NBC with the singing competition ‘The Voice’ returned at 8P with the two-hour spring season-opener that drew 15.73 million viewers and a big 9.2 rating and 14 share in the households. It was up 6% from the year-ago season-premiere (8.7/13 on Monday 3/25/13). It was the top-rated Monday installment of ‘The Voice’ since the episode on 9/23/13. That 9.2 last September translated into 14.98 million viewers. At 10P, James Spader’s brilliant ‘The Blacklist’ proved it can stand on its own on NBC in the Monday followed with a time slot winning 11.28 million viewers and a 6.7/11 as it beat ‘Castle’ by 16% on ABC and ‘Intelligence’ on CBS by 72%.
ABC at 8P presented two hours of ‘The Bachelor’ and drew 8.14 million viewers and a 5.7/ 9, which was 15% below the 6.7/10 on the year-ago evening. At 10P, a great episode of ‘Castle’ took second-place with 8.74 million viewers and a 5.8/10, tops for the evening on The Alphabet Network.
CBS led off the evening at 8P with the soon-to-finish series ‘How I Met Your Mother’ drawing 9.25 million viewers and a 5.7/9. At 830P, ‘2 Broke Girls’ held with 7.9 million viewers and at a 5.5/8. Next at 9P, ‘Mike & Molly’ drew 8.12 million viewers and a second-place 5.8/9. It was down 17% from a year ago. At 930P, ‘Mom’ dropped to third-place with 7.2 million viewers and a 5.1/8 which was down by 23% from year-ago. At 10P, with a brilliant episode, ‘Intelligence’ could not compete against the strong competition of NBC and ABC. As a result,it drew 5.35 million viewers and a 3.9/6. This episode was Must See TV for ON DEMAND.
On FOX, it fell well below last year on the comparable date. At 8P, the always interesting ‘Almost Human’ led the Animal Network of Broadcast with 5.7 million viewers and a 4.2/6. It is 25% below last year’s time slot program, ‘Bones’ which had a 5.6/8 on 2/25/13. Of interest, it had an episode about nano bots, similar to what ‘Intelligence’ faced a week earlier but on a different channel (CBS). What is this nano-bot world coming to? And when did they enter our lexicon? At 9P, the second year drama ‘The Following’ on Fox has lost considerable strength as it could only pull in 4.58 million viewers and a 3.6/5. It was down 35% from the 5.5/8 a year-ago on the comparable evening.
Univision at 8P had ‘Por Siempre Mi Amor’ and a 1.0 A18-49 rating. AT 9P, ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ came in with a 1.4 A18-49 while at 10P, ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ finished with a 1.0 A18-49.
CW drama at 8P ‘Star-Cross’ took a tumble from last week, with a distant (and very last-place) 1.12 million viewers and an 0.8/1. That was 27% below the 1.1/2 for its debut one week earlier. At 9P, a rerun ‘Beauty and the Beast’ drew 570,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.
In late night at 1135P, ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ dropped a bit, as expected, from its inflated 7.1/20 opener (out of the ‘Winter Olympics’) last Monday. But a 4.5/12 beat the competition. ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ on CBS (2.2/6) and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on ABC (2.1/6). At 1235A, the debut of And it led into an also dominant NBC’s ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ (2.6/9) also beat its competition. For the record, ‘Nightline’ on ABC delivered 1.4/5 and ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on CBS had 1.0/4.
For The Record
NBC was #1 with 14.25 million viewers and a 8.4 rating and 13 share of the available audience. ABC was #2 with 8.34 million viewers and a 5.7/9. CBS came in #3 with 7.19 million viewers and a 5.0/8. Fox drew 5.14 million viewers and a 3.9/6. USA Network drew 4.662 million viewers to finish #5 for the evening. Univision finished with 1.7/3. Telemundo had a 0.8/1 on Monday. The CW had 844,000 viewers and a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1940, The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadians played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2XBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. How exciting must that have been? By the way, the Rangers won that game, 6 to 2. Today W2XBS is WNBC. The Rangers won the Stanley cup that season by defeating the Toronto Maple Leaves 3-2 in overtime.
Ann-Margaret will join ‘Ray Donovan’ next season on Showtime. Legendary actress Ann-Margret has been added to the cast of the second season of Showtime drama ‘Ray Donovan’ in the recurring role of June Wilson, a major star back in her day that has a past with Ray’s boss Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould). Headlined by Liev Schreiber and Emmy Award winner Jon Voigt, other actors slated to appear on ‘Ray Donovan’ in season two include Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn, Kip Pardue, Wendell Pierce and Vinessa Shaw. Production on the second season’s 12 episodes is currently underway in Los Angeles and is set for a summer premiere.
The top 20 most-watched shows on basic cable for Friday, February 21:
“Gold Rush” (Discovery) 3.74 million, “WWE Friday Night Smackdown!” (Syfy) 2.73, “SpongeBob SquarePants” (Nick) 2.63, “Jessie” (Disney Channel) 2.53, “Dog With a Blog” (Disney Channel) 2.41, “I Didn’t Do It” (Disney Channel) 2.33, “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel) 2.31, “Fish Hooks” (Disney Channel) 2.30, “Austin & Ally” (Disney Channel) 2.27, “God Rush: The Dirt” (Discovery) 2.06, “Breadwinners” (Nick) 2.05, “Law & Order: SVU” (USA) 2.03, “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel) 1.97, “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC) 1.64, “Full House” (Nick at Nite) 1.60, “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC) 1.58, “Cold Justice” (TNT) and “Full House” (Nick at Nite) 1.55 each, “Full House” (Nick at Nite) 1.53, “American Dad” (Adult Swim) 1.51.
USA Network was #1 on cable on Monday led by ‘WWE’ as it averaged 4.663 million viewers. Here are the highlights of 30 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast and cable networks Monday night.
#1..The Voice (8:00, 120 Minutes) – NBC 15.858 million viewers
#2..The Blacklist (10:00) – NBC 11.179 million viewers
#3..How I Met Your Mother (8:00) – CBS 9.276 million viewers,
#4..Castle (10:00) – ABC 8.689 million viewers
#5..The Bachelor (8:00, 120 Minutes) – ABC 8.171 million viewers
#6..Mike & Molly (9:00) – CBS 8.161 million viewers
#7..2 Broke Girls (8:30) – CBS 7.961 million viewers
#8..Mom (9:30) – CBS 7.249 million viewers
#9..Almost Human (8:00) – FOX 5.724 million viewers
#10.Intelligence (10:00) – CBS 5.413 million viewers
#11.WWE Raw (8:00) – USA 4.892 million viewers
#12.WWE Raw (9:00) – USA 4.778 million viewers
#13.The Following (9:00) – FOX 4.613 million viewers
#14.WWE Raw (10:00) – USA 4.313 million viewers
#15.Swamp People (9:00) – History 3.154 million viewers
#16.Dallas (9:00) – TNT 2.658 million viewers
#17.Bet Honors 2014 (9:00) – BET 2.174 million viewers
#18.Cryptid: The Swamp Beast (10:00) – History 2.011 million viewers
#19.Teen Wolf (10:00) – MTV 1.935 million viewers
#20.Steven Universe (8:00) – Cartoon 1.893 million viewers
#21.Basketball Wives: LA (8:00) – VH1 1.882 million viewers
#22.House Hunters (10:00) – HGTV 1.853 million viewers
#23.House Hunters International (10:30) – HGTV 1.850 million viewers
#24.Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (8:00) – Bravo 1.800 million viewers
#25.College Basketball (7:00) – ESPN 1.774 million viewers
#26.College Basketball (9:02) – ESPN 1.726 million viewers
#27l.Single Ladies (9:00) – VH1 1.713 million viewers
#28.Switched at Birth (8:00) – ABC Family 1.637 million viewers
#29.The Fosters (9:00) – ABC Family 1.483 million viewers
#30.Love It or List It (9:00) – HGTV 1.439 million viewers
On Sunday, over 8 million viewers tuned in for the season finale of ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS. The fourth season-finale of ‘Downton Abbey’ on PBS Sunday averaged 8.5 million viewers (with a 5.4 household rating), based on the fast national data. Comparably, this was 300,000 viewers (4%) above the 8.2 million viewers for the season three finale in February 2013. The eight episodes in the just concluded season averaged 8.3 million viewers, with 7.1 million streams of all content on PBS online platforms and more than 4.4 million streams of full-length episodes.
The 9th annual ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars’ special will air live on ABC Sunday, March 2nd with two-time Oscar winner and ‘House of Cards’ star Kevin Spacey. This year’s special, which airs after the late local news, will include appearances by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Anjelica Huston, Ben Kingsley, Christoph Waltz, Mandy Patinkin, Abbie Cornish, Barkhad Abdi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Adam Driver, Queen Latifah, Gary Oldman and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
For the third consecutive week, AMC’s mega-hit ‘The Walking Dead’ is the week’s most popular TV program on Twitter. A total of 4.51 million distinct accounts viewed any of the 353,500 tweets generated from the Feb. 23 episode, but the show’s winning streak is likely to halt next week when ABC’s 86th Academy Awards will air directly opposite it. The debut of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ on Feb. 17 delivered over 11 million viewers and drew heavy interest on Twitter (2.83 million accounts/79,900 tweets), ranking fifth for the week.
Consumers are devoting considerably more time to their smartphones than their PCs, with Americans spending an average of 34 hours a month engaged with their phones, according to Nielsen.. Mobile applications for entertainment and social media top the list of uses, followed by text messaging. “Not only are consumers spending more time using their phones, they can’t seem to put them down,” the report states.
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Across The Pond
It was a big night for BBC One as one of their top programs premiered again led at 830P by ‘Panorama’ which brought in 2.24 million (9.5%) viewers. At 9P, ‘Silk’ returned for its latest season to top the Monday in the world of television in the UK. The legal drama brought in the biggest audience of the night with 4.66 million viewers (19.4%).
ITV at 8P began with ‘A Great Welsh Adventure’ and it won the hour with a whopping 3.55 million viewers (18.1%). It looked like a huge night for the network but at 9P, the usually reliable ‘DCI Banks’ dropped over a million viewers from last week, falling to 4.50 million (18.7%) viewers. It was unexpected and ‘Silk’ took the night in direct competition.
BBC Two at 8P had ‘University Challenge’ quiz 2.94 million (12.6%) viewers. At 830P, at 8pm, ‘Food and Drink’ dropped a bit with 2.30 million (9.8%) watching. While at 9P, ‘Horizon’ attracted 1.50 million (6.2%).
Channel 4 at 9P welcomed the return of ‘One Born Every Minute’ and a respectable 2.32 million (9.7%) viewers tuned in. At 10P, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ brought the house down…literally as less than one half of OBEM viewers tuned in as 1.14 million (6.9%) bothered to follow.
Channel 5 at 8P began with ‘Police Interceptors’ and 1.23 million (5.3%) viewers watched. At 9P, ‘Can’t Pay, We’ll Take It Away!’ pulled in more viewers as 1.79 million (7.4%) watched. At 10P, a big drop occurred when ‘Caught on Camera’ only drew 1.07 million (6.6%). Someone must tell Channel 5 that ‘Candid Camera’ was a huge hit in the ’60s. Probably not anymore.
E4 at 10P had ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ and it drew only 410,000 (2.5%) viewers.
Big night of television in Australia as Seven once again was the #1 network in the nation. With 35.4% share of the available audience, there was little room left for all the rest. For the record, Nine had 30.7%; ABC1 had 18%; Ten had 12.2% & SBS had 3.4%.
Seven had the big one, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ and it pulled in 2,124,000 viewers, one of the top audience levels of the new year. In Sydney, 533,000 tuned in; in Melbourne, a huge 613,000 viewers; in Brisbane, 369,000 viewers tuned in; in Adelaide, 274,000 watched and in Perth, 335,000 jumped into the kitchen on Monday. #4 was ‘Seven News’ which drew 1.148 million viewers. #6 for the evening was ‘Seven News/ Today Tonight’ which drew 1.090 million viewers. The #9 program on Monday, was ‘Home and Away’ and it had 968,000 viewers. Finally, the #10 program on Monday was ‘Revenge’. It drew 937,000 viewers.
Nine had the #2 program, ‘Love Child’ which finished nearly a million viewers less with 1.255 million viewers. #3 was ‘Nine News’ with 1.162 million and was the top news program on Monday. #5 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ and it had 1.105 million who watched. #7 was ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ with 1.079 million viewers and the #8 program on Monday, ‘A Current Affair’ was the last of the million plus programs as it drew 1.032 million viewers.
No other networks had any program in the Top Ten on Monday in Australia.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, except for Australia, they were…