May 19, 2016



The EMPIRE season finale was big but diminished.

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 2016 May WED.18

FOX:  EMPIRE’s Season 2 finale almost doubled the next highest-rated show of the night, and its 4.0 was up 0.3 from last week.  But that was down a huge 2.4 from the 2015 season finale.  ROSEWOOD gained 0.3 from last week to 1.4.

ABC:  It was sitcom finale night on ABC, and THE MIDDLE was steady with last week at 1.6, which was down 0.1 from last year’s finale, while THE GOLDBERGS was down 0.1 from last week to 1.8, down 0.2 from 2015.  MODERN FAMILY and BLACK-ISH both held last week’s numbers at 2.1/1.5, and both were down from last year, by 0.2 for FAMILY and 0.1 for BLACK-ISH.  NASHVILLE, which still has one episode to air, held at 0.8.

CBS:  The SURVIVOR season finale was steady with last week at 2.1, and down 0.2 from last year’s finale.  The REUNION SPECIAL after-show, at 1.5, lost 0.3 from the 2015 edition

NBC:  HEARTBEAT and CHICAGO PD remained at last week’s 0.7 and 1.4.  SVU fell 0.2 from last week to 1.2.

CW:  ARROW and SUPERNATURAL were steady at 0.8/0.7.

The last Thursday of the broadcast season brings another half-dozen season finales:  MOM, GREY’S ANATOMY, a 2-hour THE CATCH, THE BLACKLIST, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and THE 100.

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

Fast Track 2016 May WED.18

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.