BLACK LIGHTNING premieres strong for CW; Apple greenlights its first comedy; Fox renews 911 for a second season; new development from Lucky 8 TV
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||2.0/8||1.0/4||0.9/4||0.9/4||0.8/3|
|Total Viewers (millions)||8.8||3.75||8.07||3.62||2.39|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, January 16, 2018
|8 p.m.||Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)||2.2/8||8.76|
|The Middle (ABC)||1.4/5||6.11|
|Lethal Weapon (FOX)||1.2/4||4.97|
|NCIS (CBS) – R||1.0/4||9.72|
|The Flash (The CW)||0.8/3||2.47|
|8:30 p.m.||Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)||1.0/4||3.87|
|9 p.m.||This Is Us (NBC)||2.5/9||9.77|
|LA to Vegas (FOX)||0.9/3||2.77|
|NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R||0.9/3||8.68|
|Black Lightning (The CW) – P||0.8/3||2.31|
|9:30 p.m.||The Mick (FOX)||0.8/3||2.3|
|Modern Family (ABC) – R||0.8/3||2.87|
|10 p.m.||Chicago Med (NBC)||1.5/6||7.87|
|Bull (CBS) – R||0.7/3||5.82|
|Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC)||0.6/2||2.56|
- Some might argue that, with four DC shows already on the air, CW risked over-saturating their air by deciding to schedule a fifth DC property, but BLACK LIGHTNING hit in its premiere last night, retaining all of its lead-in audience from THE FLASH (0.8) to score a 0.8 among adults 18-49. Reviews have been glowing, calling the show everything from, “smart and relevant and full of an attitude that’s all its own” (Daniel Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter) to Allison Keene of Collider enthusing, “It’s positive, it’s victorious, it’s complicated, and it’s badass.”
- NBC predictably led the night with a new THIS IS US (2.5, down .2 from last week, but still good enough to win the night overall) and ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES holding steady at 2.2. In the 10pm hour, CHICAGO MED rose a tenth over last week, earning a 1.5.
- FOX had an up night overall, with LETHAL WEAPON coming in at 1.2 to tie its season high, while LA TO VEGAS (0.9) and THE MICK (0.8) each came up a tenth.
- ABC held steady with most of its shows; FRESH OFF THE BOAT (1.0), BLACK-ISH (1.0) and KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (0.6) all even with last week, while long-running comedy THE MIDDLE (1.4) ticked up a tenth.
- CBS aired reruns.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, January 14, 2018
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||2,353||1|
|KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS||E!||9:00 PM||1,443||0.7|
|NFL PRIMETIME||ESPN||8:16 PM||1,916||0.7|
|JODI ARIAS: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY||ID||10:00 PM||2,179||0.6|
|WORST COOKS IN AMERICA||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,845||0.6|
|ROBOT CHICKEN||ADULT SWIM||11:30 PM||1,135||0.6|
|NFL COUNTDOWN||ESPN||10:00 AM||1,424||0.6|
|NBA BASKETBALL||ESPN||9:04 PM||1,124||0.5|
|UFC FIGHT NIGHT||FS1||10:00 PM||1,285||0.5|
|HOT STREETS||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||847||0.4|
|SISTER WIVES||TLC||8:00 PM||1,506||0.4|
|HOT STREETS||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||809||0.4|
|BAHAMAS LIFE||HGTV||9:30 PM||1,719||0.4|
|ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||2,181||0.4|
|UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS||FS1||8:00 PM||1,079||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,526||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:30 PM||1,532||0.4|
|REVENGE BODY W/KHLOE KARDASHIAN||E!||10:00 PM||711||0.4|
|EVIL LIVES HERE||ID||9:00 PM||1,445||0.4|
|PREMIER LEAGUE||NBCSN||10:56 AM||773||0.4|
|GUY’S GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||8:00 PM||1,141||0.3|
|BAHAMAS LIFE||HGTV||9:00 PM||1,624||0.3|
- While it was a HOUSEWIVES spinoff that topped the night (ATLANTA, with a 1.0 in adults 18-49), the most interesting note of the night were the ratings for KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS – the 0.7 was its best in quite some time, up two tenths from last week and up the same amount over its current season average. Not that I want to encourage any more seasons of the K-tribe, mind you…
- NFL in primetime on ESPN captured the number three spot, also earning a 0.3, with 1.916 million people watching.
- On Investigation Discovery, a two-hour splashy special diving deep into the background and case of Jodi Arias (convicted of first degree murder after killing her ex-boyfriend) earned a 0.6 and delivered the third largest audience in cable overall on Sunday, coming in with 2.179 million viewers.
- I spoke to the development team at Lucky 8 yesterday (the production company behind A&E hit 60 DAYS IN) and will follow up with available formats once they are sent through. One in particular we’re keeping an eye on is a big and ambitious cross between Who Do You Think You Are? and Undercover Boss – based on research by anthropologist Robin Dunbar about the number of connections a person keeps in life, the show finds a group of seemingly unrelated people, tells their stories, and at the end, reveals how they are all connected to a main celebrity guest in some way (and how that person has impacted his/her life). Currently in negotiations with CBS.
- Apple continues to pick up series, finally greenlighting their first comedy series. The untitled half-hour starring Kristen Wiig will be based on the upcoming anthology of short stories by Curtis Sittenfield, titled You Think It, I’ll Say It. This marks the second project bought by Apple from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production shingle, while the actress herself has been tapped for a third show at Apple surround morning talk shows.
- Only two episodes in to its run, Fox has renewed Ryan Murphy’s 911 for a second season. The show turned in a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers for the night, topping its X-FILES lead in, and went on to become the highest rated drama at any of the broadcast networks in 3 months. When factoring in delayed returns, audience grew to more than 15 million in Live+7 measurements and held up well in its second week, grabbing 11.6 million viewers in Live+3 for episode 2.
- File this one under “and no one was surprised”: rights to Fire & Fury: Inside The Trump White House have been acquired by Endeavor Content, who are looking to develop the controversial (and wildly successful) book into a scripted series. Already beyond burnt out by Orange Cheeto drama, I can’t even imagine what network would want to pick this one up, especially when politically based scripted shows – Veep excepted – have taken a downturn since the inauguration last year.
- Fox TV Stations has renewed freshman syndicated hit PAGE SIX TV through the 2018-19 season. The strip, delivering pop culture and extended news from the New York Post’s famous gossip column, averages 4 million viewers weekly and is the top new first-run series among adults 25-54.
- Great article in Variety covering media analysts reaction to the current landscape. All the points made are pretty spot on, but the most interesting assertion that caught my eye was this one: “The explosion of scripted content has contributed to the decline in NFL viewership.” While at first I wanted to disagree, one begins to see the potential relationship between the two different types of viewing when considering viewers habits shifting to delayed and VOD viewing, over four hundred scripted shows to choose from, and only so many hours in the day in which to consume content. Check out the whole article HERE.