September 21, 2017



Lots of action on the final Wednesday of the summer TV season.

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 Sep 20.WED

NBC:  The season finale of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT gained 0.2 from the 2016 finale to 2.9, continuing an upward trajectory for the show.  The 1-hour season premiere of THE GOOD PLACE fell heavily from last year’s series premiere to 1.4; in 2016, the premiere followed the season premiere of THE VOICE (at 3.3) with a 2.3 rating, although last night was 0.3 above January’s season finale and in line with how the show performed on Thursdays last season.  (Note that GOOD PLACE actually began at 10:01PM last night, so it could be adjusted down this afternoon.)

CBS:  BIG BROTHER’s 2-hour season finale was up 0.1 from 2016 to 2.1, although last year’s finale was a 90-minute episode that followed the season premiere of SURVIVOR.  The SALVATION season finale rose 0.1 from last week to 0.6.

FOX:  The MASTERCHEF season finale fell 0.3 from 2016 to 1.1.

ABC:  Reruns at 0.5-0.7.

CW:  Reruns at 0.2/0.2.

Transitions continue tonight, including the finales of CBS’s ZOO and Bravo’s GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO DIVORCE, along with an early season premiere for FOX’s GOTHAM.


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

Fast Track 2017 Sep 20.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."