DAILY DIGEST – 6.1.18

NBA Finals Game 1 scores an easy ratings win for ABC; Bad Robot plans docuseries based on Elizabeth Taylor

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 5.31.18 ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.9/13 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.25 5.31 4.43 1.76 0.7

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, May 31, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC) 2.5/11 8.61
  The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.67
  America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 1.0/4 5.06
  Masterchef (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.91
  Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.8
       
8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) 3.0/11 9.19
  Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.58
       
9 p.m. NBA Finals Game 1 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 5.1/17 13.61
  Mom (CBS) – R 0.9/4 5.37
  Beat Shazam (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.61
  Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.6
       
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.04
       
10 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.17
  SWAT (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.88

Ratings Report:

  • ABC cruised to an easy win on Thursday, with its 2-hour broadcast of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The game itself scored a 5.1 among adults 18-49 and brought in 13.61 million eyeballs. In the hour preceding the game start, a special JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT grabbed a 2.5 rating and 8.61 million viewers, which only grew in the next half-hour as fans watched the NBA COUNTDOWN (3.0/9.19mm).
  • Unsurprisingly, the rest of the broadcast networks took the night off against the basketball opener, with re-airings of BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON topping ratings amongst the rerun field, both scoring 1.1s with 18-49s.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,195 0.7
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,359 0.5
DEADLIEST CATCH DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,839 0.5
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:00 PM 1,455 0.5
LAST OG, THE TBS 10:30 PM 1,165 0.5
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 1,899 0.4
QUEEN SUGAR OWN 10:00 PM 1,483 0.4
CHALLENGE: CHAMPS STARS MTV 10:00 PM 627 0.4
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,124 0.4
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD TLC 9:00 PM 1,639 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,451 0.4
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,048 0.4
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 1,033 0.3
EXPEDITION UNKNOWN DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,221 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,241 0.3
DEAD NORTH: N/A INVEST 9:00 PM 1,356 0.3
TOSH.O COMEDY 10:00 PM 563 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 767 0.3
GOOD BONES HOME 9:00 PM 1,499 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 1,142 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 812 0.3
MSNBC TOWN HALL MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,059 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,654 0.3
DEADLIEST CATCH SPC DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,156 0.3
HIDDEN POTENTIAL HOME 10:00 PM 1,330 0.2

Of Note:

  • WWE SMACKDOWN on USA took the top spot on cable Tuesday night, scoring a 0.7 for a second week in a row. In the second position was BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN, up a tenth this week to 0.5, and DEADLIEST CATCH on Discovery followed closely behind, also scoring a 0.5.
  • On the scripted side of cable, TBS’ THE LAST OG rose a tenth from a 0.4 to 0.5 this week, while the season premiere of OWN’S QUEEN SUGAR also brought in a 0.4, a noticeable three-tenths down from the premiere last year.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • Bad Robot and producer Glen Zipper have teamed up to create a docuseries based on the life and work of Elizabeth Taylor. The unnamed project aims to make the definitive look at one of Hollywood’s most iconic celebrities, focusing on her work as a trailblazer for women and how Taylor used her status as a force in her activism and charity work. With the project sanctioned and gaining support from Taylor’s estate, the team will also get access to private papers, records, and interviews with family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Kelsey Grammar will replace Brian D’Arcy on the newly picked up Fox legal drama PROVEN INNOCENT. Grammar will play Gore Bellows, a hard-as-nails and tough-on-crime state’s attorney, who goes up against an underdog legal team committed to reopening investigations to exonerate the innocent who were “proven” guilty. The series is being produced by 20th Century TV and Danny Strong Productions.
  • NBC may have passed on the Bad Boys spin-off starring Gabrielle Union, but the cop drama has been saved by…the Canadians. Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind LA’S FINEST, has struck a deal with Canadian broadcaster Bell Media to pick up the show for 13 episodes, which will air on one of its specialty entertainment channels. SPT is also closing in on final negotiations with Charter Communications to air the show in the US.

 

 

 

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