Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Public Morals (TNT): Ratings Recap

TNT's 'Public Morals' premiered August 25, 2015 to a rather promising 0.28 adults 18-49 rating with 2.14 million viewers. It fell hard in its next two episodes, losing about 600K viewers each, down to 1.53 million and 962,000. The show fell to a series-low 0.07 rating with 495,000 viewers in its finale, and averaged a 0.15 rating with 885,000 viewers over 10 episodes. Due to rapid descent in the ratings, the show was cancelled after a single season.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Will (TNT): Ratings Recap

TNT's 'Will' premiered July 10, 2017 to a low 0.16 adults 18-49 rating with 633,000 total viewers. The series fell as low as 0.08 with 291,000 viewers, and was never quite able to recover or improve upon its premiere numbers, only hitting a 0.16 rating on one other occasion, but was not able to top 500K viewers. The show concluded to a 0.09 rating with 307,000 viewers, and averaged a 0.11 and 383,000 over its 10 episodes. It was not renewed for a second season.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Cable Network Ratings: 12/25 - 12/31/2017

Recap of top basic cable networks in primetime for the week ending December 31, 2017. 

Thanks to a plethora of College Bowl games this week, ESPN obliterated all competition this week, averaging 6.439 million viewers in primetime. Among ad-support cable networks airing scripted programming this week, Hallmark Channel took the second spot (2.208 million viewers), USA Network took fourth (1.481 million), TNT was in fifth (1.342 million), TBS was in seventh (1.150 million), and Freeform took 11th (1.018 million).

Other networks averaging over 1 million viewers include sixth-ranked HGTV (1.201 million), eight-ranked Investigation Discovery (1.132 million), tenth-ranked History (1.026 million), and 12th-ranked Discovery (1.009 million). 

Among cable news networks, FOX News ranked third on the week (1.589 million), MSNBC was in ninth (1.049 million), CNN was 18th (732,000), CNBC was 46th (375,000), HLN was 49th (324,000), and FOX Business was 88th (73,000).

Top U.S. Shows for African-Americans: 12/25 - 12/31/2017

FOX's 'The OT' led a slow week on television with a 10.5 rating and 2.394 million African-American viewers, about 22.4% of its 10.499 million viewer total. Also in sports, the Christmas Day 'NBA Christmas Special' notched an 8.3 AA rating with 2.099 million viewers (42.1% of 4.984 million). 

New Years Eve specials took the third and fifth rankings on the week. Steve Harvey's FOX special scored a 7.0 AA rating with 1.507 million viewers (26% of 5.795 million). ABC's 'Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve' notched a 5.8 rating with 1.426 million AA viewers (9%). 

Also airing this week was the 'Kennedy Center Honors' (6.3 rating/1.223 million viewers) on CBS, 'The Wall' (3.9 rating/852,000) on NBC, and reruns of 'SWAT' (4.5 rating/884,000), 'NCIS' (3.9 rating/758,000), '60 Minutes' (4.7 rating/1.021 million), and 'Black-ish' (4.5 rating/1.007 million).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Friday, January 26, 2018

U.S. Social Content Ratings: 12/25 - 12/31/2017

As could be expected, ABC's 'Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve' took victory in the Social Content Ratings, totaling 1.855 million total interactions across both Facebook (898,000) and Twitter (957,000). FOX's 'New Years Eve with Steve Harvey' (404,000) ranked third and CNN's 'New Years Eve with Anderson Cooper' (386,000) too fourth. USA's 'WWE Monday Night RAW' (545,000) took second, and 'WWE Smackdown' (297,000) ranked fifth.

In the bottom half of the top 10, the '40th Kennedy Center Honors' scored an impressive 240,000 interactions, BBC America's Christmas special episode of 'Doctor Who' had 191,000, and MTV's 'Ridiculousness' totaled 127,000.

The Haves and Have Nots (OWN): Ratings Recap

UPDATED 2020: OWN's 'The Haves and Have Nots' premiered in 2013 to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating with 1.77 million viewers. The first season aired over the course of 2013 and 2014 averaging a 0.8 rating with 2.48 million viewers over 36 episodes. The second season premiered in 2015 to a 1.05 rating and 3.22 million viewers and averaged a 0.93 rating with 3.12 million viewers. A third season premiered in 2016 averaging a 0.81 rating with 2.89 million viewers, a fourth season premiered in 2017 and averaged a 0.66 with 2.52 million viewers, and a long 44-episode fifth season premiered in 2018 with a 0.63 adults 18-49 rating with 2.3 million viewers. In the spring and early summer of 2019, a short 9-episode sixth season aired and was down a bit from previous seasons in both the demo (0.31) and total viewers (1.63 million). The first half of the seventh season premiered in early 2020. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

U.S. Cable TV Ratings: 12/25 - 12/31/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017 on U.S. cable.

ESPN absolutely dominated Christmas week, taking all 10 spots in the weekly cable top 10, and 14 of the top 20 spots. NFL's 'Monday Night Football' game between the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles topped the week in adults 18-49 (3.47 rating), and in major demographics: males & females 18-49 (4.44/2.52), males & females 12-34 (3.08/1.95), people 18-34 (2.86), people 25-54 (4.09), and total viewers (11.74 million). Three bowl games ranked second, third, and fourth on the week with Saturday night's 'Orange Bowl' leading in adults 18-49 (3.12 rating) and total viewers (11.73 million), and topping the entire week in adults over 50 (6.21 rating). In males 18-49, the 'Orange Bowl' notched a 4.02 rating, the 'Cotton Bowl' did a 3.42 rating, and the 'Fiesta Bowl' had a 3.33 rating. 

Among scripted originals, BBC America's Christmas 'Doctor Who' special managed a solid 0.40 adults 18-49 rating with 1.15 million viewers. Among adults 18-49, the show skewed slightly male (0.42 rating vs. 0.37), but among people 12-34, it skewed female (0.26 rating vs. 0.24). History's 'Vikings' notched a 0.52 rating in adults 25-54 with 1.75 million viewers, and 'Knightfall' had a 0.29 in that demographic with 1.08 million viewers. On TNT, two episodes of 'The Librarians' did 1.13 & 0.94 ratings in adults 50+ with 1.82 million & 1.52 million in total viewers. 'Major Crimes' did 2.06 & 1.83 ratings in that demo with 2.74 million & 2.44 million viewers. 

On Showtime, a New Years 'Shameless' had 805,000 viewers and the season finale of 'SMILF' had 407,000. Syfy aired all of its originals this week with 'Happy!' (638,000) on top, followed by: 'Van Helsing' (550,000), 'Ghost Wars' (392,000), and 'Superstition' (283,000). Other shows of note include TBS's 'Tarantula' (335,000 & 246,000), USA's 'Damnation' (671,000), and Pop's 'Hot Date' (79,000).

U.S. Primetime Broadcast TV Ratings: 12/25 - 12/31/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017 in the U.S.

In the final week of 2017, ABC took victory in the adults 18-49 rating (1.2 rating/5 share) and took second to CBS (5.69 million) in total viewers (4.53 million). ABC's
 defining moment this week was naturally, 'Dick Clark's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' which hit a 5.0 rating/20 share in adults 18-49 and 15.8 million viewers. Among scripted originals, NBC's 'Great News' (0.4/1, 1.68 million viewers) aired on Thursday, and 'Ten Days in the Valley' (0.2/1, 1.44 million) aired Saturday. 

Live +7 Ratings: 12/18 - 12/24/2017

Only fourteen scripted series aired during the week leading up to Christmas, the vast majority airing on CBS. 'Young Sheldon' led the week in both 18-49 and viewership L+7 gain, rising 1.0 to 2.8, and 3.47 million viewers to 14.79 million. On ABC, 'Agents of SHIELD' rose 100% in the demo, from 0.6 to 1.2, and up 1.65 million to 4.05 million. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

U.S. Cable TV Ratings: 12/18 - 12/24/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 18, 2017 - December 24, 2017 on U.S. cable.

ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' topped a relatively low watched week on cable, notching a 3.08 adults 18-49 rating and 9.41 million viewers. It topped the week in major demos including males 18-49 (4.46 rating), males 12-34 (2.05), females 18-49 (1.72), females 12-34 (1.18), adults 18-34 (2.54), adults 25-54 (3.59), and adults over 50 (4.3). NFL Network's 'Thursday Night Football' took second with a 1.53 adults 18-49 rating and 5.4 million viewers. It managed high numbers in males 18-49 (2.16 rating), males 12-34 (1.38), and adults over 50 (2.7). 

Among scripted originals, Hallmark's 'Christmas Getaway' was the highest-rated among adults 18-49 (0.66 rating) and pulled in 4.38 million viewers. History's 'Vikings' scored a 0.54 in the key demo, a 1.22 in adults over 50, and 2.1 million viewers; 'Knightfall' had a 0.93 adults 50+ and 1.48 million viewers.. On TNT this week, two episodes of 'The Librarians' were at 0.91 & 0.89 in adults 50+, and 1.48 million and 1.395 million in total viewers. Two episodes of 'Major Crimes' were at 1.85 and 1.76 in adults 50+ and 2.44 million and 2.33 million in total viewers. 

On Syfy, 'Happy!' scored 619,000 viewers, 'Van Helsing' had 486,000, 'Ghost Wars' had 343,000, and 'Superstition' managed 279,000. 'Damnation', on USA, had 608,000 viewers, 'Teachers', on TV Land, had 521,000, and 'Hot Date', on Pop, had 24,000. On premium cable, Showtime's 'Ill Behavior' had 90,000 and on Starz, two episodes of 'The Girlfriend Experience' both were at a 0.05 adults 18-49 rating and 176,000 viewers.  

U.S. Primetime Broadcast TV Ratings: 12/18 - 12/24/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 18, 2017 - December 24, 2017 in the U.S.

NBC topped the week ending Christmas Eve in both adults 18-49 (1.5 rating/6 share) and total viewers (6.85 million); CBS took second (0.8/4, 5.57 million). NBC took victory thanks to two episodes of 'The Voice' (2.0/7, 11.02 million & 2.0/8, 10.91 million), 'Ellen's Game of Games' (1.7/6, 7.25 million), and 'Saturday Night Football' (4.1/18, 15.29 million). CBS found success with 'Young Sheldon' (1.8/8, 11.32 million), 'Mom' (1.4/6, 8.85 million), and 'Survivor' (1.9/8, 8.73 million). Very little of note aired on ABC this week, with 'Charlie Brown Christmas' (1.3/6, 5.59 million) being the highest-rated listing; among originals, Friday's 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' managing a meager 0.6/3 adults 18-49 rating/share and 2.4 million viewers. 

U.S. Social Content Ratings: 12/18 - 12/24/2017

Two episodes of NBC's 'The Voice' topped the week ending Christmas Eve on Social Platforms. Tuesday's episode totaled 868,000 interactions with 616,000 from Facebook and 252,000 from Twitter; Monday's episode had 678,000 interactions with 493,000 from Facebook and 184,000 from Twitter. 

USA Network's 'WWE Monday Night RAW' took third with 601,000 interactions and 'WWE Smackdown' took fifth with 264,000. Sandwiched between was CBS's 'Survivor' which had 206,000. CBS's other listing in the top 10 was an 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' which ranked tenth at 70,000.

NBC saw 'Saturday Night Live' ranked seventh with 94,000 and 'Ellen's Game of Games' at ninth with 82,000. Rounding out the top 10 was VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop' (142,000) and TLC's '90 Day Fiance' (#8, 90,000). 

Cable Network Ratings: 12/18 - 12/24/2017

Recap of top basic cable networks in primetime for the week ending December 24, 2017. 

ESPN topped the week among ad-supported cable networks, averaging 2.997 million viewers in primetime. Among networks airing scripted content, Hallmark Channel (ranked third) led the week with 2.223 million viewers, followed by USA Network's 1.47 million (#5), TNT's 1.351 million (#6), TBS's 1.325 million (#7), and Freeform's 1.307 million (#8). 

Also averaging over 1 million viewers this week was History, ranked ninth, with an average of 1.286 million viewers. It was just ahead of tenth-ranked HGTV (1.207 million), and eleventh-ranked Discovery (1.179 million). Rounding out the high-viewed networks, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (1.163 million) took the 12th spot, while Investigation Discovery (1.056 million) took 13th.

Among cable news networks, FOX News ranked second overall on the week with 2.703 million viewers, and MSNBC ranked fourth with 2.071 million viewers. Averaging below 1 million viewers were CNN (#19, 795,000), CNBC (#38, 372,000), HLN (#52, 260,000), and FOX Business (#72, 121,000).

Major Crimes (TNT): Ratings Recap

TNT's 'Major Crimes' premiered in 2012 as a spin-off of the series 'The Closer'. The show began with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating with 7.18 million viewers and averaged a 0.9 rating with 5.18 million viewers in its 10-episode first season. The show trended downward over its next four seasons, averaging 4.74 million viewers in season two, 4.53 million in season three, 3.57 million in season four, and 3.19 million in season five. A sixth and final season premiered in 2017 to a 0.21 rating with 1.75 million viewers and concluded with a 0.30 rating and 2.25 million viewers in 2018.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunday Nielsens: AFC Champ Steady with 2017, NFC Game Drops

Sunday's airings of the AFC and NFC Championships dominated all of television Sunday, becoming the first and second highest rated & viewed broadcasts in the United States since Super Bowl LI back in February 2017. 

The AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars, aired at 3pm on CBS. The game scored a 27.3/50 household rating/share in the overnights and was later adjusted to a 24.3 rating, and peaked nationally with a 31.8/54 rating/share between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.

Though it was steady with last year's AFC Championship (24.4 rating), this year's figure is more impressive considering it occurred in the generally less-watched afternoon game while last year's AFC game was in the evening. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Live +7 Ratings: 12/11 - 12/17/2017

CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' led a relatively slow week in L+7 ratings, up 1.7 in adults 18-49 and up 4.51 million viewers to 4.3 with 18.25 million viewers. 'Designated Survivor' rose 113% in the demo within seven days, up 0.9 from 0.8 to 1.7, and was up 102% in total viewers, rising 4.46 million viewers from 4.38 million to 8.84 million. Cable L+7 for this week were unavailable.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Top U.S. Shows for African-Americans: 11/27 - 12/3/2017

NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' topped the week among African-American viewers, notching a 16.1 rating with 3.376 million viewers. That figure was approximately 17.1% of its 19.693 million total viewers. Also in sports, 'Thursday Night Football' (airing on NBC and NFL Network), had a 14.3 AA rating with 2.947 million viewers (18.9%).

On the scripted side, 'Empire' notched a 15.9 rating with 3.234 million AA viewers (64%), ranking second on the week. 'Star', which followed, ranked fourth on the week with a 12.1 rating and 2.422 million viewers (65.9%). NBC's 'This Is Us' took the tenth spot with a 7.2 rating and 1.35 million AA viewers (12.3%). 

On CBS, 'Bruno Mars 24K Magic' hit a 7.4 rating with 1.483 million AA viewers, about 27.2% of its 5.443 million total viewers.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday Nielsens: 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Scandal' Return to 3-Month Highs

CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' topped all of broadcast Thursday, according to Fast Affiliate data released by Nielsen Media Research. The show notched a 2.89 adults 18-49 rating/12 share and 14.7 million viewers. Following at 8:30pm, 'Young Sheldon' lost 0.5 from its lead-in, to a 2.396 rating/9 share and 13.2 million viewers. 'Mom' (1.56/6, 9.3 million) topped the 9pm hour, 'Life in Pieces' (1.199/5, 6.8 million) performed well at 9:30, and 'SWAT' (1.03/4, 6.0 million) won a close 10pm race.

Teachers (TV Land): Ratings Recap

UPDATED 2019: TV Land's 'Teachers' premiered in 2016 to a 0.09 adults 18-49 rating with 341,000 viewers. It rose to a 0.17 with 458,000 viewers by week 4 and ultimately ended up averaging a 0.13 rating and 401,000 viewers in its inaugural season. A second season premiered in 2017 to a 0.14 rating with 605,000 viewers and concluded in early 2018 to a 0.11 rating and 492,000 viewers; it averaged 518,000 viewers over 20 episodes. Its third season premiered in 2019 and was back down to season one numbers, averaging 0.09 in the demo and 412,000 viewers over 20 episodes. The show was not renewed for a fourth season.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Top 15 Shows in Top 15 Markets: 12/18 - 12/24/2017

Market data for the week ending December 17, 2017 was not available.

NFL Football topped the ratings for the week leading up to Christmas in all top 25 local markets save for San Francisco, where Warriors Basketball (408,000, 409,000, 498,000) led, Orlando, where 'The Voice Monday' (148,000) led, Sacramento, where 'The Voice Tuesday' (159,000) led, and St. Louis, where 'Young Sheldon' (167,000) led. Elsewhere, FOX's 4:30pm (ET) NFL game scored huge numbers in Dallas (16.2 rating, 1.151 million viewers), Philadelphia (10.5 rating, 770,000 viewers), Charlotte (10.6 rating, 305,000), and Houston (9.9 rating, 674,000), while NBC's 'Saturday Night Football' saw its biggest numbers in Minneapolis (28.3 rating, 1.197 million viewers), Philadelphia (8.1 rating, 592,000), Denver (6.9 rating, 267,000), and Baltimore (6.4 rating, 196,000 viewers).

Performance in "home" markets: 'Kevin Can Wait' had 367,000 viewers in New York City, and 'Young Sheldon' had 313,000 in Dallas, as well as 209,000 from Houston. 

Wednesday Nielsens: 'Modern Family', '9-1-1' Lead HOT Wednesday

According to Fast Affiliate results released by Nielsen Media Research this morning, Wednesday's broadcast line-up hit very high marks. Almost every show saw increases from last week's finals.

In the key demo, ABC's 'Modern Family' (1.759 rating/7 share) virtually tied FOX's '9-1-1' (1.758/7, 6.2 million viewers). 'Modern Family' won out in the 25-54 demo (2.3 vs. 2.1), while '9-1-1' topped in the 18-34s (1.3 vs. 1.1). 'Modern Family' gained 0.2 from its finals last week, while '9-1-1' rose a staggering 0.3 from last week's finals. FOX's 8pm entry, 'The X-Files' (1.08/4, 3.9 million) rose 0.1 from last week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lopez (TV Land): Ratings Recap

TV Land's 'Lopez' premiered in 2016 to a 0.18 rating with 646,000 viewers on TV Land and a 0.22 rating with 674,000 viewers on Nick-at-Night (0.40/1.32 million combined). The first season averaged a 0.12 rating with 447,000 viewers for its TV Land runs. A second season premiered in 2017 to a 0.10 rating with 370,000 viewers and averaged a 0.08 rating with 319,000 viewers over 12 episodes. The show was cancelled after two seasons.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Live +7 Ratings: 12/4 - 12/10/2017

ABC's 'The Good Doctor' topped the Live +7 ratings for the week ending December 10, 2017, rising 1.8 in adults 18-49, to 3.4, and up 6.67 million viewers, to 15.74 million. CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' took second on the week, up 1.7 to 4.5 and 4.95 million to 19.36 million. 'Designated Survivor,' on ABC, led the viewership percentage gains on the week, rising 119% from 3.87 million to 8.47 million, while 'Agents of SHIELD' led among 18-49 percentage gains, up 140% in the demo from 0.5 to 1.2. On cable, AMC's 'The Walking Dead' topped the L+7 gains, up 2.0 to 5.4 in the demo, and 4.23 million to 12.13 million viewers. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cable Network Ratings: 12/11 - 12/17/2017

Recap of top basic cable networks in primetime for the week ending December 17, 2017. 

It was a big week on cable this week with 15 networks averaging over 1 million viewers in primetime. ESPN topped the week with 2.75 million viewers, followed by Hallmark Channel (2.524 million) and FOX News (2.496 million viewers). Hallmark Movies & Mysteries took the 15th spot with 1.012 million viewers. 

Sixth-ranked USA Network (1.340 million) narrowly edged out NFL Network (1.339 million), and both just fell short of fifth-ranked Freeform (1.377 million). Other familiar faces averaging over 1 million viewers include: TBS (#8, 1.258 million), Discovery (#9, 1.192 million), HGTV (#10, 1.183 million), History (#13, 1.052 million), and Investigation Discovery (#14, 1.017 million). 

Elsewhere on cable news, MSNBC (2.023 million) remained at the fourth ranked on the week, CNN (1.164 million) took 11th, CNBC (323,000) ranked 43rd, HLN (269,000) ranked 48th, and FOX Business (110,000) took 76th.

U.S. Social Content Ratings: 12/11 - 12/17/2017

The penultimate week of 'The Voice' took the top spots for the week on social media. Tuesday's episode (1.617 million interactions) topped Monday's episode (591,000) by over 1 million interactions, but on Facebook Monday's episode (348,000) somehow topped Tuesday's (217,000). The Tuesday results-show dominated on Twitter (1.4 million).

Three WWE airings took the third, fourth, and sixth spots on the week, with 'Monday Night RAW' (533,000) topping both 'Clash of the Champions' (507,000) and 'Smackdown' (292,000). On Fox, fifth-ranked 'Empire' (475,000) and tenth-ranked 'Star' (117,000) both made the list on Wednesday, and CW's 'Riverdale' (211,000) also had a presence. 

NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' took the eighth spot on the week (193,000), and on the scripted side, ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' (46,000) and Showtime's 'Shameless' (31,000) both made the list.

U.S. Cable TV Ratings: 12/11 - 12/17/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 11, 2017 - December 17, 2017 on U.S. cable.

With no 'Walking Dead' airing this week, ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' was the uncontested winner of of cable with a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating and 11.8 million viewers. It led the week in all major demographics including adults 18-34 (2.98 rating), adults 25-54 (4.48), as well as both males 12-34 (3.52) and 18-49 (5.36). On NFL Network, two NFL Football games were at 2.14 and 1.50 in adults 18-49 at 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively. The first game notched a 2.14 in men 18-49 and the second was at 3.05 in that demographic; in total viewers, they were at 5.2 million and 7.0 million viewers respectively. 

U.S. Primetime Broadcast TV Ratings: 12/11 - 12/17/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 11, 2017 - December 17, 2017 in the U.S.

NBC led the week in the 18-49 demographic (1.9/8 rating/share) and took second in total viewers (7.81 million viewers), while CBS took second in the demo (1.2/5) and first in viewership (7.93 million). On the sports side, 'Sunday Night Football' (5.9/22, 19.19 million), and 'Thursday Night Football' (2.9/12, 10.64 million), led the way for NBC, and the only scripted series, 'Blindspot' (0.7/3, 3.33 million) did about as well as could be expected. ABC saw success with both 'The Goldbergs' (1.6/7, 6.08 million) and 'Modern Family' (1.7/7, 5.89 million), but a 'Bachelor Countdown' (0.6/2, 2.53 million) special was rather low.

In the 18-49 demo, 'The Big Bang Theory' (2.6/11) and 'Young Sheldon' (2.0/8) led the week for CBS. 'Theory' (13.74 million), 'NCIS' (12.58 million) and 'Sheldon' (11.64 million) topped in total viewers, while 'Madam Secretary' (0.7/3, 5.53 million) and '9JKL' (0.7/3, 4.3 million) provided the week's low-points. FOX's 'Christmas Story Live' (1.5/5, 4.52 million) performed modestly, but 'Empire' (1.9/8, 5.91 million) still topped in the demo and in total viewers. CW's 'Riverdale' (1.43 million viewers) was the top most-viewed scripted series, while 'Dynasty' (685,000) was the lowest.

Top 15 Shows in Top 15 Markets: 12/4 - 12/10/2017

The mid-season finale of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' scored 7.9 million viewers nationally, easily making it the top scripted cable series of the week. The show scored its biggest ratings in Atlanta with a 4.7 (330,000), and its highest viewership in New York City (626,000). Seattle was the only West Coast market where it made the weekly top 30, notching a 2.2/7 rating/share and 102,000 viewers. In Dallas, the show did a 2.8/7 (200,000), in Boston it did 2.4/6 (143,000), and in Detroit it did 2.8/7 (123,000). Outside the top 15 markets, 'Walking Dead' also performed well in Denver (3.6/9, 139,000), Cleveland (3.3/8, 112,000), St. Louis (3.5/8, 99,000), and Charlotte (3.2/7, 93,000). It didn't reach the top 30 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Miami, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, or Portland. It did 2.7/7 (102,000) in Orlando, and 2.7/6 (73,000) in Baltimore. 

Performance in "home" markets: In New York City, 'Blue Bloods' had 575,000 viewers, 'Will & Grace' had 485,000, and 'Law & Order: SVU' did 479,000. In Los Angeles, 'The Big Bang Theory' notched 408,000, 'NCIS: LA' had 262,000, and 'Modern Family' had 232,000. 'Chicago PD' did 297,000 and 'Chicago Med' did 282,000 in Chicago, while 'The Goldbergs' 245,000 in Philadelphia, and 'Young Sheldon' did 344,000 in Dallas (235,000 in Houston). In San Francisco, 'The Good Doctor' had 117,000, and in Atlanta, 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' had 172,000 and 'Star' had 202,000.   

Claws (TNT): Ratings Recap

UPDATED 2020: TNT's 'Claws' premiered a sneak peak episode on May 25, 2017, notching a 0.45 18-49 rating with 1.09 million viewers, and had a 0.44 rating with 1.18 million viewers for its official premiere on June 11. It showed  growth over its first 10 episodes, concluding its inaugural season with a 0.56 rating and 1.57 million viewers and averaging a 0.47 rating with 1.27 million viewers. A second season aired in 2018 and was virtually identical to its first season numbers, averaging a 0.46 rating and 1.29 million viewers. A third season aired in 2019 on both TNT and TBS, averaging 0.29 with 815,000 on the former, and 0.13 with 431,000 on the latter - totaling 0.42 and 1.25 million. A fourth season was scheduled to air in 2020, but production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Outlander (Starz): Ratings Recap

UPDATED 2020: Starz's 'Outlander' premiered August 9, 2014 to a 0.19 adults 18-49 rating with 721,000 viewers, rose for the next two weeks and hovered around 1 million viewers for the remainder of its first season which concluded in 2015 to a 0.19 rating with 981,000 viewers. A second season premiered in 2016 to a 0.39 rating with 1.46 million viewers and concluded down two tenths to a 0.19 rating and 1.15 million viewers. The third season premiered in 2017 to a 0.31 rating with 1.49 million viewers and all 13 episodes hovered between 1.1 million and 1.7 million viewers, ultimately concluding with a 0.30 rating with 1.43 million viewers. A fourth season premiered in 2018 and a fifth in 2020. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cable Network Ratings: 12/4 - 12/10/2017

Recap of top basic cable networks in primetime for the week ending December 10, 2017. 

FOX News again reigned supreme for the week, taking the top spot in primetime with 2.608 million viewers. Hallmark Channel took second (2.504 million), and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (1.120 million) was in the tenth spot. 

USA Network (1.396 million) had a good week in the sixth spot, ahead of both TBS (#7, 1.252 million), and HGTV (#8, 1.226 million), but fifth-ranked Freeform found success with 1.499 million. Also in the top 10 was AMC (#9, 1.191 million), with help from the final 'The Walking Dead' of the year, Discovery (#11, 1.115 million), and History (#12, 1.039 million). 

On cable news, MSNBC remained in the fourth spot (1.928 million), CNN took 16th (890,000), CNBC took 43rd (342,000), HLN ranked #47 (299,000), and FOX Business #77 (120,000). 

U.S. Social Content Ratings: 12/4 - 12/10/2017

The first half of the season for AMC's 'The Walking Dead' concluded Sunday with 1.23 million total interactions, including 693,000 from Facebook and 533,000 from Twitter. Coverage of the 'Heisman Trophy Presentation' took second on the week (982,000), and 'WWE Monday Night RAW' was third (615,000). 

Two episodes of 'The Voice' took the fourth and fifth spots on the week with Monday's episode (519,000) edging out Tuesday's (491,000). USA Network's airing of the long-awaited 'Psych The Movie' (254,000) on Thursday beat out FOX's 'Empire' (278,000) on Wednesday, and both topped 'Riverdale' (145,000), 'Supernatural' (143,000), and 'Outlander' (142,000), rounding out the top 10. 

Elsewhere on the scripted side was the CW's 'Arrow' (86,000), FOX's 'Gotham' (57,000), ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' (43,000), and Showtime's 'Shameless' (31,000). A MSNBC special titled 'The Dossier' had 38,000 interactions.

U.S. Cable TV Ratings: 12/4 - 12/10/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 4, 2017 - December 10, 2017 on U.S. cable.

ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' topped the week in all major demographics including adults 18-34 (2.73 rating), adults 18-49 (3.49), and adults 25-54 (4.13); it also topped all of cable in males 12-34 (3.37), men 18-49 (4.94), and total viewers (10.84 million). AMC's 'The Walking Dead' was the top scripted series on the week with a 3.36 18-49 rating and 7.9 million viewers. It also topped the week in both females 12-34 (2.18 rating) and women 18-49 (3.18). 'Talking Dead', which aired immediately afterwards, had 3.36 million viewers with a 1.35 rating. 

U.S. Primetime Broadcast TV Ratings: 12/4 - 12/10/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of December 4, 2017 - December 10, 2017 in the U.S.

NBC again topped the week in both the 18-49 demo (2.0/8 rating/share) and total viewers (8.09 million). FOX had second in the demo (1.4/5) while CBS had second in viewers (6.83 million). 'Sunday Night Football' (5.4/19, 17.2 million), 'Thursday Night Football' (4.3/17, 14.6 million) and two episodes of 'The Voice' (both 1.8/7, 9.9 million and 10 million) led the way for NBC, while 'The Good Doctor' (1.6/6, 9.04 million) and 'Modern Family' (1.7/6, 5.82 million) led a slow week for ABC. 

CBS's Monday line-up continued to underwhelm, scoring its best numbers from a rerun of 'The Big Bang Theory' (1.2/5, 7.75 million viewers) and a new episode of 'Man with a Plan' (1.1/4, 6.42 million). Wednesday's 'Survivor' (1.8/7, 8.97 million) and Thursday's 'The Big Bang Theory' (2.8/11, 14.41 million) & 'Young Sheldon' (2.2/8, 12.5 million) provided the best moments for the net. FOX found weekly success with 'The Simpsons' (2.3/8, 6.06 million) and 'Empire' (1.8/7, 5.69 million), while its lowest came from 'The Exorcist' (0.4/2, 1.15 million). The CW had the four lowest viewed shows on primetime broadcast with 'Valor' (926,000), 'Jane the Virgin' (648,000), 'Dynasty' (637,000), and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' (629,000). 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Live +7 Ratings: 11/27 - 12/3/2017

NBC's 'This is Us' topped adults 18-49 ratings gain in the Live +7 ratings for the week ending December 3, 2017, rising 2.0 to 4.8 and 5.65 million viewers to 16.6 million. ABC's 'The Good Doctor' led in total viewership gains, rising 6.66 million viewers to a seven-day total of 15.91 million. In percentage gains, 'Designated Survivor' led in both adults 18-49, rising 143% (from 0.7 to 1.7) and total viewers, rising 120% (from 4.03 million to 8.86 million). On cable, AMC's 'The Walking Dead' led in both 18-49 gain (up 1.9 to 5.2) and viewership gain (up 4.15 million to 11.63 million).

Cable Network Ratings: 11/27 - 12/3/2017

Recap of top basic cable networks in primetime for the week ending December 3, 2017. (Note: there was no cable network rankings available for the week ending November 26, 2017)

FOX News topped the week in primetime for the week ending December 3, averaging 2.47 million viewers. Hallmark ranked second on the week with 2.261 million viewers, narrowly edging ahead of ESPN which did 2.231 million. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries was 11th on the week with 1.132 million. 

Freeform, with help from the beginning of the start of 25 Days of Christmas programming, ranked fifth on the week (1.439 million), ahead of sixth-ranked HGTV (1.244 million) and seventh-ranked History (1.232 million). Discovery (1.197 million) just narrowly edged out USA Network (1.191 million), but TBS (1.204 million) beat both ranking eighth on the week. In the 12th position was Investigation Discovery (1.047 million). 

On cable news, MSNBC ranked fourth on the week (1.967 million), CNN took 13th (1.000 million), CNBC was at #44 (315,000), HLN was at 51st (268,000), and FOX Business notched the 82nd spot (89,000).  

Top 15 Shows in Top 15 Markets: 11/27 - 12/3/2017

CBS's 'Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special' scored solid ratings across the top 25 markets. It hit its highest ratings in Pittsburgh (10.5/22 rating/share, 269,000 viewers), St. Louis (9.5/22, 271,000), and Boston (8.4/21, 501,000), and its lowest in Atlanta (2.6/7, 167,000). The Big Ten Championship between Wisconsin and Ohio State notched a 16.7/42 (569,000) in Cleveland, and a 6.1/16 (259,000) in Minneapolis. The game also scored big numbers in Atlanta (6.0/18, 387,000) and Detroit (7.2/20, 318,000). 

NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' between the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks notched a 22.7/50 (1.656 million viewers) in Philadelphia, and a 32.4/70 (1.481 million) in Seattle. 'Thursday Night Football' between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys scored a 12.8/35 (912,000) in Dallas, and a 9.9/29 (636,000) in DC. Finally, 'Monday Night Football' between the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens notched a 4.1/12 (281,000) on ESPN in Houston and a 4.9/13 (135,000) on ESPN in Baltimore. The game also aired on the local ABC affiliate in Houston (KTRK) and the local NBC affiliate in Baltimore (WBAL) where it had an additional 5.5/16 (378,000) in Houston and 9.2/24 (255,000) in Baltimore. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

U.S. Social Content Ratings: 11/27 - 12/3/2017

NBC's Tuesday episode of 'The Voice' topped the week on social networks, averaging a total of 790,000 interactions across Facebook and Twitter. Monday's episode of the singing competition ranked 8th on the week with about 357,000 total interactions. 

Both 'Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special' (634,000) and 'WWE Monday Night RAW' (603,000) beat the penultimate 2017 episode of 'The Walking Dead' (558,000), but 'Dead' did beat other high-profile airings this week including the 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' (518,000), 'Bruno Mars 24K Magic' (452,000), and 'This Is Us' (504,000). 

Elsewhere, Friday's broadcast of 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (117,000) made the list this week, as well as Sunday's 'Outlander' (72,000), and Wednesday's 'Empire' (183,000). 

U.S. Cable TV Ratings: 11/27 - 12/3/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of November 27, 2017 - December 3, 2017 on U.S. cable.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' again took the weekly cable crown in the 18-49 demographic, notching 3.28 rating for Sunday's episode. The episode had 7.5 million viewers, and edged out 'Monday Night Football' in adults 18-34 (2.37 rating), adults 25-54 (3.78), and women 18-49 (3.03). The ESPN game, though, led the week on cable in total viewers (8.3 million), and in men 12-34 (2.61 rating) and 18-49 (3.93). A Saturday Hallmark Channel movie, 'Christmas in Evergreen' took third on the week in total viewers (4.0 million). 

Friday, January 5, 2018

U.S. Primetime Broadcast TV Ratings: 11/27 - 12/3/2017

Ratings highlights for the week of November 27, 2017 - December 3, 2017 in the U.S.

NBC topped the week in the 18-49 demo (2.4 rating/ 9 share) and in total viewers (9.26 million). FOX took second in the demo (1.6/6) while CBS claimed silver in viewership (7.65 million). NBC's coverage of 'Sunday Night Football' (6.4/22, 19.69 million), 'Thursday Night Football' (4.7/18, 15.6 million), and 'This Is Us' (2.8/10, 10.94 million). Saturday's 'Big 10 Football' (3.6/15, 12.92 million) and Wednesday's 'Empire' (1.7/6, 5.05 million) led the way for FOX. 

On ABC, 'The Good Doctor' (1.7/7, 9.25 million) and 'Charlie Brown Christmas' (1.6/6, 9.03 million) topped the week, and a 'CMA Country Christmas' special (1.1/4, 7.95 million) performed modestly on Monday. CBS had a solid week with a well-performing 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' (1.5/6, 5.05 million) and 'The Big Bang Theory' (2.5/10, 13.84 million), but a less-than-stellar 'Bruno Mars 24K Magic' special (1.1/5, 5.44 million). The CW's highest airing belonged to 'The Flash' (1.0/4, 2.82 million), and the lowest to 'Dynasty' (642,000). 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

SMILF (Showtime): Ratings Recap

UPDATED 2019: Showtime's 'SMILF' premiered November 5, 2017 to a 0.25 adults 18-49 rating with 768,000 viewers. The series averaged a 0.17 rating and ,000 viewers over its 8-episode first season which concluded on New Years Eve to a 0.10 rating with 407,000 viewers. A second season aired in 2019, but tumbled from its first season, averaging just 0.06 in the demo and 196,000 viewers. If the low ratings weren't enough to warrant the show's cancellation, on-set issues involving the handling of sex scenes led to the departure of the one of the show's supporting actresses and Showtime opted to end the show.