May 23, 2019

The Sked: Wednesday Network Scorecard 5.22.2019


For one night, everything old was new again.

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.

ABC:  The all-star reenactment of 1970s sitcoms LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE was huge at 1.7, and the mini-doc ALL ABOUT ALL IN THE FAMILY & THE JEFFERSONS stayed big at 1.4.  This boosted the series finale of WHISKEY CAVALIER by 0.3 to 0.7.

NBC:  On season finale night, CHICAGO MED was steady with last week’s 1.1 (up 0.1 from the 2018 finale on a Tuesday), CHICAGO FIRE held last week’s 1.1 (up 0.1 from 2018’s Thursday night finale), and CHICAGO PD was down 0.1 from last week to 0.9 (down 0.3 from 2018).

CBS:  Back-to-back episodes of THE AMAZING RACE were at 09/0.7, compared to the 0.8 from 2 weeks ago.  The season finale of SEAL TEAM was up 0.1 from 2 weeks ago to 0.7, and down 0.2 from the 2018 finale.

FOX:  A MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY FAMILY SHOWDOWN special was at 0.6, followed by a rerun at 0.5.

CW:  MY LAST DAYS returned at 0.2, and JANE THE VIRGIN gained 0.1 to 0.3.

The 2018-19 broadcast network regular season is in the books (NBC won 18-49s and CBS won the older metric of Total Viewers, both as per recent history).  Tonight, ELEMENTARY begins its final season on CBS, and Sundance premieres its miniseries THE NAME OF THE ROSE.  In addition, NBC airs its annual RED NOSE DAY special, and ABC has a THIS IS FARRAH FAWCETT documentary.

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 Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."