NFL ratings continue to grow week-over-week; Turner & Bleacher Report forced to issue customer refunds for first golf PPV event after technical glitch releases livestream for free
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||4.6/17||1.8/7||0.7/3||0.6/3||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||15.52||10.65||4.04||1.64||1.04|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Sunday, November 25, 2018
|7 p.m.||NFL Overrun (CBS)||5.5/21||23.23|
|Football Night in America (NBC)||2.4/10||8.81|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)||0.9/4||6.22|
|The Cool Kids (FOX) – R||0.4/2||1.62|
|7:30 p.m.||60 Minutes (CBS)||2.1/9||13.03|
|Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R||0.5/2||1.42|
|8 p.m.||SNF Pregame (NBC)||4.6/17||15.69|
|The Simpsons (FOX)||0.9/4||2.15|
|Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC)||0.6/3||3.97|
|Supergirl (The CW)||0.3/1||1.21|
|8:30 p.m.||NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.)||5.4/20||18.31|
|God Friended Me (CBS)||1.0/5||8.23|
|Bob’s Burgers (FOX)||0.9/4||1.98|
|9 p.m.||Shark Tank (ABC)||0.7/3||3.49|
|Family Guy (FOX) – R||0.7/3||1.64|
|Charmed (The CW)||0.2/1||0.87|
|9:30 p.m.||NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)||0.9/4||7.04|
|REL (FOX) – R||0.4/2||1.04|
|10 p.m.||Shark Tank (ABC) – R||0.5/2||2.48|
|10:30 p.m.||Madam Secretary (CBS)||0.6/3||5.02|
- As the holiday weekend wrapped up and the last of the antacids have been popped, Sunday night on broadcast was a mixed bag of football, reruns, and new episodes. Predictably, NFL landed on top; NBC’s SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is sitting at a 5.4 prelim rating, tracking slightly ahead of last week’s 5.3 initial rating (it later adjusted up to 5.8). NBC’s pre-game show is also ahead of last week, 4.6 to 4.2.
- CBS shows once again received a boost (for the most part), thanks to NFL overruns. 60 MINUTES had the largest ratings inflation, bouncing up to a 2.1 after a more typical 1.0 (without overruns) last week. That number will most certainly adjust down later in the day. Later on, GOD FRIENDED me rose two tenths from 0.8 to 1.0, while NCIS: LOS ANGELES was up a tenth this week at 0.9. MADAM SECRETARY was once again steady at 0.6.
- Without a lift from football, Fox animated comedies fell back down this week: THE SIMPSONS was down seven-tenths to 0.9, and BOB’S BURGERS dipped three-tenths, also down to 0.9. Fox took the rest of the night off.
- ABC was a mixed bag – on a high note, AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS ticked up a tenth from 0.8 to 0.9 this week, while also raking in its largest audience in two years (6.22 million). The rest of the night was down slightly; both DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIOR (0.6) and SHARK TANK (0.7) were off a tenth from last Sunday.
- On the CW, SUPERGIRL held steady at 0.3, but CHARMED dropped another tenth, earning a 0.2.
**NOTE** Cable ratings are still lagging by several days, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. As soon as they are available, I will send along with analysis.
- DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
- Whoopi Goldberg is getting into the game show business, after acquiring Romanian format WIN YOUR COUNTRY! for development in the US market. The series is a studio-based game show originally produced by Romania’s Zucchero Media for TVR2. Players compete over three rounds. Each contestant starts with a chosen territory and must “conquer” neighboring regions by answering a series of questions about that specific territory. Only then will they be able to make it to the next level where the remaining opponents try to reach each other’s territory first, leaving just one to battle for prize money in the final round. Goldberg’s production company One Hoe will develop and produce the format in partnership with 44 Blue. There are not yet any potential buyers in the US.
- PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
- In today’s MURRICAH! Moment: Jerry Spring, king of trash talk TV, is coming back to syndication in 2019, presiding over JUDGE JERRY’s court. Much like all daytime, stripped court shows, Springer (who holds a J.D. and practiced law with two firms before turning to politics and then television), will hear real cases from real people, settling disputes in a TV courtroom. I’m sure the cases will be culled from small-claims suits (also typical for daytime shows), so I find the whole thing rather shrug-worthy. More interesting to me is how competitive the 2019 syndicated lineup is looking. Several high-profile celebrities are entering the market aside from Springer, including talks shows from both RuPaul and Kelly Clarkson. The series will be produced and distributed in the U.S. by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
- BUSINESS BRIEFS:
- Amazon Studios continues to scoop up big name talent and creators; Viola Davis & Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions has signed an exclusive first look production deal with the company. While it is unclear whether the deal will sit primarily in the feature or TV space, JuVee has ramped up television development in the past year, with unscripted true crime doc series THE LAST DEFENSE (ABC), TWO SIDES (TV One), and upcoming DANDY LION, a look into the Black Dandy culture (partnered with 44 Blue, no US distribution).
- Turner and Bleacher Report hit right into a sand trap over the holiday weekend: a technical glitch in the streaming function of BR (owned by Turner) forced the company to drop a paywall previously set up for THE MATCH, featuring golf rivals Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing against each other. Billed as the first golf PPV event, THE MATCH sold as a streaming offering via Bleacher Report and as a traditional PPV telecast offered via AT&T’s DirecTV and other MVPDs including Comcast, Charter, Cox and Altice. There were no problems with the PPV delivery of the event by the linear distributors, only the livestream. Turner hoped to use the made-for-TV event to promote Bleacher Report Live as a source of live streaming sports programming, but instead is now scrambling to issue refunds after cable giant Comcast put pressure on the company. In a scathing public statement, Comcast commented, “Comcast will proactively issue a $19.99 credit to any Xfinity TV customer who purchased ‘The Match’ pay-per-view event…We hope Turner and Bleacher Report will do the same given that the event was made available by them for free on The Bleacher Report website.” I’ll be keeping an eye on the fallout from this one, as sales figures (and now refund figures) won’t be available until early next week.