It was a classic game. In the last seconds, Florida State scored to defeat Auburn in the last BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. After trailing big, 21-3 in the first half of the game, the Seminoles came back lift FSU to the top of collegiate football once again, with a 34-31 victory. The game drew a 15.3 household rating, down 3% from last year’s Alabama vs Notre Dame game which drew 26.4 million viewers. Monday’s game drew 25.572 million viewers.
ABC brought out its latest edition of ‘The Bachelor’ at 8P and pulled in solid numbers, winning its time slot with 8.48 million viewers and leading ‘Castle’ to dominate its time slot itself at 10P with 8.79 million, the tops in broadcast for the evening. The original episode of ‘Castle’ was brilliant. Not only was the twisting plot the entree for this murder mystery but the potential loss of two of its main characters was questionable to the very end. The Alphabet Network has one of the most solid performers at 10P, week in and week out.
CBS is at prayer service. They are thanking God that ‘Hostages’ is over. At 8P, a rerun of ‘2 Broke Girls’ pulled in 6.38 million viewers tops on the network for the evening. At 830P, a ‘Mom’ rerun drew 5.18 million. Then came the finale of the 15 episode epic flop that was given its contracted run and now all can look forward to not making that mistake again. At 9-11P ‘Hostages’ drew 4.84 million viewers. Programming and marketing are to blame for this flop. You simply can’t sell the American public on the murder of the President of the United States and expect people to watch it week after week. The survey monkeys at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas failed on this one. Let’s hope it never happens again.
FOX was given a huge lift. At 8P presented ‘Almost Human’, with the football and all of the rest of the networks throwing big programming in this hour, the rookie show had a very respectable 6.2 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ drew 2.75 million. But it was ‘Almost Hunan’s strength that lifted The Animal Network of Broadcasting into the #4 position on the evening.
NBC ran a complete night of ‘Blacklist’ reruns. The pilot at 8P, delivered 4.5 million viewers and at 9P, the first of a two part episode, drew 3.88 million. At 10P, the conclusion pulled in 4.19 million viewers.
The CW at 8P ran a rerun ‘Heart of Dixie’ which drew 740,000 viewers and at 9P, a rerun of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ drew a disappointing 522,000 viewers.
In late night, NBC’s ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ was #1 with a 2.6/6 while ABC’s big push from ‘Castle’ gave ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ the #2 position with 2.3/5. CBS’ ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ finished way back at 1.8/4, thanks in large part to the horrible showing of ‘Hostages’. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ drew a 1.3/4, falling behind NBC’s ‘Jimmy Fallon’ which pulled in 1.7/5. CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ dropped off the map with 0.9/3. NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ which aired an hour later, tied ‘Ferguson’ with a 0.9/3. It was a bad late night for CBS.
For the record, ESPN easily won the evening with 22.84 million viewers. ABC was #2 with 8.583 million viewers, 1.1 million viewers ahead of last season on this comparable day, while CBS finished #3 with 5.229 million viewers, some 140,000 less viewers than last year on this same comparable day. FOX had 4.475 million viewers, 700,000+ viewers ahead of last year on this comparable day, while NBC drew 4.188 million, a loss of 2 million viewers vs last years on this comparable day. The CW drew 631,000 viewers, some 300,000 fewer viewers than on this day last year.
If you are going to be in the greater Los Angeles area, the upcoming CBS special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” which will feature today’s artists performing the songs of the Beatles exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the group’s first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” will reunite Grammy Award winners Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart as the Eurythmics. Also featured will be Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5, John Mayer and Keith Urban. The show will tape at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, Jan. 27 the day after “The 56th Annual Grammy Awards” and will air on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets to the taping are on sale and available at http://www.axs.com (or AXS charge-by-phone lines at 1-877-234-8425).
Across The Pond:
BBC One at 830P presented ‘A Question of Sport’ and it was watched by 3.5 million viewers (14% share of available audience) and at 9P had the drama, ‘The 7.39’ starring David Morrissey and Sheridan Smith was seen by 5.66 million viewers (22.6%).
ITV at 8P presented Griff Rhys Jones’s ‘Great Welsh Adventure’ and drew 3.71 million viewers (15.1%), giving them the early lead in the evening. At 9P, the returning drama series ‘The Bletchley Circle’ opened to 4.11 million (15.4%).
On BBC Two, at 8P, ‘University Challenge’ brought in 3.13 million viewers (12.7%) followed at 830P by ‘Sacred Wonders of Britain’ with 1.85 million (7.3%).
Channel 4 had a challenging schedule on Monday. At 8P, ‘Food Unwrapped’s diet special’ had 1.182 million viewers (7.3%) then at 9P, a new series ‘Benefits Street’ pulled in an impressive 3.61 million (14.4%). AT 10P, the documentary ‘Secrets of the Living Dolls’ dropped the audience back to 1.98 million (11.4%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘The Gadget Show’ and 716,000 viewers watched (2.9%) followed at 9P by the latest ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ with 2.08 million viewers (8.3%). At 10P, ‘Celebrity Wedding Planner’ was seen by 579,000 viewers (3.3%).
As one can see, no matter where you were watching television on Monday, people were …