November 14, 2016



America wanted its football and President-Elect.

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:  Even without a national NFL overrun lead-in (although local overruns did push the schedule in some areas and will lead to small adjustments), the 60 MINUTES interview with President-Elect Trump was a bonanza, giving the show a 3.2 rating that was the highest non-football number of the night.  That helped NCIS: LA, up half a point from last week to 1.9.  The halo effect was wearing off by MADAM SECRETARY, up 0.1 to 1.1, and ELEMENTARY, up 0.1 to 0.7.

NBC:  A marquee Seattle vs. New England SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game that went down to the wire had a preliminary 6.5, up 0.9 from last week’s early number.

ABC:  AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS fell 0.2 to 0.8, and it didn’t get much better after that.  ONCE UPON A TIME dropped 0.2 to 0.9, and then both SECRETS & LIES and QUANTICO were up 0.1 to 0.7.

FOX:  The network had the late afternoon national NFL game, which propelled THE SIMPSONS to more than double last week’s 1.4 to 3.1, and SON OF ZORN was up 0.7 to 1.6.  FAMILY GUY gained 0.4 to 1.6, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH rose 0.2 to 1.1.

National Geographic Network pushes into the (semi-) scripted world with tonight’s MARS, which intercuts documentary interviews with a science-fiction space travel storyline.

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."