December 14, 2016



THE VOICE finale won the night, but ABC had a (mostly) good evening.

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.


NBC:  After a 1.7 recap show, the cycle finale of THE VOICE was at 2.5, up 0.6 from last Tuesday, but down 0.4 from the fall 2015 finale.

ABC:  All the sitcoms were up, THE MIDDLE by 0.2 to 1.6, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE by 0.1 to 1.5, FRESH OFF THE BOAT by 0.1 to 1.2, and REAL O’NEALS by 0.1 to 0.9.  However, a rerun of last week’s late-night JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE featuring the ROGUE ONE cast fell flat at 0.5.

CBS:  NCIS was steady at 1.8, BULL slipped 0.1 to 1.4, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS held at 1.2.

FOX:  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE lost 0.1 to 0.9, and both NEW GIRL (0.8) and SCREAM QUEENS (0.5) stayed where they were.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.2.

If you see a weeping TV critic today, be kind–they’re mourning the loss of Sundance’s RECTIFY, which ends its run with a feature-length episode tonight.  Back in the mainstream, FOX airs a “preview” of the STAR pilot after the fall finale of EMPIRE, CBS has the SURVIVOR cycle finale, and there are seasonal specials on NBC.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 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 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."