NBC With NFL Tops In US. BBC Two #1 In UK. Could This Be The Last Season For ‘Downton’?

The battle between the host, Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love, and the visiting New Orleans Saints, brought in more than million viewers on average throughout the evening on Saturday. With the Saints winning their first game on the road in their history of the playoffs with a field goal in the closing seconds of the game, NBC was the clear winner. From 8P-11P, the game drew 30.09 million viewers.

CBS drew approximately a tenth of that figure to capture the #2 spot. At 8P, a rerun of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ drew 1.57 million viewers while at 830P, a rerun of ‘The Crazy Ones drew 1.66 million at kick-off. At 9P, a rerun of ‘NCIS:LA’ drew 2.73 million viewers while at 10P, an original episode of ’48 Hours’ pulled in a network high for the evening with 4.75 million.

ABC began the evening at 8P with a rerun of ‘Over The Hedge’ which drew an average of 2.67 million viewers over its two hour run. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ drew 2.29 million viewers.

On FOX, at 8P, a rerun of ‘Almost Human’ pulled in 1.7 million while at 9P, a rerun of ‘Bones’ drew 1.63 million.

It was all football on this Saturday in America.

For the record, NBC was #1 with 30.09 million viewers. CBS finished second with an average of 3.031 million while ABC drew 2.541 million and FOX finished with 1.664 million viewers.

Across The Pond:

Big news in the UK via the Press Association is that ‘Downton Abbey’ may be ending. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has hinted that the next series of the hit show could be its last.
The ITV1 drama, telling the story of the aristocratic Crawley family, is set to return to television screens later this year for a fifth series, having made its debut in 2010.
But Lord Fellowes has now said in an interview that the saga will not “go on forever”.
He has been commissioned to write a new American drama called ‘The Gilded Age’ but told The Wall Street Journal that work on the programme would not start until ‘Downton’ had come to an end.
Lord Fellowes said: “It’s for NBC Universal and it will happen when ‘Downton’ finishes because I just couldn’t do both at once.

As for the Saturday Ratings:

BBC Two had ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ drew 5.87 million viewers (25.5% of available audience) for the top show on Saturday evening. ‘David Allen’s Immaculate Selection’ drew 2.87 million (13.8%).

BBC One for the evening, came up a bit short. Catherine Tate’s ‘Nan’ drew 4.13 million (18.4%). ‘Take Me Out’, in its premiere drew 4.35 million (18.6%).

On BBC Four, ‘The Bridge’ drew 1.05 million viewers (4.5%) glued to this Scandanavian thriller.

Point of order: Arsenal’s victory of the Spurs drew 5.17 million viewers (22.5%). At its peak, it drew 6.94 million (30.1%). It was the most watched club match of the season.

As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were …

Switching Channels!

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