DAILY DIGEST – 8.6.18

BIG BROTHER continue to top primetime; BAYWATCH comes back in high definition; Patrick Stewart to return as Captain Picard in new STAR TREK series

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

SUNDAY, 8.5.18 ABC CBS NBC FOX
Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.8/4 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.74 4.71 2.82 1.4

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, August 6, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
7 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) – R 0.7/3 7.41
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.51
Making It (NBC) – R 0.3/1 1.77
One Strange Rock (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.79
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/6 5.55
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) 1.0/5 5.82
America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.7/3 3.34
iHeartCountry Festival (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.4/2 1.71
9 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.8/4 4.86
Bull (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.82
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.7/3 3.79
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.07
Shades of Blue (NBC) 0.4/2 2.83

Ratings Report:

  • CBS’ BIG BROTHER retained its top spot on Sunday primetime ratings once again, bouncing up a tenth to 1.5 among adults 18-49, in line with its season average.
  • ABC’s lineup of game shows performed solidly; both $100,000 PYRAMID (0.8) and TO TELL THE TRUTH (0.7) retained their numbers week-to-week, while CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD returned down a tenth after a week off, earning a 1.0.
  • Elsewhere on primetime, SHADES OF BLUE on NBC scored its usual 0.4; Fox’s coverage of the iHeartCountry Music Festival also brought in a 0.4 for the night.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, August 2, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
FLIP OR FLOP HOME 9:00 PM 1,905 0.5
SNOWFALL FX 10:00 PM 930 0.4
LIVE PD PRESENTS: PD CAM A&E 10:01 PM 1,127 0.4
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 10:00 PM 828 0.4
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 5:00 PM 1,530 0.3
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 9:00 PM 1,090 0.3
SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 9:00 PM 952 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:00 PM 938 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:30 PM 964 0.3
NICK CANNON WILDNOUTS MTV 11:00 PM 565 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS FAMILY A&E 10:00 PM 1,631 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,311 0.3
ALONE HISTORY 10:03 PM 1,350 0.3
NICK CANNON WILDNOUTS MTV 11:31 PM 526 0.3
SOMEONE YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW INVEST 10:00 PM 1,201 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,727 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,955 0.3
GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE FOOD 9:00 PM 985 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 880 0.3
MOUNTAIN MEN HISTORY 9:00 PM 2,098 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,385 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,589 0.3
NIGHTWATCH SPECIALS A&E 10:32 PM 720 0.2
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC 10:00 PM 945 0.2
STORY, THE FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 2,269 0.2

Of Note:

  • A&E’s breakout hit LIVE PD climbed into the top three on cable ratings this week, earning a 0.4 and just over 1.1 million viewers watching for its newest franchise expansion LIVE PD PRESENTS: PD CAM. Back to back episodes of the flagship show each took 0.3s and managed to get into the top ten of shows for the night.
  • Just ahead of the live show were SNOWFALL on FX, also earning a 0.4 and a new episode of FLIP OR FLOP took a rare number one lead on Thursday, scoring a 0.5 and just shy of 2 million viewers.
  • Elsewhere, the season 2 premiere of Bravo’s SHAHS OF SUNSET grabbed a 0.3.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • Not to be left behind in the reboot craze, Fremantle has decided to throw BAYWATCH into the mix, albeit by remastering the 35mm prints of all 242 episodes of the original series (man, do I feel sorry for the artists who had to clean digital dirt out of Hasselhoff’s hair frame by frame), into high definition while also updating music and stretching the frame to 16:9 and off the standard 4:3 the show was originally shown in. Fremantle is beginning talks with international broadcasters and streaming platforms for the face-lifted beach show (and of course they’re discussing a new version, despite the lackluster performance of the 2017 film remake).
    • Chuck Lorre and team are in early negotiations for a multi-season renewal of BIG BANG THEORY, despite the 2017 2-season renewal largely believed to be the last for the popular comedy. However, it’s latest season (number 11 for anyone keeping count), averaged 18.9 million viewers, even with season 10 and despite slipping about half a point in 18-49s/Live+7 (4.4 S11 vs. 4.9 S10), it was still the highest rated program only behind NBC’s THIS IS US.
    • Jean-Luc Picard is coming back – no, not in a reboot of The Next Generation, but in an original series geared at telling the next chapter of his life beyond the Enterprise. Current STAR TREK: DISCOVERY creator/showrunner Alex Kurtzman will shepherd the new series, part of a general expansion of the universe stemming from the success of Discovery on CBS All Access.
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • A few trailers for new shows that caught my eye over the weekend:
      • ONE DOLLAR | Crime/Mystery | CBS All Access | Premiere: 30 August

Log line: A mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the dollar bill and point of view in each episode paint a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed.

  • TELL ME A STORY | Horror/Anthology | CBS All Access | Premiere: 31 October

Log line: Takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.

  • Creator/Showrunner Kevin Williamson (Scream franchise, The Vampire Diaries, Dawson’s Creek)
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • In an interesting expansion move, Amazon is launching a streaming channel through cable provider Comcast’s X1 pay-TV service. For those not ready to give up their traditional cable service (despite the pace of cord-cutting running far ahead of anyone’s projections), they can now stream Amazon prime original shows without being on Amazon, or paying for the Prime membership. The move follows in the footsteps of Netflix, which launched a channel on Comcast’s X1 in 2016, as a way to capture more viewers.
    • Great article from the Motley Fool about Netflix’s expansion of non-fiction programming, how it is continuing to prioritize the genre and expand its format offerings amid initial success. Read it HERE.

 

 

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