When you lead off the evening with America’s favorite comedy and end it with one of the better dramas, you win the evening. CBS won Thursday while at 8P, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ powered through with another big win for the evening and time slot with 17.26 million viewers and a 11.5 rating and a 19 share. At 830P, ‘The Millers’ took advantage of its position in the lineup and delivered 11.10 million viewers and a 6.8/11. At 9P, ‘Two and A Half Men’ followed and brought in 10.04 million viewers and a 6.5/10. The only real dip in the night was the disappointing ‘The Crazy Ones’ which at the beginning of the season showed signs of greatness but is a case where the show runner does not seem to be able to write the frantic humor of its star and thus is terribly inconsistent. It delivered 7.01 million viewers on Thursday and a 4.3/7. It remains the only program on Thursday that has not been renewed for next season. At 10P, the always strong ‘Elementary’, with an episode that was very complex in solving the mystery of who killed the mastermind of a new tech product that might detect indicate if a person has cancer, delivered 9.03 million viewers and a 5.7/10. But it received little help from its lead in. Yet it won its time slot in spite of all that.
FOX began the evening with the return of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, the annual shouting match bringing the art of chiefdom to another new low, drew 5.27 million viewers at 8P and a mediocre 3.9/7. ‘American Idol’ may not have the power it once had, but Harry Connick, Jr. left them all standing and applauding as he performed ‘One Fine Thing’ on the show. To catch the performance, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3rtbHtKwR0. As for the show itself, at 9P, it drew 8.76 million viewers and a 6.0/9 for a solid second place.
ABC at 8P could not compete because ‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’ finished a distant third-place with 3.12 million viewers and a 2.2/4. At 9P, the seasoned ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ increased the total viewers to 7.13 million viewers and a 5.9/9, just behind ‘Idol’. At 10P, the rise in the evening to the #1 spot was on the Alphabet Network as ‘Scandal’ finished second in its time slot with 8.09 million viewers and a 6.2/11. Now, if it can fix the front end of the schedule.
The History Channel finished #4 on Thursday evening while at 8P, ‘Pawn Stars’ pulled in 2.073 million viewers and continued to climb from there. At 830P, another episode of ‘Pawn Stars’ had 2.708 million. At 9-10P, the History Channel’s programming beat everything NBC had on the air. ‘Pawn Stars did 4.081 million but at 930P, the evening high on cable, ‘Pawn Stars’ brought in 4.135 million viewers. At 10P, the ‘Vikings’ pulled in 3.376 million viewers.
NBC has been criticized for its unexplained loyalty for the evenings first two programs that can’t fight its way out of a paper bag. But at 8P, ‘Community’ as usual could only draw 2.89 million viewers and a CW-like 2.0/3 and at 830P, ‘Parks and Recreation’ edged up slightly to 2.73 million viewers and a 2.1/3. At 9P, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ is fun but nobody watches it. It drew 2.97 million viewers and a 2.1/3. At 10P, the only program on the Peacock Network’s schedule on Thursday that people apparently care about, ‘Parenthood’ drew 3.87 million viewers and a 2.6/4.
Univision began the evening at 8P with ‘Por Siempre Mi Amor’ which pulled a 0.8 A18-49. At 9P, ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ increased to 1.2 A18-49 for tops on the network on Thursday. At 10P, ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ fell to 1.0 A18-49.
The CW on this night began the evening at 8P at ‘The Vampire Diaries’ which drew 1.13 million viewers and a 0.7/1. At 9P, an original installment of ‘Reign’ did a little better for the Little Network That Could with 1.65 million viewers and a 1.1/2.
At 1135P, NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ was #1 with a 2.9/7 as it was 9% below ‘Leno’ a year ago on this comparable date. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had 2.6/7. CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ had a 2.2/6. At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ came in #1 in this time period with a 1.5/5. This was the first time since the late night shift that ‘Nightline’ finished on top in the ratings during this time slot. NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ had a 1.4/5. CBS’ ‘Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ did 1.0/3. At 135A, NBC’s ‘Carson Daly’ had a 0.8/3.
For The Record
CBS owns Thursday and it pulled in 10.6 million viewers with a 6.7 rating and an 11 share of the available audience. FOX finished #2 with 7.02 million viewers and a 5.0/8. ABC was #3 for Thursday and delivered 6.11 million viewers and a 4.8/8. The History Channel finished with 3.292 million viewers. NBC finished with 3.22 million viewers and a 2.3/4. Univision had 2.59 million viewers and a 1.4/5. The CW had 1.39 million viewers and a 0.9/2. Telemundo finished with 1.2 million viewers and a 0.7/1.
Today in TV History
On this day in 1965, Petula Clark made her American TV debut on CBS’ ‘Ed Sullivan Show’, right on the same stage that David Letterman now occupies for his CBS ‘Late Night with David Letterman’. She sang ‘Downtown’.
Broadcast TV News
CBS has announced that the upcoming fifth season of ‘Hawaii Five-O’, will feature new cast member Jorge Garcia. Garcia recently guest-starred in two episodes as Jerry Ortega, a conspiracy theorist and high school classmate of Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim). It appears that each year a new member is added to the regular cast.
Beginning in fourth quarter 2014, Hallmark Movie Channel will be retitled Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The name change coincides with plans to introduce the first-ever Mystery ‘Wheel’ in 2015, featuring a rotation of three movie franchises focusing on the same primary characters. The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ‘Mystery Wheel’ will join the network’s mix of original series, off-network acquired series and presentations from the Hallmark Hall of Fame library. The network’s first Mystery Wheel will launch in early 2015 with ‘Garage Sale Mystery’, a continuation of the storyline from the original Hallmark Channel movie of the same name that debuted in September 2013 with Lori Loughlin. The second movie franchise in the wheel will be ‘The Gourmet Detective’, starring and executive produced by Dylan Neal, which is based on the book series by Peter King. And the third franchise will be announced shortly. Launched in 2003, Hallmark Movie Channel is currently available in 53.5 million homes.
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Across The Pond
BBC One at 8P presented ‘Holiday Hit Squad’ and it was the #1 program in the ratings overall outside of soaps with 3.44 million viewers and 16.7% share of the available audience. At 9P, ‘Famous, Rich & Hungry’ was also #1 with an identical 3.44 million but a shade less of a share at 16.6%. At 1030P, ‘Question Time’ had some answers with 2.34 million viewers (22.1%), bringing BBC One the title on Thursday.
ITV dedicated its evening to coverage of Europa League football as Tottenham lost to Benfica. The match pulled in 3.13 million viewers (15.3%).
BBC Two at 9P brought the world the ‘Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure’ which pulled in a respectable 2.15 million (10.4%). At 9P, the film ‘My Week With Marilyn’ was seen by 1.37 million and a 7.0 share.
ITV2 at 9P, brought ‘The Big Reunion’ to the small screen and it drew 331,000 viewers (1.6%). But it was at 10P that had the return of ‘Celebrity Juice’ and the special comedy panel show which picked up the evening on ITV2 and brought in 1.14 million viewers (7.1%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘The Hoarder Next Door’ and 1.66 million (8.0%) watched. At 9P, ‘Live From Space’ kept 1.40 million viewers (6.8%). At at 10P, ‘How To Be a Billionaire’ was seen by 618,000 viewers (4.2%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief’ brought in 880,000 viewers (4.3%). At 9P, ‘The Hotel Inspector’ pulled in 1.33 million viewers. ‘Botched Up Bodies’ was seen by 659,000 viewers (4.2%).
BBC Three at 9P had ‘Junior Paramedics’ which brought in 502,000 viewers (2.4%). At 10P, ‘Bluestone 42’ kept 387,000 viewers (2.2%).
E4 at 830P had the CBS import, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and it brought in 609,000 viewers (2.9%). At 9P, the ABC import, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ had an audience a bit to 439,000 viewers (2.1%).
Sky1′ at 8P presented The CW’s ‘Arrow’ and it brought in 304,000 viewers (1.5%), followed by ‘The Smoke’ which dropped with 186,000 viewers (0.9%).
With no ‘Kitchen’ to interfere, Nine came out on top in Australia on Thursday with a 32.2% share of the available audience, well ahead of rival Seven (29.8%).
Nine had the #1 program on Thursday with ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ which drew a solid 1,328,000 viewers, from Sydney, 395,000; from Melbourne, 426,000; from Brisbane, 262,000; in Adelaide, 108,000 and in Perth, 137,000 watched. The #4 program was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which drew 936,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Nine News’ with 904,000. The #7 program was ‘A Current Affair’ with 858,000 viewers.
Seven had the #2 program and the top news program with ‘Seven News’ with 1.114 million viewers. It also had #3 with ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which pulled in 988,000. #6 was on Seven as ‘Home and Away’ pulled in 886,000 viewers. Seven also had #10 which was ‘Seven News Special: The Mystery of Flight MH370’ which had 797,000 news hungry viewers tuning in.
ABC1 got into the top ten for one of the few times this week with the #8 program, ‘ABC News Update’ which pulled in 845,000 viewers. It also had the #9 program, ‘ABC News’ which brought in 802,000 viewers.
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