DAILY DIGEST – 5.8.18

KEVIN CAN WAIT finishes season on an up note while THE VOICE and DANCING WITH THE STARS both fall; ESPN and UFC close multi-year broadcast deal; latest projects from Lucky 8 TV

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

MONDAY, 5.7.18 NBC ABC FOX CBS CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.76 6.38 3.42 4.69 1.2

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, May 7, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.4/6 8.3
  Dancing With the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/4 7.64
  Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – F 1.0/4 5.42
  Lucifer (FOX) 0.7/3 2.86
  Supergirl (The CW) 0.4/2 1.59
       
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) 0.8/3 4.94
       
9 p.m. The Resident (FOX) 0.9/4 3.98
  Superior Donuts (CBS) 0.7/3 4.35
  iZombie (The CW) 0.3/1 0.82
       
9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.34
       
10 p.m. Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC) – P 0.9/4 3.68
  Elementary (CBS) 0.6/3 4.56
  The Crossing (ABC) 0.5/2 3.85

Ratings Report:

  • NBC was on top overall for the night, but THE VOICE was down two tenths from last week, despite having the highest rating of the night. The premiere of nonscripted survival show RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS debuted to a 0.9, the same rating as GOOD GIRLS averaged in the same timeslot.
  • On CBS, KEVIN CAN WAIT improved on last week’s ratings, rising two tenths for the finale, and earning a 1.0 for the night. MAN WITH A PLAN (0.8), SUPERIOR DONUTS (0.7), and ELEMENTARY (0.6) were all even with last week.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS continues to dim, dropping another tenth after its series low start last week. The long-running competition series earned a 1.0, one of only three shows to crack that mark for the night. Later, a new episode of sci-fi drama THE CROSSING held steady with a 0.5.
  • Both LUCIFER (0.7) and THE RESIDENT (0.9) were up a tenth apiece for Fox, while CW shows split the difference for the night, with SUPERGIRL (0.4) dropping a tenth from last week and iZOMBIE (0.3) ticking up a tenth.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, May 6, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 8:00 PM 4,350 1.6
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 10:33 PM 2,117 0.9
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 2,485 0.9
WESTWORLD HBO 9:02 PM 1,631 0.6
NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,690 0.6
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,109 0.6
NBA PREGAME TNT 7:30 PM 1,307 0.5
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,603 0.5
NASCAR M.E. CUP RAIN NBCSN 4:55 PM 2,594 0.5
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING NBCSN 1:45 PM 2,774 0.5
NHL PLAYOFFS NBCSN 7:31 PM 1,335 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,195 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:06 PM 1,244 0.4
MEXICO LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,589 0.4
SILICON VALLEY HBO 10:01 PM 853 0.4
GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,142 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,524 0.4
MEXICO LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 1,524 0.4
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,301 0.4
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT ESPN 8:00 PM 1,422 0.4
BALLMASTRZ: 9009 ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 739 0.4
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 8:00 PM 1,452 0.3
INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 10:07 PM 968 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:00 AM 705 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,386 0.3

Of Note:

  • Predictably for this time of year, NBA Playoff coverage continued at the top of the cable ratings for Sunday, with the game between the Rockets and Jazz scoring a 1.6 and drawing 4.35 million viewers to claim the top spot. INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS followed behind with a 0.9 in 18-49s, tying the rating with FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (0.9), which declined a tenth from last week.
  • Scripted shows on cable were off a bit week-to-week aside from Fear. WESTWORLD (0.6), SILICON VALLEY (0.3), and INTO THE BADLANDS (0.3) all fell a tenth, although unscripted show NAKED AND AFRAID (0.5) held on to a steady position for Discovery.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • I met with the development folks at Lucky 8 TV yesterday – they are working on several shows worth noting:
    • UNESTRANGED – based on a study of people that reconnect five years or more after they split. The show will center around exes coming together for a life reason (children marrying, haven’t spoken to father for years, a terminal illness, etc) and explore their journey to reconnect.
      • Developing with TLC
      • 9 potential participants identified
    • BORDER NIGHT IN AMERICA – this is a co-production with a partner my sources declined to name. However, they have gained access to all agencies that work on both sides of the border to bring to light stories of conflict, smuggling, and individual stories of migration. The tone is tricky to nail; they want to avoid alienating people and still walk a line between patriotic and empathetic to the reasons for illegal border crossing.
    • THE MEN WHO FED AMERICA – In production with History Channel. This is along the same lines as The Men Who Built America, but with food. There is no host and the structure relies on narrative and re-creations, bringing to life stories such as craft beer, etc.
    • EX TO IN LAW – Developed with TLC, this show follows exes who become in-laws through various routes. Currently casting.
  • News is beginning to pour in for pickups, renewals and cancellations. Latest announcements below:
    • NBC
      • PILOT PICK UP: The Village (drama)
        • Ensemble drama centering around the residents of an apartment building in New York
      • PILOT PICK UP: The Enemy Within (drama)
        • Procedural thriller set in the world of counterintelligence
      • RENEWED: Good Girls (Season 2)
    • CW
      • CANCELLED: Life Sentence (1 season)
      • RENEWED: The 100 (Season 6)
    • The UFC has closed a lucrative multi-year deal with ESPN/ESPN+, opting to end its long-term broadcast arrangement with Fox at the end of 2018. The new pact, which begins in 2019 includes terms of around $150 million USD over five years, with a complementing streaming rights deal to stream 15 UFC events exclusively on the new streaming service ESPN+. Additional points include rights for both English and Spanish broadcasts and will appear on “a variety of ESPN’s television, social, and digital platforms.” ESPN has been aggressively adding exclusive streaming content to the new OTT, including live events from Major League Soccer, and smaller deals to air one NHL and one MLB game apiece every day while they are in season.
    • Lifetime has relaunched its Stop Violence Against Women public-affairs campaign by announcing both a feature film and documentary series centered around the claims of abuse and violence leveled against controversial R&B singer R. Kelly. The documentary series is an investigation into one of the popular singer. Lifetime notes that his genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle have been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations seems to have affected him. For the first time, survivors and people from Kelly’s inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental and physical abuse. Kreativ, Inc. produce both the series and feature.

 

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