DAILY DIGEST – 11.8.18

Broadcast primetime shows bounce back one week post-Halloween; ABC and CW hand out multiple Back 9 orders

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 11.7.18 FOX NBC CBS ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.2/5 1.1/5 1.1/5 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.37 7.83 5.93 4.42 1.07

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.6/7 7.64
  Empire (FOX) 1.5/6 5.02
  The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.3/6 5.11
  Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/5 8.4
  Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.36
       
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.1/5 4.45
       
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.4/6 5.43
  Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.3/6 8.23
  Star (FOX) 1.1/5 3.73
  SEAL Team (CBS) 0.9/4 5.63
  All American (The CW) 0.3/1 0.78
       
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 1.0/5 3.84
       
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5 6.88
  Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.8/3 4.53
  A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.7/3 3.28

Ratings Report:

  • Across the board, most primetime shows bounced up this week after (predictably) low viewership on Halloween last Wednesday. CBS’ SURVIVOR won the night overall at 1.6 in 18-49s, up three tenths from last week, while SEAL TEAM (0.9) and CRIMINAL MINDS (0.8) each ticked up as well, tying current season highs.
  • NBC remains the most-watched network on Wednesdays, however, based on the strength of its CHICAGO franchise line-up. MED (1.2) and FIRE (1.3) were both up a tenth while PD was even yet again at 1.1.
  • ABC comedies saw the biggest week-to-week gains; THE GOLDBERGS (1.3) rose three tenths, and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1.1) and MODERN FAMILY (1.4) were both up two tenths apiece. Freshman comedy SINGLE PARENTS grew a tenth to 1.0 this week. However, A MILLION LITTLE THINGS slid a tenth after five straight 0.8 weeks to 0.7, a new season low for the young drama.
  • Fox dramas were similarly up; EMPIRE (1.3) and STAR (1.2) both rose three and two tenths respectively, while on the CW, RIVERDALE returned after a week off and down a tenth from 0.5 to 0.4, while ALL AMERICAN held steady at 0.3.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 9:00 PM 5,410 2.0
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:00 PM 5,064 1.9
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 4,737 1.6
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 7,912 1.4
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 8,071 1.4
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 11:00 PM 3,702 1.3
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/KENTUCKY ESPN 9:58 PM 2,849 1.2
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 7,370 1.2
CFP RANKINGS SHOW L ESPN 9:26 PM 2,892 1.2
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 7:00 PM 3,420 1.1
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 6,048 1
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 5,621 0.9
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS MSNBC 8:00 PM 4,657 0.8
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – MICHIGAN STATE/KANSAS ESPN 7:00 PM 1,996 0.8
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 2,253 0.8
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 6:00 PM 2,563 0.7
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,088 0.7
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 12:00 AM 3,762 0.6
AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 4,059 0.5
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,318 0.5
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 1,306 0.5
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 1:00 AM 1,530 0.5
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS MSNBC 6:00 PM 3,016 0.5
ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 5:00 PM 1,995 0.5
MSNBC ELECTION COVERAGE: 2018 MIDTERMS MSNBC 12:00 AM 2,531 0.4

Of Note:

  • Unsurprisingly, cable news dominated Tuesday, as Americans watched the Midterm Elections (aka The Year of Mixed Results & Wider Divides). CNN edged Fox News for the top ratings, sweeping all three of the top spots with a peak 2.0 to 1.6, while Fox News’ AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ peaked at 1.4 in 18-49. Audience wise, hour-to-hour Fox News still captured the larger audience, nearly double those watching CNN. I took a closer look at the demo breaks for news and CNN dominated in the 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54 age demos (the spreads were anywhere from .2 – .7 tenths different), but Fox News was waaaaay ahead in 50+ (in the 9pm hour alone, the 50+ demo on Fox was a full three points ahead of CNN).
  • In non-election coverage, ESPN’s broadcast of the Duke versus Kentucky NCAA basketball game was the highest rated program of the night, coming in at 1.2 in the 18-49 demo and 2.85 million viewers. USA’s WWE SMACKDOWN was steady at 0.7.
  • And in scripted cable, FX’s MAYANS MC (0.5) and USA’s THE PURGE (0.4) also closed out their first seasons in steady fashion, and maintained the same ratings as their previous episodes.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA | Political Drama | Limited Series (6×60) | HBO

Log line: Based on the praised Philip Roth novel, the miniseries imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.

  • Annapurna Pictures will produce and handle WW rights
  • ABC has commissioned additional episodes of comedies THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT and SPLITTING UP TOGETHER. Kids, one of the best received new shows on ABC’s schedule received a traditional Back 9, bringing its freshman season up to 22 episodes, while sophomore comedy Splitting will produce five more episodes, bringing its season two order to 18.
  • CW is also handing out additional orders: both LEGACIES and ALL AMERICAN will produce an additional three episodes each, bringing their freshman seasons up to 16, while CHARMED received a Back 9, bringing its episode count to 22 for its first season.
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • In a revamp of its Thursday night block, NBC will premiere the newest season of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (moving over after its Fox cancelation) on 10 January in the 9pm timeslot currently held by Will & Grace. Dwayne Johnson’s new competition reality series THE TITAN GAMES will take over the 8pm slot as on 3 January, while The Good Place moves to 9:30, the place currently held by freshman comedy I Feel Bad. The lukewarm single-cam series will finish its initial 13-episode run without a back order.

 

 

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