January 14, 2015



PARKS & RECREATION’s fans showed up for the beginning of the end.

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.

Demo Profile 2015 TUE 13 Jan

NBC:  The first two of the final PARKS & RECREATION episodes were both at 1.5, not huge numbers, but better than any other comedy on NBC has been doing this season (and up from the show’s premiere last season).  By comparison, MARRY ME and ABOUT A BOY were dismal at 0.7 (down 0.1 from last week to a new series low) and 0.9 (up 0.1).  CHICAGO FIRE fell 0.2 to a season low 1.5.

ABC:  Despite a solid 1.8 lead-in from a special SHARK TANK, AGENT CARTER dropped 0.4 from last week’s premiere to a shaky 1.5, falling to 1.4 in its 2d half-hour.  FOREVER fell 0.1 to tie its series low 1.0.

CBS:  NCIS was steady at 2.8, but NCIS: NEW ORLEANS lost 0.3 to 2.2.  PERSON OF INTEREST (which rather daringly followed a shocking plot development last week with an episode that barely featured any of the series regulars until the halfway point) was down a tick to 1.6, still enough in current numbers to give it the 10PM hour.

FOX:  MASTERCHEF JR and NEW GIRL were both down 0.1 to 1.7 and 1.4, while THE MINDY PROJECT gained 0.1 to 1.1.

CW:  Still in reruns at 0.4/0.3.

Aside from CW, the networks are virtually all-new tonight, and all eyes will be on the 2d episode of FOX’s EMPIRE, to see whether it was a flash in the pan or the real thing.  Cable’s new arrival is the comedy MAN SEEKING WOMAN on FXX, which follows the season premiere of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. 

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

Daily Comp 3way 2015 TUE 13 Jan

CABLE RATINGS: Come back early tomorrow morning (Thursday) for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day, a half a day later than usual.  Click for a summary of the ratings delays the next several days

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.