October 14, 2016



A pair of CW series returned quietly.

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.


CW:  LEGENDS OF TOMORROW had a 0.6 season premiere, putting it at half last year’s series premiere, 0.1 below May’s season finale, and tied with the show’s series low.  SUPERNATURAL’s 0.8 was 0.1 below its 2015 premiere.

FOX:  Airing PITCH against an actual baseball playoff game may not have been wise, as the show dropped 0.2 from last week to 0.8.  (This was the only time that will happen, as the FOX Thursday line-up is preempted next week, and the following week PITCH will air amidst FOX World Series games.)  ROSEWOOD was down 0.1 to 0.8.

NBC:  Both SUPERSTORE and THE GOOD PLACE fell 0.2 to 1.2.  CHICAGO MED was steady at 1.3, but THE BLACKLIST lost 0.1 to 1.1.

ABC:  NOTORIOUS held at 0.9, while both GREY’S ANATOMY (2.1) and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (1.1) were down 0.1.

CBS:  The preliminary 3.0 for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was up half a point from last week’s early number.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA has its season premiere tonight on NBC, but the day’s major TV event is on Amazon, where David E. Kelley’s legal drama GOLIATH is now streaming.

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.


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."