September 25, 2017



STAR TREK:  DISCOVERY wasn’t a planet-changer.

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.

Fast Demo 2017 Sep 24.SUN

CBS:  The line-up shifted by about 20 minutes in most of the country due to NFL overrun, so adjustments are coming tomorrow.  For now, the highly-hyped arrival of Oprah Winfrey (along with the big lead-in) brought 60 MINUTES to a preliminary 2.5, and the only non-streaming episode of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is at 1.6, a solid but not exceptional number.  The NCIS: LA rerun that followed is currently at 0.7.

NBC:  On a day when football was the biggest news around, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL had a preliminary 5.3, down 1.1 from last week’s early number. 

ABC:  The first new CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD in a month was down 0.1 to 1.0.  The season finale of FUNDERDOME rose 0.3 to 0.8, and the season finale of THE $100,000 PYRAMID was up 0.1 to 0.6.  The night began with a 0.7 rerun of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS.

FOX:  A WHO SHOT BIGGIE & TUPAC special was at 1.1.  The night started with animated reruns at 0.7/0.7.

The broadcast networks begin the new season in earnest tonight, with season premieres of such heavy hitters as THE BIG BANG THEORY and THE VOICE, and series premieres for THE GOOD DOCTOR on ABC, THE BRAVE on NBC, and YOUNG SHELDON and ME, MYSELF & I on CBS.  In addition, THE DAILY SHOW gets companion lead-out THE OPPOSITION.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

Fast Track 2017 Sep 24.SUN

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."