April 21, 2016



The networks mostly took the night off.

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.

Fasts Demo 2016 Apr WED.20

FOX:  At 3.6, EMPIRE nearly tripled the next-highest rating of the night–but it also continued its decline, down another 0.2 to the show’s lowest rating ever aside from a 3.1 on Thanksgiving Eve.  ROSEWOOD started the night at a steady 1.2.

CBS:  The Eye was the only network to air 3 hours of original programming last night, to mixed results.  SURVIVOR gained 0.1 to 2.0, and CRIMINAL MINDS was steady at 1.7.  However, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS fell 0.2 to 1.3, despite facing a rerun on NBC.

ABC:  Only NASHVILLE was new, and with a 0.1 drop to 0.8, it was outrated by all the line-up’s reruns, which were led by MODERN FAMILY’s 1.2.

NBC:  HEARTBEAT returned after 2 weeks off and was up 0.1 to 0.8, tying it with the night’s procedural reruns.

CW:  Reruns at twin 0.3s.

The networks step back into the fray tonight with a full boat of all-new line-ups.

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

Fasts Track 2016 Apr WED.20

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.