DAILY DIGEST – 10.10.18

BLACK LIGHTNING suffers series low in Season 2 premiere; NBC orders songwriting competition series SONGLAND; Snap unveils first slate of original programming

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

TUESDAY, 10.9.18 NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/8 1.8/8 1.1/5 0.7/3 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 8.31 6.55 9.73 2.5 1.63

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 1.8/8 9.02
  2018 American Music Awards (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 1.8/8 6.55
  NCIS (CBS) 1.4/6 12.16
  The Flash (The CW) – P 0.8/3 2.06
  The Gifted (FOX) 0.7/3 2.05
       
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 2.3/9 8.82
  FBI (CBS) 1.0/4 9.11
  Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 2.95
  Black Lightning (The CW) – P 0.4/2 1.2
       
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.4/6 7.1
  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.9/4 7.93

Ratings Report:

  • Starting with the CW today, which kicked off premieres for its Fall scripted shows. THE FLASH earned a 0.8 in its return, down three tenths from the 1.1 premiere it enjoyed last season. BLACK LIGHTNING, on the other hand, hit a series low at 0.4 in 18-49s, half that of its season 1 premiere (0.8) and down a tenth from its finale (0.5)
  • Airing earlier and on a different night than usual, ABC’s broadcast of the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS scored a 1.8, good enough for a (tied) second place overall in the broadcast field, but down 25% from the 2.4 it earned in 2017.
  • Unsurprisingly, NBC won the night, first tying the AMA’s in the 8pm hour with a 1.8 for THE VOICE (even with last week) and a 2.3 for THIS IS US at 9pm – however, the show was down a tenth week-to-week. Lastly, freshman drama NEW AMSTERDAM dipped a tenth as well to earn a 1.4.
  • CBS had a so-so night; flagship NCIS stayed steady at 1.4, but FBI (1.0) and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (0.9) were both down two and one tenths, respectively.
  • Finally, on Fox, THE GIFTED stayed buoyed at 0.7 for a second week, while LETHAL WEAPON (0.7) predictably dropped a tenth after news hit that star Damon Wayans plans to exit the show in December.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Monday, October 8, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:13 PM 10,506 3.6
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN 8:00 PM 3,982 1.3
MLB DIVISION SERIES TBS 7:27 PM 4,405 1.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:28 PM 2,840 1.2
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,533 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,388 0.8
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 8:00 PM 1,661 0.8
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,200 0.8
MLB NL DIVISION SERIES FOX SPORTS 4:25 PM 2,169 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,266 0.5
REMY & PAPOOSE VH1 9:01 PM 969 0.5
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 9:00 PM 1,526 0.5
TEEN MOM MTV 9:00 PM 851 0.5
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 6:00 PM 1,102 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:30 AM 906 0.4
MLB DIVISION SERIES TBS 1:25 PM 1,919 0.4
HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,240 0.4
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,260 0.4
MLB NLDS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 8:17 PM 1,168 0.3
STORY, THE FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 3,973 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,242 0.3
HALLOWEEN CAKE-OFF FOOD 10:00 PM 904 0.3
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 10:01 PM 562 0.3
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 8:00 PM 1,310 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,860 0.3

Of Note:

  • With only a couple of exceptions, the top ten on cable Monday were all about sports. Football predictably took the lead, ESPN’s broadcast of the game between Washington and New Orleans took the top spot at 3.6, but was down a full point from last week’s MNF broadcast. A kickoff show preceding the game took second, scoring a 1.3 for ESPN, while the MLB Division series game on TBS rounded out the top three at 1.2 in 18-49s.
  • Elsewhere, USA’s WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW ticked up slightly from a 0.8 to a 0.9 peak rating across its 3-hour-long broadcast. VH1’s LOVE & HIP HOP: HOLLYWOOD fell from a 0.9 to a 0.8. On Bravo, REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY was steady with yet another 0.5.
  • Meanwhile, on the scripted side, BETTER CALL SAUL closed out its fourth season in steady fashion Monday night. The season 4 finale of the Breaking Bad spin-off scored a 0.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 1.53 million viewers, even with its previous episode.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • SONGLAND | Universal Alternative TVS | NBC | Songwriting Competition | 11×60

Log line: The series takes an inside look at the creative process and provides one talented winner per episode the priceless opportunity to have their song recorded for a global audience by the chart-topping artists featured in their show. In each episode five songwriters will perform their original tracks in front of three top music producers and a major recording artist on an intimate soundstage. Each song’s lyrics, arrangements, beats, melody and story will be considered by the panel as producers engage in a lively discussion about ways to creatively adapt them to better fit the style and sensibility of the recording artist of the week. After the performances, the mega-recording artist will choose three songwriters to move forward to the studio and pair them each with the producer best suited to perfect their song. In the studio, the songs will take shape in unexpected ways as the songwriter and producer duos work together to win over the recording artist. In the end, a winner will be chosen and their song will be recorded and released as the top artist’s next single.

  • This is the same show we’ve been tracking at NBC for awhile now – still no word on when the show will air, but it’s into pre-production and will start shooting regularly. I plan to go to a taping.
  • MISERY INDEX | 3 Arts Entertainment | TBS | Comedy Game Show | 10×30

Log line: A new unscripted series inspired by the outrageously entertaining card game Sh*t Happens. Critically acclaimed and in-demand comedy troupe The Tenderloins — Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano — creators and stars of truTV’s Impractical Jokers, have joined the series to help infuse comic relief. The game will feature two teams — each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins. Teams will compete against each other by attempting to determine the ranking of hilarious and miserable real-life events — from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather — on a scale of 1-100. 

  • PRO TIP: Watch the link for how the original card game is played. Yes, I already ordered it for my next party.
  • Back 9 broadcast orders have started coming in for the 2018-19 season:
    • NEW AMSTERDAM – NBC – total season order: 22×60
      • First freshman drama to receive an additional order for 19-20 season
      • Fun fact: the first show to get a back nine and season 2 order during the 18-19 season was also a medical drama (THE GOOD DOCTOR – ABC)
    • THE RESIDENT – Fox – total season order: 22×60
  • Snap Inc. announced its first formal slate of original programming today, ranging from scripted mysteries and horror to docuseries from Bunim/Murray and Intellectual Property Corporation encompassing everything from teen drag stars to brothers recreating Hollywood stunts at home. The slate follows much of the same 12-24/16-24 story-bait that we’ve been seeing digital companies increasingly deploy since last year – horror anthology, coming-of-age drama, super <insert offbeat career here> (in this case, supermodels and drag personalities), and social media influencers (Stunt Brothers). It may all be moot unless one of these shows really breaks out, however. Snap’s stock took a sharp dive yesterday, with shares cratering to an all-time low of $6.84 at the closing bell yesterday.
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:

 

 

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