In a huge boost to CBS, the NFL battle between the San Diego Charges and the victorious Denver Brocos, 24-17, gave CBS a huge lead beginning at 7P which it kept despite a strong ’71st Golden Globe Award’ show on NBC. At 7P, the game which had 41.1 million viewers and a 27.0 rating and a 41 share, had a mammoth last hour which peaked with a 47 share. Comparably, this was the third most-watched Sunday AFC Divisional Playoff game in 27 years (as far back as CBS goes, which is the 1987-88 season). This gave the balance of the schedule a tremendous cushion. At 8P, ’60 Minutes’ drew 16.98 million viewers, a season high. At 9P, ‘The Good Wife’ pulled in 9.82 million viewers, again another season high. And at 10P, ‘The Mentalist’ with a superb episode which began a new arc with some very familiar players back in San Francisco, held up well with 9.39 million viewers.
NOTE: Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for CBS (NFL Football) and NBC (Golden Globes) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.
NBC devoted its entire schedule to the first major awards show of the year. At 7P, ‘The Golden Globe Arrivals’ pulled in 10.74 million viewers. One of the confusing points of this show was that it was not live and the bouncing from people in the sun and then as night had set in, the back and forth in the tape room left people knowing they were not watching a live event. Bad move by The Peacock Network. They should take the lead from ‘E!’ where the red carpet was both exciting and brought on the unexpected, especially in the ‘mani-cam’. The ’71st Golden Globes Awards’ at 8P-11P hit a seven year high and brought in 17.1 million viewers (14.1/21) behind the extremely popular hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Its largest audience was at 8P with 18.53 million viewers.
By the way, E!’s ‘Live From the Red Carpet: 2014 Golden Globes’ telecast on Sunday, January 12 from 6P-8 hit a ten year high, reaching over 2.2 Million Total Viewers to mark the network’s best Golden Globes telecast since 2004.
ABC had at 7P, ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ lead off the evening against the behemoths of football and the Globes and drew 5.1 million viewers. At 8P, a special ‘The Bachelor: Behind The Scenes’ drew 3.29 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Revenge’ pulled in a surprisingly bigger number and drew 5.65 million while at 10P, ‘Betrayal’ pulled in only 2.78 million viewers. The good news for suits at the Alphabet Network was the surprising strength of ‘Revenge’ among all of the other power on this evening.
FOX had repeats of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ at 7P and drew 2.03 million and at 730P, ‘American Dad’ which drew 2.4 million viewers. At 8P, ‘The Simpsons’ pulled in 4.71 million while at 830P, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ had 4.02 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Family Guy’ had 5.08 million viewers and at 930P, ‘American Dad’ did its best with 4.35 million viewers. The strength from 8-10P was stunning and ‘Family Guy’s drawing 5+ million shocking. Great job by the Animal Network of Broadcast.
HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with 2.3 million viewers, making it HBO’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010.
For the record, CBS finished #1 with 18.31 million viewers and a 13.2 rating and 20 share of the available audience. (CBS finished ahead 1.62 million viewers ahead of the comparable day last season.) NBC finished #2 with 15.51 million viewers and a 12.0/18. (NBC finished 730,000 more viewers than last year on the comparable day.) ABC finished with 4.2 million viewers and a 2.7/4. (ABC was 1.3 million viewers less than on the comparable day last season.) FOX drew 3.77 million viewers and a 2.4/4. (FOX finished 401,000 less than last year on the comparable day.) Univision finished with 1.82 million viewers.
Over the weekend, FOX made a major announcement. The premier dates for ’24: Live Another Day’, starring emmy award winner, Kiefer Sutherland, will debut with a special two-hour premiere Monday, May 5th. Jack is Back!!!
Digital Notes: Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings Weekly Top Ten 12/30 – 1/05
Television brought in 2014, as ABC’s highly popular perennial celebration “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014″ was the top program on Twitter for the week of Dec. 30. 4.34 million distinct accounts viewed any of the show’s 277,200 tweets on the evening of Dec. 31. The telecast featured live performances of Miley Cyrus in chilly Times Square and Billy Joel in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Other New Year’s Eve broadcasts also scored social media buzz. CNN’s hilarious “New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” generated 59,900 tweets viewed by 1.25 million accounts, ranking seventh for the week, while BET’s “106 & Park” ranked ninth (897,300 accounts/40,500 tweets). ABC’s Jan. 5 preview of their upcoming Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis placed runner-up (3.63 million accounts/152,800 tweets). Building Jimmy Fallon’s February 17 promotion to “The Tonight Show,” his “Best of Late Night” highlight special on NBC Jan. 5 placed fourth (2.52 million accounts/107,800 tweets). The 4th season premiere of the international smash hit drama, “Downton Abbey” aired under the “Masterpiece Classic” banner on PBS on Jan. 5 and drew record numbers for the broadcaster. The episode placed third for the week (2.93 million accounts/97,300 tweets). Another series returned with an original episode during the week: the fifth premiere of NBC’s “Community” — featuring the return of original show runner Dan Harmon — didn’t do much viewership-wise but received significant notice on Twitter; its social media impact ranked eighth (918,700 accounts/41,300 tweets).
FYI According to Nielsen SocialGuide: Activity metrics (Unique Authors and Tweets) are a measure of relevant Twitter activity from three hours before, during and three hours after an episode’s initial broadcast, local time. Reach metrics (Unique Audience and Impressions) measure the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to an episode from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe episodes only and excludes sports events. Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings are only available for English-language U.S. Broadcast and Cable Networks. Unique Audience – The total number of distinct Twitter accounts accruing at least one impression of one or more different Tweets ascribed to a TV episode.
Across The Pond:
BBC One has ‘Sherlock’. And it wowed with 8.77 million viewers for ‘His Last Vow’. In the final episode of season three, it pulled in 32.1% share of the available audience. Earlier at 7P, ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ brought in 4.59 million (19.4%). At 730P, ‘Antiques Roadshow’ pulled in 6.17 million (24.5%).
There were over 377,000 tweets about #Sherlock on Sunday, making it the most tweeted about episode to date.
BBC Two at 815P had Simon Reeves’s ‘Tea Trail’ and it brought in 1.60 million (5.9%). At 915P, Dan Snow’s ‘Operation Grand Canyon’ pulled in 2.34 million (9.0%).
ITV at 615P, had ‘Dancing on Ice’ and it attracted 5.86 million (24.7%). Its results show was seen by 5.32 million (18.8%) at 830P.
At 745P,’All-Star Family Fortunes’ brought in 5.02 million (19.9%), while ‘It’ll Be Alright on the Night’ brought in 3.62 million (13.4%) at 9P.
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Speed with Guy Martin’ and it brought in 1.81 millio (6.7%), followed by the movie ‘Fast Five’ which was viewed by 1.74 million (8.7%) at 9P.
Channel 5 at 7P presented ‘My Super Ex-Girlfriend’ and it was viewed by 1.03 million (4.0%). At 9P, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ increased viewership with 2.05 million (7.6%).
BBC Three’s repeat at 7P of ‘The Voice’ brought in 653,000 (2.6%).
As you can see, no matter where you were watching television on Saturday evening, people were …