CBS crushed the competition on Sunday with the ’56th Grammy Awards’ telecast. At 7P, ’60 Minutes’, featuring Jay Leno in an interview about his past, present and future, pounded an overwhelming victory with 14.467 million viewers and a 9.6/13. Then at 8P, CBS star of ‘NCIS:LA’, LL Cool J hosted ‘The Grammy Awards’ brought the house down with performance by some of the greats of the music industry and commercials to match. Paul McCartney with Ringo Starr. Willie Nelson with Kris Kristofferson. Stevie Wonder. John Legend. Katie Perry. Taylor Swift. And the amazing performance by the astounding Pink. Nobody is going to forget what Pink did. Unbelieveable! And the list went on. But the real important line that came out in the broadcast was that ‘Music is the universal language of the world.’ CBS did an amazing job once again. For the complete Grammy Award winners, see below. For the record it drew 29.7 million viewers and a big 17.7 rating and a 28 share of the audience. It was the second largest audience since 1993. It peaked at 9P with 19.1/27.
And what about the commercials. Target’s Beyonce spot with the red microphone promoting a new album on 03.25.14. The SONY commercial with underwater listening devices. Beats anyone? How about the Degree spot with the ballet dancer? Eat your heart out, Lubner. The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas spot…and the Lincoln Motor Company spot featuring the detail and styling of Edsel Ford. The SONOS spot. Wow! The Grammy’s simply are one of the biggest TV nights of the year.
What was on the other networks?
NBC presented the ‘Pro Bowl’ from beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. And this year there were no AFC v NFC teams. This year it was Jerry Rice’s team against the Dion Sanders’ team and the Hall of Famers picked their teams among the All-Pros who were selected to participate in the game. For the record, there was big hits and a very close game with the Rices winning 22-21 in a last minute touchdown and a two point conversion. The pre-game show pulled in 7.89 million viewers while the Pro Bowl Game drew 9.46 million viewers and a 6.6/10.
PBS had a pair of big shows on Sunday. ‘Downton Abbey’ pulled in 8.2 million viewers while ‘Sherlock’ drew 2.9 million viewers.
ABC presented at 7P, ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ and it pulled in 6.98 million viewers for a 4.3/7. At 8P, ‘The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding’ drew 6.1 million viewers and a 4.5/6. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Castle’ drew 3.23 million viewers and a 2.3/4.
FOX had another animated Sunday full of shows. At 7P, a rerun of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ pulled in 1.55 million viewers and a 1.32, while at 730P, a rerun of ‘American Dad’ drew 2.01 million viewers and a 1.4/2. At 8P, a series of original episodes ran beginning with ‘The Simpsons’ which drew 3.91 million viewers and a 2.5/4 while at 830P, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ drew 3.29 million and a 2.0/3. At 9P, ‘Family Guy’ drew an evening high on the Animal Network of Broadcast of 4.19 million viewers and a 2.7/4 while at 930P, ‘American Dad’ had 3.28 million viewers and a 2.2/7.
Cable programming on Sunday were ranked as follows:
Real Housewives of Atlanta (8:00) – Bravo
3.914 million viewers, #8
Alaska: The Last Frontier (9:00) – Discovery
3.278 million viewers, #11
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (9:00) – E!
3.230 million viewers, #13;
Austin & Ally (9:00) – Disney
2.747 million viewers, #14
The Curse of Oak Island (10:00) – History
2.716 million viewers, #15
Ax Men (9:00) – History
2.638 million viewers, #16
Liv and Maddie (8:00) – Disney
2.633 million viewers, #17
Alaska: The Last Frontier (10:00) – Discovery
2.503 million viewers, #18
Good Luck Charlie (7:30) – Disney
2.454 million viewers, #19
I Didn’t Do It (8:30) – Disney
2.440 million viewers, #20
Sister Wives (9:00, 60 Minutes) – TLC
2.415 million viewers, #21
True Detective (9:00) – HBO
1.934 million viewers, #22
Shameless (9:00) – Showtime
1.830 million viewers, #23
Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (10:00) – E!
1.727 million viewers, #24
90 Day Fiance (10:00) – TLC
1.685 million viewers, #25
NBA Regular Season: Nets at Celtics – ESPN
1.520 million viewers, #26
Blood, Sweat & Heels (9:00) – Bravo
1.220 million viewers, #27
Beachfront Bargain Hunt (8:00)* – HGTV
1.218 million viewers, #28
Hawaii Life (9:30)* – HGTV
1.218 million viewers, #29
Island Hunters (10:00)* – HGTV
1.218 million viewers, #30
Island Hunters (10:30)* – HGTV
1.218 million viewers, #31
Cutthroat Kitchen (10:00) – Food
1.214 million viewers, #32
Beachfront Bargain Hunt (8:30) – HGTV
1.202 million viewers, #33
Hawaii Life (9:00) – HGTV
1.091 million viewers, #34
Unusual Suspects (9:00)* – ID
1.090 million viewers, #35
On the Case with Paula Zahn (10:00)* – ID
1.090 million viewers, #36
Iron Chef America (9:00) – Food
0.901 million viewers, #37
Looking (10:30)* – HBO
0.830 million viewers, #38
Ultimate Survival Alaska (9:00) – NGC
0.803 million viewers, #39
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2014 Grammys (6:00) – E!
0.745 million viewers, #40
House of Lies (10:00) – Showtime
0.741 million viewers, #41
Girls (10:00) – HBO
0.655 million viewers, #42
Episodes (10:30)* – Showtime
0.650 million viewers, #43
Gator Boys (9:00)* – Animal Planet
0.633 million viewers, #44
Finding Bigfoot (10:00)* – Animal Planet
0.633 million viewers, #45
Snapped (9:00)* – Oxygen
0.547 million viewers, #46
Castle Secrets & Legends (10:00)* – Travel
0.514 million viewers, #47
World’s Dumbest (8:00)* – truTV
0.504 million viewers, #48
For The Record: CBS was the #1 network on Sunday evening with 25.867 million viewers and a 16.3 rating and a 25 share of audience. NBC finished with 9.266 million viewers and a 6.2/10, down 611,000 viewers from last season’s Pro Bowl evening. ABC finished with 5.44 million viewers and a 3.9/6, down 190,000 viewers form last season. FOX had 3.04 million viewers and a 2.0/3, up 30,000 viewers from last year’s comparable day. Univision finished with 1.867 million viewers 1.1/2 and Telemundo had 0.6/1.
Today in TV History: “Schlemiel! Schlimazel!” ‘Laverne & Shirley’ debuted on ABC in 1976 and rose to the top of the charts from 1977-79 ahead of parent series ‘Happy Days’. At its highest, rated the #1 show on television in 1977-78 (3rd season) & 1978-79 (4th) seasons it drew a 31.6 ratings. It aired for seven and-one-half seasons, producing 178 episodes and an animated series called ‘Laverne & Shirley in the Army’ in 1981.
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Across The Pond:
BBC One at 7P presented ‘Countryfile’ as 6.77 million (27.7% share of audience) viewers tuned in as it won its time slot. But it was at 8P when ‘Call the Midwife’ continued it #1 position in UK television on Sunday. The period drama easily won the evenings top ratings with 9.26 million viewers (33.8%). At 9P, ‘The Musketeers’ brought in 6.01 million (23.1%).
ITV had ‘Dancing On Ice’ at 615P drew 5.79 million (22.6%), while at 830P, the results show brought in 4.63 million (16.6%). At 745P, ‘All Star Family’ drew 4.48 million (16.6%). At 9P, ‘Mr Selfridge’ pulled in 4.6 million (16.6%).
Channel 4 brought out a new series at 8P. ‘The Jump’ grabbed 2.3 million viewers (8.4%).
Channel 5 at 9P brought out ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and pulled in 2.72 million (10.7%).
BBC Two at 8P presented ‘Simon Reeve’s Coffee Trail’ and drew 1.83 million viewers (6.7%). Then at 9P, ‘Dragons’ Den’ returned from its break with 2.34 million viewers (9.0%).
In news from BBC One, there will be a new ‘Doctor Who’ Costume. ‘Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is officially recorded in history today with the unveiling of his new costume. It’s sharp, smart and stylish – The Twelfth Time Lord means business.’
On Australia Day the victory on television went to Network Seven’s telecast of the 2014 Australian Open, Men’s Championship which drew 1,661,000 viewers with 514,000 in Sydney; 623,000 in Melbourne; 266,000 in Brisbane; 158,000 in Adelaide and 101,000 in Perth. The #5 program of the day was ‘Seven News Sunday’ which drew 872,000 viewers. Big news on Network Seven on Sunday was that Mark Ferguson will take the anchor chair at ‘Seven News’ in Sydney, with Chris Bath moving to Fridays and Saturdays.
Network 9 took top honors in news with their ‘Nine News Sunday’ which drew 1,145,000 viewers and finished #2 program for the evening. Their one day Cricket match, ‘Australia V England Game 5 Session 1’ drew 942,000 viewers for #3. The #4 program was ‘Australia V England Game 5 Session 2’ which drew 911,000 cricket viewers. The ‘Cricket Pre Match’ show drew 454,000 viewers for #8 on Sunday.
ABC1 took #6 with ‘ABC News Sunday’ which drew 669,000 viewers. Then the #7 program was the top non-sport, non-news program, ‘Mystery Road’ which drew 543,000 viewers. For #10 on Sunday, ‘Governor General’s Australia Day Address 2014’ drew 412,000 viewers.
Network Ten had the #9 top program on Sunday, ‘The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia’ drew 451,000. In other news, Ten’s National Affairs Editor, Paul Bongiorno, was honoured in the Australia Day Honours List Sunday. Other media and performers recognised today include Geoffrey Rush, Jacki Weaver, Rhonda Burchmore and A Country Practice writer James Davern.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…
And the Grammy Award Went to:
Album of the Year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
Record of the Year: “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Song of the year: “Royals” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde)
Best country album: “Same Trailer Different Park” Kasey Musgraves
Best pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox” Bruno Mars
Best rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail” Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
Best pop solo performance: “Royals” Lorde
Best rock song: “Cut me some slack” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
Best new artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best music film: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney
Best music video: “Suit and Tie,” Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams
Best R&B album: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys
Best rap performance:“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Best rap song: “Thrift Shop” Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis
Best rap album: “The Heist,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
Best metal performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
Best rock album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin
Best alternative music album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend
Best country solo performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
Best country duo/group performance: “From This Valley,” the Civil Wars
Best country song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne
Best american roots song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
Best americana album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Best bluegrass album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band
Best blues album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
Best folk album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark
Best regional roots music album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Best pop instrumental album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert
Best traditional pop vocal album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble
Best new age album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan
Best improvised jazz solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter
Best jazz vocal album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter
Best jazz instrumental album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington
Best large jazz ensemble album: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
Best gospel/contemporary christian music performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs
Best gospel song: “If He Did It Before . . . Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett
Best contemporary christian music song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
Best gospel album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett
Best contemporary christian music album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa
Best latin pop album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa
Best latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia
Best regional mexican music album (including tejano): “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Best tropical latin album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Best reggae album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley
Best world music album: “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings and “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Best children’s album: “Throw a Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi
Best spoken word album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling): “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert
Best instrumental composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer
Best instrumental arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger
Best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
Best recording package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
Best boxed or special limited edition package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith and James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
Best album notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
BK: “Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965” and “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums”
Best engineered album, non-classical: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)
Best remixed recording, non-classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
Best surround sound album:”Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
Best engineered album, classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Producer of the year, classical: David Frost
Best orchestral performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Best opera recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna and Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer
Best choral performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor
Best chamber music/small ensemble performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells and Roomful Of Teeth
Best classical instrumental solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist and String Orchestra,” featuring Evelyn Glennie and the Albany Symphony Orchestra
Best classical vocal solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw
Best classical compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Best contemporary classical composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer
Best comedy album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin
Best musical theater album: “Kinky Boots”
Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Sound City: Real To Reel”
Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer
Best song written for visual media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Best dance recording: “Clarity,” Zedd Featuring Foxes
Best dance/electronica album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
Best R&B performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best traditional r&b performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
Best R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake
Best urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna