September 23, 2019



The EMMY AWARDS didn’t bode well for the season to come.

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.

FOX:  The preliminary 1.5 for the EMMY AWARDS was down 0.6 from the early numbers from 2018 (-29%), and although last year’s awards aired on a Monday, its rating was steady with the Sunday broadcast in 2017.  The night started with the RED CARPET special at a preliminary 1.4, which started late after a football overrun, so it’s likely to be adjusted in finals.

NBC:  The preliminary 5.4 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was up 0.1 from last week’s early number.

CBS:  The schedule slid due to football overruns, so the 1.6 for 60 MINUTES and the 1.0 for BIG BROTHER may shift.  The night ended with a rerun NCIS: LA at 0.6.

ABC:  CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD fell 0.2 to 0.6, and both THE $100,000 PYRAMID (0.5) and TO TELL THE TRUTH (0.4) dropped 0.1.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.1.

The new season begins tonight, with a quartet of newcomers:  sitcom BOB LOVES ABISHOLA on CBS, legal procedurals ALL RISE on CBS and BLUFF CITY LAW on NBC, and serial killer thriller PRODIGAL SON on FOX.

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."