EMPIRE and STAR return up for Fox; CURSE OF THE CIVIL WAR GOLD dips for History; Vivica A. Fox and CBS launch syndicated talk show FACE THE TRUTH
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.7/7||1.2/5||1.1/4||1.0/4||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||5.42||7.05||5.7||4.42||0.7|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, March 28, 2018
|8 p.m.||Empire (FOX)||2.0/8||6.14|
|The Goldbergs (ABC)||1.4/6||5.44|
|The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – clip show||1.3/5||6.88|
|Riverdale (The CW)||0.3/1||0.98|
|8:30 p.m.||Alex, Inc. (ABC) – P||1.1/4||4.59|
|9 p.m.||Star (FOX)||1.5/6||4.7|
|Modern Family (ABC)||1.4/6||5.35|
|SEAL Team (CBS)||1.0/4||6.54|
|Life Sentence (The CW)||0.1/1||0.42|
|9:30 p.m.||Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R||0.8/3||3.45|
|10 p.m.||Criminal Minds (CBS)||1.1/5||6.51|
|Designated Survivor (ABC)||0.7/3||3.84|
|Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tribute to a Superstar (NBC) – S||0.6/2||3.34|
- EMPIRE and STAR returned to Fox with higher ratings than their fall finales. EMPIRE scored a 2.0 among adults 18-49, topping the night overall and a tenth above its last episode in December. STAR returned up two tenths, grabbing a 1.5 for the night.
- ABC premiered another new comedy last night – ALEX INC, starring Zach Braff and based on the popular Gimlet Media podcast STARTUP, debuted to a 1.1 – nothing stellar, but right in line with the average for the slot. While DESIGNATED SURVIVOR stayed steady with a 0.7, the rest of the ABC lineup faltered a bit, with THE GOLDBERGS (1.4) down a tenth, and MODERN FAMILY (1.4) down two tenths.
- CBS’ night was mostly steady, with a two tenth increase for CRIMINAL MIND (1.1). SURVIVOR (1.7) and freshly renewed SEAL TEAM (1.0) were both even with last week.
- NBC aired a VOICE clipshow to the tune of a 1.3 rating among 18-49s, while an Andrew Lloyd Webber special picked up a 0.6.
- CW dipped overall for the night, with RIVERDALE down a tenth to a season low 0.3, and LIFE SENTENCE fell to a 0.1 and under 500K viewers.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tueday, March 27, 2018
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2,576||0.8|
|SP FIXER UPPER||HOME||9:00 PM||2,960||0.6|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||8:14 PM||1,370||0.6|
|CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS||MTV||9:00 PM||834||0.5|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,608||0.5|
|SELECCION MEX||UNIVISION||9:41 PM||891||0.4|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,193||0.4|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,870||0.4|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||10:39 PM||874||0.4|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,786||0.4|
|AMERICAS TOP MODEL||VH1||8:00 PM||743||0.4|
|FORBIDDEN: DYING FOR LOVE||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,207||0.3|
|DETOUR, THE||TBS||10:30 PM||906||0.3|
|CURSE OF CIVIL WAR GOLD||HISTORY||10:03 PM||1,332||0.3|
|INK MASTER||PARAMOUNT||10:00 PM||737||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,871||0.3|
|MARRIED AT FIRST ST||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||875||0.3|
|WEB OF LIES||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,045||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,128||0.3|
|CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS AFTER||MTV||10:02 PM||406||0.3|
|NBA PRE-GAME SHOW||TNT||8:00 PM||732||0.3|
|DAILY SHOW||COMEDY||11:00 PM||886||0.3|
- Despite being down two tenths from last week, WWE SMACKDOWN on USA still grabbed the top spot on cable Tuesday, raking in a 0.8 for the evening, while a rare HOME show (FIXER UPPER) slid into the number 2 spot with a 0.6. TNT’s live broadcast of the Cavaliers vs Heat NBA game rounded out the top 3 with a 0.6 and 1.37 million people watching.
- In competition shows, MTV’s THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS turned out another 0.5 for the week and has held mostly steady all season, while AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL on VH1 retained its 0.4 for another week, but with a small audience dip (743K this week versus 789K last week).
- History’s THE CURSE OF THE CIVIL WAR GOLD turned downward, slipping two-tenths to a 0.3.
- With the monster ratings it grabbed on Tuesday night, the cast and crew of ROSEANNE is already eyeing a potential Season 2. Cast deals have already been put in place with all regulars set to return to a 10-13-episode season. ABC has until April 15th to give an early renewal to the show, although I doubt ABC will wait that long to make a decision. The revival of the show seems to have finally done what broadcasters sought to achieve with a glut of scripted military content: reach America’s working-class in the center of the country. While the 5.2 won’t hold (curiosity and hype inflated the number, I’m sure), the comedy is tackling conversations on political divisiveness, economic issues, and culture wars head on (and in a surprisingly balanced way), something that simply isn’t seen on American television right now. THIS ARTICLE from Deadline breaks it down in greater detail, and is well worth a read.
- Speaking of tacking difficult and divisive issues, CBS Television Distribution has sold FACE THE TRUTH, a new talk show aimed at conflict resolution, into syndication with a Fall 2018 launch. Hosted by Vivica A. Fox and produced by Stage 29 Productions, the new strip will feature real people presenting problems for resolution by Fox and her panel of experts, which include an attorney, advocate, psychologist, and life coach. The studio audience will also get a chance to weigh in on the conversation by asking questions and getting to vote on who’s right and wrong in the problem being presented to the panel.
- The Professional Fighters League has partnered with Mark Burnett and MGM Television to develop and produce new content and programming for their upcoming season. The league already has a deal in place with NBC Sports Net and Facebook Watch to air 11 live events commencing June 7th. The PFL is the world’s only major mixed martial arts league and is the first organization present MMA as a true sport with individual fighters competing in a regular season that includes playoffs and a season-ending championship.