DAILY DIGEST – 8.22.18

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT continues to dominate Tuesdays; MTV VMA’s fall to lowest rating ever; Hulu nearly set to bring back VERONICA MARS for 8-episode limited run

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

TUESDAY, 8.21.18 NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 0.9/5 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.69 3.47 4.67 1.74 0.6

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.0/9 11.01
  Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 3.97
  NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.25
  Beat Shazam (FOX) 0.6/3 2.15
  The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.63
       
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.36
  Love Connection (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.34
  The Outpost (The CW) 0.1/1 0.56
       
10 p.m. Making It (NBC) 1.0/5 4.06
  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.41
  Castaways (ABC) 0.5/2 2.46

Ratings Report:

  • Unsurprisingly, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT stayed on top of Tuesday primetime, earning a steady 2.0 among adults 18-49 once again this week, and audience grew a bit as well, up to just over 11 million viewers versus last week’s 10.28 million. Later in the evening, the recently renewed MAKING IT also stayed steady, scoring a 1.0.
  • ABC had a fair evening; BACHELOR IN PARADISE ticked up a tenth to 1.1, while CASTAWAYS earned a 0.5 in preliminary numbers, even with its final rating last week.
  • On Fox, the just-renewed BEAT SHAZAM maintained its 0.6 rating and THE OUTPOST on CW put up another 0.1, in line with recent episodes.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Monday, August 20, 2018, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 3,241 1.1
2018 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV 9:00 PM 2,250 1.1
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,936 1.1
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 3,110 1.0
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 8:00 PM 1,954 1.0
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL ESPN 8:00 PM 2,656 0.8
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,704 0.6
2018 VMA PRESHOW MTV 8:00 PM 1,148 0.5
2018 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS VH1 9:00 PM 1,091 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,421 0.5
DIESEL BROTHERS DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,116 0.5
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 9:00 PM 1,508 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HOME 9:00 PM 1,649 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:24 PM 918 0.3
EVIL LIVES HERE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,165 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,237 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,851 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS FAMILY HOME 10:00 PM 1,715 0.3
PAMELA SMART: MURDER MYST INVEST 10:00 PM 1,041 0.3
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 7:00 PM 703 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,594 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,799 0.3
KIDS BAKING CHAMP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,212 0.3
COUNTING ON TLC 9:00 PM 1,213 0.2
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SRS ESPN2 8:06 PM 1,269 0.2

Of Note:

  • MTV’s annual VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS were down yet again year-to-year last night, scoring a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and an all-time low 2.25 million viewers, three-tenths lower than the 1.4 they had scored last year, when they had aired on a Sunday night. Both the network’s pre-show and VH1’s simulcast of the awards show grabbed only 0.5s as well.
  • The VMAs were beaten to the top spot by USA’s weekly WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW, which tied the awards show with a 1.1 peak rating (up a tenth from what it had scored the week before).
  • VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”, usually a top 3 performer, landed slightly lower in the top 25, with another 1.0.
  • On AMC, BETTER CALL SAUL was steady with a 0.4 for the second week in a row, while Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY took a minor hit, falling a tenth from a 0.6 to a 0.5.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • Putting this one under development news, although it is very close to a pickup: cult TV-noir favorite VERONICA MARS is said to be heading to HULU for a limited 8-episode run. The streaming platform is currently finalizing deals for the new installment, which will pick up after the events of the 2014 feature film. Kristen Bell is set to reprise her star-making role as Veronica Mars, and Hulu is in negotiations with several other original cast members. Rob Thomas, creator of the series, will of course be back to helm.
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • As mentioned above, Fox has opted to renew interactive game show BEAT SHAZAM for a third season, with Jamie Foxx returning to host. The series currently boasts an average of 3 million multi-platform viewers, is a top 20 program among the 18-49 demo, and the most social broadcast game show of the summer, with 19 million total engagements across all social channels.
    • THE BIG BANG THEORY is taking a note from Seinfeld’s playbook, opting to, “go out on a high note!” The longest-runnng multi-cam series in television history will end in May after 12 seasons and 279 episodes, as announced by producing studio WBTV and show’s creator Chuck Lorre. As recently as two weeks ago, CBS announced that they were in preliminary discussions to extend the series, but creative producers on the show have been talking about ending the series ever since its two-season renewal in 2017. Good news for WBTV too – as they would have had to negotiate new contracts with the cast, who already all earn around $1 million USD per episode.
    • Paramount Network announced a fifth season renewal for LIP SYNC BATTLE. Season 5 (premiering in 2019) will consist of 12 30-minute episodes and will continue to have LL Cool J and Chrissy Tiegen as hosts.
    • Netflix is bringing Alyssa Edwards, fan favorite from RuPaul’s Drag Race, is heading to the streamer with a drag meets Dance Moms type unscripted series titled DANCING QUEEN. The 8×60 show will follow Edwards (given name Justin Johnson) as he juggles his dance life, drag life, family life, and love life. Filmed in Justin’s hometown of Mesquite, Texas, Dancing Queen goes behind the makeup and into the drag performer’s highly competitive Beyond Belief Dance Company as he prepares a young class for an intensely competitive season. Trailer HERE

 

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