Wednesday, 03.19/14 (Posted on 03.20.14)
The power of The Tiffany Network came through again on Wednesday as it appears it has now surpassed the aging ‘American Idol’ once and for all. CBS began the evening at 8P with not just another edition of ‘Survivor’, but an historic ‘Survivor’ as it drew 9.58 million viewers and a 5.9/10. This was absolutely Must See TV ON DEMAND. With procedurals, they often have Plot ‘B’ and sometimes ‘Plot C’. The writers of this show know when not to include a B-plot, and this is just another fine example of that. At 9P, ‘Criminal Minds’ did it again with a superb episode and drew 10.09 million viewers and a 6.7/10 as it put the finishing touches of victory of a dismal ‘Idol’. This was absolutely Must See TV ON DEMAND. At 10P, The Tiffany Network presented their cornerstone on Wednesday, ‘CSI’ which drew 10.09 million viewers as well and a 6/6/12. This consistency in audience levels between all three programs back-to-back-to-back is a testimony to the programming minds who have made this one of the strongest nights on television for Black Rock.
FOX had one program on the air on Wednesday and it was as if there was a depressant in the air. Nearly everyone was flat or off-key, something that absolutely sent Harry ablaze. And it should. With few exceptions, and one of those being ‘Sam’ as the last singer who reminds one of a young Ricky Nelson when he first appeared on ‘Ozzie & Harriet’. Overall, few really owned the stage as if they were all extremely tired. For the record, it drew 9.66 million viewers and a 6.7 rating and a 11 share of the available audience. It is 23% below its level last season on the same comparable date.
NBC AT 8P, ‘Revolution’ drew 4.3 million viewers and a 3.2/5 and appears dead in the water. It ranked #4 in its time slot, even against a rerun on ABC. It make it tough on the following program as at 9P, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ pulled in 5.65 million viewers and a 4.4/7. Then at 10P, one of the best new programs on all of television, ‘Chicago PD’ pulled in 5.67 million viewers and a 4.0/7 by holding onto the lead-in audience and increasing it slightly, for the Peacock Network high on the evening. This particular episode was the continuing process of figuring out whether the head of the investigative unit is dirty plus the plot line of one of the unit’s daughters being a star witness in a murder. It was Must See ON DEMAND episode. The best of the evening.
ABC began the evening at 8P with a rerun of ‘The Middle’ which drew 5.1 million viewers and a 3.5/6. At 830P, a rerun of ‘Suburgatory’ fell to 4.06 million and a 2.9/5. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Modern Family’ pulled in the Alphabet Network’s top audience of the evening with 9.98 million viewers and a 3.9/6 while at 930P, ‘Mixology’ could only pull in 3.6 million viewers and a 2.5/4, a loss of more than 6.3 million viewers. This cannot happen. At 10P, ‘Nashville’ could only muster 2.45 million viewers and a 1.8/3. It was lucky The CW did run up against it.
The CW at 8P, ‘Arrow’ began with 2.36 million viewers and a 1.8/3. At 9P, the new ‘The 100’ began with 2.66 million viewers and a a 1.9/3. It was up 27% over a year ago. It was the Little Network That Could and DID. The suits of ‘the little one’ are jumping for joy with their Double Latte this morning.
At 1135P, ‘Jimmy Fallon’ drew a 3.1/8 to lead late night once again with guest, Greg Kinnear, or as he called him, ‘Buck’ Kinnear. To watch Kinnear’s earthquake advice, go to: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/segments/2886. ‘David Letterman’ drew a 2.2/5. ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ had a 1.8/5. Jeremy Pevin will do that for some shows. At 1235A, ‘Seth Meyers’ pulled in a leading 1.5/4 while ‘Nightline’ drew a 1.2/4 and ‘Craig Ferguson’ had a 1.1/4. NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ at 135A pulled in a 0.9/4.
For The Record
CBS was #1 with 9.909 million viewers and a 6.4/10.FOX on the weakness of ‘American Idol’ drew 9.662 million viewers and a 6.7 rating and 11 share of the available audience. NBC came in #3 with 5.204 million viewers and a 3.9/6. ABC was next with 3.835 million viewers and a 2.7/4. Univision edged ahead of The CW with 2.629 million viewers while The CW drew 2.513 million viewers and a 1.9/3.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1948, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra were featured in the first televised symphonic concert on CBS, with help from its then Philadelphia television station, WCAU-TV 10, carried the program from the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the home of the world-famous orchestra. The concert was televised live, at 5P. Ninety minutes later, NBC-TV carried TV’s second symphonic concert. This one was from Carnegie Hall in New York City. Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra was featured in a presentation of Wagner compositions. The suits at The Peacock Network were even late way back then. But I digress.
The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a number of significant media firsts. It was the first symphony orchestra to make electrical recordings (in 1925). It was the first orchestra to make a commercially sponsored radio broadcast (on NBC in 1929) and the first to appear on a national television broadcast (on CBS in 1948). The Philadelphia was the first American orchestra to make a digital recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies on compact disc (in 1988), and the first major orchestra to give a live cybercast of a concert on the internet (in 1997). In 2006, the orchestra was the first to offer downloads of music from its own website without a distributor. the Orchestra made diplomatic history in 1973 when it became the first American orchestra to tour the People’s Republic of China, performing in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. In 1999, under Wolfgang Sawallisch, it became the first American orchestra to visit Vietnam. More recently, the orchestra appointed Carol Jantsch principal tuba as of 2006–2007. According to the announcement, she is likely the first full-time female principal tuba player in an American orchestra.
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Considered one of the most unique and distinguishable voices in the world, Italian tenor, singer and songwriter Andrea Bocelli will perform and receive the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards to be held on April 24, 2014 at 7P on Telemundo. Fans can follow the excitement and be part of the Social TV star-studded event via: Facebook.com/LatinBillboards, Twitter.com/LatinBillboards and Instagram.com/LatinBillboards, using #Billboards2014.
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Across The Pond
BBC One at 8P presented ‘DIY SOS’ and it topped the ratings overall outside of soaps with 4.91 million viewers and a good 22.8% share of the available audience. At 9P, ‘Crimewatch’ brought in 3.70 million viewers (16.1%), while at 1035P, ‘A Question of Sport’ had 1.78 million viewers (16.5%).
BBC Two at 8P began with ‘Collectaholics’ and brought in 1.24 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Line of Duty’ in its finale drew 2.96 million viewers (12.9%) for the network’s high for the evening and #2 in the time slot. At 10P, ‘Twenty Twelve’ spinoff ‘W1A’ began with 1.61 million viewer (9.0%).
ITV at 8P ‘You Saw Them Here First’ had a solid 2.72 million viewers (12.6%). At 9P, ‘Law & Order: UK’ increased the network’s audience to 3.03 million viewers (13.3%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘Secret Eaters’ and there were 1.06 million (4.9%) hiding behind their TV sets while munching on snack food. at 9P, Peter Kay’s ‘Live at the Bolton Albert Halls’ increased substantially with 1.75 million viewers (7.6%). At 10P, ‘First Dates’ fell with 793,000 viewers (4.9%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Born to Kill?’ as it died with only 875,000 viewers (4.1%). It was followed at 9P America’s #1 drama, CBS’s ‘NCIS’ as it increased viewership to 936,000 viewers (4.0%). At 10P, ABC’s cornerstone on Monday evening in the U.S., ‘Castle’ had 583,000 viewers (3.6%).
ITV2 at 10P had ‘TOWIE’ bring in 618,000 viewers (3.7%).
Sky1 at 7:30P, had the Champions League match with Manchester United’s win over Olympiakos pulling in 1.10 million viewers (5.0%). An additional 1.36 million (6.4%) turned it on via Sky Sports 1. Combined that is 2.46 million viewers watching ManU’s victory.
Seven with 33.6% share of the available audience was once again #1 in Australian television Wednesday. And with ‘My Kitchen Rules’, Seven will usually win the night. On Wednesday it was once again the #1 program in the nation with 1,560,000 viewers, of which 402,000 were in Sydney; 453,000 in Melbourne; a big 300,000 viewers in Brisbane while 204,000 watched in Adelaide and an additional 201,000 viewed it in Perth. Seven had the #4 program on the night and the #2 newscast with 1.106 million viewers, only 11,000 fewer viewers than its competitor, ‘Nine News’. It’s strength was in Adelaide (with 52,000 more viewers than tuned in to ‘Nine News’) and in Perth where it had a whopping 107,000 viewer advantage over its rival. #6 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ but could not top the million mark as it drew 977,000 viewers. #9 program was ‘Home and Away’ with 873,000 viewers. And the #10 program was ‘The Blacklist’ which drew 871,000 viewers.
Nine, which finished a strong second with a 30.9% share of the available audience (can you imagine finishing #2 with over 30% of the audience?), had the #2 program in ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ with 1,233,000 viewers. It again finished 337,000 viewers behind #1. But the network did have the top newscast with the #3 programing being ‘Nine News’ with a respectable 1.117 million viewers. #5 for the evening was ‘Nine News 6:30P’ continued its early even dominance with 1,034,000 viewers. The #7 program on the evening was ‘A Current Affair’ with 910,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the #8 program on Wednesday as ‘ABC News’ had 902,000 viewers.
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