May 11, 2016



FOX’s bubble sitcoms didn’t do themselves any season finale favors.

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 2016 May TUE.10


FOX:  Both GRANDFATHERED and THE GRINDER had 0.6 season finales, which was down 0.1 from last week for GRANDFATHERED and up 0.1 for GRINDER.  That won’t help with FOX’s bubble decisions, although it may be a hopeful sign that so far, FOX has only picked up 2 new sitcoms for next season.  NEW GIRL exited the season with another pair of half-hours, this time at 1.1/1.0, modestly up from last week’s 1.0/0.9.

ABC:  BATTLEBOTS returned at an unexciting 0.6.  Prior to that, FRESH OFF THE BOAT was down 0.2 to a season low 0.9, and both THE REAL O’NEALS and AGENTS OF SHIELD held at last week’s 0.9s.

CBS:  NCIS gained 0.1 to 2.0, but NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was down 0.2 to 1.6, and PERSON OF INTEREST was down 0.1 from last Tuesday to 1.1.

NBC:  THE VOICE rose 0.2 to 1.8, CHICAGO MED went up 0.1 to 1.6, and CHICAGO FIRE remained at 1.6.

CW:  Both THE FLASH (with an episode directed by Kevin Smith) and CONTAINMENT were steady at 1.3/0.5.

All the networks are new tonight, and CBS has a doubleheader of CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS.  On cable, WGN’s UNDERGROUND airs its season finale.

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

Fast Track 2016 May TUE.10

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.