DAILY DIGEST – 4.20.18

SCANDAL ends series on a high note; MTV picks up prank series TOO STUPID TO DIE

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 4.19.18 CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
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

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.4/11 12.6
  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.6/7 6.89
  Superstore (NBC) 0.8/3 2.85
  Gotham (FOX) 0.6/3 2.19
  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
  Champions (NBC) 0.4/2 1.66
       
10 p.m. Scandal (ABC) – F 1.3/5 5.43
  Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.0/4 5.24
  SWAT (CBS) 0.9/4 5.35

Ratings Report:

  • 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.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
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
SUITS USA 9:00 PM 989 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

 Of Note:

  • 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.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • 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.

 

 

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