September 26, 2018



Some strong numbers, but network erosion 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.

NBC:  The Tuesday premiere of THE VOICE at 2.1 was down 0.6 from 2017.  THIS IS US, while easily winning the night at 2.9, dropped a full point from last year’s premiere.  NEW AMSTERDAM did a good job holding its lead-in at 1.9 (which may come down a tick in finals since it began at 10:01PM), better than last year’s LAW & ORDER: TRUE CRIME did with a larger THIS IS US lead-in.

CBS:  NCIS’s 1.4 was down 0.2 from the 2017 premiere.  FBI launched well at 1.3, the same number as BULL’s premiere in that slot last year.  NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was steady with 2017’s 1.0 premiere.

FOX:  THE GIFTED fell 0.6 from last year’s series premiere to 0.9, although that was down only 0.1 from last season’s finale.  LETHAL WEAPON lost 0.4 from the 2017 premiere to 0.8, which similarly was steady with last May’s season finale.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS dropped 0.3 from last season’s Tuesday premiere to 0.9.  It was followed by a special 20/20 (which was really a promo for the upcoming series THE ROOKIE) at 0.5.

CW:  THE OUTPOST was steady with its last new episode 2 weeks ago at 0.2.  It was preceded by a rerun of THE FLASH at 0.2.

ABC has tonight’s series premieres, with sitcom SINGLE PARENTS followed by A MILLION LITTLE THINGS.  Season premieres include SURVIVOR, MODERN FAMILY, EMPIRE, STAR and NBC’s CHICAGO trilogy.


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."