December 7, 2015


NOTE: After the President’s Oval Office speech at 8:00 pm ET Sunday, ABC started ONCE UPON A TIME, BLOOD & OIL and QUANTICO each about 15 minutes late.  Similarly, FOX slid the 8-10 pm comedy block about 15 minutes.  In contrast, CBS started the SINATRA 100 special on time at 9:00 pm by shortening 60 MINUTES.  NBC also collapsed its pregame show to air the speech, allowing NFL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL to start on time.

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.

Fasts Demo 2015 Dec SUN.06

ABC:  Because of the presidential speech, there many be many adjustments to the preliminary numbers.  For now, the ONCE UPON A TIME midseason finale is up 0.1 from last week (but still well down from last year’s FROZEN story arc), BLOOD & OIL is steady at 0.9, and QUANTICO continues to sink, down 0.1 to 1.1.  The night started with AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, down 0.3 to 0.7.

FOX:  The network had the late national NFL game, and THE SIMPSONS is currently up 0.7 to 3.0 from 2 weeks ago (reruns aired last week), and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is up 0.3 to 2.0, while FAMILY GUY and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH are each up 0.1, respectively to 1.7 and 1.4.

CBS:  60 MINUTES is currently down 0.2 from 2 weeks ago to 1.3, and then the SINATRA 100 special aired at a current 0.8 (but holding all of 60 MINUTES’ huge 50+ audience).

NBC:  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is currently at 6.0, down 1.8 from last week’s preliminary number.

Only CBS airs its full regular line-up tonight.  NBC previews the January sitcom TELENOVELA in its 10PM slot, ABC brings back THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, FOX has a TV’S FUNNIEST ANIMATED STARS special, and CW is in reruns.  In addition, HBO airs the U2 concert special that was postponed due to the attacks in Paris.

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

Fasts 3way 2015 Dec SUN.06

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.