DAILY DIGEST – 12.21.17

SURVIVOR finale easily leads the night; Comcast and Disney release opposing statements over tax overhaul; premiere dates released for all midseason shows

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 12.20.17 CBS NBC ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/8 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.26 3.57 2.72 1.85 1.21

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, December 21, 2017

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.9/8 8.74
Will & Grace (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.84
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.43
Empire (FOX) – R 0.5/2 2.13
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.37
8:30 p.m. Movie: Pitch Perfect (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.9/4 3.51
Speechless (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.8
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.01
Star (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.58
The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time
(The CW) – S
0.2/1 1.06
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.53
10 p.m. Survivor Reunion (CBS) 1.6/6 7.32
Match Game (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.29

Ratings Report:

  • In a rerun heavy night, the finale of SURVIVOR on CBS led by a wide margin, scoring a 1.9 in adults 18-49 and capturing 8.74 million viewers. The rating is even with the closing episodes of last season and audience numbers came in between the fall 2016 and spring 2017 finales. The reunion show that followed earned a 1.6.
  • The only other original programming of the night was the CW’s TOP 12 GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES OF ALL TIME, which brought in a 0.2 for the network.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 9:00 PM 3,129 0.9
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,578 0.8
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,653 0.6
FIXER UPPER HOME 9:00 PM 2,357 0.5
MOONSHINERS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,374 0.4
TIME MACHINE HISTORY 10:03 PM 1,620 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 7:00 PM 1,394 0.4
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:00 PM 1,245 0.4
SNOOP DOGG JOKERS WILD TBS 10:00 PM 975 0.4
MOONSHINERS DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,282 0.4
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT 12:30 AM 783 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,735 0.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 10:17 PM 806 0.4
CHALLENGE: CHAMPS VS STARS MTV 10:00 PM 593 0.4
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:31 PM 1,085 0.3
TENDER TOUCHES HOME 12:45 AM 676 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,643 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 656 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 640 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 804 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 10:00 PM 885 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,461 0.3
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED INVEST 10:00 PM 1,231 0.3
DROP THE MIC TBS 10:30 PM 605 0.3
BUSHCRAFT BUILD-OFF DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 813 0.3

Of Note:

  • History Channel’s CURSE OF OAK ISLAND took the top spot on a quiet Tuesday, earning a 0.9 in adults 18-49 and bringing in 3.129 million viewers, the highest on cable for the night.
  • As is typical for Tuesdays, USA’s WWE SMACKDOWN also landed in the top five, this time taking the second position with a 0.8 rating up a tenth from last week’s 0.7. Rounding out the top 3 for the night was Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS, its latest season premiering to a 0.6, one tenth behind its season 7 finale.
  • Interestingly, only RACHEL MADDOW on MSNBC made it on to the top 25 for cable news, earning a steady 0.4 with 2.735 million people watching.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Unbelievably, we’re already halfway through the 2017-18 television season. So far, the only new show with any international appeal has been THE GOOD DOCTOR; the mostly positive medical procedural has done a serviceable job telling compelling medical stories while keeping the tone positive and engaging without becoming cloying. In Australia, Channel 7 launched the show to somewhat eye-popping results, averaging total audiences in the 1.1-1.3 million range every episode, and growth shown week-to-week in both same day and shifted viewing.
  • However, with the new year, come the new midseason shows, all of which can be found HERE. A couple I have my eye on for January are JODI ARIAS: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY on Investigation Discovery, and very curious to see how THE FOUR premieres, after the initial bumps and problems they’ve had during development and pilot filming.
  • Comcast and heiress Abigail Disney highlighted the stark contrast in media companies’ reaction to the recently pass US tax overhaul. Considered almost exclusively the benefit of large corporations at the expense of the working and lower classes, Comcast enthusiastically distributed $1000 USD bonuses to more than 100,000 of its front-line and non-executive employees, explicitly citing the tax reform and repeal of net neutrality as reasons for the move. Conversely, Abigail Disney (heiress to the vast Disney empire) released a video decrying the reform, stating starkly, “With a suffocating education system, a dying infrastructure and a national debt that will be at least $1.5 trillion bigger, that social mobility will be far out of reach for people like you, but I will be able to stay comfortably right where I am. Does that strike you as fair?” See the video HERE. However, it is notable that Disney isn’t taking any steps to waive the impending corporate credits, despite the rousing op/ed.

 

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