DAILY DIGEST – 12.22.17

YOUNG SHELDON dips below a 2.0; Apple hires three execs from Amazon Studios

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 12.21.17 CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.3/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.14 4.73 3.3 1.29 0.71

 

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

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.3/6 9.38
A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC) – R 1.3/6 5.61
Great News (NBC) 0.5/2 2.66
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.19
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.88
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/8 11.2
Great News (NBC) 0.4/2 1.84
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.4/6 8.95
A Saturday Night Live Christmas (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.1/5 3.82
CMA Country Christmas (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.7/3 4.29
The Orville (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.39
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.1/0 0.55
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.1/5 6.75
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 1.1/5 6.27

Ratings Report:

  • CBS easily led the night with no football or much original programming to contend with. The only notable blip was YOUNG SHELDON, earning a 1.7 in adults 18-49, top scorer for the night, but a season low for the freshman comedy (and the first time it’s dropped below a 2.0, although this is most likely all due to not having a BIG BANG lead in for the first time).
  • Both MOM (1.4) and LIFE IN PIECES (1.1) were even with last week, while SWAT ticked up a tenth to 1.1.
  • NBC aired back-to-back new episodes of GREAT NEWS, picking up a ho-hum 0.5 and 0.4, respectively. A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CHRISTMAS earned a 1.1 for the network.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:00 PM 1,231 0.6
VIKINGS HISTORY 9:00 PM 2,100 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,159 0.4
FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 1,095 0.4
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT 12:30 AM 826 0.4
MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND INVEST 10:00 PM 1,361 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN 8:00 PM 1,250 0.4
HOMESTEAD RESCUE DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,477 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,259 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,558 0.3
UNUSUAL SUSPECTS: DEAD INVEST 9:00 PM 1,319 0.3
LIBRARIANS, THE TNT 8:00 PM 1,484 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 658 0.3
PB AT HOME DREWS HM HOUSE HOME 9:00 PM 1,719 0.3
TEEN MOM II: CHELSEA MTV 9:00 PM 541 0.3
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT 12:45 AM 685 0.3
KNIGHTFALL HISTORY 10:01 PM 1,483 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 837 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:32 AM 556 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,804 0.3
LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIFETIME 9:00 PM 744 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,147 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1343 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 641 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:31 PM 625 0.3

Of Note:

  • Wednesday on cable was fairly quiet, with VH1’s BLACK INK CREW picking up the top rating with a 0.6, followed closely behind History’s VIKINGS (0.5).
  • For a third night in a row, a HOUSEWIVES franchise boosted itself into the top three. This time around it’s the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY, scoring a 0.4 in adults 18-49.
  • New drama KNIGHTFALL on History stayed in the top 25 after last week’s premiere. The show is holding steady with a 0.3, another modest hit for History’s scripted department.
  • MADDOW continues to outperform HANNITY in the 9pm hour for cable news, although the audience numbers don’t lie: Americans, unbelievably, continue to tune in to the far right infotainer Hannity, who averages between 400-600k more viewers for the hour over Maddow’s more liberal approach.

OTHER NEWS:

  • A fun read in Variety today about all the shows they stopped watching in 2017 and why. While some of the shows are obvious (Kevin Spacey’s HOUSE OF CARDS, the dismally awful comedy FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE), I’m still on board with GAME OF THRONES to the end. Read the whole article HERE.
  • Apple continues to beef up its roster for original programming, recently capturing three execs from Amazon Studios. All women, the hires include Carina Walker, entering the international development department, Tara Sorensen, who will head up children’s programming, and Tara Pietri will lead legal affairs for Apple Worldwide Video. Earlier this month, the company hired Michelle Lee as a senior creative executive, also at Apple Worldwide Video.
  • THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW quietly announced season 3 winner Vallery Lomas on its Facebook page, following the sexual harassment scandal swirling around judge Johnny Iuzzini and ABC’s decision to remove the show from linear air. The Facebook video (which you can see HERE) show clips from the unaired episodes, mostly leaving out Iuzzini. Lomas later appeared on Facebook Live, thanking fans of the series and also addressing the sexual harassment scandal head on, stating, “The actions of Johnny, not only have they hurt the women who were in the kitchen with him, but it has spread to the other contestants, the cast and crew, and myself, his actions have caused us harm as well by not allowing us to share our love of baking with all of you.”
  • Freeform announced today that the network will host its first daylong summit on January 18th. The event will feature panel discussions on activism, social change, representation in television and other cultural issues defining modern youth culture.

 

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