DAILY DIGEST – 11.14.18

THIS IS US ties series low; THE CONNERS continues to tumble without Roseanne; MTV revives SPRING BREAK in live event programming expansion for 2019

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

TUESDAY, 11.13.18 NBC CBS ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/7 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.77 9.66 4.41 2.37 1.33

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 1.6/7 8.8
  The Conners (ABC) 1.5/7 6.9
  NCIS (CBS) 1.4/6 12.33
  The Gifted (FOX) 0.6/3 1.97
  The Flash (The CW) 0.6/3 1.71
       
8:30 p.m. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) 1.0/5 4.7
       
9 p.m. This is Us (NBC) 2.0/8 8.46
  FBI (CBS) 1.1/5 9.12
  Black-ish (ABC) 1.0/5 4.06
  Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.6/3 2.78
  Black Lightning (The CW) 0.3/1 0.94
       
9:30 p.m. Splitting Up Together (ABC) 0.7/3 2.89
       
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (NBC) 1.1/5 6.05
  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.9/4 7.54
  The Rookie (ABC) 0.7/3 3.96

Ratings Report:

  • Most broadcast shows suffered a bit of a ratings hangover after Midterm Election coverage last week; almost all programming returned from the week off down from their last episodes.
  • Starting with NBC, which once again took the night overall, also scored the highest individual rating of the night with THIS IS US at 2.0 in the 18-49 demo – good for the network, but the 2.0 ties a series low for the third-season drama. NEW AMSTERDAM was also down, dropping two tenths from its last episode to score a 1.1 this time around. Only THE VOICE at 8pm matched ratings from last week, once again earning a 1.6.
  • CBS trailed behind NBC in the number two position overall, and the only network to experience any ratings growth this week. Both NCIS (1.4) and FBI (1.1) grew by a tenth (for NCIS, the 1.4 ties a season high), while NCIS: NEW ORLEANS maintained its 0.9 rating.
  • ABC keeps taking the biggest week to week hits on its primetime programming. THE CONNERS sank to a new season low of 1.5, three tenths down from its last episode (and think this show will quietly go away after its run this season). THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT also dropped three tenths, scoring a 1.0 this week, while SPLITTING UP TOGETHER slipped two tenths to 0.7. Both BLACK-ISH (1.0) and THE ROOKIE (0.7) were down one tenth apiece.
  • Similarly, on Fox, both LETHAL WEAPON (0.6) and THE GIFTED (0.6) were down a tenth, while on The CW BLACK LIGHTNING hung on to its 0.3 rating, while THE FLASH continued to falter, dropping a tenth to 0.6 this week.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Monday, November 12, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NFL REGULAR SEASON – NY GIANTS/SAN FRANCISCO ESPN 8:14 PM 10,501 3.5
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN 8:00 PM 4,585 1.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:25 PM 2,923 1.1
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 8:00 PM 1,995 1.0
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,761 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,446 0.8
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,142 0.8
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,446 0.6
T.I. & TINY: FAMILY HUSTLE VH1 9:00 PM 1,211 0.6
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN L ESPN 6:00 PM 1,343 0.5
TEEN MOM MTV 9:00 PM 910 0.5
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,987 0.5
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION FOOD 9:00 PM 1,653 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:30 AM 818 0.4
STREET OUTLAWS: MEMPHIS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,032 0.4
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 962 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HOME 9:00 PM 1,355 0.3
BUTTERBEANS CAFE NICKELODEON 1:00 PM 1,278 0.3
CHRISTMAS COOKIE CHALLENGE FOOD 10:00 PM 1,133 0.3
TEEN MOM: YOUNG & PREG MTV 10:01 PM 556 0.3
PEOPLE MAG INVESTIGATES INVEST 10:00 PM 1,003 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 1,472 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,879 0.3
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 692 0.3
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 667 0.3

Of Note:

  • ESPN once again captured all three top spots in cable ratings on Monday, thanks to a live broadcast of MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. The Giants versus 49ers game scored a 3.5 in the 18-49 key demo and 10.5 million viewers, down four tenths from last week. As usual, ESPN’s pre-game special (1.5) and late night SPORTSCENTER (1.1) came in second and third.
  • Elsewhere on cable, WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW on USA maintained its 0.9 peak rating for a second week in a row, while LOVE & HIP HOP: HOLLYWOOD was down slightly for VH1, earning a 1.0 on Monday.
  • MTV’s TEEN MOM posted another steady 0.5, while spin-off show TEEN MOM: YOUNG AND PREGNANT captured a 0.3. Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY ticked up a tenth, earning a 0.6 this week.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • MTV is continuing its live-event push for 2019, today announcing that they’ll bring back SPRING BREAK to the lineup March 19-21 of next year. Similar to its previous iteration in the 90s through 2005, the raucous multi-day live event features celebrity guests, music performances, and thousands of college aged humans partying and dancing in swimwear. New for the “woke” age, MTV will also host an alternative Spring Break for those who want to go on activacations…I mean, young activists who want to use their time to give back.
  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • Just an aside on the ongoing horror series that is AMERICA: THE TV SHOW! As I’m sure you’ve read, CNN’s Jim Acosta has had his White House press pass pulled after a verbal altercation during a press conference with Chief Pissant Trump, and CNN responded in kind with a lawsuit to reinstate his access, citing the First Amendment as his right to access. Unsurprisingly, several news organizations and outlets (among them AP, NBC, Politico, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post) announced that they are filing friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of CNN’s suit. Much more surprisingly, Fox News (aka Trump Propaganda News) supports CNN, with Fox News president Jay Wallace stating, “Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential…Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized.” What this does to Fox News’ ratings and viewership remains a mystery (although I’ve already read plenty of comments by Americans disappointed by the channel DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION), but it genuinely disturbs me what this could mean for the US, should the suit not be upheld. The country’s new motto could be, “America! Land of the fascist, home of the brute.”

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