DAILY DIGEST – 1.8.18

2018 GOLDEN GLOBES scores political points, but sinks to 6-year ratings low; my notes on attending a taping of Fox’s THE FOUR

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

SUNDAY, 1.7.18 FOX NBC ABC CBS
Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.2/14 3.7/12 1.2/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 12.65 14.46 4.77 6.87

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
7 p.m. NFL Wild Card overrun (FOX) 8.6/29 28.26
Golden Globes Arrivals (NBC) – S 2.2/7 10.03
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/3 7.79
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.8/3 4.5
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 8.5/28 28.11
8 p.m. Golden Globe Awards (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 5.0/18 19
The Simpsons (FOX) 3.4/11 9.06
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1.4/5 6.04
Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) 0.7/3 5.79
8:30 p.m. Ghosted (FOX) 1.8/6 4.3
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.6/5 3.47
Shark Tank (ABC) 1.3/4 4.68
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.9/3 7.84
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.1/4 2.72
10 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) 1.1/4 3.84
Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.6/2 6.07

Ratings Report:

  • Note: due to tape delays and NFL overrun, there may be greater adjustment than usual to numbers posted currently.
  • The 75th Golden Globes on NBC, despite #MeToo, #TimesUp, all black sartorial choices, and a rousing speech by Oprah, still finished more than half a point down from the 2016 broadcast. The first awards show of the season scored a 5.0 among adults 18-49, down from 5.6 last year, off 11% in the key demo and down 5% in viewers (19 million last night and 20.01 million in 2016). In context, that’s its lowest rating in six years, matching numbers from the 2012 broadcast. More on the awards and winners below.
  • An overrun of wild-card NFL playoff action helped boost its entire Sunday lineup to season highs. Coming off the back of an 8.6 in adults 18-49 for the game overrun, and 8.0 for its wrap-up show THE OT, THE SIMPSONS (3.4), GHOSTED (1.8), FAMILY GUY (1.6) and LAST MAN ON EARTH (1.1) all scored season highs (worth noting that viewership dropped off most sharply between the OT and SIMPSONS and again between SIMPSONS and GHOSTED – each successive timeslot lost more than half of its lead-in audience, although the shrinkage was less pronounced between 8:30-9:30 shows).
  • Against the awards program, ABC’s FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (1.4) hit a season high, while SHARK TANK tied its season best with a 1.3.
  • On CBS, WISDOM OF THE CROWD (0.7) was down three tenths from last week (and after harassment allegations against Piven, is pretty much doomed), NCIS: LOS ANGELES held steady with a 0.9, and MADAM SECRETARY dropped a tenth to 0.6 (I suspect this is the last season for this show as well, with a hunch that the triple-female led police procedural CHIEFS ordered during the fall will get the spot next season).

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, January 4, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 8:14 PM 2,689 1
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10:35 PM 1,543 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME SHOW TNT 8:00 PM 1,591 0.5
60 DAYS IN A&E 9:00 PM 956 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,217 0.4
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,095 0.4
TOP CHEF BRAVO 10:00 PM 957 0.4
THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 1,053 0.4
BETRAYED INVEST 10:00 PM 1,327 0.3
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 1:12 AM 745 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 1,048 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,531 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,636 0.3
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC 10:00 PM 981 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,142 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 846 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,505 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,910 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,374 0.3
PERFECT SUSPECT, THE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,179 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP FT WORTH HOME 9:00 PM 1,207 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,672 0.3
ALL IN W/CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 2,072 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 597 0.3
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 1,251 0.3

Of Note:

  • Thursday was another quiet night on cable, with TNT’s NBA coverage grabbing the number 1 and 2 spots, first with a broadcast of the Warriors x Rockets game (1.0/2.689 million viewers), and a later game between the Thunder and LA Clippers, which scored a 0.6 and 1.543 million viewers. A pre-game show on the network finished third with a 0.5.
  • Prison reality show 60 DAYS IN on A&E earned a 0.4, landing in the number 4 slot, while RACHEL MADDOW on MSNBC also scored a 0.4 to round out the top 5 of the evening. Also worth noting that Rachel’s audience outmatched that of head-to-head competitor, conservative talking head Sean Hannity by a mere 75,000 viewers (a razor-thin edge, but an edge nonetheless).

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • I attended a taping of Fox’s newest singing competition THE FOUR on Friday, and to put it mildly, I was not impressed. The taping started an hour late with an over-the-top Fergie looking like something out of Zoolander when she walked out. The judges were even less likeable (with the possible exception of Meghan Trainor, who was the only one who seemed without a monstrous ego), and don’t seem to be gelling that well live – it was hidden somewhat by the edit for broadcast, but even there it’s obvious that there is little to no chemistry between the panel. Low energy abounded during the contestant meeting, and the night kept taping until 2am. Hardly needs to be said, but off the record a producer described the show as a “disaster.” On the other hand, I’ve heard that the AMERICAN IDOL tapings over at ABC are going well and will be going to a taping soon.
  • Speaking of Idol, ABC has set the premiere and cadence for the reboot – the debut will be March 11, with twice weekly airings on Sunday and Monday nights (much like the early seasons of Idol and current cadence of The Voice, which airs on Mondays & Tuesdays). I’ll be most interested to see how Voice plays against Idol on Mondays (particularly with original Idol winner Kelly Clarkson a new coach on Season 14 of The Voice).
  • The actual awards given out last night at the Golden Globes were a distant afterthought compared to the political and social themes that dominated the night (noted above). For an in-depth look of the awards from the inside, I recommend reading Peter Hammond’s account of the event HERE, and the complete winners list can be found HERE. Here are the highlights:
    • In TV, BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO) took home the most awards, with 4, including for Best Limited Series, Laura Dern & Alexander Skarsgard for Best Supporting Roles in a series, and Nicole Kidman for Best Actress in a series.
    • Freshman streaming comedy THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL took home awards for Best Lead Actress in a TV comedy (newcomer Rachel Brosnahan), and Best Musical or Comedy series (the third time an Amazon show has won the category in the past four years).
    • In fact, SVOD dominated the television field this year, with winners in five of the six major TV series categories going to SVOD shows (the only exception as Sterling K. Brown’s win for his performance in THIS IS US – itself history making, as the first black man to win the drama acting award).
  • A pair of renewals, one broadcast and one cable:
    • For some reason, ABC renewed THE GONG SHOW despite the fact that it never broke the 1.0 barrier during season 1 and has steadily declined from a 0.9 in its premiere to a 0.5 during its last outing in September. In a mock reveal, Mike Myers finally copped to playing the show’s host, British comedian Tommy Maitland (really, was anyone surprised?)
    • MTV announced the return of Jersey Shore spinoff FLORIBAMA SHORE for a second season. Not a surprise – the show has been a breakout hit for the channel, averaging a 1.43 in Live+3 among young adults 18-34. The new season of 20 episodes will debut this summer.

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