February 8, 2017



NOTE:  Due to last Tuesday’s Supreme Court announcement and other preemptions, many comparisons are to prior weeks.

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 2017 Feb 07.TUE

ABC:  The regular line-up aired in full for the first time in 3 weeks.  THE MIDDLE was down 0.2 to 1.5, and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was steady at 1.5, then FRESH OFF THE BOAT held at 1.2 and THE REAL O’NEALS was up 0.1 to 0.9.  AGENTS OF SHIELD ended the night up 0.1 from last week to 0.7.

CBS:  Returning after a week off, NCIS lost 0.2 to 1.7, BULL remained at 1.3, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS slipped 0.1 to 1.0.

NBC:  THE WALL was down 0.1 to 1.4 compared to last week’s 9PM airing, and was down 0.2 from its last regular 8PM slot.  THIS IS US (2.5) and CHICAGO FIRE (1.5) were each down 0.3 from their last episodes 2 weeks ago.

FOX:  NEW GIRL was steady at 0.9 with its last episode 2 weeks ago, and THE MICK was down 0.2 from last week’s episode to 0.9.  BONES fell 0.1 from last week to 0.7.

CW:  On the only network to air its regular schedule last week, THE FLASH (1.1) and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (0.7) remained where they were.

CODE BLACK stitches up what may very well be its final patients tonight.  On cable, FX finally unveils the long-awaited (and massively-promoted, including during the Super Bowl) LEGION.

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

Fast Track 2017 Feb 07.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."