Monday, October 30, 2017

Live +3 and Live +7 Ratings: 10/2 - 10/8/2017

ABC's 'The Good Doctor' continued its dominance in week 2, growing over 7.210 million viewers in the Live +7 ratings, from 10.908 million to 18.118 million. In the demo, it ranked second with a 2.1 rating increase, from 2.2 to 4.3. NBC's 'This Is Us' rose 2.4 in the demo, from 3.1 in L+SD, to 5.5 in L+7. In viewers, it ranked second, rising from 11.062 million viewers to 17.208 million (+6.146 million) in 7-day viewing. Of particular note was 'Designated Survivor' which grew over 108% from its L+SD total, from 4.799 million viewers, to just over 10 million (+5.204 million).

Top 15 Shows in Top 15 Markets: 10/9 - 10/15/2017

MLB Playoff Baseball won in many markets across the United States. Game 4 between the Yankees and the Indians had 1.32 million viewers in New York and 482,000 in Cleveland; Game 5 had 1.54 million in New York and 620,000 in Cleveland. Game 1 against the Astros had 1.39 million viewers in New York and 533,000 in Houston; Game 2 had 404,000 in New York (TBS), but didn't make the Top 30 in Houston. The Dodgers' series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks notched 793,000 viewers in Los Angeles and 286,000 in Phoenix. The first 2 games of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs had 986,000 & 1.14 million viewers respectively in LA, and 1.06M & 1.13M in Chicago. Games 4 and 5 of the Cubs' series versus the Nationals had 695,000 & 1.18M viewers in Chicago and 317,000 & 479,000 in Washington D.C. respectively. 

Performance in "Home" Markets: In Seattle, 'Grey's Anatomy' had 137,000 viewers, in Chicago, 'Chicago PD' had 240,000, in Philadelphia, 'The Goldbergs' had 246,000 viewers, and in Atlanta, 'Star' had 202,000. In Washington D.C., 'NCIS' had 229,000 viewers,  and 'Scandal' had 120,000. In New York City, 'Will & Grace' had 578,000, and 'Empire' had 615,000. In Los Angeles, 'The Big Bang Theory' had 496,000, 'NCIS: LA' had 400,000, 'This Is Us' had 372,000 (162,000 in Pittsburgh), and 'Modern Family' had 253,000, 'The Good Doctor' did not make the top 30 in the San Francisco/San Jose area.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cable Network Ratings: 10/2 - 10/8/2017

Recap of the top basic cable networks in primetime for the week ending October 8, 2017.

ESPN again led all of the basic cable networks in primetime this week, with an average of 3.744 million viewers over the course of 7 days. Other networks that did over 1 million viewers were, in order: Fox News (2.451 million), TBS (2.382 million), Fox Sports 1 (1.618 million), Nickelodeon (1.528 million), MSNBC (1.480 million), CNN (1.175 million), USA Network (1.139 million), and HGTV (1.133 million). TNT took rank #11 with 912,000 (tied with Food Network), FX took was #16 with 809,000, Freeform was #28 with 485,000, and FXX was #57 with 233,000. With the MLB Playoffs in full force, 'MLB Network' was ranked #24 with 597,000 viewers; by comparison, NFL Network was ranked #21 with 648,000, and NBA-TV was #67 with 151,000. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

U.S. Cable TV Ratings: 10/2 - 10/8/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of October 2, 2017 - October 8, 2017 on U.S. cable.

ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' coverage between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins led the entire day (broadcast & cable) in the 18-49s, and beat everything in total viewers except for 'The Big Bang Theory'. The game averaged a 4.27 18-49 rating with 11.94 million viewers on ESPN, and an additional 129,000 on ESPN Deportes (61K), and ESPN 2 (68K). In metered markets, the game averaged a 23.2 rating in Washington D.C. and a 42.1 rating in Kansas City. In Richmond, the game had a 17.0, and in Baltimore, it had an 11.5. The game also had the day's highest ratings in males 18-49 (6.2), adults 18-34 (3.6), males 18-34 (5.3), and adults 25-54 (4.7). In adults 50+, it averaged a 5.1 rating. 

On VH1, 'Love and Hip Hop Hollywood' had a 1.5 rating in females 18-49 and had 1.98 million total viewers. Three episodes of 'Hip Hop Squares' averaged a 0.9/1.24M, 0.84/1.11M, and 0.75/933,000. 'Teen Mom II', on MTV, averaged a 0.88 in females 18-49 (0.87 in females 12-34), and 1.05 million viewers; 'Siesta Key' had 520,000 viewers, and 'TRL' averaged 166,000. News coverage was especially heavy on Monday due to the terrorist attack in Las Vegas, see the table at the bottom.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Blunt Talk (Starz): Ratings Recap

'Blunt Talk' premiered August 22, 2015 on Starz and concluded December 11, 2016. The first season was, by no means, a success - averaging just a 0.08 rating with 220,000 viewers, yet it was somehow still renewed for a second season. The second season fared even worse than the first, dropping by half in the demo (to 0.04) and almost half in total viewers (116,000). The series finale brought in the show's worst numbers (0.02 in the demo and 77,000 viewers). It was cancelled after 2 seasons.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

U.S. Social Content Ratings: 10/2 - 10/8/2017

In week 2 of the 2017-18 TV season, the winner was .... Pay-Per-View. 'WWE Hell in a Cell' won the entire week in both Uniques (186,000) and total interactions (645,000). Among all interactions, 435,000 of them came from Twitter, and 211,000 from Facebook. 'WWE Monday Night RAW', on USA Network, was second on the week in Uniques (151,000) and Interactions (362,000), with 211,000 of those interactions coming from Twitter, and 151,000 from Facebook. 

Survivor's Remorse (Starz): Ratings Recap

Below is a recap of the ratings for the Starz series 'Survivor's Remorse' which premiered October 4, 2014 and concluded October 15, 2017. The first season of the show performed very low, averaging below a 0.1 rating and just 210,000 viewer, so it was a miracle it even got renewed. The second season actually fared slightly better, almost doubling its 18-49 performance and averaging 120K more viewers per episode. Perhaps this gave the network optimism as it was renewed for a third season and aired behind 'Power' - the network's top rated show. With 'Power' bringing in almost 2 million viewers per episode and many sticking around to watch 'Survivor's Remorse' afterwards, the numbers for season three are extremely inflated, with the third episode bringing in over 1 million viewers. Although many 'Power' viewers stuck around to watch 'Remorse,' most did not as best evidenced by the September 25, 2016 season finales in which 'Power' brought in 2.01 million viewers, but only 761,000 stayed to watch 'Remorse.' Starz opted to renew 'Remorse' for a fourth season, but without its strong lead-in it faltered - averaging a 0.18 rating with 462,000 viewers, down half from the previous season where it was at 0.37/857,000. Though this average isn't necessarily terrible, the final two episodes of the season were back at season 1 levels pulling in just a 0.08 rating and in low 200K viewership. The program was cancelled after 4 seasons.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

U.S. Primetime Broadcast TV Ratings: 10/2 - 10/8/2017

Below are the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending October 8, 2017. The first chart includes ratings based on households (HH), adults 18-34, adults 18-49 (to two-decimal places), adults 25-54, and total viewers (presented in millions) while the second chart presents sub-demographic ratings (divided by gender) for adults 18-34 and adults 18-49. A third chart is also provided which includes persons-using-television (PUT) 18-49 data for each day of the week (except Saturdays). Note: most reruns are excluded from the chart below.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Live +3 and Live +7 Ratings: 9/25 - 10/1/2017

ABC's 'The Good Doctor' has cemented it's place as this season's first new hit series. The show surprised with 11.35M live+same day (L+SD) viewers for its premiere Monday Sept. 25, and that number grew to over 19.21 million in live+7 day viewing (L+7). Its 7.86M viewer increase was the highest among all shows for the week. NBC's 'This Is Us' rose 6.94M viewers in L+7 to 19.87M, and rounding out the top 3 was ABC's 'Designated Survivor' which rose 5.84M to 11.34 million. 

The return of 'Will & Grace' (NBC) rose to 15.85 million viewers in the 7 day timeshifting (+5.65M), and the series premiere of 'Seal Team' (CBS) rose to 14.25M (+4.37M). On CBS, the premiere of 'Young Sheldon' ticked up 5.25M to 22.47 million, and the season premiere of 'The Big Bang Theory' hit a huge 23.08 million L+7 viewers, an increase of 5.42M from its L+SD performance. On NBC, the season 5 premiere of 'The Blacklist' rose to 9.71 million viewers in L+7 (+3.32M), the series premiere of 'The Brave' rose to 9.67M (+3.71M), and 'Chicago PD' ticked up to 10.16M (+4.05M). 

Top U.S. Shows for African-Americans: Week of 10/2 - 10/8/2017

FOX's 'Empire' led the week ending October 8th among African-American viewers with 3.88 million total African-American viewers. That is 66% of the show's total 5.89 million total viewers Wednesday. 'Star', which airs immediately after it was second on the week with 3.2 million AA viewers, 70% of it's 4.56 million viewer total. 

Other non-sports shows which made the Top 10 include ABC's 'Scandal' and 'Blackish'. 'Scandal' brought in 1.68 million AA viewers, 30% of it's 5.52 million total, and 'Blackish' had 1.58 million AA viewers, which was 33% of its 4.71 million total. 

Both primetime broadcast NFL games made the top 10 for the week. NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' had 2.94 million AA viewers, good for 18% of its 16.73M total. Finally, CBS's 'Thursday Night Football' saw 2.67 million AA viewers out of its 15.43M total (17%). 

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Sunday, October 22, 2017

U.S. Cable TV Ratings: 9/25 - 10/1/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of September 25, 2017 - October 1, 2017 on US cable. 

The top show of the night on cable was ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' which featured the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Arizona Cardinals  The game had a 5.1 18-49 rating and 13.691 million US viewers, as well as a 7.0 in males 18-49 (3.1 in females). It also had an 8.2 household rating and a 4.2 18-34 rating (5.8 males vs. 2.6 females). In Dallas, it notched a 29.0 rating and in Phoenix it did a 22.2. In San Antonio, the game did a 20.9 and in Austin it was at 20.3.

'Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood' (VH1) did a 1.1 with 2 million viewers, and 3 episodes of 'Hip Hop Squares' were at 0.64/1.18M, 0.6/1.08M, and 0.53/955,000. 'Teen Mom II' (MTV) had a 0.73 with 1.21 million viewers, and 'Siesta Key' did 0.38/598,000. On Bravo, 'Real Housewives of OC' had a 1.61 & 1.59M viewers while 'Real Housewives of Dallas' was almost half of that at only 0.35 & 832,000. Comedy Central saw the series premiere of 'The Opposition' which notched a 0.24 and 532,000 viewers. By comparison, that timeslot's previous owner, 'The Nightly Show,' premiered to 0.45/963,000 back in January 2015 was at 0.21/625,000 for its series finale. 'The Daily Show' had 995,000. Other shows of note include: 'I Am Frankie' (Nickelodeon) which had 1.17 million viewers, 'Fatal Attraction' (TV One) which did 294,000, and 'It Takes a Killer' (Oxygen) which found 187,000. 

Cable Network Ratings: 9/25 - 10/1/2017

Recap of the top basic cable networks in primetime for the week ending October 1, 2017

ESPN led the cable networks in primetime this week, averaging over 3.14 million viewers in primetime. The only other networks that averaged over 1 million viewers were: Fox News (2.29 million), MSNBC (1.68 million), USA Network (1.36 million), HGTV (1.16 million), and TBS (1.11 million). CNN was just behind at 970,000 viewers. WGN America, which is no longer airing scripted originals, was at #44 for the week, with 299,000 viewers. With help from 'American Horror Story: Cult' FX averaged 752,000 in primetime for the week. FXX averaged 311,000. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC): Ratings Recap

UPDATED 2020: AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' premiered in 2015 to a 4.93 adults 18-49 rating with 10.13 million viewers, breaking the record for the highest-rated and most-viewed premiere for a cable series ever. The first 6-episode season concluded to a 3.37 rating with 6.86 million viewers and averaged a 3.8 rating with 7.61 million viewers. A second season premiered in 2016 and was unable to hold the monster ratings from the first season, averaging a 1.83 rating with 4.19 million viewers. The decline continued into the third season (2017) where the show lost a full demo point (down to 0.89 on average) and ~1.8 million viewers (to 2.39 million). Interestingly, the decline between the third and fourth season (2018) was minimal, down only a tenth in the demo and less than 150K viewers year-to-year. Stability didn't last though as the fifth season, in 2019, tumbled hard, down nearly four tenths in the demo (to 0.42) and ~700K viewers (to 1.51 million). Despite this, it is still one of cable's best performing programs and was renewed for a sixth season.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

U.S. Social Content Ratings: 9/25 - 10/1/2017

Facebook and Twitter were abuzz on premiere week. On Monday, the premiere of 'The Voice' (NBC) led the social content ratings with 361,000 unique post authors on Facebook, 38,000 unique tweet authors, and a total of 552,000 interactions. The series premiere of 'The Good Doctor' (ABC) saw 122,000 uniques on Facebook and 38,000 on Twitter, with over 285,000 interactions. Also on Monday was 'The Big Bang Theory' (CBS) which had 98,000 cumulative uniques and 131,000 interactions. 

U.S. Primetime Broadcast TV Ratings: 9/25 - 10/1/2017

Below are the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending October 1, 2017. The first chart includes ratings based on households (HH), adults 18-34, adults 18-49 (to two-decimal places), adults 25-54, and total viewers (presented in millions) while the second chart presents sub-demographic ratings (divided by gender) for adults 18-34 and adults 18-49. A third chart is also provided which includes persons-using-television (PUT) 18-49 data for each day of the week (except Saturdays). Note: most reruns are excluded from the chart below.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dice (Showtime): Ratings Recap

Showtime's 'Dice' premiered on April 10, 2016 to a 0.11 rating with 254,000 viewers, hit a season-low of 0.04 with 155,000 viewers, and concluded its first season to a 0.07 with 220,000 viewers, averaging that same rating with 191,000 viewers over its first 6 episodes. The second season premiered in 2017 to 0.03 with 177,000 viewers, dropped to a series-low 0.01 with 105,000 viewers half-way through, and concluded to a 0.03 and 115,000 viewers. The series aired a total of 13 episodes, and wasn't renewed for a third season.

Friday, October 6, 2017

DVR Ratings: Week Ending September 24, 2017

Below are the DVR ratings for the week ending September 24, 2017. There are three charts below: the first includes Live+3 day time-shifted data for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks, and the second includes Live+7 time-shifted data for available broadcast programs, and the third includes Live+7 time-shifted data for programs that aired on cable networks. There are columns for both 18-49 increase and for total viewership increase and while many programs will have data provided for both metrics, some programs will only have data for one or the other depending on what was available.