April 19, 2017



Bad news for CBS.

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 Apr 18.TUE

CBS:  NCIS stands alongside SURVIVOR and THE BIG BANG THEORY as one of CBS’s core shows, a trio all in their second decades on the air.  Eventually, time will catch up with them, and the network had to take a collective gulp last night as NCIS returned from a week off with a 0.3 drop to a new series low 1.3.  That pushed BULL down 0.2 to its own series low 1.1, although NCIS: NEW ORLEANS reversed the tide with a 0.1 gain to 1.1.

ABC:  THE MIDDLE and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE were both at 1.2, which put them respectively down 0.1 and up 0.1.  Similarly, FRESH OFF THE BOAT fell 0.1 to 1.0, and IMAGINARY MARY gained the same to 0.9.  AGENTS OF SHIELD was up 0.1 to 0.8.

NBC:  A 2-hour edition of THE VOICE climbed 0.2 to 1.8.  The final 2 episodes of TRIAL & ERROR were at 0.9/0.7, close to last week’s 0.9/0.8 in the 9PM hour.

FOX:  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE held at 0.7, and after a 0.5 rerun of THE MICK, PRISON BREAK continued to fall, down 0.2 to 0.9.

CW:  IZOMBIE stayed at 0.3 after a 0.3 rerun of THE FLASH.

FX’s FARGO attempts to sustain its magic for a 3rd season tonight, and Syfy’s THE MAGICIANS ends its season. 

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

Fast Track 2017 Apr 18.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. Destiny

    This television season has been all about new series lows. I don’t remember so many shows cratering last season.

    Shame about Prison Break. That’s another flop revival for FOX. I actually wanted to see it do well so more stories could have been told in this universe.

    Bulls audience seems to be getting older(If that’s even possible). If Agents of Shield doesn’t adjust down, that’s a pretty good night for the show.

    • Destiny

      Bull literally has move me to 10pm written all over it next season. Those aged viewers will follow it anywhere.

      • FlopWatch

        It should, they need to fill up those slots instead of premiering new shows like they did this season.

        • Destiny

          Bull will probably be moved to Friday or Sunday for its fourth season. H50 won’t last forever, and they have ready made replacements for when that time comes.

          • FlopWatch

            I think that was their whole point with MacGuyver, they even had a crossover with Hawaii 5 0.

    • FlopWatch

      It’s been declining for a while, it just feels worse than ever with all the new lows and it’s most likely only going to get worse.

      PB seemed like it was heading towards the same trajectory as their Monday lineup, they all fell from a 1.5 premiere.

      CBS in general is becoming more older skewing.

      As for AoS, it would be the better candidate for a pity renewal compared to Quantico.5.

      • Destiny

        Quantico literally would be the worse renewal decision of all time for a network to make. If you move it back to Sundays 10pm you’ll get American Crime numbers or worse. And if you renew it again for a final season, you’ll come very close to a zero rating. It WILL keep declining every season. There’s no way to avoid that no matter how many deluded fans imagine up excuses for its worth to ABC.

        I have to say though. I really don’t like the scheduling for Prison Break. It’s literally surrounded by flops and has to survive on name alone. And in an environment when even the best performing shows are cratering to new lows, that’s a hard ask.

        • FlopWatch

          It’s barely edging out AC right now and that was already expected if you look at the half hours, it was teetering on the edge of getting a 0.5 and it did eventually.

          Quantico is dead weight, it’s too low to offset anything (we’re not even talking about high fractionals), it’s already a burden and it’s only going to keep declining.

          As for PB, it’s another FOX move…

  2. salaciouscrumb

    So much sports on tv now theres just no time for regular tv shows.

  3. CMM

    Curious – Why would the season finale of Trial and Error dip below its’ previous episode? That’s strange.

    I do not think SHIELD will be renewed. This season has been fairly good for what it is and the final half even more so. However, I can see what appears to be a cut in production budget likely due to lower ratings. So long as the show continues to be what it is without S.J. Jackson appearing as Nick Fury and more notable Marvel hero appearances, it may never rise above where it’s at now. There’s no point for it to continue as it is.

    • Mitch Salem

      Although it seems counterintuitive, it’s not unusual for the 2d half-hour of a back-to-back pair of episodes to be lower-rated than the first, even when the 2d is a finale.

      • CMM

        Honestly, I notice it a lot, but I usually don’t think about it. For some reason this being a season finale just seemed odd to me. I am guessing that those viewers were not actually watching as fans, but simply had it on not bothering, or wanting, to change the channel for whatever better reason they had than to finish it.

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