January 1, 2018



Happy New Year to our readers.  And it was a very happy send-off to 2017 for ABC.

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.

Fast Demo 2017 Dec 31.SUN

ABC:  Whether it was the holiday night falling on a Sunday, the return of Mariah Carey or something else, DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN EVE had a sensational night.  The 8-10PM portion shot up 1.2 from 2016 to 3.5, and the 10PM hour zoomed 1.4 to 5.0.  The evening started with a 0.9 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS rerun.

FOX:  The network returned to primetime festivities with NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH STEVE HARVEY at 1.8.

CBS:  60 MINUTES, boosted by its NFL lead-in, gained 0.6 to 1.3.  Reruns followed at 0.7/0.6.

NBC:  Deprived of its NFL game, the network aired 2 hours of DATELINE at 0.6, then reruns of THE WALL at 0.5/0.6.

All the networks except CBS jump back into new programming tonight, highlighted by premieres of THE BACHELOR on ABC and BETTER LATE THAN NEVER on NBC.

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

Fast Track 2017 Dec 31.SUN

CABLE RATINGS: Saturday & Sunday cable ratings will be posted Wednesday morning, later than normal due to the New Year’s Day holiday.




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.