May 30, 2016



It was NASCAR’s night.

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.

Fast Demo 2016 May SUN.29

NBC:  The network did about as little to help the season finale of THE CARMICHAEL SHOW as humanly possible, marooning it on a holiday weekend after the regular season’s end, between an early DATELINE (0.4) and reruns.  The result was a dreadful 0.4, down 0.1 from last week.  A 2-hour rerun of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR was comparatively strong, rising out of a 0.3 CARMICHAEL SHOW rerun with 0.9.

FOX:  The night’s NASCAR race easily won the night at 1.3.

CBS:  After 0.6 for 60 MINUTES, reruns were led by 0.6 for UNDERCOVER BOSS.

ABC:  A run of the 2d HARRY POTTER movie at 0.6, the same as its rerun AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS lead-in.

Tonight will be much busier, as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and MISTRESSES rejoin the FOX and ABC summer line-ups.  On cable, History/A&E/Lifetime/Lifetime Movie Network begin their 4-night simulcast of the new ROOTS, and MTV reboots SCREAM with an 11PM timeslot, unusual for a scripted series.  NBC airs Game 1 of the STANLEY CUP FINALS, but it–very possibly like everything else on TV–may be dominated by Game 7 of the Golden State vs. Oklahoma City NBA PLAYOFFS on TNT.

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

Fast Track 2016 May SUN.29

CABLE RATINGS: Come back early Tuesday Wednesday morning for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from Saturday and Sunday.  Friday cable ratings will be available Tuesday afternoon, all a day later than normal due to the Memorial Day holiday.


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.