May 25, 2018



Welcome to summer broadcast TV.

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 2018 May 24.THU

ABC:  The highest-rated piece of original programming of the night was THE LAST DAYS OF MICHAEL JACKSON special at 0.9.  It was followed by an episode of WHAT WOULD YOU DO at 0.8.

NBC:  The annual charity-themed evening was down from last year:  AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR by 0.3 to .8, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT compared to 2017’s RUNNING WILD by 0.2 to 0.8, and the RED NOSE DAY special by 0.2 to 0.5.

FOX:  A TERRENCE HOWARD’S FRIGHT special was at 0.5, and the season finale of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO held at 0.6.

CBS:  Reruns at 0.5-1.0, topped naturally by THE BIG BANG THEORY.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.1.

QUANTICO begins running out its string tonight on ABC, and CHAMPIONS airs what will probably be its final 2 episodes on NBC.  Elsewhere, the unscripted PHENOMS arrives on FOX, and MY LAST DAYS returns on CW, followed by a new episode of the canceled LIFE SENTENCE.

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

Fast Track 2018 May 24.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."