FOX had ‘American Idol’ with the first part of ‘Hollywood Week’ and that set the night for television’s top event. And right off the bat, the talent landed at LAX and were taken to a hanger to a surprise: some of them had to sing or go home. As Harry Connick stated, ‘Superstars don’t get knocked off track. Superstars don’t get knocked off their game.’ And ‘Idol’ was off and running from 8-10P, and it drew 13.29 million viewers and an 8.9/14, just 3% below last year on this comparable day. ‘Group Night’ begins tonight. It should be quite an even to watch.
CBS at 8P had a rerun of ‘Criminal Minds’ and it pulled in 8.27 million viewers and a 4.87. At 9P, an original episode of ‘Criminal Minds’ drew 12.81 million and a 7.8/12, tops for Black Rock on Wednesday. At 10P, ‘CSI’, the cornerstone of CBS police procedurals drew 11.02 million viewers and a 6.8/11, leading it time slot. It was a strong evening for The Tiffany Network.
ABC at 8P presented ‘The Middle’ and drew 8.67 million viewers and a 5.6/9. At 830P, ‘Suburgatory’ delivered 6.22 million viewers and a 4.2/6. At 9P, ‘Modern Family’ had 10.01 million viewers and a 7.0/10, tops for The Alphabet Network on Wednesday, and at 930P, ‘Super Fun Night’ wasn’t. It drew just 4.98 million viewers and a 3.1/5, a huge drop from its lead in. At 10P, ‘Nashville’ must have moved to Memphis as it could only draw 5.11 million folks and a 4.1/7. It was another bad Thursday for The Alphabet Network.
NBC began it’s last night before the Winter Olympics coverage at 8P with ‘How to Raise An Olympian’ and pulled in 4.43 million viewers and a 2.74. At 9P, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ had 6.36 million viewers and a 4.2/6, tops for The Peacock Network on Wednesday. At 10P, a sensational episode of the new ‘Chicago PD’ not only was superb but pulled in 6.13 million viewers and a 4.1/7. This is a Must See TV event. Go to ON DEMAND for this one as it struggles to fight a battle in capturing a group that uses college girls as cocaine mules. Outstanding.
The CW at 8P had ‘Arrow’ which pulled in million viewers and a 2.3/4 and at 9P, ‘The Tomorrow People’ that drew million and a 1.2/2.
A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ at 10P, was Wednesday’s top cable program with 6.513 million viewers. At 9P, The History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ was the #2 program of the evening with 3.526 million viewers. At 1031P, A&E’s ‘Wahlburgers’ was #3 with 3.467 million viewers.
Last night’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ delivered the show’s highest overnight rating for any night of the week in nearly four years, since the first week of Jay’s return in March 2010. For Jimmy Fallon, it was his top Wednesday in metered-market household ratings since May 2009. ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’, in its second to last show, pulled in a tremendous audience. With superstar guests, Academy Award winner and nominee, Sandra Bullock and Grammy Award winner, Blake Shelton along with musical guest, Vintage Trouble, it drew a 4.3/11. It was the strongest local-market rating for any night of the week since Tuesday, March 2, 2010 (4.6/12). It was the highest Wednesday “Tonight” since June 3, 2009 (4.3/11), during Conan O’Brien’s first week hosting the show. CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ with guests Mat Damon and Lenny Kravits pulled in a 2.4/6; ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had a 2.1/5. Jimmy Fallon delivered a 2.1/7 in households, his highest rating for a Wednesday since May 27, 2009 (2.2/8), during the final week before Conan O’Brien took over ‘Tonight’ hosting duties from Leno. CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ drew a (1.3/4). ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4. ‘Carson Daly’
For The Record:
FOX was #1 on Wednesday with 13.288 million viewers and an 8.9 rating and 14 share of the available audience, down only 810,000 from last year. CBS was a solid #2 with 10.701 million viewers and a 6.5/10, was up nearly 700,000 viewers compared to a year ago. ABC came in #3 with 6.684 million viewers and a 4.6/7, down 212,000 viewers from the comparable day last season. NBC was next with 5.639 million viewers and a 3.7/6, an increase of 619,000 viewers compared to last year on this day. Univision drew 3.232 million viewers. The CW, with one of its biggest nights, came in with 2.063 million viewers and a 1.8/3, down 98,000 from a year ago. Telemundo had a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1961, Dion performed ‘Havin’ Fun’ on ‘American Bandstand’.
‘The Michael J Fox Show’ was finally cancelled by NBC. Along with ‘Sean Saves The World’, NBC has now dropped a 13rd of its Thursday night lineup.
USA will retire ‘Psych’ after its current 8th season. The final episode will air March 26 and will be followed by an hourlong aftershow featuring a Q&A with the cast and show creatives. The network’s longest-running original series, “Psych,” created by Steve Franks, debuted on USA in July 2006. It ranked as one of cable’s top five series on Wednesday nights last year among key demos including adults 18-49 and total viewers.
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Across The Pond:
ITV at 8P brought in the winner on Wednesday. ‘Midsomer Murders’ topped everything outside of soaps with 5.20 million (22.9%).
BBC One at 9P had ‘Outnumbered’ and the comedy pulled in 4.84 million viewers (20.6%) while at 930P, a rerun of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ had 4.42 million (19.4%).
BBC Two at 7P, brought on the finale of ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ and it attracted 1.57 million viewers (7.2%). At 8P, ‘Restaurant Man’ drew 1.53 million (6.8%). At 9P, ‘Royal Cousins At War’ brought in 1.98 million viewers (8.6%), while new comedy series ‘Inside No 9’ was a bit of a disappointment by drawing only 1.06 million (5.6%) at 10P.
Channel 4 began at 8P with ‘Restoration Man’ and had 1.72 million (7.7%). At 9P, ’24 Hours in A&E’ increased slightly to 1.82 million (7.9%). At 10P, the documentary ‘Hunted’ dropped with only 700,000 viewers (4.2%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Ultimate Emergency Bikers’ drawing 1.11 million (5.0%), followed by ‘NCIS’ which pulled in 1.19 million (5.1%).
E4 at 9P ran ‘The Tomorrow People’ which drew 506,000 (2.2%).
Can anything top Seven and ‘My Kitchen Rules’? On Wednesday it again was the top program in all of Australia as it drew 1,668,000 viewers. In Sydney, it pulled in 412,000 viewers; in Melbourne, 500,000 watched; in Brisbane, 306,000 gathered around their TV sets; in Adelaide, 211,000 tuned in and in Perth, 238,000 viewers discovered the adventures in the old kitchen. The #2 program again was on Seven as ‘Seven News’ drew 1,020,000 viewers. #5 was also at home at Seven. ‘Home and Away’ pulled in 969,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 948,000 viewers.
Nine got into the ratings game with ‘Nine News’ as the #3 program on Wednesday drew 1,012,000 viewers. #4, The Block: Fans V Faves’ had 975,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ as 949,000 watched. #9 was on Nine as ‘A Current Affair’ drew 873,000 viewers.
ABC1 brought in the #8 program. ‘ABC1 News’ finished with 905,000 viewers.
Ten had #10 on Wednesday as ‘Cricket: T20 Big Bash League Semi-Final 2 – Post-Game outdrew the game itself with 761,000 viewers. By the way, the game itself drew 697,000 viewers and finished #11.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…
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