Friday Cable Ratings 8/7/20: NBA Stays on Top, Tucker Carlson Leads Cable News, Real Time with Bill Maher and Sydney to the Max Hit New Lows (Again)

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 8/7/20. Items of note include NBA on TNT, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and Sydney to the Max on Disney.
(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Sunday TV Ratings 8/9/20: Big Brother Drops at 10, PGA Leads

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Saturday TV Ratings 8/8/20: PGA Championship Leads, NHL Down from Last Saturday


Preliminary Analysis: The 2020 PGA Championship (0.5) was the top program of the night, beating out the competition on a very atypical Saturday evening. Its '48 Hours' repeat lead-out (0.3) fell two-tenths behind it at 10 but that was enough for CBS to comfortably rise above the other networks with a 0.4 average.

NBC's 'Flyers v. Lightning' hockey game (0.3) lost a tenth from last week's broadcast of 'Canadiens v. Penguins'. ABC wasn't far behind it with repeats of 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (0.3), 'Shark Tank' (0.3), and 'The Good Doctor' (0.2). Fox remained in feeble territory with 'PBC Boxing' (0.2).

Final numbers to come.

The Bullpen Season 3 Episode 6: The Bullpem


ROBERT, DEVIN, and FELIX are all sitting on the bench in the bullpen. MANNY is pacing back and forth, looking nervous. HARRY is standing behind a table with his grill and food.

Friday TV Ratings 8/7/20: Being Reuben Premieres as Lowest-Rated Broadcast Launch Ever, WWE SmackDown Stays on Top


Preliminary Analysis: The dreadful 0.0 rating has been popping up more often in recent months on the CW network, with drama encores typically being the ones garnering it. But the 1-hour series premiere of reality series 'Being Reuben' (0.0/0.0) proved that the putrid result is not just limited to repeat broadcasts anymore. Chronicling internet sensation Reuben de Maid's rise to fame, the doucseries bombed out the gate and fell behind a repeat of 'Masters of Illusion' (0.1) that came before it. Earlier in the night, an original 'Masters of Illusion' (0.1) held even. Given that 'Taskmaster' was recently pulled off the schedule for garnering a 0.1 rating, it'll be interesting to see if the CW will leave 'Reuben' to air out its entire episode order.  

There was little movement on the other four networks with 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5) once more crushing the competition on Fox. ABC's 'Shark Tank' (0.4) and '20/20' (0.3) encores were close behind and relatively on-par with NBC's repeats of 'The Wall' (0.3) and 'Dateline' (0.4). CBS had a stable 'The Greatest #AtHome Videos' (0.4) and repeats of 'Magnum PI' (0.3) and 'Blue Bloods' (0.3).

Final numbers to come.

Prime Time Cable News Ratings August 3 - August 6: FOX News and Maddow Dominate, Mixed Results for 10pm Cuomo


Below are the prime time cable news ratings for Monday, August 3 through Thursday, August 6. The most important demographic is A25-54, and A18-49 serves as the tiebreaker demo for the sake of placement on this chart. Boxes with a dash indicate the show not placing in the top 50 in the A18-49 demographic. As such, A25-54 and A18-34 ratings were not reported for those airings.


Network
Day
A25-54
A18-49
A18-34
Total viewers
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Thursday
0.63
0.40
0.25
3.953
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Wednesday
0.59
0.39
0.17
3.880
Hannity
FOX News
Thursday
0.55
0.36
0.18
3.802
Hannity
FOX News
Tuesday
0.55
0.34
0.19
3.965
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Monday
0.54
0.36
0.13
4.069
Hannity
FOX News
Wednesday
0.53
0.34
0.21
3.968
The Ingraham Angle
FOX News
Tuesday
0.50
0.33
0.13
3.322
Hannity
FOX News
Monday
0.50
0.30
0.14
3.724
Tucker Carlson Tonight
FOX News
Thursday
0.49
0.33
0.15
3.654
The Ingraham Angle
FOX News
Thursday
0.49
0.31
0.14
3.329
The Ingraham Angle
FOX News
Wednesday
0.46
0.26
0.15
3.220
Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBC
Thursday
0.45
0.28
0.10
3.591
Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBC
Tuesday
0.44
0.29
0.09
3.193
Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBC
Wednesday
0.43
0.26
0.07
3.386
Anderson Cooper 360
CNN
Tuesday
0.42
0.26
0.10
1.592
Cuomo Prime Time (9pm)
CNN
Tuesday
0.40
0.25
0.09
1.719
The Ingraham Angle
FOX News
Monday
0.40
0.24
0.11
3.00
Cuomo Prime Time (10pm)
CNN
Thursday
0.37
0.22
0.11
1.651
Cuomo Prime Time (10pm)
CNN
Tuesday
0.35
0.24
0.11
1.460
Anderson Cooper 360
CNN
Monday
0.35
0.22
0.11
1.659
Anderson Cooper 360
CNN
Wednesday
0.34
0.22
0.08
1.460
Cuomo Prime Time (9pm)
CNN
Thursday
0.34
0.20
0.10
1.716
Cuomo Prime Time (9pm)
CNN
Monday
0.33
0.19
0.10
1.722
Cuomo Prime Time (9pm)
CNN
Wednesday
0.32
0.21
0.11
1.635
Cuomo Prime Time (10pm)
CNN
Wednesday
0.32
0.20
0.10
1.572
Cuomo Prime Time (10pm)
CNN
Monday
0.32
0.18
0.08
1.600
Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
MSNBC
Tuesday
0.30
0.20
0.06
2.290
Rachel Maddow Show
MSNBC
Monday
0.30
0.18
0.06
2.944
All In with Chris Hayes
MSNBC
Thursday
0.29
0.18
0.08
2.278
All In with Chris Hayes
MSNBC
Tuesday
0.28
0.17
0.07
2.184
Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
MSNBC
Thursday
0.28
0.16
0.05
2.350
Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
MSNBC
Wednesday
0.28
0.15
0.03
2.343
CNN Global Town Hall
CNN
Thursday
0.27
0.15
0.07
1.241
Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
MSNBC
Monday
0.14
2.165
All In with Chris Hayes
MSNBC
Wednesday
0.13
1.971
All In with Chris Hayes
MSNBC
Monday
0.12
1.954

FOX News was almost always on top this week, with the top 11 airings all FOX News shows. Monday night’s edition of The Ingraham Angle lagged behind a bit, but still won its time slot in all key demos. Without an interview from President Trump, Hannity’s ratings on Thursday were in the same range as the rest of the week’s airings.

Rachel Maddow Show continued to show strength most of this week, with Wednesday’s and Thursday’s airings having more viewers than The Ingraham Angle on FOX News, plus everything else on CNN and MSNBC. The exception is Monday, where it joined All In and Last Word toward the bottom of the chart.

CNN turned to Cuomo Prime Time to fill in for Don Lemon’s CNN Tonight at 10pm this week to mixed results. Two of the 10pm portions were toward the top of CNN’s ratings this week. Still, there was often a drop-off in ratings from the 9pm edition of Cuomo Prime Time to the 10pm one, and two of CNN’s lowest ratings this week came from the 10pm portion. So while Cuomo Prime Time did a solid job at 10pm, it’s doubtful the network is eager to permanently move the show to the later hour.

CNN’s Thursday Global Town Hall once again failed to provide high ratings, this time sinking even lower on the chart than usual. While not a definite, one would have to wonder how it would do if the Anderson Cooper-hosted special was disguised as an episode of Anderson Cooper 360. Whatever the reason for the weak ratings, CNN is likely not pleased.

What stood out to you with this week’s cable news ratings? Leave a reaction and let us know in the comments below!

Put Me In Season 2 Episode 6: Batter Up


PREVIOUSLY ON PUT ME IN

CARTER walks out of the office and back to the dugout. LEWIS approaches him.

LEWIS
What’d she say?

CARTER
I’m not supposed to tell you this, but I might get traded. David might too.

LEWIS
Don’t worry, you need to remember that talks of you being traded or released have gone around before. This kind of stuff just happens.

CARTER
I’m a little worried that they’re not going to keep me on the team much longer. I like it here!

LEWIS
I’m sure wherever you end up, your talents won’t be wasted. Now get out of here, get some rest.




CARTER leaves, having mixed feelings about the team’s dynamics.
_______________________________

OPEN: CARTER is in the dugout, sitting next to BEN. The game is about to begin.

BEN
How does it feel to be in the lineup today?

CARTER
What do you mean, how does it feel? I’m not pitching today.

BEN
Oh. Nobody told you?

CARTER
I just pitched yesterday. Remember?

BEN
I know that.

CARTER
Then why did you say I’m pitching today?

BEN
I never said that.

CARTER
Alright, I’m confused.

BEN yells to LEWIS. LEWIS walks over.

LEWIS
What’s going on?

BEN
Tell Carter what his situation is.

LEWIS
Oh! Yeah. Carter, you pitched yesterday and you pitched well.

CARTER
I realize I pitched yesterday. And thank you.

BEN
Not that!

LEWIS
You mean the other thing?

BEN
I think so. Depends on what words are about to come out of your mouth.

LEWIS
So Carter, there’s a bunch of people who aren’t coming to the game today. It’s all precautionary.

CARTER
I just pitched yesterday, I’m sorry Lewis but I really don’t think I have it in me to pitch again. Plus, I saw David around today so I know he’s not out.

DAVID walks over.

DAVID
I’m not out, but I’m gonna get a lot of batters out when I pitch today. A lot more than you do.

LEWIS
David, we went over this. You’re in for six innings maximum, just like everyone else.

DAVID
I’m still better than Carter.

LEWIS
Whatever. I’m trying to tell Carter about his situation today.

DAVID
Please tell me he’s getting traded. Or better yet, released.

CARTER
I’m right here, David.

DAVID
I know. Why else would I be saying this right now?

CARTER
Also, can someone just tell me what’s going on?

RAY walks over.

RAY
Hey Carter, you ready to play today?

CARTER
Is this a joke?

RAY
No, you’re in the batting lineup.

CARTER
Hilarious. Seriously, what’s happening.

LEWIS
Exactly what he just said.

CARTER
Is that true, Ben? David?

BEN
I’m afraid so.

DAVID
They got me in the lineup today too.

CARTER
So you’re pitching and batting?

DAVID
Of course!

CARTER
When am I batting?

LEWIS
You’re leading off.

CARTER
I’m first?!

LEWIS
Yeah, but don’t think of it that way. Think of is as lead-off.

CARTER
That’s the same thing.

DAVID
You gonna get up and bat or what? They’re waiting for you.

CARTER rushes to put on a helmet and find a bat.

DAVID
That’s my helmet and my bat. I’m batting second.

CARTER rushes to put on another helmet and find another bat.

CARTER
Wish me luck everyone.

BEN
Good luck Carter!

CARTER walks up to the plate. He looks at strikes one and two. He swings at a ball below his knees for strike three and walks back to the dugout. DAVID smiles at him as they walk by each other.

CARTER
That went about as good as I had expected.

LEWIS
Don’t worry, there’s always next time.

RAY
Plus, David will probably strike ou—nope, that’s a hit.

BEN
Wow, David is a better batter than Carter!

CARTER stares in shock. DAVID looks at the dugout from first base, smiling at CARTER.

BEN
Don’t worry about it Carter, we all make mistakes sometimes.

CARTER
Mistakes? I’m not a batter!

BEN
Just keep trying your best and I’m sure you’ll make contact with the ball eventually.

CARTER strikes out three more times in a row before the game ends. He is met by DAVID in the locker room.

DAVID
Hey Carter.

CARTER
What do you want?

DAVID
Seems like I got more hits than you today. And I wasn’t terrible, like you were a couple outings ago.

CARTER
I get your point, you hate me and want my position. Have you thought about trying to get on another team?

DAVID
I think I’m very close to it.

CARTER
Glad to hear it. It’d probably be best for both of us.

DAVID
It won’t be best for the team, though.

CARTER
They know I can pitch. I’m just not a good batter. You know, because I’m a pitcher.

DAVID
Plus, you’re prone to injury.

CARTER
It was a minor injury that happened once.

DAVID
Well, we’ll see which one of us they like better.

CARTER
They’ve already decided on me.

DAVID
I could change their minds.

DAVID walks away. CARTER gathers his belongings and leaves.

Thursday Cable Ratings 8/6/20: Tacoma FD Hits New Low After Renewal, NBA Again Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 8/6/20. Items of note include Tacoma FD on TruTV, Lost Resort on TBS, and
(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Thursday TV Ratings 8/6/20: To Tell The Truth Rises and Tops the Night, Don’t Also Rises, MLB Has a Mediocre Night

Off Topic -- Summer 2020 Thread



Welcome to the summer 2020 thread of Off Topic! Last season, TVRG decided to suspend weekly threads for the summer. This season, we're doing it again! 

Summer Renew/Cancel Week 14: Big Brother Enters with No Worries, Expectedly

It's a new week, and there have been several premieres since our latest update just last week. Keep reading to see initial placements for Big Brother and Fridge Wars!

Wednesday Cable Ratings 8/5/20: NBA Leads, Primetime Cable News Shows Drop

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 8/5/20. Items of note include Corporate on Comedy Central, NBA on ESPN, and The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.
(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)

Wednesday TV Ratings 8/5/20: Big Brother Returns In Solid Fashion, United We Fall Steady, Coroner Premiere Grows from The 100 in Viewers (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: For the first time since 'The Masked Singer' left the airwaves, Wednesday nights perked up a bit thanks to the return of CBS's 'Big Brother' (1.0). It was a decent return for the longtime staple, down just three-tenths from its June 2019 premiere (1.3) and only behind NBC's 'America's Got Talent' as far as summer 2020 broadcast programming goes. But the significantly stronger lead-out had no effect on 'Tough As Nails' (0.5), the reality series held even at 8pm.

While overshadowed by the return of the juggernaut, ABC's 'United We Fall' (0.5) held even in week three and bested every non-CBS program. 'Agents of SHIELD' (0.3) was also even at 10pm for its penultimate episode. Comedy repeats (0.4/0.3/0.3) populated the slots in-between. 

NBC had a semi-decent 'One Chicago' lineup (0.3/0.3/0.4) but fell behind Fox's 'MasterChef' encore (0.4). The CW's 'The 100' (0.1) shed a tenth and led into the low-rated series premiere of 'Coroner' (0.1).

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.

What In The World! Season 2 Episode 3: Mr. & Mrs. Sugar Mama

’Tacoma FD’ Renewed For Season 3 By TruTV

TruTV has decided that the series will remain on their roster for another year.

Hassie Harrison (right). Photo Credit: TruTV

The TruTV network has renewed comedy series 'Tacoma FD' for a third season. The firefighter sitcom originally debuted on March 28, 2019 and centers on the Tacoma Fire Department's first-responders. Since they inhabit one of America's rainiest cities, the members of the department have to tackle more trivial matters to keep themselves busy. Steve Lemme, Marcus Henderson, Kevin Heffernan, Gabriel Hogan, Hassie Harrison, and Eugene Cordero make up the main cast of the program. The first season consisted of ten episodes and ran from March to May in 2019. The second season, which is currently airing, began in March 2020 and will conclude in September. Currently, the season two ratings for 'Tacoma FD' remain on par with the first season. Season one averaged a 0.19 A18-49 rating while season two is maintaining a slightly lower 0.16 rating. Below are the full ratings for the second season.


What do you think of this news? Are you a fan of the series? Will you be tuning in for season three? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Siren Canceled by Freeform After Three Seasons

One of the top-ratings shows on Freeform has officially been sunk. Freeform has axed mermaid drama Siren after three seasons today, despite a 0.11 average that puts it ahead but one of all of their other shows in season averages. Siren premiered on Freeform in March 2018 and ran for 36 episodes over its three seasons. This move comes after renewals of two lower-rated freshman series, Motherland: Fort Salem and Everything's Gonna Be Okay and the cancellation of Party of Five. Siren dropped over 25% from season two to season three and wrapped up its run for good on May 28. It starred Eline Powell as the titular siren, along with Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola and Rena Owen. You can see the full ratings for the third and final season below.


What do you think of this news? Will you miss Siren now that it is no more? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday Cable Ratings 8/4/20: CNN, Fox News and MSNBC See Big Gains from Monday , NBA Leads, Greenleaf Down in Penultimate Episode

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 8/4/20. Items of note include Greenleaf on OWN, Celebrity Show-Off on TBS, and Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN.
(Note: Click any show with its name in green or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)

Tuesday TV Ratings 8/4/20: John Lewis Special Draws Little Interest, AGT Down for Anniversary Special (UPDATED)


Preliminary Analysis: Even if its dominance was much less pronounced, NBC once more topped Tuesday night with its duo of reality-competition programs. The 15th anniversary special of 'America's Got Talent' (0.8) was the night's highest-rated broadcast while 'World of Dance' (0.7) held up swimmingly at 10, remaining steady with last week even as its lead-in slipped by two-tenths. 

ABC had a particularly rotten night in comparison as repeats of 'Modern Family' (0.3/0.3), 'Black-ish' (0.3), and 'Mixed-ish' (0.3) were significantly below last week's pair of 20/20 specials (0.5/0.6). That negative momentum pushed 'What Would You Do?' (0.3) two-tenths below its last original and back down to its series low. 

CBS's John Lewis special (0.3) stirred little interest in the 10pm slot but still matched ABC's occupant. But repeats of 'NCIS' (0.5) and 'FBI' (0.4) before it topped the alphabet network's sitcom offerings. Fox went even lower with meager 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.3) and 'Prodigal Son' (0.2) encores. And the CW held even with 'Stargirl' (0.2) and 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1).

Finals Update: 'What Would You Do?' (0.4, +0.1) adjusted up. This puts it just a tenth below last week instead of two tenths. 
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMAGT: 15th Anniversary Special0.8/56.16NBC

NCIS (R)0.5/34.91CBS

Hell's Kitchen (R)0.3/31.37Fox

Modern Family (R)0.3/32.10ABC

DC's Stargirl0.2/10.83The CW
8:30 PMModern Family (R)0.3/21.65ABC
9 PMFBI (R)0.4/24.06CBS

Blackish (R)0.3/21.40ABC

Prodigal Son (R)0.2/10.75Fox

Tell Me A Story0.1/10.39The CW
9:30 PMMixedish (R)0.3/21.39ABC
10 PMWorld of Dance0.7/53.80NBC

What Would You Do?0.4/32.13ABC

John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero0.3/23.93CBS