Wednesday TV Ratings 7/18/18: Code Black Down for Series Finale, ESPYs Weak

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMBig Brother1.4/75.21CBS


The 2018 ESPYs0.9/53.94ABC

Ellen's Game of Games (R)0.7/44.03NBC

Girl Got Game0.1/10.47The CW
9 PMGordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell & Back1.0/53.25Fox

TKO: Total Knock Out0.8/43.43CBS

World of Dance (R)0.5/32.40NBC

The Originals0.2/10.68The CW
10 PMCode Black (Series Finale)0.7/45.33CBS


Summer Reality Renew/Cancel, Week 5: The Last Defense Isn’t Making a Strong Case for Itself

The past week has been quite busy for reality TV, with multiple premieres from CBS, multiple finales from NBC, and a scheduling change by ABC. Stay tuned for my analysis on some of these shows and more!

(Note: Downgrades are noted in purple bold type, upgrades are noted in blue bold type, and premieres are noted in italics.)
Certain to be Canceled:
Phenoms (0.2, 0.1-0.2)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (0.7, 0.6-0.9)

Likely to be Canceled:
The Gong Show (0.5, 0.5-0.6)
The Last Defense (0.4, 0.4-0.5)
Love Connection (0.5, 0.5-0.6)
My Last Days (0.1)
Whistleblower (0.4)

Leans Cancellation:
48 Hours: NCIS (0.5, 0.4-0.5)
Little Big Shots (0.8, 0.7-1.1)

Leans Renewal:
Beat Shazam (0.7, 0.7-0.8)
The Four (0.7, 0.7-0.8)
So You Think You Can Dance (0.7, 0.6-0.8)
TKO: Total Knock Out (0.9)
The Proposal (0.7, 0.7-0.8)

Likely to be Renewed:
Celebrity Undercover Boss (0.6, 0.5-0.7)
Match Game (0.7, 0.6-0.7)
Masters of Illusion (0.2)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3, 0.3-0.4)

Certain to be Renewed:
The $100,000 Pyramid (1.0, 0.9-1.2)
American Ninja Warrior (1.1, 0.9-1.2)
America's Got Talent (2.3, 2.0-2.5)
The Bachelorette (1.4, 1.2-1.6)
Big Brother (1.3, 0.9-1.5)
Celebrity Family Feud (1.3, 1.1-1.8)
MasterChef (1.0, 0.9-1.2)
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3)
To Tell the Truth (0.8 0.7-0.8)
What Would You Do? (0.6, 0.5-0.8)

Fate Determined:
24 Hours To Hell and Back (RENEWED)
World of Dance (RENEWED)

Yet to Premiere:
Pink Collar Crimes (July 2018)
Making It (July 2018)
Bachelor In Paradise (August 2018)
Castaways (August 2018)

The Last Defense: ABC's newest documentary series has not been a strong performer so far, dipping to an abysmal 0.4 on two occasions and only being able to muster a 0.5 on a good day. Still, I'm not certain that it's done. ABC's expectations for the series couldn't have been very high, considering its terrible timeslot. And despite being a flop, it's still an improvement on last season's timeslot occupant Somewhere Between. I have a hard time seeing it back next season, so it's still a LIKELY CANCELLATION, but it's not executed just yet.

TKO: Total Knock Out: CBS rarely sees summer success outside of a certain-to-be-renewed show called Big Brother, and that didn't stop last week with the premiere of new game show TKO. With a 0.9 start, the heavily-promoted series starring Kevin Hart doesn't look too promising. However, Big Brother isn't known for being a very good lead-in, and we've reached a point where 0.9 isn't a cancelable number in-season, let alone in Summer. We'll have to see how this plays out, but it starts in the LEANS RENEWAL category.

The Proposal: I won't try to say that The Proposal is not a flop, but it's definitely not the post-Bachelorette disaster that we're used to seeing. I've had it in the leaning cancellation category since it started, but I'm changing my tune now. I expected it to collapse pretty much immediately, but it hasn't done that yet. Granted, 0.6 is not a great number, but for a cheap reality series airing at 10 PM, it isn't too horrid, either. The Proposal now LEANS RENEWAL, though that doesn't mean I'm taking my eyes off it.

The Gong Show: I upgraded this show just last week, and I almost instantly regretted it. Not only because it fell back down to 0.5, but because ABC announced a scheduling change for its Thursday lineup, moving Gong to 10 PM and Take Two to 8 PM. A scheduling change of that caliber shows that ABC really doesn't care about The Gong Show, and is pretty much cutting its losses now. THis prompts a downgrade, to a LIKELY CANCELLATION.

What do you think of my predictions? What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to vote in the poll of the week!

Network - Episode 1.18 - Dream a Little Dream

1x18 - “Dream a Little Dream”

By: Jessica Boggs


Last week on Network, Leah accepts a marriage proposal, Kasey and Jesse did something we cannot
show you on television, and Holly is drinking at the bar while talking to Matt. This is what you missed
on Network, but we start off this episode with Matt walking Holly home to her apartment.

Holly: Thanks for walking me home, Matt.
Matt: It’s my pleasure. If you need anything, just call me, okay?
Holly: I will!

The two embrace. Then Matt leaves. Holly then turns to open the door.

When Holly enters her apartment, she breathes out a big sigh, then heads to the couch to lay down. She
contemplates everything that happened.

Holly: All these months that we have shared traded in for passion and lust. This is not the first time my
ex did it to someone. He did it to Leah, and now he did it to me. But what did I care? I lost our perfect
little one, the only thing I had hope for the sake of humanity. The little peanut in the sky. All gone. Now
where do I go from here?

She gets up, sighs, and heads to her room.


Holly: So what should I wear? Sweats, a T-shirt and shorts, or those girly pajamas? Hmmm…I guess a
T-shirt and shorts it is.

Holly then changes into her T-shirt and shorts combo, grabs her computer, and writes.

Holly (narrating): Monday, October 16. I guess it is unusually warm at this point. It’s been a couple of
months since Jesse broke up with me, but it is getting somewhat easier to manage. I met this awesome
guy at the bar tonight. His name is Matt, but I don’t know if I should get to know him further. Don’t get
me wrong, he seems like a really nice guy. But I have been duped by one, and it hurts. I’m guessing a
new perspective is freshly needed.

All of a sudden, Holly’s cell phone rings. It is Leah.

Holly: Hello?


Leah: Hey Holly, how are you holding up?


Holly: Not too bad. Just hanging in there.
Leah: That’s a good sign.
Holly: Got back from the bar earlier, and a guy named Matt took me home.
Leah: Hmmm...sounds like the network’s Matt.
Holly: Something like that.
Leah: Girl, that may just be an upgrade for you.
Holly: Well, what do you mean?
Leah: He is super cute, if you know what I mean. And he stood up for you when Jesse was literally
degrading you in front of everybody while he was arguing with Charlie. It’s like he was downplaying
how important your relationship was. Jesse the dog, that is.
Holly: That, Jesse is.
Leah: You don’t sound too good, Holly.
Holly: I know. A couple of months has been rough.
Leah: I bet. It took me six months, but I am now engaged to the love of my life.

Holly is genuinely in shock after Leah tells her of the news.

Holly: Are you serious? Since when?
Leah: Since this evening. Ash brought me to his office, got down on one knee and proposed!
Holly: Congratulations! I am so happy for you.
Leah: I know, right?

The girls laughed endlessly.

Leah: Well now, I will catch you later. Take care of yourself. I hope you can come to the wedding.
Holly: Is that an invite?
Leah: Yeah.
Holly: Well, see you later.


The phone conversation ends. Holly then returns to writing.

Holly (narrating): Sometimes when life gives you curveballs, that’s when you experience strength like
never before. I’m glad Leah called me. I’m happy that she has find someone to spend a lifetime with.
Maybe this will give me hope. Should I start a friendship with Matt and see how this ends up? Maybe.
But the possibilities are endless.

Holly then breathes a sigh of relief and smiles.

Holly: All better now.

Well, that concludes this week’s episode of Network. Stay tuned for an all new episode of Network
when the executives meet to discuss the upcoming press tour!


NETWORK is written and executive produced by Jessica Boggs and production is overseen by TVRGO. 

NETWORK is one of The TV Ratings Guide's first ORIGINAL SERIES, an exclusive feature of  The TV Ratings Guide.


Tuesday Cable Ratings 7/17/18: Humans Ends with a New Low, Hit the Floor Collapses

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Tuesday, 7/17/18. Items of note include the season finale Humans on AMC, Love Is on OWN, and The Bold Type on Freeform.
(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.)

18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
WWE SmackdownUSA0.742.29
The Haves and the Have NotsOWN0.512.21
Chrisley Knows BestUSA0.51.54
The ChallengeMTV0.490.82
Below Deck MediterraneanBravo0.471.31
Counting CarsHistory0.421.23
Deadliest CatchDiscovery0.411.65
Animal KingdomTNT0.411.35
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.393.02
Forged In FireHistory0.391.08
Fear FactorMTV0.380.84
Fear FactorMTV0.350.75
Married At First SightLifetime0.340.95
Love IsOWN0.341.14
Cuomo Prime TimeCNN0.291.42
Paw PatrolNickelodeon0.291.38
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.291.36
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.292.85
CNN TonightCNN0.291.27
Murder Comes to TownInvest. Discovery0.271.22
The Last WordMSNBC0.272.33
HannityFox News0.263.06
The Daily ShowComedy Central0.250.77

Highlights Below the Chart:

House Hunters InternationalHGTV0.251.39
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.241.11
House HuntersHGTV0.241.37
The Lead with Jake TapperCNN0.221.18
Deadline: White HouseMSNBC0.21.77
Drunk HistoryComedy Central0.20.42
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.22.50
YoungerTV Land0.170.57
At This HourCNN0.150.88
Morning JoeMSNBC0.141.39
Velshi & RuhleMSNBC0.121.21
The Bold TypeFreeform0.120.27
Hit the FloorBET0.120.34
Bug JuiceDisney0.110.53
Stuck In the MiddleDisney0.10.64
TeachersTV Land0.10.35