CBS edged NBC because it decided to run an all-rerun night yet again testing the limits of loyalty with its viewers. Some just said ‘No’. While others remained to multitask while Leroy, Deeks and the old group of ‘Person of Interest’ ran in the background as noise. The Tiffany Network led off the evening at 8P with a rerun of ‘NCIS’. This episode was a classic ‘Gibbs does John Wayne’ as he stood up to the enemy, without a weapon except that Leroy Jethro Gibbs stare. This is a Must See ON DEMAND episode of the decade. Oh…by the way, it drew 10.79 million viewers and a 7.0/11 with a year old showing of a program that will be labeled as one of the best in the series. But it was one of the rare time in its history, that it came in second against a program that was not a sporting event. At 9P, another rerun of ‘NCIS: LA’ was also a winner. With a runaway train and enough explosives to blow up the City of Angels, it drew 9.68 million viewers and a 6.1/10 as Deeks would say, ‘Mercury Rising’ kind of episode. The beauty of this series is the interplay between Deeks and Kensi. With her in Afghanistan for most of this season, it just isn’t the same. The producers should get smart and understand fans love these two together. This is the key to the programs ultimate success. Not unlike DiNozzo and the Lady Doctor or Tony and Ziva, note how tame ‘NCIS’ has become without this interplay. Besides all of this, it finished #1 in its time slot. At 10P, the third rerun of the evening was an oldie but goodie as ‘Person Of Interest’ began chasing a suspected lady-killer and instead found the person they were supposed to protect. Great episode as it drew 7.62 million viewers and a 4.8/8. It too won its time slot but this rerun business is getting old with the viewers. After all, CBS only outdrew NBC by 120,000 viewers. That is microscopic.
NBC at 8P pulled out its ace program ‘The Voice’ and pulled in 13.14 million viewers and an 8.5/14, the top program not only in its time slot but #1 for the evening. At 9P, the new comedy, ‘About a Boy’ continued to impress and brought in 7.89 million viewers and a 5.0/8. At 930P, ‘Growing Up Fischer’ drew 6.54 million viewers and a 4.1/6. At 10P, ‘Chicago Fire’ was able to pick up the ratings and drew 7.3 million viewers and a 4.7/8.
ABC at 8P presented ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and drew 5.79 million viewers and a 3.9/6. At 9P, ‘The Goldbergs’ had 4.34 million viewers and a 2.9/4. At 930P, ‘Trophy Wife’ struggled to draw more than 2.92 million viewers and a 2.0/3. At 10P, ‘Mind Games’ tried but failed as it drew 2.49 million viewers and a 1.8/3.
TNT with ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ drawing 4.745 million viewers at 9P, topped the cable network’s performance on Tuesday. Not only was it the #1 program on cable, but it was the #3 program on Tuesday night, broadcast or cable.
FOX really didn’t stand a chance on Tuesday as at 8P it presented an aging ‘Glee’ which pulled in 2.34 million viewers and a 2.1/3. At 9P, ‘New Girl’ had a jump in the ratings on the Animal Network of Broadcast to 2.44 million viewers and a 2.0/3. But at 930P, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ drew the largest audience on Tuesday for FOX with 2.46 million viewers and a 2.1/3.
The CW at 8P presented ‘The Originals’ which was able to pull in 1.94 million viewers and a 1.3/2. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Supernatural’ could only draw 1.36 million viewers and a 0.8/1.
NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ was #1 with a 3.5/9. CBS’ ‘David Letterman’ had a 2.3/6. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ drew a 1.9/5. At 1235, NBC’s ‘Seth Meyers’ managed to pull in a 1.6/6. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ had a 1.2/4. CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ drew only 1.1/4. At 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ had a 0.9/4.
For The Record
CBS finished #1 with 9.361 million viewers and a 6.0 rating and 10 share of the available audience. NBC came in second with 9.221 million viewers and a 5.9/10. ABC was next with 3.967 million viewers and a 2.7/4. TNT finished with 3.553 million viewers. Univision finished #5 on Tuesday with 2.569 million viewers. Fox had a bad Tuesday and finished next with 2.396 million viewers and a 2.1/3. TBS had 2.363 million viewers. The CW reached 1.647 million viewers and a 1.1/2. Telemundo had 1.3 million viewers and a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1974, ‘Wonder Woman’ debuted on ABC. The show later went to CBS.
Broadcast TV News
CBS announced today a multi-year broadcast renewal for the top-rated, critically acclaimed comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The Big Bang Theory, which is TV’s most-watched comedy and the top-rated broadcast entertainment show among adults 18-49, has been renewed for an additional three years, extending it through the 2016-2017 season. “Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”
The History Channel has put its sights on the Western, the world of Texas Rangers as a matter of fact, for its next big miniseries, currently titled ‘Texas Rising’. The eight hour miniseries, which will premiere in 2015 stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, and Ray Liotta.
Cable Ratings for Tuesday
The top program on cable was ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ on TNT at 9P with 4.745 million viewers. It was the #3 program in the time period in all of television on Tuesday. It finished more than 1.5 million above its closest competitor on cable.
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Across The Pond
BBC One at 9P brought the season opener of crime drama ‘Shetland’ to the world and it topped the ratings outside of soaps on Tuesday, drawing an impressive 5.20 million viewers (22.9% share of the available audience) with strong competition from a tough football match on ITV. At 1035P, ‘Insane Fight Club’ drew 1.05 million viewers (10.9%.
ITV at 730P, had the frustrating coverage of Arsenal’s departure by Bayern Munich from the ‘Champions League’ with a tie 1-1 as it drew 4.54 million viewers (20.3%). So many chances. So many heart breaks.
BBC Two at 7P presented ‘Permission Impossible’ with 1.38 million viewers (6.8%). At 8P, it was followed by ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ which brought in a channel high on Tuesday with 2.53 million viewers (11.2%). In fact, outside of soaps, it was the #3 program of the evening in the UK. At 9P, ‘An Hour to Save Your Life’ drew 1.97 million viewers (8.7%).
Channel 4 at 8P had Kirstie’s ‘Best of Both Worlds’ as 1.25 million (5.5%) tuned in. At 9P, ‘The Taste’ actually crowned its winner for the season with 767,000 viewers (3.4%). At 10P, those ‘Strippers’ grabbed 968,000 viewers (6.6%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Benidorm ER’ and it was viewed by 778,000 (3.4%). At 9P, the CBS Sunday power, ‘The Mentalist’ drew 993,000 viewers (4.3%). At 10P, the NBC import, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ drew slightly less with 722,000 viewers (4.7%) tuning in.
BBC Three at 9P had ‘Hair’ and it was seen by 750,000 viewers (3.3%). At 10P, ‘Pramface’ brought in 412,000 viewers (2.4%).
BBC Four at 9P presented ‘Fossil Wonderlands’ and there were actually 654,000 viewer (2.9%) who actually watched this geological program.
E4 had ‘Troy; and it was watched by 336,000 viewers (2.3%) at 10P.
Seven blew it away on Tuesday with a huge 34.4% share of the available audience. That is called: ‘Dominating’. And it all began with the #1 show on Tuesday, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which again performed a tremendous audience of 1,723,000 viewers with 441,000 viewers in Sydney; 510,000 in Melbourne; 328,000 in Brisbane; 210,000 in Adelaide and 234,000 in Perth. #4 was ‘Seven News’ which drew 1.114 million viewers. #6 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,079,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Home and Away’ with 1.021 million viewers. And #10 was ‘Winners & Losers’ which pulled in 886,000 viewers.
Nine, with 28.8% share of the audience, had once again the #2 program on the evening with ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ which was nearly 400,000 viewers behind ‘MKR’ with 1,327,000 viewers. Nine also had the #1 news program on Tuesday with ‘Nine News’ which drew 1,158,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1.102 million. #7 was the CBS import, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which drew 1,079,000 viewers. #8 ‘A Current Affair’ drew 1.033 million viewers.
In other news, Nine going to have a new miniseries based on the story of Ned Kelly. Based on Peter FitzSimons’ book on the famous bushranger in Australia, it will be an eight part miniseries. The story of the Kelly Gangs was Australia’s first feature film in 1906.
As you can see, no matter where you are in the world with the exception of Australia where it was a two network race, we are…