CBS was dominant again on Friday as ‘Undercover Boss’ pulled in 7.46 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ brought in 10.26 million viewers, the second most on the night with a superb episode that featured the entire cast, plus Melanie Griffith in another performance only she can deliver. But the real star of this episode was the script. The writers should be proud of putting together three different lines through the show and yet devising one of the most intriguing mysteries of the year. But who was that person on the bench at the end? Must See ON DEMAND episode. But the top rung belonged to the cornerstone of Friday television, Tom Selleck’s ‘Blue Bloods’ which brought in 11.87 million viewers. This episode ‘Insult to Injury,’ shows Danny taking a call from a woman who is threatening to kill herself along with the man who killed her parents in a drunk driving accident. He rushes to find her. Another great performance from Donnie Wahlberg. Meanwhile, Frank accompanies his grandson, Sean, on a class field trip and struggles to get the lead chaperone to loosen the reigns so the kids can have fun. It also is Must See ON DEMAND television. And the local Tiffany Network affiliates love it because the audience continued to climb the entire evening, even through the last half hour where it reached its peak at 11.97 million viewers.
ABC began the night at 8P with ‘Last Man Standing’ and it started with 6.1 million viewers. At 830P, ‘Neighbors’ lost most of that audience and pulled in only 3.56 million. But at 9P, ‘Shark Tank’ pulled up the Alphabet Network and drew 7.49 million viewers. At 10P, ’20/20′ continued the upward trend by pulling in an average of 7.59 million viewers to finish the evening on a hight note. It’s that 830P slot that the suits at ABC have to concern themselves. It has to be improved.
NBC started the evening at 8P off with a bang as ‘Dateline’ pulled in a solid 7.67 million viewers which actually finished #1 in the time slot at 830P, moving ahead of ‘Undercover Boss’ by 420,000 viewers. But at 9P, it couldn’t hold its lead as the boys and girls from Honolulu’s police force blew ‘Grimm’ off the face of the leaderboard. ‘Grimm’ could only pull in 5.64 million, a loss of over 2 million viewers for the Peacock Network. But again at 10P, NBC lost everything as ‘Hannibal’ drew 2.53 million viewers, a dramatic loss of over three million viewers from the previous program and when it was all said and done, it finished the last half hour of the evening with a low of 2.46 million, a fall of 5 million viewers on this single evening on NBC in prime time. The Peacock Network shed nearly all of its feathers in a single evening.
FOX had ‘Bones’ leading off the evening and although the numbers can’t show it, this is one of the gems of broadcast television. The evolving of the relationship between Bones and Booth is fascinating. After watching this rerun episode, you can bet Booth will never call Bones his ‘best friend’ ever. Wonderful episode mixed like a stew in a cafeteria with human remains and another ingredient. The Must See ON DEMAND episode drew only 3.29 million viewers. But this coming week, it is moving back to its original time slot at 8P on Monday. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Enlisted’ drew a CW number of only 1.82 million viewers and at 930P, a rerun of ‘Raising Hope’ put the Animal Network of Broadcast into the dump with only 1.58 million viewers.
The CW at 8P had a rerun of ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’ and it drew 1.39 million. Another rerun episode at 830P of ‘Who’s Line’ pulled in 1.33 million viewers. But at 9P, a rerun of ‘Star-Crossed’ could only draw 537,000 viewers with a near disaster of only 500,000 in its final half hour. Why doesn’t the Little Network That Could just run ‘Who’s Line’ each of the four half hours on Friday? It will pick up the network’s total by 25%.
What makes Fallon a perfect fit for this generation of television? The production value of their musical moments are above and beyond anything else on late night television. For the record, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 3.4/8 was #1 finishing ahead of #2 ABC’s rerun of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with 2.4/6. CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/5 finished last in the early late night standings. At 1235A, ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ with 1.7/5 beat ABC’s ‘Nightline’ with 1.54/4 and CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ which drew 1.1/4. At 135A, ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ averaged a 1.0/4. But the real story was ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday. For a unique view of what we’re talking about, catch Stephen Colbert singing ‘Friday’ with Roots. It is sensational! And the energy it brings to the viewing audience is second to none. http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/stephen-colbert-sings-friday-with-the-roots/n17119/
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For The Record
CBS was #1 on Friday with an average of 9.87 million viewers, as it was the only network with shows that finished above the 10+million viewer mark (‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Blue Bloods’). ABC was #2 with 6.64 million viewers while NBC finished #3 with 5.24 million viewers. FOX finished a distant #4 with 2.50 million while The CW had an average of only 949,000 viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1959, the famous Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together. To see the conclusion, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTM6HBuK3Bk
Broadcast TV News
FOX has renewed several of its programs. ‘The Following’, ‘New Girl’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘The Mindy Project’ were all picked up for next season on Friday. Fox chairman Kevin Reilly and chief operating officer Joe Earley praised all four shows as cornerstones of the network in a joint statement. They said: “These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera. “All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season.” Suits at CBS, ABC, NBC, Unvision, The CW and Telemundo were celebrating this news.
According to Variety’s Rick Kissell, a rare television appearance by Prince provided a ratings lift for ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ on Wednesday. The singer’s guest appearance on the syndicated program averaged a 1.4 household rating/3 share, a huge 56% jump over the show’s February sweep period average, which was dominated by the Winter Olympics coverage. But itt was also up 50% in the adults 18-49 demo (0.6/3), a score higher than TBS’ “Conan” (0.4/1), which airs at the same time in many markets. Prince’s visit came a week after ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ was renewed for a second season. That announcement was made by Jay Leno, who appeared in a cameo on the show just a few weeks after exiting NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’. On ‘Arsenio’, Prince performed a new tune, ‘Funknroll’ and took questions from the audience. He also performed the vintage track ‘She’s Always In My Hair’ as well as premiering new song ‘Mutiny’. For a look at his performance, go to: http://rol.st/1hYnmPI.
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Across The Pond
The incomparable ‘Jonathan Creek’ is back and BBC One is the winner. Its latest episode continued to attract high ratings last night (March 7), finishing as the highest-rated TV show outside of soaps. The second of sadly only three episodes in the series, starring Alan Davies and Sarah Alexander, brought in 5.57 million viewers (26.2%). The BIG One at 1045P had the romantic comedy ‘The Proposal’ which brought in 2.04 million viewers.
ITV’ at 8P had their new documentary series ‘Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages’ and it had 2.66 million viewers (12.6%) paying attention, as first-year trainee Kelly dealt with the challenges of nursing. At 9pm, ‘Edge of Heaven’ drew 2.19 million (6.3%) as Alfie and Michelle went their separate ways in an attempt to keep their kiss under wraps from Carly. Can you stand it?
BBC Two, with a rerun of ‘QI’ led its prime time schedule with 1.54 million viewers (8.7%) with guests Josh Widdicombe, Phill Jupitus and Katherine Ryan. The documentary drama miniseries ’37 Days’ starring Ian McDiarmid and Rainer Sellien delivered 1.52 million viewers (7.1%).
Channel 4 had Clare Balding presented highlights of the second day at ‘Crufts 2014’ with 1.28 million (6.0%). But it had its biggest draw of the night with ‘Gogglebox’ return bringing in 2.29 million viewers (10.8%).
Channel 5 crept into the million mark too last night with its latest episode of the History Channel’s import of ‘Ice Road Truckers’ which drew 1.01 million viewers (4.6%). The show was followed with a rerun of ‘Booze, Bust-Ups & Brothels: Soho Blues’ which attracted 755,800 viewers (3.6%).
E4 had a rerun at 630P of the CBS import, and #1 comedy in America, ‘The Big Bang Theory’. It drew 610,700 viewers (3.3%). ‘Dynamo: Magician Impossible’ with another rerun pulled in 574,800 viewers (2.7%).
On one of the slowest television nights of the year, Nine with 30.7% share of the available audience edged out Seven with 29.2% of the available audience for top honors in Australia. Not a single program drew one million viewers. In fact, only two programs had more than 900,000 viewers.
Nine had the #1 program which was the #1 news program in the nation with ‘Nine News’ which drew 982,000 viewers with 296,000 in Sydney; 362,000 in Melbourne; 170,000 in Brisbane; 82,000 in Adelaide while 71,000 watched in Perth. #3 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 896,000 viewers. The #8 program was ‘A Current Affair’ which drew 644,000 viewers. Finally, the #10 program on Friday was ‘Hot Seat’ which drew 547,000 viewers.
Seven had the #2 program which was ‘Seven News’ with 909,000 viewers. The #5 program on Friday was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 850,000 viewers. #6 on Friday was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ with 817,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the top non-ewe program of the evening as ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’ with an episode titled, ‘Crossing The Line’ drew 871,000 viewers which ranked #4 for the night. The ‘ABC News’ was #7 on the night with 728,000 viewers. #9 and the third program in Top 10 on Friday was a rerun of ‘QI’ which pulled in 592,000 viewers.
On a sad note
Australian actress Wendy Hughes, who was born in Melbourne, lost her battle with cancer early Saturday morning in Sydney. She was 61. The TV, film and stage star was best known for her movies “My Brilliant Career” and “Return To Eden.” She was a longtime cast member of the Aussie TV drama “State Coroner.” Other memorable roles included her take as Mrs. Robinson in the Australian stage adaptation of “The Graduate,” Martha in 2007′s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and, most recently, Higgins’ mother in 2012′s “Pygmalion.” Hughes won the Australian Film Institute’s best lead actress award in 1983 for her performance in “Careful, He Might Hear You.” Actor Bryan Brown announced the death to the audience of Sydney Theatre Company’s Travelling North on Saturday afternoon. Patrons honored the late actress with a standing ovation.
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