GOOD GIRLS gets solid premiere on NBC while LIVING BIBLICALLY falls flat; WALKING DEAD returns strong; The New York Times gets into the television game
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||2.1/8||1.0/4||1.0/4||0.6/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||10.22||5.51||4.19||1.78|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, February 25, 2018
|7 p.m.||Olympic Gold (NBC)||1.6/7||8.35|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R||1.0/4||5.28|
|60 Minutes (CBS)||0.8/3||8.27|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R||1.0/4||3.83|
|7:30 p.m.||Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R||0.5/2||1.42|
|8 p.m.||Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony (NBC) (8-10:30 p.m.)||2.4/9||12.07|
|Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F||1.4/5||5.18|
|The Bachelor: The Women Tell All (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S||1.1/4||4.19|
|The Simpsons (FOX) – R||0.7/3||1.81|
|8:30 p.m.||Ghosted (FOX) – R||0.5/2||1.21|
|9 p.m.||Family Guy (FOX) – R||0.5/2||1.31|
|9:30 p.m.||LA to Vegas (FOX) – R||0.4/1||1.1|
|10 p.m.||Shark Tank (ABC)||0.8/3||3.12|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R||0.4/2||3.42|
|10:30 p.m.||AP Bio (NBC)||1.1/5||4.69|
- The Olympics closed on a quiet note on Sunday, with the closing ceremony drawing a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and just over 12 million viewers. Although the lowest rating of the Games, the final night was still ahead of the closing ceremony for the winter 2014 Olympics, earning a 10.0 in metered markets versus 9.5 for Sochi.
- On CBS, the finale of BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION scored a 1.4, the highest non-Olympics programming for the night, three tenths ahead of the THE BACHELOR’s annual Women Tell All special on ABC, which earned a 1.1.
- Later on ABC, a new episode of SHARK TANK delivered a 0.8, up a tenth from last week, while AP BIO on NBC clocked in with a 1.1 at 10:30pm, three tenths up from its 1st February premiere.
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||2.3/9||1.6/6||0.9/3||0.8/3||0.4/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||10.14||6.92||5.34||3.52||1.26|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, February 26, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P||2.7/10||12.22|
|The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.8/7||6.49|
|Kevin Can Wait (CBS)||1.0/4||6.05|
|Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.52|
|8:30 p.m.||Man with a Plan (CBS)||1.0/4||5.86|
|9 p.m.||Superior Donuts (CBS)||0.9/3||5.13|
|The Resident (FOX)||0.8/3||3.85|
|iZombie (The CW) – P||0.3/1||1.01|
|9:30 p.m.||Living Biblically (CBS) – P||0.8/3||5|
|10 p.m.||Good Girls (NBC) – P||1.5/6||5.98|
|The Good Doctor (ABC)||1.3/5||7.78|
- NBC’s winning streak continued Monday night, its first evening of regular programming after the Olympics. THE VOICE won the night overall; the latest season premiered to a 2.7 in adults 18-49, slightly ahead of its Fall premiere (2.69), and delivered its largest audience since its spring finale last May (12.22 million last night versus 12.1 million for the Spring 2017 finale). With Voice as its lead-in new soapy drama GOOD GIRLS premiered to a solid 1.5, a tenth ahead of where THE BRAVE debuted last fall.
- Good Girls also came out ahead of this year’s new hit drama THE GOOD DOCTOR, which tumbled to a season low of 1.3 for the night. ABC fared better earlier in the evening with a two-hour episode of THE BACHELOR that scored a 1.8, a tenth above its numbers from last week.
- CBS had a down night compared to their numbers pre-Olympics. On CBS, KEVIN CAN WAIT (1.0) dipped two tenths, MAN WITH A PLAN (1.0) and SUPERIOR DONUTS (0.9) each took a one-tenth hit, while SCORPION (0.8) held steady. CBS also debuted its newest series, religious comedy LIVING BIBLICALLY, which earned a modest 0.8, in line with 9JKL’s average in the same timeslot.
- FOX tumbled on Monday, with LUCIFER (0.8) sliding back two tenths and THE RESIDENT (0.8) falling three tenths from pre-Olympic ratings.
- ON the CW, the latest season of iZOMBIE got off to a steady start with a 0.3 in adults 18-49, in line with its seasonal average, but down a tenth from its 2017 premiere. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW held steady with a 0.4.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, February 25, 2018
|THE WALKING DEAD||AMC||9:00 PM||8,282||3.6|
|TALKING DEAD||AMC||10:23 PM||3,593||1.5|
|WALKING DEAD BONUS||AMC||7:30 PM||3,578||1.3|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||2,291||0.9|
|ROBOT CHICKEN||ADULT SWIM||11:30 PM||1,054||0.6|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON||ESPN||8:01 PM||1,376||0.5|
|KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS||E!||9:00 PM||1,008||0.5|
|WORST COOKS IN AMERICA||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,463||0.4|
|EVIL LIVES HERE||ID||9:00 PM||1,370||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,684||0.4|
|ON THE CASE W/PAULA ZAHN||ID||10:00 PM||1,382||0.4|
|MR. PICKLES||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||671||0.4|
|SISTER WIVES||TLC||8:00 PM||1,266||0.3|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:30 PM||1,637||0.3|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HGTV||9:30 PM||1,602||0.3|
|GUY’S GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||8:00 PM||1,017||0.3|
|LAST WEEK TONIGHT||HBO||11:03 PM||1,114||0.3|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:00 PM||1,538||0.3|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HGTV||9:00 PM||1,563||0.3|
|MR. PICKLES||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||627||0.3|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:30 PM||1,463||0.3|
|SEEKING SISTER WIFE||TLC||10:03 PM||966||0.3|
|CARABAO CUP||ESPN||11:25 AM||672||0.3|
- AMC came away as the winner of cable on Sunday night, taking the top three spots on the list. Leading the pack was the mid-season premiere of THE WALKING DEAD, which returned to slightly improved ratings. The show scored a 3.6 in adults 18-49 (best across all of US TV for the day) up two tenths from its last show in 2017.
- In the second and third positions were TALKING DEAD (1.5/3.59 million viewers) immediately after the show’s return and a WALKING DEAD BONUS (1.3/3.58 million viewers) that aired ahead of the premiere.
- The rest of the list was fairly typical for Sunday. New episodes of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA (0.9) and KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (0.5) matched their ratings from last week, while NBA regular season game coverage only climbed as high as number 6 on the list, earning a 0.5 for the night.
- Following the success of long-running A&E series WAHLBURGERS, Mark Wahlberg is expanding his foray into unscripted entertainment by forming the new full-service production company Unrealistic Ideas with producing partner Stephen Levinson and Wahlburgers exec producer/showrunner Arche Gips. The company will focus solely on factual and unscripted entertainment, leaving Wahlberg and Levinson free to continue collaborating via their individual scripted companies (Closest to the Hole Productions and Leverage Entertainment).
- Apple continues to scoop up high-powered film talent for its new television slate. The latest greenlight is a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a psychological thriller from Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan. The currently untitled show is in good company at Apple; over the past three months, the company has greenlit a number of other series, including AMAZING STORIES with Steven Spielberg, a morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, a space drama from Ron Moore, a world-building drama titled SEE, and a comedy toplined by Kristin Wiig. They have one unscripted entry for their first year of development, docuseries HOME from Matt Tyranauer and Matthew Weaver.
- For some reason, Netflix continues to rally around ULTIMATE BEASTMASTER, giving the international competition series a 9-episode third season. The nine countries taking part in running “The Beast” (billed as “one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised”) will be the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, France, South Korea and Mexico. No premiere date is set, but season 3 will launch later in the year, most likely at the tail end of Q3.
- Blumhouse Television and SundanceTV are teaming up for a 6-part true crime docuseries to launch in 2019. Tentatively titled NO ONE SAW A THING, the show will examine an unsolved and mysterious death in the American Heartland. The case grabbed international headlines in the early 1980s when a resident was shot dead in front of nearly 60 townspeople, all of whom deny seeing anything to this day. Avi Belkin will direct and executive produce.
- Paramount Network is planning a feature length documentary about the life of actor Paul Walker. Few details are being released, but the doc will follow Walker’s life through his film, interviews, and new information revealed by friends and family, leading up to his untimely death in 2013. No release date has been set.
- The New York Times is getting into television. Announced unofficially through THIS job placement ad, the powerful newspaper is developing what they call “an ambitious television news series that seeks to combine the range and authority of Times journalism with immersive storytelling, innovative visuals and best-in-class production values.” They are currently seeking an Editor/Executive Producer (anyone out there interested?) and partnered with production company Left/Right to develop the series.