Night mostly steady for broadcast; DANCING WITH THE STARS announces all-athlete cast for 26th cycle
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.4/6||1.2/5||0.7/3||0.7/3||0.5/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||8.38||5.58||3.36||2.55||1.31|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, April 12, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Big Bang Theory (CBS)||2.3/11||12.52|
|Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)||1.6/7||6.93|
|Supernatural (The CW)||0.5/2||1.53|
|8:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS)||1.9/8||11.57|
|AP Bio (NBC)||0.6/3||2.13|
|9 p.m.||Mom (CBS)||1.4/6||8.99|
|Station 19 (ABC)||1.0/4||5.61|
|Showtime at the Apollo (FOX)||0.7/3||2.74|
|Will & Grace (NBC) – R||0.5/2||2.25|
|Arrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.09|
|9:30 p.m.||Life in Pieces (CBS)||1.1/4||6.52|
|10 p.m.||Chicago Fire (NBC)||1.0/4||5.48|
- There was hardly any movement week to week for Thursday shows. For a second, I really had to peer closely at my grids to double check I was, indeed, looking at two different weeks.
- The biggest gains belonged to CBS, with LIFE IN PIECES improving the most, ticking up .2 from last week to score a 1.1 among adults 18-49. SWAT also improved a tenth, earning a 0.9 last night versus 0.8 a week ago. The rest of CBS’ night of comedies were flat.
- SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO after a rock solid season of 0.6s finally grew last night, ticking up a tenth in the key demo (0.7). Audience size has grown steadily, if modestly, over the season, averaging 2.5 million viewers week to week. Gotham remained steady for the week.
- NBC was mostly even, although new comedy CHAMPIONS dropped another tenth to 0.4 among 18-49s, while the audience once again shrank. After 6 airings and a viewership high of 3.02 million, overall audience has declined 55%. The (deeply unfunny and derivative) show was pretty much doomed from the start, with barely any promotion (I saw one billboard for it about a week before the premiere) and lackluster reviews. I highly doubt this one will return.
- ABC’s Shonda-night delivered the same numbers as last week, and on the CW, SUPERNATURAL (0.5) was off a tenth while ARROW (0.4) was steady week to week.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, April 11, 2018
|BLACK INK CREW||VH1||9:00 PM||1,000||0.5|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON||ESPN||10:35 PM||1,092||0.5|
|STREET OUTLAWS: NO PREP||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,225||0.5|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,272||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,257||0.4|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON L||ESPN||8:00 PM||1,025||0.4|
|STREET OUTLAWS: NPK SPC||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||1,108||0.4|
|MY 600-LB LIFE||TLC||8:00 PM||1,353||0.4|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,610||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM L||ESPN||12:58 AM||692||0.3|
|IRON CHEF GAUNTLET||FOOD||9:00 PM||994||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,576||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:30 PM||1,501||0.3|
|PROPERTY BROTHERS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,753||0.3|
|CONAN SPECIAL||TBS||10:00 PM||728||0.3|
|NHL QTR FINALS L||NBC SPORTS||10:00 PM||603||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,731||0.3|
|ALL IN W/CHRIS HAYES||MSNBC||8:00 PM||2,145||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,045||0.3|
|MURDER CHOSE ME||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,083||0.3|
|SEE NO EVIL||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,098||0.3|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,288||0.3|
|TWIN TURBOS||DISCOVERY||10:01 PM||679||0.3|
|CNN TONIGHT||CNN||10:00 PM||1,146||0.3|
|NBA PRE-GAME L||ESPN||7:00 PM||520||0.3|
- Wednesday was pretty dead on cable, with all the top three shows earning 0.5s among adults 18-49, and barely tripping over the 1 million mark for overall viewership. In order, VH1’s BLACK INK CREW earned top marks, with ESPN’s coverage of the Utah vs. Portland game closely behind and Discovery’s STREET OUTLAWS was third.
- Elsewhere on cable, SyFy’s Superman prequel KRYPTON fell out of the top 25 as its audience continues to shrink (873,000 this week versus 955,000 last week), while THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY faltered a tenth, down to a 0.4.
- In cable news (hey, it’s been a little bit since we talked about that!), Maddow’s audience size has been beating Hannity’s by a narrow margin since last week.
- The reboot of original design show TRADING SPACES has paid off for TLC. The premiere averaged 2.8 million viewers in Live+3 ratings, earning the top spot of the night on Saturday cable (and TLC’s highest Saturday night in 8 years). I caught one of the episodes that aired and it pretty closely follows the original format – Two sets of neighbor’s trade rooms for two days and, with the help of a designer and carpenter makeover a room with a budget of $2000 – but really, all I’m interested in are the reveals when the neighbors hate what’s been done to the room. Nothing stand out here, but the right casting helps.
- Just in time for the second season of sci-fi hit WESTWORLD, Hulu is offering HBO through its platform for $5 USD per month, down from its usual $15/mo charge. This isn’t the first time Hulu and HBO have teamed up to drive subscription growth for both services – Hulu offered a similar discount last summer ahead of the GAME OF THRONES seventh season debut.
- On 27 May, Showtime releases the first episode of its 4-part news docuseries THE FOURTH ESTATE. Titled after the popular phrase for the press, the series follows reporters and editors of the New York Times as they cover Trump’s first year in office. If the series is anything like the trailer, I’m in (and curious to see how it performs for Showtime) – the pacing is fast, tense, and densely layered; check it out HERE.
- DANCING WITH THE STARS is coming back with an all athletes edition. Pulled mostly from the ranks of former Olympians, the 26th season of the show will feature Tonya Harding and Adam Rippon, as well as former professional sports stars Johnny Damon (MLB) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (NBA). We’ll see if the new twist puts some life back into the ratings, which still performs fairly solidly around a 1.3, but hasn’t seen a rating over 2.0 since early 2017.