September 1, 2016

The Sked: Wednesday Ratings 8.31.2016


AMERICA’S GOT TALENT continued to hold the nation’s eyes.

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 Aug WED.31

NBC:  The AMERICA’S GOT TALENT recap hour lost 0.1 to 1.3, but the new hour was steady at 2.1.  It was followed by the season finale of THE NIGHT SHIFT, up 0.1 to 1.2.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER fell 0.3 to 1.8, and after a 0.7 CRIMINAL MINDS rerun, AMERICAN GOTHIC held at 0.5.

FOX:  MASTERCHEF was again at 1.3/1.4 for its back-to-back hours.

CW:  PENN & TELLER: FOOL US gained 0.1 to 0.5, and both new and rerun hours of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY were steady at 0.4.

ABC:  Reruns at 0.7-0.9.

FX’s SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL ends its season tonight.

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

Fast Track 2016 Aug WED.31

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."