Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Some Masked Musings on recently departed shows and one newbie. Masked Wife and I returned from our wanderings to series finales and stored-up episodes of several of our favorite shows. We finally got through them all and here are a few observations.
- I remember when John Landgraf gave me the pilot for "The Americans." When John asked me what I thought of it, I told him I was intrigued, but the fact that this couple had two children that seemed to be props in their job really bothered me. Sadly, my instincts were right. For me this is one of the best and most disturbing series I have ever seen, and if you have never started it, please do.
- For me, "Billions" may well be the best series currently on television. It has gotten richer and more compelling every season, and the addition of Asia Kate Dillon has taken it all to the next level. Through her they have raised the bar for Season 4. Maggie Siff was definitely the MVP of Season 3. You can have your puzzle TV shows like "Westworld," "Legion" and "Mr. Robot." Give me a highly intelligent story that you can follow but still leads in unexpected directions. Check this show out.
- Binging eight episodes of "Riverdale" may be hazardous to your health, but we did it. This is the stupidest show on television, and we all need at least one stupid show on our list ("Total Bellas" gives it a run for its money). I honestly don't know how the cast does this without losing it. There must be a great blooper reel for "Riverdale."
- "Suits" prides itself at how many curse words it can fit into an episode, and this year they raised their game adding "f**k" and "mother***er" to their repertoire. Do they think this makes them a premium show a la "Mad Men" or "Breaking Bad"? It doesn’t. Our new game while watching "Suits" is to keep tabs on how many times someone hands someone else a folder. They communicate with each other through folders. It's pretty funny.
- While we were gone "Succession" premiered. That and "Dietland" (which we have yet to watch) were the two new series we decided to add to the list. We've seen the three episodes that have aired thus far, and I don't know. The biggest issue for me is that if this is a spoof of the Murdoch family, the three main siblings are nothing like Elizabeth, James and Lachlan, who are pretty grounded, intelligent adults. The pacing of this show is deadly. They seem to be going for some cinema verite feel, and it doesn't work. Oh well; they can't all be winners.
But hey, "Preacher" and "GLOW" are on the runway.
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.1/9 11.65
Beat Shazam (FOX) 0.7/3 2.28
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.6/3 5.71
The Middle (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.08
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.76
8:30 p.m. The Middle (ABC) – R 0.5/3 2.57
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.69
Love Connection (FOX) 0.5/2 1.86
Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.93
The 100 (The CW) 0.3/1 0.90
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.02
10 p.m. World of Dance (NBC) 1.4/6 6.32
48 Hours: NCIS (CBS) 0.5/2 3.98
The Last Defense (ABC) 0.5/2 2.50


Most of Tuesday’s originals held steady with last week in adults 18-49. The night’s biggest show, however, fell slightly.

“America’s Got Talent” delivered a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, down 0.1 vs. last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up in the finals). It still easily led the night, however, and was up week to week in total viewers. “World of Dance” matched last week’s final 1.4.

“The 100” returned from a week off to a 0.3, even with its last outing. FOX’s “Beat Shazam” was even with last week’s preliminary 0.7 (it adjusted up in the finals). “Love Connection” held at 0.5, as did “The Last Defense” on ABC.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/9 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.88 2.07 4.86 2.43 0.83


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“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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