October 21, 2016



Let’s not do the time warp again.

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.


FOX:  At 1.7, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW was the least successful of the big network musicals that have aired in recent years, 0.7 below NBC’s 2014 PETER PAN, and nowhere near FOX’s own 4.3 for GREASE.  It certainly fared better than the network’s usual Thursday line-up, but that’s setting the bar extremely low (last week’s shows were at 0.8), and even though ROCKY HORROR was taped instead of live, it was a far more expensive piece of programming.

NBC:  The night’s sitcoms may have been hurt by the unusual comedy-musical competition, as SUPERSTORE fell 0.2 to 1.0, and THE GOOD PLACE was down 0.3 to 0.9, both season lows.  CHICAGO MED slipped 0.1 to 1.2, and THE BLACKLIST was steady at 1.1.

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY held at 2.1, and both NOTORIOUS (0.9) and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (1.2) were up 0.1 from last week.

CW:  LEGENDS OF TOMORROW remained at 0.6, but SUPERNATURAL is finally starting to show its age, down 0.2 to 0.6.

CBS:  THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was steady with last week’s preliminary rating at 3.0.

CW finishes rolling out its fall schedule with season premieres of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.  And PBS airs its highest-profile show since the end of DOWNTON ABBEY, the Broadway documentary special HAMILTON’S AMERICA. 


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."