ABC stays on top with Shondaland Thursdays; CBS TV Studios developing docuseries on Muhammed Ali; Vince McMahon announces the return of the XFL in 2020
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.5/6||1.2/5||0.9/3||0.8/3||0.5/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||5.75||3.63||4.11||5.1||1.67|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, January 25, 2018
|8 p.m.||Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)||2.2/9||8.51|
|The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.)||1.2/5||3.63|
|MVP: Most Valuable Performer (CBS) – S||0.7/3||4.21|
|Supernatural (The CW)||0.6/2||1.95|
|8:30 p.m.||The Good Place (NBC)||1.1/4||3.61|
|9 p.m.||The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R||1.3/5||6.86|
|Will & Grace (NBC) – R||0.6/2||2.56|
|Arrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.39|
|9:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||1.1/4||6.52|
|Great News (NBC) – F||0.5/2||2.19|
|10 p.m.||Chicago Fire (NBC)||1.1/4||6.03|
|How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)||1.0/4||3.54|
|SWAT (CBS) – R||0.7/3||4.41|
- ABC came out the winner on Thursday night, with GREY’S ANATOMY (2.2), SCANDAL (1.3), and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (1.0) all staying strong, matching their numbers identically from last week, and Grey’s drawing its largest audience in a year, with 8.51 million viewers.
- NBC had a mostly up night – SUPERSTORE was up .2 to 1.2, tying its second best rating of the season, while both GOOD PLACE (1.1) and CHICAGO FIRE (1.1) each ticked up a tenth. Only GOOD NEWS was down; the finale dropped two tenths from last week, ending the sophomore comedy’s season (and series?) with a 0.5.
- FOX’s THE FOUR held steady this week with a 1.2, while over on the CW ARROW dropped another tenth to 0.4 (it’s been consistently dropping all season, with the exception of its annual crossover event in November), while long-running SUPERNATURAL put in a solid 0.6 for the night.
- CBS ran the special MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER, which earned a 0.7.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, January 25, 2018
|BLACK INK CREW||VH1||9:00 PM||1,320||0.7|
|STREET OUTLAWS SPC||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,409||0.6|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON||ESPN||10:35 PM||1,251||0.5|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON||ESPN||8:02 PM||1,279||0.5|
|MY 600-LB LIFE||TLC||8:00 PM||1,507||0.5|
|REAL HSWIVES OF NJ||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,299||0.5|
|ACS: VERSACE||FX||10:00 PM||1,424||0.4|
|HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,872||0.4|
|CATFISH: THE TV SHOW||MTV||10:00 PM||683||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,184||0.4|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,866||0.4|
|FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE||TBS||10:30 PM||1,110||0.4|
|SEE NO EVIL||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,541||0.4|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,696||0.3|
|IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG||OWN||10:00 PM||1,547||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,791||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:03 AM||676||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,382||0.3|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,956||0.3|
|GUYS GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||9:00 PM||864||0.3|
|PROPERTY BROTHERS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,809||0.3|
|FAMILY BY THE TON||TLC||10:03 PM||950||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,254||0.3|
- BLACK INK CREW on VH1 took the top spot in Wednesday cable, earning a 0.7 among adults 18-49, same as its score last week, with a special episode of STREET OUTLAWS (Discovery) following closely behind with a 0.6. History’s popular drama VIKINGS landed in the number 3 spot, earning a 0.5 and steady with last week.
- Following its premiere, ACS: VERSACE sank three tenths to 0.4, with 1.42 million people still watching.
- HANNITY and MADDOW shared identical ratings last night (0.39, rounded to 0.4), while Hannity continues to enjoy the audience lead by roughly 700,000 viewers.
- CBS TV Studios is currently developing a limited docuseries about the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Based on the recently published biography Ali: A Life, the 8-part series will chronicle eight distinct moments in Ali’s life, framed by a fight in his boxing career.
- WWE chief Vince McMahon is giving the XFL another go. The hard-hitting, amped-up alternative version to the NFL, the XFL had one disastrous season on NBC before being pulled off the air and suffering losses near $70 million. However, with protests at stadiums mounting, viewership dropping, and even ad-buys declining, McMahon sees an opportunity to reimagine football again (although not with a new name). The league will launch in 2020, with 8 teams of 40 players in yet to be determined venues, playing for 10 weeks beginning in late January or early February. Said McMahon of what he envisions, “It will have nothing to do with politics, and nothing to do with social issues either. We’re there to play football. We want really good football, and that’s what fans want as well. When they tune in, I don’t think they want to be dealing with social issues and things of that nature.”
- A new way of funding content? UK-based LiveTree Adept has announced that they are launching a six-part action drama entirely to be funded by the sale of Bitcoin. Titled CHILDREN OF SATOSHI, the series will focus on the rise of crypto-currencies and the lengths to which governments and the 1% will go to quash its rise in popularity. LTA has partnered with production company The 21 Million Project to fund the series, with plans to start selling digital coins at the end of January. Read more HERE.
- Reboots, meet Feminism – a few high profile projects picked up during development season have been given the pilot nod: GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, a reimagining of the campy 80s action comedy (this time with an Indian woman in the lead role) is a go at ABC, while CW is taking another crack at rebooting 90s witchy favorite CHARMED, which the network is already calling a, “fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series.”