December 1, 2016



Note:  comparisons are to 2 weeks ago, rather than to Thanksgiving Eve.

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.


CW:  The super-crossover continued its successful run with (a very MATRIX-y) ARROW, up a huge 0.6 to 1.3, but that did absolutely nothing for FREQUENCY, which stayed at 0.3.

ABC:  THE GOLDBERGS (1.7) and SPEECHLESS (1.5) each fell 0.2.  MODERN FAMILY was steady at 2.2, while BLACK-ISH had a big 0.3 bump to 1.8.  DESIGNATED SURVIVOR gained 0.1 to 1.3.

FOX:  LETHAL WEAPON rose 0.1 to 1.7, but EMPIRE fell 0.3 to 2.8.

CBS:  SURVIVOR climbed 0.1 to 1.9, CRIMINAL MINDS held at 1.4, and CODE BLACK added 0.1 for 1.0.  (SURVIVOR and CODE BLACK did air episodes last week at 1.5 for a 2-hour and 0.9.)

NBC:  The year’s installment of CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER was up 0.2 to 1.7, and CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS scored 1.7, just off the 1.8 pace of last year’s COAT OF MANY COLORS, and the 2 shows were by far the most watched of the night in the older Total Viewers metric.

CW’s crossover week ends tonight on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and ABC airs holiday veteran A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS as lead-in to the return of THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW.

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."