FOX rose to the top on Wednesday behind the cornerstone of reality singing, ‘American Idol’. Again, ‘Idol’ pulled in 13.29 million viewers and an 8.6 rating and remarkable 13 share. Although it is down 17% from last year, it continues to remain far and above all other competition on this night. And this evening has competition. The Animal Network of Broadcast led the evening. If you did not see the winnowing of talent from Detroit, you missed Marialle Sellars. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. This could be the real deal from Motown. Season hopes spring eternal when it comes to ‘Idol’.
CBS has a few cornerstones of its own. At 8P, a rerun of the new series, ‘The Crazy Ones’ pulled in 3.86 million viewers and 2.4/6 and at 830P, another freshman show, ‘Mom’ grabbed 3.87 million viewers and 2.4/6. But at 9P, one of the cornerstones, ‘Criminal Minds’ ran a new episode and pulled in 10.35 million viewers and a 6.8/10, down 14% from last season, while at 10P, the real cornerstone of police procedurals, ‘CSI’ brought in 9.47 million viewers and a 6.2/10, down 16% from last year but it finished #1 in its time slot. The Tiffany Network affiliates love this kind of strength at 10P leading into their local news.
ABC began the evening at 8P with ‘The Middle’ which pulled in 8.04 million viewers (5.6/9) while at 830P, ‘Suburgatory’ drew 5.91 million viewers (4.1/6). At 9P, ‘Modern Family’ drew 9.59 million viewers and a 6.8/10, down 14% from last season, while at 930P, ‘Super Fun Night’ wasn’t as it only pulled in 4.83 million viewers (3.2/5) for The Alphabet Network. At 10P, ‘Nashville’ drew 5.03 million folks (4.2/7), down 12% form last year. This is not what affiliates want to see leading into their late night newscasts.
For NBC, things did not go well on Wednesday. At 8P, ‘Revolution’ drew 5.28 million viewers and a 3.4/5, while at 9P, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ topped The Peacock Network with 6.68 million viewers and a 4.6/7. At 10P, the freshman show, ‘Chicago PD’ drew 6.24 million viewers and a 4.1/7, holding 89% of its lead-in audience. In another outstanding episode, this program could become a rock at 30 Rock. Action and an amazing lead character, both bad and good, dirty and clean. Dick Wolf is on top of his game with this amazing look at Chicago. With ‘Chicago Fire’, a whole new era exists in the Windy City. It helped The Peacock Network jump up 3 million viewers over the comparable day a year ago. This was good news for a network that can’t seem to wait to get to Sochi and finally pull in some numbers.
On A&E, at 10P, ‘Duck Dynasty’ pulled ion 6.651 million viewers, good for the top spot on cable for the evening. The network drew 3.272 million viewers on average for the evening in prime time. TBS finished with 2.723 million viewer, on average, for the evening. The Discovery Channel’s mini series, ‘Klondike’ drew 2.855 million viewers in its final episode. The History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ drew 3.024 million viewers at 9P. FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ at 10P drew 3.352 million for the second biggest cable show of Wednesday evening.
The CW at 8P had ‘Arrow’ and pulled in 2.49 million viewers and a 2.0/3. But at 9P, ‘The Tomorrow People’ stubbled with 1.38 million viewers, a loss of over a million viewers in an hour and a weak 1.1/2. The Little Network That Could needs more ‘Arrows’ in their quiver.
For the record, FOX finished #1 with 13.29 million viewers and an 8.6 rating and a 13 share of available audience, down 2.4 million viewers compared to a year ago. CBS was #2 with 8.002 million viewers and a 5.2/8, down 2 million viewers from last season, while ABC finished with 6.512 million viewers and a 4.5/7, down 600,000 from the comparable day a year ago. NBC drew 6.067 million viewers and a 4.0/6, a jump of 3 million viewers vs last season while Univision drew 3.348 million viewers and a 1.7/3. A&E drew 3.272 million viewers. TBS drew 2.723 million viewers for the evening. The History Channel drew 2.458 million viewers on Wednesday evening. FX drew 2.042 million viewers on average. The CW drew 1.93 million viewers and a 1.5/2, down 700,000 viewers form last season. Telemundo drew a 0.7/1.
“Survivor” is back with its 28th edition, taking place in Cagayan. Who will survive? Will it be the ex-NFL cheerleader, the accountant, the student or the nuclear engineer? “Survivor: Cagayan” returns with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, February 26 at 8:00P on CBS.
NBC renewed Days of Our Lives through September 2015. That means the soap, boasting its best total viewer delivery in four years, will make it to its 50th anniversary in November 2015.
TNT has picked up ‘Transporter The Series’, making the network the U.S. television home for the exhilarating, adrenaline-charged series based on the smash-hit movie franchise. TNT will air the first and second seasons of the series, which will make its U.S. television debut on the network in fall 2014. Season two, which is slated to premiere worldwide in late 2014, will go into production Feb. 26, with shooting planned for Morocco, the Czech Republic and Canada. ‘Transporter The Series’ stars British actor Chris Vance, whose credits include Prison Break, Dexter and Burn Notice. A familiar face to TNT viewers, Vance has a recurring role on the network’s hit series Rizzoli & Isles, in which he plays Lt. Col. Charles “Casey” Jones, Jane Rizzoli’s on-again-off-again romantic interest.
Welcome to new viewers in the U.S., Canada, The UK, France, The Netherlands, Spain, The Russian Federation, and Argentina.
Across The Pond:
ITV ruled the evening with ‘The 2014 National Television Awards’ which topped the Wednesday ratings outside of soaps. The annual ceremony hosted by Dermot O’Leary had 5.90 million viewers and a 26.0% share of audience. It finished up 300,000 from last year.
BBC One at 9P presented ‘Crimewatch’ and was seen by 2.85 million (11.9%).
BBC Two at 8P had ‘Winterwatch’ which was viewed by 2.27 million (10.0%). At 9P, ‘Unsprung’ pulled in 1.29 million (5.4%). at 930P, ‘Russia on Four Wheels’ drew only 1.13 million (5.2%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘Restoration Man’ and brought in 1.50 million viewers (6.6%). At 9P, ’24 Hours in A&E’ raised the bar to 1.60 million viewers (6.7%).
On Channel 5 at 9P presented ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and drew 1.90 million viewers (8.5%).
E4 at 9P had latest CW episode of ‘The Tomorrow People’ and pulled in 664,000 (2.8%).
Sky1 at 9P had ‘The Kumars’ but only drew 212,000 viewers (0.9%).
Network 7 again took top honors in Australia on Wednesday evening led by Day #11 of the ‘2014 Australian Open’ coverage. It pulled in a 38.3% share. ‘Seven News’ was #2 with Melbourne leading the viewership with 332,000 followed by 292,000 viewers in Sydney and 242,000 in Brisbane. 167,000 viewers were in Perth while 136,000 viewers were in Adelaine. ‘Today Tonight’ finished #6 with 251,000 viewers in Melbourne, 217,000 viewers in Sydney, 194,000 in Brisbane and 154,000 viewers in Perth. There were 97,000 viewers in Adelaine.
Network 9 with ‘Nine News’ finished #3 and the ‘Nine News 6:30’ pulled into #4 with the viewership in Sydney surpassing viewership in Melbourne by some 49,000 viewers. ‘A Current Affair’ finished #5 with nearly 100,000 more viewers in Sydney than in Melbourne.
As you can see, no matter where you were watching television on Wednesday evening, people were …