CBS with Undercover Hawaii Blue absolutely powered Friday to a victory which left nearly everyone else in the dust. At 8P, ‘Undercover Boss’ dominated its time period with 9.23 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ with a fascinating lesson in father-daughter relationships, drew 11.3 million viewers, one of its highest of the season. This show is hitting on all cylinders as it finally has figured out that the audience loves a good well written story, good acting and enjoyable characters. At 10P, the crown prince of CBS, Tom Selleck, led the ‘Blue Bloods’ family to another victory with 12.79 million viewers, tops for the evening and one of the top ratings of the week. This episode was not only well written, but hats off to the music director and the lighting director for one of the best scores and scenes of the season. There was one scene where Donnie Wahlburg interviews a young lady (?) and the mood set was a brilliant imitation of ‘film noir’ from the ’40s. It was almost like watching Mitchum in ‘Out of the Past’. Great touch. Great writing. Great scene. Must See TV ON DEMAND here.
ABC at 8P had ‘Last Man Standing’ and it drew an impressive 6.87 million viewers. At 8:30P, ‘The Neighbors’ brought in 4.33 million and did not set up the 9P, ‘Shark Tank’ which built an audience that grew to 7.36 million, for the top spot in The Alphabet Network’s Friday schedule. At 10P, ’20/20′ simply could not deliver. It drew 5.45 million viewers.
NBC at 8P had a rerun of ‘Hollywood Game Night’, as it prepares for the Winter Olympics which they hope will dominate viewership during the next several weeks. ‘HGN’ drew 3.38 million viewers while at 9-11P, ‘Dateline’ could only pull in 6 million viewers for the balance of the evening. Not a great night for the boys at the Peacock Network.
FOX at 8P brought out ‘Bones’ and while not in the faves of fans in this time slot, it is one of the very best shows on television led by the best actress on television. The superb way the entire storyline was handled in this episode where a long lost brother and a young lady in deep emotional trouble was perfectly blended into a plot that showed off the acting chops of nearly everyone in the cast. It’s a Must See TV ON DEMAND episode. Oh, it drew 6.14 million viewers. And that was the highlight of the evening for the Animal Network of Broadcast as at 9P, ‘Enlisted’ didn’t enlist anyone as it floundered 2.79 million viewers and at 930P, ‘Raising Hope’ just fell out of bed with 1.9 million viewers
The CW began at 8P with ‘The Carrie Diaries’ and pulled in 920,000 viewers while at 9P, ‘Supernatural’ with a rerun could only pull in 770,000 viewers. It was a bad night for the Little Network That Could…but didn’t.
‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ in his farewell run with a week to go had a big 3.9/9 with guest star Tim Allen.(To watch part of the episode, go to: http://www.hulu.com/watch/591605). CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ featuring guest Bill Murray finished #2 with 2.5/6; and ABC’s rerun of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ did 2.0/5. NBC’s ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’, featuring a bunch of NFL stars including Aaron Rodgers had a 2.2 rating and a 7 share of audience which beat ABC’s ‘Nightline’ 1.3/4 and a rerun of CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (1.2/4). At 135A, NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ averaged a 1.1/4.
For The Record:
CBS was #1 with a huge 11.05 million viewers. ABC was #2 with 6.14 million while NBC was #3 with 5.12 million viewers. FOX finished #4 with 4.58 million as Univision was #5 with 2.91 million. The CW finished. It drew only 840,000 average viewers. When the cable results come out, The CW will not doubt finish way down the line on this Friday evening.
Today In TV History:
On this date in 1982 ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ premiered on NBC TV. 32 years later, he is going strong on CBS.
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Across The Pond:
It was a BBC One kind of a night. At 7P, ‘The One Show’ brought in 4.26 million viewers (21%) while at 830P, ‘Room 101’ with Michael Ball and Caroline Quentin brought in 3.16 million (13.6%). 9P brought out ‘Silent Witness’ and it pulled in 5.08 million (22.9% share of the audience) for the top spot on the schedule and the top show of the evening in the UK. At 1035P, ‘The Graham Norton Show’, which featured guests such as Dallas Buyers Club actor Matthew McConaughey, was viewed by an average of 3.5 million viewers (25.4%), while a transfer deadline day edition of ‘Football Focus’ drew 1.19 million (13%) at 1125P.
On ITV, 2.87 million viewers (13.2%) tuned in to watch ‘The Martin Lewis Money Show’, which was positioned between two episodes of ‘Coronation Street’ at 8P. At 9P, ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’ pulled in 3.18 million (14.3%) viewers.
BBC Two at 89P presented ‘Mastermind’ which brought in 2.31 million viewers (10.5%). At 830P, ‘The Island Parish’ drew 1.99 million (8.6%). At 9P, ‘The Natural World’ drew 1.02 million viewers (4.6%). At 10P, ‘QU’ brought in 1.32 million (7%).
Channel 4 At 8P, Jamie and Jimmy’s ‘Friday Night Feast’ drew 1.16 million viewers (5.2%). At 9P had ‘The Jump’ attracted 2.04 million (9.2%).
Channel 5’s highest-rated show was ‘Ice Road Truckers’ with 1.16 million viewers (5.2%) at 8P. At 9P, ‘Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild’ brought in only 893,000 (4%).
BBC Four at 9P had ‘Blondie profile Blondie: One Way or Another’ and it was seen by 605,000 (2.8%).
A peak audience of 653,000 (4.5%) at 1055P yesterday watched Sky Sports News for Deadline Day.
Network Nine had the only two programs that topped one million viewers on Friday. And with that, took the day in Australia on the last day in January. The big cricket match took top honors. ‘Twenty/20–Australia V England Game 2 pulled in 1,244,000 viewers at in Sydney, 331,000 watched; in Melbourne, 440,000 were attracted; In Brisbane, 231,000 gathered for the match; in Adelaide, 124,000 viewed the match and in Perth, 117,000 were rooting for the home team. ‘Nine News’ took the second spot with 1,111,000 viewers. #7 on the evening was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which attracted 694,000 viewers.
Network Seven had the #3 program of the evening with ‘Seven News’ which drew 983,000 viewers. The #4 program on Friday was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ which was the top non-news or sport program with 910,000 viewers. #5 on Friday was ‘Today Tonight’ with 835,000 viewers
ABC1 came in with the #6 program on Friday as it’s ‘ABC News’ brought in 734,000 viewers. The #8 program on Friday was a rerun of the top UK show, ‘Death In Paradise’ which drew 687,000 viewers. The network also had the #10 program, ‘7.30’ which pulled in 606,000 viewers.
Network Ten had only one show in the Top Ten on Friday as in the #9 spot, ‘Ten Eyewitness News’ pulled in 612,000.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…
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