DAILY DIGEST – 10.18.18

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

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 10.17.18 FOX NBC CBS ABC CW
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

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Empire (FOX) 1.6/7 5.19
  Survivor (CBS) 1.4/6 7.28
  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
  Star (FOX) 1.2/5 3.84
  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

Ratings Report:

  • 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.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
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
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 848 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

Of Note:

  • 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.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • 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.

 

 

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