CBS won again for the third straight night with a mostly rerun evening. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Two and A Half Men’ drew 3.34 million viewers while at 830P, a rerun of ‘The Crazy Ones’ pulled in 2.24 million viewers. It was the only half hour in prime time on Saturday which was not #1 for The Tiffany Network. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Person Of Interest’ pulled in 3.31 million viewers. At 10P, ’48 Hours’ drew in 5.41 million viewers, tops for the evening in all of broadcast and tops for Black Rock.
ABC at 8P ran the movie, ‘The Social Network’ and it pulled in 2.5 million at 8P, at 830P, 2.27 million; at 9P, 2.5 million and at 930P, an evening hight for The Alphabet Network of 2.52 million viewers. At 10P, it dropped down to 2.45 million and at 1030P, dropped to a low of 1.75 million viewers. Perhaps they were a little overwhelmed with Jesse and Facebook at that time.
NBC had NHL Hockey all night long. Their primetime coverage of Saturday night’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks from 8-11:15P from Soldier Field in Chicago brought in million viewers and a 2.1 overnight rating, making it the highest overnight ever on NBC for a non-Winter Classic NHL regular-season game. Chicago posted a 14.9 rating, making it the highest-rated regular-season Blackhawks game ever on NBC in the Chicago market, even topping the 2009 NHL Winter Classic (11.8), which saw the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Blackhawks, 6-4, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. In Pittsburgh, the game registered a 13.3 rating. NBC was No. 1 network in both markets from 8-11:15P. Other top markets for this event were: #3.Buffalo with a 6.8 rating; #4 Milwaukee with a 3.2 and #5, Dayton with a 2.4 rating. The peak audience was at 1030P with 3.18 million viewers.
FOX decided to rerun it’s Monday lineup on Saturday. At 8P, the rerun of ‘Almost Human’ drew 1.74 million with a peak for the evening on FOX of 1.84 million viewers at 830P. At 9P, a rerun of the floundering ‘The Following’ which could only pull in CW numbers of 1.17 million viewers. Good thing The CW wasn’t airing a schedule on Saturday. ‘The Following’ is dead. Nobody is watching it any more. The Animal Network of Broadcast has to realize this. Time for a change.
For The Record
CBS was #1 on Saturday with 3.85 million viewers. NBC finished #2 with 2.87 million. ABC came in #3 with 2.33 million viewers and FOX had 1.45 million viewers on Saturday.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1944, the 16th Academy Awards celebration moved from a banquet hall to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood; hosted by comedian/actor Jack Benny. The Outstanding Motion Picture was ‘Casablanca’, directed by Michael Curtiz, who won an Oscar for his efforts. Best Actor of 1943 was Paul Lukas for ‘Watch on the Rhine’ and Best Actor in a Supporting Role was Charles Coburn for ‘The More the Merrier’. The Best Actress award was presented to Twenty-four-year-old Jennifer Jones for ‘The Song of Bernadette’ and Best Actress in a Supporting Role was Katina Paxinou in ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’. Stephen Dunn of The RKO Radio Studio Sound Department and Sound Director for ‘This Land is Mine’, picked up the Oscar for … what else? … Sound Recording. Best Music, Song winners were Harry Warren (music), Mack Gordon (lyrics) for the song, ‘You’ll Never Know’, from the movie ‘Hello, Frisco, Hello’. And, did you know that the United States Navy received an Oscar? It was for the Documentary (Short Subject) they produced, December 7th. Oh…it wasn’t televised. That wouldn’t happen until March 19, 1953.
Broadcast TV News
And just in case you caught Jimmy Fallon accepting the challenge of Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, Fallon kicked off the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran in, then sort of laid down on his back in the slushy, 32-degree water about 10 feet from the edge of the sand on North Avenue Beach. Speaking to the crowd just before going in, Fallon didn’t exactly radiate bravado. “If you hear a scream like a little girl’s, just know that Jimmy Fallon is swimming in Lake Michigan,” he said.
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Across The Pond
BBC One was #1 in the UK on Saturday night behind the power of ‘The Voice UK’ as it continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million viewers tuned in to the first installment of Battle Rounds at 7P. 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears. at 920P, the medical drama ‘Casualty’ came in with a big audience as 5.15 million viewers watched (25.15%), while at 1030P, a big crowd of 4.14 million (29.43%) watched the football highlights on ‘Match of the Day’. Go Chelsea!
On ITV, at 7P, the latest episode of ‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ had a big crowd of 6.4 million (27.7%) for a very close #2 behind ‘The Voice UK’. This week’s episode had the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 viewers (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1. At 820P, ‘Philip Schofield’s The Cube’ kicked off its 8th year with 3.75 million viewers (16.78%), while at 920P, ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ could only pull in 2.13 million viewers (10.69%) with interviews from Dara O’Briain, Kristin Davis, Ice Cube and Claudia Schiffer.
BBC Two at 715P had its biggest ratings of the evening with ‘Dad’s Army’ which besought in 1.95 million viewers (6.89%). At 745P, a new series ‘The Perfect Morcambe & Wise’ could only attract 1.33 million viewers (5.72%). Right after that, ‘Darcey Bussell’s Ballerina Heroines’ tiptoed with the same audience as 1.34 million viewers (5.94%) watched.
Channel 4 at 8P had its most-watched program of the night, a documentary ‘The Storms That Stole Christmas’ which had 850,000 viewers (3.7%). The CBS disaster of a drama, ‘Hostages’ which has already been cancelled, at 9P drew 620,000 viewers (2.98%). At 10P, Matthew McConaughey’s movie, ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ drew 790,000 viewers (5.53%).
Channel 5 at 630P tried to present a feature-length episode of the CBS classic, ‘NCIS’ as it was watched by 606,000 viewers (2.72%) which was about 16 million less than the #1 American drama draws on a Tuesday evening back in The States. at 910P, ‘Live International Boxing’, not exactly a perfect blend of programming on Channel 5 had 759,000 viewers (4.06%). Wonder if anyone knows that boxing is dead except on ‘Ray Donovan’.
At 9P, BBC Four presented ‘Salamander’ as it again topped the multichannel ratings. 852,000 viewers (4.02%) watched the evening’s first episode at 9pm and at 945P, 797,000 viewers (4.11%) watched the second episode.
ITV3 at 9P had Inspector Morse prequel ‘Endeavour’ which only attracted 773,000 viewers (3.99%). At 8P, ‘Doc Martin’ wasn’t the draw it was in Australia on Saturday as only 697,000 viewers (3.05%) cared to watch. As noted below, in Australia it was the #1 drama with over a million viewers.
BBC Three had Alex Pettyfer’s ‘I Am Number Four’ air at 910P but it could only bring in 638,000 viewer (3.28%).
ABC1 and Seven edged Nine to tie with an identical 25.9% share of the audience in Australia on Saturday.
But it was ABC1 that had the top program of the evening, ‘Doc Martin’ which pulled in 1,146,000 viewers with 359,000 viewing in Sydney; in Melbourne, 323,000 watched; in Brisbane, 198,000 took it all in; in Adelaide, 126,000 gathered to see it and in Perth, 140,000 took in the action. You can check it out at: http://www.hulu.com/watch/372876#i0,p36,d0. The network also had the #2 program in a rerun of ‘Dream Build’ which drew 946,000 viewers. The #5 program was ‘ABC1 News’ with an even 900,000 viewers. #6 was also on ABC1 with ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ which drew 816,000 viewers.
Seven had the #3 program and the top news program on Saturday as ‘Seven News’ drew 909,000 viewers. Seven had the top movie of the day as it presented James Bond’s ‘Quantum of Solace’ which finished #7 on Saturday with 467,000 viewers. The #8 program was Seven’s ‘V8 Supercars Round 1: Clipsal 500’ which drew 460,000.
Nine got into the action with the #4 program, ‘Nine News Saturday’ which drew 902,000 viewers.
Ten got into the Saturday picture with ‘Bondi Vet’ as #9 with 437,000 viewers. And it also had the #10 program with David Attenborough’s ‘Nature’s Great Events’ which drew 422,000.
As you can see, no matter where you are in the world, we are…