When in doubt, bring out a rerun of ‘NCIS’ and it will propel any network to victory. On Saturday evening, in a low viewership night, at 8P, CBS started out with a pair of comedy reruns beginning with ‘Mike & Molly’ which drew a time period leading 3.36 million viewers and at 830P, ‘Two and A Half Men’ brought in 3.6 million. Then at 9P, the big gun boosted the audience as ‘NCIS’ brought in 5.16 million winning its time period easily. At 10P, the biggest show of the evening, ’48 Hours’ brought in 5.24 million viewers, riding the wave of Gibbs and company. When in doubt, bring another episode of Leroy Jethro Gibbs and the time period is yours.
ABC at 8P brought out ‘Flushed Away’ which drew 2.21 million viewers. At 10P, ’20/20′ while giving The Alphabet Network an evening hight with 3.53 million viewers simply could not match the lead-in power of ‘NCIS’ brought to ’48 Hours’ on The Tiffany Network.
FOX brought on live action at 8P with ‘UFC: Henderson vs Thompson’ and it drew 2.55 million fans for the Animal Network of Broadcast. But it wasn’t enough except to place #2 in its 8P time slot.
NBC brought out at 8P ‘Shawn White: Russia Calling’ as a preview of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi. It could only draw 2.15 million viewers. Is this a sign of disinterest in the coming security minded Olympics? It virtually had no competition. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Blacklist’ didn’t do the trick as once again we say James Spader’s character suffocate one of his enemies toward the end of the episode. At 10P, another rerun of an old ‘Saturday Night Live’ drew only 2.67 million viewers.
Late Night: ‘Saturday Night Live’ with host Jonah Hill and musical guest Bastille, averaged a 4.8 rating and a 12 share in HH.
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For The Record: CBS was #1 Saturday evening with 4.629 million viewers. ABC finished #2 with 2.651 million. FOX was #3 with 2.546 million while NBC came in last with 2.222 million viewers.
Today in TV History: CBS aired on this dates in 1979 the first episode of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’. And on this date on ‘American Bandstand’ in 1962, Dick Clark introduced Lou Rawls on ‘Bandstand’ in Philadelphia singing his new song, ‘Nine Pound (9 lb.) Hammer’.
We’re goin’ hoppin’ (Hop), We’re goin’ hoppin’ today. Where things are poppin’ (Pop), The Philadelphia way. We’re gonna drop in (Drop), On all the music they play. On the Bandstand (Bandstand). Lyrics courtesy Barry Manilow.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK has for the first time transmitted video signals in 8K definition over a significant distance. The successful experiment in broadcasting from Hitoyoshi to a receiving station 27 km away, is a major step forward with its proposed 8K Super Hi Vision broadcasting operations. The company has been experimenting with 8K since the 1980s and has said that it plans to start broadcasting some sports, documentaries and special events in the format from 2016. Super Hi Vision uses 33 million pixels per frame and offers a resolution higher than recordings using IMAX 70mm.
Across The Pond:
BBC One at 7P brought out ‘The Voice UK’ and it continued its ratings success topping all of Saturday’s primetime ratings with 7.89 million viewers (35.2%). At 815P, ‘National Lottery: Who Dares Wins’ drew 5.03 million (23.6%). At 910P, ‘Casualty’ brought in 4.65 million (21.6%). At 10P, a rerun of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ upped the ante to 4.72 million viewers (23.5%). All in all, it was a very good night for BBC One.
ITV at 645P had Tom Daley’s ‘Splash!’ which brought in 3.54 million (16.25). ‘Take Me Out’ was viewed by 3.73m (17.39%) at 8.15pm, while ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ attracted 2.26m (10.93%) at 9.30pm.
BBC Two at 8P had ‘Dad’s Army’, which was watched by 2.02 million (9.19%). At 830P, ‘Morecambe & Wise in Pieces: At Home’ had 1.79 million (8.34%), while at 930P, ‘QI XL’ brought in 1.39 million (6.61%).
Channel 4 At 7P, ‘Bigfoot Files’ brought in 570,000 viewers (2.63%). At 7P, ‘Speed with Guy Martin’ had 540,000 viewers (2.44%) while at 9P, Channel 4 presented its highest-rated show as CBS’ ‘Hostages’ pulled in 750,000 viewers.
Channel 5 began the evening with three episodes of CBS’ ‘NCIS’, the final of which aired at 830P and brought in 878,000 viewers (4.69%). At 930P, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ continued with 1.75 million viewers (8.42%).
ITV3 at 9P had ‘Midsomer Murders’ which topped the multichannel ratings with 1.05 million viewers tuning in (5.28%).
BBC Four had two episodes of ‘The Bridge’ which brought in 973,000 viewers (4.52%) at 9P and 831,000 viewers (4.49%) viewers at 10P.
Today in TV History: On this date in 1975, The BBC showed a documentary on David Bowie called ‘Cracked Actor’.
Network Seven’s tennis coverage of the ‘2014 Australian Open’, featuring the Women’s Final was the top draw on Saturday with 1.148 million viewers tuning in. (344,000 watching in Sydney; 418,000 in Melbourne; 158,000 in Brisbane; 118,000 in Adelaide and 109,000 in Perth.) #3 in the evening was ‘Seven News Saturday’ which drew 767,000 viewers. The Australian Open ‘Women’s Final Review’ drew 483,000 viewers for the #8 program on Saturday.
Network Nine’s ‘Nine News Saturday’ came in #2 with 906,000 viewers. ‘Australia’s Funniest Home Videos’ brought in 484,000 viewers to finish as the #7 top program on Saturday.
ABC1 had the #4 program, ‘ABC News Saturday’ which drew 741,000 viewers. The top non-sport and non-news program on Saturday was ‘The Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet’ which was the nation’s #6 rated program. It finished with 527,000 viewers.
Network Ten had Cricket: ‘T20 Big Bash League Game 31–Session 2’ and it pulled in 527,000 viewers for the #5 program of the day. The ‘Game 31 Post Game’ show brought in 407,000 viewers to finished #9. And, ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ pulled in 401,000 viewers to complete the Top Ten programs on Saturday.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…