DAILY DIGEST – 12.20.18

SURVIVOR finale wins against rerun-packed backdrop; Amazon Studios signs 3-year overall with LUKE CAGE showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker

BROADCAST RATINGS:

Network Average:

WEDNESDAY, 12.19.18 CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.2 2.56 2.76 1.63 1.00

 

Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Time Show Adults 18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.5/7 7.72
  Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (ABC) – R 0.7/4 3.7
  Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night (NBC) – R 0.5/2 3.17
  Empire (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.83
  Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.08
       
8:30 p.m. Shrek the Halls (ABC) – R 0.7/4 3.19
       
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.76
  Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas (NBC) – R 0.4/2 2.7
  Star (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.43
  Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.92
       
9:30 p.m. Single Parents (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.09
       
10 p.m. Survivor (CBS) – S 1.2/6 6.15
  Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.6/3 2.41
  The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.91
       
10:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.4/2 1.74

Ratings Report:

  • CBS scored an easy win with the finale of SURVIVOR: DAVID VS. GOLIATH. That might be news, I guess, if it weren’t for the fact that every other network took the night off. The two-hour season ender grabbed a 1.5, up a tenth from the spring finale earlier this year, but down four tenths from the fall 2017 finale. A special SURVIVOR REUNION followed to the tune of 1.2 in adults 18-49.

 

CABLE RATINGS:

Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers
(000s)
18-49
rating
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,214 0.7
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 9:00 PM 3,159 0.7
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,640 0.6
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – UAB/NORTHERN ILLINOIS ESPN 7:00 PM 1,346 0.4
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:00 PM 1,291 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,444 0.4
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:31 PM 1,091 0.4
LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY A&E 9:00 PM 952 0.3
BODY CAM INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,245 0.3
CHALLENGE: CT MARRIED P2 MTV 9:00 PM 522 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 10:23 PM 707 0.3
CURSE OF OAK BEHIND DIG HISTORY 8:30 PM 1,619 0.3
GUEST BOOK, THE TBS 10:30 PM 929 0.3
INK MASTER PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 683 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 809 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 937 0.3
7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS TLC 8:00 PM 1,118 0.3
WELCOME TO MURDERTOWN INVESTIGATION 9:00 PM 1,117 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 498 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 608 0.2
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,419 0.2
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,276 0.2
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,645 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,276 0.2
NBA REGULAR SEASON – LA LAKERS/BROOKLYN NBA TV 7:30 PM 625 0.2

Of Note:

  • It was a pretty typical Tuesday on cable, with WWE SMACKDOWN once again reclaiming its top spot, earning a steady 0.7 this week. Nipping at its heels was History’s CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, also maintaining a 0.7 rating week-to-week. Bravo’s popular reality series BELOW DECK rounded out the top three at 0.6, down two tenths.
  • Elsewhere, RACHEL MADDOW scored fairly high, rating a 0.4 and grabbing 3.44 million viewers, while LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY on A&E continues to perform relatively well, earning a 0.3.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • BUSINESS BRIEFS:
    • In the continued battle to capture big-name talent and creators, the latest coup is by Amazon over Netflix, signing LUKE CAGE showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker to a three-year overall deal to develop and produce scripted content for the streamer.
  • TRAILERS:
    • Nothing says, “Christmas cheer” like God quitting his job and announcing to his legions of angels that he’s going to blow up Earth. That’s the premise of TBS’ new limited comedy series MIRACLE WORKERS, starring Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe. It’s a dark, hilarious, and absurd concept, well worth the two minutes of your time. See it HERE.

 

 

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