Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Several of you asked me to comment on FOX not going forward with "24: Legacy" and the possibility of doing "24" as an anthology moving forward.
Let me say upfront that I was very positive on the "24: Legacy" pilot. It won the MASKY for best midseason drama pilot. I probably should have been a bit more realistic about its chances for long-term success for three reasons.
First, and most important, there was no Jack Bauer, and this was the Jack Bauer show. Kiefer Sutherland was off being president, so the show had to live or die based on the strength of the premise rather than the character, and television is about characters. The new version did not have the Jack/Chloe dynamic and there was little intentional humor which brings me to ...
Second, I forgot that, after the first four seasons, "24" became a comedy -- or I could appreciate it more as a comedy than as a thriller. For me "24" became the modern-day "Keystone Kops" as Jack jumped from one screwup to another, conveniently resolved in 24 hours.
Finally, the original premiered more than 15 years ago, and it's simply a different world. Remember the "24" pilot was shot before the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Between "24" and "American Idol" we at FOX unintentionally stumbled on the two shows that would help the country get through those times.
I did watch the entire season of "24: Legacy." I like these shows and am a big fan of "Homeland." The show didn't break new ground; it just went by the "24" playbook, which is fine, but I get why the folks at FOX felt that another season with this cast wasn't going to cut it. After all, this show was the marketing priority of midseason, getting the most valuable real estate of the post-Super Bowl slot.
Regarding the future, one of two things may have been intended by FOX's statement. One is it was just a face-saving statement. Second, if by returning as an anthology they mean doing 24 hours in ways other than a CTU drama, that's a good idea which we discussed while "24" was on the air. We brought it up with Joel Surnow et al but, if my memory serves me, there was some resistance.
I've been watching the fall pilots. More on that down the road.
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, June 8, 2017

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.4/6 4.32
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/5 6.13
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 1.0/5 5.35
Beat Shazam (FOX) 1.0/5 2.92
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.87
8:30 p.m. Superior Donuts (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.49
9 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 1.4/6 6.17
Love Connection (FOX) 0.8/3 2.55
Mom (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.24
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.86
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.72
10 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) – R 1.1/5 4.81
Bull (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.98


The Stanley Cup Finals on NBC took a ratings hit Thursday thanks to a lopsided game on the ice. Pittsburgh’s 6-0 win over Nashville drew 4.32 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, pending updates, the lowest of the three games aired on NBC so far. The network still led the night in the 18-49 demographic.

FOX’s originals were fairly steady: “Beat Shazam” (1.0) was off a tenth of a point from last week, and “Love Connection” matched last week’s 0.8.

ABC scored strong numbers with reruns of a couple of its game shows. “Celebrity Family Feud” earned a 1.0 at 8 o’clock and a 1.4 (tying for the night’s best) at 9, and “The $100,000 Pyramid” posted a 1.1.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/6 1.2/5 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.32 5.44 2.74 4.42 0.86


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.7/4, 2.8/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

: 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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