October 6, 2017



SCANDAL arrived as Week 2 shows continued to settle in.

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 2017 Oct 05.THU

ABC:  After GREY’S ANATOMY dropped 0.3 from last week’s 2-hour premiere to 2.0, SCANDAL premiered at 1.4.  That’s down 0.7 from last season’s January start (which followed a 2.6 lead-in from GREY’S), but up 0.2 from the season finale.  HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER was down 0.1 to a series low 0.9.

NBC:  WILL & GRACE again dominated the line-up, but it fell an entire point from last week’s debut to 2.0.  Elsewhere, SUPERSTORE shed 0.1 to 1.2, THE GOOD PLACE lost 0.2 to 1.2, GREAT NEWS fell 0.3 to 1.0, and CHICAGO FIRE dropped 0.3 to 1.2.

FOX:  GOTHAM had a moral victory of sorts by holding on to last week’s 0.9, but THE ORVILLE fell 0.2 to 0.9.

CBS:  The 3.2 preliminary rating for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is down 0.2 from last week’s early number.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.2.

ABC’s revamped ONCE UPON A TIME has its season premiere tonight.

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

Fast Track 2017 Oct 05.THU

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."