DAILY DIGEST – 10.3.18

NBC wins night, but CBS has steadiest ratings; Damon Wayans quits LETHAL WEAPON; Netflix enters the big-budget fantasy game, buying rights to all seven Chronicles of Narnia books

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

TUESDAY, 10.2.18 NBC CBS FOX ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/8 1.2/5 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.48 9.71 2.71 5.01 0.57

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 1.8/8 9.19
  NCIS (CBS) 1.4/6 11.93
  Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.8/3 6.1
  The Gifted (FOX) 0.7/3 2.27
  The Flash (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.55
       
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 2.4/9 8.77
  FBI (CBS) 1.2/5 9.37
  Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.8/3 3.16
  The Outpost (The CW) – F 0.1/1 0.59
       
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.6/7 7.47
  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.0/5 7.84
  A Million Little Things (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.82

Ratings Report:

  • Although NBC took the night overall, CBS had the steadiest Tuesday of all the networks. Mothership NCIS maintained its 1.4 rating week to week, while newcomer FBI (1.2) and the second week of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (1.0) stayed fairly consistent, each dropping a mere tenth from week 1 to 2.
  • It was a much steeper plunge week-to-week for the shows on NBC. THIS IS US had the sharpest dive, dropping half a point from its premiere, but still the highest rated show of the night at 2.4 in 18-49s. THE VOICE fell a predictable four-tenths from its first Tuesday night broadcast of the season, and newcomer NEW AMSTERDAM sustained a survivable two-tenth dip in its second week out, down to 1.6 from 1.8
  • After a down debut last week, LETHAL WEAPON stabilized on Fox, earning a steady 0.8 for a second week in a row. THE GIFTED, however, dipped two-tenths, earning a 0.7 this time around.
  • Meanwhile, ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS continues to circle the drain, dropping another tenth this week to a 0.8, but still carrying a decent total audience at 6.1 million.
  • Lastly, CW rounded out a disappointing summer run of THE OUTPOST, which once again dropped to a 0.1 and just under 600K viewers to round out what will surely be its only season.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Monday, October 1, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:16 PM 13,214 4.6
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN 8:00 PM 5,449 1.8
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 11:23 PM 3,741 1.5
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 7:33 PM 2,915 1.0
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 8:00 PM 1,739 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,500 0.8
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,325 0.8
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,081 0.8
MLB TIEBREAKER L ESPN 4:16 PM 2,688 0.6
MLB TIEBREAKER L ESPN 1:00 PM 2,532 0.6
TEEN MOM MTV 9:00 PM 957 0.6
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN 12:30 AM 1,331 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,362 0.5
REMY & PAPOOSE S1 VH1 9:01 PM 968 0.5
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 9:00 PM 1,353 0.5
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,929 0.4
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,549 0.4
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,598 0.4
HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,223 0.4
TEEN MOM SSN 7B SPECIAL MTV 10:32 PM 666 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,828 0.4
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 11:03 PM 515 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,296 0.3
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,958 0.3
HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMP FOOD 10:00 PM 803 0.3

Of Note:

  • Predictably, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL led cable ratings once again, with a minor uptick in 18-49s. ESPN’s broadcast of the Denver versus Kansas City game gained two tenths over last week to come in at 4.6, while a KICK OFF special on the same network took the number two spot with a 1.8 rating. A late night edition of SPORTSCENTER rounded out the top three, scoring a 1.5.
  • Elsewhere, usual topper WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW maintained its peak 0.8 rating for another week in a row, while LOVE & HIP HOP: HOLLYWOOD on VH1 inched ahead of it and ticked up a tenth week-to-week, earning a 0.9.
  • REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY held steady with another 0.5, as did AMC’s BETTER CALL SAUL (0.5), heading into its season finale next week.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • Despite a pretty solid start for the third season of LETHAL WEAPON, Fox and WBTV have just been dealt a blow, with Damon Wayans announcing today that he plans to quit the show in December, after production on its initial third season run of 13 episodes is complete. While this is certainly a possibility, having a Lethal Weapon without the original Riggs OR Murtaugh characters is just another paint-by-numbers cop procedural that will mostly likely not go beyond Wayans’ exit. Unsurprisingly, neither WBTV nor Fox have signaled that any decision has been made about the series following the actor’s announcement.
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • And Netflix takes a page out of Amazon’s fantasy-series playbook. The original mega streamer has closed a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company to develop new series and film projects based on Lewis’ popular The Chronicles of Narnia In a deal that sounds suspiciously similar to Amazon’s TV rights negotiation for JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Netflix, working with Entertainment One, will develop stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films with eOne’s Mark Gordon.
      • Interesting side note – this is the first time the same company has held rights to the entire seven book Narnia The key goal in holding all rights is to create a cinematic universe that spans both features and series, in the same vein as Star Trek, Star Wars and Marvel.

 

 

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