CBS may in fact be in its heyday. It won on Tuesday with it’s powerful lineup. It won on Wednesday with the People’s Choice. It won on Thursday behind their ‘Big Bang’ and then on Friday won as usual behind their two horses ‘Hawaii’ & ‘Blue’. On Saturday it had the NFL Playoffs between the New England Patriots behind Tom Brady and the Indianapolis Colts led by Andrew Luck. In the first quarter it was no contest as Luck made a passing mistake and Brady made them pay for it. Before you rested on the couch, it was 14-0. Then the Colts came back and at 4:35 left in the first quarter it was 14-7. From that point, it went to 21-7; 21-10; 21-12 and the fun just began. The victory, 43-22, by the Patriots in their 15th post game appearance under the ownership of Bob Kraft, gave CBS the real victory as the game drew 27.83 million viewers for the game from the Boston area. It dwarfed the competition.
Also in Boston, NBC in its lead up to the Winter Olympic coverage beginning next month, presented ‘The U.S. Figure Skating Championships’ short program from 8-11P and drew 4.12 million viewers. The reason? After watching a magnificent performance by one of the guys who flew through the air like a seasoned performer, the judges gathered to mull over, micro second by micro second each and every jump to make sure it was pure. Enough. Switched channels.
FOX, following its afternoon NFL Playoff game between the New Orleans Saints against the victorious Seattle Seahawks, where Seattle advanced to the NFC Championship game next Sunday with a 23-15 win, began with a rerun of J.J. Abrams freshman series, ‘Almost Human’ at 8P, FOX showcased one of the best episodes of the new series featuring a lesson in ‘giving’ by Michael Ealy’s character, Dorian, and a fascinating mystery murder of a man predicting the exact time of his death which drew 4.55 million, the second highest of the night. At 9P had another rerun of ‘Bones’ as Bones & Booth go undercover to a couples retreat. The episode gave the leads plenty of room to present their acting chops and it drew million 2.93 million viewers. The Animal Network of Broadcasting must be drawing a big sigh of relief as they are the ones who have such a work horse such at ‘Bones’. It has to be included as one of the best series of this past decade.
ABC ran reruns at 8P-10P of ‘The Bachelor’ and drew 1.42 million viewers and a 10P, ran a rerun of ‘Killer Women’ which debuted earlier this week, featuring the only woman of the Texas Rangers, played by Tricia Helfer. It was panned earlier in the week and this time out it drew 2.65 million viewers. They were the beneficiaries. The story has a lot of possibilities and the characters could become likable. Granted, in the pilot they were stiff but that should pass. The plot was intriguing which cannot be talked about or our female Texas Ranger will be fired. It’s worth a watch the next time around. See what you think.
For the record: CBS was #1 with million 27.83 viewers. NBC finished #2 with 4.12 million viewers. FOX had 3.74 million viewers. ABC completed the evening with 1.83 million viewers.
In other news, ESPN today announced that 2002 FIFA World Cup champion Gilberto Silva from Brazil and legendary Dutch footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy will serve as studio analysts during the company’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, June 12–July 13. Silva and van Nistelrooy will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs throughout the quadrennial tournament. Silva and van Nistelrooy join a roster of ESPN 2014 World Cup analysts that includ former professionals and national team players Michael Ballack (Germany), Alexi Lalas (USA), Steve McManaman (England), Santiago Solari (Argentina) and Taylor Twellman (USA).
Across The Pond:
BBC One presented ‘The Voice’ and it won over ITV’s ‘Splash!’ in the Saturday night television ratings battle.
The third year of the BBC singing contest was watched by an average of 8.4 million people (34.8% share of available audience) last night. ‘The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins’ had its biggest audience in at least four years with 5.97 million viewers (25.3%).
ITV’s ‘Splash!’ was watched by 3.7 million viewers. ITV’s most watched show yesterday was ‘Take Me Out’ with 4.44 million (18.8%), up 90,000 viewers over last week.
Channel 4 presented the disastrous CBS series, ‘Hostages’ on Saturday evening. It drew 1.39 million viewers (5.9%), the highest on the channel on Saturday.
As you can see, no matter where you were watching television on Saturday evening, people were …