May 20, 2020



THE VOICE had a subdued finale.

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:  An AFTER THE DANCE special didn’t have the success of sister network’s LAST DANCE at 0.4, and a STORY OF SOAPS special was at 0.3.

NBC:  After a clip show at 0.6, the season finale of THE VOICE was at 0.9, steady with last Tuesday and down 0.2 from the 2019 finale.

FOX:  A pre-finale episode of THE MASKED SINGER was at 0.9, followed by a rerun 24 HOURS TO HELL & BACK at 0.5.

CW:  STARGIRL premiered at 0.3, not a bad number for that network, and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW was steady at 0.2.

CBS:  Reruns at 0.5/0.5/0.5.

Tonight marks the end of the traditional broadcast network season, a distinction that doesn’t mean much at this point.  THE MASKED SINGER will ring down the season’s curtain, and there are premieres of ULTIMATE TAG on FOX and the final season of THE 100 on CW.  In addition, Freeform airs the season finale of MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM.

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. 69 Road Runner

    I think these ratings qualify as a meh for the Stargirl debut. It was a pretty entertaining pilot.

    • Raiderguy

      Yeah I wasn’t expecting much, especially since it has an early premier on streaming. Although if it holds this 0.3 for much of the season, I’d call it a win…Because CW.

      • 69 Road Runner

        Holding this rating for much of the season would certainly be a win for The CW. But I was thinking Stargirl could match The Flash episode from last week for its debut especially with a fairly big name like Luke Wilson in the cast.

        • Rilm

          a 0.3 is massive for the network – big win!

          • Destiny

            The CWs numbers in general have collapsed in such a short space of time.

          • ChrisM

            You all should know, as I came to find out, that Stargirl is edited for television from its DC streaming version. This has made me decide not to watch it, unfortunately, as I really don’t care for shows or films being edited for television.

          • Destiny

            Chris you could always wait until the show is out in full on DC Universe and take a 7 day trial to binge. If you cancel before the week is up you won’t get charged and get to watch the show for free.

          • ChrisM

            Thanks, Destiny, I know, but have not felt the need to sign up for anything lately, as there is just too much to watch and little time. For now, I’m sticking with what I already enjoy and/or finishing off other stuff.

            At first I did not even consider the editing of streamed shows airing on regular TV until it hit me when Swamp Thing coming to the CW was announced. I am not sure how many others are going to realize that.

  2. Monzo

    Will the story of soaps come to an end in this decade? When people were forced to stay at home, daytime soap ratings didn’t rise up as hoped. General Hospital got a 2-year high, the other soaps only 1-year highs in viewers. When +7 ratings came out, it proved many of those people who used to watch soaps over the weekend now watch it same day, so increase isn’t even lower than it first seemed. I wonder when it will be more profitable for network to air repeats of primetime shows or another hour / half hour of a game or morning show than producing soap operas.

    • Destiny

      Nah, Soaps will be around long after we’re all dead.

      • ChrisM

        At one time, I think the networks may have had about three soap operas a day. Now they are down to one with CBS having an additional half hour show. The budgets have been noticeably cut to the point where you can see the poor production values and shows like Days of Our Lives keep using the same set for different offices and once used that set as a hospital chapel with a church pew in it. They no longer have actual church scenes, court scenes, location shoots, etc.

        Soaps also seem to have lost the “buzz” they used to have on entertainment news outlets and almost never have major events to talk about. They were once known for steamy love scenes and such that, back in the day, might be somewhat scandalous for TV, but today are fairly meaningless and you rarely see scenes like that anymore anyway.

        I believe the popularity has stabilized from an apparent downfall, but I would not say they will be around after we’re gone. Days of Our Lives recently let everyone out of their contracts, but afterwards signed a new deal with NBC. However, some of that regular cast may not be returning. It could be they are looking to overhaul the show in some way, but who knows if that will help it unless NBC puts money into it, which I strongly doubt. This appears to be a further cost cutting measure.

        Honestly, It will not surprise me to hear of another cancellation, if viewers lose interest again, as these shows lose money and creativity because of it. They could fade away within the next ten years, at best.

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