AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and WORLD OF DANCE show strong summer premieres; fallout from ROSEANNE continues; TRADING SPACES picks up expanded Season 2 order from TLC
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||2.2/10||0.7/3||0.6/3||0.5/2||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||10.43||2.1||5.21||2.23||1.09|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, May 29, 2018
|8 p.m.||America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P||2.4/11||12.06|
|Beat Shazam (FOX) – P||0.8/4||2.43|
|NCIS (CBS) – R||0.7/3||6.16|
|The Middle (ABC) – R||0.6/3||3.33|
|The Flash (The CW) – R||0.3/1||1.15|
|8:30 p.m.||The Middle (ABC) – R||0.5/3||2.57|
|9 p.m.||Love Connection (FOX) – P||0.6/3||1.78|
|Bull (CBS) – R||0.6/3||5.12|
|Black-ish (ABC) – R||0.5/2||2.1|
|The 100 (The CW) – R||0.3/1||1.02|
|9:30 p.m.||Black-ish (ABC) – R||0.5/2||1.91|
|10 p.m.||World of Dance (NBC) – P||1.8/7||7.17|
|48 Hours: NCIS (CBS)||0.5/2||4.34|
|Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R||0.4/2||1.75|
|10:30 p.m.||Splitting Up Together (ABC) – R||0.4/2||1.74|
- Summer programming kicked off in a big way on Tuesday, just not quite as big as 2017. NBC premiered AMERICA’S GOT TALENT in the 8pm hour, bringing in a strong 2.4 rating among 18-49s, but was still down from the 2.7 premiere it garnered last summer. AGT easily brought in the largest audience of the night at 12.06 million. The second season of WORLD OF DANCE followed after the popular variety show, earning a 1.8 for the night, down just over half a point from its series debut in 2017, but in line with season one’s average.
- Both the premieres of BEAT SHAZAM (0.8) and LOVE CONNECTION (0.6) on Fox came in a tenth below their season one averages (although, it should be noted that they aired on Thursdays last summer, away from AGT).
- A new episode of 48 HOURS: NCIS on CBS was even with last week, earning a 0.5.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, May 27, 2018
|NBA PLAYOFFS||ESPN||8:30 PM||13,305||4.9|
|NBA PREGAME||ESPN||7:30 PM||2,345||0.9|
|ROBOT CHICKEN||ADULT SWIM||11:30 PM||1,007||0.4|
|90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER||TLC||8:00 PM||1,356||0.4|
|NAKED AND AFRAID XL||DISCOVERY||10:00 PM||1,337||0.4|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC||BRAVO||8:00 PM||1,014||0.3|
|KARATE KID||NICK||8:00 PM||1,268||0.3|
|MEXICO LIFE||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,524||0.3|
|BEACH HUNTERS||HGTV||9:30 PM||1,564||0.3|
|BEACH HUNTERS||HGTV||9:00 PM||1,436||0.3|
|JOE PERA TALKS WITH YOU||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||631||0.3|
|FN STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,061||0.3|
|MEXICO LIFE||HGTV||10:30 PM||1,449||0.3|
|LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:00 PM||1,293||0.3|
|SNOOP DOGG PRESENTS THE JOKER’S WILD||TBS||10:00 PM||720||0.3|
|TOTAL BELLAS||E!||9:00 PM||505||0.2|
|JOE PERA TALKS WITH YOU||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||549||0.2|
|LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:30 PM||1,311||0.2|
|FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX||ESPN||9:05 AM||809||0.2|
|LOST IN TRANSITION||TLC||10:05 PM||880||0.2|
- ESPN drew its biggest audience since January with Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ series-clinching win over the Boston Celtics drew 13.31 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49, way ahead of everything else on TV. It was the second-largest audience ever for an NBA game on ESPN, a slight 41,000 viewers behind Game 7 of the East Finals in 2012. Pregame coverage and post-game episodes of SPORTSCENTER rounded out the top of the list, earning between 1.8 – 0.6 for the night.
- Elsewhere Sunday, WESTWORLD fell to a series-low 0.4 in adults 18-49 on HBO. No other cable original got above a 0.4 in the demo.
- HBO Documentary Films has greenlit the production of a documentary that investigates the bizarre tale of disgraced healthcare company Theranos and its young founder Elizabeth Holmes, who was at the center of perpetuating what the SEC called “a massive fraud.” According to the film’s director, Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & Prison of Belief; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), the documentary will draw on “extraordinary access to never-before-seen footage and testimony from key insiders” to “tell a Silicon Valley tale that was too good to be true.” There is no title or airdate set. Jigsaw Productions produces.
- History has decided to go ahead with a 6-part docuseries devoted to former US general and president, Ulysses S. Grant. Based on the bestselling biography by Ron Chernow, the six-part docuseries examines Grant’s life story using his perspective and experiences to explore a turbulent time in history – the Civil War and Reconstruction. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions is partnered with Lionsgate on both the docuseries and acquired the movie rights to the bio to develop as a feature film with Steven Spielberg. Radical Media will support production on the docuseries side.
- Revivals in the unscripted space continue to perform well, with TRADING SPACES on TLC picking up a second season for its revival (and tenth season overall). Casting is currently underway for the season, which will feature an expanded episode order (beyond season 1’s 8 episodes) and will premiere in early 2019.
- Fallout from Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets continues: a second season of the revived sitcom was canceled in one line by ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, ICM dropped her from representation, the FYC Emmy campaign halted in its tracks, and reruns pulled from multiple outlets, including all Viacom cable networks (includes CMT, TV Land, and Paramount Network). What remains to be seen now, of course, is what ABC will do to replace it come fall. From among its new and returning series, there are a slew of possibilities, but the most likely contender to fill the spot is SCHOOLED, the 1990s-inspired spinoff of popular comedy THE GOLDBERGS.