AMERICAN IDOL falls to THE VOICE once again in head-to-head airings; WALKING DEAD stops the ratings blood-letting, but makes no gains; Charlie Ebersol to launch ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL league in 2019
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.9/7||1.6/6||0.9/3||0.8/3||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||8.54||8.2||3.73||5.11||1.01|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, March 19, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.)||2.3/9||10.67|
|American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.6/6||7.74|
|Kevin Can Wait (CBS)||1.0/4||5.92|
|Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.27|
|8:30 p.m.||Man with a Plan (CBS)||0.9/4||5.62|
|9 p.m.||The Resident (FOX)||0.9/4||4.23|
|Superior Donuts (CBS)||0.8/3||5.11|
|iZombie (The CW)||0.2/1||0.76|
|9:30 p.m.||Living Biblically (CBS)||0.7/3||4.21|
|10 p.m.||The Good Doctor (ABC)||1.6/6||9.13|
|Good Girls (NBC)||1.0/4||4.27|
- Only Fox improved week-to-week on Monday, with all other broadcaster’s shows coming in flat or down slightly. Both LUCIFER (0.8) and THE RESIDENT (0.9) ticked up by a tenth since last airing.
- In singing competition news, AMERICAN IDOL fell by two tenths to 1.6, down from 1.8 both last Monday and this past Sunday night, already sagging against NBC’s THE VOICE, which held on to its 2.3 rating for another week. Later on ABC, THE GOOD DOCTOR was also down by .2, coming in at 1.6 among adults 18-49, while freshman drama GOOD GIRLS with Christina Hendricks also fell another tenth in its third week on air, now sitting at a 1.0.
- On CBS, KEVIN CAN WAIT (1.0), MAN WITH A PLAN (0.9) and SUPERIOR DONUTS (0.8) were all off a tenth from their last shows, while LIVING BIBLICALLY (0.7) and SCORPION (0.8) put up the same numbers as last week.
- LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (0.4) and iZOMBIE (0.2) were both flat week to week for CW.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, March 18, 2018
|THE WALKING DEAD||AMC||9:00 PM||6,663||2.8|
|NCAA TOURNAMENT||TRUTV||7:48 PM||4,597||1.6|
|NCAA TOURNAMENT||TNT||8:39 PM||3,399||1.2|
|TALKING DEAD||AMC||10:08 PM||2,663||1.1|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||2,069||0.8|
|NCAA POST-GUN||TRUTV||10:13 PM||1,824||0.8|
|NCAA TOURNAMENT||TBS||9:42 PM||2,228||0.8|
|NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE||TNT||8:24 PM||1,966||0.7|
|NCAA TOURNAMENT||TNT||6:00 PM||1,913||0.7|
|NCAA TOURNAMENT||TBS||7:00 PM||1,864||0.7|
|NCAA POST-GUN||TNT||11:16 PM||1,572||0.7|
|MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES||ADULT SWIM||11:30 PM||1,123||0.6|
|NAKED AND AFRAID||DISCOVERY||10:00 PM||1,366||0.5|
|SISTER WIVES||TLC||8:00 PM||1,547||0.4|
|LAST WEEK TONIGHT||HBO||11:01 PM||1,227||0.4|
|NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE||TBS||9:27 PM||1,197||0.4|
|MR. PICKLES||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||831||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,673||0.4|
|MR. PICKLES||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||790||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:30 PM||1,601||0.3|
|SUPERMANSION||ADULT SWIM||1:00 AM||667||0.3|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HGTV||9:30 PM||1,437||0.3|
|THE CHI||SHOWTIME||10:01 PM||872||0.3|
|EVIL LIVES HERE||ID||9:00 PM||1,288||0.3|
- AMC’s WALKING DEAD still coasted to the top of cable ratings on Sunday night, although its numbers are still hunkering down in the basement of its early seasons. The latest episode scored a 2.8, even with last week, although viewership rose slightly, to about 6.66 million viewers (how apropos for a horror show!).
- Unsurprisingly, March Madness games still took up the bulk of the top 25 list, with most games residing in the top 10. The game between UMBC and Kansas State took top honors, scoring a 1.6 among adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers.
- In non-sports programming, cable mainstays THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA (0.8), NAKED AND AFRAID (0.5) and THE CHI (0.3) were all even with last week.
- LAST WEEK TONIGHT with John Oliver improved a tenth week-to-week, up a tenth to 0.4.
- After the success of their ALL OR NOTHING NFL series, Amazon has decided to expand the franchise title over three other sports docu-series that have been in the works since last fall. Although all previously noted in earlier reports as separate series, the following will now all carry the “ALL OR NOTHING” banner title and follow the same formula as the original series, by highlighting unprecedented access and insight into some of the world’s most famous teams:
- ALL OR NOTHING: THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES | BTN Originals, The Montag Group
6×60 | 6 April
The cameras follow Coach Jim Harbaugh in his third season leading his alma mater’s storied program through triumphs, trials and tribulations as they play in the Big Ten, one of the toughest college football conferences in the nation. Filmed over the 2017 season.
- ALL OR NOTHING: NEW ZEALAND ALL BLACKS | Mother Media Group, WB NZ, Pango Productions
TBDx60 | no release date set
Known for performing the sacred Haka, the series provides a look inside the world of the All Blacks players, coaches and the support team that sits behind them through the season, on and off the field. Filmed throughout 2017.
- ALL OR NOTHING: MANCHESTER CITY | MEDIAPRO, Prime Video, Manchester City, IMG, Film45
TBDx60 | no release date set
Gives an inside look at the historic Club’s behind-the-scenes action, its legendary coach, Pep Guardiola, and the personal stories of the players who are currently at the top of the English Premier League table.
- SIDE NOTE: The third season of ALL OR NOTHING/NFL Films returns on 27 April, chronicling the 2017 Dallas Cowboys.
- Even more football! Aside from the NFL, and the New Year’s announcement by Vince McMahon that he’ll be bringing back the XFL for another go ‘round in 2020, Charlie Ebersol, along with father Dick Ebersol and ex-NFL exec Bill Polian have announced the ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL, a new 8-team pro football league. The new franchise organization has already signed a deal with CBS Sports to broadcast all games in the NFL off-season, and has set a launch target of 2019, a year ahead of McMahon’s re-imagined XFL. The Alliance of American Football is a “single-entity league,” meaning it will have full ownership of the teams as opposed to operating under a franchise model. The AAF has not announced the eight markets where its teams will be located, with plans to unveil those along with coaches and other personnel over the next 12 weeks on its website.