SURVIVOR sinks to season low for CBS; ABC gives pilot production commitment to a new generation of NYPD BLUE; CBS ups David Nevins to Chairman of Showtime and CCO of CBS
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.4/6||1.2/5||1.0/4||1.0/4||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||4.52||7.51||5.78||4.18||0.95|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, October 17, 2018
|8 p.m.||Empire (FOX)||1.6/7||5.19|
|Chicago Med (NBC)||1.2/5||7.64|
|The Goldbergs (ABC)||1.1/5||4.89|
|Riverdale (The CW)||0.4/2||1.27|
|8:30 p.m.||American Housewife (ABC)||1.0/4||4.18|
|9 p.m.||Chicago Fire (NBC)||1.3/6||7.86|
|Modern Family (ABC)||1.3/6||4.99|
|SEAL Team (CBS)||0.8/3||5.53|
|All American (The CW)||0.2/1||0.64|
|9:30 p.m.||Single Parents (ABC)||1.0/4||3.53|
|10 p.m.||Chicago P.D. (NBC)||1.2/5||7.02|
|A Million Little Things (ABC)||0.8/3||3.34|
|Criminal Minds (CBS)||0.7/3||4.53|
- Only EMPIRE on Fox managed to gain this week, rising a tenth to 1.6 last night and once again leading Wednesday night on broadcast (CHICAGO FIRE on NBC picked up the largest audience at 7.86 million viewers). In the 9pm hour, STAR dropped a tenth from last week to earn a 1.2.
- Circling back to NBC, the all CHICAGO franchise lineup was mostly steady, although CHICAGO MED dropped a tenth to earn a 1.2 this week, while FIRE (1.3) and PD (1.2) held the same rating, although Fire’s audience shrunk 4% week-to-week.
- CBS had a depressed night with all shows, SURVIVOR (1.4), SEAL TEAM (0.8) and CRIMINAL MINDS (0.7), dropping a tenth. SURVIVOR’s 1.4 was also a season low.
- ABC’s lineup was a mixed bag of steadiness and dips. AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1.0), SINGLE PARENTS (1.0), and A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (0.8) all retained their numbers from last week, while veteran shows THE GOLDBERGS (1.1/-.2) and MODERN FAMILY (1.3/-.1) both dropped. For Goldbergs, the 1.1 is a series low.
- Finally, on CW, RIVERDALE’s second week was a bit shaky and dropped off a tenth to 0.4, while freshman drama ALL AMERICAN earned another 0.2.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, October 16, 2018
|NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/CELTICS||TNT||8:00 PM||2,945||1.4|
|NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS||TNT||10:27 PM||2,717||1.2|
|MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX||TBS||5:00 PM||4,871||1.2|
|MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 4||FOX SPORTS 1||9:02 PM||4,087||1.1|
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2545||0.9|
|INSIDE THE MLB||TBS||9:06 PM||1,997||0.5|
|MAYANS M.C.||FX||10:00 PM||1,292||0.5|
|BET HIP HOP AWARDS||BET||8:00 PM||1,052||0.5|
|INSIDE THE NBA||TNT||1:30 AM||971||0.5|
|BELOW DECK||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,217||0.5|
|CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING||MTV||9:00 PM||622||0.4|
|THE PURGE||USA||10:00 PM||1026||0.4|
|NBA TIP-OFF||TNT||7:00 PM||731||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,980||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,356||0.3|
|THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS||OWN||9:00 PM||1,715||0.3|
|THE GUEST BOOK||TBS||9:30 PM||833||0.3|
|FLIPPING OUT||BRAVO||10:00 PM||824||0.3|
|THE INGRAHAM ANGLE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,687||0.3|
|LITTLE COUPLE||TLC||8:00 PM||1,215||0.3|
|HOME ALONE||INVEST||10:00 PM||868||0.2|
|TOSH.O||COMEDY CENTRAL||10:00 PM||553||0.2|
|MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||934||0.2|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,411||0.2|
- Sports continue to dominate the cable landscape, as TNT’s broadcasts of the 76ers vs. Celtics and Thunder vs. Warriors NBA games took the top 2 spots of the night with 1.4 and 1.2 ratings in the adults 18-49 demo, respectively. Meanwhile, TBS’ broadcast of the Astros vs. Red Sox MLB playoff game rounded out the top 3 with a 1.2, followed by Fox Sports’ Dodgers vs. Brewers broadcast, which posted a 1.1 with 4.09 million viewers.
- On USA, WWE SMACKDOWN ticked up from its previous 0.7 to a 0.9. After taking a hit last week, FX’s MAYANS MC maintained a 0.5 for the second week in a row, while USA’s THE PURGE held steady with yet another 0.4. MTV’s THE CHALLENGE: THE FINAL RECKONING fell back down from a 0.5 to a 0.4.
- DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
- MGM has teamed with Australian indie studio Eureka to develop a local version of Facebook Watch prank show YOU KIDDIN’ ME?! Starring Kim Kardashian West. While the local version needs to find its own version of the ‘famous for being famous’ West, the show itself will follow the same format as the Facebook version. In the US version, celeb’s children are in charge and must get celebrities to do everything they say. The first four episodes can be found HERE.
- Say ‘goodbye’ to prison, ladies: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK will fade to black after Season 7, due to hit Netflix in the summer of 2019. Good – the show had incredible storylines through the first three seasons, but was beginning to show wear and tear in season six, before regaining some of its old heat in season 6. The performances have been incredible, but the show has definitely run its course.
- PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
- SINGLE PARENTS on ABC has been given a back 9 order, the first of any new comedy for the 2018-19 broadcast season. Through its first three episodes, Single Parents is averaging a 1.6 adults 18-49 Live+3 rating and 5.6 million viewers.
- MANIFEST, the highest rated new drama of 2018 hasn’t gotten a back 9, but NBC has ordered 3 more episodes, bringing the total count up to 16 for the first year.
- NYPD BLUE is staging a comeback…sort of. ABC is reviving the iconic cop drama in a new way, with Detective Andy Sipowicz’s son as the main lead. So far the series has a pilot production commitment, but with co-funding from 20th Century and ABC Studios, and Blue alums Matt Olmsted, Nick Wootton, and Jesse Bochco at the helm, this is the kind of drama that will probably go all the way to a series order in this bloated climate of revivals and reboots. Casting is already underway for the lead role of Theo (Sipowicz’s son).
- BUSINESS BRIEFS:
- David Nevins, CEO of Showtime Networks has had his oversight dramatically increased today, after being promoted to not only chairman of Showtime Networks Inc, but also named the new Chief Creative Officer for CBS, overseeing CBS TV Studios, CBS TV Network entertainment division, and programming for CBS All Access.