THE VOICE ticks back up after holiday slump; cable ratings slowly trickling in; Critical Content acquires assets of T Group
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.4/5||1.2/5||1.1/5||0.7/3||0.4/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||8.19||5.6||6.07||4.82||1.15|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Monday, November 26, 2018
|8 p.m.||The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.)||1.6/6||9.3|
|The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P||1.1/5||5.39|
|The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R||1.0/5||6.47|
|The Resident (FOX)||0.9/4||5.15|
|Arrow (The CW)||0.4/2||1.32|
|8:30 p.m.||The Neighborhood (CBS) – R||0.8/3||4.83|
|9 p.m.||9-1-1 (FOX)||1.4/5||6.05|
|Magnum P.I. (CBS) – R||0.6/3||4.06|
|DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)||0.3/1||0.99|
|10 p.m.||The Good Doctor (ABC)||1.2/5||7.43|
|Bull (CBS) – R||0.5/2||4.77|
- NBC led the primetime pack once again on Monday. THE VOICE bounced back two tenths from last week, up to a 1.6 last night. The fall finale of MANIFEST followed at a steady 1.1 for a third week in a row.
- On ABC, the perennial favorite THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT premiered to a solid 1.1 in 18-49s (up a tenth from its season premiere last year) and 5.39 million viewers overall, while THE GOOD DOCTOR also rose a tenth this week, up to 1.2. However, due to the network’s NFL preemptions in the Houston and Nashville markets, ratings for both shows will likely adjust down in the finals.
- Fox had a solid night: THE RESIDENT put up a steady 0.9 while capturing 5.15 million viewers, a season high. Ryan Murphy’s 911 finished its fall run two tenths up from last week, coming in at 1.4.
- The CW’s ARROW was up a tenth week-to-week at 0.4, while LEGENDS OF TOMORROW put up its usual 0.3.
- CBS took the night off, although a rerun of BIG BANG THEORY grabbed the third largest audience of the night, at 6.47 million viewers.
**Cable ratings have started trickling in; there may be
a few days of double ratings as everyone catches up**
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Wednesday, November 21, 2018
|NBA REGULAR SEASON – LA LAKERS/CLEVELAND||ESPN||8:12 PM||3,690||1.4|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON – OKLAHOMA CITY/GOLDEN STATE||ESPN||10:43 PM||2,890||1.2|
|NBA COURTSIDE||ESPN||8:00 PM||2,434||0.9|
|NBA AFTER THE BUZZER||ESPN||12:56 AM||1,925||0.8|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON – DUKE/GONZAGA||ESPN||5:00 PM||2,296||0.7|
|NBA PRE-GAME||ESPN||7:12 PM||1,773||0.7|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:11 AM||1,345||0.6|
|HALLMARK ORIGINAL MOVIE: REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS||HALLMARK||8:00 PM||2,958||0.5|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||911||0.4|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ||BRAVO||9:00 PM||923||0.4|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,148||0.3|
|PAW PATROL||NICKELODEON||12:00 PM||1,407||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,370||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,338||0.3|
|PROP BROS: BUY AND SELL||HOME||9:00 PM||1,412||0.2|
|BUTTERBEANS CAFE||NICKELODEON||12:30 PM||1,066||0.2|
|TEEN TITANS GO||CARTOON||6:00 PM||865||0.2|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS||BRAVO||10:00 PM||629||0.2|
|DOUBLE DARE||NICKELODEON||8:00 PM||901||0.2|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD||ESPN||4:29 PM||655||0.2|
|FIRST TAKE||ESPN||10:00 AM||508||0.2|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON – MARQUETTE/KANSAS||ESPN2||7:32 PM||784||0.2|
|KNIFE OR DEATH||HISTORY||10:03 PM||675||0.2|
- NBA action easily topped cable on Wednesday, with ESPN’s broadcast of the LA Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game scoring a 1.4 among 18-49 adults and 3.7 million viewers. The Oklahoma City Thunder game against the Golden State Warriors followed suit with a 1.2 rating, and ESPN’s tip-off show NBA COURTSIDE was close behind with 0.9. It was a great night overall for ESPN; the channel took the top seven slots on the list (ranging from 1.4 to 0.6), with four more shows and live game broadcasts also taking spots elsewhere in the top 25, earning 0.4s-0.2s.
- The march of sports was only stopped by Hallmark’s nonstop overly sentimental Christmas-movie machine; an airing of REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS slipped into number 8 with a 0.5 rating and 2.96 million viewers (in fact, the second largest audience of the night behind the LA/Cleveland game).
- Elsewhere, it was mostly a case of series maintaining their ratings, even as their ranking was displaced by basketball. History’s FORGED IN THE FIRE (0.3), Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY (0.4) and SHATTERED (0.4) on Investigation Discovery all maintained their same numbers from last week.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Thursday, November 22, 2018
|HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE||HALLMARK||8:00 PM||3,266||0.5|
|FIRST TAKE||ESPN||10:00 AM||764||0.3|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – OLE MISS/MISSISSIPPI STATE||ESPN||7:24 PM||1,120||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||12:00 AM||646||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:00 AM||594||0.2|
|LIVE PD PRESENTS: PD CAM||A&E||10:32 PM||763||0.2|
|GET UP||ESPN||8:00 AM||549||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER AM||ESPN||7:00 AM||447||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||451||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER LATE||ESPN||10:38 PM||517||0.2|
|LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL – NORTH CAROLINA/TEXAS||FOX SPORTS||7:30 PM||674||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER AM||ESPN||12:00 PM||446||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||9:00 PM||789||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||9:30 PM||878||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||964||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||8:30 PM||687||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||966||0.2|
|NFL GAMEDAY MORNING: THANKSGIVING EDITION||NFL NETWORK||10:00 AM||533||0.2|
|FOX AND FRIENDS||FOX NEWS||8:00 AM||1,846||0.2|
|JUSTICE LEAGUE||HBO||11:45 AM||376||0.2|
|COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: THE HANGOVER PART 2||COMEDY||10:00 PM||331||0.2|
|ORIGINAL MOVIE PREM: THE CHRISTMAS CONTRACT||LIFETIME||8:00 PM||814||0.2|
|JUSTICE LEAGUE||HBO||11:48 PM||334||0.1|
|BEAT B. FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||574||0.1|
|LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL – UCLA/MICHIGAN ST||FOX SPORTS||10:16 PM||428||0.1|
- Predictably, Thanksgiving was an extremely quiet one on cable, with the top spot going to Hallmark’s CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE at 0.5 in 18-49s, and 3.27 million viewers.
- In the number two and three spots was ESPN; FIRST TAKE came in second at a 0.3, while a live broadcast of college football (Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State) closely followed, also at a 0.3.
- The rest of the list was littered with a passel of HOUSEHUNTERS, Food Network shows, and, of course, more sports, mostly putting up 0.2s and 0.1s.
- DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
- Australian independent producer Essential Media Group and daredevil performer Bello Nock have teamed up to develop and produce VOLCANO WALK LIVE (guess what the program is about). As currently developed, the program is a 3-hour live event, culminating in Nock tightrope walking over one of the world’s most active volcanoes. An exact location for the stunt will be decided closer to the event date (currently targeted for late 2019) and Essential is out wide in the US for network attachments, with active conversations, but nothing close to the finish line yet.
- BUSINESS BRIEFS:
- Independent producer Critical Content has announced that it recently closed a deal to acquire all assets of Jenny Daly’s T-Group. Daly will come with the move, and has been named President of Critical Content Studios, where she will oversee day-to-day management of development and production of the combined Critical Content and T Group slates.
- CBS is planning a major mid-season push for unscripted series, announcing start dates for much-hyped THE WORLD’S BEST, MILLION DOLLAR MILE, and BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION. World’s Best gets the plum premiere spot, debuting after the Super Bowl on 3 February, before moving to a spot behind SURVIVOR later on. Following Best’s completion mid-March, MILLION DOLLAR MILE, hosted by Tim Tebow will take over the timeslot. BB Celebrity will have an abbreviated and near-daily primetime run leading up to the Super Bowl, and will bow 21 January. It’ll be fun to watch CBS ratings for Wednesday through the summer, as they plan to stick with an all-unscripted programming strategy for the night throughout 2019.
- Beating CBS to the unscripted punch, however, is NBC – AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS premieres 7 January, season two of Ellen’s widely popular GAME OF GAMES on 8 January, and THE TITAN GAMES with Dwayne Johnson will bow 9 January. Only TITAN GAMES will go head-to-head with CBS’ new programming block, where the end of its initial run overlaps with the start of MILLION DOLLAR MILE. I caught the first promo for the block on TV last night, and the Dwayne Johnson/Ellen Degeneres one-two charm combo is hard to deny (as is the uncomfortable hilarity of musical curmudgeon Simon Cowell awkwardly standing as far away as he can from the other two without being out of the shot). Check it out HERE.