DAILY DIGEST – 5.18.18

GREY’S ANATOMY easily nabs top ratings for Thursday night; NBA Playoff coverage continues to score high marks

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 5.17.18 ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.12 6.14 3.56 2.39 1.48

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – F 1.9/8 7.54
  The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 7.13
  Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.8/4 3.93
  Gotham (FOX) – F 0.6/3 2.2
  Supernatural (The CW) – F 0.5/2 1.61
       
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/5 7.05
       
9 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.0/4 5.59
  Station 19 (ABC) – F 1.0/4 5.11
  American Ninja Warrior All-Stars (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.8/4 3.37
  Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) 0.6/3 2.59
  Arrow (The CW) – F 0.5/2 1.35
       
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – F 0.9/4 4.94
       
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – F 1.0/5 6.06
  What Would You Do? (ABC) – P 0.6/3 2.71

Ratings Report:

  • ABC led the night as GREY’S ANATOMY scored an easy win with its latest season finale. The end of Season 14 saw a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, in line with last week and down a scant tenth from last year’s season finale. The end of the first season of STATION 19 ended on an up note, ticking up a tenth to score a 1.0 for the finale. The premiere of reality show WHAT WOULD YOU DO? drew a 0.6 for the evening.
  • On CBS, the final two episodes of LIFE IN PIECES (1.0/0.9) were off slightly from the 1.1 it achieved a few weeks ago, while the finale for SWAT ended up a tenth up, scoring a 1.0.
  • Fox had a steady night, with the finale of GOTHAM and a new episode of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO scoring 0.6s each, while a 2-hour AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR ALL STARS special drew a 0.8 for NBC.
  • On the CW, finales for SUPERNATURAL (0.5) and ARROW (0.5) were both up week-to-week by one and two tenths, respectively.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 9:00 PM 7,496 2.9
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 11:28 PM 2,596 1.2
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 8:00 PM 1,791 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,411 0.5
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L NBC SPORTS 9:01 PM 1,394 0.5
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,076 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,445 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 945 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,052 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,604 0.3
MISFIT GARAGE DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 938 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,312 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 776 0.3
MURDER CHOSE ME INVEST 10:00 PM 1,041 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 776 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,326 0.3
BOTCHED E! 9:00 PM 742 0.3
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 10:30 PM 604 0.3
LITTLE WOMEN LA LIFETIME 9:00 PM 772 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 623 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS: BEST OF HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,181 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,285 0.2
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 10:00 PM 554 0.2
ALL IN W/CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 1,919 0.2
LWLA FL LIFETIME 10:02 PM 709 0.2

Of Note:

  • As with previous weeks, it was TNT’s continued coverage of the NBA playoffs that led the night in the Wednesday cable ratings. The channel’s live broadcast of the Warriors vs Rockets game landed highest with a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.50 million viewers. Meanwhile, TNT’s additional pre-game and an INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS special rounded out the top 3 of the night with 1.2 and 0.6 ratings.
  • Bravo’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY held steady with a 0.5 for the second week in a row, while VH1’s back-to-back episodes of HIP HOP SQUARES took minor hits, falling from their previous 0.4 and 0.3s to 0.3 and 0.2s this time around.
  • Scripted cable shows all fell outside of the top 25 this week, with both KRYPTON and THE EXPANSE managing to maintain their previous 0.2s yet again. Similarly, FXX’s ARCHER held steady with another 0.2.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Two trades, two perspectives on takeaways from the 2018 upfronts. For a hot take on the trend of decreasing license fees, concessions for overhead and distribution fees, and the expansion of network ownership rights, catch Deadline’s analysis HERE. For info on 2018 Upfronts highlights and takeaways, check out Variety’s roundup HERE.
  • For descriptions, notes, and information pertaining to the upcoming studio screenings next week, be on the lookout for another email later today.

 

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