DAILY DIGEST – 4.27.18

BIG BANG THEORY and GREY’S ANATOMY sink to series-low against NFL Draft Live Broadcast; ABBA reunites with new single, December special on NBC, and hologram tour in 2019; Facebook Watch set to launch interactive docuseries HELP US GET MARRIED!

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 4.26.18 CBS FOX ABC NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.6/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.96 3.83 4.79 3.12 1.2

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.9/9 11.52
  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.4/6 6.46
  NFL Draft (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 1.1/4 3.83
  Superstore (NBC) 0.7/3 2.85
  Supernatural (The CW) 0.4/2 1.48
       
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/7 11.01
  AP Bio (NBC) 0.5/2 1.77
       
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.3/5 8.46
  Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/3 5.17
  Will & Grace (NBC) – R 0.4/2 1.78
  Arrow (The CW) 0.3/1 0.91
       
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.0/4 6.29
  Champions (NBC) 0.4/2 1.53
       
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 0.9/4 5.41
  SWAT (CBS) 0.8/3 5.25
  Quantico (ABC) – P 0.5/2 2.76

Ratings Report:

  • Although the NFL Draft on Fox didn’t post the biggest numbers for the network (1.1 in the key 18-49 demo and 3.83 million viewers), but simul-casting across several other channels helped to depress other broadcast show last night.
  • Most interesting, BIG BANG THEORY dropped to a series low 1.9, the first time the show has ever been below a 2.0 in adults 18-49, while the rest of CBS’ lineup was off a bit, Both MOM (1.3) and SWAT (0.8) dropped a tenth, while YOUNG SHELDON (1.7) dropped two tenths, a season low. Only LIFE IN PIECES (1.0) stayed even with last week.
  • The rest of broadcast was similarly down, with SUPERSTORE (0.7), AP BIO (0.5), and CHICAGO FIRE (0.9) all faltered a tenth, while CHAMPIONS maintained its lackluster 0.4 for another week.
  • On ABC, GREY’S ANATOMY sunk to a series-low 1.4, while the season premiere of spy drama QUANTICO debuted to a 0.5 last night, tying a series low. STATION 19 also slid two tenths to post a season-low of 0.9.
  • Both SUPERNATURAL (0.4) and ARROW (0.3) were down week-to-week for CW, falling off .2 and .1, respectively.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

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

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 7:11 PM 4,069 1.6
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 9:49 PM 3,459 1.5
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 12:15 AM 1,747 0.8
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:00 PM 1,028 0.5
CONCACAF LIGA CMP FNL UNIVISION 9:30 PM 1,013 0.5
NHL QTR FINALS L NBC SPORTS 7:26 PM 1,415 0.5
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO UNIVISION 11:37 PM 898 0.5
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 7:00 PM 1,255 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,434 0.5
STREET OUTLAWS: NO PREP DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,278 0.4
HIP HOP SQUARES 2 VH1 10:00 PM 816 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,508 0.4
HIP HOP SQUARES 2 VH1 10:30 PM 766 0.4
CNN TOWN HALL CNN 8:00 PM 1,680 0.4
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 1,127 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,616 0.3
NBA PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1 NBA-TV 9:30 PM 823 0.3
FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 953 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,543 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,739 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,550 0.3
CNN TH: POST ANALYSIS CNN 9:18 PM 1,521 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,785 0.3
MURDER CHOSE ME INVEST 10:00 PM 1,233 0.3
SUITS USA 9:00 PM 1,093 0.3

Of Note:

  • Same as last week (and since the NBA playoffs started), TNT once again landed firmly on top of cable ratings Wednesday, starting with the live broadcast of the Pacers vs Cavaliers game (1.6 in adults 18-49 / 4.07 million viewers), followed closely behind by the Timberwolves vs Rockets game (1.5 / 3.46 million viewers). A late INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS landed in the number 3 position, scoring a 0.8.
  • In other sports programming, both Univision and NBC Sports found themselves near the top of the list. Univision’s coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League match between Guadalajara and Toronto and NBCSN’s NHL Quarter Final broadcasts each garnered 0.5s.
  • In unscripted cable, VH1’s BLACK INK CREW and Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY maintained 0.5 ratings for another week in a row.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • CBS is bringing back a celebrity version of UNDERCOVER BOSS starting May 11 for a tryout 4-episode run. Featuring Olympian Gabby Douglas, Frozen star Idina Menzel, YouTuber Bethany Mota, and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, the four famous faces will go undercover (the prosthetics are pretty incredible, see the attached picture) to identify excellence and new talent in each of their respective fields.
  • Amazon Prime and the NFL have re-upped their programming deal to air live Thursday Night Football games on the streamer for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Prime will stream 11 TNF games broadcast by Fox (also simulcasting on NFL Network and in Spanish on Fox Deportes).
  • Facebook Watch will premiere a new wedding docuseries on May 3rd featuring Tamara Mowry-Housley (Sister Sister) as host. Over the course of 12 weeks, the twice-weekly series HELP US GET MARRIED! will feature couples struggling through wedding day decisions and will get help from the Facebook audience to make choices on everything from picking the perfect dress to finding a venue. In the finale, the audience will get to see the weddings they helped plan week to week. Rhett Bachner & Brien Meagher executive producer through Thumb Candy Media, the digital division of B-17 Entertainment.
  • Calling all dancing queens – ABBA is reuniting for a TV Special set to air on NBC in the US and BBC. The pop group, which has not worked together for 35 years reunited to record the new single “I Still Have Faith In You” for the special in December, which will kick off a virtual tour set to launch in 2019, featuring holograms of the band’s younger selves. Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment produces the special and is working on the AI for the hologram tour.

 

 

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