September 30, 2019



A big night for football, and not much else.

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.

NBC:  A Dallas vs. New Orleans SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL match-up walloped the rest of primetime with a preliminary 6.7, up 1.3 from last week’s early number.

ABC:  The season premiere of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS slipped 0.1 from last year’s premiere to 0.7.  The season finale of CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD jumped 0.4 from last week to 1.0.  The season premiere of SHARK TANK benefited from a bigger lead-in than it had last year (a DANCING WITH THE STARS special) and rose 0.1 year-to-year to 0.7.  The relocated season premiere of THE ROOKIE was at 0.7, down 0.3 from last year’s Tuesday premiere, but in line with April’s season finale.

CBS:  NFL overruns may shift these numbers.  For now, the season premiere of 60 MINUTES is down 0.8 from the 2018 premiere to 1.4, the season premiere of GOD FRIENDED ME is down 0.4 from last year to 0.9, and the season premiere of NCIS: LA is down half a point to 0.6.

FOX:  The season premiere of THE SIMPSONS fell half a point from 2018 to 0.9, and the series premiere of BLESS THE HARTS was passable at 0.7.  The season premiere of BOB’S BURGERS was down 0.4 from last year’s premiere to 0.7, and the season premiere of FAMILY GUY dropped half a point from 2018 to 0.7. 

CW:  An IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL special was at 0.1, followed by MYSTERIES DECODED at 0.1.

Tonight marks the start of the all-important Week 2 of the broadcast season, where we’ll see how many of the viewers who tried new shows last week come back for more. 

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 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.