May 25, 2017



The 2016-17 broadcast network season said goodnight.

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.

Fast Demo 2017 May 24.WED

ABC:  How bad were the ratings for DIRTY DANCING?  Well, remember what a flop THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW was for FOX earlier in the season?  At 1.3, DIRTY DANCING was 0.4 below that.

FOX:  The EMPIRE season finale climbed 0.2 from last week to 2.4, but that was 0.3 below the midseason finale in December, and down a whopping 1.6 from last May’s season finale.  The night began with the SHOTS FIRED finale, up 0.1 to 0.9.

CBS:  The SURVIVOR season finale was up 0.2 to 1.9, which was down 0.2 from the May 2016 finale.  The REUNION SHOW that followed was down 0.1 from 2016 to 1.4.

NBC:  SVU aired a 2-episode season finale at 1.3/1.4, up from last week’s 1.2, but down from 2016’s 1.6 finale.

CW:  The ARROW season finale gained 0.1 from last week to 0.6, which was down 0.2 from the 2016 finale.  The season finale of THE 100 held at last week’s 0.3, down 0.2 from 2016 (which aired on a Thursday).

FOX is jumping right into summer programming with the launches of LOVE CONNECTION and BEAT SHAZAM.  In addition, NBC airs episodes of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR and RUNNING WILD as lead-ins to the year’s RED NOSE DAY special, which features a much-hyped short “sequel” to the movie LOVE, ACTUALLY.  CBS has a new episode of THE AMAZING RACE as well.


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

Fast Track 2017 May 24.WED

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."