Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Some Masked Mail today, more about "American Idol" Thursday.
LY asks the following:
"Why do shows such as 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Mom' do the 'Story By' and 'Teleplay By' [credits] instead of saying who wrote the episode?"
The "Teleplay By" tag is associated with the person who actually wrote the script, while the "Story By" designation refers to the person or persons who pitched the idea or story for the episode. CBS comedies need to crank out 22-24 episodes, so in the writers' room, ideas can be thrown around, and then someone is sent off to write the episode.
Lots of people pitch stories but may not write them. As I may have mentioned here, I pitched a storyline that was written into "L.A. Law" and suggested the "Law & Order" multi-parter somewhat based on the O.J. Simpson story. I also pitched a "Family Guy" episode to Seth McFarlane called "All in the Nielsen Family." I got a shout-out in that episode.
In response to my discussion of "Roseanne," Masketeer Jan asks:
"Just curious: Do revivals/reboots/resurrections interest you as a viewer? Does 'Roseanne' in particular?"
Honestly, I don't go out of my way as a viewer to watch any of them but often sample one or two professionally, if you know what I mean. I did watch the "24" reboot and was underwhelmed. I got through half of the "Prison Break" reboot before calling it a day and watched a few "X-Files" but did not come back for the second cycle.
I feel about this the way I feel about going to see performers who are way past their prime. With the exception of Van Morrison, I avoid these reunion tours.
Here's one from DF:
"A reader asked about why The CW doesn't run sitcoms like the WB and UPN before it. You said they were never really successful. While this is true for the most part, a few come to mind as successes. For The WB, 'Reba' and 'The Steve Harvey Show.' For UPN, 'Moesha,' 'Girlfriends,' 'The Parkers' and 'One on One.' Why do you think it was so hard for the weblets to launch successful sitcoms versus dramas and reality shows?"
You are correct that there were a few sitcoms that succeeded on The WB and UPN. As you can see, they were primarily African-American centric comedies, and unfortunately, those do not get much interest in foreign syndication. We had that discussion at FOX with "The Bernie Mac Show" when we discussed how hard to push it.
Superhero series have more international value, and that's why they are an area of interest for The CW.
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Bachelor: After the Final Rose (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 2.2/8 7.70
The Voice (NBC) 2.1/8 9.93
NCIS (CBS) 1.4/6 12.83
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 1.0/4 3.98
The Flash (The CW) 0.7/3 2.01
9 p.m. This Is Us (NBC) 2.2/8 8.81
Bull (CBS) 1.1/4 10.02
LA to Vegas (FOX) 0.7/3 2.08
Black Lightning (The CW) 0.5/2 1.47
9:30 p.m. The Mick (FOX) 0.6/2 1.74
10 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.4/5 7.10
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.9/4 8.31
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC) – F 0.7/3 2.59


“The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” scored pretty well for ABC Tuesday, tying “This Is Us” for the night’s top 18-49 rating and beating “The Voice” head to head.

“After the Final Rose” drew a 2.2 for its two-hour run and narrowly beat “The Voice” (2.1) head to head. It matched the 2.2 for Monday’s “Bachelor” finale. Following the special, the finale of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” drew a 0.7, up a tenth of a point from last week’s final rating.

“This Is Us” (2.2) slid three tenths to its second-lowest rating of the season on NBC. “Chicago Med,” however, held steady at 1.4.

“NCIS” rose two tenths to 1.4 on CBS, while “Bull” and “NCIS: New Orleans” were even with last week’s numbers. All of FOX’s and The CW’s shows held steady as well, although that means “The Flash” once again tied its series low at 0.7.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/7 1.8/6 1.2/5 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.61 6.00 10.39 2.94 1.74


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 3.1/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.1/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/4, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/3, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.3/5

: 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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