THE LAST DAYS OF MICHAEL JACKSON help ABC to a ratings win on Thursday; Paramount TV and Anonymous content to develop series around Japan’s Rent-A-Family industry
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||0.9/4||0.7/3||0.7/3||0.6/3||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||4.92||4.86||2.98||1.92||0.7|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, May 24, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R||1.0/5||6.71|
|The Last Days of Michael Jackson (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S||0.9/4||5.56|
|Celebrity Ninja Warrior (NBC) – S||0.8/4||3.65|
|Terrence Howard’s Fright Club (FOX) – S||0.5/2||1.54|
|Supernatural (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.84|
|8:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||0.9/4||6.18|
|9 p.m.||Mom (CBS) – R||0.8/4||5.09|
|Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – S||0.8/4||3.24|
|Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) – F||0.6/3||2.3|
|Black Lightning (The CW) – R||0.1/1||0.56|
|9:30 p.m.||Life in Pieces (CBS) – R||0.7/3||3.93|
|10 p.m.||What Would You Do? (ABC)||0.8/4||3.62|
|SWAT (CBS) – R||0.5/2||3.61|
|Red Nose Day (NBC) – S||0.5/2||2.06|
- In the strange in-between time on broadcast between Spring finales and Summer premieres, the networks opted for a night of specials and one-offs, with no programming topping the 1.0 a rerun of BIG BANG THEORY snagged on CBS in the 8pm hour.
- ABC came the closest; its special 2-hour airing of THE LAST DAYS OF MICHAEL JACKSON scored a 0.9 among adults 18-49, with just shy of 5.6 million watching. A new episode of WHAT WOULD YOU DO earned a 0.8.
- On NBC, a celebrity edition of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR scored a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo, while its annual RED NOSE DAY fundraising special came in a 0.5.
- SHOWITME AT THE APOLLO closed out its season on Fox with another rock-solid 0.6, while the Terence Howard FRIGHT CLUB special posted a 0.5.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, May 23, 2018
|NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS||ESPN||8:30 PM||7,346||2.7|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM L||ESPN||11:09 PM||2,333||1.1|
|NHL CONFERENCE FINALS||NBC SPORTS||8:03 PM||2,577||0.9|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM L||ESPN||12:14 AM||1,127||0.5|
|NBA PRE-GAME L||ESPN||7:30 PM||1,265||0.5|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,225||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM L||ESPN||1:00 AM||812||0.4|
|FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE||TBS||10:30 PM||880||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,249||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||644||0.3|
|BROTHER VS BROTHER||HOME||9:00 PM||1,610||0.3|
|MISFIT GARAGE||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||902||0.3|
|MY 600-LB LIFE||TLC||8:00 PM||912||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,412||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,461||0.3|
|SEE NO EVIL||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,181||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,543||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||677||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,482||0.2|
|MURDER CHOSE ME||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,062||0.2|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,720||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||546||0.2|
|NHL LIVE POST CONF FINALS||NBC SPORTS||10:59 PM||516||0.2|
|GUYS GROCERY GAMES||INVEST||9:00 PM||657||0.2|
- It was all sports, all the time, on Wednesday cable ratings this week. Topping the list was ESPN’s live broadcast of the Cleveland vs Boston NBA conference finals game, leading the night with a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.35 million viewers. Following up in the number two position was ESPN’s special post game SPORTSCENTER, which scored a 1.1, and sprinklings of 0.5-0.2s throughout the list for other airings of the sports news show. Rounding out the top three was NBC Sports’ coverage of the Washington/Tampa Bay NHL conference final game, which earned a 0.9.
- Elsewhere on cable, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY faltered a tenth this week, dropping to a 0.4, while scripted cable shows all fell outside the top 25 this week.
- Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have paired with Conde Nast Entertainment to develop a scripted series around an April 30th article in the New Yorker by Elif Batuman about Japan’s rent-a-family industry. The producing team is currently searching for a writer to develop the article, and if you have the time, the fascinating article is well worth a READ. Anonymous Content and Paramount TV’s partnership has so far been a fruitful one. Aside from this latest piece of development, they are also teamed with The New York Times on OVERLOOKED, a scripted anthology series that highlights notable women not featured in NYT Obituaries (see Tuesday’s report for more information).
- NBC has announced that their next live musical will be HAIR, the 1968 musical that follows a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War. The live event will take place in Spring of 2019, just past the musical’s 50th Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will executive produce the live show, as they have done ever since NBC revived the genre in 2013 with The Sound of Music, Live!