DAILY DIGEST – 12.6.18

EMPIRE and SURVIVOR share top Wednesday primetime ratings; Syfy to reboot Rod Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY; ABC looks to bring back Dick Wolf’s NEW YORK UNDERCOVER; Apple confirms series order for drama starring Richard Gere

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 12.5.18 FOX NBC CBS ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/6 1.2/5 1.0/5 0.9/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.47 7.62 5.77 3.92 0.89

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) 1.5/7 7.49
  Empire (FOX) 1.5/7 5.03
  Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/5 8.13
  The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.2/5 4.89
  Riverdale (The CW) 0.4/2 1.11
       
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 0.9/4 4.0
       
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) 1.3/6 4.85
  Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/5 7.91
  Star (FOX) 1.2/5 3.91
  SEAL Team (CBS) 0.8/3 5.32
  All American (The CW) 0.2/1 0.67
       
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) 0.8/3 3.37
       
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (NBC) 1.1/5 6.82
  Criminal Minds (CBS) 0.7/3 4.49
  A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.7/3 3.21

Ratings Report:

  • Fox took Wednesday night overall, as per usual, although CBS’ SURVIVOR tied with EMPIRE for the top rating. The fall finale of EMPIRE grabbed a 1.5 in 18-49s, with an audience of 5.03 million viewers, while STAR managed to tick up a tenth from 1.1 to 1.2 for its fall finale, the highest rating it has achieved since 17 October.
  • As mentioned, CBS’ SURVIVOR also shared a top rating of 1.5, but was down a tenth week-to-week. The rest of the CBS primetime field was also somewhat depressed; SEAL TEAM (0.8) was down a tenth, and CRIMINAL MINDS (0.7) dipped by two tenths.
  • However, it was NBC that captured the biggest audience of the night; its lineup of ONE CHICAGO shows all presented their fall finales as well, with MED grabbing 8.13 million viewers and a steady 1.2 after two weeks off. FIRE was down a tenth from last week, also drawing a 1.2, while PD rose a tenth from 1.0 to 1.1.
  • ABC was mostly steady; THE GOLDBERGS (1.2), AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (0.9) and MODERN FAMILY (1.3) were even with last week. A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (0.7) and SINGLE PARENTS (0.8) both dropped a tenth from their last episodes, as Parents sank to the lowest rating of its freshman season.
  • On The CW, RIVERDALE was steady with another 0.4, while ALL AMERICAN dropped a tenth to 0.2 this week.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 9:00 PM 3,302 0.7
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,814 0.7
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 1,948 0.7
CHALLENGE: RECKONING REUNION MTV 9:00 PM 671 0.4
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:00 PM 1,093 0.4
BODY CAM INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,139 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,465 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 849 0.3
LITTLE COUPLE TLC 9:00 PM 1,413 0.3
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:30 PM 956 0.3
GUESTBOOK, THE TBS 10:30 PM 853 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 653 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 951 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,505 0.3
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND BEHIND DIG HISTORY 8:30 PM 1,617 0.3
LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY A&E 9:00 PM 927 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,858 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,615 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,280 0.3
BROTHERS IN ARMS HISTORY 10:03 PM 933 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,216 0.3
INK MASTER PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 670 0.3
WELCOME TO MURDERTOWN INVESTIGATION 9:00 PM 1,056 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,424 0.3
COLLEGE GAMEDAY-BASKETBALL ESPN 9:03 PM 794 0.3

Of Note:

  • The top three in cable on Tuesday all shared 0.7 ratings, while History’s THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND rose to the top of the pile, with 3.3 million viewers going along for the ride. Bravo’s BELOW DECK nipped at Oak’s heels in second position, maintaining a 0.7 for a second week in a row, and WWE SMACKDOWN on USA rounded out the top three, although down a tenth from last week.
  • Outside the top three, the ratings dropped off considerably, with the nearest show, THE CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING airing the second part of a reunion on MTV at 0.4. (down from last week’s score of 0.5).  CHOPPED on Food Network fared about as well, falling 0.1 to 0.3.
  • Elsewhere, BODY CAM on Investigation Discovery and THE LITTLE COUPLE on TLC held their 0.3 ratings.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • DEVELOPMENT NEWS:
    • I mention this reboot purely out of love for the original: SyFy is reportedly bringing a new version of Rod Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY to the channel for 2019-20. Unlike THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Gallery focused on short stories centered around horror and the macabre, resulting in a trippy, super 70s Edgar Allan Poe vibe. Jeff Davis (creator of the TEEN WOLF reboot) and David Janollari (EP of MIDNIGHT, TEXAS) are helming, with Universal TV & Universal Cable Productions handling production/distribution. I’m a bit surprised to see Gallery pop up for SyFy, as they’ve largely moved away from anything horror, but suspect the reboot will rely heavily on more supernatural elements, which will help it fit in with Syfy hits like THE MAGICIANS. If you’re unfamiliar with the format, check out a PROMO for the show (Rod Serling famously introduced segments by way of paintings [also expertly spoofed via The Simpsons’ TREEHOUSE OF HORROR IV]) and watch Steven Spielberg’s first professional directing job with EYES, starring Joan Crawford.
  • PROJECTS GREENLIT/ORDERED:
    • UPDATES from yesterday’s Daily report:
      • Apple has confirmed that is near a 8-episode series order for a show starring Richard Gere and from creators Howard Gordan and Warren Leight. The untitled series is based on the Israeli format Nevelot, and centers around two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved fifty years ago is killed by a car.
      • NEW YORK UNDERCOVER is the franchise Rick Rosen hinted Dick Wolf is reviving. ABC so far is leading the pack to reboot the show, which would pair well with its earlier reboot announcement, NYPD BLUE. The show’s original network, Fox, also was bidding, but straight-forward police procedurals largely haven’t worked on the network for quite some time (even LETHAL WEAPON relies more heavily on comedy and character than crime-solving). Its most recent try-outs, APB and SHOTS FIRED (both 2017) failed after short-run first seasons.
      • THE GOOD PLACE, starring Kristen Bell & Ted Danson has received an early renewal order, and will be back for a fourth season on NBC. An episode order has not yet been announced, but it will most likely be for another short run of 13 episodes (same as its previous 3 seasons).
    • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
      • Nominations for the 76th GOLDEN GLOBES were announced this morning. Sandra Oh & Andy Samburg will share hosting duties for the 2019 affair on 6 January. Complete list of noms can be found HERE.
        • One new piece for the 2019 awards is a TV honor equivalent to the career-achievement Cecile B. DeMille award (which concentrates on contributions to the film community). The title of the award or its first honoree has yet to be announced.
      • Speaking of awards, the host of the 91st Academy Awards will be actor/comedian Kevin Hart, which frankly, kind of baffles me. Did the producers not see his wooden and soul-crushingly monotonous and cold performance as host of CBS’ TKO? True, he has hosted several years of MTV’s Video Music Awards (a low bar, in my opinion), but he’s usually been propped up by co-hosts and quick cuts; he rarely can stand on his own and can’t improv to save his life, and not to mention the swift backlash against homophobic tweets and jokes he’s performed since 2010 (The Daily Beast breaks down that controversy HERE). But sure, let’s try it out.

 

 

 

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