AMERICAN IDOL holds steady but still falls behind THE VOICE; THE GOOD DOCTOR finishes strong in Season 1; WALKING DEAD finally bounces back up in ratings; Turner Sports releases details on its new OTT service, B/R Live
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.7/6||1.6/6||0.8/3||0.8/3||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||8.34||8.25||4.9||3.69||1.01|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, March 26, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.)||2.0/8||10.37|
|American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.6/6||7.68|
|Kevin Can Wait (CBS)||0.9/4||5.68|
|Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.31|
|8:30 p.m.||Man with a Plan (CBS)||0.9/4||5.44|
|9 p.m.||The Resident (FOX)||0.9/4||4.21|
|Superior Donuts (CBS)||0.8/3||4.64|
|iZombie (The CW)||0.2/1||0.71|
|9:30 p.m.||Living Biblically (CBS)||0.7/3||3.98|
|10 p.m.||The Good Doctor (ABC) – F||1.6/6||9.39|
|Good Girls (NBC)||1.0/4||4.28|
- “Steady” was the word of the night on broadcast, with most shows coming in even with last week. On NBC, although down by three tenths, THE VOICE led the night with a 2.0 in adults 18-49 and 10.37 million views, far and away the best of the night. A new episode of GOOD GIRLS came in at 1.0, same as last week.
- In counter-programmed singing news, AMERICAN IDOL appears to be evening out, its 1.6 for last night matching last Monday’s rating. The season one finale of GOOD DOCTOR also scored a 1.6, even with last week, and a solid end for the breakout medical drama.
- With the exception of KEVIN CAN WAIT (0.9), which dropped a tenth, MAN WITH A PLAN (0.9), SUPERIOR DONUTS (0.8), LIVING BIBLICALLY (0.7), and SCORPION (0.8) all held steady.
- Fox programming (LUCIFER [0.8]; THE RESIDENT [0.9]) and CW shows (LEGENDS OF TOMORROW [0.4] and iZOMBIE [0.2]) all turned in identical performances to last week.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, March 25, 2018
|THE WALKING DEAD||AMC||9:00 PM||6,774||3|
|THE TERROR||AMC||10:03 PM||3,336||1.3|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||1,967||0.8|
|TALKING DEAD||AMC||11:03 PM||1,597||0.6|
|MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES||ADULT SWIM||11:30 PM||1,060||0.5|
|NAKED AND AFRAID||DISCOVERY||10:00 PM||1,401||0.4|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HGTV||9:30 PM||1,567||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:30 PM||1,640||0.4|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HGTV||9:00 PM||1,462||0.4|
|SISTER WIVES TELL ALL||TLC||8:00 PM||1,367||0.3|
|STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY||DISNEY||9:50 PM||1,249||0.3|
|MR. PICKLES||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||770||0.3|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,651||0.3|
|SILICON VALLEY||HBO||10:02 PM||698||0.3|
|MR. PICKLES||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||733||0.3|
|ON THE CASE W/PAULA ZAHN||ID||10:00 PM||1,348||0.3|
|HOW CLOSE CAN I BEACH||HGTV||8:30 PM||1,308||0.3|
|SISTER WIVES||TLC||9:00 PM||1,188||0.3|
|GUY’S GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||9:00 PM||838||0.3|
|WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT||ESPN||7:30 PM||1,040||0.3|
|BAR RESCUE||PARAMOUNT||10:00 PM||610||0.3|
- After several dismally down weeks, THE WALKING DEAD (unsurprisingly) sat atop the cable ratings for Sunday, but with a two tenth increase, scoring a 3.0 among adults 18-49 and 6.77 million viewers overall.
- Following up in the number two spot was new period drama THE TERROR, earning a 1.3 (which bodes well for the channel’s new subscription service AMC Premiere, which has already dropped the entire season on the platform). REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA rounded out the top 3, holding steady at 0.8.
- Elsewhere in scripted cable, premieres of SILICON VALLEY on HBO and BILLIONS on Showtime both drew 0.3s, although Billions landed outside the top 25.
- Amazon is making good on its promise for big, tentpole programming by greenlighting CORTES, a new 4-hour miniseries starring Javier Bardem, with Steven Spielberg and Amblin Television producing. Bardem plays the lead role of legendary conquerer Hernan Cortes, and the story will follow his expedition to the heart of King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire. Although originally developed as a feature in 2014 off a 50-year-old blacklisted script from Dalton Trumbo, the project was gradually expanded to fit what the creators have called “the epic scope of the story.” No dates for production or debut have been set.
- CBS is backing a third James Corden primetime CARPOOL KARAOKE special, set to air 23 April, which will incorporate favorite skits “Crosswalk: The Musical”, “Drop the Mic”, and favorite moments from Corden’s Late Late Show.
- Turner Sports has finally released details for B/R Live, a new OTT service named for digital brand Bleacher Report. The service is being timed to release with a new spring pro football league and what the company is calling “flexible pricing options” – instead of a flat monthly rate, viewers will be able to enter credit card information as live game action continues on their screen, with options to purchase the game, the season, or an entire league. The platform will soft-launch with partial NBA games beginning with the 2018-19 season, through an agreement with NBA League Pass. Exact pricing is still up in the air, with one potential scenario being as low as 99 cents for a 5 minute game portion, or $7 for the entire game.
- Alex Gibney and his production company Jigsaw Productions have optioned biography Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian for adaptation into a docuseries. The series will showcase the authors’ three years of work, comprised of over 400 interviews and in-depth research into Wood’s life. The series is currently out in the market with UTA handling sales and negotiation in partnership with InkWell Management.
- YouTube TV is buying in to a major promotional deal with the NBA, becoming the league’s first “presenting partner” of the NBA Finals. The goal of the multiyear agreement is to raise awareness of the burgeoning live TV service. Fans will be able to watch the finals either on ABC or YouTube TV. It’s a strategy that has worked for them in the past: the company struck a similar callout deal for the 2017 World Series, with 8.5% of subscribers to TV services saying they use YouTube TV, remarkable growth for the division, which has only been running for a year.