November 23, 2016



With viewers possibly already in Thanksgiving week prep, the night’s ratings trended downward.

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:  The night started with THE MIDDLE steady at 1.6, and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE down 0.2 to 1.4.  The fall finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS scored 1.8, which was down 25% from last fall’s final dance.

NBC:  THE VOICE fell 0.3 to 1.8, and THIS IS US was down 0.2 to 2.4.  CHICAGO FIRE held at 1.5.

CBS:  NCIS resisted the trend, rising 0.2 to 1.9.  BULL (1.5) and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (1.2) both remained at last week’s numbers.

FOX:  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE retained last week’s 0.9, but NEW GIRL dropped 0.2 to 0.8, and SCREAM QUEENS was 0.1 more terrible at 0.5.

CW:  THE FLASH slowed by 0.1 to 1.1, and NO TOMORROW stayed put at 0.3.

The networks go into holiday mode tonight, with lots of specials on tap, including A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING on ABC, MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE and SNL offerings on NBC, and HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME HONORS on CW.

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."