January 6, 2017



True crime is still an audience draw.

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.


ABC:  After a 0.1 rise for THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW to 1.0, the Menendez Brothers documentary TRUTH AND LIES did nicely at 1.6.

NBC:  A down night for the line-up, which was back in place for the first time since November 3 (all but THE GOOD PLACE aired as well the following week).  SUPERSTORE was steady at 1.2, but THE GOOD PLACE fell 0.2 to 1.0, CHICAGO MED was down 0.2 to 1.2, and THE BLACKLIST dropped 0.2 to 1.0.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY and the rest of the sitcoms returned well from their winter break.  BIG BANG was up 0.2 to 3.6, THE GREAT INDOORS rose 0.3 to 1.9, MOM gained 0.2 to 1.7, and LIFE IN PIECES was up 0.1 to 1.4.  Only PURE GENIUS slipped 0.1 to 0.8.

FOX:  2 hours of HELL’S KITCHEN were at 1.2/1.1.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.2.

Tonight is a busy one for the networks.  NBC launches its scripted Friday line-up with the final season premiere of GRIMM followed by the 2-hour premiere of EMERALD CITY, FOX has ROSEWOOD and then the rebooted premiere of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and CW airs back-to-back hours of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 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. FINAL BROADCAST RATINGS for Thursday will be available Monday morning, the final delay related to the New Year’s holiday.


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."