CBS won another Friday evening. It won each half hour of the evening behind ‘Undercover Boss’ which drew 8.55 million, 2.2 million more than its competition at 8P; At 9P ‘Hawaii Five-O’, with a great episode introducing a new mastermind to chase drew 9.72 million, 3.3 million more than its closest competition; and the all-powerful, ‘Blue Bloods’ proved once again, at 10P, that the family stands by their convictions and assist others the best they can. It’s evening high on all of television resulted in 11.6 milion viewers, an astounding 5.2 million more than its closest competition.
ABC tried but couldn’t come close on Friday. At 8P, ‘Last Man Standing’ finished #2 in the time slot drawing 6.31 million. Then it hit a blip by scheduling ‘The Neighbors’ which dropped 2 million viewer to finish with 4.15 million. The suits at The Alphabet Network have to rethink this strategy. At 9P, ‘Shark Tank’ could only improve slightly to 6.41 million. Then at 10P, ‘20.20’ could only match the previous hour’s number of 6.41 million viewers.
FOX led off with ‘Bones’ in its first appearance on Fridays. It could only draw 5.13 million viewers at 8P. It will have to rebuild its base audience before it can contend with ABC for the #2 spot. At 9P, ‘Raising Hope’ in its season premiere, fell off the hope list with only 2.35 million tuning in. It dropped to 2.02 million at 930P.
NBC began with their faithful ‘Dateline’ at 8P, perhaps not the best time to bring on a news program. It could only draw 5.85 million. ‘Grimm’ at 9P fell a bit, drawing 5.74 million. Then came ‘Dracula’. It drew the fourth worst numbers of the evening with only 2.96 million tuning in at 10P. The Peacock Network affiliates will not like this as very few are left of the entire television view audience to tune in for their 11P newscasts.
The CW had ‘The Carrie Diaries’ being the evening at 8P and could only draw 810,000 viewers. Thanks to ‘America’s Next Top Model’ season finale at 9P, The Little Network That Could pulled in 1.28 million. Only CBS drew bigger audiences each hour of the Friday schedule. t the audience. Good job by The CW. But they have to find something at 8P to boost the audience.
In late night, because of the power of the CBS schedule in prime time, ‘Letterman’ was #1 with 2.8/7 while ‘Leno’ fell to second with 2.6/7. ‘Kimmel’ finished with 2.1/6 with a rerun. At 1235, ‘Fallon’ drew 1.5/5 while ‘Ferguson’ finished with a 1.4/5 while ‘Nightline’ pulled in a 1.4/4. ‘Daly’ at 135A pulled in a 0.9/3.
For the record, CBS was #1 with 9.95 million viewers while ABC drew an average of 6.41 million. NBC brought in an average 4.85 million viewers. FOX finished with 4.12 million viewers. The CW had an average of 1.045 million viewers on this Friday.
‘The Best Man Holiday’ shocked nearly everyone in Hollywood by rising to #1 over heavily favored ‘Thor 2’ on Friday as it drew an estimated $10.7 million at the box office compared to ‘Thor’s’ $10.49 in its second Friday.
ACROSS THE POND:
BBC One’s annual ‘Children In Need’ special drew a powerful 9.75 million viewers. The number one television show of the evening reached 10.42 million at its peak. It raised 31,124,896 million pounds as an astounding 40.6% share of audience was recorded. At 10P, 4.47 million continued to stay on BBC One News at Ten while 4.22 million shifted over to BBC Two. At 1035P-2A, BBC One continued the special and averaged 3.1 million (37.8%).
This night also featured football as England’s team took on Chile in a friendly that saw a peak of 4.57 milion view the game on ITV at 830P. Overall, 4.23 million tuned in (17.7%) between 730P-1015P.
Channel 5 began with a documentary ‘On Benefits and Proud’ which could only draw 909,000 viewers. Another 110,000 tuned in later on Channel 5+1. At 10P, ‘Rambo’ drew 957,000 (5.7%).
No matter where you were watching television, people were…
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