CBS began the evening at 7P with the leading newsmagazine on television, ’60 Minutes’ explored the facts behind the hidden data information selling business of personal information as well as a look behind the revolution in the Ukraine and it drew 10.61 million viewers and finished as the top program on the network on Sunday. At 8P, ‘The Amazing Race: All-Stars’ pulled in 8.42 million viewers and the Tiffany Network remained in first place. At 9P was ‘The Good Wife’ and it drew 8.91 million viewers and fell to the second spot in the time slot. At 10P, ‘The Mentalist’, with an interesting episode of tracking down a mystery across the border and highlighting Jane’s new mode of travel, had 9.93 million viewers and took over the top spot during the late time period again.
ABC decided to begin the evening with a double dose of ‘Once Upon A Time’. At 7P, ‘Once Upon A Time’ drew 4.375 million viewers. But at 8P, ‘Once Upon A Time’ picked up big time with 7.27 million viewers. At 9P, the new program that has been hyped continuously for the past couple of weeks, ‘Resurrection’, delivered 13.36 million viewers and finished #1 not only in its time slot but #1 for the night. At 10P, ‘Revenge’ drew 6.495 million viewers. Obviously the big news on Sunday was ‘Resurrection’. It defeated the return of ‘The Good Wife’ by nearly 3 million viewers.
NBC began this Sunday evening at 7P with a two-hour edition of ‘Dateline’. It drew and average of 5.5 million viewers and peaked at 830P with 6.37 million viewers. But at 9P, NBC presented a rerun of a two-hour episode of ‘The Voice’ which could only pull in an average of 3.99 million viewers. It was a bold move by the Peacock Network to present two of their biggest programs on Sunday to attempt to push CBS into second and eliminate the challenge of the multi-channel opening of ‘Cosmos’ while destroying anything ABC would offer including the Alphabet Network’s launch of ‘Resurrection’. But a rerun on a big Sunday night doesn’t make much sense. ‘The Voice’ rerun couldn’t hold its own.
FOX 7P, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ pulled in 2.12 million viewers. At 730P, the first of two episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ drew 2.65 million viewers, while another episode at 8P had ‘The Simpsons’ pulling in 3.72 million viewers. At 830P ‘Family Guy’ had 4.49 million viewers. At 9P, the long-awaited multi-channel launch of the acclaimed series, and an inspiring introduction to the series by President Barack Obama, ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ pulled 5.77 million viewers and was the top rated program on the network on Sunday. A special note: FOX, besides presenting their animation domination on Sunday, continued the family entertainment theme by delivering a fascinating program that had the viewer in awe and wonder. The program was aired simultaneously across multiple U.S. FOX networks, including FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life at 9P. This first multi-network launch event for FOX Networks Group, along with the series debut on Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International, made ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ available on 220 channels in 181 countries, with an overall footprint of more than half a billion homes. Regardless of the ratings, this was a terrific move by the Animal Network of Broadcast and they should be applauded for the great effort.
For The Record
CBS was #1 on Sunday with 9.47 million viewers. ABC finished second with 7.86 million viewers. NBC was #3 with 4.75 million and FOX finished with 4.09 million viewers. Univision finished fifth with a 1.2/2 while Telemundo had a 0.4/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1940, W2XBS-TV in New York City aired the first televised opera as it presented scenes from “I Pagliacci”.
Broadcast TV News
FOX has cancelled ‘Raising Hope’. It is pulling the plug after four years. The finale will be on April 4, 2014.
HBO’s ‘True Detective’ is one of the network’s most-watched first year series since “Six Feet Under” as the first-season finale of the anthology series on Sunday averaged a series-best 3.5 million viewers for its initial telecast. ‘Detective’ added more than 1 million viewers from last week, when it went up against the Oscars and drew 2.33 million. Across the night’s three telecasts, the series also hit a high with 4.9 million viewers. According to HBO, with an average gross audience of 11 million viewers, ‘True Detective’ is the network’s most popular first-year series since ‘Six Feet Under’, which was drawing about 11.4 million viewers per episode in its 2001 premiere season.
On The Big Screen
“300: Rise of An Empire,” the prequel to the hit 2007 original “300″ that made Gerard Butler a star, dominated at the domestic box office for the weekend ending March 9 with an estimated $45.05 million (according to data from the Rentrak Corporation). In an era where action films that premiere to immediate hit status are few and far between, “300: Rise of An Empire” debuted with the largest opening, by far, for a live action flick in 2014. Its opening this past weekend exceeded openings by similar recent big budget actioners like “G.I. Joe 2,” “Oblivion,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Elysium,” “Pacific Rim,” and “Riddick.” The film had an impressive first day of release on Friday, Mar. 7, earning $17.7 million (which also includes the grosses from Thursday night showings). A respectable 63 percent of its opening box office earnings came from 3D screens, while a modest 15 percent came from IMAX screens. “300: Rise of an Empire” also opened massively overseas with $87.8 million, 10% larger than the international open of the 2007 original. The film’s top earning markets included Russia ($9.2 million), France ($7.2 million), Korea ($6.5 million) and Brazil ($5.8 million). Also premiering strongly was Fox’s animated “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” with a runner-up $32.5 million. It opened to similar figures as other recent animated releases like “Epic” and each of the two “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” films. Last weekend’s box office champion, “Non-Stop” starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and recent Best Supporting Actress winner from “12 Years a Slave” Lupita Nyong’o, fell to third place with $15.38 million. “The LEGO Movie” was in fourth place with $11.01 million. “Son of God” for Fox fell 61 percent to $10 million to round out the weekend’s top five. Upon its Best Picture win last weekend, “12 Years a Slave” jumps 123 percent to an estimated $2.18 million for ninth place. Meanwhile, another Oscar winner, for both Best Animated Film and Original Song (“Let It Go”), “Frozen” became the first film in 11 years (since “Chicago” in 2003) to place in the weekend’s Top Ten as a widely released film for at least fifteen consecutive weeks. The $1+ billion box office animated feature opens in Japan on March 14.
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Across The Pond
BBC One at 7P had ‘Countryfile’ and it drew 5.78 million viewers (24.8%) while at 820P, the network had the biggest program of the night in ‘Call the Midwife’ as it remained on top once again for its finale episode, with 8.20 million viewers (a solid 28.9% share of the available audience) tuning in. At 9P ‘The Musketeers’ pulled in 4.44 million viewers (19.7%). All in all, it was a very good night for BBC One.
ITV at 7P had the final ever ‘Dancing on Ice’ episode and it brought in 5.94 million viewers (23.2%) on Sunday, was the 2014 All-Star edition of the series. It was the lowest-rated finale of the series, dropping from last year’s 6.69m total. At 9P, ‘Mr Selfridge’ drew 4.58 million (20.0%).
BBC Two began at 7P with ‘Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom’ which began with 1.08 million viewers (4.7%). But it was at 8P where it brought out its biggest engine, as ‘Top Gear’ really did entertain 5.31 million viewers (18.9%). At 9P, ‘Fast & Fearless’ dropped the audience back to 1.67 million folks (7.4%).
Channel 4 at 7P had ‘Crufts 2014’ coverage and the usual 1.25 million viewers (4.8%) tuned in. At 9P, it was followed by the movie ‘One Day’ which pulled in 1.04 million (5.6%).
Channel 5 at 715P had the Will Smith movie ‘Hancock’ and it drew 956,000 (3.6%). At 9P, ‘Blade Trinity’ kept most of the audience with 865,000 watching (4.5%).
ITV2 at 10P had its biggest draw of the night with ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ drawing 711,000 viewers (4.5%).
Seven won Sunday in Australia with 36.5% share of the available audience, a dominating share. But it was Nine (32.6% share on Sunday) that had the top program.
Nine had a bit of a shocker as ‘The Block’ beat ‘My Kitchen Rules’. ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ was #1 and it brought in 1,568,000 total viewers, 454,000 in Sydney; ten thousand more, or 464,000 viewers in Melbourne; 347,000 viewers in Brisbane; 116,000 viewers in Adelaide and 186,000 in Perth. Nine also had the #3 program and the top news program as ‘Nine News Sunday’ drew 1.326 million viewers. It was the first time this year that ‘The Block’ beat ‘MKR’. ’60 Minutes’ kept Nine in the game as the #6 program on Sunday with 1.201 million viewers. But it was ‘Fat Tony & Co’ that could not keep Nine ahead as the #8 program could only deliver 941,000 viewers.
Seven had the #2 program, usually the leader on Sunday, ‘My Kitchen Rules’. But this Sunday, ‘MKR’ could only draw 1,550,000 viewers. While it was close in Sydney with 449,000 viewers, it didn’t pull like ‘The Block’ in Melbourne, as it could only pull in 415,000 viewers there. It was also down in Brisbane with 284,000 viewers but it finished well ahead in Adelaide (152,000 viewers) and in Perth (248,000 viewers). Seven also came in #2 in news as the #4 program on the night was ‘Seven News’ with 1.321 million viewers, only 5,000 behind its rival at Nine. But the #5 program, ‘Sunday Night’ pulled in 1,297,000. But it was ‘Downton Abbey’ as the seventh most popular program on Sunday which put Seven ahead. It drew 1.081 million viewers
ABC1 had the #9 program on Sunday with ‘ABC News’ which drew 791,000 viewers. And the #10 program, the original ‘Rake’ drew 561,000 viewers.
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