AMERICAN IDOL continues to slide down; JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION scores big for MTV; Weather Channel to begin airing broadcasts in mixed reality
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.1/4||1.0/4||0.7/3||0.7/3|
|Total Viewers (millions)||5.78||8.33||1.7||4.46|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, April 8, 2018
|7 p.m.||60 Minutes (CBS)||1.5/7||10.83|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R||0.8/4||5.05|
|Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R||0.4/2||1.09|
|7:30 p.m.||Bob’s Burgers (FOX)||0.8/4||1.73|
|8 p.m.||American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.5/6||7.17|
|Little Big Shots (NBC)||0.9/4||6.66|
|The Simpsons (FOX)||0.9/4||2.12|
|8:30 p.m.||Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)||0.8/3||1.73|
|9 p.m.||NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)||0.9/3||8.06|
|Family Guy (FOX)||0.9/3||1.98|
|Genius Junior (NBC)||0.7/3||4.46|
|9:30 p.m.||The Last Man on Earth (FOX)||0.7/3||1.54|
|10 p.m.||Deception (ABC)||0.7/3||3.74|
|Madam Secretary (CBS)||0.6/2||6.25|
- ABC managed to eke out an overall win for Sunday night despite its primetime shows being slightly off week-to-week. AMERICAN IDOL came down a tenth, earning a 1.5 for the night (a rating only matched by an above-average 60 MINUTES), while DECEPTION also slipped a tenth, earning a 0.7 in adults 18-49 for the night.
- CBS had a bullish Sunday, with all of its shows ticking upward. New drama INSTINCT had the best rebound, bouncing back up three tenths to earn a 0.9 for the night, after sinking to a dismal 0.6 the week before. Long running dramas NCIS: LA (0.9) and MADAM SECRETARY (0.6) each improved a tenth.
- Fox had a mostly flat night, with THE SIMPSONS (0.9), BROOKLYN NINE NINE (0.8), and FAMILY GUY (0.9) all holding steady, while BOB’S BURGERS (0.8) and LAST MAN ON EARTH (0.7) each ticked up a tenth.
- NBC’s night was also steady; TIMELESS’ 0.6 in adults 18-49 matched its number from two weeks ago, while both LITTLE BIG SHOTS (0.9) and GENIUS JUNIOR (0.7) were on par with their seasonal averages.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, April 5, 2018
|JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACATION||MTV||9:00 PM||2,555||1.5|
|JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACATION||MTV||8:00 PM||2,418||1.4|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||8:14 PM||1,745||0.6|
|MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT||ESPN||3:00 PM||2,971||0.6|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||10:38 PM||1,077||0.4|
|RUPAULS DRAG RACE||VH1||8:00 PM||766||0.4|
|SWAMP PEOPLE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,846||0.4|
|SOUTHERN CHARM||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,025||0.4|
|TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA||HISTORY||10:03 PM||1,118||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,904||0.3|
|BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES||WETV||9:00 PM||890||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER PRIME||ESPN||7:21 PM||1,174||0.3|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||1,001||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,565||0.3|
|NBA PRE-GAME SHOW||TNT||8:00 PM||894||0.3|
|THE FIRST 48||A&E||8:00 PM||918||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,397||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,419||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,496||0.3|
|INSIDE THE NBA||TNT||1:03 AM||560||0.3|
|PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||1,258||0.3|
|IMPRACTICAL JOKERS||TRUTV||10:00 PM||516||0.3|
- The reign of Gym/Tan/Laundry rules over cable once again. MTV scored a big win on Thursday with two back-to-back episodes of JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION. The shows took the number one and two spots on the list, earning a 1.5 and 1.4 among adults 18-49, while averaging 2.49 million viewers.
- As usual for Thursdays, sports coverage claimed the rest of the top spots for cable; TNT’s live broadcast of the Wizards vs. Cavaliers NBA game earned a 0.6, a rating matched by ESPN’s coverage of the Masters Golf Tournament. A later NBA game between the Timberwolves and Nuggets on TNT rounded out the top 5, earning a 0.4.
- After being slightly off last week, both FX’s ATLANTA (0.4) and VH1’s RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE (0.4) rebounded on Thursday, each ticking back up a tenth.
- The Weather Channel has teamed up with The Future Group (powered by The Unreal Engine) to begin presenting broadcasts in mixed reality, and I have to say, even just the screen grabs look damn cool. Originally developed as a gaming tool, Unreal Engine has been steadily moving deeper into other entertainment spaces, and this type of broadcasting is a first of its kind. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m kind of excited to watch weather news now!
- Chuck Lorre is having a good Monday. The prolific showrunner scored a renewal notice for MOM, which will come back for a sixth season, joining previously announced renewals for BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON.
- Global Road is peddling game show format IDIOTEST at MipTV this week. Based on the popular app, the game gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to face off in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers require a keen eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much as general knowledge. The original show launched on GSN in the US in 2014 and is hosted by comedian Ben Gleib.
- Merger talks between CBS and Viacom continue, with Viacom setting forth a counter-proposal to CBS original all-stock offer. The counter seeks a $2.8 billion (USD) increase to the original offer, making up the difference by proposing 0.68 CBS shares for every 1 Viacom class B share (CBS’ original offer pegged the share exchange at 0.55 CBS shares for every 1 Viacom class B share). However, the real story is in what would happen to the management structure, even if they come to an agreement on the deal price. CBS originally took a strong stance, firmly placing Les Moonves at the top of the management structure, and Viacom CEO Bob Bakish in limbo.
- Cinedigm launched the WHAM Network today, an eSports centric channel covering gaming industry news, pop-culture related to the celebrity gaming scene, live event coverage, and a foray into gamer-focused original series. Described as, “proudly made by gamers for gamers” by WHAM founder Gary Kleinman, the 24/7 network rolls out today on Twitch, online, and mobile devices.
- T-Group has partnered with Push It Productions and comedienne Wanda Sykes to pitch THROW MAMA FROM THE GAME SHOW to US broadcasters and premium outlets this week. The one-hour elimination show pits teams of millennials and their moms against one another to beat the competition while successfully conquering hilarious challenges. The challenges will increase in scale and test the teams’ relationships, mental capacities and physical abilities. International rights are still available and a breakdown of the format can be found HERE.
- Beta Film and Red Bull Media House are launching high-end scripted project THE NET. Inspired by true events, the ambitious series is planned as five standalone seasons of eight episodes each. It uses the world of soccer as a backdrop for the characters who experience the beautiful game not only as a dream factory, but also one of the largest organized crime enterprises in history. Based on a concept from Matthias Hartmann and Plinio Bachmann, the series aims to demonstrate a new avenue for international drama production whereby individual seasons can be watched alone or can be discovered as part of the 40-hour interwoven narrative. Each of the five seasons will be developed with local partners and produced in their respective home markets. Negotiations with producers and broadcasters are under way with shooting scheduled to commence in 2019/2020.