May 18, 2016



A big farewell to a NCIS star.

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.17

CBS:  Michael Weatherly departed NCIS last night, and it caused quite the ratings stir.  The NCIS season finale rose 0.4 from last week to 2.5, which was up an even more impressive 0.6 from the 2015 season finale.  (CBS, no dummies they, will launch Weatherly’s brand-new series BULL in the post-NCIS slot next fall.)  There wasn’t much of a halo effect for the NCIS: NEW ORLEANS season finale, which at 1.8 was up 0.1 both from last week and last season’s finale.  At 10PM, PERSON OF INTEREST held at last Tuesday’s 1.1.

ABC:  FRESH OFF THE BOAT gained 0.2 to 1.1, while THE REAL O’NEALS stayed at 0.9.  The 2-hour season finale of AGENTS OF SHIELD was up 0.1 from last week to 1.0, which was down 0.3 from last year’s 2-hour season finale.

FOX:  After weeks of hype, and even with an appearance from His Majesty Donald Trump himself, MEGYN KELLY PRESENTS had a weak broadcast debut at 0.8.  The series premiere of COUPLED was even lower at 0.5.

NBC:  THE VOICE, CHICAGO MED and CHICAGO FIRE were all steady, respectively at 1.8/1.6/1.6.

CW:  THE FLASH and CONTAINMENT were equally stable at 1.3/0.5.

Tonight’s season finales include SURVIVOR (as usual, a 3-hour event), EMPIRE, and the entire ABC sitcom line-up.

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.17

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.