SCANDAL ends series on a high note; MTV picks up prank series TOO STUPID TO DIE
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.4/6||1.3/5||0.7/3||0.6/3||0.5/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||8.3||5.92||3.12||2.34||1.57|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, April 20, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Big Bang Theory (CBS)||2.4/11||12.6|
|Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)||1.6/7||6.89|
|Supernatural (The CW)||0.6/3||1.81|
|8:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS)||1.9/8||11.4|
|AP Bio (NBC)||0.6/3||1.94|
|9 p.m.||Mom (CBS)||1.4/5||8.81|
|Station 19 (ABC)||1.1/4||5.45|
|Showtime at the Apollo (FOX)||0.6/2||2.48|
|Will & Grace (NBC) – R||0.4/2||1.8|
|Arrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.33|
|9:30 p.m.||Life in Pieces (CBS)||1.0/4||6.3|
|10 p.m.||Scandal (ABC) – F||1.3/5||5.43|
|Chicago Fire (NBC)||1.0/4||5.24|
- Gladiators went “Over A Cliff” last night, as Scandal ended its seven-season run. The show rose four tenths for the series finale, posting its best rating since 1 February. In the rest of the Shonda-only line up, GREY’S ANATOMY (1.6) was even with last week, while STATION 19 came up a tenth to 1.1.
- CBS has a mostly even night, with YOUNG SHELDON (1.9), MOM (1.4), and SWAT (0.9) all putting up the same ratings as last week, while BIG BANG THEORY won the night overall, a tenth of a point up from last week, earning a 2.4 among adults 18-49. LIFE IN PIECES (1.0) was off a tenth.
- NBC posted the exact same numbers as last week, while on Fox both GOTHAM and SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLOG were each down a tenth, both scoring 0.6s.
- On CW, SUPERNATURAL came up a tenth week-to-week for a 0.6, while ARROW posted its usual 0.4.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, April 18, 2018
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||9:44 PM||3,408||1.5|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||7:09 PM||3,614||1.4|
|INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||12:11 AM||1,381||0.6|
|BLACK INK CREW||VH1||9:00 PM||1,038||0.5|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,338||0.5|
|HIP HOP SQUARES 2||VH1||10:00 PM||844||0.4|
|STREET OUTLAWS: NO PREP||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,183||0.4|
|HIP HOP SQUARES 2||VH1||10:30 PM||757||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,146||0.4|
|MY 600-LB LIFE: WHERE ARE THEY||TLC||8:00 PM||1,119||0.4|
|STREET OUTLAWS: NPK SPC||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||951||0.3|
|IRON CHEF GAUNTLET||FOOD||9:00 PM||987||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,334||0.3|
|PROPERTY BROTHERS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,647||0.3|
|FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE||TBS||10:30 PM||863||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,628||0.3|
|TWIN TURBOS||DISCOVERY||10:01 PM||778||0.3|
|DAILY SHOW||COMEDY||11:00 PM||887||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,608||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,387||0.3|
|MURDER CHOSE ME||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,019||0.3|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,589||0.3|
|NHL QTR FINALS L||NBC SPORTS||7:03 PM||659||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||741||0.2|
- As the trend has gone all week, TNT once again grabbed the top spots on cable with coverage of the NBA playoffs. Back-to-back live broadcasts of the Timberwolves v Rockets and Pacers v Cavaliers games scored 1.5 and 1.4 ratings respectively, while averaging an audience of 3.5 million throughout the night. The channel’s INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS special rounded out the top three with a 0.6 and 1.38 million viewers.
- Elsewhere on cable, BLACK INK CREW on VH1 held steady this week with another 0.5, and Bravo’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY ticked up a tenth to 0.5.
- SyFy Superman-prequel KRYPTON has fallen off the list entirely and dropped a tenth, down to a 0.2 and less than a million viewers.
- Oh MTV, never change – the former music focused but now-all-reality-all-the-time network, has picked up prank show TOO STUPID TO DIE for 8 episodes beginning in June. Brought to the network by former network President Van Toffler and his Gunpowder & Sky production banner, TOO STUPID is basically Jackass for a new generation. The show is packed with bizarre pranks and outrageous stunts, all performed by a group of backyard “dare devils” who live deep in the Heartland of Indiana. While each episode claims to explore the dynamics of working class Americans and their interactions, the shows really concentrate on a bevy of spectacularly ridiculous stunts, often involving nut punches. Have ten minutes? THIS compilation basically screams MURRICAH! (and I’m sure MTV will enjoy success with this one – as much as current president Chris McCarthy poo-poos the idea that this is a new incarnation of Jackass, after watching the compilation of this dude’s stunts, it’s really hard to believe it’s anything else).
- Mainstream religious programming doesn’t work on broadcast networks? The hell you say! In a completely unsurprising move, CBS has pulled freshman comedy LIVING BIBLICALLY off the schedule after a tepid run of 8-episodes garnering a 0.6 average rating. Monday night in general has been a sore spot for CBS all season, with its other new comedy ME, MYSELF & I also doing poorly for the network and neither comedy is expected to return. In Biblically’s place, the network has elected to run repeats of its most valuable cash cow, Big Bang Theory.
- CBS All Access has picked up limited series 8 FIGHTS, chronicling eight distinct moments in boxing legend Muhammed Ali’s life, and each episode framed by a fight from his boxing career. The drama is based on the recently published biography ALI: A LIFE, and will explore the struggle going on in the heart and mind of one of the most consequential and controversial figures of the 20th century. Ali’s life is incredible and inspiring, so I’m personally excited for this project (it currently has a script-to-series commitment, with an option to go straight to series after the script is turned in). Revelations Entertainment and CBSTV Studios produces.