DAILY DIGEST – 1.15-16.18

FOX Sunday scores big with NFL Playoff action, ABC’s THE BACHELOR hits season high, A&E and Showtime both set to debut new unscripted shows in the crime space, and Facebook sends 3 more projects to series on Watch

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average: Sunday, January 14, 2018

SUNDAY, 1.14.18 FOX ABC CBS CBS
Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.6/19 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 17.28 5.05 7.39 3.37

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, January 14, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
7 p.m. NFL Divisional Playoff overrun (FOX) 10.5/35 34.49
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/3 7.6
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.8/3 4.38
Dateline (NBC) (7-9 p.m.) 0.6/2 4.33
8 p.m. NFL overrun/The OT (FOX) 9.7/31 30.72
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1.2/4 5.88
Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) – F 0.7/3 5.9
8:30 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 3.5/12 8.57
9 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 2.2/8 5.1
Shark Tank (ABC) 1.3/4 5.31
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.0/4 8.98
Movie: Ride Along (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.7/3 2.4
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.7/6 3.94
10 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.3/5 3.66
Shark Tank (ABC) 1.2/4 4.65
Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.7/3 7.08

Ratings Report:

  • Fox scored a huge ratings win on Sunday, thanks to a stunning, last-second 29-24 victory for the Minnesota Vikings over the New Orleans Saints. The live broadcast was seen by 34.49 million viewers overall, and once again helped to boost the entire Fox line-up for the night. Pending updates to final numbers, THE SIMPSONS (3.5) and the 300th episode of FAMILY GUY (1.7) both currently sit a tenth up from last week, while BOB’S BURGERS brought in a (2.2). LAST MAN ON EARTH (1.3) is currently up two tenths from last week.
  • In a distant second but with a solid night overall, with back-to-back episodes of SHARK TANK (1.3/1.2) were even and up a tenth from airing in the same timeslots last week. AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS was down .2 from its season high of 1.4.
  • On CBS, the quiet finale of WISDOM OF THE CROWD drew even with last week’s 0.7, while NCIS: LOS ANGELES (1.0) and MADAM SECRETARY (0.7) were each up a tenth.
  • A two-hour DATELINE on NBC drew a 0.6 and an airing of the movie RIDE ALONG pulled a 0.7 for evening.

Network Average: Monday, January 15, 2018

MONDAY, 1.15.18 ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/6 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.46 5.98 5.07 3.39 1.6

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, January 15, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.8/6 6.56
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) 1.3/5 7.12
The Wall (NBC) 1.2/5 5.83
The Gifted (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.0/4 3.39
Supergirl (The CW) 0.6/2 2.15
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) 1.2/5 6.65
9 p.m. Superior Donuts (CBS) 1.1/4 5.89
Better Late Than Never (NBC) 1.0/4 5.47
Valor (The CW) 0.2/1 1.04
9:30 p.m. 9JKL (CBS) 1.0/4 5.13
10 p.m. The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.7/6 9.26
Scorpion (CBS) 0.9/4 5.56
The Brave (NBC) 0.7/3 3.91

Ratings Report:

  • The Monday holiday proved to be a good one for broadcast, with nearly every show ticking up across primetime. Leading off the night, ABC’s THE BACHELOR earned a season high 1.8 in adults 18-49, up four tenths from last week, while THE GOOD DOCTOR continues to perform, scoring a 1.7, and up a tenth.
  • CBS’s lineup came back strong after a holiday break – MAN WITH A PLAN (1.2) SUPERIOR DONUTS (1.1) and 9JKL (1.0) all rose up .3, KEVIN CAN WAIT ticked up two tenths to 1.3 and SCORPION logged a 0.9, also up a tenth from last week.
  • NBC was also up for the night, with new installments of THE WALL (1.2) and BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (1.0) each up two tenths, while military drama THE BRAVE also rose a tenth to 0.7.
  • On FOX, the two-hour season finale of Marvel superhero series THE GIFTED earned a 1.0, right in line with its seasonal average, while over on CW SUPERGIRL returned with a 0.6, up a tenth from its last episode, while a new installment of VALOR earned its usual 0.2.

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, January 11, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 8:00 PM 1,788 0.7
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10:30 PM 1,573 0.7
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,558 0.5
60 DAYS IN A&E 10:00 PM 957 0.4
THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 1,103 0.4
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,527 0.4
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 982 0.4
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 12:47 AM 804 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,490 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP FT WORTH HOME 9:00 PM 1,283 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,733 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,581 0.3
BETRAYED INVEST 10:00 PM 1,156 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,204 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 11:00 PM 1,207 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,459 0.3
TOP CHEF BRAVO 10:00 PM 847 0.3
PERFECT SUSPECT, THE INVEST 9:00PM 1,093 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 998 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,749 0.3
CUOMO PRIMETIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,535 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 602 0.3
ALL IN W/CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 2,319 0.3
GROWING UP HIP HOP WETV 9:00 PM 538 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,901 0.3

Of Note:

  • As is typical this time of year, TNT once again sat atop a quiet Thursday night with NBA coverage. A broadcast of the Cavaliers vs. Raptors game led the night with a 0.7 in adults 18-49, while a later game between the Spurs and Lakers grabbed the number two spot, also with a 0.7.
  • RACHEL MADDOW on MSNBC climbed to the number 3 spot on Thursday, grabbing a 0.5 in 18-49 year old adults and a total audience size of 3.558 million (HANNITY on Fox News earned a 0.3 and 3.204 million total audience).
  • Rounding out the top five for the evening were two A&E unscripted shows: prison docu-series 60 DAYS IN scored a 0.4, with 957K viewers, and THE FIRST 48 in the hour preceding, maintaining a 0.4 in adults 18-49 for a second week in a row.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • A&E is set to debut two new unscripted series featuring three of TV’s most recognizable legal personalities. Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 and Grace vs. Abrams are both set to premiere on March 29 and both will tackle old cases, but the similarities end there:
    • MARCIA CLARK INVESTIGATES THE FIRST 48 | ITV Entertainment | TBDx120

Two-hour deep dives into the first two days of notorious crimes and unsolved cases – first due up is Casey Anthony.

  • GRACE VS. ABRAMS | Lincoln Square Productions

TV personalities/attorneys Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams break down big cases of the day and spar about their different points of view in front of a live studio audience.

  • Well, this should be interesting. Fox News is set to unveil the first season of its documentary-style series Scandalous. The 7×60 series will follow (who else?) but favorite Democratic strawman Bill Clinton, re-examining the events that led up to the impeachment of America’s 42nd president 20 years after the fact. Somewhat hilariously, the first episode will examine the investigation by the Office of the Independent Counsel (hmm, comparisons to our present situation with Special Counsels and impeachment possibilities? Surely not!). I admit I can’t wait to see in what nutty way Fox “News” spins this one. Episode one airs January 21st.
  • Key data out of Facebook regarding average viewing time on their Watch platform – 17 minutes on 20 minute episodes, an before-unheard of engagement time for video content. Facebook has since gone on a greenlighting tear today, ordering two more unscripted and one new scripted series for its new Watch tab. The new shows will range from 12-15 minutes in length on the unscripted side, while its newest drama promises to be a full 10×30 series. Loglines and auspices below:
    • BEAR GRYLLS: FACE THE WILD | Bear Grylls Ventures, Electus | 10xTBD

Series follows ten of Bear’s fans as they follow him into the wild for an adventure where they will face their fears and gain empowerment by being pushed out of their comfort zone. Set to debut on Watch March 21st.

  • FLY GUYS | Jukin Media | 10×12-15

Follows an all-star crew of Europe’s most talented professional acrobats and stunt performers, highlighting their setbacks and successes as they design, build, and execute eye-popping, over-the-top stunts. Show premieres on February 2nd.

  • SACRED LIES | Blumhouse Media | 10×30

Interestingly, this one is a half-hour drama, something we don’t see much of in the States on any platform (and this is heavily skewing towards thriller/drama, not dramedy, which is more common). The show is based on the classic Grimm Brothers story The Handless Maiden and adapted from The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oaks – the story follows a teen who escapes from a cult and ends up in juvenile detention, under the assumption that she has murdered the cult leader. Casting is currently underway, with no airdate set.

  • Fascinating docuseries set to premiere on Showtime February 2 about the opioid epidemic – The Trade. Produced by Warrior Poets and Our Time Projects, the 5×60 series cuts together intimate perspectives from dealers, law enforcement officers, and addicts on both sides of the border to create a 360 view of what lies behind the headlines and statistics. Official trailer is HERE, but it’s THIS CLIP from the third episode that hooked me.
  • NBC has ordered their second pilot of the season, a drama currently titled IN BETWEEN LIVES. Hailing from Moira Kirland (Madam Secretary) and David Heyman (Harry Potter producer). It sounds like a pretty typical, safe procedural to greenlight: a young woman with clairvoyant skills and a knack for talking to the dead helps a veteran LAPD officer and ex-FBI agent solve challenging and mysterious crimes. (Uhhhh, tell me how this is any different from the 7 seasons of Medium we’ve already endured in our lifetimes?)
  • SPOILER ALERT: Facebook’s algorithms are set to filter out spoilers from your favorite shows, announced Ricky Van Veen, Facebook’s head of global creative strategy (Finally, no reason to avoid Facebook the day after Game of Thrones airs!).
  • Independent TV studio Propagate Content has received a significant financial investment from global merchant bank, The Raine Group. Propagate plans to use the infusion of cash to accelerate its global distribution efforts, while expanding into two new ventures: building a podcast network and a branded content studio division.
  • Fresh from its Golden Globe wins, Handmaid’s Tale returns to Hulu on April 25th for a 13-episode season – although, unlike Netflix, only the first two episodes will be available on that date, with subsequent episodes being released weekly thereafter. However, every episode of the first season was so jam packed with story, it takes a week to process each episode (personal opinion). Check out the teaser for season 2 HERE.

 

 

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