DAILY DIGEST – 7.26.18

BIG BROTHER leads Wednesday while TKO tumbles; Nat Geo and Lifetime announce new series

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 7.25.18 FOX CBS NBC ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/5 0.9/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 3.39 3.72 3.97 2.49 0.58

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/6 5.64
  World of Dance (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/5 4.88
  Masterchef (FOX) 1.0/5 3.65
  The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.11
  Burden of Truth (The CW) – P 0.2/1 0.93
       
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.45
       
9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 0.9/5 3.14
  TKO: Total Knock Out (CBS) 0.6/3 2.73
  Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.43
  The Originals (The CW) 0.3/1 0.89
       
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.15
       
10 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.31
  SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.79
  Reverie (NBC) 0.4/2 2.16

Ratings Report:

  • Fox won the night on Wednesday on the strength of its Gordon Ramsay lineup: MASTERCHEF maintained its 1.0 rating for another week in a row, while 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK slipped a tenth to 0.9, in line with its season average.
  • CBS had a splite night; BIG BROTHER had the highest rating of the night, ticking up a tenth to 1.5, as well as the largest audience at 5.64 million. TKO, on the other hand, is struggling (as predicted), and fell two tenths to 0.6 this week.
  • WORLD OF DANCE on NBC made its Wednesday debut, slightly down without a lead-in from AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. The show scored a 1.0 for the night, while REVERIE earned another 0.4 for the week.
  • On CW, the premiere of BURDEN OF TRUTH raked in a 2.0 rating and nearly 1 million viewers, one-tenth above the premiere of CW’s other summer drama THE OUTPOST. THE ORIGINALS bumped back up a tenth to 0.3.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
LAWS OF JAWS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,793 0.8
AIR JAWS: THE HUNTED DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,900 0.8
GUY FIERIS FEEDING FRENZY DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,898 0.8
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,340 0.8
MIZ & MRS USA 10:00 PM 1,473 0.8
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,436 0.6
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 9:00 PM 848 0.5
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:31 PM 1,120 0.5
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIFETIME 9:00 PM 1,118 0.4
SHARK AFTER DARK LIVE DISCOVERY 11:00 PM 856 0.4
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,020 0.4
ANIMAL KINGDOM TNT 9:00 PM 1,334 0.4
COUNTING CARS HISTORY 10:03 PM 1,015 0.3
OUTDAUGHTERED TLC 9:00 PM 1,339 0.3
FEAR FACTOR MTV 10:01 PM 584 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,941 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:30 PM 1,387 0.3
FEAR FACTOR MTV 11:02 PM 569 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 924 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,373 0.3
DESERT FLIPPERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,196 0.3
HIDDEN POTENTIAL HOME 10:00 PM 1,216 0.3
BAD HENRY: N/A INVEST 9:00 PM 1,159 0.3
MURDER COMES TO TOWN INVEST 8:00 PM 1,106 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,097 0.2

Of Note:

  • The Discovery Channel’s special Shark Week-themed broadcasts rose to the top of the cable ratings yet again this week. All three top spots belonged to Shark shows, with LAWS OF JAWS taking the top spot at 0.8 and just under 1.8 million viewers, followed very closely by both AIR JAWS: THE HUNTED and GUY FIERI’S FEEDING FRENZY, also at 0.8.
  • USA’s weekly WWE SMACKDOWN also got near the top of the list at a 0.8 and up a tenth from last week, while the series premiere of docusoap MIZ & MRS rounded out the top five of the night with a 0.8 and 1.47 milion viewers.
  • TNT’s ANIMAL KINGDOM held steady with another 0.4, while Bravo’s BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN rose one-tenth to a 0.6. MTV’s THE CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING maintained its previous 0.5.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • So revival fever has come to this: FRASIER is being explored for a reboot. There are few details as of yet, but a new version of the series would most likely star Kelsey Grammer but in a new city (original series took place in Seattle, WA). The actor is currently meeting with writers to hear takes.
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • New series from National Geographic:
      • THE CURIOSITY OF JEFF GOLDBLUM, designed to follow the actor “as he embarks on a journey across the globe to uncover the extraordinary stories behind the world’s most ‘ordinary’ things.” The project will be 12×30 and features episodes on ordinary things like ice cream, baseball, balloons, coffee, subways, cereal and toilet paper, examining how such things are made, how they impact our lives and various surprising connections associated with the items.
      • GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED – in a nutshell, it’s Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, but with Ramsay. Hmm, too soon?
        • Production begins in the fall with a Q2/3 2019 airdate
      • 1989: THE YEAR THAT MADE THE MODERN WORD
        • 6-part docuseries designed to wrap around the channel’s limited drama series VALLEY OF THE BOOM (about the rise and burst of the first dot com bubble). The docuseries will explore the most consequential events of 1989 touching on the tabloid news culture, the birth of the Internet and the corporatization of the media industry.
          • Intellectual Property Corp produces
          • Coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Internet’s birth
        • New unscripted series on Lifetime:
          • MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT is getting two franchise spin-offs, HONEYMOON ISLAND and HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
            • Honeymoon brings back unmatched candidates from past seasons of the franchise for another shot of love at first sight.
            • Happily Ever After focuses on three couples from past seasons as cameras continue to follow their stories.
            • Both shows will have initial 8×60 runs; Kinetic Entertainment will produce both
          • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
            • Facebook has recorded a 19% loss in stock value today, wiping out nearly $120 billion in wealth after ending just yesterday at a record high. Weak financial forecasts and only so-so Q2 numbers touched off the sudden drop in the stock, although that’s hardly a surprise, considering the number of scandals and questionable data practices the company is currently embroiled in.
            • Good interview in Variety with HBO’s Casey Bloys – he discusses AT&T’s decision post-merger to pump more money into content programming, which he insists will be used to keep the super-premium, highly-curated approach HBO has used for years, not on expanded content offerings that may dilute the brand. Read more HERE

 

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