DAILY DIGEST – 11.29.18

NBC grabs largest audience of the night, thanks to Christmas specials, while SURVIVOR takes the top rating in key demo; Fremantle’s UK unit Thames scores commission for 8-part dating format BAEWATCH

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 11.28.18 FOX CBS NBC ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.2/5 1.1/5 1.0/5 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.36 6.07 7.03 4.08 1.02

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) 1.6/7 7.56
  Empire (FOX) 1.5/7 5.05
  Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.3/6 8.38
  The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.2/5 4.96
  Riverdale (The CW) 0.5/2 1.28
       
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.0/5 4.36
       
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.3/6 4.82
  Star (FOX) 1.1/5 3.67
  All American (The CW) 0.3/1 0.77
       
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.9/4 3.4
       
10 p.m. A Legendary Christmas (NBC) – S 0.8/3 4.35
  A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.8/3 3.47
  Magnum P.I. (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.1

Ratings Report:

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…specials. NBC managed to eke out a win in overall viewers for the night, thanks to CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER (8.38 million viewers) and A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN & CHRISSY (4.35 million + tied for the highest rated show at 10pm, earning a 0.8 in adults 18-49). Rockefeller’s rating, although on the highest of the night at 1.3, is still off four tenths from 2017, when it earned a 1.7.
  • Back to Fox, the typical ratings winner for Wednesday, and last night was no exception. EMPIRE returned after a week off to a 1.5, up a tenth from two weeks ago, while STAR maintained a steady 1.1.
  • On CBS, a 2-hour SURVIVOR grew three tenths to a 1.6, good enough to become the overall emo winner of the night, while on the CW, RIVERDALE returned after a week off up a tenth to 0.5, and ALL AMERICAN followed it up with a rock solid 0.3 for another week.
  • ABC comedies, on the other hand, had a depressed night: THE GOLDBERGS (1.2), AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1.0), MODERN FAMILY (1.3) and SINGLE PARENTS (0.9) were all down a tenth after taking off for Thanksgiving. A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, conversely, rose a tenth from 0.7 to 0.8.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,264 0.8
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 9:00 PM 3,408 0.8
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,673 0.7
COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:07 PM 1,590 0.6
CHALLENGE: RECKONING REUNION MTV 9:00 PM 686 0.5
COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON – MICHIGAN ST/LOUISVILLE ESPN 7:30 PM 1,491 0.4
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 730 0.4
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND BEHIND DIG HISTORY 8:30 PM 1,801 0.4
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 1,118 0.4
CFP RANKINGS SHOW ESPN 7:00 PM 1,046 0.4
NIGHT THAT DIDN’T END INVESTIGATION 11:00 PM 1,139 0.4
GUEST BOOK, THE TBS 10:30 PM 1,004 0.3
LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY A&E 9:00 PM 965 0.3
BODY CAM INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,337 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,315 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:50 PM 768 0.3
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT SWIM 12:45 AM 622 0.3
INK MASTER PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 718 0.3
BROTHERS IN ARMS HISTORY 10:03 PM 1,006 0.3
WELCOME TO MURDERTOWN INVESTIGATION 9:00 PM 1,133 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,340 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,188 0.3
LITTLE COUPLE TLC 9:00 PM 1,458 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 800 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,260 0.3

Of Note:

  • Without professional sports broadcasting on cable, WWE SMACKDOWN on USA regained the top spot, barely beating out History’s CURSE OF OAK ISLAND. Both shows earned a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic, with five-hundredths of a point separating the two. Oak Island, by far, had the larger audience, however: 3.4 million to 2.3 million. Rounding out the top three was Bravo’s BELOW DECK, which rose up two tenths this week to score a 0.7.
  • College basketball, in a rare ratings letdown, didn’t climb into top three, instead resting at a 0.6 and 0.4 for the night’s lineup of games.
  • Elsewhere on the list, CHALLENGE: RECKONING REUNION on MTV held on to a 0.5, in line with other Challenge seasons, and WELCOME TO MURDERTOWN on Investigation Discovery continued its 0.3 streak and average of around 1.0-1.1 million viewers each week.

 

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Monday, November 26, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
NFL REGULAR SEASON – TENNESSEE/HOUSTON ESPN 8:14 PM 9,735 3.1
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN 8:00 PM 3,962 1.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:09 PM 2,749 1.1
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 8:00 PM 1,853 1.0
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,612 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,382 0.8
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,111 0.7
TEEN MOM MTV 9:00 PM 1,055 0.6
T.I. & TINY: FAMILY HUSTLE VH1 9:01 PM 1,129 0.5
AMC CELEBRATES: ELF AMC 7:00 PM 1,220 0.5
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 6:00 PM 1,132 0.4
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION FOOD 9:00 PM 1,603 0.4
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 685 0.4
STREET OUTLAWS: MEMPHIS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 982 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:30 AM 775 0.3
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT SWIM 12:45 AM 598 0.3
CHRISTMAS COOKIE CHALLENGE FOOD 10:00 PM 1,241 0.3
TEEN MOM: YOUNG AND PREGNANT MTV 10:01 PM 563 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 887 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,538 0.3
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HOME 9:00 PM 1,290 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,624 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,305 0.3
PEOPLE MAG INVESTIGATES INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,024 0.2
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,193 0.2

Of Note:

  • MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL predictably took over the top of cable ratings this week; the Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans game pulled a 3.1 in the 18-49 demo, about 2 points ahead of the pre-game MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF (1.2/#2) and late night SPORTSCENTER (1.1/#3). However, this week’s game was down 2.5 points from last week.
  • Aside from football boxing out the rest of the competition for the top slots, LOVE AND HIP HOP Season 9 premiere to a 1.0, a tenth up from last season’s finale, while USA’s WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW took the four, five, and six spots on the list for its 3-hour broadcast, peaking in the first hour at a 0.9 rating.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • Fremantle’s UK production unit Thames is going to BAEWATCH (yup, you read that correctly). The newly commissioned eight-part unscripted series sounds like the kind of train wreck viewers just can’t get enough of: Each self-contained episode flies an unknowing couple to a luxury villa where they believe they are taking part in a gameshow where they will be challenged to prove how strong their relationship is. In reality, every awkward PDA and squabble is being remotely monitored by their in-laws who will set entertaining challenges and questions in order to find out all they can about their beloved child’s partner. But wait, there’s more! The series has both sets of parents meet up to discuss their offspring’s relationship before finally surprising the blissfully unaware couple face-to-face.  Then everyone is forced to watch the footage together. Executive producers for the show are proudly lauding the format’s excess of cringe-worthy moments; there is no part of this format that seems at all redemptive and anything other than mean-spirited. Pardon me while I go take a shower with steel wool.
  • A LITTLE EXTRA:
    • This is a film story, but one truly worth the read just for the sheer batshit insanity of it: director of the upcoming VICE (starring Christian Bale as former VP Dick Cheney), Adam McKay talks about having a heart attack shortly after wrapping principal photography, and how actual footage of his attack ended up in the finished film.

 

 

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