December 6, 2015



A pair of COLLEGE FOOTBALL Conference Championships dominated Saturday primetime, both providing entry for the winners into the year’s COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS.  At least in preliminary numbers, FOX’s Michigan State vs. Iowa game (2.6) topped ABC’s Clemson vs. North Carolina (2.4).  NBC’s annual airing of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, at 0.6, was about where it was last year (when it also faced Conference Championship games), while CBS featured 1.0/0.8 reruns and then a 0.9 episode of 48 HOURS.

THE LEFTOVERS airs its probably enigmatic season finale tonight on HBO, and ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME has its fall finale.  NOTE that in much of the country all broadcast network programming (at least the non-football kind) will be pushed to cover President Obama’s speech to the nation about terrorism and the San Bernadino shootings.

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).

Fasts Demo 2015 Dec SAT.05

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.