May 25, 2016



Viewers have already checked out of the season.

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.24

NBC:  THE VOICE won the night, and its 2.1 (after a 1.4 recap hour) was up 0.3 from last Tuesday, but it was down 0.8 from the 2015 season finale, a decline of more than 25%.  If that trend continues, one of the network’s most valuable properties may find its endgame starting to loom.

ABC:  Things were much the same for DANCING WITH THE STARS, with a 1.6 finale that was down 0.7 from last year, a 30% drop.  The evening started with the season finale of FRESH OFF THE BOAT, up 0.1 from last week but down 0.3 from the 2015 finale, and the season finale of THE REAL O’NEALS at 1.0.

CW:  The season finale of THE FLASH was down 0.1 from last week to 1.2, which was also down 0.3 from last year’s finale, and CONTAINMENT was steady at 0.5.

CBS:  Another installment of the primetime PRICE IS RIGHT was at 1.1, followed by 2 0.9 hours of PERSON OF INTEREST, both hours down 0.2 from last Tuesday.

FOX:  The season premiere of HOTEL HELL was low at 0.8, and COUPLED held at 0.5.

The last night of the 2015-16 network TV season brings a flood of finales:  HEARTBEAT, SVU and CHICAGO PD on NBC, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS on CBS, ARROW and SUPERNATURAL on CW, ROSEWOOD on FOX, and the series finale of NASHVILLE on ABC.  In addition, FOX launches the new season of WAYWARD PINES.

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.24

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.