DAILY DIGEST -10.4.18

ABC comedies fall down while CHICAGO franchises on NBC tick up; CBS places yet another senior executive on leave amid harassment investigation

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 10.3.18 FOX NBC ABC CBS CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.2/5 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.53 8.16 4.59 5.58 0.56

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/7 7.23
  Empire (FOX) 1.5/7 5.01
  Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 7.99
  The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.3/6 5.11
  Burden of Truth (The CW) – F 0.1/1 0.7
       
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.1/5 4.43
       
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/6 5.35
  Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/6 8.75
  Star (FOX) 1.2/5 4.04
  SEAL Team (CBS) – P 0.8/3 5.08
  Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.43
       
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 1.1/5 4.28
       
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.2/5 7.76
  A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.81
  Criminal Minds (CBS) – P 0.7/3 4.44

Ratings Report:

  • Fox continues its top spot on Wednesdays, although both EMPIRE (1.5) and STAR (1.2) predictably fell in their second week on air. EMPIRE fell four tenths from its premiere, tying for the highest rated show of the night (SURVIVOR shared honors), while STAR slipped three tenths from last week.
  • In fact, only NBC had a decent night; it’s all CHICAGO franchise line up was either even or up from premieres last week. FIRE (1.3) and MED (1.3) swapped timeslots and each grew by a tenth, while CHICAGO PD held steady at 1.2
  • As mentioned, SURVIVOR on CBS tied for the top rating in the 18-34 demo, also earning a 1.5 last night, a tenth off from last week. The rest of the lineup didn’t far nearly as well; the premiere of SEAL TEAM tied its series low, coming in a 0.8, while CRIMINAL MINDS rounded out the night at 0.7, a series low of its own (seriously, can we kill the show about serial killers, already? It’d be a mercy to the played out and tired procedural, at this point).
  • ABC’s block of comedies and a drama all slid down. Both THE GOLDBERGS (1.3) and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1.1) were off a tenth, MODERN FAMILY (1.4) and SINGLE PARENTS (1.1) dropped two tenths, and This Is Us rip-off A MILLION LITTLE THINGS dropped three tenths, earning a 0.8 this week around.
  • Finally, CW rounded out a quiet season one for BURDEN OF TRUTH, which earned a steady 0.1, even with last week and its seasonal average.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
MLB WILD CARD L ESPN 8:00 PM 6,332 2.1
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,095 0.7
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:10 AM 1,433 0.6
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 1,388 0.6
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,265 0.5
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 4,036 0.4
BASEBALL TONIGHT ESPN 7:00 PM 1,246 0.4
NBA PRESEASON EXHIBITION TNT 10:36 PM 929 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,296 0.4
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 9:00 PM 627 0.4
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,457 0.4
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,547 0.4
PURGE, THE USA 10:00 PM 928 0.4
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 905 0.3
OUTDAUGHTERED TLC 8:00 PM 1,362 0.3
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 1,654 0.3
NBA PRESEASON EXHIBITION TNT 8:00 PM 726 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 644 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,670 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,340 0.3
DEVIL SPEAKS, THE INVEST 10:00 PM 1,067 0.3
WRECKED TBS 10:00 PM 734 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,220 0.3
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,955 0.3
FLIPPING OUT BRAVO 10:00 PM 711 0.3

Of Note:

  • ESPN’s broadcast of the Colorado vs. Chicago MLB wild card game easily took the top spot in the Tuesday cable ratings this week with a 2.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 6.33 million viewers. USA’s WWE SMACKDOWN came second with a 0.7, even with what it had scored last Tuesday. A late night SPORTSCENTER wrap up on ESPN rounded out the top 3 with a 0.6 rating.
  • FX’s MAYANS M.C. maintained a 0.6 for the second week in a row. Elsewhere, MTV’s THE CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING was down a tenth week-to-week from its previous 0.5 to a 0.4 this time around. USA’s THE PURGE held steady with a 0.4, while the season 3 finale of TBS’ WRECKED stayed even with another 0.3.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • Pilgrim Media Group, Hitco Entertainment, and LA Reid have teamed up in a new partnership to develop and produce music-focused non-scripted projects for distribution across multiple platforms. So far, the biggest piece of development out of the new partnership is a music competition format looking to “build the next major music act.” (Shades of ABC’s failed Boy Band competition series from summer 2017, anyone?). The partnership’s version, TAKE THE LEAD, is currently out to buyers. A second untitled documentary project chronicling the history of the hip hop and R&B scene in Atlanta is currently being produced.
    • CBS is on a roll this week – as in, heads will roll, that is…Vinnie Favale, SVP of late-night & comedy talent development and program executive for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, has been placed on administrative leave while the company investigates allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation going back to 2015.

 

 

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