It was a big night for television on Sunday, with the continuation of the Winter Olympics on NBC, the CBS special ‘The Beatles: The Night That Changed America–A Grammy Salute’, ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS and the return of ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC.
On NBC, the ‘Winter Olympics’ was the evening’s biggest program with 25.42 million viewers and a 15.5 rating and a 23 share (peaking at 8P with a 17.4/25).
But the CBS special ‘The Beatles: The Night That Changed America–A Grammy Salute’ did not go lightly as they came up strong with 13.95 million viewers and a 9.0/13 (peaking at 10P with 9.4/14. At 7P, ’60 Minutes’ at 7P drawing 9.47 million viewers and a 7.3/11. An encore of sitcom ‘The Millers’ followed ‘The Beatles’ special at 1030P with 4.44 million viewers and a 2.8/5. The Tiffany Network along with NBC were the only networks to run all original programming.
AMC at 9P presented ‘The Walking Dead’ as it returned Sunday night with the mid-season premiere of its fourth season, delivering 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49. It was the #1 telecast for the night among adults 18-49, including the Sochi Winter Olympics. Following the premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’, at 10P, AMC presented ‘Talking Dead’, which became the highest premiere in series history with 5.9 million viewers, including 3.9 million adults aged 18-49. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, ‘Talking Dead’ features Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts, discussing and dissecting that night’s Dead premiere. The mid-season premiere featured guests Greg Nicotero and Dania Gurira.
ABC filled the night at 7P with a rerun of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ which drew 5.35 million viewers and a 3.3/5, which was the biggest audience on The Alphabet Network on Sunday. From 8-10P, an encore of 2010 animated ‘Toy Story 3’ drew 3.16 million viewers and a 1.7/5. At 10P, rerun of ‘Castle’ drew 3.03 million and a 2.0/3.
FOX aired reruns at 7P of ‘Bob’s Burgers which drew 1.4 million viewers and a 1.2/2) while at 730P, a rerun of ‘American Dad’ drew 1.58 million and a 1.3/2. At 8P, ‘The Simpsons’ had 2.66 million viewers and a 1.8/3 while at 830P, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ grabbed million 2.46 viewers and a 1.5/2). At 9P, ‘Family Guy’ pulled in the biggest audience of the night on the Animal Network of Broadcast with 2.86 million viewers and a 1.9/3 and at 930P, ‘American Dad’ got 2.53 million viewers and a 1.7/2.
For The Record
NBC finished #1 again with 25.424 million viewers and a 15.5 rating and 23 share. CBS was #2 with 11.639 million viewers and a 7.8/12. ABC was #3 with 3.672 million viewers and a 2.2/3. FOX was next with 2.244 million viewers and a 1.6/2. Univision drew 1.428 million viewers and a 0.9/1. Telemundo had a 0.6/1.
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Across The Pond
It was a mixed bag in the UK on Sunday. Part of the highlights were as follows:
BBC One at 8P had ‘Call The Midwife’ and it won the slot handily with 8.9 million (32.3%). At 9P had ‘The Musketeers’ drew 4.83 million (20.0%).
The ‘Winter Olympics’ helped BBC2 to an all-day share of 14.6%, up from 8% last Sunday. It beat ITV (11.6%) for the second day running. At 1030A, 3.11 million (33.0%) watched as Jenny Jones won Great Britain’s first ever Olympic medal on snow.
ITV at 615P presented ‘Dancing on Ice’ which pulled 5.4 million viewers (22.8%). At 830P, ‘Dancing on Ice Skate Off’ had 4.1 million viewers (14.6%). At 9P had ‘Mr Selfridge’ which brought in 4.67 million (19.2%).
Channel 4 at 9P had their highly anticipated dramady ‘Babylon, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, began with 1.6 million viewers (7.3%).
BBC2 at 8P had ‘Top Gear’ which drew 5.5 million viewers. At 9P it presented ‘Dragons’ Den’ which drew 2.9 million viewers (12.1%).
Channel 5 at 9P presented the film ‘The Expendables’ which was watched by 1.3 million viewers (6.3%).
While in America, CBS ran The Beatles which was a huge success, in Australia, Seven ran ‘INXS: Never Tear Us Apart’ and it was the #1 program throughout the entire country. It drew 1,974,000 million viewers as it was a huge hit in Sydney with 538,000 viewers, a bigger hit in Melbourne with 624,000 fans; gigantic in Brisbane with 337,000 INXSers; in Adelaide, 228,000 applauded while in Perth, a tremendous 246,000 fans. Seven also had the #2 program with ‘Sunday Night’ drawing 1.793 million viewers. It even had the #3 program on Sunday with ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which pulled in a huge 1.64 million viewers. And to make sure it dominated Sunday, Network 7 had the #4 program, ‘Seven News’ with 1.292 million.
Nine got into the Top 10 on Sunday with #5, ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ pulled in 1.274 million. It also had the #6 program ‘Nine News Sunday’ drew 1.223 million viewers. It also had #7 with ‘Schapelle’ which pulled in 1,022,000 viewers. #9 for the Sunday evening, ’60 Minutes’ drew 866,000 viewers.
Finally, due to the time delay or total disinterest of winter games in the middle of summer, Network Ten had the ‘Sochi LIVE Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final’ which finished #8 with 996,000 viewers.
Finally, at #10, ABC1 had ‘ABC News’ which drew 790,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…
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