DAILY DIGEST – 10.8.18

NFL helps NBC to another Sunday win; SoulPancake & Tastemade take three unscripted formats to market; CBS orders new global talent search THE WORLD’S BEST

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

SUNDAY, 10.7.18 NBC FOX CBS ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.5/18 2.2/9 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 14.47 6.55 7.56 4.43 0.81

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, October 7, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
7 p.m. NFL Overrun (FOX) 5.1/20 16.84
  Football Night in America (NBC) 1.9/8 6.48
  60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/3 8.22
  America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.7/3 4.71
       
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 3.3/14 10.11
       
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.4/17 14.09
  The Simpsons (FOX) 1.8/7 4.57
  God Friended Me (CBS) 0.9/4 8.4
  Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 0.7/3 4.98
  iHeart Radio Music Festival (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.2/1 0.81
       
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.) 5.6/21 17.27
  Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.2/5 3.09
       
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.2/5 2.79
  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.8/3 7.48
       
9:30 p.m. Rel (FOX) 0.7/3 1.92
       
10 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) – P 0.6/3 6.15
  Shark Tank (ABC) – P 0.6/3 3.05

Ratings Report:

  • NBC remained on top of Sunday, thanks to NFL action (shocker!). The Cowboys versus Texans game brought in a preliminary 5.6 among 18-49s, a tenth up from last week’s Sunday game. Leading up to the match, FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA (1.9) stayed even and the SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME show ticked up two tenths to 4.4 this week.
  • Elsewhere, the broadcast field is following largely the same pattern as last week. CBS continues to sink like a stone; feel-good freshman drama GOD FRIENDED me performed the best for the network (which isn’t saying much), earning a 0.9, down four tenths from last week’s premiere. Lead-out show NCIS: LOS ANGELES (0.8) was down three tenths from last week. MADAM SECTRETARY rounded out the night with a season 5 premiere rating of 0.6, even with the season 4 average, but nonetheless down two tenths from its premiere last year.
  • ABC’s previously popular DANCING WITH THE STARS franchise continues to dim in luster, the new JUNIORS edition of the format put up a yawn-worthy 0.7, virtually even with lead in AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS in both ratings and audience size. Season ten of SHARK TANK premiered to a series low 0.6.
  • Fox had the steadiest numbers; THE SIMPSONS (1.8), BOB’S BURGERS (1.2) and FAMILY GUY (1.2) all matched ratings from premieres last week. However, it should be noted that Simpsons ratings are likely inflated from an overrun of the afternoon game on Fox (last week’s premiere adjusted down to 1.4, and will probably be similar this week). Finally, REL was down by a tenth, scraping together a 0.7 this week.
  • The CW entered Sunday primetime with just as little bang as you’d expect – an iHEART RADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL special scored a 0.2 in 18-49s and 810,000 total viewers, in line with summer season numbers on both fronts.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, October 4, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL NFL NETWORK 8:23 PM 2,788 1.0
NFLN THU NT FTBLL NFL NETWORK 11:04 PM 2,629 1.0
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 8:00 PM 1,053 0.6
DIVISION SERIES GAME MLB NETWORK 8:38 PM 2,123 0.6
MLB DIVISION SERIES L FOX SPORTS 5:00 PM 2,459 0.5
NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:05 PM 1,507 0.5
NFLN THU NT POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 11:39 PM 988 0.5
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,929 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 4,222 0.4
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,939 0.4
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 10:00 PM 645 0.4
MLB NLDS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 9:17 PM 1,154 0.3
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 3,243 0.3
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WETV 9:00 PM 898 0.3
STORY, THE FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 3,082 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,763 0.3
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 3,473 0.3
FOX NEWS AT NIGHT FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 2,407 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 700 0.3
THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 905 0.3
NFLN THU NT PREGAME NFL NETWORK 7:30 PM 767 0.3
OUTNUMBERED FOX NEWS 12:00 PM 2,524 0.3
SP FLIP OR FLOP HOME 9:00 PM 1,215 0.3
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 9:30 PM 480 0.3
AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS 9:00 AM 2,370 0.2

Of Note:

  • The NFL Network’s broadcast of the NFL game between the Patriots and the Colts took the top spot of the night with a 1.0, while additional coverage of the game came second with another 1.0. Rounding out the top three was MTV’s JERSEY SHORE: FAMILY VACATION, which hit a new series low at 0.6, two tenths lower than last week.
  • Elsewhere, the MLB Network’s broadcast of the Atlanta vs. Dodgers baseball game landed in the top 5 with a 0.6, as did Fox Sports’ coverage of the Rockies vs. Brewers game, with a 0.5 of its own and 2.46 million viewers.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake and media company Tastemade have partnered on three nonscripted shows, all of which they are currently shopping to networks and streaming platforms. Quick notes below:
      • BOARD OF DATING | Episode 1: YouTube

Log Line: Singles allow friends and family choose a blind date for them, with the help of a dating expert.

  • Personal opinion: skip it. There’s nothing unique here; I found the matchmaker shrill and condescending, and the whole 13-minute episode is much too scripted and stale.
  • MOVE TODAY | Lifestyle/Makeover Format | First episode available 1 Nov

Log Line: A person at the end of their rope is presented with a choice: stay in their current life — or move today. If they choose to relocate, they’re immediately packed up and set up in a new city, with a new job and new social opportunities. At the end of the week, they must decide if they’re going to stay in their new life or go back home.

  • WILD THERAPY | in development

Log Line: A survivalist host leads couples in dysfunctional relationships on epic adventures. (this can go either really right or really wrong, depending on how producers shape the narrative, but personally, I think it sounds like a great scripted comedy pitch, not great for reality shows).

  • Fox21 TV Studios has optioned development rights for Jim Butcher’s cult favorite THE DRESDEN FILES. Setting aside the 2007 12-episode SyFy disaster that was the first adaptation of the wizard detective series for a minute, the new version of the show is being developed by Ileen Maisel (The Golden Compass), with support from Temple Hill Entertainment.
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • THE WORLD’S BEST | Fulwell73, MGM TV | Warner Horizon Unscripted | CBS | 10×60

Global Talent Competition | Premieres 2019

Log Line: A first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet. They not only have to impress American judges, but will also need to break through the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. The winning act will ultimately be crowned The World’s Best.

  • Host: James Corden
  • Judges: Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles, Faith Hill
  • Executive Producers: Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • WHO unleashed the 13th doctor on the world Sunday, roping in 8.2 million viewers (a 40.1% share) for BBC One. I know I don’t normally write about UK news, but it’s pretty cool to see Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the role in the show’s 50-year+ history pull a bigger debut than the last three (immensely popular) Doctors. I watched the first show last night and it’s staggering what they’ve done with their budget – the cinematography and design looks more in the vein of a prestige drama, not a goofy sci-fi show with metal killer robots and cardboard sets.

 

 

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