October 3, 2016

The Sked: Sunday Ratings 10.2.2016


Things didn’t get easier for ABC on the 2d Sunday of 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.


CBS:  FOX and CBS will alternate boosts throughout the fall from the overrun of the late afternoon national NFL game, and this week it was FOX’s turn.  That pushed 60 MINUTES down 1.2 to 1.4.  NCIS: LA had its time period premiere at 1.5, holding last week’s number from a 2-hour premiere.  The season premiere of MADAM SECRETARY was down 0.3 from last fall to 1.1.  The season premiere of ELEMENTARY was down 0.2 from last fall’s premiere of CSI: CYBER in the Sunday 10PM timeslot to 0.8, which was also down 0.3 from its own 2015 season premiere.

ABC:  After a 1.0 season premiere for AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, ONCE UPON A TIME fell 0.2 from last week to 1.1, and SECRETS & LIES was down 0.1 to 0.9.  QUANTICO held last week’s 1.0.

FOX:  The NFL overrun raised THE SIMPSONS 1.2 to 2.6, and SON OF ZORN benefited by 0.5 to 1.6.  FAMILY GUY was up 0.3 to 1.6, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH gained 0.1 to 1.0.

NBC:  The preliminary 6.1 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is down 0.7 from last week’s early number.

Tonight features premieres on 3 networks, as NBC launches time-travel adventure ‘TIMELESS, ABC unveils legal soap CONVICTION, and CBS airs a 2-hour season premiere for SCORPION.

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 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."