CBS, as it usually does on Friday, simply wins with the power of Hawaii and the grit of New York. ‘Undercover Boss’ began the evening at 8P with 8.995 million viewers, 2+ million ahead of the closest competition. At 9P, the power of ‘Hawaii Five-O’ set in as the episode featured Chin Ho’s ordeal over another close call. Bringing back earlier co-stars in the series, it was unusual as three of the series top stars were not featured in this episode. It drew 10.42 million viewers, only one of two programs to top the 10 million mark on Friday. Of course, immediately following ‘Hawaii’, at 10P, came the other one, ‘Blue Bloods’ as it concentrated on an exploration of ‘service’, specifically military service which brought nearly all of the family together. One of CBS’ most powerful programs, ‘Blue’ pulled in 12.5 million viewers in both half hours meaning it didn’t lose a viewer from one half hour to the next. That’s power. One of the best episodes of the evening, with the movie ‘Lone Survivor’ taking an up close view of war and what it can do, this episode is a must see on demand.
ABC finished second. At 8P, ‘Last Man Standing’ finished with 6.33 million viewers, good for #4 on a strong Friday opening. At 830P, ‘The Neighbors’ drew 3.78 million, digging The Alphabet Network into a huge hole. But at 9P, ‘Shark Tank’ brought in 7.385 million viewers in a powerful move against stiff competition. It boosted the network to #2. At 10P, ’20/20′ was strong with 6.34 million giving ABC the #2 position for the evening. The take away here is the legitimate power of ‘Shark Tank’. It is a star for ABC.
NBC started as a contender with ‘Dateline’ which pulled in 6.98 million viewers edging into the #2 spot in the early hour. But ‘Grimm’, which has nothing in common with the preceding news program, dropped the Peacock Network with only 5.68 million viewers. That loss began the slide down to #3 as at 10P, ‘Dracula’ dropped with 2.86 million viewers. This slide is not a sign local affiliates like to see as it dramatically affects their local affiliates top money making machine, the late local news at 11P.
FOX began the evening with the Friday standard barer for the Animal Network of Broadcast, ‘Bones’ which made the network competitive by drawing 6.81 million viewers. It would be a great launching pad for any FOX lineup except on Friday as at 9P, ‘Raising Hope’ pulled in 2.51 million and at 930P, ‘Enlisted’ nearly fell off the table with only 2.02 million viewers. There is no hope for any enlisted on FOX on Fridays.
The CW at 8P had a rerun of ‘The Carrie Diaries’ and could only draw 897,500 viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Supernatural’ could only draw 705,000. The Little Network That Could could not on this evening as it gave away the evening to programming nobody wants to see.
In late night, ‘Jay Leno’ won again with a 2.8/7 beating ‘David Letterman’ who pulled a 2.46. ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ pulled a 2.1/5 with a rerun. Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t do Friday’s live often. NBC’s ‘Jimmy Fallon’ pulled in a a powerful 1.8/5 an hour later to finish on top of that hour with ABC’s ‘Nightline’ drawing 1.3/4. CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ had a 1.2/4 while an hour later, NBC’s ‘Carson Daly’ drew a 0.9/3.
For the record, CBS was #1 with an average of 10.63 million viewers, up 100,000+ from the comparable day a season ago. ABC finished second with 6.34 million, up 951,000+ from the comparable day last year. NBC came in third with 5.17 million viewers, up 554,000+ from last year, as Fox brought in 4.54 million viewers, a whopping 1.150,000+ viewers over last year. The CW had 801,000 viewers, down 285,000 viewers from last season. Broadcast for the evening pulled in 2.47 million more viewers, partially making up for their drop on this past Thursday.
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BBC One began the evening at 7P with ‘The One Show’ and pulled in 4.38 million viewers (21.8%) while at 8P, ‘Celebrity Mastermind brought in 3.12 million (14.9%). But BBC One’s crime drama continues to dominate Friday evenings as ‘Silent Witness’ was again last night’s highest-rated show outside of soaps. It drew 5.73 million viewers (24.1% share of available audience) to top the evening. ‘Miranda’ pulled in 3.73 million while ‘The Graham Norton Show’, featuring Girls star Lena Dunham, actress Olivia Colman, Idris Elba and Keane, brought in 3.63 million (25.3%).
On ITV at 8P, The Martin Lewis ‘Money Show’ brought the best non-soap ratings with 3.05 million (13.7%). At 9P Piers Morgan’s ‘Life Stories’ featuring Men Behaving Badly star, Neil Morrissey, had 2.86 million viewers (12.1%).
BBC Two at 8P, presented ‘Mastermind’ which was viewed by 2.08 million (9.3% audience share). The return of ‘An Island Parish’ at 830P increased the channel’s audience with 2.11 million (9.1%). ‘Stephen Fry’s QI’ drew 1.84 million (9.1%).
Channel 4′ ‘8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown’ pulled in 1.73 million (7.3%). ‘Sarah Millican: Chatterbox Live’ followed ‘Cats’ with 1.1 million viewers (7.3%).
On Channel 5, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ continued with 2.35 million (10.4%). Companion show ‘Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ added 889,500 viewers (6.1%) right after.
BBC Three at 9P had a repeat of ‘Sherlock’ conclusion ‘His Last Vow’ and pulled in 466,900 (2.1%). ‘Family Guy’ was the most popular multi-channel show 904,400 viewers (8.8%) late in the evening.
As you can see, no matter where you watched television on Monday, people were …
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