THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL rebounds in Week 8; Netflix continues its campaign of cancelations; Megyn Kelly out of TODAY
|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
|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|
|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|
|How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)||0.7/3||3.05|
- 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.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, October 24, 2018
|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|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:15 AM||555||0.3|
- 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).
- 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.