FOX is the Youngest-Skewing Network in First 3 Weeks, CBS the Oldest, ABC and NBC Neck-to-Neck

In the first three weeks of the U.S. television season, FOX has had the youngest median audience of the big four networks. Averages from all non-sports primetime telecasts (Saturdays excluded) show that the average FOX viewer is estimated to be 50.72 years old. So far this season, 'The Resident' has been the oldest-skewing show on the network (average median age of 58.9), while 'Bob's Burgers' has been the youngest (41.4).

ABC and NBC were virtually neck-to-neck with the alphabet skewing just slightly younger (58.37) than the peacock (58.48) in the first three weeks. On ABC, 'Modern Family' (53.63) saw the youngest audience while five airings of 'Dancing with the Stars' (65.08) saw the oldest. Over at NBC, 'The Good Place' (52.23) skews over 10 years younger than the 'Chicago' line-up (62.76). 'Chicago PD' and 'Chicago Med' each averaged 62.83, and 'Chicago Fire' was at 62.6.

CBS, with an average median age of 62.28 has been the oldest-skewing network in the first three weeks. The net currently aires the oldest-skewing show, 'Blue Bloods' (67.6 in last three weeks), and their youngest-skewing show, 'Survivor' (57.33) is, on average, about four years older than the youngest show on any of the other four nets. On the scripted side, the youngest-skewing show has been newcomer 'Happy Together' (58.55).

The CW, which only began its season last week had an average median age of 47.38, the only net to be within the key 18-49 demographic. The youngest show on CW, 'Riverdale,' is also the youngest-skewing show on all of broadcast television (39.6 last week). Friday's 'Dynasty' (54.7) is the oldest on the net.
NetAv. Med.
Av. Med.
Av. Med.
NBC58.48 Chicago Med/PD62.83 The Good Place52.23
ABC58.37 Dancing w/ Stars65.08 Modern Family53.63
CBS62.28 Blue Bloods67.6 Survivor57.33
FOX50.72 The Resident58.9 Bob's Burgers41.4
CW47.38 Dynasty54.7 Riverdale39.6

Live+same day data, Nielsen Media Research via Programming Insider.

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