DAILY DIGEST – 4.18.18

BLACK LIGHTNING finale keeps steady rating; Sports Illustrated rolls out new OTT service; BET announces several new unscripted series for 2018-19

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

TUESDAY, 4.17.18 ABC NBC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.97 6.24 10.12 2.69 1.78

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Roseanne (ABC) 3.4/15 13.01
  The Voice (NBC) 1.5/6 8.21
  NCIS (CBS) 1.1/5 11.27
  Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 3.51
  The Flash (The CW) 0.6/2 1.87
       
8:30 p.m. Alex, Inc. (ABC) 1.2/5 4.85
       
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) 1.1/4 10.69
  Black-ish (ABC) 1.1/4 4.14
  Rise (NBC) 0.8/3 4.31
  LA to Vegas (FOX) 0.6/2 2.04
  Black Lightning (The CW) – F 0.5/2 1.69
       
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) 1.0/4 3.62
  New Girl (FOX) 0.6/2 1.72
       
10 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/5 6.21
  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.8/3 8.39
  For the People (ABC) 0.6/2 2.1

Ratings Report:

  • ABC’s ROSEANNE held steady at 3.4 among adults 18-49 last night, but even the strength of its rating wasn’t enough to help ALEX, INC (aka the momentum killer). While the new Zach Braff comedy improved three tenths from its last episode, the 1.2 it scored is still well below the 1.9 THE MIDDLE posted in the same time slot last week, and the soft lead in drove down ratings for comedies airing later in the evening (BLACKISH, 1.1/-.3, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, 1.0/-.2). FOR THE PEOPLE remained steady at 0.6, although audience shrank again – 2.1 million viewers last night versus 2.72 million a week ago.
  • CBS had an off night as well, with NCIS hitting a series low 1.1, and both BULL (1.1) and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (0.8) down a tenth from last week.
  • THE VOICE on NBC dropped three tenths from two weeks ago (last week was a clip show) to score a 1.5 for the evening, while RISE (0.8) was flat, and CHICAGO MED climbed a tenth to 1.2.
  • All Fox shows, LETHAL WEAPON (0.7), LA TO VEGAS (0.7), and NEW GIRL (0.6) all slipped a tenth, while on CW, the finale of BLACK LIGHTNING held steady with a 0.5, and THE FLASH put up a 0.6 for another week.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Monday, April 16, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 10:52 PM 3,653 1.5
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 3,754 1.4
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 8:14 PM 3,426 1.4
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 3,479 1.3
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 3,634 1.3
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 8:00 PM 1,971 1.0
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 1:24 AM 1,607 0.7
TEYANA AND IMAN VH1 9:00 PM 1,382 0.7
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,594 0.7
TEEN MOM MTV 9:00 PM 1,098 0.6
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 8:00 PM 1,538 0.6
LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 9:30 PM 1,107 0.5
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,613 0.5
FAST N LOUD DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,225 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,701 0.4
AMERICAN DAD TBS 10:00 PM 802 0.4
SPRING BAKING CHAMPION FOOD 9:00 PM 1,413 0.4
TEEN MOM: YOUNG AND PREG MTV 10:01 PM 685 0.4
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,928 0.4
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,081 0.3
ANW: NINJA VS NINJA USA 11:09 PM 818 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,697 0.3
ALL IN W/CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 2,375 0.3
NATALIE WOOD: AN AMERICAN INVEST 10:00 PM 1,312 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,283 0.3

Of Note:

  • Basketball and wrestling took over the top five in cable on Monday night, with TNT’s live coverage of the NBA playoff game between the Spurs and Warriors taking the top spot. The later game scored a 1.5 among adults 18-49 and 3.65 million viewers, while the earlier game between the Heat and 76ers slipped into the number 3 spot with a 1.4 and 3.43 million people watching.
  • WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW took a minor hit this week around, dropping a tenth from its 1.5 peak last week to 1.4 this week (the remaining two hours of the broadcast turned in a pair of 1.3s).
  • Elsewhere on cable, VH1 continues to maintain steady ratings with both LOVE & HIP HOP: ATLANTA (1.0) and TEYANA & IMAN (0.7), while losing a tenth off LEAVE IT TO STEVIE (0.6).
  • Investigation Discovery’s special NATALIE WOOD: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY made it in to the top 25, scoring a 0.3 and 1.31 million viewers. Interest in the actress’ mysterious death has resurged after her husband, fellow actor Robert Wagner, was recently named a person of interest in the case.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Paramount TV has put a true crime drama series into development that caught my eye. Based on the 2017 New Yorker article Remembering The Murder You Didn’t Commit (if you have time, it’s well worth the read), the article by Rachel Aviv explores the true story of how six people from a small town in Nebraska were brainwashed by local law enforcement into falsely believing that they had committed a murder together. The TV show will explore the fallibility of memory, the power of persuasion and the psychology of trauma. Hannah Fidell (The Long Dumb Road) is set to write and direct, with 2.0 Entertainment set to produce.
  • Sports Illustrated is the latest content producer to enter the OTT sports ring. On the heels of the ESPN+ launch and announcement of Bleacher Report Live, Sports Illustrated has launched SI TV for $4.99/mo. Even with the recent glut of entries into the market, SI TV occupies a slightly different space, choosing not to chase expensive live rights, and instead focusing their spends on personality, color and analysis via studio shows, long-form documentary programming and library films.
  • BET has announced its slate of new docuseries for the 2018-19 season ranging from sports to crime, and two different types of competition series. Notes and log lines on the most relevant projects below (full list HERE):
    • FINDING JUSTICE | 6 eps | Crime, Docuseries | Seven Buck Productions, Leepson Bounds Entertainment

Log Line: This docuseries tells the powerful 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.  With the grit and edge of investigative journalism and the profound heart of a powerful documentary, each episode delivers a riveting look at the faces of change in Black America.

  • Dwayne Johnson executive produces
  • DREAM TEAM | 5 eps | Sports, Limited Series |Malloy Brothers Productions, Underground, Five All in the Fifths

Log Line: In the summer of 1992, a basketball team comprised of 11 future Hall of Famers showed up at the Olympics in Spain and changed the face of sports and global culture forever. The docuseries is an intimate journey from the spark of an idea to the podium in Barcelona, examining an incomparable legacy that still resonates 25 years later. Based on acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum’s New York Times bestselling book that follows the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team, the series will explore how a group of extraordinary and complex individuals became a team and how that team transcended sports.

  • In cooperation with the NBA and USA Basketball
  • LADIES NIGHT | 10 eps | Music docuseries | Entertainment One

Log Line: Follows the personal and professional drama of the iconic 90’s girl groups En Vogue, Salt, Pepa, Spinderella and SWV as they embark on a national tour.  With a run of shows across the US, these iconic artists must create, choreograph, and execute a night featuring all of their famous hits. With major money on the line, the OGs will need to put their pride to the side in order to launch something truly memorable.

  • THE NEXT BIG THING | 10 eps | Music Competition | Releve Entertainment, Swizz Beats

Log Line: This hybrid docu-music competition series highlights super-producer Swizz Beats, Tina Davis, music veteran A&R Exec (Def Jam, Empire), former manager of Chris Brown as we follow a league of powerhouse music icons, put up-and-coming artists through the ultimate development boot camp. After being coached and challenged on performance preparation, these artists must give the best performance of their career to land a deal with one of six major record labels.

  • THE GRAND HUSTLE | 10 eps | Competition | 51 Minds Entertainment

Log Line: From the streets to the boardroom, T.I. wrote the book on hustling and now he’s looking for the nation’s next big hustler to see who will come out on top. Set in the streets of Atlanta, these contestants use the city to prove they have what it takes to out-hustle the rest! In the end, T.I. will choose one person to be named King or Queen of the Hustle – landing a six-figure job working at one of T.I.’s companies.

 

 

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