From Austin to San Francisco, ‘American Idol’ drew more contestants for their Hollywood tryout run and may have found some gems on Thursday. The surprise of the long running program is how tough Harry Connick, Jr. is when it comes to making sure only those who have talent move on. All evening on FOX, from 8P-10P, ‘American Idol’ had the country captured again as it drew 13.4 million viewers with an 8.7 rating and a 13 share of available audience. That was good for #1 and that is what the Animal Network of Broadcast counts on with their ageless talent singing show.
CBS threw reruns against the two-hour run of ‘Idol’ and at 8P, a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ actually finished strong with 11.89 million viewers and a 7.8/13. At 830P, a rerun of ‘The Millers’ drew 7.94 million people as ‘Idol’ pulled further ahead. At 9P, a rerun of ‘The Crazy Ones’ drew 5.33 million while at 930P, a rerun of ‘Two and One Half Men’ drew 5.23 million. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Elementary’ while finishing #1 in its time slot drew 6.47 million viewers. CBS let ‘Idol’ off the hook this week to see what kind of muscle it has on Wednesday and Thursday. Let’s see how strong it really is when The Tiffany Network throws a full schedule of new episodes at it beginning next week.
ABC threw a two-hour cooking program, ‘The Taste’ against ‘Idol’ from 8P-10P and felt the FOX power as it could only draw 3.24 million viewers. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Shark Tank’ pulled 3.57 million. It was not a good evening for The Alphabet Network.
It was worse for NBC. NBC did what The Peacock Network does best on Thursday…nothing! It threw its horrible schedule of weak comedies beginning at 8P with ‘Community’ which pulled 3.17 million viewers; at 830P ‘Parks & Recreation’ which had 3.08 million viewers; at 9P ‘Sean Saves The World’ and saw 2.67 million viewers tuning in and at 930P, ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ begged family and friends and 2.01 million to watch. Only at 10P, with ‘Parenthood’ did NBC bring some kind of respectability with 3.97 million viewers. This is going to be a difficult fix but they have to throw away the first two hours if not the entire evening.
Univision led off the evening at 8P with ‘Por Siempre Mi Amor’ (1.0). At 9P, ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ drew a 1.4, the strongest program of the evening on Uni. At 10P, ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ pulled a 1.1. It was a strong night for Uni on Thursday.
History Channel had the highest rated program on cable Thursday evening. ‘Pawn Stars’ peaked at 930P with 4.371 million, making it the #3 program in that time period on all television in the U.S. At 9P, it drew 3.89 million.
USA Network’s highest program of the evening was ‘White Collar’ which drew 2.653 million viewers.
The CW brought ‘The 19th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards’ for the entire evening. It is an awards show that virtually gives everyone a chance to win and usually names everyone. It drew 1.95 million viewers. If you would like to find a complete list of winners,they are listed at the bottom of this page.
In late night ratings, ‘Jay Leno’ finished #1 with 2.6/7 ahead of ‘David Letterman’ who finished with a 2.3/6. ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ finished with 1.9/5. An hour later, ‘Jimmy Fallon’ was the top show with 1.5/5 while ‘Nightline’ pulled a 1.2/4, slightly ahead of ‘Craig Ferguson’ who again finished last with 1.1/4. At 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ pulled a 0.8/3.
For the record, FOX pulled in 13.4 million viewers and a 8.7 rating and an impressive 13 share of available viewers (down 3 million from the comparable day last season). CBS was #2 with 7.22 million viewers and a 4.7/8 (down 1.75 million from the same day last year). ABC finished #3 with 3.35 million viewers and a 2.6/4 (down 3.67 million form the same day last season) edging NBC which finished with 3.14 million viewers and a 2.2/4 (down 750,000 viewers from last year). Univision had 3.07 million viewers and a 1.7/3. The History Channel drew an average of 2.885 million viewers. USA Network finished with an average of 2.493 million viewers. The CW had 1.95 million viewers and a 1.8/3 for the evening (60,000 fewer than last year). TBS had an average of 1.717 million viewers. Telemundo finished with 1.4 million viewers and a 0.8/1.
For the evening, broadcast was down 9.449 million viewers (24.67%) for this Thursday evening compared to the same day a year ago. Where did all the viewers go? Besides the deficit of FOX’s ‘Idol’ this season, part of the problem can be centered on CBS. Last year, ‘Person Of Interest’ drew nearly 4 million more viewers than the 9P line up this year. That is part of the answer. But where does a dedicated broadcast television viewing audience some 25% of them, in the middle of winter, go if not watching broadcast this year?
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Across The Pond:
ITV at 8P had ‘Emmerdale’ which pulled in a 6.88 million viewers and a 29.9% share of the available audience. ‘Birds Of A Feather’ drew 6.17 million viewers and an excellent 25.4% share. ‘Benidorm’ pulled in 5.16 million viewers (21.3%).
BBC One at 8P, ‘Hidden Kingdoms’ began with 3.41 million viewers and 14.4% share of the available audience. At 9pm ‘Silent Witness’ pulled 5.48 million and a 22.6%. At 1035P ‘Question Time’ pulled a 2.56 million viewers (21.6%).
BBC Two at 8P had the ‘Great Britain Bake Off: Sport Relief’ which drew 4.26 million (18%). ‘Wild Brazil’ had 1.9 million viewers (7.8%). ‘Weekly Wipe’ pulled in 1.14 million (6.1%) at 10P.
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Supersize vs SuperSkinny’ which was viewed by 1.1 million (4.3%) and at 9P ‘Undateables’ pulled in 2.1 million viewers and a 8.6% share of available audience. At 10P, ‘What Happens In Sunny Beach’ drew 1.07 million viewers (6.4%).
Channel 5 at 8P ‘Botched Up Bodies’ drew 912,000 viewers (5.4%). At 9P, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ finished third with 2.45 million (10.1%).
E4 launched FOX’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ in the UK at 9P and it drew an impressive 1.1 million viewers which was more than double the time slots average. An hour earlier, it ran CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and it drew 1.43 million (5.9%).
As you can see, no matter where you watched television on Monday, people were …
Critics Choice Winners 2014 — Full List Revealed
Best Actor in a Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Best Actress in a Comedy: Amy Adams, ‘American Hustle’
Best Comedy Movie: ‘American Hustle’
Best Actor in an Action Movie: Mark Wahlberg, ‘Lone Survivor’
Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, ‘Gravity’
Best Action Movie: ‘Lone Survivor’
Best Acting Ensemble: ‘American Hustle’
Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’
Best Animated Featured: ‘Frozen’
Best Young Actor/Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, ’12 Years a Slave’
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, ‘Gravity’
Best Score: Steven Price, ‘Gravity’
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: ‘Gravity’
Best Documentary Feature: ’20 Feet from Stardom’
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, ‘Her’
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, ’12 Years a Slave’
Best Song: Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez, ‘Frozen’
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Best Art Direction: ‘The Great Gatsby’
Best Costume Design: ‘The Great Gatsby’
Best Hair & Makeup: ‘American Hustle’
Best Visual Effects: ‘Gravity’
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, ‘Gravity’
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger, ‘Gravity’
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, ‘Blue Jasmine’
Best Picture: ’12 Years a Slave’
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