February 16, 2015



Live from New York… it was Lorne Michaels, saving NBC once again.

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.

Demo Profile 2015 SUN.15 Feb

NBC:  SNL40 may have felt like hard time by the end of its 4 1/2 hours (including pre-show)–and the ratings indicated viewer fatigue, as the number dropped 2 points between 8:30PM and 10:30PM–but the star-studded extravaganza nevertheless delivered a huge 7.8 rating, after 3.0 for the RED CARPET SHOW.  Note:  since it was a live telecast but taped for the west coast, those numbers will likely be adjusted in final numbers.

CBS:  CSI may have aired its final 2 hours last night, and if it did, the show went out ignominiously, with an all-time series low 1.1.  (The show, it should be noted, looked considerably more robust with a recent 1.6 for a Tuesday run.)  That followed 0.9 for UNDERCOVER BOSS (down 0.3 from last Friday’s episode) and 1.2 for 60 MINUTES (down 0.3 from last week).

FOX:  Airing comedies against a comedy-themed blockbuster probably wasn’t the best idea, and all FOX’s shows suffered, even in comparison with last week’s episodes that had to face THE GRAMMYS, with THE SIMPSONS down 0.1 to 1.1, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE particularly hard hit with a 0.3 drop to 0.9 (which made sense, considering that Andy Samberg fans could watch him on SNL40), FAMILY GUY down 0.2 to 1.2, and BOB’S BURGERS down 0.1 to 0.9.  The night began with the merciful end of MULANEY, finally out of episodes with a 0.4 at 7PM.

ABC:  After a steady 1.4 for AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, ABC punted for the night with 3 hours of THE BACHELOR, with 1.5 for both a 1-hour clip show and a 2-hour episode.  The latter was down a hefty 1.2 from last Monday’s episode.

Tonight’s event is STEVIE WONDER: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE, which CBS airs as part of its GRAMMYS deal, and NBC has the season finale of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE and what will almost certainly be the series finale of STATE OF AFFAIRS.  The other networks are all-new. 


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

Daily Comp 3way 2015 SUN.15 Feb V2

CABLE RATINGS: Come back early Wednesday for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.

The Presidents’ Day holiday will mean delays most of this week’s cable ratings and broadcast nationals.  Friday cable ratings will be available Tuesday. Saturday and Sunday cable will be available early Wednesday, and Monday cable ratings will be released Wednesday afternoon.  Tuesday cable ratings will be available Thursday morning, and Wednesday cable ratings will be posted Thursday afternoon (when the delivery schedule returns to normal).


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."