NBC won again with the ‘Winter Olympics’ on Friday with 14.55 million viewers. With Canada again beating the U.S. in hockey and the expat Viktor Ahn a Korean who now skates short track for Russia, were the highlights. Lowlights with the clock running out on the Sochi Olympics, the Winter Olympics got their first doping cases. German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, a five-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for a banned stimulant and was sent home. Italian bobsledder William Frullani was ejected from the games after also testing positive for a banned stimulant. The IOC is conducting 2,453 drug tests in Sochi, a record for the Winter Olympics. If you are counting, the United States has the most medals with 27 overall, one more than host Russia and three more than Canada. All three countries have nine golds, one fewer than Norway’s 10 gold and 22 in total.
CBS had a complete rerun evening with back-to-back-to back episodes of its top Friday program, ‘Blue Bloods’. At 8P, ‘Blue Bloods drew 5.34 million viewers. At 9P it pulled 6.33 million viewers. At 10P in its regular time slot it registered 6.86 million viewers. It was a strong showing for the Tiffany Network’s cornerstone programming on Friday during these Olympian times.
ABC at 8P presented a rerun of ‘Last Man Standing’ and it pulled in 4.03 million viewers. At 830P, another rerun of ‘Last Man Standing’ drew 3.89 million viewers. At 9P, an original episode of ‘Shark Tank’ brought in 6.13 million viewers. At 10P, ’20/20′ was able to pull in 6.04 million viewers. The Alphabet Network finished in third place the entire evening. Even a couple of original episodes could not pull it above ‘Blue Bloods’ into second in any of the evening’s half hours.
FOX presented reruns all evening on Friday. At 8P, the rerun of ‘Bones’ brought in 3.13 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Enlisted’ barely broke ice with only 1.58 million. At 930P, another rerun of ‘Raising Hope’ drew 1.19 million viewers. It was a bad night for the Animal Network of Broadcast.
The CW at 8P presented reruns of ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway’ as it drew 1.41 million viewers. At 830P, another episode drew an even larger 1.43 million viewers, tops on The Little Network That Could for the evening. At 9P, a rerun of ‘The Originals’ drew a number that wouldn’t even register on cable as it managed only 515,000 viewers.
‘The Tonight Show will Jimmy Fallon’ and guest, Justin Timberlake, in the ‘History of Rap’. http://youtu.be/0NO0rArJRR4
‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ won for the fifth consecutive day with a 6.1 rating, 15 share at 1130P as Justin Timberlake was the sole guest for the evening. The duo barely sat for a few impatient moments, skipping the intros and immediately grabbing the mics. They jumped straight into classic old-school textbook rap, reeling off jams from LL Cool J, Salt ‘N Pepa and the Beastie Boys before launching into familiar retro favorites like the “Fresh Prince” theme song, which perhaps nodded to Will Smith’s appearance on the premiere episode earlier that week. Rolling into modern song selections, the two included Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” and a mash-up of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and Ludacris’ “Move Bitch (Get Out The Way).” They finished the performance by jumping into the studio audience for RUN DMC and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” as the grand finale to this epic performance. To see it, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NO0rArJRR4#action=share. Over on CBS, ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ drew 2.1/5 to finish second and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ drew 1.9/4 with a rerun. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ averaged 1.2/4. CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ also averaged 1.2/4.
For The Record
NBC was #1 with 14.55 million viewers. CBS came in second with 6.17 million viewers. ABC was third with 5.38 million viewers. Univision drew 2.713 million viewers. Fox finished Friday with 2.25 million average viewers. The CW had 988,000 viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1986, MTV aired 22 hours of ‘The Monkees’ TV episodes in celebration of their station’s 20th anniversary. You can catch their performance of ‘I’m A Believer’ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfuBREMXxts
Broadcast Network News
NBC has greenlit drama ‘Shades of Blue’ which will star Jennifer Lopez as a dirty cop who goes undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption unit. NBC opted to order the project straight to series, bypassing the pilot development process. The project is currently scheduled to begin production in 2015 for the 2015-16 season. The series will be executive produced by Ryan Seacrest. It is not yet known how many episodes will be produced or if Lopez will continue to serve as a judge on American Idol next season.
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Across The Pond
BBC One began the evening with ‘The One Show’ and it drew 3.82 (18.5%) viewers and immediately after, ‘Room 101’ drew 3.68 million (16.8%). But the star of the evening at 755P was ‘Six Nations Rugby Union’ which became the highest-rated television program outside of soaps on Friday. 4.57 million viewers (20.8%) watched as Wales took on France at 7.55pm. The match peaked with 4.83 million viewers during the second half. At 1035P, ‘The Graham Norton Show’ with guests Dominic Cooper and Lily Allen pulled in 3.97 million (28.8%) viewers.
ITV gave BBC One a real challenge. At 8P, ‘Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages’ was viewed 4.32 million (20.3%). At 9P, a brand new comedy/drama ‘Edge of Heaven’ brought in 2.56m (11.7%) new viewers.
BBC Two at 7P began the evening with the ‘Winter Olympics: Today at the Games’ and a mere 1.88 million (8.8%) watched highlights as Team GB picked up a silver medal in men’s curling. At 9P, ‘Mastermind’ picked up the audience level a bit with 1.95m (9.1%) viewers while at 830P, ‘An Island Parish’ drew 1.72 million (7.5%) viewers.
Channel 4 at 9P had ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ which drew 1.83 million (8.4%). At 10P, viewing dropped to 1.03 million (5.09%) for ‘The Last Leg’.
Channel 5 at 8P had the ‘Ice Road Truckers’ and it brought in 1.05 million (4.7%) viewers. At 9P, ‘Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild’ was seen by 1.47 million (6.8%) viewers.
BBC Three at 9P presented the movie ‘Meet the Fockers’ and it became the highest-rated multichannel program on the evening as it drew 651,000 (3.3%) viewers.
After one night out of first place, Seven roared back with a 29.4% share of the available audience on a slow summer evening.
Seven had the #2 program in ‘Seven News’ with 1,001,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which drew 876,000 viewers. The #6 program on Friday was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ which drew 821,000 viewers. The #10 program of the evening was ‘Tower Heist’ which drew 595,000 viewers.
Nine had the #1 program, ‘Nine News’ with 1.032 million viewers. In Sydney, 323,000 watched; in Melbourne 337,000 tuned in; In Brisbane, 221,000 caught the news; in Adelaide, 56,000 watched and in Perth, 95,000 caught it. The #3 program was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which brought in 991,000 viewers. The #7 program on Friday was ‘A Current Affair’ which pulled in 796,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the #4 program and the top non-news program on Friday evening as ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’ pulled in 914,000 viewers. The #8 program was ‘ABC News’ which had 711,000 watching on Friday. And the #9 program was on ABC1 as a rerun of ‘QI’ drew 622,000 on a summer night.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television everywhere, they were…