February 24, 2017



In a battle of doubleheaders, MURDER killed THE BLACKLIST.

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.

Fast Demo 2017 Feb 23.THU

ABC:  After GREY’S ANATOMY slipped 0.1 to 2.0, the 2-part HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER season finale was at 1.5/1.4, both halves above last week’s 1.3.  Impressively, the finale was just about steady with the 1.4 finale in 2016.

NBC:  The best that can be said for THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION is that its 0.8 did a fair job of holding its 0.9 lead-in from the midseason finale of THE BLACKLIST, which held last week’s rating.  Also, REDEMPTION may have an easier time against THE CATCH than against the MURDER finale.  Still, this is a tepid start.  The night began with SUPERSTORE stable at 1.1 and POWERLESS down 0.1 to 0.7.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY stayed at 2.8, making it the show’s second consecutive week below a 3 rating.  THE GREAT INDOORS (1.5), MOM (1.4) and LIFE IN PIECES (1.2) were all down 0.1.  TRAINING DAY remained at 0.7.

CW:  After SUPERNATURAL dropped 0.1 to 0.6, RIVERDALE fell 0.1 to a new low 0.3.

FOX:  MASTERCHEF JR gained 0.1 to 1.2, and MY KITCHEN RULES repeated at 0.7.

All the networks are new tonight except for a BLUE BLOODS rerun.


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

Fast Track 2017 Feb 23.THU

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top Thursday cable programs. Broadcast final ratings for Thursday will be available Monday morning, the final delay related to the Presidents Day 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."