Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, but I do like me a good anthology series. I was 9 years old when "The Twilight Zone" premiered on CBS. My parents would play poker on Friday nights, and I was alone with my baby sister. I remember watching the first episode, "Where is Everybody?," and I was hooked. I think I read every O. Henry short story as a kid, and I love the surprise endings which were a trademark of the series.
I would check out every anthology series growing up, including "The Outer Limits and "Night Gallery." Some of my favorite shows growing up were "Route 66," "The Fugitive" and "Quantum Leap."
I was excited when Netflix dropped "Black Mirror" and loved the idea of an anthology series about technology. My enjoyment has diminished with each season. There are only so many ways you can show how tech is going to be our undoing and dehumanize us all.
That didn't stop me from consuming all 10 episodes of "Electric Dreams," which recently dropped on Amazon. The episodes are based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. I'm sure I read several of his stories when I was a kid and was much more into the genre.
The series is a bit more futuristic than "Black Mirror," and several episodes posit a dystopian future. One or two feel very of the moment, especially "Kill All Others," and two of them ("The Commuter" and "The Father Thing") are very much in the tradition of "The Twilight Zone." "The Father Thing" was especially fun and was sort of a mashup of "Stranger Things" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
Overall, I would recommend this, although I'm starting to feel a bit of repetition in the stories in both "ED" and "BM." There are only so many ways you can show how individuality is suppressed by the state, and there are a finite number of occasions where you stick electrodes on a person's head and transport them into an alternate reality. However, if you like this stuff check it out.
Here is my ranking of the 10 episodes. I think the more the story dealt with humanity, the more I enjoyed it. For whatever reason I was really sucked into "The Hood Maker" because of the two lead characters.
1. "The Hood Maker"
2. "The Father Thing"
3. "Human Is"
4. "Autofac"
5. "The Commuter"
6. "Impossible Planet"
7. "Safe and Sound"
8. "Real Life"
9. "Kill All Others"
10. "Crazy Diamond"
Agree or disagree? Email me at or Twitter me @maskedscheduler.
Also, this dropped this morning. I talk about scheduling with Ken Levine on his podcast "Hollywood & Levine." It's the first of two parts. Here's the link:

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.7/7 6.06
The Amazing Race (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/5 6.14
The X-Files (FOX) 1.0/4 3.86
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.9/3 4.80
Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.38
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.4/5 5.32
9 p.m. 9-1-1 (FOX) 1.6/6 6.43
Modern Family (ABC) – R 1.0/4 4.16
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.8/3 4.51
Dynasty (The CW) 0.2/1 0.56
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.1/4 4.16
10 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.9/3 5.23
Chicago PD (NBC) – R 0.9/3 5.05
Match Game (ABC) 0.7/3 3.24


“The Goldbergs” led Wednesday’s adults 18-49 ratings with an episode that could set up a spinoff of the show.

The ABC comedy scored a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, even with last week and tying its second-best mark of the season. The first of two “American Housewife” episodes drew a 1.4, tying its second-highest of the season; the second, following a “Modern Family” rerun, was a bit below average at 1.1.

A two-hour “Amazing Race” on CBS was down, falling 0.3 vs. last week to 1.2. “Criminal Minds” fell a tenth of a point to 0.9. On FOX, “The X-Files” (1.0, -0.1) and “9-1-1” (1.6, -0.2) also declined, although “9-1-1” was the No. 2 show on the night.

“Riverdale” and “Dynasty” held steady for The CW. NBC aired a night of reruns.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.15 5.84 4.36 4.79 0.97


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 2.1/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.5/7

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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