DAILY DIGEST – 2.13.18

Olympic Coverage ratings slightly ahead of 2014 Games; Avalon Entertainment & Vertical Networks shopping Snap series GHOST HUNT to linear broadcasters; Apple puts Kevin Durant inspired scripted sports series into development

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

MONDAY, 2.13.18 NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.2/19 1.3/5 0.9/3 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 20.46 5.51 3.94 1.83 1.16

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, February 12, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Winter Olympics (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 5.2/19 20.46
  The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.5/5 5.88
  Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS) 1.3/5 5.14
  Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.5
  Lucifer (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.88
       
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.08
  The Resident (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.78
  Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.83
       
9:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.26
  Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.82
       
10 p.m. The Good Doctor (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.75
  SWAT (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.01

Ratings Report:

  • With Olympic coverage in full swing on NBC, only the 8pm hour had any new programming on broadcast. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on the CW returned with a 0.5, on par with its season average, while THE BACHELOR was the top non-Olympic program of the night, scoring a 1.5 (but down three tenths from last week). The latest installment of BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION earned a 1.3, up a tenth from its last airing on Sunday.
  • As for the Olympics, Monday’s broadcast of the Winter Games currently sits with a 5.2 in adults 18-49 and 20.46 million viewers, now trending slightly ahead of Sochi four years ago. Even better news for NBC: on the strength of the Super Bowl, THIS IS US, and Olympics, the broadcaster has nabbed the Primetime Total Viewers lead for the first time in nearly twenty years.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, February 11, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WINTER OLYMPICS NBCSN 6:00 PM 3,374 1.1
WINTER OLYMPICS PRIME NBCSN 7:00 PM 3,041 1.1
WINTER OLYMPICS DAY NBCSN 1:30 PM 3,216 1
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,238 1
WINTER OLYMPICS LATE NIGHT NBCSN 11:00 PM 2,473 0.9
WINTER OLYMPICS NBCSN 3:00 PM 2,729 0.9
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,143 0.6
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 998 0.5
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,414 0.4
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING FS1 3:00 PM 2,255 0.4
PREMIER LEAGUE STUDIO NBCSN 9:00 AM 953 0.4
SISTER WIVES TLC 8:00 PM 1,374 0.4
BAHAMAS LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,392 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:00 AM 825 0.3
PREMIER LEAGUE NBCSN 9:12 AM 790 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,188 0.3
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,303 0.3
HOMELAND SHOWTIME 9:02 PM 1,221 0.3
WINTER OLYMPICS DAY NBCSN 6:00 AM 965 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:00 PM 743 0.3
GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,036 0.3
HOT STREETS ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 711 0.3
BAHAMAS LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,291 0.3
REVENGE BODY W/KHLOE KARDASHIAN E! 10:00 PM 587 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,240 0.3

Of Note:

  • Unsurprisingly, Olympic coverage dominated cable on Sunday, taking four of the top five spots for the day, with broadcasts during the 6 and 7pm hours scoring the highest at 1.1. Outside of the top five, the Winter Games also grabbed a 0.3 early in the day, and a combined total audience of approximately 15.8 million.
  • REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA was not to be denied, however – it still pushed its way into the number four spot, earning a 1.0 and grabbing 2.24 million viewers, returning up from its last original show a few weeks ago.
  • HOMELAND returned for its seventh season on Showtime with a 0.3, even with its sixth season debut, and 1.22 million viewers, up slightly from season six’s 1.08 million large audience.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Avalon Television and Vertical Networks are shopping a long-form version of the unscripted Snapchat series GHOST HUNT to linear broadcasters. I’d be very curious to know how they’re going to build it out as a long-form series, because it’s an intriguing concept: based on the idea of ghosting (dating habit when someone just suddenly just stops communicating without explanation) In each episode, comedian Matteo Lane helps someone track down a past romantic partner who “ghosted” them, ultimately bringing the two parties together for some “ball-busting and closure”. Definitely younger-skewing, not studio based, and after watching a few, very budget friendly.
  • Netflix is doubling down on high-cost feature production: Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner are starring in THE HIGHWAYMEN, based on the true story of Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Many Gault, who came out of retirement to hunt down notorious robber Bonnie and Clyde. The film is currently shooting in Louisiana.
  • Apple has put another show into development, this time from NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. Currently titled SWAGGER, the show will be based on Durant’s childhood playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball in Washington DC, a place where kids and parents are swept up into the youth-sports economy at a shockingly young age. Said Grazer of the experience Durant described, “He created a beautiful world that the Friday Night Lights essence could inhabit…It has the same things. The fragility of how you were as a kid, and how these kids — 12-13 years old — are presented with money, real money, (from athletic apparel brands). It’s a fascinating universe of possibilities.” This is the third show Apple has put into development since creating their original content department.

 

 

 

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