Olympics coverage continues to sag halfway through Games; CBS orders new obstacle course series TKO; Fox News expanding its reach with subscription service Fox Nation
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||3.6/13||0.7/3||0.7/3||0.5/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||15.69||4.58||3.88||1.44|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, February 18, 2018
|7 p.m.||Winter Olympics (NBC) (7-11 p.m.)||3.6/13||15.69|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)||0.9/3||5.03|
|60 Minutes (CBS)||0.7/3||7.47|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R||0.7/3||2.48|
|7:30 p.m.||Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R||0.5/2||1.31|
|8 p.m.||Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS)||1.2/5||4.86|
|Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R||0.7/3||3.44|
|The Simpsons (FOX) – R||0.5/2||1.51|
|8:30 p.m.||Ghosted (FOX) – R||0.4/1||1.03|
|9 p.m.||Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R||0.7/3||3.67|
|SWAT (CBS) – R||0.4/1||2.73|
|Family Guy (FOX) – R||0.4/1||1.23|
|9:30 p.m.||LA to Vegas (FOX) – R||0.4/1||1.06|
|10 p.m.||Shark Tank (ABC)||0.7/3||3.09|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R||0.4/1||3.28|
- While NBC continued its ratings dominance over Sunday night with continued Olympic coverage, numbers have slid back quite a bit from last Sunday. Already down 15% from a comparable Sunday at Sochi four years ago, the 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 is down roughly 29% from the 5.1 it earned a week ago, with audiences falling from 21.32 million last week to 15.69 million last night.
- Elsewhere on broadcast, both 60 MINUTES (0.7) and BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION (1.2) remained even with last week, while both AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (0.9) and SHARK TANK (0.7) each faltered a tenth for ABC.
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||3.7/13||1.3/5||0.8/3||0.4/2||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||15.71||5.54||3.96||1.83||1.05|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, February 19, 2018
|8 p.m.||Winter Olympics (NBC) (8-11 p.m.)||3.7/13||15.71|
|The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.7/6||6.24|
|Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS)||1.2/5||5.09|
|Lucifer (FOX) – R||0.4/2||1.9|
|Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.43|
|9 p.m.||The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R||0.7/2||3.68|
|The Resident (FOX) – R||0.4/2||1.77|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.67|
|9:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||0.6/2||3.77|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.66|
|10 p.m.||The Good Doctor (ABC) – R||0.7/3||4.2|
|Bull (CBS) – R||0.4/2||3.05|
- Olympic coverage was up (barely) from Sunday to Monday, rising a tenth to score a 3.7 among adults 18-49. However, viewership continues to fall from last week at the same time, with the audience shrinking by 23% and ratings scores still down about 29% from the same time last week.
- The one winner of the night was THE BACHELOR on ABC, more than holding its own against the Olympics. The long-running reality competition series rose two tenths over last week, earning a 1.7 among adults 18-49.
- For CBS, BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION grabbed another 1.2 for the night, matching its performance on Sunday, but down a tenth from a week ago.
- LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on the CW faltered a bit, slipping a tenth this week to 0.4 from last week’s 0.5.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, February 15, 2018
|W OLY PRIME: N/A||NBC SPORTS||8:00 PM||2,746||0.8|
|W OLY LATE NIGHT||NBC SPORTS||11:00 PM||2,568||0.7|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||9:00 PM||1,303||0.5|
|NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING L||FOX SPORTS||6:57 PM||1,981||0.4|
|60 DAYS IN||A&E||10:00 PM||812||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,926||0.4|
|RUPAUL ALL STARS||VH1||8:00 PM||713||0.3|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,248||0.3|
|IMPRACTICAL JOKERS||TRUTV||10:00 PM||632||0.3|
|INSIDE THE NBA||TNT||11:29 PM||768||0.3|
|W OLY ACCESS WKDY: N/A||NBC SPORTS||5:00 PM||1,175||0.3|
|COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN||ESPN||7:00 PM||862||0.3|
|ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||CNN||7:00 PM||1,095||0.3|
|SWAMP PEOPLE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,339||0.3|
|TOP CHEF||BRAVO||9:00 PM||842||0.3|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||827||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||743||0.3|
|W OLY FRINGE WKDY||NBC SPORTS||3:00 PM||1,203||0.3|
|GROWING UP HIP HOP: ATL||WETV||9:00 PM||617||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,223||0.3|
|FLIP OR FLOP NASHVILLE||HOME||9:00 PM||963||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,218||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,254||0.3|
- NBC Sports Network continued to grab the top spots in cable on Thursday, with coverage of the Olympics taking the number one and two positions, with ratings 0.8-0.7 in adults 18-49. A live broadcast of an NBA game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and LA Lakers grabbed the number 3 spot, earning a 0.5 and 1.3 million people watching.
- Elsewhere on cable, the usually steady RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE took a minor hit this week, dropping a tenth to 0.3, while 60 DAYS IN on A&E continued its 0.4 ratings streak and stayed in the top ten.
- Interesting note on cable news ratings for Thursday, as coverage of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida continued to dominate the cycle: Fox News is nowhere to be found in the top 25, with MSNBC taking the highest slot (#8) on the list with Rachel Maddow, earning a 0.4 and 2.93 million people watching. Anderson Cooper and Errin Burnett each climbed back into the top 25 for the moderate CNN, each earning 0.3s and audiences hovering around 1.1-1.2 million. Meanwhile, ultra conservative Fox News only climb as high as #26 on Thursday, with Hannity lagging behind Maddow in both rating (0.25) and audience (2.46) for the first time since September.
- CBS has ordered their second unscripted competition series for the summer. This time around it’s TKO, an obstacle course competition series from executive producer Mark Burnett and MGM Television. The 10-episode order will feature one player racing through a daunting series of physical obstacles while other contestants try to knock the player off course and/or slow them down. The final top two players will face off for a cash prize. TKO joins the previously announced THE WORLD’S BEST, featuring variety acts from across the world (Mike Darnell & WBTV producing). Here’s hoping either do better for CBS than the dismal performance of Candy Crush last summer (not a hard bar to trip over).
- Katie Holmes is returning to her first series-regular role on TV since Dawson’s Creek. The star is slated to play the lead in Fox’s FBI drama from Ilene Chaiken (Empire) and Melissa Scrivner Love. FKA MRS. OTIS REGRETS, the serialized drama centers on FBI Special Agent Hazel Otis, who is revealed as the mistress of a prominent general while she is investigating a case of domestic terrorism. The pilot is being produced by 20th Century TV and 3 Arts Entertainment.
- Well here’s something no one needed more of: Fox News Channel is expanding its every growing reach of ultra-conservative news by launching FOX NATION, a stand alone subscription service available to anyone without a cable package. The service is set to launch by the end of 2018, but there are no details on price point or original programming beyond mainstays like Sean Hannity.
- Here’s a fun one that’s sure to see a ratings pop for BIG BANG THEORY: the long running comedy has tapped billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates to appear as himself on an upcoming episode in March.