Sport, particularly football, dominated television on Friday night in the U.S. as ESPN’s presentation of Clemson’s victory over Ohio State was a winner. The 40-35 victory brought the ACC the 80th Orange Bowl title behind Tajh Boyd’s brilliant performance. Final numbers will be posted with available.
FOX presented the 78th ‘Cotton Bowl’ and drew an average of 7.241 million viewers for tops in broadcast and saw Missouri bring a bowl victory to the SEC with a 41-31 beating of Oklahoma State of the Big 12.
CBS ran its usual schedule of programming, all reruns to compete. At 8P, ‘Undercover Boss’ pulled in 5.58 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ drew 5.93 million viewers and at 10P, ‘Blue Bloods’ proved what a ‘star program’ does best. It pulls in the big numbers as Tom Selleck’s show drew 7.93 million viewers, tops in broadcast for the evening. And it was a rerun.
Shockingly, both NBC and ABC tied for #4 on Friday. NBC started out strong and ended weak. ABC started mediocre and increased viewership throughout the evening.
ABC began at 8P with a rerun of ‘Last Man Standing’ and drew 5.21 million viewers while at 9P, another rerun of ‘Shark Tank’ drew 5.29 million. At 10P, ’20/20′ drew 6.02 million and finished much stronger than NBC.
At NBC, ‘Nightline’ drew the biggest number on broadcast during the hour of 8P, and pulled in 7.85 million viewers, not far from the high of the evening. But at 8P, an original episode of ‘Grimm’ drew 5.6 million. Then at 10P, an original episode of ‘Dracula’ drove a stake in the heart of The Peacock Network by drawing only 2.95 million viewers. The suits at 30 Rock must put this show out of its misery.
The CW at 8P had ‘The Carrie Diaries’ with an original episode and pulled in 1.02 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Supernatural’ drew 770,000 viewers.
For the record, ESPN finished #1 for the second straight evening. FOX was #2 with an average of 7.241 million viewers. CBS finished #3 with 6.494 million while ABC & NBC tied for #4 with 5.394 million. The CW averaged 894,000 viewers.
Across The Pond:
BBC One at 730P had ‘A Question of Sport’ and drew 4.32 million viewers (18.5%). At 830P, a ‘Miranda’ rerun was watched by 3.75 million (15.3%). At 9P, ‘Silent Witness’ was the highest=rated show outside of soaps with 6.22 million viewers, good for 25.1% share of the available audience. At 1035P, ‘The Graham Norton Show’ pulled in 3.57 million (22%).
ITV gave it a run on Friday at ‘The Martin Lewis Money Show’ at 8P pulled in 3.83 million viewers (16.1%). Piers Morgan’s ‘Life Stories’ with guest June Brown drew 2.82 million (11.4%).
Channel 5 gave the biggest surprise of the evening. ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ with Jim Davidson, Dappy and Sam Faiers, drew 3.18 million (14%). An additional 1.04 million watched Emma Willis and Rylan Clark present ‘Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side’ at 11P.
BBC Two at 7P presented ‘Nature’s Weirdest Events’ which was watched by 1.91 million (8.4%) followed at 8P by ‘Kangaroo Dundee’ which drew 1.97 million (8.2%). At 8.30pm, ‘University Challenge’ drew 2.4 million (9.8%) while at 9P, James May’s ‘Toy Stories: The Motorcycle Diary’ pulled in 2.03m (8.2%).
Channel 4 presented a brand new series of ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and was watched by 1.53 million (6.2%) at 9pm. ‘Rude Tube’ followed with 1.04 million (6.4%).
As one can see, people all over the world were…