October 19, 2016



ABC’s Tuesday is starting to sag.

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.


ABC:  Week 2 of the sitcom line-up was down across the board by 0.3:  THE MIDDLE to 1.5, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE to 1.6, FRESH OFF THE BOAT to 1.3, and REAL O’NEALS to 1.0.  AGENTS OF SHIELD slipped 0.1 to 0.8. 

NBC:  THE VOICE and THIS IS US were both down 0.2, respectively to 2.4 and 2.6.  CHICAGO FIRE lost 0.1 to 1.7. 

CBS:  NCIS (1.8), the newly-backordered BULL (1.6) and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (1.2) all held at last week’s numbers.

FOX:  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and NEW GIRL were both steady at 0.9, but SCREAM QUEENS fell 0.1 to a series low 0.6.

CW:  THE FLASH is down 0.1 to 1.0, and NO TOMORROW is up 0.1 to 0.3, but we’ll see if those numbers hold in final ratings.

The final PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE is tonight, so with the exception of CW, all the broadcast networks will air regular programming in the 8PM hour only.


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."