May 6, 2019



Note that afternoon golf on CBS pushed 21 minutes into primetime, so the network’s preliminary ratings are likely to adjust in finals.

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:  AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS dropped 0.2 to 0.9.  AMERICAN IDOL is likely to adjust up, since it aired live nationwide, but its preliminary 1.1 is down 0.3 from last week’s early number (and down half a point from last week’s finals).  SHARK TANK slipped 0.1 to 0.7.

CBS:  Currently, 60 MINUTES is at 0.6 (which would be down 0.2 from last week), THE RED LINE is at 0.4 (steady), and NCIS: LA is at 0.5 (down 0.1).

NBC:  After 0.5 for a rerun ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES, the season finale of WORLD OF DANCE remained at 0.8, and GOOD GIRLS dropped 0.1 to 0.5.

FOX:  The new episodes of THE SIMPSONS, BOB’S BURGERS and FAMILY GUY were all down 0.1 to 0.7.  The night started with reruns at 0.3/0.4, and ended with another rerun at 0.6.

CW:  SUPERGIRL (0.3) and CHARMED (0.2) were steady

Tonight, ABC airs a special episode of THE BACHELORETTE, and FOX has the season finale of THE RESIDENT.  On cable, there are series finales for Freeform’s SHADOWHUNTERS and AMC’s INTO THE BADLANDS, and HBO premieres its limited series CHERNOBYL. 

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."