DAILY DIGEST – 10.26.18

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL rebounds in Week 8; Netflix continues its campaign of cancelations; Megyn Kelly out of TODAY

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

THURSDAY, 10.25.18 FOX CBS ABC NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.6/11 1.2/5 1.1/5 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.95 8.62 5.27 3.06 1.28

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. NFL Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 2.6/11 8.95
  The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.2/10 12.71
  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.5/7 6.51
  Superstore (NBC) 0.9/4 3.06
  Supernatural (The CW) 0.3/1 1.36
       
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.7/7 10.89
  The Good Place (NBC) 0.8/3 2.69
       
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.2/5 8.05
  Station 19 (ABC) 0.9/4 5.02
  Will & Grace (NBC) 0.9/4 3.25
  Legacies (The CW) – P 0.3/1 1.2
       
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) 0.8/3 6.09
  I Feel Bad (NBC) 0.5/2 2.14
       
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.9/4 4.16
  S.W.A.T. (CBS) 0.7/3 5.34
  How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.7/3 3.05

Ratings Report:

  • FOX led the night again with its broadcast of the Dolphins vs. Texans THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game, which posted an early 2.6 average, up five-tenths from the 2.1 preliminary that last week’s TNF broadcast posted (before adjusting up to a 2.8 in the finals).
  • CBS followed behind Fox, with BIG BANG THEORY inching up a tenth over last week to earn a 2.2, while YOUNG SHELDON (1.7) and SWAT (0.7) both stayed steady. MOM (1.2) and MURPHY BROWN (0.8) both fell by a tenth – Mom will be fine, but the continuing downslide of the MB reboot does not bode well for its future.
  • On NBC, SUPERSTORE (0.9), THE GOOD PLACE (0.8), and WILL & GRACE (0.9) were all even with what they had scored a week ago. “I Feel Bad” (0.5) and LAW & ORDER: SVU (0.9) each ticked down a tenth.
  • After taking a week off, ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY (1.5) returned even with its last episode. STATION 19 (0.9) followed it by ticking up a tenth, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER maintained its previous 0.7.
  • It was a slow night for the CW, as SUPERNATURAL tied a series low at 0.3. The downturn affected the premiere of Originals spinoff LEGACIES, which earned an anemic 0.3 in its series premiere.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 1,848 0.9
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/MILWAUKEE ESPN 9:50 PM 1,202 0.6
BLACK INK CREW VH1 10:01 PM 1,038 0.5
NBA REGULAR SEASON – DALLAS/ATLANTA ESPN 7:13 PM 1,085 0.5
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN 12:10 AM 929 0.5
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 7:00 PM 749 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:25 AM 771 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,232 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,044 0.3
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,153 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,551 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 854 0.3
FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 863 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,459 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,704 0.3
THE FIVE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 3,062 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 809 0.3
ARE YOU THE ONE MTV 10:00 PM 483 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,367 0.3
THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,856 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 589 0.3
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 1,276 0.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRAVO 9:00 PM 673 0.3
SHATTERED INVEST 10:00 PM 1,165 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:15 AM 555 0.3

Of Note:

  • It was a fairly steady night in the Wednesday cable ratings this week. FX’s AHS: APOCALYPSE beat some live NBA coverage for the top spot of the night with a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49, even with what it had scored a week ago. ESPN came second with its broadcast of the 76ers vs. Bucks basketball game, which posted a 0.6 and 1.20 million viewers. The network’s broadcast of the earlier Mavericks vs. Hawks game (0.5) placed a little lower.
  • Elsewhere, VH1’s BLACK INK CREW managed to tick back up one-tenth from its previous 0.4 to a 0.5, good enough to round out the top three.
  • With bombs being mailed to top Trump critics, cable news predictably took over most of the cable ratings on Wednesday. While it is no surprise that walking hate pustule Hannity topped the field with a 0.3 in 18-49/3.23 million viewers, CNN’s CUOMO PRIME TIME edged out MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in the 9pm our (Maddow’s audience was still about double of Cuomo’s, however).

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • Netflix continues to bring the axe down on its original programming; AMERICAN VANDAL is the latest victim, canceled by the streamer after two seasons. While the first season of the true-crime satire was highly praised, the second season failed to keep the same momentum. CBS TV Studios is fielding potential offers to shift the comedy elsewhere, but no news yet as to who might win out. Considering the tone, I’d guess Fox, FXX, TBS, and Amazon are the most likely suspects to pick up the show, although CBS All Access could benefit from more comedy and CBSTVS is its sister studio, after all.
    • Megyn Kelly is figuring out that one can’t wallpaper over racist remarks with a simple, “I’m sorry” and a bat of the eyelashes. The former Fox “News” personality has been given the boot right off the Today show after her gobsmackingly tone-deaf comments about blackface earlier this week. Kelly will most likely be replaced in the 9am hour by Al Roker.

 

 

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