September 27, 2018



The declines continued.

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 season premiere of THE GOLDBERGS dropped 0.4 from the 2017 premiere to 1.4, the season premiere of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (which aired at 9:30PM last season) was down 0.4 to 1.2, and the season premiere of MODERN FAMILY fell half a point to 1.6.  SINGLE PARENTS held onto its lead-in fairly well with 1.3, and A MILLION LITTLE THINGS was OK at 1.1, the same rating DESIGNATED SURVIVOR had in that slot last September.

CBS:  The SURVIVOR season premiere slipped 0.2 from Fall 2017 to 1.6.  The season finale of BIG BROTHER dropped half a point to 1.6, and the 2017 finale ran without a SURVIVOR lead-in.

NBC:  CHICAGO MED dipped 0.1 from 2017 (when it premiered in November) to 1.2.  CHICAGO FIRE had a steeper 0.3 drop to 1.2.  CHICAGO PD was down 0.1 to 1.2.

FOX:  EMPIRE was the night’s top-rated show, but its 1.9 was down half a point from 2017.  STAR’s premiere dropped 0.3 from 2017 to 1.5.

CW:  BURDEN OF TRUTH held at 0.1, followed by a SUPERGIRL rerun at 0.1.

Tonight’s series premiere (-ish) is the reboot of CBS’s MURPHY BROWN.  Season premieres include 2 hours for GREY’S ANATOMY and SVU, an hour for THE GOOD PLACE, and SWAT, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and MOM in their usual formats.

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."