ABC dominated Saturday evening with college football featuring two top ten teams from the ACC as Florida State, ranked #3 in the nation, crushed the University of Miami Hurricanes, ranked #6, 41-14. The game, beginning at 8P, drew 7.18 million viewers; at 830P it picked up drawing 8.42 million; At 9P in continued its increase by pulling in 8.98 million before falling at 930P, still dominating the evening with 8.14 million viewers. As the game’s conclusion became evident, viewership dropped to 8 million, still 2.27 milion ahead of its closest rival on CBS at 10P and eventually finished the contest with 7.99 million viewers.
Over at CBS, a rerun of ‘Mike & Molly’ drew 3.45 million at 8P and another episode of the same series rerun drew 3.81 million at 830, a rerun of ‘Criminal Minds’ pulled in 4.15 million at 9P and continued to increase viewership at 930P with 4.65 million. At 10P, an original episode of ’48 Hours’ drew 5.73 million while at 1030P, The Tiffany Network’s biggest audience of the evening was gained with 6.78 million viewers.
Meanwhile, FOX was on the air. That’s about all you can say about their performance except for the fact that FOX had an ace in the hole. They knew they could count on NBC to finish in the basement. FOX also featured college football but this network could only draw a Big 12 rivalry featuring Oklahoma State, ranked #18 in the nation at Texas Tech, ranked #15, in Lubbock, TX. At 8P it drew 2.5 million; at 830P it drew 2.4 million; at 9P it dropped to 2.13 million and at 930P it increased to 2.35 million, the high for The Animal Network on Saturday evening. Oklahoma State Cowboys came away with a big victory 52-34.
Then came NBC. When in doubt, you would expect The Peacock Network to pull out an ice skating special to carry some numbers. But in their infinite wisdom, they elected to run a sporting event that for years had been held during the day…almost all of the day. It was the ‘2013 Breeders Cup’ they rolled out at 8P and pulled in 2.04 million viewers; at 830P they upped their ante a bit and had 2.32 million view a horse race. At 9P, the suits at 30 Rock decided to put on yet another rerun of their latest rookie hit, ‘The Blacklist’ but could only draw 1.94 million. At 930P it fell even further to 1.88 million. Then at 10P, they pulled out their old chestnut, a rerun of Saturday Night Live’ and had 2.14 million and 2.56 million at 1030P. Suffice to say, they ‘nagged’ their way to the cellar on a lovely Saturday evening.
For the record, ABC was #1 with a strong 8.12 million viewers. CBS finished #2 with 4.76 million. FOX came in #3 with 2.34 million while NBC was last with 2.15 million.
ACROSS THE POND. BBC One’s dance competition, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is today the power of television in the UK. In its 11th series it drew 10 million viewers on Saturday evening (44% share of audience) and peaked at 11.1 million. Its performance was a series high. In its wake, ‘The X Factor’ could only muster 7.65 million (33.2%) at 8P. Another 231,000 (1.1%) saw the singing competition on ITV +1. BBC One’s ‘Atlantis’ at 815P drew 4.46 million viewers (19.2%) while ‘Casualty’ followed with 4.18 million (19.1%). BBC Two brought ‘A Dad’s Army’ rerun at 830P with 1.35 million (5.8%) while ‘Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage’ drew 947,000 viewers (5%) followed. ‘Fool Britannia’ drew 2.11 million (8.8%) at 630P, followed by ‘The Chase: Celebrity Special’ at 7P with 3.5 million (13.3%). ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ had 3.19 million viewers (17%) at 950P. On Channel 4, ‘Grand Designs’ rerun drew only 830,000 (3.5%) while following, ‘The Eagle’ premiered with 1.41 million viewers (7.1%). Channel 5’s movie ‘Collateral Damage’ drew only 444,000 (2.3%) at 9P while ‘Alien Hunter’ at 1115P drew 419,000 (4.9%). ‘The Xtra Factor’ grew a bit this week to 412,000 (2.2%) while a ‘Family Guy’ marathon on BBC Three drew 681,000 (91%) at Midnight.
As you can see, all over the world, people were…