DAILY DIGEST – 1.5.18

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM more like a minor scuffle in ratings; Apple gives a 10-episode straight-to-series order to docuseries HOME

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 1.5.18 CBS FOX NBC ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/7 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.06 3.73 4.36 4.39 0.86

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.1/12 15.99
The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.2/4 3.73
Superstore (NBC) 1.1/4 3.92
The Middle (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.59
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 1.03
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.6/10 14.67
The Good Place (NBC) 1.0/4 3.08
American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.77
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.7/6 9.95
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.4/5 4.89
Truth and Lies: Waco (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.1/4 5
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.7
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.3/5 7.41
Great News (NBC) 0.6/3 2.48
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 1.1/4 6.17
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.1/4 5.89

Ratings Report:

  • While the premiere of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM didn’t have a breakout rating to start, it did manage to improve on the current ratings average for Thursday night on FOX. The new singing competition, which judge Fergie called “The Hunger Games of singing competitions” scored a 1.2 in 18-49s for the night, ahead of the GOTHAM/ORVILLE combo from the fall (which averaged a 0.9-1.0), but still well below AMERICAN IDOL’s smallest average.
  • However, it was CBS that easily led the night, with BIG BANG returning with a hefty 3.1 (up half a point from its last episode) and 15.99 million viewers and YOUNG SHELDON leapt up 0.8 to 2.6, while retaining 92% of its lead-in audience. Later on CBS, MOM (1.7, +0.3) and LIFE IN PIECES (1.3, +0.2), and SWAT (1.1, +0.1) all enjoyed modest bumps as well.
  • On NBC, both SUPERSTORE (1.1) and CHICAGO FIRE (1.1) rose a tenth from their last episodes in early November, while THE GOOD PLACE returned to a flat 1.0, and WILL & GRACE (1.4) fell by two tenths (not surprising – despite the initial fan love, the reboot strikes me as shrill and repetitive).
  • ABC’s only original program for the night was the documentary special TRUTH & LIES: WACO, which posted a 1.1.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:01 PM 3,174 1.3
NBA POST-GAME ESPN 10:16 PM 2,714 1.1
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:35 PM 1,955 0.8
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:00 PM 1,417 0.7
VIKINGS HISTORY 9:00 PM 2,031 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,305 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:48 AM 1,007 0.5
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,241 0.4
GROWN-ISH FREEFORM 8:00 PM 950 0.4
GROWN-ISH FREEFORM 8:31 PM 920 0.4
NBA PRE-GAME L ESPN 7:00 PM 903 0.4
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE INVEST 10:00 PM 1,562 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,901 0.4
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC 10:03 PM 1,106 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,796 0.4
STREET OUTLAWS SPC DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 972 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 846 0.3
LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIFETIME 9:00 PM 888 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,637 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,661 0.3
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 10:00 PM 591 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 647 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 630 0.3
ALL IN W/CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 2,129 0.3
TOTAL DIVAS E! 9:00 PM 684 0.3

Of Note:

  • ESPN continued to be the winner of cable ratings into midweek, this time taking the top three slots with coverage of NBA games. The match between Cleveland and Boston, scored a 1.3 in adults 18-49 at its peak, with post-game coverage following closely behind at 1.1. A later game between Oklahoma City and LA Lakers posted a 0.8 and just under 2 million viewers.
  • Rounding out the top 5, BLACK INK CREW for VH1 continues to perform steadily, once again earning a 0.7, while scripted drama VIKINGS on History ticked up a tenth from 0.4 to 0.5 this week, although the channel’s newest drama KNIGHTFALL slipped out of the top 25, after earning a second 0.2 in a row.
  • Spinoff series GROWNISH (from ABC’s BLACKISH) performed well for sister channel Freeform in its debut, scoring a 0.4 in adults 18-49 and 950,000 viewers.
  • And in gross out entertainment for the night, the special DR. PIMPLE POPPER on TLC landed solidly in the top 25, with a 0.4 rating and over a million people tuning in to see Dr. Sandra Lee (whose YouTube channel boasts 3.2 million subscribers, and millions of views per clip) use 33 syringes to drain a football sized cyst on a man’s back.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Cord cutters and award show enthusiasts rejoice! For the first time in its history, the 75th installment of the Golden Globe Awards will be live-streamed in its entirety in a variety of ways, including on NBC.com/live and through streaming services Hulu Live, Sling, Playstation Vue, YouTubeTV, and DirecTV Now. Winners of the awards will be announced live on Sunday, January 5th, 5pm PT/8pm ET.
  • In addition to developing Octavia Spencer led drama Are You Sleeping, Apple has picked up its first docu-series, giving a 10-episode straight-to-series order to HOME, which will take viewers inside the world’s most extraordinary homes, giving an unprecedented look into the imaginations of the boundary-pushing visionaries who designed and built them. Honestly, off the cuff, it sounds as though Apple is sinking serious money into an HGTV knockoff format (Most Extreme Homes, anyone?). Home joins previously ordered scripted shows Amazing Stories, a morning show drama with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and a space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator, Ronald D. Moore.
  • The first rumbles of pilot orders have already started, with Fox leading the pack. Closest to a pilot order is multi-cam family comedy from Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). According to Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn, “There is no offer yet, but I expect to have one very soon so we get a jump on casting.” I’ll be keeping a close eye on all of Fox’s pilot orders in light of its deal with Disney; curious to see if their decisions diverge from years past, when they weren’t owned by the Mouse.
  • ABC has pulled freshman comedy THE MAYOR off air, nine episodes into its 13-episode order. The only comedy to be picked up to series by ABC last pilot season featured a diverse cast, an instantly recognizable name in Michele Lea (Glee) and critical praise for newcomer Brandon Michael Hall, but struggled to find its audience, scoring a 0.8 in its last show before the holiday break. It’s a bit unclear what’s going to happen to the four remaining unaired episodes, and production is wrapping, but ABC Studios has announced plans to shop the show elsewhere.
  • Fox has renewed Marvel superhero drama THE GIFTED for a second season. The show has performed at a 1.0 rating/3.3 million viewer average in Live/Same Day reporting, while picking up an additional point and more than doubling its audience in Live+7 (2.0/8.3 million).
  • A limited docu-series I’m very excited to watch: MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION with David Letterman will debut on January 12th, with Barack Obama kicking off the 1-episode-per-month show (an interesting model to try, and not one I’ve seen before). Other guests include George Clooney, Howard Stern, Tina Fey, and Malala Yousafzai on stage being interviewed by Letterman, as well as field segments outside the studio. See the trailer HERE.

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