NBC finished on top again in the U.S. with the ‘Winter Olympics’ as the women’s figure skating finals and freestyle skiing brought in an audience of 19.93 million viewers. NBC, once again, reigned supreme as it had a 13.0 rating/20 share in the household overnights from 8-11P. The peak half-hour was 10P with 22.28 million viewers and a 14.0/23.
CBS had a night of all repeats with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ second in the 8P half-hour drawing 10.06 million with a 6.5/10, followed at 830P by an airing of a hilarious episode of ‘Mom’ which drew 7.16 million and a 4.6/7. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Two and a Half Men’ drew 6.51 million and a 4.5/ 7, while at 9:30P ‘The Millers’ drew 5.39 million and a 3.8/6. At 10P, ‘Elementary’ drew 5.32 million and a #2 time slot position with a 3.6/6.
FOX with its pairing of, at 8P, ‘American Idol’ finished #3 in its time slot with 9.19 million viewers and a 6.4/10 and episode five of the great legal drama at 9P of ‘Rake’ which finished with a #3 ranked 4.02 million viewers and a 2.8/4.
Univision finished #4 on Thursday as at 8P, ‘Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards’ from Miami’ drew a 1.7 (A-18-49) while at 9P, ‘Premio’ hit a high for the evening of 1.8 (A18-49). At 10P, ‘Premio’ finished with a 1.7 (A18-49). It averaged 4.3 million viewers over the course of the evening, beating ABC, The CW and Telemundo combined.
ABC had the season finale, two-hours of cooking competition at 8P of ‘The Taste’ and it simply could not compete with a fourth-place 3.16 million viewers and a 2.5/4. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Scandal’ finished with 2.54 million viewers and a 2.0/3.
The CW had a couple of reruns, first at 8P of ‘The Originals’ which drew 910,000 viewers (0.7/1) and at 9P, ‘Reign’ which drew 720,000 viewers (0.6/1).
TNT network was the top cable channel on Thursday as the NBA averaged 3.836 million viewers for game #1 as the Miami Heat defeated Oklahoma City 103 to 81 as Duane Wade scored 24 for the Heat and Kevin Durant lit up the nets with 28 for OKC.
Night four of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ meanwhile with First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Ferrell, beat the competition combined again with a 5.3/15 from Mid-1A, which was on par with the 5.2/15 on Wednesday. Fallon’s debut on Monday was a 7.1/20 in the overnights. CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ finished with 2.0/5 and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had a 2.0/5. ABC’s ‘Nightline averaged a 1.1/3. CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ averaged a 1.1/4. If you didn’t see Ferrell’s hilarious skit as an aging figure skater skating to the theme of ‘Downton Abbey’, you can catch it here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfM64k7Ir1w#action=share.
For The Record
NBC finished #1 with 19.92 million viewers and a 13.0 rating and a 20 share of the available audience. CBS finished #2 with 6.62 million viewers and a 4.47. Fox was #3 with 6.60 million viewers and a 4.6/7. Univision had 4.297 million viewers and a 2.3/4. ABC drew 2.95 viewers and a 2.3/4. Telemundo finished with 1 million viewers and had a 0.6/1. The CW had 815,000 viewers and a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1970, The Jackson 5 made their debut on ‘American Bandstand’ singing ‘Shake Your Body’. Premiered during the height of Jim Crow, Clark’s American Bandstand was considered daring for allowing Blacks on the show to dance alongside Whites. While videos of that appearance have been restricted to third parties, an interview with Michael by Dick Clark is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Z83IHxFSA.
After nearly 800,000 people watched an Internet live stream of the United States’ 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday in men’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, NBC officials began to wonder how many more would stream the United States-Canada semifinal Friday. “We’re talking about a premier event going on at 12 noon, Eastern, with the West Coast awake, too,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager for digital at the NBC Sports Group. “It’ll be big, but I don’t know how big.”
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Across The Pond
BBC One at 830P had the period crime drama ‘Inspector George Gently’ as the top program on Thursday, ratings outside of soaps, with 5.44 million (24.2%). At 1035P, ‘Question Time’ added another 2.58 million viewers (21.4%).
BBC Two at 7P continued the ‘Winter Olympics’ coverage and pulled in 2.60 million (11.7%). At 8P, ‘Hairy Bikers Asian Adventure’ drew 2.71 million (11.8%). At 9P, ‘Bible Hunters’ saw an audience from on BBC Two with 1.31 million (5.8%), while at 10P, a rerun of ‘QI’ kept the audience with 1.29 million (6.9%).
ITV at 745P with its ‘Europa League’ coverage of Swansea City against Napoli was viewed by 2.44 million (10.9%).
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Supersize vs Superskinny’ and it brought in 1.29 million (5.6%). At 9P, ‘Big Ballet’ drew only 987,000 (4.4%). At 10P, it was followed by ‘Bodyshockers’ which pulled up the audience on Channel 4 with 1.40 million viewers (8.1%).
Channel 5 at 8P presented the documentary ‘Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History’ and it attracted 931,000 (4.1%). At 9P, ‘The Hotel Inspector’ increased the audience substantially on Channel 5 with 1.47 million viewers (6.6%).
BBC Three at 9P had Reggie Yates’s ‘Extreme South Africa’ and it was seen by only 597,000 viewers (2.7%). AT 10P, ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ dropped even further to 330,000 viewers (1.8%).
E4 at 830P presented the CBS program, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and 825,000 viewers (3.6%) tuned in. It was followed at 9P by the FOX import, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ which only drew 489,000 viewers (2.2%).
ITV2 at 9P had ‘The Big Reunion’ with 622,000 viewers (2.8%). At 10P, ‘Celebrity Juice’ returned for a new season with 1.32 million viewers (7.4%) at 10P.
Without ‘My Kitchen Rules’ Seven could not hold off Nine’s power on Thursday as Nine finished with 30.1% share of the available audience.
Nine had the #1 program in Australia on Thursday evening with ‘The Block: Fans V Faves’ which drew 1,102,000 as in Sydney, 317,000 tuned in; in Melbourne, 359,000 viewed it; In Brisbane, 217,000 watched; in Adelaide, 106,000 caught it and in Perth, 103,000 looked in. #3 was ‘Nine News’ with 1.009,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which drew 935,000 viewers. #6 was ‘The Block: Fans v Faves Unlocked’ which had 858,000 viewers dig into the back story. #8 had ‘A Current Affair’ which pulled in 821,000 viewers for the evening.
Seven got on the board with the #2 program, ‘Seven News’ which drew 1,018,000 viewers, making it the top news program in the nation. ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ had 959,000 viewers for the #4 program. #7 was ‘Home and Away’ which pulled in 824,000.
ABC1 got on the board with the #9 program of Thursday with ‘ABC News’ which drew 797,000 viewers. And it came in with the #10 program which was ‘The Checkout’ and it drew 716,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television everywhere, they were…