December 19, 2016



The hills were alive with the sound of football.

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 follows the chart.


NBC:  Even though last night’s preliminary 7.0 for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was down 0.7 from last week’s early number, it was still up a big 1.9 from 2 weeks ago.

CBS:  For the first time in 3 weeks, CBS had the late afternoon national NFL game, which pushed 60 MINUTES up a huge 1.6 from last week to 2.8 (although that was just steady with its rating the last time it had the football lead-in).  NCIS: LA took last week off, but at 1.4 it was down 0.1 from 3 weeks ago.  MADAM SECRETARY jumped 0.4 from last week to 1.1, which was also up 0.1 from 3 weeks ago, and ELEMENTARY was up 0.3 from last week to 0.9, which was up 0.2 from 3 weeks ago.

ABC:  The year’s run of THE SOUND OF MUSIC was up 0.1 from last year to 1.1.

FOX:  After 0.7 for something called the BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE, it was a night of reruns at 0.4-0.7.

Seasonal programming carries most of tonight’s line-ups, which includes a FAREWELL TO THE WHITE HOUSE Oprah Winfrey interview of Michelle Obama on CBS, the finale of GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT on ABC, and a special episode of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT on NBC.

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

This feature will return in January.

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."