While claims are made about a segment of the audience and various networks pronounce victory for this and any other evening, television after all is a mass medium. And when it comes to rating which network was on top, it has to be judged by total audience. Again, CBS dominated Tuesday. ‘NCIS’ is the king of all television drama. During each half hour of prime time, CBS won. And this week, both NBC and FOX were throwing their big guns against it. At 8P, ‘NCIS’ came out of the box with 18.98 million good for a 12.1 rating and a powerful 19 share; at 9P, ‘NCIS-LA’ had a strong 14.763 million viewers and a 9.4/15 while at 10P ‘Person of Interest’ delivered 11.896 million viewers in this time slot and won with a 8.0/14, a 10% increase in this time slot compared to a year ago, ‘Vegas’ which had a 7.3/12 on 10/30/12. CBS was up 1% vs a year ago on this same day.
On NBC, ‘The Biggest Loser’ finished with 5.941 million viewers and a 4.2/7 at 8P. Then The Peacock Network brought out ‘The Voice’, their #1 reality program and scored with 11.421 million viewers and a 7.1/12. The were both season lows and overall, NBC was down 10% compared to last season.
TNT, featuring the opening of the NBA season pulled in the second highest viewer total in NBA opening night history with 5.4 million viewers tuned in at 8P. It was the 30th anniversary of the NBC on TNT for the opening double header. The game featured the World Champion Miami Heat defeating the Chicago Bulls. The telecast generated a 17.1 rating in Miami and an 11.5 rating in Chicago. The second game featuring the Los Angeles Lakers against cross town rivals, Los Angeles Clippers, drew 3.8 million total viewers from 1045-11P, good fro a 3.2 rating. In Los Angeles, it earned a 10.3 metered market rating.
FOX tried to match the competitive effort by throwing ‘The X Factor’ against ‘The Voice’ and the ‘NCIS’ duo. The two hours revealed the top 12 finalists but it could only pull 4.762 million viewers for a 3.7/6 from 8P-10P. At 8P it drew 5.093 million while at 9P the show could only muster 4.431 million. It could be an all-time series low. It is questionable if this program can come back for another season. Simon Cowell’s vehicle was doubled by ‘The Voice’ at 9P. America has Cowell fatigue.
ABC didn’t really try on Tuesday. It ran a rerun of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and could only pull in 4.256 million for a 2.6/4 at 8P. ‘The Goldbergs’ edged up a bit at 9P with 5.369 million for a 3.8/6 while ‘Trophy Wife’ dropped and finished with 4.275 million (3.0/5) at 930P. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Shark Tank’ tanked with 3.429 million viewers and a 2.3/4.
The CW’s ‘The Originals’ at 8P finished with 2.002 million and a 1.6/2 while ‘The Supernaturals’ could only pull 2.164 million for a 1.4/2. But both programs performed far better than what was in their place on the schedule on this day a year ago. ‘Originals’ was up 50% (vs ‘Hart of Dixie’) and ‘Supernaturals’ was up 267% (in A18-49 demo) compared to ‘Emily Owens, MD’ last season.
For the record, CBS finished #1 with 15.213 million viewers (+150,000 above last year’s same day figures) and a 9.8 rating, 16 share; NBC finished #2 with 9.597 million viewers and a 6.1/10, down 1.2 million behind last year on this day. TNT was #3 with 5.4 million viewers good for a 3.3 HH rating. FOX was #4 with 4.762 million viewers and a 3.7/6, up nearly 1 million viewers for the evening vs last year; ABC was viewed by 4.109 million and had a 2.8/5, down a whopping 2.5 million viewers less than last year on this day; Univision finished with 3.2 million viewers (1.7/3) and The CW finished with 2.092 million viewers and an average 1.6 rating and a 2 share, up 800,000 viewers above last year. Telemundo finished with 1.3 million viewers and 0.7/1.
In late night, ‘Jay Leno’ edged out ‘David Letterman’ 2.9/8 to 2.7/7. ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ was third with 1.8/5. At 1235A, ‘Jimmy Fallon’ finished with 1.5/6 ahead of ‘Craig Ferguson’ at 1.4/5. ‘Nightline’ averaged a 1.1/4. In late, late night at 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ brought in an average of 1.0/4.
Across The Pond: BBC One premiered the second season of ‘Ripper Street’ and drew 5.08 million viewers (22.8% share). It was down 30,000 viewers from its last episode in February. BBC Two’s ‘University Challenge’ brought in 2.86 million (12.3%) at 8P while ‘Proper Pub Food’ burped up 2.09 milion (8.9%) at 830P. ‘Iceland Foods’ was up a bit at 9P with 2.16 million (9.7%) while ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ dropped to 1.04 million viewers at 10P. ITV’s ‘Tales from Northumberland’ drew 3.57 million (15.5%) at 8P. The documentary ‘OCD Ward’ drew 2.74 milion at 9P or 12.3% share of audience. Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’ had 1.09 million at 8P while ‘Health Freaks’ could only muster 981,000 viewers at 830P. ‘999’ came up a bit to 1.23 million at 9P while ‘Embarrassing Fat Bodies’ dropped the audience back to 907,000 (5.9%) viewers. Channel 5’s ‘Gadget Show’ was seen by 669,000 (2.88%) at 8P while ‘Pickpockets & Proud’ doubled the audience at 9P with 1.37 million (6.1%). ‘Under the Dome’ finished with 1 million viewers at 10P. BBC Four’s ‘Only connect’ attracted 828,000 viewers at 830P. Sky1’s ‘Arrow’ was viewed by 404,000 viewers at 8P. E4 ‘Made in Chelsea’ had 492,000 people watching at 10P. ITV2’s ‘Peter Andre: My Life’ finished with 667,000 viewers at 9P.
On the tech side, Buzzfeed reports CBS is developing a 24-hour digital video service that would stream its news content onto new distribution platforms. No distribution agreements have been reached and a possible launch is probably months away.
Aereo is going to Denver and will launch on November 4th. The could-based TV service will attempt to reach the Denver metro with its 3.4 million consumers as it plans to be in 22 cities in the U.S. this year.
No matter where the audience was on Tuesday night, bt it in the U.S. or in the UK, people were…