March 28, 2018



Reboots rule.

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 2018 Mar.27 TUE

ABC:  The revival of ROSEANNE lived up to the hype, and then some, with a giant 5.1 rating.  The pattern of reboots (THE X-FILES, WILL & GRACE) is that they come down to more normal levels after an initial burst, but even if the 9-week run reduces to half that number, it’s a huge win for the network.  With that lead-in, BLACK-ISH surged by 1.5 to 2.6, and the new SPLITTING UP TOGETHER premiered at a strong 2.2.  However, by 10PM FOR THE PEOPLE was only able to reach 0.9, although even that was up 0.3 from last week.

NBC:  The ROSEANNE phenomenon socked THE VOICE, down 0.6 from last Tuesday to 1.6, and RISE, down 0.3 to 0.8.  CHICAGO MED was down 0.2 to 1.0.

CBS:  Returning from a week off, NCIS fell 0.2 to 1.3, BULL was steady at 1.2, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was down 0.1 to 0.9.

FOX:  After a LETHAL WEAPON rerun at 0.5, LA TO VEGAS and THE MICK were each down 0.1 to 0.6/0.6.

CW:  Repeating last week’s numbers, a rerun of THE FLASH at 0.2 led in to a new BLACK LIGHTNING at 0.5.

It’s another busy night tonight, as Spring line-ups continue to form.  EMPIRE and STAR return to FOX, ABC launches the sitcom ALEX, INC, and NBC airs a special Wednesday edition of THE VOICE.  On cable, FX’s THE AMERICANS begins its final season.

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

Fast Track 2018 Mar.27 TUE

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."