March 4, 2019



AMERICAN IDOL returned at a lower level.

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 season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL was at 1.7, down 0.6 from the 2018 premiere (although up 0.1 from the season finale, on a Monday).  The night started with an AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS that was up 0.3 to 1.1 compared to its last airing 2 weeks ago, and the IDOL lead-out was SHARK TANK, which last aired a new episode on January 27, and was at 0.9 compared to that night’s 1.1/1.0.

NBC:  After a clip show hour at 0.5, a new 2-hour WORLD OF DANCE made its Sunday debut at 1.0, down 0.4 from last Tuesday’s episode.  The season premiere of GOOD GIRLS was at 0.7, down an ugly 0.8 from last year’s series premiere (on a Monday after THE VOICE), and a new series low.

CBS:  60 MINUTES gained 0.2 from last week to 1.0.  The rest of the line-up returned from an Oscar week off, with GOD FRIENDED ME up 0.1 to 0.7, NCIS: LA up 0.2 to 0.9, and MADAM SECRETARY up 0.2 to 0.6.

FOX:  The line-up returned from Oscar break, and after an 0.4/0.5 hour of reruns, THE SIMPSONS was steady at 0.9, BOB’S BURGERS was down 0.1 to 0.8, and FAMILY GUY was likewise down 0.1 to 0.8.  A FAMILY GUY rerun ended the night at 0.7.

CW:  After a week off, SUPERGIRL (0.4) and CHARMED (0.3) were each up 0.1.

Tonight, the broadcast networks air their regular line-ups.

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 Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."