October 5, 2018



A fairly stable night.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day 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.

NBC:  The season premiere of SUPERSTORE was down 0.4 from the 2017 premiere to 0.9, but that was up 0.1 from last season’s finale.  THE GOOD PLACE slipped 0.1 from last week’s season premiere to 0.9.  Last year’s WILL & GRACE re-premiere was at a phenomenal 3.0, but the 2018 season premiere was up 0.1 from the April finale to 1.0.  I FEEL BAD isn’t off to a good start at 0.7.  SVU was down 0.1 from last week’s 2-hour premiere to 1.0.

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY dropped 0.3 from last week’s 2-hour premiere to 1.6.  The season premiere of STATION 19 was steady with last March’s premiere at 1.1.  HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER remained at last week’s 0.8.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY held last week’s 2.2, while YOUNG SHELDON climbed 0.2 to 1.8.  MOM stayed at 1.3, while MURPHY BROWN was down 0.1 to 1.0.  SWAT was steady at 0.7.

FOX:  The preliminary 3.0 for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was down 0.3 from last week’s early number.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.1.

Tonight’s season premieres include ABC’s FRESH OFF THE BOAT, SPEECHLESS and CHILD SUPPORT, as well as Syfy’s Z NATION and VAN HELSING. 

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

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




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."