November 3, 2017


Fall’s only Thursday pitting NBC and CBS sitcoms against each other.

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 Nov 02.THU

CBS:  The network was preempted in both New York City and Buffalo for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, so we’re going to hold comparisons until finals this afternoon.  For now, we’ll simply report that the preliminary ratings have THE BIG BANG THEORY at 2.7, YOUNG SHELDON at 2.4, MOM at 1.8, LIFE IN PIECES at 1.5, and the series premiere of SWAT at 1.3.

NBC:  The sitcom vs. sitcom competition took its toll, but only for one week (until 2018), as SUPERSTORE dropped 0.2 to 1.0, THE GOOD PLACE slipped 0.1 to 1.0, and both WILL & GRACE (1.5) and GREAT NEWS (0.7) fell 0.3.  CHICAGO FIRE was down 0.2 to 1.0.

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY (1.8), SCANDAL (1.1) and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (0.9) were all steady.

FOX:  GOTHAM stayed at 0.9, but THE ORVILLE dropped 0.2 to 1.0.

CW:  SUPERNATURAL (0.6) and ARROW (0.5) were steady.

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

Fast Track 2017 Nov 02.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."