January 17, 2018



A solid start for BLACK LIGHTNING.

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 2018 Jan 16.TUE

CW:  THE FLASH returned steady from its holiday hiatus at 0.8, and BLACK LIGHTNING held all of its lead-in in 18-49s and 95% of its total viewers.  (By comparison, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW was losing at least 25% of its FLASH lead-in.)

NBC:  ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES rose 0.1 to 2.2, THIS IS US fell 0.2 to 2.5, and CHICAGO MED was up 0.1 to 1.5.

ABC:  THE MIDDLE gained 0.1 to 1.4, FRESH OFF THE BOAT held at 1.0, and BLACK-ISH was also steady at 1.0.  After a MODERN FAMILY rerun at 0.8, KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD remained at 0.6.

FOX:  LETHAL WEAPON climbed 0.2 to 1.2, LA TO VEGAS flew up 0.1 to 0.9, and THE MICK was up 0.1 to 0.8.

CBS:  Reruns at 0.7-1.0.

FX premieres AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE tonight, and Comedy Central debuts CORPORATE with back-to-back episodes.


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

Fast Track 2018 Jan 16.TUE

CABLE RATINGS: Come back Thursday morning for detailed demographic ratings for top Tuesday cable programs, later than usual due to the MLK 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."