January 2, 2018



A slow start for 2018.

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 2018 Jan 01.MON

ABC:  THE BACHELOR debuted with its lowest ever season premiere at 1.5, down an unpleasant 0.6 from the 2017 premiere.  The night wrapped up with a rerun of THE GOOD DOCTOR at 0.7.

NBC:  THE WALL was down 0.2 to 0.8 from its airing last Wednesday.  The official season premiere of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER fell 0.4 to 0.7/0.7 from its “preview” airing after THE VOICE on December 11.

FOX:  LUCIFER and THE GIFTED were both down 0.1 from their last airings to 0.7/0.7.

CW:  After an 0.2 SUPERGIRL rerun, VALOR returned at a steady 0.2.

CBS:  A night of sitcom reruns at 0.9-1.1, followed by a SEAL TEAM rerun at 0.5.

The first scripted premiere of 2018 is FOX’s sitcom LA TO VEGAS tonight.

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

Fast Track 2018 Jan 01.MON

CABLE RATINGS: Come back Wednesday afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day, later than usual due to the New Year’s Day holiday.




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."