September 21, 2015



The EMMY AWARDS ratings were even worse than they look.

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.20 Sep

FOX:  It’s bad enough that the preliminary EMMY AWARDS rating is down 0.6 from last year’s early number to 3.2.  But that 2014 rating was for an Emmys that aired on a Monday night in August (because it was NBC’s turn and couldn’t be allowed to conflict with football), and was itself down 0.5 from 2013.  This was the year the show was supposed to rebound, but instead it sank even deeper, down more than 25% from 2 years ago.

NBC:  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL had another massive night at a preliminary 8.5, although that was down 0.7 from last week’s season premiere.

CBS:  With major competition on 2 networks, BIG BROTHER fell half a point to 1.8.  The 1.6 for 60 MINUTES may be inflated by late football.  The reruns later in the evening were at twin 0.6s.

ABC:  After a 0.7 rerun of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, it was a night of ONCE UPON A TIME reruns, all at 0.4.

Are you ready for some network television?  The broadcast season officially kicks off tonight, with premieres of LIFE IN PIECES on CBS, BLINDSPOT on NBC and MINORITY REPORT on FOX, as well as season premieres of all the returning shows, including THE BIG BANG THEORY in its temporary Monday slot.

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.20 Sep

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.