May 12, 2017



THE BIG BANG THEORY ended its season.

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 May 11.THU

CBS:  The season finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY was up 0.1 from last week to 2.6, but that was down nearly 25% from the 2016 finale’s 3.4.  After a 1.8 BIG BANG  rerun, the MOM season finale was steady with last week’s 1.5, which was down 0.2 from the 2016 finale.  The LIFE IN PIECES season finale dropped 0.1 from last week to 1.1, and although that was way down from 2016 (a 2-episode 1.9/1.7 that aired in March), last year’s finale aired with BIG BANG as its lead-in.  THE AMAZING RACE finished the night steady at 0.9.

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY held at 1.8, SCANDAL rose 0.1 to 1.4, and what turned out to be the series finale of THE CATCH remained at 0.6.

NBC:  After a 0.5 SVU rerun, the season finale of CHICAGO MED was up 0.1 to 1.2 (down 0.4 from 2016, but that aired on a Tuesday), and THE BLACKLIST was up 0.1 to 0.9.

CW:  SUPERNATURAL remained at 0.5, and the season finale of RIVERDALE gained 0.1 to 0.4.

FOX:  MASTERCHEF JR fell 0.2 to 0.8, and was followed by 0.5/0.5 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE reruns.

ABC’s SHARK TANK airs its season finale tonight.

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

Fast Track 2017 May 11.THU

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




About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.