BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION premieres strong; unscripted producer Critical Content lays off 35% of work force but promises future growth
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.3/5||1.3/5||1.1/4||0.9/3||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||5.76||5.16||6.74||2.92||0.98|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, February 7, 2018
|8 p.m.||Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS) – P||1.8/7||7.25|
|The Blacklist (NBC)||1.0/4||6.35|
|The X-Files (FOX)||0.9/4||3.74|
|Movie: Inside Out (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||0.8/3||3.1|
|Riverdale (The CW)||0.4/2||1.29|
|9 p.m.||9-1-1 (FOX)||1.7/6||6.59|
|Law & Order: SVU (NBC)||1.3/5||6.65|
|The Amazing Race (CBS) (9-11 p.m.)||1.1/4||5.01|
|Dynasty (The CW)||0.2/1||0.66|
|10 p.m.||Chicago PD (NBC)||1.2/5||7.22|
|Match Game (ABC)||0.6/2||2.56|
- CBS’ newest round of BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION put up solid ratings on Wednesday night, capturing a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.25 million viewers, topping the night overall. AMAZING RACE slid a tenth from last week, down to 1.1 (and airing an hour later than usual).
- 911 on FOX continues its strong freshman season, climbing a tenth to 1.7 over last week’s 1.6, while X-FILES struggling final season held steady with a 0.9
- NBC enjoyed a steady night before locking in to Olympics programming (see “other news” for more info). Both LAW & ORDER: SVU and CHICAGO PD were steady with last week, with CPD grabbing its largest audience in two years, and BLACKLIST slipping a tenth to 1.0, but well in line with its average.
- ABC only aired a new episode of MATCH GAME (0.6) last night, which was down a tenth. On CW, RIVERDALE slid this week to 0.4, down from its usual 0.5 ratings as of late. DYNASTY picked up its usual 0.2 among 18-49s.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, February 6, 2018
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||10:38 PM||2,514||1.0|
|CURSE OF OAK ISLAND||HISTORY||9:00 PM||3,315||0.9|
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2,505||0.8|
|FIXER UPPER||HOME||9:00 PM||2,764||0.6|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,581||0.6|
|HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS||OWN||9:00 PM||2,166||0.5|
|CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS||MTV||9:00 PM||824||0.5|
|INSIDE THE NBA||TNT||1:12 AM||958||0.5|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||8:14 PM||1,201||0.5|
|HUNTING HITLER||HISTORY||10:03 PM||1,653||0.4|
|AMERICAS TOP MODEL||VH1||8:00 PM||776||0.4|
|COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN||ESPN||7:00 PM||1,310||0.4|
|RESTORED BY THE FORDS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,533||0.4|
|MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||951||0.4|
|TRUE CONVICTION||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,313||0.4|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:30 PM||1,388||0.4|
|MY BIG FAT FABULOUS LIFE||TLC||8:00 PM||1,143||0.4|
|INK MASTER||PARAMOUNT||10:00 PM||723||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,731||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,479||0.3|
|DETOUR, THE||TBS||10:30 PM||880||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,240||0.3|
|WHO KILLED JANE DOE||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,165||0.3|
- NBA action on TNT grabbed the top spot of the night, broadcasting a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors that scored a 1.0 among adults 18-49. Previous #1 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND on History took the number two spot this week, but also improved on its rating, rising a tenth to 0.9 over the 0.8s its been earning lately. Rounding out the top three was USA’s WWE SMACKDOWN, earning a 0.8 for the night.
- A few other notables in the top ten: OWN’s THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS continues its solid performance, earning a 0.5 once again this week, while the earlier NBA game between the Wizards and 76s notched a 0.5 and 1.2 million viewers.
- In cable news, RACHEL MADDOW and HANNITY continue their head-to-head battle. As usual, in terms of audience numbers, Hannity is on top, still grabbing around 500K more viewers than Maddow for the hour, while she earned a scant 0.32 to Hannity’s 0.31. More moderate CNN continues to be absent from the top 25, as of late.
- Unscripted series producer Critical Content has laid off 35% of its staff in a massive reorganization and future growth plan. Most affected are backend operations staff, as well as a decision to let go of all in-house casting, line-producers, and production support staff. Said CEO Tom Forman of the layoff, “By becoming nimbler and by further aligning ourselves with the latest crop of next-generation content creators, we will be best positioned to capitalize on the significant opportunities in the non-scripted space. Moreover, Critical Content is committed to providing resources and cultivating strategies that will lead to continued and profitable growth opportunities to these content creators, on whom we rely.” [READ MORE HERE]
- More information is starting to come out about Disney’s OTT service, now due to launch in Fall 2019. The best overview of the broad strokes can be found HERE.
- HBO has picked up political podcast Pod Save America for a series of specials around the fall 2018 US midterm elections. Pod is a twice-weekly podcast hosted by director Jon Favreau, comedian Jon Lovett, and former aides to President Obama Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer. They’re joined by journalists, politicians, comedians and activists for conversations about politics, the press and “the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.”
- Amazing Stories on Apple is running into some trouble. Both showrunner Bryan Fuller (American Gods) and executive producer Hart Hanson (creator of Bones) have stepped away from the project, citing creative differences. It’s unclear who Apple will seek out to replace the duo, but it will most likely be someone that can find the family friendlier and broader tone that Apple seems to be going after.