February 28, 2019



A loud finale and a quiet premiere.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day 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.

FOX:  THE MASKED SINGER’s season finale moved into blockbuster territory, up 0.4 to 3.1.

ABC:  THE GOLDBERGS (1.1), SCHOOLED (0.9), MODERN FAMILY (1.1) and SINGLE PARENTS (0.7) were all steady.  The official premiere of WHISKEY CAVALIER was soft at 0.7, and although it has the excuse that this was a rerun of the pilot that ran post-Oscars on Sunday night, that airing’s 0.8 wasn’t so overwhelming that it should have seriously dented Wednesday’s number.

CBS:  SURVIVOR (1.5) and THE WORLD’S BEST (0.5) were each down 0.1.

NBC:  Coming off a crossover night, CHICAGO MED (1.2) and CHICAGO FIRE (1.2) each lost 0.1, and CHICAGO PD dropped 0.3 to 1.1.

CW:  New episodes aired for the first time since February 6, with steady results for RIVERDALE (0.3) and ALL AMERICAN (0.2).

There are season finales tonight for ABC’s A MILLION LITTLE PIECES and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, as well as NBC’s THE TITAN GAMES.  In addition, FX’s BETTER THINGS begins its new season.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day 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."