FOX was tops in the U.S. on Wednesday with two hours of their big show, ‘American Idol’ as it pulled in 10.051 million viewers and a 7.0 rating and an 11 share in the households. As has been reported numerous times, it is not what it was in the past as it is down 18% from the 8.5/13 on this comparable date a year ago. But it has not failed in terms of ‘The X Factor’ collapse. One of the highlights on this edition of the long running show is the judging. Collectively they are popular and Harry Connick Jr is the decided realist as he has continually provided contestants why their performances are not up to par while Jennifer Lopez is ‘Miss Popular Pop Artist’ and provides the motherly touch. Keith Urban gives an everyman approach and often conflicts with Harry’s opinion. As an example, last night Harry believed a number of the talent were singing ‘sharp’ and he pointed it out as non-acceptable at this point in the competition. Keith objected and declared that singing ‘sharp’ depended upon the artist as to whether it was bad or good. Singing ‘sharp’ is off-key. How can that be a good thing? Very interesting views by the different judges.
CBS came in second but had the top show on television on Wednesday. At 8P, the veteran and original reality show, ‘Survivor’ drove in 9.62 million viewers and rose to a 6.1/10, which was a 7% increase from its season-opener last week. At 9P, the #1 program of the evening in the U.S. on Wednesday, ‘Criminal Minds’ pulled in 11.37 million viewers and a . At 10P, the reliable ‘CSI’ was dominant with 9.19 million viewers and a 6.1/10. It is amazing how these older shows perform for The Tiffany Network against all the new and older programming.
ABC began the evening at 8P with the always reliable ‘The Middle’ which pulled in 7.15 million viewers and a 5.0/8. It was followed at 830P by ‘Suburgatory’ which dipped as usual with 5.57 million viewers and a 3.7/7. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Modern Family’ drew 9.01 million viewers and a 64/10. It was a RERUN and it still drew over 9 million viewers! At 930P, ‘Mixology’ dropped to 4.48 million viewers and a 3.2/5, less than half of its lead in audience. It is not an improvement from recent failed entry ‘Super Fun Night’. At 10P, ‘Nashville’ finished in last-place with 4.85 million viewers and a 3.5/6. The Alphabet Network has all sorts of problems with the exception of ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Middle’ on Thursdays.
NBC at 8P had ‘Revolution’ leading off the evening with 4.77 million viewers and a 2.5/6. It led into the 9P, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ which drew 6.03 million viewers and a 4.3/7, a big jump for the Peacock Network. But at 10P, ‘Chicago PD’ had a brilliant episode once again teetering the audience on whether the head of the investigative unit is dirty or not. The police drama set in the Windy City drew 6.07 million viewers, tops for 30 Rock on Thursday and a 3.9/7.
A&E was the top cable network on Wednesday and the #5 network overall led by ‘Duck Dynasty’ which drew 6.100 million viewers at 10P which was the #2 program at that time period in prime time, second only to ‘CSI’.
The CW capped off the evening with dramas beginning at 8P with ‘Arrow’ which pulled in 2.19 million viewers and a network hight for the evening of 1.9/3. At 9P, ‘The Tomorrow People’ drew 1.33 million viewers and a 1.0/2.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ was down but will won the evening with a 3.3/9. By the way, this was 21% below the 4.2/11 for Jay Leno on the comparable evening a year ago. CBS’ ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ drew a solid 2.5/6 (up 14% from a year ago) for #2. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had a 1.9/5, down 10% from last year on this comparable date. At 1235A, NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ fell into a competitive zone with a 1.6/6 while ABC’s ‘Nightline’ drew a 1.3/4. CBS’ ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ pulled a 1.2/4. At 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ had a strong 1.0/4.
For The Record
FOX was #1 on Wednesday with 10.513 million viewers and a 7.0 rating and an 11 share of the available audience. CBS came in second with 10.058 million viewers and a 6.4/10. ABC finished #3 with 5.985 million viewers and a 4.2/7. NBC was next with 5.624 million viewers and a 3.9/6. A&E was the top cable network on Wednesday and the #5 network overall with an average of 2.719 million viewers in prime time. Univision had 2.683 million viewers and a . The CW finished with 1.761 million viewers and a 1.5/2. Telemundo completed the evening with 07.1.
Today In TV History
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Across The Pond
ITV’s live coverage at 730P of England’s friendly win over Denmark pulled in 5.52 million (25.2%) topped the night in the UK.
BBC One at 9P, had ‘Outnumbered’ and it drew 4.31 million viewers on Wednesday night against live football. At 1035P, a rerun of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ had 3.93 million viewers (17.2%) laughing.
A Question of Sport quizzed 2.05m (16.9%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two at 7P, ‘Permission Impossible’ brought in 1.10 million (5.6%) and it was followed at 8P by ‘Restaurant Man’ with 1.26 million viewers (5.7%). At 9P, ‘Line of Duty’ increased the network’s audience to 2.34 million (9.9%). At 10P, ‘Inside No 9’ dropped like a rock with 720,000 viewers (4.1%).
Channel 4 at 8P brought ‘Restoration Man’ and it had 1.24 million viewers (5.6%) watching. At 9P, ’24 Hours in A&E’ brought in 1.55 million (6.6%). At 10P, ‘First Dates’ had only 844,000 viewers (5.4%).
Channel 5 at 8P had the documentary ‘Left for Dead by the Yorkshire Ripper’ and it intrigued 1.13 million viewer (5.1%). At 9P, the CBS #1 drama in America, ‘NCIS’ pulled in and ever-increasing audience in the UK with 1.05 million viewers (4.4%).
BBC Three at 9P had ‘Festivals, Sex & Suspicious Parents’ and only 380,000 viewers (1.6%) watched. At 10P, ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ brought the audience up a bit to 421,000 viewers (2.4%).
BBC Four at 8P presented ‘Bombay Railway’ and 641,000 were all aboard (2.9%).
ITV2 at 10P had ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and 635,000 watched (3.9%).
Seven has the big show and took home 35.7% share of the available audience on Wednesday. The #1 program in Australia on Wednesday was ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which drew 1,609,000 viewers with the people of Sydney amounted to 465,000 viewers; in Melbourne, 445,000 took the heat on the kitchen; in Brisbane, 284,000 salivated; in Adelaide, 187,000 used no catsup and in Perth, 228,000 with knives and forks were watching. The #2 program was the #1 newscast in the nation as ‘Seven News’ pulled in 1,109,000 viewers. #5, ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ finished above the million viewer mark with 1.037 million. #8 was ‘Home and Away’ with 903,000 viewers. The NBC import, ‘The Blacklist’ was the #9 program which finished with 869,000 viewers.
On a weather note, Singer Katy Perry turned impromptu weather presenter on Sunrise this morning, during an appearance on the Seven breakfast show. But she had a spot of bother locating, and pronouncing, some of the cities. Canberra became ‘Coonaberra’ and Hobart was ‘Hogwarts.’ It was all in spirited fun for the Prism singer. “If you don’t understand all of this, I’m sure you have an app on your phone,” she suggested. Perry clearly loves the show given she performed on it only last year. Seven even tracked her arrival to the studios with a chopper. Whilst she didn’t perform this time around, she happily met giddy fans outside the Martin Place studio.
Nine which finished with 28.6% share of the available audience and #2 network for the night, had the #3 program, ‘Nine News’, just 4,000 viewers behind ‘Seven News’ with 1,105,000. And, Nine had the #4 program, ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ which also climbed above the million mark with 1,092,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Nine News 630P’, again above the magic million viewer level with 1.026 million viewers. The #7 program on Wednesday was ‘A Current Affair’ with 925,000 viewers.
ABC1 again had the #10 program as ‘ABC News’ finished with 766,000 viewers.
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