April 27, 2012

The Sked: THURSDAY CABLE RATINGS: Another NFL Touchdown

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Written by: Mitch Salem

>The third highest-rated program on the first night of the May Sweep last night was not on a broadcast network.  The NFL Draft on ESPN scored an impressive 3.3 rating with Adults 18-49, averaging 6.7 million viewers  2+.   Only Big Bang Theory on CBS (4.1 in the official nationals) and American Idol on FOX (4.0 official national) had a bigger young adult audience last night.  Grey Anatomy on ABC rounded up in the official nationals to tie the NFL Draft with a 3.3 rating.  The NFL Draft will certainly be the top program on cable this week.  Look for the updated weekly cable ratings chart Tuesday. reports the combined rating of the ESPN coverage and the NFL Network coverage of the draft averaged a 4.0 rating with young adults, up from a combined 3.4 rating last year.  The NFL remains red hot.


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."