DAILY DIGEST – 7.27.18

THE FOUR captures highest audience of 2nd season; Apple acquires TV rights to TIME BANDITS; 21st Century Fox Shareholders approve $71.3B USD Disney buyout bid

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 7.26.18 CBS FOX ABC NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/5 0.9/5 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.88 3.11 2.87 2.45 1.08

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, July 26, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/5 3.11
  The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.8/4 5.75
  Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.48
  The Gong Show (ABC) 0.5/2 2.75
  Burden of Truth (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.23
       
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/5 5.4
       
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/6 5.39
  Match Game (ABC) 0.6/3 3.32
  Trial and Error (NBC) 0.5/2 2.17
  Black Lightning (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.94
       
9:30 p.m. Trial and Error (NBC) 0.4/2 1.79
       
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.99
  Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.36
  Take Two (ABC) 0.4/2 2.54

Ratings Report:

  • BIG BROTHER easily maintained its place on top of Summer Thursdays, although it’s 1.5 rating was down a tenth from last week. The show was just shy of picking up the largest audience of the night (that honor went to a Big Bang Theory rerun at 5.75 million viewers).
  • Fox’s THE FOUR had the second highest rating of the night at 0.9, even with last week and its largest audience all season at 3.11 million viewers. Although the singing competition’s audience has grown 28% since the premiere of season 2, to date the audience is still down 21% from its peak audience in season one.
  • On ABC, THE GONG SHOW ticked back up a tenth to 0.5 back in its old timeslot, while TAKE TWO settle back in to 10pm at 0.4, even with last week. MATCH GAME was solid, as usual, at 0.6.
  • On NBC, back-to-back episodes of TRIAL AND ERROR each dropped a tenth: 0.5/0.4 in 18-49s versus 0.6/0.5 since its debut last week.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
SHARK TANK MEETS SHARK DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,602 0.7
SHARKCAM STAKEOUT DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 1,522 0.6
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 8:00 PM 1,085 0.6
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC 10:04 PM 2,016 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,475 0.5
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 9:00 PM 661 0.4
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 9:01 PM 758 0.4
SHARK AFTER DARK LIVE DISCOVERY 11:01 PM 790 0.4
YELLOWSTONE PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 1,949 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 928 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,740 0.3
REASONABLE DOUBT INVEST 10:00 PM 1,061 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,976 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 826 0.3
FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 1,005 0.3
CATFISH: TROLLS MTV 10:01 PM 563 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,457 0.3
PROP BROS BUY AND SELL HOME 9:00 PM 1,579 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,598 0.3
BROKEN TRUST INVEST 9:00 PM 1,001 0.3
MY 600-LB LIFE: WHERE ARE THEY TLC 8:00 PM 898 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,032 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,907 0.2
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,268 0.2
OZZY & JACKS WORLD DETOUR A&E 9:00 PM 660 0.2

Of Note:

  • The Discovery Channel has maintained its dominance over the cable ratings this week, with its annual Shark Week Two specials took the top two spots on the list, with SHARK TANK MEETS SHARK WEEK claiming top honors at 0.7 in adults 18-49. SHARKCAM STAKEOUT followed closely behind at 0.6. BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO on VH1, the usual winner of Wednesday, dropped to number 3 this week, although up a tenth at 0.6.
  • On the Paramount Network, YELLOWSTONE maintained a 0.3 for the second week in a row, and Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY similarly held steady with a 0.5.

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • Talk about timing: 20th Century Fox has announced its first sale of pitch season 2019-20 with a sale to soon-to-be sister network ABC. The sale is for a put-pilot commitment on a multi-cam comedy from stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze.
    • Apple continues to pull on the heartstrings of the 35-45 American Adult need for nostalgia, on the verge of closing a deal to turn cult favorite TIME BANDITS from director Terry Gilliam into a TV series.
      • Co-production venture between Anonymous Content, Paramount TV, Media Rights Capital
      • Terry Gilliam will render services as a non-writing executive producer
    • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
      • TLC has ordered a fourth spinoff to the 90 DAY FIANCE franchise. 90 DAY FIANCE: THE OTHER WAY will take the same format, but instead of foreign fiancés with K-1 coming in to the US, this will follow US petitioners going to the home country of their fiancé.
    • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
      • Shareholders at 21st Century Fox have voted to approved Disney’s $71.3 billion USD buyout of major Fox assets including 20th Century Fox Studios, FX Networks, and National Geographic Partners.
        • Completion of the merger is expected to be completed by mid 2019
        • Nellie Andreeva has an incisive first look at what “New Fox’s” first buying season will look like – take a look HERE
      • In a rare move from streaming to linear, Comedy Central has picked up exclusive linear TV rights to Netflix animated series BOJACK HORSEMAN. While Netflix hardly ever does off-network syndication sales, this is a rare case where the show’s age plays into its rights. Horseman, as one of Netflix’s earliest original series comes from outside production company Tornante Co., who originally negotiated to retain the series’ off-network rights in domestic syndication.
      • As expected, Viacom has officially announced its plans to acquire AwesomenessTV for a reported $25 million.

 

 

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