NBC was again the champion on Monday with a big two hours of ‘The Voice’ and the debut of a new J.J. Abrams show. All-in-all, the Peacock Network finished 14% ahead of ABC in households as at 8P, ‘The Voice’ drew 13.58 million viewers with an 8.7 rating/13 share, with a peak at 930P with a 9.1/14. At 10P, it led into the series premiere/preview of J.J. Abrams drama ‘Believe’ which came in second in its time slot with 10.7 million viewers and a 6.8/11. ‘Believe’ will move to its regularly scheduled Sunday 9P time slot.
ABC had ‘The Bachelor’ all night long. AT 8P, the season finale ‘The Bachelor’ drew 9.62 million viewers and a 7.0/11. It was 5% below last year’s season finale. It led into annual special at 10P, ‘The Bachelor: After the Final Rose’ and took the hour with 11.0 million viewers and a 7.4/12 to take top honors in the time slot and on the Alphabet Network.
CBS at 8P brought one of the last remaining episodes of their long running comedy, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, which concludes on March 31, and finished third with 7.7 million viewers and a 5.4/9. At 830P, a rerun of ‘2 Broke Girls’ had 5.35 million viewers and a 3.9/6. At 9P, ‘Mike & Molly’ drew 7.67 million viewers and a 5.2/8. At 930P, a rerun of ‘Mom’ had 5.79 million viewers and a 4.1/6. At 10P, the drama ‘Intelligence’ in a superb episode that attempted to find the brains behind a deadly possible attack in San Francisco drew 6.53 million viewers and a 4.4/7, which was much stronger than the recent CBS series, ‘Hostages’. It was another example of the roller coaster ride of the writers on this show who one week put up excellence and the next, not so much. Consistency is not a part of this writing staff’s vocabulary.
On FOX at 8P, ‘Bones’ led off the evening with a superb episode regarding the solving of a difficult murder that left everyone hanging until the very last moments. It drew 6.51 million viewers and a 4.4/ 7. At 9P, as improbable as it may be, ‘The Following’ was renewed and it drew 4.88 million viewers and a 3.6/5. It was down 32% from last year’s comparable date.
USA Network finished #5 for the evening, and the top cable network on Sunday with at 8P, ‘WWE’ brought in 4.165 million viewers; at 9P, ‘WWE’ pulled in an evening high of 4.676 million viewers and at 10P, 4.265 million viewers.
The CW had a horrible evening as at 8P ‘Star-Crossed’ could only draw 1.04 million viewers and a 0.8/1 while second year program, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ did no better with 840,000 viewers and a 0.7/1. This performance was middle of the cable pack, worthy.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ remained #1 with a 3.8/9. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ drew a 2.2/6 and CBS’ ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ pulled a 2.1/5. At 1235A, NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ won the time slot with a 1.8/6, followed by ABC’s ‘Nightline’ with a 1.3/4) and CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ which drew 1.0/4, level with the hour later program on NBC, ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ which also drew a 1.0/4.
For The Record
NBC finished #1 on Monday with 12.617 million viewers with a 8.1 rating and 13 share of the available audience. ABC grabbed #2 spot with 10.083 million viewers and a 7.1/11. CBS battled to finish ahead of FOX with 6.594 million viewers and a 4.6/7. FOX finished #4 with 5.696 million viewers and a 4.0/6. USA Network was the top cable network and finished #5 overall with an average of 4.349 million viewers. Univision finished with 2.58 million viewers and a 1.4/2. The CW had 926,000 viewers and a 0.8/ 1. Telemundo had 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this day, March 11th in 1947, The DuMont network aired ‘Movies For Small Fry’. It was network television’s first successful children’s program. This weekday series was one of the few successful series on DuMont, and aired in the evenings for more than four seasons before it was cancelled. After cancellation, Bob Emery returned to Boston and continued to do versions of the show on WBZ-TV until his retirement in January 1968. Small Fry Club originally aired weekly, but soon expanded to five days a week. The show was quite possibly the first television series to air five days per week.
Broadcast TV News
FOX Networks reported an estimated 8.5 million viewers for the multi-network launch of part one of 13-part science-themed ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ on Sunday, which debuted simultaneously on FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life. The primary competition was the series-premiere of ‘Resurrection’ on ABC, ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, ‘The Good Wife’ on CBS and the season-finale of ‘True Detective’ on HBO. Based on the live plus same day data and the additional countries it will be airing this week, the projection is an initial global total audience of more than 40-million viewers.
On OWN, the new docuseries ‘Lindsay’ starring actress Lindsay Lohan, drew 693,184 total viewers on Sunday 10P, which was an increase of 178% vs the prior six-week time period average. Growth compared to the year-ago time period was 57% in total viewers. This was the top performance for OWN in the Sunday at 10P in 27 weeks.
Friday’s Cable Ratings Top Ten
#1 ‘Gold Rush’ on Discovery with 4.40 million viewers. #2 ‘WWE Friday Smackdown’ on Syfy with 3.14 million. #3 ‘Law & Order: SVU’ on USA pulled in 2.20 million viewers while #5 was ‘The O’Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel with 2.06 million viewers. #6 ‘Dog With a Blog’ on the Disney Channel also finished above the two million+ mark with 2.04 million as did #7, ‘Jessie’ also on the Disney Channel with 2.01 million. #8 was ‘Breadwinners’ on Nick, drew 1.98 million while #10 was ‘Game of Stones’ on Discovery with 1.89.
Sunday’s Cable Ratings Top Ten
#1 ‘Walking Dead’ AMC with 12.652 million viewers. #2 ‘Talking Dead’ on AMC with 4.62 million viewers. #3 ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ on Bravo with 3.912 million. #4 ‘True Detective’ on HBO with 3.521 million viewers. #5 ‘Sponge Bob’ on NICK with 3.251 million. #6 ‘NCIS’ on USA @ 6P with 2.947. #7 ‘NCIS’ on USA @ 8P with 2.883 million viewers. #8 ‘NCIS’ on USA @ 7P with 2.751 million viewers. #9 ‘Sponge Bob’ on NICK @ 10A with 2.785 million viewers and #10 ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja’ @ 11A with 2.752 million viewers.
Monday Cable Ratings
#1 ‘WWE’ USA @ 9P with 4.676 million viewers. #2 ‘WWE’ USA @ 10P with 4.265 million viewers. #3 ‘WWE’ USA @ 8P with 4.1.56 million viewers. #4 ‘Swamp People’ History with 3.164 million viewers. #5 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ TBS @ 1030P with 2.843 million viewers. #6 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ TBS @ 10P with 2.699 million viewers. #7 ‘Family Guy’ ADSM with 2.487 million viewers. #8 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ TBS @ 930P with 2.367 million viewers. #9 ‘Sponge Bob’ NICK with 2.230 million viewers. #10. ‘Bates Motel’ A&E with 2.215 million viewers.
AMC’s big hit ‘The Walking Dead’ resumed the top of the Twitter TV non-sports universe for the week of March 3 with a Unique Audience of 4.21 million people viewing any of the 307,000 episode-related tweets across the night of March 9. March 9 was a busy tweeting day for other telecasts. The first season finale of HBO’s ‘True Detective’ starring Woody Harrelson and recent freshly minted Best Actor Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, ranked third for the week (3.48 million accounts/97,000 tweets). And the series premiere of the revived science presentation, ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and produced by ‘Family Guy’s’ Seth MacFarlane, was in fourth (3.48 million accounts/97,000 tweets). The highly anticipated second season premiere of the A&E hit drama, ‘Bates Motel’ was in seventh place (2.46 million accounts/157,000 tweets) for the week. ‘Bates Motel’ is a modern-day take on the characters of Norma and Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho.
Nielsen SocialGuide also announced it will now output Twitter audience rankings for sporting events. For its first official published Weekly Top Ten list, two NBA games that aired on Mar. 9 on ABC topped all sports. The week’s top Twitter sporting event featured the Los Angeles Lakers, who have struggled all year, who pulled out a victory over the West’s top team, the Oklahoma City Thunder in LA (5.30 million accounts/345,000 tweets). Chicago Bulls’ overtime victory over defending NBA champion Miami Heat earlier on Sunday afternoon was runner-up (5.10 million accounts/387,000 tweets).
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Across The Pond
ITV at 8P presented ‘I Never Knew That About Britain’ and it brought in 3.32 million viewers (14.6%). But at 9P, the power on Monday was ‘DCI Banks’ as it was the top overall program (outside of soaps) with 4.41 million viewers and 19.2% share of the available audience.
BBC began the evening at 730P with ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ as it returned with 3.81 million viewers (17.5%). At 9P, ‘Silk’ brought in 3.94 million (17.1%). At 1035P presented a new series, ‘The Michael McIntyre Chat Show’ and it pulled in 2.41 million viewers with 21.9% share of the available audience with special guests Sir Terry Wogan, Lord Alan Sugar and Lily Allen.
BBC Two at 8P presented ‘University Challenge’ and a rather large 3.00 million audience (13.2%) tuned in. At 830P, ‘Mary Berry Cooks’ dropped a bit with 2.75 million viewers (11.9%). At 9P, ‘Mind the Gap: London vs the Rest’ dropped further with 1.31 million viewers (5.7%).
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Food Unwrapped’ and it had 1.08 million (4.7%). At 9P, ‘One Born Every Minute’ drew a much bigger audience of 2.14 million viewers (9.3%). At 10P, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ fell back with 1.1 million viewers (7.0%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Police Interceptors’ and 1.06 million (4.6%) watched. At 9P, ‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!’ was seen by 1.62 million viewers.
BBC Three at 9P presented the documentary ‘EDL Girls: Don’t Call Me Racist’ and 570,000 viewer (2.5%) tuned in.
E4 at 9P had ‘Revenge’ with 425,000 viewers (1.8%). At 10P, ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ pulled in 425,000 (2.8%).
Sky1 at 830P presented the ABC import, ‘Modern Family’ and it brought in 442,000 viewers (1.9%).
Seven (32.1%) edged Nine (31.6%) on Monday in Australia. And it was due to the power of the number one program on Australia television, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which once again drew big numbers. It pulled in 1,734,000 viewers with 437,000 in Sydney; 525,000 in Melbourne; 317,000 out of Brisbane; a strong 187,000 in Adelaide and 268,000 in Perth. And on Monday, it beat its rival, Nine’s ‘The Block’ by 460,000+ viewers. #4 program was ‘Seven News’ with 1.209 million viewers. #7 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,101,000 watching.
Nine had the #2 program in ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ which drew 1,283,000 viewers. The top newscast was ‘Nine News’ as it ranked #3 on Monday with 1.241 million viewers, finishing ahead of ‘Seven News’ by 32,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1.202 million viewers. #6 was ‘Love Child’ which had 1,160,000 viewers on Monday. #8 program on Monday was ‘A Current Affair’ which had 1.091 million watching. And the #9 program was ‘Home and Away’ which had 972,000 viewers.
ABC1 came in with the #10 program on Monday was ‘Australian Story’ which pulled 896,000 fans.
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