EMPIRE and STAR both hold top positions for Wednesday; new comedy THE LAST OG climbs the cable ratings list; Dwayne Johnson docuseries FINDING JUSTICE gets series order at BET; TKO physical game format finds host in Kevin Hart
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.6/6||1.1/4||1.0/4||1.0/4||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||5.04||6.45||5.45||4.06||1.25|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, April 11, 2018
|8 p.m.||Empire (FOX)||1.8/8||5.8|
|The Goldbergs (ABC)||1.2/5||5.2|
|The Blacklist (NBC)||0.8/4||5.1|
|Harry Potter: A History of Magic (The CW) (8-9:30 p.m.) – S||0.3/1||1.31|
|8:30 p.m.||Alex, Inc. (ABC)||0.9/4||3.56|
|9 p.m.||Modern Family (ABC)||1.4/6||4.92|
|Law & Order: SVU (NBC)||1.1/4||5.4|
|SEAL Team (CBS)||1.0/4||6.29|
|9:30 p.m.||American Housewife (ABC)||1.1/4||3.96|
|Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R||0.2/1||1.06|
|10 p.m.||Chicago PD (NBC)||1.1/4||5.84|
|Criminal Minds (CBS)||0.9/4||5.15|
|Designated Survivor (ABC)||0.6/3||3.36|
- As usual for Wednesdays, EMPIRE and STAR helped Fox to an overall win for the night. Both shows retained their numbers from last week, with EMPIRE scoring a 1.8 and STAR holding on to a 1.3 among adults 18-49.
- Most other shows fell slightly for the night. Leading off after Fox, CBS’ SURVIVOR dropped a tenth to 1.5 for the week, while CRIMINAL MINDS (0.9) also faltered a tenth. SEAL TEAM, however, improved a tenth, ticking up to 1.0.
- ABC’s comedies were all down a tenth from last week, although AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1.1) managed to stay even with last week, and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (0.6) was also off by .1.
- NBC saw slight improvement week to week for CHICAGO PD, up a tenth among 18-49s with a 1.1, while a new LAW & ORDER: SVU (1.1) was off by .3 and THE BLACKLIST (0.8) down by .1.
- CW aired a Harry Potter special that performed slightly better than its usual Riverdale/Life Sentence line up, earning a 0.3 for the night.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, April 10, 2018
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2,952||1|
|LAST OG, THE||TBS||10:30 PM||1,516||0.6|
|DEADLIEST CATCH||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||2,111||0.6|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,582||0.5|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,601||0.5|
|CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS REUNION||MTV||9:00 PM||802||0.5|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||10:36 PM||1,109||0.5|
|CONCACAF LC-L SF||UNIVISION||10:04 PM||886||0.5|
|NBA BASKETBALL||TNT||8:14 PM||1,200||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,301||0.4|
|MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||1,113||0.4|
|ANDRE THE GIANT||HBO||10:00 PM||931||0.4|
|CURSE OF CIVIL WAR GOLD||HISTORY||10:03 PM||1,459||0.4|
|LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD||TLC||9:00 PM||1,631||0.4|
|AMERICAS TOP MODEL||VH1||8:00 PM||869||0.4|
|GOOD BONES||HOME||9:00 PM||1,658||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,128||0.3|
|MLB WED NIGHT – EARLY||ESPN||7:00 PM||922||0.3|
|CONCACAF LC – L: SF||UNIVISION||8:00 PM||656||0.3|
|INSIDE THE NBA||TNT||12:54 AM||665||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,551||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,465||0.3|
|FIXER UPPER BEHIND DESIGN||HOME||8:00 PM||1,471||0.3|
- WWE SMACKDOWN on USA once again took the top spot on Tuesday’s cable chart, ticking up two tenths (still coming off the annual WRESTLEMANIA wave) to 1.0 over last week’s 0.8.
- Slightly more interesting, a comedy made its way to the top 3 this week, with Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish’s new comedy THE LAST OG scoring a 0.6 in its second week out, building on critical acclaim and fan buzz. Long running docudrama DEADLIEST CATCH rounded out the top 3, also with a 0.6.
- On Bravo, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fell just slightly as well, down from its previous 0.6 to a 0.5. USA’s “Unsolved: the Murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.” held steady with another 0.3, while the History Channel’s “The Curse of Civil War Gold” rose to a 0.4 with 1.46 million viewers.
- Dwayne Johnson is on a roll with TV series lately – BET has just picked up a 6-episode docuseries from his and Dany Garcia’s Seven Buck Productions titled FINDING JUSTICE. The project will explore owerful stories of heroes, leaders, advocates and change agents in African American communities across America as they uncover injustices and fight to bring healing and change. Combining the grit and edge of investigative journalism and the profound heart of a powerful documentary, Justice takes a look at the faces of change in Black America. While I’ll be interested to see how this show does, I’ll admit that I wish I could see it on a more mainstream channel in the US, where negative portrayals of minorities clashing with justice have been a mainstay in broadcasting for over twenty-five years (I’m looking at you, original COPS).
- The American I work with is unduly excited about this one, but here it is (with her commentary): ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE is returning to TV, thanks to Amazon. A reimagining of the kooky and off-kilter show from the early 60s, the animation is reminiscent of the original and features the same irreverent, self-referential humor of the original. The world’s best-known flying squirrel and talking moose are back in a serialized comedy about the two goofball best friends who routinely find themselves thrust into harrowing situations but end up saving the day time and again. It’ll be fun to see how this performs, as the style opf animation and storytelling gave rise to a whole host of Nickelodeon shows in the late 90s and early 00s, including Ren & Stimpy, The Fairly Odd Parents, and Cat/Dog. Set to go live 11 May; check out the charming trailer HERE.
- TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT, a new Ninja Warrior meets Wipeout physical competition show set to debut on CBS this summer has found its host. Set to helm the series is comedian Kevin Hart, who will oversee and comment on the antics of the show, which features one player racing through daunting obstacles while four other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. It’s an “us versus them” scenario, with the top two players advancing to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.