AMERICAN IDOL wobbles a bit in second live-airing; NBC greenlights first pilot-to-series; Snapchat closes first television deal
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.3/5||0.7/3||0.7/3||0.6/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||6.16||7.38||1.66||2.74|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, May 6, 2018
|7 p.m.||America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)||1.1/5||5.53|
|60 Minutes (CBS)||0.8/4||8.91|
|Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R||0.4/2||1.03|
|7:30 p.m.||Bob’s Burgers (FOX)||0.7/3||1.52|
|8 p.m.||American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.8/7||8.6|
|The Simpsons (FOX)||0.9/4||2.1|
|Genius Junior (NBC)||0.5/2||2.79|
|8:30 p.m.||Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)||0.7/3||1.65|
|9 p.m.||Family Guy (FOX)||0.9/4||1.93|
|NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)||0.8/4||7.69|
|Genius Junior (NBC)||0.6/2||2.75|
|9:30 p.m.||The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – F||0.7/3||1.71|
|10 p.m.||Deception (ABC)||0.7/3||3.39|
|Madam Secretary (CBS)||0.5/2||5.92|
- AMERICAN IDOL dropped a bit in its second live airing, but still took the night overall in ratings. The competition drew a 1.8, down a tenth from last week and is off slightly in viewers, 8.6 million this week versus 8.7 million last week. DECEPTION was also off a tenth, earning a 0.7 for the night.
- NBC was down slightly throughout the night; both DATELINE (0.6) and TIMELESS (0.5) ticked down a tenth, while the 9pm installment of GENIUS JUNIOR held steady with last week, earning a 0.6. However, an earlier edition of Junior scored a 0.5, off three tenths from LITTLE BIG SHOT’s performance last week (and normally airs in that slot).
- Both INSTINCT (0.7) and NCIS: LA (0.8) were up one tenth apiece for CBS, while MADAM SECRETARY fell a tenth to 0.5.
- On Fox, the season finale of LAST MAN ON EARTH held steady with a 0.7 rating, with THE SIMPSONS (0.9) also even with last week. However, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (0.7, -.2), BOB’S BURGERS (0.7, -.1), and FAMILY GUY (0.9, -.1) all declined.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, May 3, 2018
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||8:40 PM||5,088||2.0|
|NBA PLAYOFFS – CONF SEMIS||ESPN||6:03 PM||3,233||1.2|
|INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||11:12 PM||2,246||1.0|
|JERSEY SHORE FAM VACATION||MTV||8:00 PM||1,513||0.9|
|NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME||ESPN||8:30 PM||2,013||0.7|
|NHL SEMI FINALS L||NBC SPORTS||6:58 PM||1,746||0.6|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM L||ESPN||8:35 PM||1,229||0.5|
|RUPAULS DRAG RACE||VH1||8:00 PM||840||0.5|
|EX ON THE BEACH||MTV||9:00 PM||727||0.4|
|SOUTHERN CHARM||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,200||0.4|
|SWAMP PEOPLE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,795||0.4|
|NHL SEMI FINALS L||NBC SPORTS||9:45 PM||1,036||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,025||0.4|
|IMPRACTICAL JOKERS||TRUTV||10:00 PM||654||0.3|
|TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA||HISTORY||10:03 PM||931||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,338||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,488||0.3|
|LIGA MX L: QF||UNIVISION||8:25 PM||614||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,208||0.3|
|BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES||WETV||9:00 PM||810||0.3|
|MURDER CALLS||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,125||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,680||0.3|
- NBA Playoffs continued to dominate the cable ratings on Thursday, with TNT and ESPN both benefitting from the coverage. The top spot went to TNT’s broadcast of the 76ers vs. Celtics game, scoring a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and bringing in 5.1 million viewers. ESPN’s coverage of the Cleveland versus Toronto game followed up with a 1.2 and 3.23 million viewers, while the INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS after show on TNT rounding out the top three with a 1.0.
- Elsewhere in cable, JERSEY SHOW FAMILY VACATION continues to perform well, holding steady with another 0.9 in 18-49s. on VH1, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ticked up a tenth this week from 0.4 to 0.5.
- In scripted cable ratings, ATLANTA climbed up two tenths this week, reaching a 0.4 in the key demo and 694,000 viewers, while mermaid drama SIREN on Freeform fell a tenth to 0.2.
- Snapchat has sold its first platform series to television. In a deal closed with Vertical Networks, Snap series PHONE SWAP will air on Fox stations for a limited run this summer. The format of each 30-minute episode follows three pairs of contestants who agree to go on a blind date, but don’t know that their phones will be commandeered and dissected by the other. Currently in its second season on Snap, the show airs twice a week and averages 10 million viewers per ep.
- NBC, much like in years past, is first to the gate in announcing a pilot-to-series pickup. The first drama picked up this season is NEW AMSTERDAM, a medical drama that sounds derivative, at best. While the plot is a typical “Rebel doctor who doesn’t play by the rules comes in to shake up the status quo”, it does raises some interesting questions about CHICAGO MED, the other soapy drama NBC has on air. The show made it through the round of Chicago-franchise cuts last year and has been performing steadily over the past season, so it’s unlikely to be dropped entirely. Most likely, the shows will split the same time slot between Fall and Spring.
- Fox has announced a third drama renewal ahead of upfronts next week. Medical drama THE RESIDENT has been renewed for a second season, joining other freshman dramas 911 (Ryan Murphy) and THE ORVILLE (Seth McFarlane). The show is Fox’s third most watched series, averaging a 1.0 in 18-49s and a total viewership of 4.6 million (Live+SD).
- One for fun: On Last Week Tonight (and thanks to Russell Crowe), John Oliver announced that he has had a section of the Australian Wildlife Hospital named for him. The John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward, to be exact. I couldn’t stop laughing – check it out HERE