May 17, 2018



More finales.

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 May 2018 May 16.WED

ABC:  On a night of finales, THE GOLDBERGS was up 0.1 from last week to 1.2 (down 0.2 from 2017), ALEX INC gained 0.1 to 0.8, MODERN FAMILY was steady with last week’s 1.3 but down 0.4 from last year, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE held last week’s 1.1 (down 0.1 from 2017, which aired on a Tuesday), and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR was up 0.1 from last week to 0.6 (down a half-point from 2017).

CBS:  SURVIVOR lost 0.1 to 1.4, the season finale of SEAL TEAM was steady at 0.9, and CODE BLACK was up 0.1 to 0.8.

NBC:  The season finale of THE BLACKLIST dropped 0.1 to 0.7 (down 0.2 from 2017, which aired on a Thursday), SVU shed 0.1 to 1.0, and an INSIDE THE ROYAL WEDDING special was at 0.6.

FOX:  EMPIRE remained at 1.6, and STAR was up 0.1 to 1.3.

CW:  The 0.4 season finale of RIVERDALE was steady with both last week and last year’s finale, and THE ORIGINALS held at 0.3.

We’re now in the final week of the official broadcast TV season, so the finales are even thicker, with tonight’s crop including GREY’S ANATOMY, STATION 19, YOUNG SHELDON, LIFE IN PIECES, SWAT, GOTHAM, SUPERNATURAL and ARROW.

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

Fast Track May 2018 May 16.WED

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. Sam

    At those ratings, Code Black could get renewed. I Mean, they’re on par with Seal Team at this time of the year. It now all depends on how cheap CBS gets it.

    • Destiny

      It got those numbers with no competition. Just wait until its airing through the Summer with a terrible lead-in. Scripted on CBS in the Summer is just tragic, like 0.4-0.5 level, sometimes a 0.3.

  2. Destiny

    The Blacklist concludes the season on a series low(Not a new one, but a series low none the less). It makes NBCs decision to move to Fridays all the more reasonable.

    • ntscuser

      If confirmed I believe it would be a new series low although last week it adjusted up again later.

      • Destiny

        Oh ok thanks. The half hours don’t suggest adjustment but I’m not good at predicting these. The prelim number was 0.735, with 0.738/0.732 half hours(Which is super stable). Shame that the Tom ghost ruined a halfway decent episode. They should have let Boone stand on her own in that scene.

    • FlopWatch

      Exactly, the Fridays move makes sense.

      • Destiny

        Which no doubt will mean Blacklist & Blindspot canceled by May 2019. NBC will have to rebuild Fridays yet again.

  3. Joe Daniels

    The Originals started off strong and now it’s dying. People thought it should be un-cancelled. But that’s definitely not going to happen!

    • FlopWatch

      It was always going to be a final season no matter what, it wasn’t going to last much longer after TVD ended. At least they got another spinoff out of it.

  4. Amaury

    Young Sheldon? Its finale was last week. Typo, perhaps.

  5. Fred Johnston

    When are the ratings from last night going up, gotta see how The Expanse did.

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