DAILY DIGEST – 8.30.18

AGT and BIG BROTHER tie for top spot in primetime; CBS launches new drama GOD FRIENDED me across digital platforms a month ahead of linear premiere

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 8.29.18 NBC FOX CBS ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.0/5 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.64 3.36 3.81 2.37 0.55

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1.5/7 9.76
  Big Brother (CBS) 1.5/7 5.71
  Masterchef (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.0/5 3.36
  The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.13
  Burden of Truth (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.61
       
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.38
       
9 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.1/5 5.09
  Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.44
  SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.74
  Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.49
       
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.05
       
10 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.88
  Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.97

Ratings Report:

  • It was a quiet night on broadcast Wednesday, with few original shows. In the 8p hour, both AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (NBC) and BIG BROTHER (CBS) tied for the top spot in ratings, each earning a 1.5 among 18-49s. While this was steady for AGT (who also won the night in audience, at 9.76 million viewers), it was a tenth of a point slip for Brother.
  • After hitting a new Wednesday best last week, WORLD OF DANCE on NBC fell back a tenth to a 1.1, in line with its season two average. A 2-hour episode of MASTERCHEF on Fox rounded out the night of primetime programming, holding a 1.0 rating for a second week in a row.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday August 28, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,350 0.8
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,388 0.5
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 9:00 PM 748 0.5
DEADLIEST CATCH DISCOVERY 9:01 PM 1,622 0.4
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 2,060 0.4
MIZ & MRS USA 10:00 PM 1,161 0.4
GREENLEAF OWN 10:00 PM 1,736 0.4
OUTDAUGHTERED TLC 9:00 PM 1,718 0.4
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,046 0.3
HARD KNOCKS 18 HBO 10:00 PM 647 0.3
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:31 PM 987 0.3
INK MASTER PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 747 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,878 0.3
WRECKED TBS 10:00 PM 855 0.3
MARRIED AT FIRST ST LIFETIME 9:00 PM 816 0.3
CHOPPED GRILL MASTERS FOOD 9:00 PM 843 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,411 0.3
THE DEVIL SPEAKS INVEST 10:00 PM 1,111 0.3
MURDER BY NUMBERS INVEST 9:00 PM 1,039 0.3
DESERT FLIPPERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,287 0.3
COUNTING CARS HISTORY 10:03 PM 936 0.3
COUNTING CARS HISTORY 10:33 PM 994 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,144 0.3
DEADLIEST CATCH: THE BAIT DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 991 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,682 0.2

Of Note:

  • It was a mostly steady night in the Tuesday cable ratings this week. USA’s WWE SMACKDOWN led the night again with the same 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 as it had scored a week ago. Bravo’s BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN followed closely behind with another 0.5, as did MTV’s THE CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING (0.5), both of which were even with their previous episodes.
  • On TBS, WRECKED slipped one-tenth week-to-week from a 0.4 to a 0.3, while MIZ & MRS. continued its recent 0.5 streak. After taking a minor hit last week, OWN’s THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS also held steady with a 0.4.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • CBS is taking advantage of the social-media spin on its new drama GOD FRIENDED ME by launching the show special premiere across multiple platforms including Twitter, Facebook Premieres, Instagram’s IGTV, CBS All Access, and CBS.com beginning Aug. 31 ahead of its Sept. 30 premiere. CBS Marketing is hoping that a full month of uninterrupted access to the show ahead of its linear premiere will help build buzz and momentum for the show going into the fall season. I’m going to check it out, but am still having trouble getting over the TOUCHED BY ANGEL 2.0 vibes from when I read the script earlier this year.

 

 

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