February 17, 2020



The return of AMERICAN IDOL was dominant.

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:  After the first new AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS since January 19 rose 0.3 to 0.8, AMERICAN IDOL returned at 1.5, down 0.2 from last year’s premiere.  A rerun of the FOR LIFE pilot was at 0.6.

CBS:  It’s been a long time since the full line-up aired new episodes without a football lead-in, thanks to the Grammys, the Oscars and the Super Bowl.  Comparing ratings to January 5, 60 MINUTES was steady at 0.6, GOD FRIENDED ME held at 0.4, and NCIS:  LA was up 0.1 to 0.6.  NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was at 0.5.

NBC:  The network experimented with ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST by running the pilot more than a month ago and streaming it everywhere in the weeks that followed.  That didn’t help, as the new episode was down 0.2 from the pilot’s original airing to 0.4.  The season premiere of GOOD GIRLS dropped 0.3 from last year’s premiere to 0.4.  The night started with reruns of ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES at 0.4 and the ZOEY pilot at 0.3.

FOX:  The full line-up also returned from a lengthy hiatus.  After reruns at 0.5/0.4, THE SIMPSONS gained 0.1 to 0.7, the new DUNCANVILLE was quiet at 0.5, BOB’S BURGERS was down 0.3 (compared to a December night with an NFL lead-in) to 0.6, and FAMILY GUY was down 0.1 to 0.6.

CW:  BATWOMAN (0.2) and SUPERGIRL (0.2) were steady.

Tonight, NBC airs the cycle finale of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.

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 early WEDNESDAY for detailed demographic ratings for top Sunday cable programs, a day later than usual due to the Presidents 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.