CBS won Sunday going away with a margin of 33% over the #2 network, ABC. At 7P, ’60 Minutes’ won its time period and was the top program on Sunday with 11.11 million viewers and an 8.2 rating and a 14 share of the available audience. For a look at the night top show, go to: http://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/. ‘At 8P, ‘The Amazing Race’ fell a bit but finished with 8.30 million viewers and a 5.7/9 but still won its time period. At 9P, ‘The Good Wife’ boosted the totals with 8.38 million viewers and a 6.3/9 but was #2 in its times slot. At 10P, the only show on this Tiffany Network schedule that was not renewed was the 10P, ‘The Mentalist’ which won its time slot but drew less than its lead in with 8.66 million viewers and a 5.8/10. It finished over 2 million viewers ahead of both of its major competitors in the time period. Can CBS afford to lose this overwhelming margin by not renewing it, even if they do not produce it?
On ABC, at 7P began Sunday with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ and drew 6.18 million viewers and a 3.7/6. at 8P, ‘Once Upon a Time’ drew 7.47 million viewers and a 4.7/7. But it was at 9P where the new star of this time period, ‘Resurrection’ dominated with 10.8 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/10 share, as it was 56% above the time period premiere of competing drama ‘Believe’ on NBC. It finished 2.4+ million ahead of ‘The Good Wife’. At 10P, ‘Revenge finished last with 6.17 million viewers and a 4.2/7.
NBC at 7-9P brought out a clips edition of ‘The Voice’ (The Best of the Blind Auditions) and it drew 5.32 million viewers and a 3.6/6. At 9P, ‘Believe’ drew 6.51 million viewers and a 4.5/7. At 10P, the series-premiere ‘Crisis’ also drew 6.51 million loyal Peacock viewers and a 4.5 rating and an 8 share.
FOX began the evening with ‘Bob’s Burgers’ which drew 2.49 million viewers and a 1.7/3. At 730P, ‘American Dad’ upped the ante a bit with 2.75 million viewers and a 1.8/3. At 8P, ‘The Simpsons’ increased the audience on the Animal Network of Broadcast with 4.02 million viewers and a 2.8/4. At 830P, the roll continued up hill with ‘Family Guy’ drawing 4.59 million viewers and a 3.1/5. Then at 9P, ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ drew 4.91 million viewers and a 3.4/5, the top program on the network on Sunday. As a reminder, the remaining episodes will be repeated on National Geographic Channel on Monday evenings with additional new footage.
Univision began the evening at 7P with ‘Aqui y Ahora’ which drew a 0.5 A18-49. At 8P, ‘Nuestra Belleza Latina’ drew a 0.8 A18-49. At 9P, ‘Latina’ had a high of 0.9 A18-49. At 10P, ‘Sal y Pimienta’ also pulled in a 0.9 A18-49.
Telemundo’s top program on the night was ‘La Voz’ which pulled in a 0.8 A18-49 at 9P.
For The Record
CBS was #1 for the fourth time in the last five days with 9.144 million viewers and a 6.5 rating and a 10 share of the available audience. ABC finished #2 with and average of 7.653 million viewers in prime time and a 4.9/8. NBC drew 5.910 million viewers on Sunday with a 4.1/7. FOX had 3.944 million viewers and a 2.7/4. Univision drew 2.261 million viewers and a 1.3/2 on Sunday. Telemundo finished with 0.7/2.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1968, The Bee Gees made their U.S. television debut on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’. They played ‘To Love Somebody’ and ‘Words’. To see part of this episode, go to: http://www.mojvideo.com/video-bee-gees-video-1968-ed-sullivan-words/1d960bcb2fa94d83fe46.
Top 10 Cable TV Engagement (Feb 24-Mar 2, 2014) Rentrak Index
#1 ‘The Walking Dead’ AMC 03.02.14 Index 152
#2 ‘Pretty Little Liars’ AMCFam 02.25.14 Index 144
#3 ‘Being Mary Jane’ BET 02.25.14 Index 141
#4 ‘Teen Wolf’ MTV 02.24.14 Index 137
#5 ‘When Calls the Heart’ Hallmark 03.01.14 134
#5 ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ TNT 02.25.14 134
#7 ‘Gold Rush’ Discovery 02.21.14 133
#7 ‘Mary Mary’ WE 02.27.14 133
#9 ‘Dallas’ TNT 02.24.14 132
#10 ‘The Fosters’ AMCFam 02.24.14 129
Lifetime Nabs Indie Pic ‘Return to Zero’ for Global Push. According to Cynthia Littleton, Editor-in-chief: TV for Variety, “Return to Zero” was a labor of love for writer-director Sean Hanish, and now Lifetime is giving a global platform to the independently financed pic. “Zero” stars Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein in the story of a couple who are devastated by a late-term miscarriage but wind up reuniting when the wife becomes pregnant again. Alfred Molina, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Jones, Andrea Anders and Kathy Baker also star. Pic will bow May 17 in the U.S. and also be rolled out on Lifetime channels in Canada, the U.K., France, Spain and key Southeast Asian territories. A+E is also handling global sales of the title in other territories. Pic was inspired by Hanish’s personal experiences. He self-financed the project, which piqued Lifetime’s interest in making it the cabler’s first global premiere. Paul Jaconi-Biery produced “Zero” with Hanish.
Pic premiered Sunday at an indie film fest in Rome. “Every once in a while, a film comes along that has the power to make a difference in the lives of others. ‘Return to Zero’ is that powerful and moving story that so many people around the world who have faced similar challenges can relate to,” said Christian Murphy, A+E Networks’ senior VP of international programming and production. “We felt it very important to present this moving film with such incredible performances from A-list stars as the first global premiere for Lifetime.” TV bizzers will notice a familiar name in the list of producers for “Zero”: CBS senior exec VP Kelly Kahl, the Eye’s longtime scheduling guru. He and Hanish have been friends since their college days, which prompted Kahl to embark on a very rare bit of moonlighting as an exec producer.
Broadcast TV News
Top 10 Broadcast TV Engagement (Feb 24-Mar 2, 2014) Rentrak Index
#1 ‘Academy Awards’ ABC (03.02.14) Index 152
#2 ‘NCIS’ CBS (02.25.14) Index 136
#2 ‘Lo que la vida me robo’ UNI (02.26.14) Index 136
#4 ‘Blue Bloods’ CBS (02.28.14) Index 135
#5 ‘NCIS: LA’ CBS (02.25.14) Index 130
#6 ‘Person of Interest’ CBS (02.25.14) Index 128
#7 ‘The Bachelor’ ABC (02.25.14) Index 123
#7 ‘The Voice’ NBC (02.24.14) Index 123
#9 ‘Hawaii Five-O’ (02.28.14) Index 121
#9 ‘Scandal’ ABC (02.27.14) Index 121
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Across The Pond
BBC One was #1 in the UK on Sunday. At 645P, ‘Countryfile’ brought in 6.34 million viewers with a strong 29.9% share of the available audience. But it was ‘The Voice UK’ that came out on top for its first Sunday episode this season, as the talent show finished on top at 735P with 6.90 million viewers and a 27.0%. At 9P, ‘The Musketeers’ fell off a bit with 4.30 million viewers on BBC One with 19.1% share. At 1035P, ‘Match of the Day’ brought in 2.72 million viewers and 22.6%).
ITV at 7P began with ‘Catchphrase’ which couldn’t quite match the shows on BBC One but still brought in 4.59 million viewers (20.6%). At 8P, Prince Harry documentary ‘South Pole Heroes’ attracted 3.11 million (12.0%). At 9P, ‘Mr Selfridge’ finished ahead of ‘The Musketeers’ as it was watched by 4.54 million (19.9%), winning the time slot by nearly a quarter of a million people.
BBC Two began at 7P with ‘Wild Burma’ which began the evening modestly with 1.41 million viewers and only 6.3% share. But it was at 8P that BBC Two became a challenger with ‘Top Gear’ as it climbed to a series high in its season finale 6.08 million viewers for #2 in the time slot. At 9P, ‘Fast & Fearless’ brought the network back to earth with 1.44 million friends and family and a (6.3%).
Channel 4’s big highlight was a 730P with ‘Live from Space’ with 1.74 million (7.2%).
Channel 5 led off with ‘Hellboy II’ and pulled in 837,000 viewers (3.5%). It was followed at 9P by ‘Killer Elite’ with 1.32 million (7.3%).
ITV2’s new series at 9P, ‘Educating Joey Essex’ had 752,000 viewers (3.3%), followed at 10P by the latest ‘TOWIE’ which had 793,000 viewers (4.9%).
While Seven (with 33% share of the available audience) won again on Sunday in Australia, it did not have the top program (that went to Nine) nor the top audience in Melbourne (that went to Ten).
Nine (30.4% share of audience) had the top program as ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ drew a tremendous 1.571 million viewers with 470,000 in Sydney; 460,000 in Melbourne, 326,000 in Brisbane, 156,000 in Adelaide and 160,000 in Perth. It also took the #2 spot with ’60 Minutes’ which drew 1.477 million viewers. The #6 program was ‘Nine News Sunday’ which brought in 1.176 million. ‘Fat Tony & Co.’ came in #7 with 1,118,000 viewers.
Ten (16.9% of the available audience on Sunday) had a wild, #3 with the 2014 Australian FIA Formula One World Championship’ race which pulled in 1,347,000 viewers as the big boys of racing came down under for their annual trip. While 296,000 viewed in Sydney, an unbelievable 618,000 viewed it in Melbourne. For the record, 167,000 watched in Brisbane, 152,000 were watching in Adelaide and 114,000 took it in at Perth. The 2014 Australian Grand Prix’s final standings were: #1 Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes; #2 Kevin Magnussen in a McLaren 20.777 seconds behind and #3, Jenson Button in a McLaren 30.027 seconds behind the winner. The big news was Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull, was originally #2 but was disqualified. The stewards decided Ricciardo’s car had run with too high a fuel flow rate during the race. If you would like to see the amazingly crazy start of this one, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js4cb9pyNps
Seven finally came in with the usual #1 but this week it finished #4 as ‘My Kitchen Rules’ couldn’t match the other big programming on Seven and Ten. ‘MKR’ did bring in 1,316,000 viewers. Seven however did have the top news program as #5 was ‘Seven News Sunday’ which drew 1.182 million viewers. #8 was ‘Sunday Night’ with 1,055,000 viewers. And always reliable, ‘Downton Abbey’ finished #9 with 957,000 viewers.
ABC1 (with 10.1% of the available audience on Sunday) had the #10 program, ‘ABC News Sunday’ which drew 941,000 viewers.
There were lots of choices on Sunday and as you can see, no matter where you are in the world, people were…