May 16, 2019



A season finale that actually ticked up from last year.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day 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.

CBS:  The SURVIVOR season finale was at 1.5, steady with last week and up 0.1 from the May 2018 finale.  The REUNION special that followed had a preliminary 1.1, steady with last year’s early number (which adjusted down 0.3 in finals).

CW:  The RIVERDALE season finale was at 0.3, steady with last week and down 0.1 from 2018.  JANE THE VIRGIN lost 0.1 to 0.2.

NBC:  CHICAGO MED (1.1) and CHICAGO PD (1.0) were each up 0.1, while CHICAGO FIRE held at 1.0.

FOX:  A MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY FAMILY SHOWDOWN special was at 0.5, and PARADISE HOTEL clocked in at 0.3.

ABC:  After a run of TOY STORY 2 at 0.6, the penultimate episode of WHISKEY CAVALIER remained at 0.4

THE BIG BANG THEORY ends its run tonight with a 1-hour finale and (after the YOUNG SHELDON season finale) a retrospective special.  Other season finales tonight:  CBS’s SWAT, NBC’s SUPERSTORE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and SVU, and ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY, STATION 19 and FOR THE PEOPLE (the latter a series finale). 

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

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.