DAILY DIGEST – 8.8.18

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT dips to season low for NBC; CASTAWAYS has solid premiere on ABC; CBS snags LOVE ISLAND for 2019-20 season

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

TUESDAY, 8.7.18 NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/7 0.9/5 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.72 3.58 4.69 1.79 0.79

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.9/9 10.86
  Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.1/5 3.8
  Beat Shazam (FOX) 0.6/3 2.15
  NCIS (CBS) – R 0.5/2 5.3
  The 100 (The CW) – F 0.3/1 0.94
       
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.4/2 4.32
  Love Connection (FOX) 0.4/2 1.43
  The Outpost (The CW) 0.2/1 0.63
       
10 p.m. Making It (NBC) 1.0/5 4.43
  Castaways (ABC) – P 0.7/4 3.15
  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.45

Ratings Report:

  • AMERICA’S GOT TALENT once again earned the top spot in primetime ratings on Tuesday night, but earned a season low 1.9, down two tenths from last week. MAKING IT, the new crafting competition show starring Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman was off a tenth from its premiere last week, scoring a 1.0 among adults 18-49.
  • ABC premiered both the fifth season of BACHELOR IN PARADISE to the tune of a 1.1, the second highest rating of the night, but down half a point from its season 4 premiere. CASTAWAYS, the new docudrama that is basically SURVIVOR MEETS LOST put up solid numbers in its premiere (0.7/3.15 million viewers), despite several critics being confused by the more scripted-drama structure and lack of physical competitions. Personally, I found it fascinating (even though it would be more accurate to call it THE REAL(ish) WORLD: NAMELESS INDONESIAN ISLES) and am looking forward to next week – curious to see if this one catches on more with US audiences.
  • The rest of the broadcast field was fairly steady. THE 100 closed out its fifth season on the CW with a 0.3, even with last week, and THE OUTPOST scored 0.2. On Fox, BEAT SHAZAM slipped a tenth to 0.6 this week, while LOVE CONNECTION remained steady at 0.4.

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Monday, August 6, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 8:00 PM 1,942 1.0
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,830 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,854 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,728 0.9
TEEN MOM II MTV 9:00 PM 1,224 0.7
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,568 0.6
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 9:00 PM 1,768 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,354 0.5
DIESEL BROTHERS DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 1,077 0.5
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 10:01 PM 688 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,474 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 6:00 PM 1,588 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,599 0.3
COUNTING ON TLC 9:00 PM 1,105 0.3
KIDS BAKING CHAMP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,007 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,325 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,556 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,316 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,727 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,268 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,202 0.2
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 838 0.2
REAL STORY W/MARIA ELENA INVEST 10:00 PM 889 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 685 0.2
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,387 0.2

Of Note:

  • VH1’s LOVE & HIP HOP: HOLLYWOOD rose to the top in the Monday cable ratings this week with a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, the same as what it had scored a week ago. USA’s weekly WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW broadcast followed closely behind with a trio of 0.9s across its 3-hour run time, one-tenth lower than the 1.0 peak rating of its previous broadcast.
  • The season 4 premiere of AMC’s BETTER CALL SAUL raked in a 0.6 and 1.77 million viewers, down a tenth from the 0.7 of its premiere last year. It was, however, even with its season 3 finale and less of a drop season-to-season than it had experienced in 2017 as well.
  • Both TEEN MOM II (0.7) and FLORIBAMA SHORE (0.4) fell one-tenth from their previous episodes on MTV. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County” held steady with a 0.5.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • THE AMBASSADOR | ABC | Ilene Chaiken & Eva Longoria

Log line: When the thrice married, very rich and politically connected US Ambassador to France is killed in a freak speedboat accident, his much younger and arguably unqualified third wife is appointed to replace him. Ambassador Roxanne Eagleton takes on the challenges of her new position as she also navigates the drama and intrigue of her late husband’s family while beginning to suspect that his death was not an accident.

  • Based on the Spanish series La Embajada (The Embassy), the adaptation incorporates an upstairs/downstairs quality to it, pitting the “glamorous” life of the Ambassador against the lives of career diplomats staffing the embassy.
  • Longoria has one new drama with ABC through her UnbeliEVAble banner, Grand Hotel
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • LOVE ISLAND | ITV America | CBS picked up to series for 2019-20 season

Log line:  Based on the smash U.K. and international reality series, LOVE ISLAND sees a group of single “Islanders” come together in a stunning villa in a beautiful tropical location. They are on the lookout for romance, but as always, the road to love never runs smoothly, as they must not only choose their partner wisely, but also win the hearts of the public. Challenges and dramatic twists abound as the Islanders form alliances, while relationships are made in an effort to win the ultimate prize. Viewers have the opportunity to shape events on screen as they watch the relationships develop, and ultimately crown one lucky couple as the winners who walk away with a cash prize.

  • CBS has recently been more aggressive with unscripted buys (they also greenlit MILLION DOLLAR MILE LeBron James yesterday), which makes me wonder if one of its longer popular franchises is on its way out (my money is on Amazing Race; it’s been down to the wire on renewal for the past two years)
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • Digital news startup Axios has partnered with HBO to produce longform documentary specials for the channel. Projects are currently being pitched, but nothing greenlit yet.
      • Most specials will be looking ahead in politics, business and technology, rather than looking at the past
    • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got one step closer to the People’s Choice Awards today, announcing a new “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film” category (still laughing over the absolute absurdity of that title). Of course, the Academy has promised to also shorten the annual awards broadcast and stop live airing below-the-line awards, all in an effort to boost ratings that have been on the decline for years. The move is beyond asinine and backlash has been swift from those in the industry. Rob Lowe summed it up best (yes, Rob Lowe): “The film business passed away today with the announcement of the ‘popular’ film Oscar. It had been in poor health for a number of years. It is survived by sequels, tent-poles, and vertical integration.”

 

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