Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve 2017 surges ahead of 2016 ratings; The Bachelor premieres to its lowest rating ever; Ellen’s GAME OF GAMES improves 45% week-over-week; Facebook announces plans to livestream Golden Globes Red Carpet
Network Average – December 31, 2017
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||3.0/12||2.3/8||1.4/5||0.6/3|
|Total Viewers (millions)||10.47||7.98||7.1||3.54|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, December 31, 2017
|7 p.m.||NFL overrun (FOX)||3.9/16||14.67|
|NFL overrun (CBS)||3.0/12||12.75|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R||0.9/4||5.24|
|Dateline (NBC) (7-9 p.m.) – R||0.6/3||4.27|
|7:30 p.m.||The OT (FOX)||2.9/11||10.08|
|8 p.m.||Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve part 1 (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S||3.1/12||10.45|
|FOX New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S||1.8/7||5.78|
|60 Minutes (CBS)||1.3/5||7.49|
|9 p.m.||SWAT (CBS) – R||0.7/3||4.42|
|The Wall (NBC) – R||0.5/2||2.73|
|10 p.m.||Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve part 2 (ABC) – S||5.0/20||15.72|
|SEAL Team (CBS) – R||0.6/2||3.75|
|The Wall (NBC) – R||0.6/2||2.88|
- ABC’s DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE easily won the night, with the additional win of being up considerably over 2016. The 2017 edition of the show brought in a 3.1 among adults 18-49 in the 8-10pm hour, before jumping up to a 5.0 and a total audience of 15.72 million in the 10pm hour. By comparison, 2016 grabbed a 3.6 and 11.56 million viewers; this year’s 3-hour broadcast was up 48% over 2016.
- FOX also scored with NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH STEVE HARVEY, gathering a more than decent 1.8 and 5.78 million viewers for the evening.
Network Average – Monday, January 1, 2018
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.2/4||0.8/3||0.8/3||0.7/2||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||5.03||5.34||4.2||2.84||0.84|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, January 1, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P||1.5/5||5.45|
|The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R||1.1/4||6.59|
|The Wall (NBC)||0.8/3||4.32|
|Supergirl (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.9|
|8:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||1.0/3||6.25|
|9 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||0.9/3||5.99|
|Better Late Than Never (NBC)||0.7/2||4.2|
|The Gifted (FOX)||0.7/2||2.52|
|Valor (The CW)||0.2/1||0.79|
|9:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||0.9/3||6.03|
|10 p.m.||Better Late Than Never (NBC)||0.7/3||4.08|
|The Good Doctor (ABC) – R||0.7/3||4.19|
|SEAL Team (CBS) – R||0.5/2||3.59|
- With college football playoff games to contend with, almost all of broadcast took a hit on New Year’s Day, most notably the latest season premiere of THE BACHELOR on ABC, earning a 1.5 in adults 18-49 and 5.45 million viewers, down 29% in the demo and 18% in viewers from last year’s premiere, giving it the dubious honor of being the lowest rated premiere in the show’s history.
- On NBC, THE WALL came back with a 0.8, down 20% from its 1.0 rating the previous week, while BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (0.7) starring William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, Henry Winkler, and George Foreman was off 0.3 from its last show in December.
- Both LUCIFER (0.7) and THE GIFTED (0.7) on Fox were down a bit from their season averages, while VALOR on CW grabbed its usual 0.2, but dipped below 800,000 in total viewers (highly doubt this one is going to make it past season 1).
Network Average – Tuesday, January 2, 2018
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||2.0/7||1.2/5||1.1/4||1.0/4||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||8.18||11.29||3.8||3.84||0.75|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, January 2, 2018
|8 p.m.||Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)||2.2/8||8.76|
|The Middle (ABC)||1.5/6||6.28|
|Lethal Weapon (FOX)||1.1/4||4.59|
|The Flash (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.82|
|8:30 p.m.||Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)||1.2/5||4.22|
|9 p.m.||Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)||2.4/8||8.86|
|LA to Vegas (FOX) – P||1.1/4||3.75|
|Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.68|
|9:30 p.m.||Modern Family (ABC) – R||0.9/3||3.24|
|The Mick (FOX)||0.8/3||2.29|
|10 p.m.||Chicago Med (NBC)||1.5/6||6.91|
|NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)||1.0/4||8.95|
|Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC)||0.7/3||2.63|
- Viewers eager to get a jump on new episodes gave nearly every show a bump on Tuesday night, with ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES leading the night in both the 8pm and 9pm hours, with 2.2 and 2.4 ratings, respectively, a 45% increase over the show’s premiere in December (1.7). Later on NBC, a new episode of Chicago Med earned a 1.5, a season high.
- FOX premiered its newest comedy from Gary Sanchez Productions, LA TO VEGAS, which opened to a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, retaining all of its lead-in from LETHAL WEAPON (1.1, up a tenth from its last original show).
- On ABC, THE MIDDLE (1.5), FRESH OFF THE BOAT (1.2), and KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (0.7) all ticked up a tenth, while BLACKISH (1.1) fell off a tenth.
- While CBS mainstays NCIS (1.5) and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (1.0) each showed a tenth of a point improvement from their last episodes, BULL (1.2) dropped a tenth.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – December 28, 2017
|COLL FTBL BOWL GAME||ESPN||9:00 PM||4,332||1.2|
|COLL FTBL BOWL GAME||ESPN||5:15 PM||4,321||1|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||8:14 PM||1,741||0.6|
|COLL FTBL SCORECARD||ESPN||4:53 PM||2,123||0.5|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||10:39 PM||1,313||0.5|
|COLL FTBL BOWL GAME||ESPN||1:30 PM||2,052||0.5|
|HOLIDAY BOWL L||FOX SPORTS||8:59 PM||1,613||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||12:32 AM||1,231||0.4|
|NBA PRE-GAME SHOW||TNT||8:00 PM||1,108||0.4|
|TOP CHEF||BRAVO||10:00 PM||989||0.3|
|MOVIE NIGHT W/K KLOSS||FREEFORM||6:30 PM||792||0.3|
|MILLION DOLLAR LISTING||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,147||0.3|
|TAMARS TAKE||WETV||10:01 PM||839||0.3|
|INSIDE THE NBA||TNT||1:21 AM||667||0.3|
|TAMAR AND VINCE||WETV||9:00 PM||798||0.3|
|PERFECT SUSPECT, THE||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,264||0.3|
|AMERICAN PICKERS||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,508||0.3|
|OTL – FIRST REPORT||ESPN||1:00 PM||673||0.3|
|TWO AND A HALF MEN||NICK-AT-NITE||1:00 AM||579||0.3|
|NICK CANNON WILD N OUT||MTV||11:00 PM||454||0.3|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||871||0.2|
|I CATFISHED MY KID||TLC||10:00 PM||643||0.2|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2005||0.2|
|TWO AND A HALF MEN||NICK-AT-NITE||1:32 AM||512||0.2|
- As is tradition in the US, the year wound down with college football taking the lead positions on cable. ESPN led the night with broadcasts of several games. The top spot went to Stanford vs. TCU, which scored a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, while an earlier game between Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State followed closely behind with a 1.0.
- On a sports heavy night, the top five was rounded out with NBA action on TNT, which scored between a 0.5 – 0.6 for the evening, with a pre-game show finishing just outside the top five, with a 0.4 in adults 18-49.
- In non-sports programming, TOP CHEF on Bravo led the pack, earning a 0.3 and just under one million viewers for the night, while in cable news programming, RACHEL MADDOW sank to 0.2 for the night, two tenths lower than her average during the fall.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – December 31, 2017
|NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE||CNN||12:30 AM||2,339||0.7|
|NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE||CNN||8:00 PM||2,228||0.6|
|NFL COUNTDOWN||ESPN||10:00 AM||1,471||0.5|
|ALL AMERICAN NEW YEAR’S||FOX NEWS||11:00 PM||2,284||0.3|
|ALL AMERICAN NEW YEAR’S||FOX NEWS||12:00 AM||2,029||0.3|
|COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS||HALLMARK||8:00 PM||2,091||0.3|
|NFL GAMEDAY HIGHLIGHTS||NFL NETWORK||8:00 PM||946||0.3|
|ALL AMERICAN NEW YEAR’S||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,023||0.3|
|COUNTDOWN TO 2018||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||1,741||0.2|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||ESPN||6:00 PM||769||0.2|
|GUY’S RANCH KITCHEN||FOOD||12:00 PM||910||0.2|
|NFL GAMEDAY PRIME||NFL NETWORK||9:00 PM||653||0.2|
|BOBBY AND DAMARIS||FOOD||11:30 AM||972||0.2|
|COUNTDOWN TO 2018||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||1,315||0.2|
|FOX & FRIENDS SUNDAY||FOX NEWS||9:00 AM||1,764||0.2|
|NFL GAMEDAY MORNING||NFL NETWORK||9:00 AM||494||0.2|
|AMERICA’S NEWS HQ||FOX NEWS||12:00 PM||1,373||0.2|
|SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES||FOX NEWS||10:00 AM||1,448||0.2|
|MEDIA BUZZ||FOX NEWS||11:00 AM||1,366||0.2|
- New Year’s Eve was quiet for cable, with live New Year’s coverage taking up the majority of the top five slots. First and second place went to CNN’s coverage of the turning of the calendar, earning 0.6-0.7 in adults 18-49, while Fox News’ ALL AMERICAN NEW YEARS came in with a (typical for the channel) 0.3. However, while total audience size for both programs was nearly identical, CNN took the edge by midnight by 310,000 eyeballs.
- We start out the New Year by wrapping up the old one. Check out an in-depth look at all the scandals and controversies that shaped the 2017 entertainment landscape HERE.
- With award season gearing up, the president has also entered the market, this time declaring the day after the Golden Globes to be when he will announce winners of “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.” Yup. You read that right. This is the US president. However, like so many of his decisions, one can be assured that ratings will be top of his mind for the stunt, not policy.
- Facebook continues to expand its footprint in livestreaming, this time striking a deal to air the Red Carpet portion of the GOLDEN GLOBES on Sunday, January 7th, with additional Story coverage on Facebook owned Instagram, an immersive studio photography experience, and exclusive content posted to Instagram.
- Gearing up for the 2018 US midterm and 2020 elections, former CurrentTV president David Bohrman is fronting a new left-wing OTT service known as the Political Voices Network. Bohrman and team are in the process of raising $3-$5 million USD for an OTT launch on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and mobile via iOS and Android, and plan to fund the network through a matrix of sponsorships, on-air ads, and a $10-a-pop public broadcasting-style membership (think NPR or PBS). While the timing is right to launch a left-leaning platform into the market, capitalizing on the upswing in liberal concern that has propelled MSNBC’s ratings over the last year, the fledgling OTT has a bloated market to contend with – there are already 200 separate services available (and growing), with nearly 90% seeking subscription dollars.