DAILY DIGEST – 1.2-3.18

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

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average – December 31, 2017

SUNDAY, 12.31.17 ABC FOX CBS NBC
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

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
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

Ratings Report:

  • 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

MONDAY, 1.1.18 ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
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

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
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
Lucifer (FOX) 0.7/2 3.14
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

Ratings Report:

  • 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

TUESDAY, 1.2.18 NBC CBS FOX ABC CW
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

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 2.2/8 8.76
NCIS (CBS) 1.5/6 13.92
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
Bull (CBS) 1.2/5 10.99
Black-ish (ABC) 1.1/4 4.03
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

Ratings Report:

  • 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.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – December 28, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
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
DAMNATION USA 10:00 PM 671 0.2

Of Note:

  • 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

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
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
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 9:00 AM 893 0.3
ALL AMERICAN NEW YEAR’S FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 2,284 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:14 PM 947 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
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:00 AM 665 0.3
COUNTDOWN TO 2018 FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 1,741 0.2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 6:00 PM 769 0.2
SHAMELESS SHOWTIME 9:07 PM 805 0.2
GUY’S RANCH KITCHEN FOOD 12:00 PM 910 0.2
NFL GAMEDAY PRIME NFL NETWORK 9:00 PM 653 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10:30 PM 612 0.2
BOBBY AND DAMARIS FOOD 11:30 AM 972 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 7:00 AM 522 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

Of Note:

  • 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.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • 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.

 

 

 

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