May 24, 2016



The night’s brightest sign of life was for a summer premiere.

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 night.

Fast Demo 2016 May MON.23

ABC:  After a 1-hour DANCING WITH THE STARS, up 0.2 from last week to 1.9, THE BACHELORETTE had its season premiere at 2.0, which was down 0.1 from last May and enough to win the night.

NBC:  THE VOICE was down 0.1 from last Monday to 2.0 (but down a more serious 0.6 from the parallel night last year).  The season finale of  BLINDSPOT held at last week’s 1.3.

FOX:  The GOTHAM season finale lost 0.1 from last week (and half a point from the 2015 finale) to 1.2.  HOUDINI & DOYLE followed, down 0.1 to 0.6.

CBS:  A primetime PRICE IS RIGHT started the evening at 1.3.  A pair of THE ODD COUPLE episodes, including the season finale at 9:30PM, were at 1.0/0.9, down sharply from last week’s 1.3 (which had a BIG BANG THEORY rerun lead-in).  PERSON OF INTEREST was steady with last Monday at 0.9.

CW:  REIGN remained at 0.3.  The season premiere episodes of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY were both at 0.4.

Season finales tonight include THE VOICE, DANCING WITH THE STARS, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, THE REAL O’NEALS and THE FLASH on the networks, plus AWKWARD, STITCHERS and THE NIGHT MANAGER on cable.  In addition, FOX has the season premiere of HOTEL HELL.

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

Fast Track 2016 May MON.23

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.