December 20, 2015



The Republicans may or may not win the next presidential election, but they’re certainly winning TV.

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.

Fasts Demo 2015 Dec SAT.19

ABC:  The DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE was at 1.1, less than one-third of CNN’s 3.84 for last week’s Republican fracas.

FOX:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT scored 0.9.

CBS: NOTE: CBS fast nationals inflated by local broadcast pre-emptions in New York (WCBS) and Dallas (WTVT) for Jets-Cowboys SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, which aired nationally on NFL Network.  Currently its reruns and 48 HOURS are looking suspiciously robust at 0.9/1.1/1.3.

NBC:  THE WIZ LIVE didn’t show much staying power, repeating at a weak 0.4.

Tonight, CBS has the season premiere of UNDERCOVER BOSS before a pair of reruns, FOX airs the MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT and ABC turns to a singalong version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  On cable, there are season finales for Showtime’s HOMELAND and THE AFFAIR, as well as AMC’s INTO THE BADLANDS.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back early Tuesday 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.