October 28, 2016



The new CBS line-up didn’t shake anything up.

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.


CBS:  Note that since THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was simulcast in both team cities on CBS affiliates last night, the network’s ratings may face adjustment this afternoon.  For now, THE BIG BANG THEORY’s 3.4 is down 0.1 from its last Monday airing, and down 0.4 from last year’s first Thursday episode.  THE GREAT INDOORS debuted at 2.0, down 0.3 from the Thursday premiere of LIFE IN PIECES last year.  MOM’s 1.6 season premiere was down 0.4 from 2015.  LIFE IN PIECES, without last season’s BIG BANG lead-in, premiered at a series low 1.5.  PURE GENIUS started at 1.2, down 0.3 from last season’s ELEMENTARY season premiere in the 10PM hour.

FOX:  The hope had been that an airing during World Series week would boost PITCH, but it didn’t happen, with last night’s 0.8 the same as the previous rating 2 weeks ago.  ROSEWOOD also held at 0.8.

NBC:  The line-up seemed to benefit from the absence of a broadcast NFL game, as SUPERSTORE rose 0.3 to 1.3, THE GOOD PLACE gained 0.1 to 1.1, CHICAGO MED climbed 0.2 to 1.4, and THE BLACKLIST was up 0.1 to 1.2.

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY had a 0.1 bump to 2.2, but the quasi-canceled NOTORIOUS lost 0.1 to 0.8.  HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER held at 1.2.

CW:  LEGENDS OF TOMORROW dropped 0.1 to 0.6, and SUPERNATURAL was steady at 0.6.

The WORLD SERIES returns to FOX tonight, and Cinemax airs the season finale of QUARRY.

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."