TKO premiere only so-so; BIG BROTHER rebounds; Emmy nominations are finally out
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.1/6||0.9/5||0.7/3||0.5/2||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||5.04||3.19||4.7||2.25||0.77|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, July 11, 2018
|8 p.m.||Big Brother (CBS)||1.5/7||5.42|
|America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.)||0.9/5||5.88|
|The Goldbergs (ABC) – R||0.5/2||2.69|
|The Outpost (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.8|
|8:30 p.m.||The Goldbergs (ABC) – R||0.5/2||2.25|
|9 p.m.||TKO: Total Knock Out (CBS) – P||0.9/5||4.04|
|Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX)||0.9/5||3.11|
|Modern Family (ABC) – R||0.5/2||2.1|
|The Originals (The CW)||0.2/1||0.75|
|9:30 p.m.||American Housewife (ABC) – R||0.4/2||1.92|
|10 p.m.||Code Black (CBS)||0.8/4||5.65|
|Shark Tank (ABC) – R||0.5/2||2.27|
- After a low-rated Fourth of July airing, BIG BROTHER on CBS bounced back up this week, rising a significant six-tenths to 1.5 in adults 18-49, the highest rated show of the night. New Kevin Hard-hosted game show TKO benefitted from the lead-in, earning a 0.9 rating and retaining 60% of the BB audience. While (so far) the most watched new alternative program of the summer, I found TKO mostly boring and repetitive, although the sets were impressive. See “Other News” for more notes on the format. CODE BLACK ticked back up two tenths this week to earn a 0.8, and nabbed the second largest audience of the night, with 5.65 million people watching.
- Fox’s All-Gordon-Ramsay block of shows both fell by two tenths this week, while a clip show edition of NBC’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (0.9) won overall for viewership, bringing in 5.88 million eyeballs. VR drama REVERIE grabbed another 0.4 this week, and THE ORIGINALS on CW fell by a tenth, down to a 0.2.
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.0/4||0.9/5||0.6/3||0.5/2||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||4.87||2.8||3.41||3.08||0.75|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, July 12, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R||1.0/5||5.76|
|The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.)||0.9/5||2.8|
|Little Big Shots (NBC)||0.7/3||5.8|
|The Gong Show (ABC)||0.5/2||2.96|
|Supernatural (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.85|
|8:30 p.m.||Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||0.9/5||5.39|
|9 p.m.||Big Brother (CBS)||1.5/6||5.26|
|Match Game (ABC)||0.6/3||3.49|
|Black Lightning (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.65|
|9:30 p.m.||Marlon (NBC)||0.6/3||2.4|
|10 p.m.||SWAT (CBS) – R||0.5/2||3.08|
|Take Two (ABC)||0.5/2||2.8|
|Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R||0.5/2||2.53|
- BIG BROTHER Thursday scored a 1.5 among adults 18-49 for the night, even with its rating for Wednesday and up two-tenths from last week’s episode.
- LITTLE BIG SHOTS on NBC had the largest audience of the night, with 5.8 million people watching, although its rating dipped by a tenth week-to-week, earning a 0.7. MARLON took back-to-back 0.6s, once again even with previous ratings.
- ABC’s lineup of game shows were a mixed bag; both MATCH GAME (0.6) and THE GONG SHOW (0.5) were down a tenth, while TAKE TWO ticked up a tenth to 0.5.
- THE FOUR continues to perform solidly for Fox. After a week off, the singing competition returned up a tenth at 0.9 among adults 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, July 11, 2018
|BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO||VH1||8:00 PM||1,100||0.6|
|DR. PIMPLE POPPER||TLC||10:04 PM||1,801||0.5|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,307||0.4|
|HIP HOP SQUARES||VH1||9:31 PM||786||0.4|
|HIP HOP SQUARES||VH1||9:01 PM||764||0.4|
|CATFISH: THE TV SHOW||MTV||9:00 PM||745||0.4|
|JUSTICE LEAGUE||HBO||8:15 PM||822||0.4|
|CATFISH: THE TV SHOW||MTV||10:01 PM||625||0.3|
|PROP BROS BUY AND SELL||HOME||9:00 PM||1,522||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,555||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,603||0.3|
|GUYS GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||9:00 PM||905||0.3|
|DOUBLE DARE NEW||NICKELODEON||8:00 PM||1,071||0.3|
|QUEEN SUGAR||OWN||10:00 PM||1,203||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,327||0.3|
|MISFIT GARAGE||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||781||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,633||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,618||0.3|
|MY 600-LB LIFE: WHERE ARE||TLC||8:00 PM||887||0.3|
|REASONABLE DOUBT||INVEST||10:00 PM||966||0.2|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,837||0.2|
|LITTLE WOMEN LA||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||801||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||596||0.2|
- Most cable shows returned with new episodes after taking a week off for the July 4th BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO on VH1 nabbed the number one spot, earning a 0.6 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from its last new episode. DR. PIMPLE POPPER climbed into the number two position this week, earning a 0.5 and 1.8 million viewers (this show is so gross and yet so strangely satisfying to watch). REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC rounded out the top three with a 0.4.
- On the Paramount Network, the Kevin Costner-led “Yellowstone” ticked up from a 0.3 with 2.07 million total viewers to a 0.4 and 2.17 this time around. OWN’s “Queen Sugar” was steady with yet another 0.3.
- After a “For Your Consideration” campaign season that felt like it dragged on for ten years, Emmy’s were finally announced yesterday morning. The full list of noms can be found HERE, and for quick reference, check out the below grids for channels with the most nominations, and shows with five or more nominations. A few notes:
- Netflix once again received the most nominations at 112, up from 91 in 2017
- NBC was the only network broadcaster to earn a Best Drama nomination for THIS IS US, while ABC snagged the only broadcaster nom in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, for BLACK-ISH.
- Sandra Oh earned a nomination for breakout hit KILLING EVE (BBC America), making her the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for a series lead role.
- I caught the series premiere of TKO (TOTAL KNOCK OUT) with Kevin Hart, and the show is oddly flat and not very compelling, despite the bright, funky sets, well planned obstacle courses to run, and oversized Nerf-like projectiles being launched at the contestants. A few notes:
- Format is fairly simple:
- Five contestants
- One contestant runs the obstacle course while the other four man “zones” and try to knock the contestant off course, adding to their overall time. Each contestant rotates through all four zones + run the course.
- Quickest time wins $50,000; 2nd place: $5000, 3rd place $2500, 4th place: $1000 (USD)
- Personally, I found the show very repetitive with not enough introduction to the contestants to feel much of anything while they were running the course. I didn’t care to root for anyone, and by the second ad-break was starting to fast forward through the third, fourth, and fifth contestants running the same obstacles over and over.
- Unlike Ninja Warrior, there’s no special athleticism involved and contestants are considered “every day” people.
- Kevin Hart as a host was wooden, with little to no chemistry with the contestants.
- The 0.9 rating it achieved for CBS was merely so-so for a premiere, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it sink over the next few weeks.
- Format is fairly simple:
- In new/returning series news:
- MAD DOG MADE | Rogue Atlas & Lionsgate TV for Discovery | Premiere: 3 August
Log Line: Highlights the work of renowned weapons maker Kevin “Mad Dog” McClung. The docuseries will show McClung and team create state-of-the-art hand-held weapons and tools like a tactical fire axe to a super-long-range rifle used to defend against weapons of mass destruction.
- Netflix has given a green light for a third season of QUEER EYE, due out in 2019.
- HBO has given a series pickup to a new sci-fi drama from Joss Whedon. Titled THE NEVERS, the drama follows gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world. Casting is beginning now with an eye towards a fall production start.
- YouTube Premium will launch SUGAR, an original unscripted series executive produced by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine on 15 August. The 8xTBD series features a new artist in each episode as they surprise fans who have given back to their communities in empowering ways. Confirmed artists include Snoop Dogg, and Kelly Clarkson. The concept for the show is based on Maroon 5’s music video SUGAR, which has over 2.5 billion views to date.