September 22, 2016



Newcomers continue to arrive solidly.

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:  SPEECHLESS fit right into the ABC sitcom line-up, as its 2.0 tied the numbers for THE GOLDBERGS and BLACK-ISH.  The less good news for the network was that both those shows were down 0.4 from last year’s premieres, and MODERN FAMILY, at 2.6, fell 0.6 from 2015.  DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, though, was a clear boost to the night over last year’s NASHVILLE, with 2.3 compared to 1.2.  DESIGNATED was also rock-solid through its hour, slipping just 0.1.

FOX:  LETHAL WEAPON debuted at 2.2, down 0.2 from ROSEWOOD’s premiere last fall.  However, as with ROSEWOOD, much of its number was based on having EMPIRE as its lead-out (WEAPON climbed from 1.9 to 2.4 through its hour) and looked at that way, WEAPON was actually stronger, because EMPIRE’s premiere fell a huge 2.6 from last year’s start to 4.1.  That number was in keeping with where EMPIRE was last spring, but if it drops off similarly this season, the bloom will definitely be off its rose.

NBC:  BLINDSPOT held fairly well in its move to 8PM, down 0.2 from last week’s 10PM airing to 1.3, which was one-tenth ahead of last year’s MYSTERIES OF LAURA premiere.  SVU tied last year’s 1.8 premiere, and CHICAGO PD was down a tenth to 1.6.

CBS:  The SURVIVOR fall premiere was down 0.2 from last fall to 2.3, and the BIG BROTHER finale was also down 0.2 from 2015 to 2.0.

CW:  A new PENN & TELLER: FOOL US was up 0.1 from last week’s rerun to 0.4, and the new WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY held last week’s 0.3, followed by a rerun at the same number.

Tonight’s premieres include ABC’s NOTORIOUS and FOX’s PITCH, and there are new timeslots for SUPERSTORE, THE GOOD PLACE, CHICAGO MED and ROSEWOOD.

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."