the broadcast finals.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back THURSDAY morning for detailed demographic ratings for top Tuesday cable programs and broadcast finals.






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. Douglas from Brazil

    Wonder if NBC comedies benefited against CBS reruns. Next week is the real test.

    • Rich

      Especially since neither show was as good as I hoped/expected it to be. Kenan was practically laugh free — I was stunned and disappointed.

  2. Destiny

    Solid night for nbc minus nurses and Big Sky. Prodigal Son looking ever more dead.

    • Christopher

      Big Sky is a “solid” win for ABC in the 10:00 timeslot, growing from lead-in series, Viewership and demo. The series is consistent, considering it has maintained demo/Viewership since the Series Premiere.

      Nurses looks like a cheap series from the promos I see. NBC needs to air a new series behind TIU. Right now, Young Rock and Kenan are in the win column for Series Premieres in today’s TV climate. If it can regulate a .6/.7 and over 3 million Viewership, it will easily be competitive with Tuesday Night ABC comedies.

  3. 69 Road Runner

    Big Sky: I think that’s the first time in the middle of the season that I’ve ever seen an obituary reel of dead characters from a show

    • Rich

      Yeah, WTH was that all about? The show can be bizarre, but that was still a head-scratching moment.

    • Robert Connolly

      The show was originally scheduled for nine episodes and that was the season finale. ABC ordered six more episodes so that’s why it seemed weird because it was supposed to end last night.

  4. Nanne

    Big Sky mid-finale was epic!! Looking forward to the second half of season 1!

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