FOX for the entire evening beginning at 8P presented an absolutely refreshing two-hour run of ‘American Idol’ which drew 10.64 million viewers and a 7.2 rating and 11 share of the available audience. And this year this show has some talent. Wednesday night proved it.
CBS is not used to finishing #2 on Wednesdays but on occasion it happens. At 8P began with the two-hour season premiere of ‘Survivor: Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty’ and it drew 9.78 million viewers and a 5.7/9, which was 4% above the opening overnight levels for year-ago edition which pulled a 5.3/9 on 2/13/13. Only three-tenths of a rating point separated the four half-hours as follows: 5.9/10 – 5.7/9 – 5.7/9 – 5.6/9. At 10P, ‘Criminal Minds’ pulled in 9.5 million viewers and a #1 position in its time slot with a 6.5/11. Both programs will finish above the 10 million viewer mark with LIVE+7 stats.
NBC at 8P brought back the often shifted and often placed on hiatus, ‘Revolution’. It drew 4.59 million viewers and a 3.2/5. It was a disappointing result, especially for the suits at 30 Rock. At 9P, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ began a story line and drew 7.7 million viewers and a 5.3/8, which was up 23% from its last telecast on Feb. 5 (4.3/6) while at 10P, ‘Chicago PD’ picked up that story line to its conclusion and pulled in 8.03 million viewers and a 4.9/8. It was up 20% from its last episode (4.1/7 on Feb. 5). For the record, this was the second highest rated installment of ‘Chicago PD’. Most important, it picked up and increased the audience leading into the valuable 11P local news for the NBC affiliates.
ABC began the evening at 8P with ‘The Middle’ which drew 7.11 million viewers and a 5.1/8. At 830P, ‘Suburgatory’ pulled in a disappointing 5.3 million viewers (3.9/6). At 9P, ‘Modern Family’ was The Alphabet Network’s biggest program of the evening as it drew 8.57 million viewers and a 6.5/10. AT 930P, ‘Mixology’ in its series premiere episode out of one of the strongest programs on Alphabet’s lineup, drew a smallish 5.22 million viewers and a 3.6/6. Replacement time! At 10P, ‘Nashville’ drew 4.72 million viewers and a 3.3/6.
Univision finished the evening with 2.89 million viewers on average, beginning at 8P with ‘Por Siempre Mi Amor’ which pulled in a 0.9 A18-49. At 9P, ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ was the top program of the evening on Univision and earned a 1.4 A18-49 rating. At 10P, ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ finished the evening with a 0.9 A18-49 rating.
TBS was the top rated cable channel on Wednesday with 2.361 million viewers on average for the six half-hour programming block in prime time.
The CW at 8P had a good night with ‘Arrow’ as it drew 2.46 million viewers and a 2.1/3. At 9P, ‘The Tomorrow People’ pulled in 1.51 million viewers (1.2/2) of its own.
NBC remained the dominant network on late night with its renewed line-up of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ (4.2/11), which was 68% above Jay Leno on the year-ago evening (2.5/7 on 2/27/13) and night #3 of ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ (2.1/7, which beat Jimmy Fallon one year earlier (1.3/5) by 62%. CBS’ ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ finished with a 2.2/6 behind Jimmy Fallon, followed by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on ABC with a 2.1/ 6. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ drew 1.3/4 behind Seth Meyers. ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ pulled a 1.1/4 on Wednesday.
For The Record
FOX was back on top and #1 on Wednesday with 10.64 million viewers and a 7.2 rating and 11 share of the available audience. CBS finished #2 with 9.69 million viewers and a 6.0/10. NBC came in #3 with 6.77 million viewers and a 4.5/7. ABC drew 5.94 million viewers and a 4.3/7. Univision delivered 2.89 million viewers and a 1.6/3. TBS was #6 with 2.361 million viewers. The CW had 1.98 million viewers and a 1.6/3. Telemundo finished with a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1984, a Pepsi commercial featuring the Jackson’s premiered on MTV.
Local TV News
On Tuesday evening, KPHO (CBS-5) in Phoenix on their 10P (MT) local news, devoted 15 minutes to the breaking down the issues surrounding Senate Bill 1062 as it probed into not only who wrote it, who presented it, who favored it and who was against it but who actually was behind the bill in the first place. It was potentially Emmy Award winning local television. To see it, go to: SB 1062 Origins http://www.kpho.com/category/210050/5-investigates. For info on where groups and various people stand on this issue, go to: http://www.kpho.com/story/24810397/sb-1062-draws-fire-as-bill-heads-to-gov-brewer
On Wednesday evening, at 5:45P on all local television channels, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill. To see her address, go to: http://www.abc15.com/news/state/governor-jan-brewer-vetoes-senate-bill-1062-video
When Gov Jan Brewer made the announcement that she had vetoed SB1062 at 5:45P in Phoenix on Wednesday, here are the ratings for the individual TV stations in the PHX DMA at that time: (Total Persons 2+ Live+SD and at 6P MT)
KPHO (CBS-5) @1745 1.3 rating 5 share @1800 1.7 rating 6 share
KPNX (NBC-12) @1745 2.5 rating 9 share @1800 2.2 rating 8 share
KNXV (ABC-15) @1745 1.5 rating 6 share @1800 1.2 rating 4 share
KSAZ (FOX-10) @1745 1.6 rating 6 share @1800 1.6 rating 5 share
KTVK (IND-3) @1745 1.5 rating 6 share @1800 0.8 rating 3 share
KTVW (UNI-33) @1745 0.9 rating 4 share @1800 1.3 rating 5 share
Cable TV News
BBC America has renewed ‘Ripper Street’ for season three with filming scheduled to begin in May. Set in Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889 six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders, and set against the notorious ‘H Division’ Police Precinct, ‘Ripper Street’ stars Matthew Macfadyen (‘Anna Karenina’), Jerome Flynn (‘Game of Thrones’), Adam Rothenberg (‘Elementary’) and MyAnna Buring (‘Downton Abbey’). For a preview, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaK6KjaNlPc
‘Duck Dynasty’ was the top rated program on cable Wednesday with 5.174 million viewers at 10P. A rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ on TBS was #2 with 3.037 million viewers at 930P. #3 was on FX with ‘FX Movie Prime’ at 730P with 2.971 million viewers.
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Across The Pond
BBC had the big program on Wednesday as ‘Outnumbered’ rose to 4.33 million viewers (18.4%). This was the top audience of the evening outside of soaps. AT 930P, a rerun of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ was also a 4 million plus winner with 4.14 million viewers (18.3%). At 1035P, ‘A Question of Sport’ brought in 2.25 million (17.6%), clearly giving BBC One the #1 position on a relatively slot television night in the UK.
BBC Two at 7P presented ‘Permission Impossible’ and 986,000 viewers (4.8%) watched.at 7pm. At 8P, ‘Restaurant Man’ pulled in a bit more with 1.40 million viewers (6.5%). At 9P, ‘Line of Duty’ jumped up to 2.23 million viewers (9.7%) and at 10P, ‘Inside No 9’ dropped like a brick with 872,000 tuning in (4.9%).
ITV at 8P had a rerun of ‘Midsomer Murders’ and it pulled in 3.74 million viewers (16.8%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘Restoration Man’ and 1.82 million tuned in (8.5%). At 9P, ’24 Hours in A&E’ brought in slightly more with 1.92 million viewers (8.3%). At 10P, ‘First Dates’ dropped to 780,000 viewers (4.9%).
Channel 5 at 8P presented ‘Born To Kill?’ and it drew 1.06 million viewers (5.0%). At 9P, CBS import ‘NCIS’ drew 978,000 viewers (4.2%).
BBC Three at 9P, ‘Sex & Suspicious Parents’ was watched by 514,000 viewers (2.2%). At 10P, ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ drew slightly less with 432,000 viewers (2.4%).
ITV2, at 10P, ‘TOWIE’ drew 655,000 viewers (3.9%).
It was a two network day in Australia on Wednesday. And again, Seven with 34.6% share of the available audience with 5 shows in the Top Ten finished ahead of Nine with 31.2% share and 5 shows in the Top Ten. Seven had the #1 show, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which drew 1,766,000 viewers as in Sydney, 485,000 watched; in Melbourne, slightly more, 487,000 tuned in; in Brisbane, 318,000 saw it; in Adelaide, 226,000 were watching and in Perth, 250,000 viewers had their fun. The #5 show was ‘Seven News’ with 1.030 million. The #7 show was on Seven as ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ pulled in 1.002 million viewers. The NBC import, ‘The Blacklist’ finished #9 with 942,000 viewers. And the #10 show on Wednesday was ‘Home and Away’ with 921,000 viewers.
Over at Nine, ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ was the #2 show on Wednesday as 1.234 million viewers tuned in. The #3 program on Wednesday was ‘Nine News’ with 1,091,000 as it was the top news show of the day. Following it, the #4 show was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which had an audience of 1.086 million viewers. #6 was ‘Inside Story’ which barely finished above a million with 1.003 million viewers. #8 for the day was ‘A Current Affair’ with 981,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where people were watching television, they were…