May 24, 2017



The lackluster finales continued.

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 May 23.TUE

NBC:  THE VOICE finale was up 0.4 from last Tuesday to 1.9, but that was the show’s lowest finale to date, down 0.3 from the 2016 finale.  The night began with the season finale episodes of GREAT NEWS at 0.7/0.8, a bit better than last week’s 0.7/0.6 (which aired after rather than before THE VOICE).

ABC:  The DANCING WITH THE STARS finale was also a new low at 1.3, down 0.3 from 2016 and down 0.5 from Monday’s edition.  The night began with an episode of DOWNWARD DOG at 1.0, down 0.1 from last Wednesday’s premiere.

CW:  THE FLASH gained 0.2 from last week to wind up its season at 1.1, but that was down 0.2 from last year.  IZOMBIE aired a non-finale episode, up 0.1 from last week at 0.4.

CBS:  The BULL season finale had a 0.9 NCIS rerun as its lead-in, and that pushed it down 0.2 from last week to 1.1.  The 10PM slot went to a 48 HOURS: NCIS episode at 0.6.

FOX:  Back-to-back finale episodes of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE were at 0.7/0.6, steady with last week but down from 2016’s 0.9 finale.  A non-finale PRISON BREAK fell 0.2 to 0.7.

The regular broadcast season comes in for a landing tonight with a half-dozen finales:  SURVIVOR, SVU, SHOTS FIRED, EMPIRE, ARROW and THE 100.  ABC ends its season with an old-fashioned sweeps event, a 3-hour remake of DIRTY DANCING.  Meanwhile, ARCHER concludes its season on FXX.

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

Fast Track 2017 May 23.TUE

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




About the Author

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.