NBC won again with the ‘Winter Olympics’, making it a clean sweep in the top position for 18 straight nights. Beginning the evening, a Special featuring Nancy & Tonya, it drew 12.59 million viewers. Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, and Olympic correspondent Vladimir Pozner, were the hosts of NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremonies which featured a flying boat and a lot of people in silver moving on the floor of the arena. With a poke at itself, the producers of the Winter Games had the people form the four Olympic rings with one sill not opening as it did in the opening ceremonies until at the last moment, it did form the fifth ring. The Opening Ceremonies drew 15.25 million viewers. ‘Growing Up Fisher’ a new comedy was presented at the end of the Olympic Closing Ceremonies. It drew 9.4 million viewers. For the record, Saturday morning’s hockey match featuring ‘Finland winning over the U.S. for the Bronze Medal drew 2.6 million viewers.
CBS led off the evening at 7P with ’60 Minutes’ which drew 8.101 million viewers featuring Liam Nesson speaking about his departed wife. At 8P, ‘The Amazing Race’ in its season premier drew 5.37 million viewers. At 9P, ‘The Mentalist’ rerun drew 3.43 million viewers while at 10P, a rerun of ‘The Good Wife’ pulled in 3.13 million viewers.
ABC begin the evening at 7P with a rerun of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ drew 6.16 million viewers while at 8P, ‘The Proposal’ drew 5.08 million viewers. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Castle’ pulled in 4.03 million viewers.
FOX had its Sunday animation domination. At 7P, a rerun of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ had 4.2 million viewers and at 730P a rerun of ‘American Dad’ drew 3.97 million viewers. At 8P-11P, ‘The Daytona 500 NASCAR Race’ drew 8 million viewers.
For The Record
NBC was #1 with 13.52 million viewers. FOX was #2 with 6.3 million viewers. CBS was #3 with 5.52 million viewers. ABC finished with an average of 5.11 million viewers. Univision had 2.93 million viewers on Sunday.
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BBC Two with a combination of ‘Top Gear’, ‘Dragons’ Den’ and the ’22nd Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies’ helped BBC2 win once again on Sunday, the last day of the Sochi, Russian Federation Olympics.
As home to nearly all of BBC’s Winter Olympics coverage, it was the third weekend in a row that BBC2 has trumped ITV’s all-day share of the audience, with 12.9% of all viewing on Sunday ahead of ITV’s 12.1%.
BBC2 was boosted by its regular Sunday night top program at 8P, ‘Top Gear’ which was watched by 5.6 million viewers (20.2%). At 9P, ‘Dragons’ Den’ pulled in 3.1 million viewers (13.1% of the audience).
ITV at 745P had ‘All Star Family Fortunes’ as 4.7 million viewers (17.7%) watched. ‘Dancing on Ice Skate Off’ semi-final drew 4.5 million viewers, a 15.9% share.
BBC One at 9P battled ITV. BBC1’s drama ‘The Musketeers’ drew 4.8 million viewers (20.4%) and stayed ahead of it rival on ITV, ‘Mr Selfridge’ which drew 4.7 million (20%).
Channel 4 at 9P, had their most popular program of the night with the movie ‘Bridesmaids’ which brought in 2.3 million (12%).
ITV2 presented ‘The Only Way is Essex’ as it returned but it was only able to pull in 968,000 viewers (5.6%)
‘Sunday Night’ was rewarded with bumper numbers Sunday night, showing once again that Australia’s fascination with INXS is still at a high. The show topped the night with a whopping 1.91 million viewers, a new record for the show.
Seven (35.9% share of the available audience) and Nine (with 32.6% share of the available audience) both pulled big shares at the expense of the rest of the networks. But Seven took the honors for Sunday. Besides the #1 program, ‘Sunday Night’, Seven also had the #2 program of the evening, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which pulled in 1.73 million viewers. ‘Seven News’ pulled in 1.19 million viewers while ‘Downton Abbey’ drew 1.13 million viewers. ‘Castle’ pulled in 462,000 viewers.
Nine had its top show ‘Fat Tony and Co.’ while winning its time slot drew 1.38 million viewers. ‘The Block’ drew 1.33 million. ‘Nine News’ pulled in 1.09 million while ’60 Minutes’ drew 926,000 viewers and ‘Love Child’ had 430,000 viewers.
ABC1 could not break one million viewer level on Sunday. Its top program was ‘ABC News’ with 801,000 viewers while ‘Flying Monsters with David Attenborough’ could only draw 706,000 viewers. The FOX American import, ‘Rake’ took in 617,000 viewers while ‘Australia’s Remote Islands’ drew 447,000 viewers. ‘Tim Winton’s The Turning’ brought in 272,000 viewers.
TEN had some dire numbers. A 6.4% network share was its lowest primary channel share in survey since the introduction of OzTAM ratings in 2001. With it’s best audience for ‘So You Think You Can Dance Australia’ registering a shocking 378,000 viewers, ‘Ten Eyewitness News’ could only draw 348,000.
One had the Sochi Winter Olympics which finished with a 5.1% share.
For the record, Seven had a 35.9% share of the audience while Nine had 32.6% share. ABC 14.4%, TEN 13.1% and SBS 3.9%.
Thankfully Sochi Winter Olympics gave ONE a 5.1% share with 271,000 viewers, the network’s top program for Sunday. ‘World News Australia’ could only draw 180,000 viewers; ‘Plane Crash’ 167,000 viewers and ‘Archaeology: A Secret History a mere 146,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television everywhere, they were…