March 8, 2019



The returnees were quiet.

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.


ABC:  After a GREY’S ANATOMY that was down 0.1 to 1.5, STATION 19 aired for the first time since November 15 and dropped 0.2 to 1.0 (also down 0.1 from last week’s A MILLION LITTLE THINGS finale).  The season premiere of FOR THE PEOPLE was up 0.1 from last May’s season finale to 0.6, and steady with last week’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER finale.

NBC:  SUPERSTORE aired for the first time since December 13, and gained 0.1 to 0.8.  The seasosn premiere of AP BIO was down 0.1 from last May’s season finale to 0.5.  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE lost 0.1 from last week to 0.6, and WILL & GRACE was up the same to 0.7.  The night ended with an SVU rerun at 0.6.

CBS:  The line-up returned from a week off, with THE BIG BANG THEORY down 0.2 to 2.1, YOUNG SHELDON steady at 1.7, and MOM down 0.1 to 1.2.  FAM was up 0.1 from last week to 0.9.  SWAT was steady with its 0.9 from 2 weeks ago.

FOX:  GOTHAM held at 0.6, while THE ORVILLE fell 0.2 to 0.6.

CW:  SUPERNATURAL returned from a month-long hiatus down 0.1 to 0.4, and LEGACIES was down 0.1 from last week to 0.2.

Tonight, CBS airs a primetime version of Gayle King’s interview with R. Kelly. 

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."