DAILY DIGEST – 5.29.18

NASCAR and NHL Finals Game 1 top the weekend on broadcast; ROSEANNE canceled after star’s racist tweets cause uproar

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

SUNDAY, 5.27.18 FOX ABC CBS NBC
Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.5/3 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 3.94 3.01 4.81 2.45

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, May 27, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
7 p.m. NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Racing (FOX) (7-10 p.m.) 0.8/4 3.94
  60 Minutes (CBS) 0.5/3 6.14
  America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.5/3 3.74
  Dateline (NBC) 0.4/2 3.1
       
8 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.62
  American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 2.24
  Instinct (CBS) 0.4/2 5.14
       
9 p.m. Deception (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 0.4/2 2.34
  Instinct (CBS) 0.3/1 4.63
       
10 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.65

Ratings Report:

  • It was a very light Sunday on broadcast, with networks largely taking the weekend off for Memorial Day. Fox’s live broadcast of NASCAR racing easily led the night with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.94 million viewers.
  • On CBS, a pair of back-to-back INSTINCT episodes brought in 0.4 and 0.3 ratings respectively, while the 2-hour finale for DECEPTION took a hit from last week, down two tenths to 0.4.

 

Network Average:

MONDAY, 5.28.18 NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.1/4 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.84 4.61 3.88 2.41 1.16

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, May 28, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.6/6 4.84
  The Bachelorette (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.4/5 5.55
  Mom (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.12
  Lucifer (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.5/2 2.41
  Supergirl (The CW) 0.4/2 1.56
       
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.65
       
9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.79
  iZombie (The CW) – F 0.2/1 0.76
       
10 p.m. The Crossing (ABC) 0.5/2 2.73
  Elementary (CBS) 0.4/2 3.96

Ratings Report:

  • THE BACHELORETTE returned to ABC with a guy in a chicken suit and ratings down slightly from last season’s debut. Off to a sluggish 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 (down .1), the long-running dating show was also off slightly in total viewers; 5.55 million tuned in last night versus 5.68 million in 2017. Later in the evening, a new episode of THE CROSSING earned a steady 0.5.
  • NBC topped the night on ratings with Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals. The 1.6 rating and 4.84 million viewers was virtually the same as 2017’s opening game, which earned a 1.7 and 4.85 million people watched.
  • Fox aired its final two “bonus” episodes of LUCIFER, which averaged a 0.5 over the two hours, down slightly from the season average the supernatural drama posted earlier in the year.
  • On CW, iZOMBIE wrapped up its season with a 0.2, in line with the 0.25 rating it has averaged over the season. A new episode of SUPERGIRL earned a 0.4, down a tenth from last week.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, May 24, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NBA PLAYOFFS – CONF FNLS TNT 9:00 PM 9,236 3.6
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 11:36 PM 3,731 1.7
JERSEY SHORE FAM VACATION MTV 8:00 PM 1,641 1.0
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 8:00 PM 1,760 0.6
SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,319 0.5
EX ON THE BEACH MTV 9:02 PM 686 0.4
RUPAULS DRAG RACE VH1 8:00 PM 715 0.4
SWAMP PEOPLE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,600 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,672 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:30 PM 923 0.3
HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,938 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,666 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,649 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 919 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 716 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:01 PM 936 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,633 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:00 PM 858 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS A&E 9:30 PM 1,273 0.3
UNTUCKED VH1 9:30 PM 558 0.3
EXTREME MEASURES INVEST 10:00 PM 1,186 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HOME 9:00 PM 1,084 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:32 PM 847 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,419 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 518 0.2

Of Note:

  • TNT’s continued coverage of the NBA conference finals scored the top spots of the night, starting with its broadcast of the Warriors vs Rockets game scoring a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.24 million viewers. Following up in the number 2 spot was an INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS special, which scored a 1.7. MTV’s JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION held steady with a 1.0 for the second week in a row, good enough to round out the top three.
  • Elsewhere on the list, after taking a minor hit in the Thursday cable ratings last week, VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” managed to tick back up this time around, rising from its previous 0.3 to a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49.

OTHER NEWS:

  • It was a busy morning for Roseanne on Twitter – she started the day releasing a slew of racist and anti-Semitic tweets, sparking immediate and swift backlash from her cast and crew members and consulting producer/comedienne Wanda Sykes walking away from the show. Then ABC let the axe really fall: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey announced. The show’s revival, a huge win for the network during the Spring, earned a swift season 2 renewal after posting 3.0+ ratings in the 18-49 demo. Here’s hoping ABC decides to put something original (and actually funny) in its place.
  • HBO Sports and Bill Simmons are teaming up for COURTSIDE AT THE NBA FINALS, an unscripted and unprecedented in-depth view of the NBA Finals as they happen. The special will follow the Finals starting 31 May with an aim to “give our subscribers a first-hand look at the nuances of each victory and defeat” according to Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. The special airs 19 June.

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