DAILY DIGEST – 10.9.18

Broadcast Primetime field mostly steady in week 3 of Fall schedule; WALKING DEAD premieres to all-time low; TNT orders medical crowdsourcing reality show M.D. LIVE

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

MONDAY, 10.8.18 NBC FOX ABC CBS CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/8 1.2/5 1.1/5 0.9/5 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.1 5.39 7.57 5.95 0.61

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, October 8, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) – (8-10 p.m.) 2.0/8 9.72
  Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 7.63
  The Neighborhood (CBS) 1.1/5 6.43
  The Resident (FOX) 0.9/4 4.85
  iHeart Radio Music Festival (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.2/1 0.61
       
8:30 p.m. Happy Together (CBS) 0.9/4 4.96
       
9 p.m. 9-1-1 (FOX) 1.4/6 5.92
  Magnum P.I. (CBS) 0.9/4 5.96
       
10 p.m. Manifest (NBC) 1.7/7 7.84
  The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.2/5 7.43
  Bull (CBS) 0.7/3 6.44

Ratings Report:

  • NOTE: ABC & NBC fast national ratings for shows are both inflated this week, thanks to NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL pre-emptions.
  • Pending updates, NBC took Monday as usual, with a steady 2.0 for THE VOICE and 1.7 for new drama MANIFEST, down another tenth this week, with an 8% contraction of audience week to week.
  • ABC did much better this past Monday, both DANCING WITH THE STARS (1.1, up three-tenths) and THE GOOD DOCTOR (1.2, up one tenth) rose, although DWTS will most likely adjust down in the finals (I expect it will end up even with last week).
  • CBS Monday is showing some small signs of stabilization. Both freshman comedies THE NEIGHBORHOOD (1.1, down two tenths) and HAPPY TOGETHER (0.9, down one tenth) dipped, but will survive – and I suspect will even out in the next week or so. MAGNUM PI earned a steady 0.9 for a second week, while BULL continues to slip in the 10pm hour, down a tenth from 0.8 to 0.7 this week.
  • Both 911 (1.4) and THE RESIDENT (0.9) were down a tenth for Fox, a pretty typical dip for both shows and they’ll most likely bounce back next week. On the CW, a second iHEART RADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL special earned another 0.2.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Sunday, October 7, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 6,076 2.5
WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC 7:48 PM 2,917 1.0
MLB NL DIVISIONS SERIES FOX SPORTS 8:00 PM 3,022 0.9
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:26 PM 2,223 0.8
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 9 TLC 8:00 PM 2,207 0.7
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:00 AM 1,120 0.5
DOCTOR WHO BBC-AMERICA 1:45 PM 1,367 0.5
DIVISION SERIES GAME MLB NETWORK 4:38 PM 2,004 0.4
VENTURE BROTHERS ADULT 12:00 AM 770 0.4
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 809 0.4
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 9:00 PM 1,296 0.4
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 8:00 PM 956 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:00 PM 1,397 0.3
SHAMELESS SHOWTIME 9:03 PM 1,002 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:00 PM 1,269 0.3
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,215 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:30 PM 1,323 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:30 PM 1,409 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 736 0.3
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:06 PM 999 0.3
UNEXPECTED TLC 10:00 PM 924 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 678 0.3
MLB NLDS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 11:48 PM 912 0.3
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE NBC SPORTS 2:27 PM 2,009 0.3
PREMIER LEAGUE L NBC SPORTS 11:26 AM 750 0.3

Of Note:

  • THE WALKING DEAD season 9 opener predictably took the top spot on cable Sunday night, premiering with a 2.5 rating among 18-49s and 6.08 million total viewers. However, it was the show’s lowest-rated season premiere ever, down 50% from the season 8 premiere. A “bonus” WALKING DEAD ahead of the premiere grabbed the number two spot with a 1.0 and just under 3 million watching, while the broadcast of MLB’s Division Series game between the LA Dodgers and Atlanta Braves rounded out the top 3, scoring a 0.8 and 3.02 million viewers for Fox Sports.
  • On the other hand, in continued WHO news, the stateside premiere of DR. WHO scored a 0.5 rating with 1.37 million viewers, up two-tenths with a 48% total audience increase over its season 10 premiere.
  • Elsewhere, both TLC’s 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS (0.7) and E!’s KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (0.4) fell a tenth week-to-week. Showtime’s SHAMELESS was also down from its previous 0.4 to a 0.3.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • THE PANAMA PAPERS | Bungalow Media + Entertainment, Trouper Productions, Zipper Brothers Films | US Distributor: Epix | Premiere: 26 November

Log Line: Details the unprecedented coordination of journalists from around the world working in secret, at great personal risk, to expose the largest data leak in history: a global corruption scandal involving corrupt power brokers, the uber rich, elected officials, dictators, cartel bosses, athletes and celebrities who had used the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca to hide their money. The story cracked open a hidden network of tax evasion, fraud, cronyism, bribing government officials, rigging elections, and murder.

  • D. LIVE | B17 Entertainment, Motiv8 Media | Lionsgate TV | TNT | 10×120 | 2019

Log Line: The first live, non-fiction series that taps into the worldwide phenomenon of medical crowdsourcing. The two-hour weekly multi-platform series will feature patients battling everything from life-threatening diseases to unusual ailments that are undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or uncured. A recurring panel of accredited doctors will discuss potential diagnoses before throwing live to the crowd for additional feedback, solutions and support.

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • The CW has picked up a slew of shows for summer 2019, opting to go forwards with second seasons of both BURDEN OF TRUTH and THE OUTPOST (both shows hovered around a 0.14 over the summer, with fairly steady audiences of around 650-725k each week). In addition to the dramas, the network will bring back summer favorites PENN & TELLER FOOL US, as well as WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? A new season of magic series MASTERS OF ILLUSION (hosted by Dean Cain) is also set to return. BULLETPROOF, a British an action drama has also been acquired for the 2019 slate. In other words, ho-hum. Pretty steady-as-she-goes programming for the time being.

 

 

 

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