Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Some Masked Mail on the acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox by Disney. First, AP asks:
"My question is regarding this possible merger of Disney and 21st Century Fox. What are your thoughts about this for Disney and FOX broadcast network that will no longer have an in-house studio?"
I talked a bit about this right after the deal was announced. For Disney, this puts them in a position to take on the major streaming services with the combined strength of the Disney and 21CF movie and television libraries. It makes them an international player and also gives them regional sports properties to augment their ESPN empire. They also have a majority ownership in Hulu, so it will be interesting to see if that becomes their Netflix, so to speak.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the FX channels, since they kind of play against brand, but there a lot of smart executives over there.
Regarding FBC, they can either go on with business as usual and license product from outside studios, or they can transform the network into a news, sports and reality channel. I honestly don't know how a network can succeed without a studio, but maybe they have some model figured out.
Regardless, none of this happens tomorrow. There are regulatory hurdles, so we are probably looking at a year at least. Don't expect anything to look all that different in the short run.
JU was quite persistent in asking, "Hey Masked scheduler, what's your opinion on what will happen with the '24' reboot currently in development with FOX?"
First of all, I look forward to seeing what they do with the franchise. Back when I was at FOX, we talked to Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon about turning '24' into a colonized franchise a la "Law & Order," "CSI" or "NCIS." Nothing came of it, but the idea of doing a "24" story in a world other than counter terrorism is intriguing.
Again, as I said above, in the short run FBC and the studio are still connected, and if there is an idea in development, it can move forward on the FOX network. FOX would work out a license fee with the studio similar to what they do now.
That's it until after Christmas, so enjoy the holiday and see you next week. In the meantime, if you have a question, email me at You can follow me on Twitter @maskedscheduler.

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Survivor (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.9/8 8.74
Will & Grace (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.84
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.43
Empire (FOX) – R 0.5/2 2.13
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.37
8:30 p.m. Movie: Pitch Perfect (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.9/4 3.51
Speechless (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.80
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.01
Star (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.58
The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (The CW) – S 0.2/1 1.06
9:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.53
10 p.m. Survivor Reunion (CBS) 1.6/6 7.32
Match Game (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.29


The finale of “Survivor” was the only original show on the broadcast networks Wednesday night, and it led the ratings by a wide margin.

The finale scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, pending updates, even with both of its closing episodes last season. Its 8.74 million viewers fall in between the total audience for the fall 2016 (9.09 million) and spring 2017 (8.48 million) finales. Its numbers are subject to change as it ran a little past 10 p.m. ET.

The reunion show following the finale scored a 1.6, pending updates.

NBC’s showing of “Pitch Perfect” was the next highest-rated show of the night at 0.9.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/8 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.26 3.57 2.72 1.85 1.21


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“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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