November 20, 2015



Fall finales livened things up for ABC.

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.

Fasts Demo 2015 Nov THU.19

ABC:  The network will be without ShondaLand programming until mid-February, and last night’s episodes confirmed that they’ll be missed:  GREY’S ANATOMY rose 0.3 to 2.5, SCANDAL gained 0.2 to 2.4, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER jumped 0.4 to 2.3.

NBC:  Viewers were less enticed by the fall finale of THE BLACKLIST, which was merely steady at 1.5.  It was preceded by HEROES REBORN, which held at 1.1, and followed by the season (and presumed series) finale of THE PLAYER, up 0.1 to 0.8.

FOX:  BONES and the SLEEPY HOLLOW fall finale were each down 0.1, respectively to 1.0 and 0.8.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES slipped 0.1 to 0.5, and THE ORIGINALS remained at 0.4.

CBS: Fast nationals are inflated by local broadcast pre-emptions for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL in Nashville (WTVF) & Jacksonville (WJAX).  At the moment, all of the night’s shows are listed as up, with THE BIG BANG THEORY at 3.8, LIFE IN PIECES at 2.0, MOM at 1.8, 2 BROKE GIRLS at 1.9, and ELEMENTARY at 1.0.

The networks feature new episodes of their regular line-ups tonight.  On cable, all the A&E Networks (Lifetime, History, FYI, A&E, etc) air the concert and documentary special SHINING A LIGHT.  There are major new series available on two streaming services:  Marvel’s JESSICA JONES on Netflix, and THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE on Amazon.

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

Fasts 3way 2015 Nov THU.19

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.


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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.