September 24, 2019



The broadcast network elevator continued to go down.

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:  Last year, the network stunted the first hour of the season with off-night episodes of THE BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON, giving a lift to the night.  Compared to the following week, THE NEIGHBORHOOD dropped 0.4 to 0.9, and BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA was down 0.2 from the premiere of HAPPY TOGETHER to 0.8.  ALL RISE premiered at 0.7, down 0.2 from Week 2’s episode of MAGNUM PI (down half a point from the premiere week episode).  BULL’s season premiere was down 0.1 from last year’s Week 2 to 0.7 (down 0.2 from premiere week).

NBC:  THE VOICE’s 1.7 season premiere was down 0.3 from last year.  BLUFF CITY LAW was more of a gut punch with a 0.8 premiere, down a whopping 1.4 from 2018’s premiere of MANIFEST.

FOX:  The steadiest of the networks with a 1.5 season premiere for 9-1-1, down 0.1 from last year’s premiere (in the 9PM slot).  The premiere of PRODIGAL SON was at 1.0, down 0.1 from last year’s THE RESIDENT.

ABC:  Note that local MONDAY  NIGHT FOOTBALL preemptions may lead to adjustments this afternoon.  At the moment, DANCING WITH THE STARS is down 0.2 from last week to 0.8, and the season premiere of THE GOOD DOCTOR is down 0.3 from last year’s season premiere to 1.0.

CW:  On the only network still in summer mode, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US was at 0.2, and new and rerun episodes of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY were at 0.2/0.2.

Tonight’s series premieres belong to ABC, with the sitcom spin-off MIXED-ISH and the science fiction thriller EMERGENCE.  Season premieres include THIS IS US on NBC and NCIS on CBS.

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."