Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

The "midseason premieres" are rapidly approaching. When the networks started shouting "fall finales," I ran to the streaming services to check out some shows I have been meaning to watch. Like many of you, December was for holiday binging for me. Here's what I did over the holidays; tomorrow, I'll tell you what network premieres I'm looking forward to in the new year.
I stuck to Netflix and started off with the second cycle of "Glitch," which is an Australian series about people from a small town returning from the dead. Yup, it's another version of the French series "The Returned." I'd recommend it but, by the end of the second cycle, I felt the way I felt about "Orphan Black," which is I think it should have been wrapped up.
I would highly recommend "Wormwood" from Errol Morris. It's a hybrid documentary/re-enactment about a son's obsession with finding the truth about his father's "suicide" and the possibility that he was murdered by the CIA. By the second episode the Masked Wife and I were hooked. It's quite disturbing. Perfect holiday fare.
For whatever reason, I've been putting off watching the second season of "Stranger Things." I wasn't blown away by Season 1, and there always seems to be something better to watch. I'll get to it eventually … maybe. I did stumble into "Stranger Things" in "Dark," a German series with eerie similarities to "ST." I'm partway in and enjoying it far more than I did "ST." I just had to stop doing the comparison. Check it out.
"Black Mirror" dropped a few days ago, and not surprisingly, the immediate reviews and rankings filled my Twitter feed. I have seen three. I asked my Twitter followers which one to start with and it was overwhelmingly "USS Callister," so I started there. I was a'ight but not stellar. I think it got the rub by being seen as "Black Mirror" does "Star Trek"; it felt more "Galaxy Quest" to me.
From there I went to "Arkangel," which was much closer to the spirit of "Black Mirror." Simply put: Technology is going to f**k us over in so many ways -- here's one.
There was one episode which is hardly mentioned on my feed and seems to be on the bottom of the several rankings of Season 4 episodes, and that's "Metalhead." The Masked Wife and I loved, loved it, and at the same moment in the episode turned to each other and said this is a great episode of "The Twilight Zone." It's the shortest of the batch and shot in black and white, but it grabs you from the start and never lets go.
Tomorrow, what I looking forward to in midseason.
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.5/5 5.45
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/4 6.59
The Wall (NBC) 0.8/3 4.32
Lucifer (FOX) 0.7/2 3.14
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.90
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.0/3 6.25
9 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/3 5.99
Better Late Than Never (NBC) 0.7/2 4.20
The Gifted (FOX) 0.7/2 2.52
Valor (The CW) 0.2/1 0.79
9:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/3 6.03
10 p.m. Better Late Than Never (NBC) 0.7/3 4.08
The Good Doctor (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.19
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.59


Most of Monday’s original shows, including the season premiere of “The Bachelor,” all took ratings hits airing opposite College Football Playoff games on ESPN.

“The Bachelor” debuted to a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.45 million viewers, down 29 percent in the demo and 18 percent in viewers vs. last year’s premiere. It was the lowest-rated premiere in the show’s history.

FOX’s “Lucifer” and “The Gifted” (each 0.7) were below their season averages, and “Better Late Than Never” (0.7) was off 0.3 from a December episode on NBC. “Valor” posted its usual 0.2 for The CW but was on the low side in viewers (792,000).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.03 5.34 4.20 2.84 0.84


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/2, 1.5/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/1, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 0.9/3


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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