DAILY DIGEST – 1.12.18

WILL & GRACE sinks to season low; Amazon Studios homes in on two female execs to replace ousted Roy Price

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 1.11.18 CBS ABC FOX NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/7 1.2/5 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.83 5.58 3.27 3.99 1.27

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, January 11, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.0/12 15.65
Superstore (NBC) 1.1/4 3.85
The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/4 3.27
Child Support (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.49
Critics’ Choice Awards (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.3/1 1.27
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.5/10 14.02
The Good Place (NBC) 1.0/4 3.09
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.6/6 9.53
Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.4/6 6.63
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.1/4 4.13
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/5 7.13
Great News (NBC) 0.6/2 2.39
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 1.1/4 6.33
Chicago Fire (NBC) 0.9/3 5.23

Ratings Report:

  • CBS easily led the night with its BIG BANG THEORY/YOUNG SHELDON COMBO. BBT grabbed a 3.0 in adults 18-49, easily the top show of the night, with YOUNG SHELDON earning a 2.5 and retaining 90% of the lead-in audience, but down a tenth from last week. Both MOM (1.6) and LIFE IN PIECES (1.2) were down a tenth as well, while SWAT held steady with last week, earning a 1.1.
  • WILL & GRACE’s star continues to sink, this week dropping three tenths to 1.1 (makes me wonder whether this is the canary in the coal mine for other shows looking to reboot on broadcast – I’ll be keen to see how ROSEANNE performs week-to-week starting late in March). Luckily, it was a break-even night for the most part for NBC, with SUPERSTORE (1.1), THE GOOD PLACE (1.0), and GREAT NEWS (0.6) all even with last week, while CHICAGO FIRE dipped to 0.9, down two tenths.
  • ABC’s TRUTH AND LIES specials continue to perform solidly: last night’s special about ex-figure skater Tonya Harding drew a 1.4, up 3 tenths from the 1.1 posted surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Waco/David Koresh cult tragedy. Increased viewership isn’t much of a surprise, with the award nominations swirling around the film I, Tonya and renewed interest in the 1994 scandal.
  • Unsurprisingly, THE FOUR dropped off for Fox, dropping two tenths to 1.0 for the night, while the broadcast of the Critic’s Choice awards on CW earned a 0.3.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:35 PM 1,715 0.7
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:01 PM 1,663 0.7
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:00 PM 1,195 0.7
VIKINGS HISTORY 9:00 PM 2,147 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,260 0.5
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 1,594 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:00 AM 879 0.4
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 10:00 PM 725 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,063 0.4
FAMILY BY THE TON TLC 10:05 PM 1,147 0.4
IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 10:00 PM 1,389 0.4
STREET OUTLAWS: MEMPHIS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 872 0.4
UNUSUAL SUSPECTS: DEAD INVEST 9:00 PM 1,377 0.3
FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 1,024 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE INVEST 10:00 PM 1,572 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,666 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,677 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,662 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,071 0.3
GROWN-ISH FREEFORM 8:00 PM 661 0.3
MAGICIANS, THE SYFY 9:00 PM 782 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 789 0.3
STORY, THE FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 2,133 0.3
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,396 0.3
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 2,405 0.3

Of Note:

  • NBA action on ESPN led the night, taking the top two spots on cable on Wednesday. The broadcast of the LA Clippers vs Golden State Warriors game scored a 0.7 for the night with adults 18-49, and 1.715 million viewers, while an earlier game between Oklahoma City and Minnesota brought in 1.663 million viewers, also scoring a 0.7.
  • Rounding out the top five were three shows we normally see at the top of the list: BLACK INK CREW on VH1, also earning a 0.7 for the night, followed by popular History drama VIKINGS with a 0.5 (maintaining for another week in a row), and a REAL HOUSEWIVES franchise (this time New Jersey), with a 0.5 and 1.26 million viewers.
  • Freeform’s Black-ish spinoff GROWNISH took a minor hit in its second week, dropping a tenth to 0.3 (although I suspect it will stay in the 0.3-0.4 range all season).
  • In cable news, RACHEL MADDOW was once again on top for the 9pm hour in ratings, earning a 0.4 in adults 18-49, but HANNITY (0.3) squeaked by (barely) in audience numbers during the same hour, grabbing a scant 8,000 more eyeballs than Maddow (3.071 million vs 3.063 million).

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Interesting weekend read this week: check out Variety’s in depth article with Turner chief Kevin Reilly as he reshapes TNT and TBS for the new digital era.
  • Amazon seems to be circling in on two final candidates to replace Roy Price at the top of the studio’s executive management team. Primarily focusing on female candidates after Price’s ouster over sexual harassment claims, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and A&E Networks President/CEO Nancy Dubac will be meeting with top executives and chairman Jeff Bezos next week, with an announcement expected shortly thereafter. Salke was most recently in the news for launching the Female Forward Initiative at NBC, which seeks to provide opportunity to up-and-coming female TV directors. Read about the ground-breaking initiative HERE.
  • In an effort to build audience retention and growth, Facebook announced today that it will reduce the number of sponsored ads and branded content in the newsfeed of individual users, opting instead to show more news from friends and family to encourage engagement, while silo-ing its content to Watch and show pages. Slightly more altruistically, CEO Mark Zuckerberg positioned the move as good for users, stating, “We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being…The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being.”
  • Due to air on CBS this morning on Sunday, January 14th, Oprah will interview a panel of prominent women involved in the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, including Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Shonda Rhimes, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and attorney Nina Shaw. Catch a clip HERE.
  • HBO continues its march on limited series documentaries, today announcing several. Highlights below, and the full list can be found HERE. All docs are due to premiere in Q1 and Q2 of 2018, and although they run the gamut of genre, there is a heavy emphasis on stories related to the creative process and crime space.
    • MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS | 1×104 | Airing January 29
    • Also from Apatow and filmed over the course of two years, an intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band that depicts the lifelong bond and creative process that has existed between the band members over their past 15 years together, and framed around the recording process of their Grammy nominated album True Sadness.
    • THE ZEN DIARIES OF GARRY SHANDLING | 2 parts x 4.5 hours | Airing March 26-27
    • A heartfelt, in-depth look of comedian Garry Shandling by his friend and mentee, Judd Apatow, which includes four decades worth of personal journals, private letters, home movies, and interviews with friends, family, and colleagues.
    • I AM EVIDENCE | 1×89 | Airing April, 2018
    • Particularly prescient to the times, this doc tells the story of rape survivors who have waited years to have their voices heard, as the backlog of examining rape kits grows ever longer. The doc also highlights those in law enforcement leading the charge to get through the monstrous task, pursuing justice for those victimized.
    • TRAFFIC STOP | 1×31 | no air date set
    • This is the one that most caught my eye: centering around 26-year old Breaion King, an African-American school teacher, she is pulled over for what should have been a routine traffic stop and instead devolves into a dramatic arrest. Told through police dash-cam footage juxtaposed with scenes from King’s everyday life, the short docu seeks to reveal more about the current state of race relations and law enforcement in America.

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