May 16, 2018



NCIS lost its bump.

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 May 15.TUE

CBS:  NCIS fell 0.4 from last week’s event episode to 1.2.  The 2-hour season finale of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was at 0.9, up 0.1 from last week’s hour.

ABC:  ROSEANNE held at 2.6, and THE MIDDLE was down 0.1 to 1.4.  The season finale of BLACK-ISH was steady at 1.2 (down 0.1 from the 2017 finale, which aired on a Wednesday), and the season finale of SPLITTING UP TOGETHER was at 1.0.  FOR THE PEOPLE stayed at 0.5.

NBC:  THE VOICE was up 0.1 to 1.4.  The series finale of RISE held at 0.7, and the season finale of CHICAGO MED fell 0.2 to 0.9 (down 0.3 from 2017, which aired on a Thursday).

FOX:  MASTERCHEF was at 0.5.  The 1-hour series finale of NEW GIRL was at 0.6/0.6, slightly above last week’s 0.5/0.6.

CW:  THE FLASH (0.7) and THE 100 (0.4) were steady.

The entire ABC line-up consists of season (in some cases series) finales tonight, along with THE BLACKLIST, SEAL TEAM and RIVERDALE.

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

Fast Track 2018 May 15.TUE

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. Amaury

    Oof! The Middle dropped in its demo, but its total viewers noticeably increased.

    • Destiny

      It’s sad that next week it’ll all be over forever. This is one series that desperately needs a spinoff to keep that universe alive.

  2. Amaury

    Good news for The Big Bang Theory fans:

    I haven’t really watched it myself, personally, mostly because it’s so many seasons in, so to start now would be a big challenge. I don’t want to just start on the current season. Plus, I still have a huge backlog of DVRs, including all seasons of Modern Family and The Goldbergs, to watch.

    • Destiny

      CBS needs that sure thing when all of their inhouse produced sitcoms have either been massive flops or distinctly average in the ratings. They also benefit from TBBT(R) assisting their struggling scripted when used.

  3. Destiny

    The show may be “For the People” but the people don’t want it, never asked for it, and would rather it just vanished into oblivion where it belongs.

    • Sam

      How/why ABC renewed this dud is beyond me. Even though Shonda left the building for Netflix, she still must have leverage on ABC or the net has some huge penalty to pay. Then again, The Catch was also renewed with very low ratings.

    • Matt

      Seems like it’s The Catch all over again, where they want it to return as HTGAWM’s Mid-Season replacement next year. ABC stubbornly refuses to give up on the concept of TGIT. It’s a massive waste of a renewal. It’s easily 2 and done.

      • Sam

        HTGAWM will probably be averaging about 0.7 next season. I hope it ends then. This season was a pain to watch. Once it’s gone they’ll probably have Grey’s and maybe Station 19 next May for renewal. TGIT was good while it lasted. Made for a very good marketing slogan.

  4. Justme

    Why is abc charging 2.99 to watch the latest episode of Roseanne?

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