DAILY DIGEST – 1.19.17

All Shonda-lineup hits for ABC, but still trails overall behind CBS; Netflix orders up weekly topical show with Joel McHale

 

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 1.18.18 CBS ABC FOX NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.5/6 1.2/4 1.0/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.33 5.71 3.47 4.18 1.65

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, January 18, 2017

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.9/12 14.69
  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2/9 8.18
  The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/4 3.47
  Superstore (NBC) 1.0/4 3.71
  Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.87
       
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.4/9 13.24
  The Good Place (NBC) 1.0/4 3.08
       
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.6/6 9.26
  Scandal (ABC) 1.3/5 5.17
  Will & Grace (NBC) 1.3/5 4.49
  Arrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.42
       
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/5 6.79
  Great News (NBC) 0.7/3 2.51
       
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 1.0/4 5.99
  Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/4 5.65
  How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.0/4 3.77

Ratings Report:

  • CBS led the night with most people tuning in to new episodes of BIG BANG THEORY (2.9) and YOUNG SHELDON (2.4), although both were off a tenth from last week. SWAT (1.0) also dropped a tenth while MOM (1.6) and LIFE IN PIECES (1.2) were both flat compared to last Thursday.
  • Right behind, however, was ABC – Thursday is once again all-Shonda, with GREY’S ANATOMY showing the biggest boost; the first new episode since November 16th was up half a point to 2.2 in adults 18-49 and 8.18 million people watching. SCANDAL and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER showed more modest gains, both rising a tenth to 1.3 and 1.0, respectively.
  • FOX continues to soldier on with two hours of the train wreck that is THE FOUR, although the show bounced up two tenths to 1.2 this week (I doubt the improvement in the numbers will last).
  • NBC had a mixed bag of a night, with SUPERSTORE (1.0) down a tenth, while THE GOOD PLACE (0.6) stayed even with last week. WILL & GRACE rose .2 this week to 1.3, and continues to perform modestly, although by no means stellar (even though I’ve never been a fan of the show, I expected it to perform better than this. Looking forward to see is ROSEANNE pops out for the first show before sinking in a similar fashion…) GREAT NEWS (0.7) and CHICAGO FIRE (1.0) each came up a tenth.
  • SUPERNATURAL returned to the CW, matching its last episode rating of 0.6, while ARROW managed to grow a tenth from its last episode before the holidays, delivering a 0.5 this time around.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
ACS: ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE – P FX 10:00 PM 2,222 0.7
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:00 PM 1,272 0.7
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:01 PM 1,521 0.6
NBA POSTGAME ESPN 10:12 PM 1,313 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,388 0.5
VIKINGS HISTORY 9:00 PM 2,150 0.5
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:35 PM 1,051 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME: THE MARTIAN FX 7:00 PM 1,496 0.5
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 1,567 0.5
GROWN-ISH FREEFORM 8:00 PM 903 0.4
FULL FRONTAL W/SAMANTHA BEE TBS 10:30 PM 1,060 0.4
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,063 0.4
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 10:00 PM 667 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 9:00 PM 1,837 0.4
IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 10:00 PM 1,597 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1,559 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:04 AM 650 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,356 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 850 0.3
TOTAL DIVAS E! 9:00 PM 593 0.3
SEE NO EVIL ID 9:00 PM 1,451 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1,502 0.3
LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIFETIME 9:00 PM 785 0.3
LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,473 0.3
FAMILY BY THE TON TLC 10:03 PM 1,001 0.3

Of Note:

  • The second season of AMERICAN CRIME STORY topped Wednesday in cable, although its premiere is a fair bit off from the first season. ACS: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE drew a 0.7 in adults 18-49 compared to the 2.0 ACS: THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON scored last year. However, the drop off isn’t a total surprise, given how pervasive the OJ case was in the American consciousness, while the murder of the fashion designer Versace is relatively less well known. One point to note: viewership is about on par: Versace drew in 2.22 million people, only slightly down from the 2.48 million viewers who watched the premiere of OJ.
  • A new installment of BLACK INK CREW on VH1 was good enough for the number 2 spot, also at a 0.7 and even with last week, while the rest of the top five was rounded out by the usual sports fare (NBA coverage on ESPN drew a pair of 0.6s), while REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY came in at 0.5, same as last week. VIKINGS on History also managed to keep its 0.5 rating in adults 18-49, although just outside of the top five.
  • As we are seeing on a near daily basis now, MADDOW topped the rating (steady at 0.4) while HANNITY trailed behind at a 0.3. However, Hannity continues to grab more eyeballs: Wednesday’s show was seen by 3.356 million, while Maddow’s audience was 3.063 million viewers.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Interesting analysis of Amazon’s latest decision to raise its monthly Prime membership to $12.99, up 18% from its current price. While Amazon continues to prioritize its annual memberships over the cheaper and easier-for-subscribers-to-drop monthly rates (and hey, why wouldn’t they, when they have a $250 million Lord of the Rings show to put on?), I doubt anyone is going to walk away from Prime anytime soon – market penetration for the service was 18% in 2013 and less than 5 years later, it now is in 54% of US households (mine being of them).
  • Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of THE JOEL MCHALE SHOW WITH JOEL MCHALE. Another Comedy Central alum (Hale was the host of The Soup from 2004-2015), this looks to be Netflix’s weekly answer to HBO and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. The show will tape on Thursdays and released on Netflix every Sunday beginning February 18th and once again be similar to Soup, with every episode taking a sharp, absurdist take on pop culture and news from around the world, and featuring celebrity guests, sketches, and McHale skewering video clips from every corner of the internet. Personally, I can’t wait; I always found Soup hilarious and McHale’s Twitter announcement of the show cracked me up.
  • Party of Five is coming back to air, and this time with an immigration twist (have a feeling we’ll start seeing more projects like this). Freeform has picked up the project from the show’s original creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. While in the original series the Salinger siblings had to band together after their parents were killed in a car accident, the new version of the show will follow the Buendias family, whose parents are unexpectedly deported to Mexico.
  • Freeform is also trying its hand at resurrecting a pilot centering around Cleopatra (don’t they remember how that other Hollywood Cleopatra turned out?!) Although I applaud bringing more female-led projects to the market (and it makes sense for Freeform to expand on its female diverse audience, with how well ­Grown-ish is performing [which was just renewed for a 20-episode second season]), the 2012 cast-off from NBC seems like an awfully ambitious choice production-wise for their first period piece.
  • Here’s a fun watch if you have 2 minutes – Paramount Network has released its red-band trailer for the rebooted HEATHERS. I wasn’t sure about this one before, but it’s tonally on point with the original and I was laughing out loud at several points. On air March 7th. While several media outlets have been decrying the decision to cast marginalized characters as the Heathers, personally I found it refreshing to see such a diverse cast of people acting like, well, any high school jerk!

 

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