November 28, 2016

The Sked: Sunday Ratings 11.27.2016


A couple of notes:  last night’s CBS line-up was delayed by 49 minutes in most of the country due to NFL overrun, so it’s subject to more adjustment than usual.  But because of Thanksgiving, it’s going to take Nielsen several days to catch up with network finals and cable ratings, beginning with last Wednesday’s numbers, which are scheduled for release this afternoon.

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.


ABC:  AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS was down 0.1 from last week to 1.0.  The rest of the comparisons are to 2 weeks ago, due to last week’s AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS:  ONCE UPON A TIME gained 0.1 to 1.0, SECRETS & LIES stayed at 0.7, and what turned out to be the last Sunday airing of QUANTICO before it relocates to Mondays in January also held at 0.7.

NBC:  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is at a preliminary 5.8, up 0.2 from last week’s early number.

CBS:  Currently, 60 MINUTES is at 2.3, NCIS: LA is at 1.4, and MADAM SECRETARY is at 0.9, but as noted, all those numbers may shift.

FOX:  The only new programming was BOB’S BURGERS, which was steady at 1.1.  The rest of the night was made up of reruns, with THE SIMPSONS highest at 1.1.

ABC has its CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS special tonight, while the only new show on CBS is THE ODD COUPLE.  CW begins its biggest programming gambit of the fall, a 4-night “Heroes vs. Aliens” storyline that incorporates all its DC Comics series.

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


CABLE RATINGS: Come back Wednesday morning for detailed demographic ratings for this day, later than normal due to the long holiday weekend.


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."