DAILY DIGEST – 11.1.18

STAR slumps to series-low on a mostly down Halloween for primetime; Kobe Bryant unveils first slate of youth-athlete scripted projects and books; Amazon Studios scoops up more A+ talent, signing first-look deal with Oscar winner Barry Jenkins

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 10.31.18 NBC FOX CBS ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.9/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.52 3.8 5.62 4.19 0.66

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.3/6 7.07
  Empire (FOX) 1.2/5 4.21
  Chicago Med (NBC) 1.1/5 7.69
  The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.0/5 4.78
  Charmed (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.74
       
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 0.9/4 4.16
       
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/5 7.91
  Modern Family (ABC) 1.2/5 5
  Star (FOX) 0.9/4 3.38
  SEAL Team (CBS) 0.8/3 5.41
  Legacies (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.58
       
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.9/4 3.72
       
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5 6.95
  A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.31
  Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.39

Ratings Report:

  • It was a down night for broadcast, as Halloween predictably took most of the viewing audience away to trick-or-treat and party, instead of watch their usual shows. Most everything took a noticeable hit, with Fox hardest hit. STAR suffered a series low 0.9, while earlier in the evening, EMPIRE took a four-tenths hit, earning a 1.2 in 18-49s this week.
  • NBC’s CHICAGO franchise lineup all dropped; CHICAGO MED (1.1), CHICAGO FIRE (1.2) and CHICAGO PD (1.1) were down by two and one tenth, respectively, but FIRE and PD won their timeslots, giving NBC a tie win with Fox for the night.
  • Just behind Fox and NBC was a mostly steady CBS. SURVIVOR fell by two tenths to hit 1.3 this week, but both SEAL TEAM (0.8) and CRIMINAL MINDS (0.7) were steady with last week’s numbers.
  • ABC’s lineup of comedies all fell this week; THE GOLDBERGS (1.0), AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (0.9) and MODERN FAMILY (0.9) all slipped by two tenths or more, while SINGLE PARENTS (0.9) dropped a tenth. A MILLION LITTLE THINGS managed to hold on to its 0.8 for a third week in a row.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,110 0.7
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 9:00 PM 788 0.5
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 1,231 0.5
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,386 0.5
THE PURGE USA 10:00 PM 917 0.4
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,127 0.4
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 1,827 0.3
CFP RANKINGS SHOW ESPN 7:00 PM 927 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,019 0.3
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY: BASKETBALL: A LOVE STORY – EPISODE 8 ESPN 10:00 PM 730 0.3
INK MASTER PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 669 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 975 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,952 0.3
THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,718 0.3
THE GUEST BOOK TBS 10:30 PM 866 0.3
TOSH.O COMEDY CENTRAL 10:00 PM 552 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 809 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 593 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 628 0.3
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY: BASKETBALL: A LOVE STORY – EPISODE 7 ESPN 8:00 PM 648 0.3
FLIPPING OUT BRAVO 10:00 PM 780 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,282 0.3
THE FIVE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,759 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,212 0.2
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 1,209 0.2

Of Note:

  • WWE SMACKDOWN held onto the top spot of the night in the Tuesday cable ratings this week, earning a steady 0.7 once again this week. MTV’s THE CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING took the number two spot, also even with its 0.5 rating last week. FX’s MAYANS M.C. rounded out the top 3 of the night, also steady with a 0.5.
  • THE PURGE on USA bounced back this week, ticking back up one-tenth to a 0.5, while OWN’s THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS maintained its previous 0.3. On TBS, THE GUEST BOOK scored a 0.3, matching its season premiere from a week ago.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • DOLCE VITA | eOne, Mediaset, De Laurentiis Co. | Period Drama/True Crime

Log line: Based on Death and Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s by Stephen Gundle, the series will follow a murder investigation that rocked Italy and portrays Rome as a city of romance, luxury, and glamour…as well as carnal crime, sex, drugs, corruption, and cover ups.

  • Tom Fontana has written the pilot, Barry Levinson will produce via Levinson/Fontana Company
  • Oliver Stone will direct the pilot and executive produce the series
  • eOne controls and handles WW rights
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • Retired LA Laker Kobe Bryant has unveiled his first slate of projects via his label Granity Studios, a multi-platform media entity that covers publishing, film, television, animation, and online content. The broad strokes of the opening slate follow the ex-basketball star’s vision of creating content for the 8-12 and YA markets, with largely athletic and diverse protagonists overcoming obstacles to become the best versions of themselves. The initial slate is largely derivative (unfortunately) and in my opinion lacks the imagination, multi-layered, and thoughtful approach that LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment has shown over the last year. More information on the slate HERE.
    • Amazon Studios has signed a first-look deal with Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) to develop television series for Prime Video. The deal (officially with Jenkins’ Pastel banner) is an expansion of the studio’s previous relationship with the director, who is directing all episodes of the limited series THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.

 

 

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