JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR leads Easter Sunday; Disney announces launch date for ESPN+; CW renews 10 series ahead of Upfronts; Roseanne back for Season 2
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.3/5||1.2/5||0.7/3||0.7/3|
|Total Viewers (millions)||7.43||5.82||6.89||1.67|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, April 1, 2018
|7 p.m.||Roseanne (ABC) – R||0.8/4||4.28|
|60 Minutes (CBS)||0.7/3||8.14|
|Little Big Shots (NBC) – R||0.6/3||4|
|Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade (FOX) – S||0.4/2||1.25|
|7:30 p.m.||Bob’s Burgers (FOX)||0.6/3||1.49|
|8 p.m.||Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC) (8-10:23 p.m.) – S||1.7/6||9.36|
|American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.6/6||7.43|
|The Simpsons (FOX)||0.9/4||2.01|
|8:30 p.m.||Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)||0.8/3||1.77|
|9 p.m.||Family Guy (FOX)||0.9/4||2.1|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)||0.8/3||7.05|
|9:30 p.m.||The Last Man on Earth (FOX)||0.6/2||1.42|
|10 p.m.||Deception (ABC)||0.8/3||4.15|
|Madam Secretary (CBS)||0.5/2||5.71|
|10:30 p.m.||Dateline (NBC) (10:23-11 p.m.)||0.7/3||4.67|
- NBC led Easter Sunday with a live broadcast of the musical JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, drawing 9.36 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. While the leader in rating for the night (and slightly ahead of Fox’s 2016 THE PASSION broadcast), the musical is still the lowest rated of the bunch aired to date for the broadcaster.
- Decent news for ABC: AMERICAN IDOL seems to have found its groove with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. While the show is down a tenth week-to-week, the number matches what the show has been earning on Monday nights for the past couple of weeks. A new episode of DECEPTION was flat, earning a 0.7.
- CBS took the biggest hits of the evening, with new drama INSTINCT dropping a whopping eight tenths, down to 0.6 for the night (granted, there was no NCAA tournament to help boost its numbers this week). Later on, both NCIS: LA (0.8) and MADAM SECRETARY (0.5) were off two tenths each.
- Fox had a generally down night, but not by much. Both THE SIMPSONS (0.9) and BROOKLYN 99 (0.8) lost a tenth week-to-week, while BOB’S BURGERS (0.6) dropped two tenths. FAMILY GUY (0.9) managed to break even for the night.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, March 29, 2018
|MLB SUNDAY NIGHT||ESPN||6:59 PM||1,966||0.6|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||10:43 PM||1,370||0.5|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||8:14 PM||1,523||0.5|
|MLB OPENING DAY L||ESPN||10:04 PM||1,042||0.4|
|BSBL TONIGHT: SUN CTDWN||ESPN||6:40 PM||799||0.3|
|SWAMP PEOPLE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,614||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,530||0.3|
|TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA||HISTORY||10:03 PM||1,097||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,528||0.3|
|THE FIRST 48||A&E||8:00 PM||1,067||0.3|
|IMPRACTICAL JOKERS||TRUTV||10:00 PM||656||0.3|
|MLB OPENING DAY L||ESPN||4:02 PM||823||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,872||0.3|
|BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES||WETV||9:00 PM||793||0.3|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||814||0.3|
|MLB OPENING DAY L||ESPN||12:30 PM||789||0.3|
|RUPAULS DRAG RACE||VH1||8:00 PM||581||0.3|
|JS ROAD TO VACATION||MTV||8:00 PM||441||0.3|
|MARCIA CLARK INVESTIGATE||A&E||9:00 PM||1,014||0.3|
|FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,082||0.3|
|KEEP IT SPOTLESS||NICKELODEON||7:30 PM||1,161||0.3|
- It was a quiet night on cable Thursday, but dominated by several major live sports events and ESPN picking up several spots throughout the top 25. Taking the top spot was the Major League Baseball Opening Day game between the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, which scored a 0.6 among adults 18-49 and 1.97 million viewers.
- The number 2 and 3 spots were owned by TNT, which broadcast NBA games between the Bucks and Warriors and Thunder vs Spurs for a pair of 0.5s.
- In regular unscripted programming, both SWAMP PEOPLE on History and RUPAUL’s DRAG RACE on VH1 took minor hits, each losing a tenth from last week. MTV began broadcasting the first of its JERSEY SHORE “Road to Vacation” specials, making it in to the top 25 with a 0.3.
- In scripted news, ATLANTA on FX earned a 0.3 for another week in a row.
- The CW has gone on a renewal tear this morning, announcing 10 shows due to come back for the 2018-19 season. Among those picked up include:
- All DC Series:
- ARROW (S7)
- THE FLASH (S5)
- SUPER GIRL (S4)
- LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (S4)
- BLACK LIGHTNING (S2)
- SUPERNATURAL (S14 – I bet this show will make it 15 seasons and finally call it quits)
- RIVERDALE (S3)
- JANE THE VIRGIN (S5)
- CRAZY EX GIRLFRIEND (S4)
- DYNASTY (S2 – for some godforsaken reason; it’s easily the weakest show on the lineup, barely ahead of the recently debuted LIFE SENTENCE, which has been sent to the doldrums of Friday night).
- All DC Series:
- With the renewals of the bulk of CW’s line up, speculation about bubble shows and cancelations are beginning to take shape, with cancelation notices likely for VALOR (which didn’t even pick up a back order), iZOMBIE (it’s managed to squeak by on a vocal fan base and filling holes in the spring schedule, but ratings have always been shaky, and the episode orders have steadily been reduced every season), and LIFE SENTENCE (which sank to a dismal 0.1 last week). Big question marks still surround THE 100, which has yet to premiere this spring and sits on the bubble.
- Disney plans to launch its newest OTT platform, ESPN+, on April 12th for a subscription fee of $5/month, with an add-on package for out-of-market MLB games for $25. Programming included at launch will consists of a live MLB game for every day of the regular season, with a similar structure for the NHL 2018-19 season, and Major League Soccer fans will get exclusive access to out of market games. Content will be further built out with a selection of boxing matches, colleges sports, PGA Tour golfing tournaments, Grand Slam tennis tournaments, as well as international rugby and cricket matches.
- File under “and no one was surprised”: ABC announced a renewal for monster hit ROSEANNE ahead of the Easter holiday. Following the monster 5.2 rating its first time out, an L+3 audience of 25 million, and deal negotiations already underway for the core cast, it was always expected that ABC would renew and renew quickly following the premiere. The rerun of the first two episodes snagged a 0.8 on Sunday night, well below the debut proper, so I’ll be keenly watching how the numbers settle over the next few weeks, but my prediction is that it will shift into a ratings groove similar to that of BIG BANG THEORY (high 2s).
- Finally, a pair of passings over the holiday weekend:
- Steven Bochco, creator of legendary series HILL STREET BLUES, LA LAW, and NYPD BLUE, passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with leukemia.
- Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, television executive who most recently relaunched TriStar Television as a division of Sony Pictures TV, died suddenly from complications after a minor surgery. She was 50.