December 16, 2019



A pair of annual events returned.

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.

ABC:  THE SOUND OF MUSIC, one of the few theatrical movies that still airs on broadcast TV, dipped 0.1 from last year’s run to 0.6.

CBS:  After 60 MINUTES at 0.8 (far down from last week’s post-NFL episode), the KENNEDY CENTER HONORS was steady with 2018’s 0.6 (on a Wednesday).  A rerun NCIS: LA followed at 0.3.

FOX:  The regular line-up hadn’t aired after the late national NFL game since November 24.  Compared to that night, everything was steady, with THE SIMPSONS at 1.8, BLESS THE HARTS at 1.0, BOB’S BURGERS at 0.9, and FAMILY GUY at 0.9.

CW:  The premiere of CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE was at 0.1.

NBC:  The preliminary 4.4 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was up 0.3 from last week’s early rating.

Synergy alert:  tonight Jimmy Kimmel hosts ABC’s primetime LIFE AFTER DARTH, a special plugging parent monolith Disney’s STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. 

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 Friday cable programs. Saturday & Sunday cable ratings will be posted Tuesday morning.




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.