ABC climbed back into the top rung on Monday as at 8P, the spring season-premiere of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ dominated by pulling in 15.44 million viewers and a strong 10.3 rating and magnificent 16 share of the available audience. It beat ‘The Voice’ by 26%. At 10P, ‘Castle’, again with one of the patented episodes, this time with ninja’s (they really don’t exist), finished #2 in a battle with 9.99 million viewers and a 6.6/11. Terrific episode.
NBC began with their power at 8P with ‘The Voice’ as it drew 13.52 million viewers and an 8.2/13. At 10P, ‘The Blacklist’ drew 10.97 million viewers with a 6.9/11, which beat the competition. The reason: it was a superb episode which clarified much and left the regular number down by at least one. This was absolutely Must See ON DEMAND.
CBS had an average Monday as at 8P, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ drew 7.78 million viewers and a 5.5/9. At 830P, ‘2 Broke Girls’ drew 7.21 million viewer and a 5.1/8. At 9P, ‘Mike & Molly’ pulled in 7.70 million viewers and a 5.3/8 while at 930P, ‘Mom’ drew 7.05 million viewers and a 4.8/ 7. At 10P, in an exceptional episode about a Ukraine prisoner and the potential for mass destruction playing at the key, ‘Intelligence drew another disappointing number with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.7/6. Again, a great episode in a series that has been inconsistent at best throughout the season.
FOX at 8P presented ‘Bones’ which drew 5.63 million viewers for tops on the Animal Network of Broadcast on Monday and a 4.0/ 6. At 9P, the fading ‘The Following’ was again a huge disappointment by drawing only 3.95 million viewers and a 3.2/5, which was down 32% from the year-ago.
USA Network finished next with an average of 4.075 million viewers with a complete evening of ‘WWE’. The top episode of ‘WWE’ was at 9P with 4.174 million viewers which ranked #4 in its time slot beating FOX, CW, Univision and Telemundo programming at that time.
The CW at 8P began with ‘Star-Crossed’ and it drew 1.0 million viewers and a 0.9/1, 29% below last year’s entry, ‘The Carrie Diaries’ last year. At 9P, ‘The Tomorrow People’ drew 1.17 million viewers and a mere 0.8/1. As bad as that seems, it was up a bit from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ last week.
In late night, NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ was #1 with a 3.7/9 with guest star, James Spader. It was 37% above Jay Leno a year ago. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ drew a 2.4/6, followed by a rerun of ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ on CBS which drew a 1.8/5.
NBC’s ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ oat 1235A drew a 1.7/6. Next was ABC’s ‘Nightline’ with a 1.5. CBS’s ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ had a 0.9/3. NBC’s ‘Carson Daly’ finished the evening (or early morning) with a 0.9/4.
For The Record
ABC was#1 on Monday with 13.273 million viewers and a 9.1 rating and a 14 share of the available audience. NBC was #2 with 12.576 million viewers and a 7.7/12. CBS finished #3 with 6.692 million viewers and a 4.7/7. Fox had 4.775 million viewers and a 3.6/5. USA Network finished with 4.075 million viewers. Univision The CW finished with 1.03 million viewers and a 0.8/1. Telemundo had a 0.7/2.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis performed ‘You Win Again Breathless’ on ‘American Bandstand’.
The announcement by Lifetime that it will be the first cable network to simultaneously air the premiere of the feature film, ‘Return To Zero’ on May 17, 2014, around the world on Lifetime channels in Canada, the U.K., France, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, and Hong Kong and key Southeast Asian territories is historic. A+E is also handling global sales of the title in other territories. As Christian Murphy, Sr VP, International Programming & Production, A+E Networks stated, “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, senior VP, international programming & production, A+E Networks. ‘Return to Zero’ was written, directed and produced by Sean Hanish. It stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Connie Nielsen, Kathy Baker, Andrea Anders and Sarah Jones. It made its European Film Festival Premiere in Rome on Sunday.
The old bromide stated, a cable program will never beat a broadcast program on a given night. Throw that bromide out. AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ drew 12.865 million viewers on Sunday, not only winning its 9P time slot, but in topping everything on cable AND it became the #1 program in all of television in the U.S. on Sunday night, edging out CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ (11.11 million viewers). AMC averaged 6.783 million viewers in prime time, making it the #3 network on the evening, behind only CBS and ABC.
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ITV began the evening, after soaps, with ‘I Never Knew That About Britain’ and it had 3.31 million viewers with a 14.6% share. But it was the new ITV drama at 9P, ‘The Widower’ which topped Monday’s ratings outside of soaps, as the Reece Shearsmith and Sheridan Smith’s drama premiered with 5.03 million viewers and a 21.9% share of the available audience.
BBC One at 730P had ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ which drew 3.02 million viewers (14.1%). At 830P, ‘Panorama’ was seen by 2.27 million (9.7%). At 9P, ‘Silk’ increased the audience to a network high on Monday with 3.90 million viewers (16.9%). At 1035P, ‘The Michael McIntyre Chat Show’ drew 2.04 million viewers (18.8%).
BBC Two had ‘University Challenge’ actually tie for #2 in the time slot with 3.02 million viewers (13.2%) at 8P. At 830P, ‘Mary Berry Cooks’ fell off a bit to 2.61 million (11.1%). At 9P, the new series ‘The Plantagenets’ simply wasn’t up to the challenge as it only drew 1.69 million (7.4%).
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Shop Secrets’ and it was viewed by 1.63 million (6.9%). At 9P, ‘One Born Every Minute’ attracted a few more with 1.83 million (8.0%). at 10P, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ dropped off the map with only 917,000 viewers (5.7%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Police Interceptors’ and it drew 1.04 million (4.5%). At 9P, ‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!’ picked up the audience level to 1.27 million (5.6%). At 10P, ‘The Big Can’t Pay Debate’ fell to 814,000 viewers (5.2%).
BBC Three highlights were at 9P with the new series ‘Life and Death Row’ which had 970,000 viewers (4.2%) followed at 10P by ‘Prostitution: What’s the Harm?’ which drew 715,000 viewers (4.7%).
BBC Four at 830P had ‘Only Connect Sport Relief’ special draw 735,000 (3.1%).
On E4, Revenge continued with 368k (1.6%) at 9pm (109k/0.7%), followed by My Mad Fat Diary with 378k (2.5%) at 10pm.
Sky1 at 830P presented ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ with 401,000 (1.7%) watching. At 9P, ‘Moone Boy’ brought in only 181,000 (0.8%) viewers.
Seven regained it crown on Monday with a 34.2% share of the available audience. And with that leadership position, it had the #1 program on the night with ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which drew 1,651,000 fans with 402,000 in Sydney; 481,000 in Melbourne; 311,000 in Brisbane; 195,000 in Adelaide and 262,000 in Perth. The top newscast of the evening was ‘Seven News’ with 1.197,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1.131 viewers. #8 was ‘Home and Away’ which drew 1,005,000.
Nine had the #2 program, ‘The Block: Fans V Faves’ which drew 1,255,000 viewers that actually had more followers in Sydney (404,000) than ‘MKR’. #4 was ‘Nine News’ with 1,167,000 viewers, on 30,000 viewers less than #3 ‘Seven News’. #6 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1.071 million viewers. ‘Love Child’ came in #7 with 1.065 million. #9 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 970,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the #10 program on Monday with ‘ABC News’ with 842,000 viewers.
There were lots of choices on Monday and as you can see, no matter where you are in the world, people were…