September 24, 2018



9-1-1 got a jump on the season.

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.

FOX:  The network used its late national NFL game as a springboard for the early premiere of 9-1-1 (a 2-part episode that concludes tonight), pushing it half a point above its previous series high to 2.3 before adjustment.  Before jumping too high in the air, though, a couple of points of comparison:  earlier this month, FOX did the same thing for a preview episode of the lower-profile REL, giving that show a 1.9 it will likely never see again.  In addition, at the beginning of last season, the late NFL game gave a regular episode of THE SIMPSONS a 2.2, so the 2.3 isn’t exceptionable with that lead-in.  The rest of the night was reruns at 0.9/0.6 (the latter a rerun of the REL pilot).

ABC:  On summer finale night, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD dropped 0.3 to a season low 0.6, and 2 episodes of THE $100,000 PYRAMID were at season lows 0.6/0.5, compared to last week’s 0.7.  The night started with a rerun AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS at 0.6.

CBS:  60 MINUTES fell to 1.1 from last week’s football-boosted 2.2.  BIG BROTHER lost 0.4 to 1.3.  Reruns followed at 0.5/0.3.

NBC:  The preliminary rating for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was 5.7, down half a point from last week’s game.

The fall broadcast season officially begins tonight, with series premieres for CBS’s MAGNUM PI reboot and NBC’s MANIFEST.  CBS is stunting the MAGNUM premiere with off-night season premieres of THE BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON.  Other season premieres include THE VOICE and DANCING WITH THE STARS.


COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 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 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.