NBC finished #1 for the 10th straight night with 21.08 million viewers. Sunday’s game’s coverage featured figure skating (team dancing), alpine skiing (Bode wins a Bronze), snowboarding, speed skating (another Netherlands sweep) and bobsled (those crazy Jamaica guys).
CBS began the evening at 7P with ’60 Minutes’ which drew 8 million viewers and a 6.2/10 while at 8P, a rerun of ‘Elementary’ drew 3.39 million viewers and a 2.6/4. At 9P, another rerun of ‘The Mentalist’ drew 2.65 million viewers and a 2.0/3 and at 10P, a rerun of ‘The Good Wife’ drew 2.65 million viewers (2.0/3).
ABC began the evening at 7P with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ which was watched by 4.95 million viewers and a 2.8/5. The 2009 movie ‘Up’ at 8P drew 3.31 million viewers and a 2.0/3. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Castle’ was viewed by 3.24 million and had a 2.2/4.
FOX had its usual animation domination running on Sunday. They fear no special programming. But they finished fourth in each of its six half-hours with reruns of animated ‘Bob’s Burgers’ which drew 1.41 million with a 1.0/2, ‘American Dad’ which 1.56 drew million (1.1/2), ‘The Simpsons’ had 2.39 million viewers and a 1.6/2, while the regularly scheduled edition of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ pulled in 2.21 million viewers and a 1.4/2. ‘Family Guy’ again was the top program of the evening on FOX and drew 2.51 million viewers and a 1.6/2 and the regularly scheduled edition of ‘American Dad’ had 2.12 million viewers and a 1.4/2.
For The Record
NBC finished #1 with 21.075 million viewers and a 13.2 rating with a big 21 share of the available audience. CBS finished #2 with an average of 4.172 million viewers and a 3.2/5. ABC had 3.704 million viewers and a 2.2/3. FOX drew 2.514 million viewers and a 1.4/2. Univision had 2.322 million viewers for the evening on average.
NBCSN averaged 4.1 million viewers for Saturday’s thrilling USA-Russia Olympic men’s hockey game (730-1030A) – setting a record for the most-watched hockey game in the network’s history (previous: 4.0 million for Blackhawks-Bruins in 2013 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3), according to live plus same day fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company. Viewership for the game peaked at 6.4 million from 10-1030A during the tension-laden, eight-round shootout and is the most-watched half hour in NBCSN history. The telecast of Team USA’s memorable men’s hockey victory led NBCSN to its best-ever daytime viewership (2.9 million viewers) and marked the third consecutive weekend day that NBCSN set a viewership record after last weekend’s milestone opening Saturday and Sunday telecasts of the Sochi Games.
‘House of Cards’ is back, and it’s bigger than ever. The drama series’ second season that Netflix made available early Friday is getting far more sampling than its first season did, according to data provided by broadband technology firm Procera Networks. A whopping 15% of Netflix subscribers on one particular Internet service supplied by an unspecified U.S. cable operator (Procera can’t identify its clients) watched the first episode during a six to eight-hour period monitored Friday.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1965, Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on ‘The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson’ on NBC, becoming the first woman to host the famed late night show. This past Friday, Meredith Vieira became the first woman to host the primetime coverage of the ‘Olympics’ also on NBC.
Below is the schedule for the 27th week of the Premier League season (all times ET):
Date Time Home v. Away Network
Sat., Feb. 22 7:45 a.m. Chelsea v. Everton NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Feb. 22 9:45 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Feb. 22 10 a.m. Arsenal v. Sunderland USA, mun2
Sat., Feb. 22 10 a.m. Manchester City v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Feb. 22 10 a.m. West Ham United v. Southampton Extra Time
Sat., Feb. 22 10 a.m. Cardiff City v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., Feb. 22 10 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Fulham Extra Time
Sat., Feb. 22 12:30 p.m. Crystal Palace v. Manchester United NBC
Sat., Feb. 23 12 a.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 23 8 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 23 8:30 a.m. Liverpool v. Swansea City NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 23 8:30 a.m. Newcastle United v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sun., Feb. 23 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 23 11 a.m. Norwich City v. Tottenham Hotspur NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 23 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 23 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN
Welcome to new viewers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, India and Australia.
Across The Pond
On BBC One, had a big night. At 7P, ‘Countryfile’ brought in 6.25 million viewers (26.5%). At 8P, ‘Call the Midwife’ remained the top program on Sunday night with 8.43 million viewers (30.9%). ‘The 2014 BAFTA Film Awards’ ceremony with Stephen Fry’s hosting of the annual event attracted 4.56 million (22.1%) at 9P. (See list of BAFTA winners below)
At 7P, BBC Two’s coverage of the Sochi ‘Winter Olympics’ was watched by 2.32 million viewers (9.8%). At 8P, ‘Top Gear’ climbed up with 5.58 million viewers (20.6%). It was followed at 9P by ‘Dragons’ Den’ with 2.71 million viewers (11.6%). At 10P, Alan Davies’s ‘Apres-Ski’ had 789,000 viewers (4.1%).
ITV at 615P had ‘Dancing on Ice’ and it drew 4.71 million (20.1%), while the results show was seen by 4.25 million (15.2%) at 830P. At 745P, ‘All-Star Family Fortunes’ dropped a bit to 4.06 million viewers (15.6%). But at 9P, ‘Mr Selfridge’ increased the network’s audience to 4.59 million viewers (19.3%).
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Scandimania’ and it pulled in 1.01 million (3.7%). At 9P the Bruce Willis movie ‘RED’ drew a much larger audience as 2.12 million viewed the Helen Mirren gun wielding ex spy weaponry tongue-in-cheek thriller (10.4% share).
On Channel 5, at 7P, Meryl Streep’ film ‘The River Wild’ was viewed by 760,000 (3.0%). At 9P, ‘10,000 BC’ dropped a bit to 681,000 viewers (3.3%).
BEST FILM: “12 Years a Slave,” Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER: Kieran Evans (Director/Writer) “Kelly + Victor”
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
DOCUMENTARY: “The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer
ANIMATED FILM: “Frozen,” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
DIRECTOR: “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Philomena,” Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
LEADING ACTOR: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
LEADING ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
ORIGINAL MUSIC: “Gravity,” Steven Price
CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Gravity,”Emmanuel Lubezki
EDITING: “Rush,” Dan Hanley, Mike Hill
PRODUCTION DESIGN: “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
COSTUME DESIGN: “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
MAKE UP & HAIR: “American Hustle,” Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell
SOUND: “Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS: “Gravity,” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION: “Sleeping With the Fishes,” James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa
BRITISH SHORT FILM: “Room 8,” James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public): Will Poulter
Four of the top five programs were on Seven and with an astounding 41.9% share of audience. Network Seven was the undisputed champ on Sunday.
Seven had the #1 program on Sunday, and everyone knows what it is. Yup. ‘My Kitchen Rules’ dominated the day with 1,863,000 viewers. In Sydney, 519,000 viewers caught the activities; in Melbourne, 514,000 viewers; in Brisbane, 344,000 viewers; In Adelaide, 205,000 watched while in Perth, 280,000 caught the action. The #2 was ‘INXS: Never Tear Us Apart’ which drew 1,768,000
viewers. #3 was ‘Sunday Night’ as it drew big numbers as 1,684,000 tuned in. #5 ‘Seven News’ drew 1,340 million viewers.
Nine had #4 which was ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ and drew 1,361,000 viewers. #6 was also on Nine as ‘Nine News Sunday’ drew 1,142,000 viewers. #7 was ’60 Minutes’ with 858,000 viewers.
Ten had the #8 program of Sunday as it presented the ‘Sochi Live Women’s Snowboard Cross Finals’ and drew 825,000 viewers.
ABC1 had #9 which was the FOX import ‘Rake’ with Greg Kinnear and it pulled in 739,000 viewers, almost as much as the rerun on Saturday in the U.S. which did 1.02 million viewers. #10 was ‘ABC News Update’ which drew 717,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…