CBS began the evening at 8P with a rerun of ‘Two Broke Girls’ which drew 2.82 million and followed it up with a rerun of ‘Mom’ at 830P which had 2.94 million viewers. But it was at 9P when the perennial leader on Saturday night, ’48 Hours’ ran the first of two episodes, the first, a rerun, drawing a time slot leading 4.54 million viewers and the second episode, an original airing drew 5.29, the evenings top rated program.
NBC had a great start with a rerun at 8P of ‘The Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ and drew a time slot leading 3.86 million viewers. But the 10P rerun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ did the Peacock Network in by drawing only 3.81, nearly 2.5 million viewers behind ’48 Hours’.
FOX had the original Super Bowl preamble ‘NFL Honors’ from 8-10P and besides having Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers winning the NFL Rookie of the Year, it could only draw 3.15 million viewers. It was not a good night for the Animal Network of Broadcast.
ABC had simply a horrible night. At 8P it ran the movie ‘Blades of Glory’ and it drew only 2.15 million viewers. At 10P, ’20/20′ could only draw 2.95 million. It was not a good night for The Alphabet Network.
On cable, Saturday night’s exciting matchup between top-20 squads Syracuse and Duke became the third-most-watched regular-season men’s college basketball game in ESPN history. The contest averaged 4.75 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, and marked the most-watched game on the network in nearly six years.
For The Record:
CBS was #1 on Saturday with 4.27 million viewers. NBC with total reruns finished #2 with 3.84 million. FOX finished #3 with 3.15 million viewers while ABC finished #4 with 2.42 million.
Today In TV History:
On this date in 1950, CBS debuted “What’s My Line”, starring Groucho Marx.
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Across The Pond:
BBC One had an all-day share of 28.4% yesterday. It is best so far this year. The 2014 ‘6 Nations’ got under way with ‘Wales v Italy’ averaging 3.33 million and a 27.2% (peak 4.35 million) and ‘France-England’ drew 5.91 million 32.1%. Sandwiched between the ‘6 Nations’ and ‘The Voice UK’, the ‘BBC News’ at 655P was the most watched news bulletin since 2012, with 7.0 million (32.8%). ‘The Voice UK’ had a series high with an average of 8.50 million viewers and a 36.6% share of the available audience. The audience grew throughout the episode, beginning with 7.23 million (32.3%) and ending with 10.10 million (42.9%). That is huge.
Meanwhile ITV had its worst day of the year yet with 9.8%. ‘Splash!’ pulled in 3.75 million (16.5%), ITV’s most watched show of the day. ‘Take Me Out’ lost fell to 3.45 million (15.3%).
In Australia it was ABC1 all day long on Saturday. It registered a 25.6% share of audience, edging out Network 7. The #1 program on Saturday on ABC1 was ‘Doc Martin’ as it pulled in 1,258,000 viewers. In Sydney, 328,000 viewers tuned in; in Melbourne, it drew 398,000 viewers; in Brisbane 249,000; in Adelaide, 130,000 and in Perth, 152,000 viewers. It was the only program to draw over one million viewers on the day. #3 was ‘Agatha Christi’s Poirot’ which drew 946,000 viewers. #4, ‘ABC News Saturday’ drew 920,000.
Network 7 had the number two program with ‘Seven News’ with 956,000 viewers. The #6 biggest program of the day was ‘M-10 Things I Hate About You’ with 527,000 viewers tuning in.
Network 9 had #5 with ‘Nine News Saturday’ which drew 849,000. #8, ‘Australia’s Funniest Home Videos drew 507,000 viewers.
Network 10 presented the movie ‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen’ drew 521,000. The #9 program was the movie, ‘Ice Age: The Meltdown’ which drew 496,000 viewers. And #10, ‘Ten Eyewitness News’ drew 450,000.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…
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