May 18, 2017



The underwhelming season finales continued.

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 2017 May 17.WED

ABC:  On a night of season finales (and a premiere), THE GOLDBERGS was up 0.1 from last week to 1.4, but down half a point from the 2016 finale; SPEECHLESS gained 0.1 from last week to 1.2; MODERN FAMILY climbed 0.1 from last week to 1.7, but fell 0.4 from last year; and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR fell 0.1 to 1.0.  DOWNWARD DOG showed why it’s been relegated to summer, losing more than one-third its lead-in for a dim 1.1 start.

NBC:  BLINDSPOT’s season finale held with last week’s 0.8, but that was down half a point from the 2016 finale (on a Monday), and the CHICAGO PD finale held last week’s 1.3 and was down just 0.1 from last year.  Between them, SVU gained 0.1 from last week to 1.2.

CBS:  After a steady 1.7 SURVIVOR, the 2-hour series finale of CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS dropped 0.1 to 0.7.

FOX:  SHOTS FIRED stayed at 0.8, and EMPIRE lost 0.1 to 2.1.

CW:  ARROW fell 0.1 to 0.5, and THE 100 was steady at 0.3.

Tonight is an evening of 2-hour finales:  THE BLACKLIST, SCANDAL, and SUPERNATURAL (plus a 2-hour non-finale THE AMAZING RACE).  GREY’S ANATOMY airs a comparatively puny 1-hour season finale.

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

Fast Track 2017 May 17.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.