Thursday, 03.20.14 (Posted on 03.21.14)
FOX at 8P began with ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, which finished #1 in its very weak time slot with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.8/6. At 9P had ‘American Idol’ and finally, MK was booted off. And you could tell than while Harry was dead set against bring her back, Jennifer was tearing up and making bad as we all said bye-bye to one of the weak links of the final 10. And now there are nine. ‘Idol’ pulled in 8.37 million viewers and a 5.7/9. It was down 31% from a year ago. Those are big number drop-offs. The Animal Network of Broadcast have to figure out, even though these are good numbers, if ‘Idol’ had reached it end game. The pull is of course the money as it still is a big earnings partner but what price diminished glory?
It was ABC’s turn to challenge on this unusual Thursday. At 8P it began the evening with the usual underperforming ‘Once Upon A time in Wonderland’ which brought in 3.5 million viewers and a 2.5/4. At 9P, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ increased the audience dramatically as it drew 7.97 million viewers and a 6.1/10. Then at 10P, the Alphabet Network drama, ‘Scandal’, which brought in 8.92 million viewers and a 6.8 rating/11 share in households which was the top program of the evening. It finished up 8% over last year on this comparable date when it drew a 6.3/11 on 3/21/13.
CBS had ‘March Madness’ all day and all night as the first round ended with Dayton and Harvard pulling upsets, ruining many bracket dreams.The Tiffany Network in prime time featured two NCAA Basketball match-ups: Wolford (do you know what State it is in?) vs. Michigan, as the Wolverines trounced the competition and later, Arizona State got beat in an exciting finish by Texas at the buzzer. The results were an underwhelming 3.75 million viewers and a 2.5/4, well below what it usually does Thursday night’s leading line up. NOTE: Results for any live sporting event is approximate.
NBC can’t get out-of-the-way of failure on Thursday, no matter how CBS performs. The Peacock Network still finished fourth by beginning at 8P with ‘Community’ which drew 3.46 million viewers and a 2.3/4. At 830P, ‘Parks and Recreation’ pulled in 3.09 million viewers and a 2.1/3. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Hollywood Game Night’ drew 2.95 million viewers and a 2.0/3. at 10P, ‘Parenthood’ was the top draw of the evening for the network with 4.18 million viewers and a 2.8/5. Of these, only ‘Parks and Recreation’ has been renewed by NBC for next season.
The CW at 8P presented ‘The Vampire Diaries’ which drew 2.24 million viewers and a 1.6/3. At 9P, and ‘Reign’ which drew 1.64 million viewers and a 1.3/2.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ hit a home run on Thursday with guest star, Billy Joel and Chelsea Clinton. If you can see Joel’s complete appearance besides the big stage number, it is absolutely Must See ON DEMAND. Fallon has made the ‘Tonight Show’ not only his very own, but his guests, their very own. It had a 3.4 rating and an 8 share of the available audience on Tuesday night. Check out Joel’s big number at: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1in5z4_hd-billy-joel-jimmy-fallon-you-may-be-right-tonight-show-3-21-14_music. CBS’, with a rerun of ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ had a 1.2/4. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had a 2.7/7. At 1235A, ‘Seth Meyers’ finished #2 with a 1.5/5. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ finished #1 with a 1.7/5. CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ had a 0.7/3. At 135A, NBC’s ‘Carson Daly’ finished with a .
For the record in Late Night, Based on the live plus same day data for the week of March 10, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on ABC (broadcast from Austin, Texas) posted its third consecutive week of growth in total viewers (2.83 million). Comparably, that was up by 3% and 4%, respectively, from one week earlier, with the strongest ratings for the show since mid-November. It was also Kimmel’s third best performance this season to-date. Tops for the week, however, was competing ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ with 4.26 million viewers. ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ on CBS was third with 2.78 million viewers.
For The Record
FOX finished #1 with 6.831 million viewers and a 4.7/8. ABC came in second on Thursday as it drew an average of 6.798 million viewers and a 5.2 rating and an 8 share. CBS drew 3.752 million viewers and a 2.5/4. NBC was next with 3.467 million viewers and a 2.3/4. Univision finished with 2.726 million viewers and a 1.6/3. The CW finished Thursday with 1.935 million viewers and a 1.4/2. Telemundo had a 0.7/1.
Cable TV News
USA Network announced today that it has picked up FOX 21’s ‘RUSH’, written and produced by Jonathan Levine (‘Warm Bodies’) and Fox Television Studios’ ‘COMPLICATIONS’, from creator and executive producer Matt Nix (‘Burn Notice’) to series. Both of the dramas are slated for 10-episode runs, including the pilots. The network also announced that it has renewed fan-favorite ‘White Collar’ for a sixth season. The series, from creator and executive producer Jeff Eastin (‘GRACELAND’), has been picked up for six new episodes. The announcement comes on the heels of two recent drama pick-ups for the network. This summer, USA will launch the Untitled Sean Jablonksi series starring Matt Passmore (‘The Glades’). In late 2014, the network will also premiere the event series ‘Dig’, starring Jason Isaacs (‘Awake’) and Anne Heche (‘Save Me’), from creators Tim Kring (‘Heroes’) and Gideon Raff (‘Homeland’).
Wednesday Cable Ratings
#1…’Duck Dynasty’……….A&E……..10P…4.71 million viewers
#2…’The Big Bang Theory’…TBS……..930P..3.06 million viewers
#3…’The Big Bang Theory’…TBS……..9P….3.04 million viewers
#4…’The Big Bang Theory’…TBS……..10P…2.91 million viewers
#5…’The Big Bang Theory’…TBS……..8P….2.89 million viewers
#6…’The O’Reilly Factor’…FOX News…8P….2.71 million viewers
#7…’Wahlburgers’………..A&E……..1031P.2.32 million viewers
#8…’NCAA Basketball……..truTV……917P..2.23 million viewers
#9…’The Kelly File’……..FOX News…9P….2.21 million viewers
#10..’American Pickers’……History….9P….2.16 million viewers
Thursday Cable Ratings
#1…’Pawn Stars’…………History….930P..4.367 million viewers
#2…’Pawn Stars’…………History….9P….4.153 million viewers
#3…’Vikings’……………History….10P…3.305 million viewers
#4…’NCAA Basketball……..TNT……..718P..3.085 million viewers
#5…’Law & Order:SVU’…….USA……..8P….3.005 million viewers
#6…’NCAA Basketball’…….TBS……..643P..2.797 million viewers
#7…’NCAA Basketball’…….TBS……..454P..2.716 million viewers
#8…’SpongeBob…………..NICK…….6P….2.660 million viewers
#9…’SpongeBob…………..NICK…….630P..2.653 million viewers
#10..’NCAA Basketball……..TNT……..1028P.2.604 million viewers
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Across The Pond
It was a 9P battle royal. But it was BBC One that won out. BBC One at 9P presented ‘Davina – Beyond Breaking Point’ and it was last night’s most watched 9P show with 3.65 million viewers with a 17.3% share of the available audience.
BBC Two drama ‘Turks and Caicos’ had a strong 2.29 million viewers and a 11.5% share.
ITV’s ‘Dangerous Dogs’ finished #4 at 9P with 2.23 million (10.6%).
Channel 4 presented ‘Inside Rolls-Royce’ and was second at 9P with 2.49 million viewers (11.8%).
Nine finally broke the Seven streak with a powerful 30.7% share of the available audience as it had the top #1 show and the top #1 newscast in the nation on Thursday. #1 on the evening was ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ which pulled in 1,121,000 total viewers on a rather quiet night as 309,000 watched in Sydney; slightly more, 346,000 viewers in Melbourne; 257,000 in Brisbane; 88,000 in Adelaide while 122,000 took it in at Perth. The #2 was the top newscast of the evening, with ‘Nine News’ registering 1,083,000 viewers. Nine continued to dominate the evening with the #4 program, ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 936,000 viewers. And not to be outdone, it had the #5 program as well with ‘A Current Affair’ drawing 845,000 viewers.
For those ‘Block’ fans, The Block is open for inspection this weekend. Thousands of people are expected to attend this great family day out as Alisa, Lysandra, Brad, Dale, Kyal, Kara, Steve and Chantelle open their doors to give the public an exclusive sneak peek of the luxury warehouse apartments they have created. Host Scott Cam and site foreman Keith will also be there to meet and greet fans of Nine’s top-rating program. It will be held on Saturday, March 22nd & Sunday, March 23rd from 10.00A–2.00P at 47 O’Grady Street, Albert Park, Melbourne.
Seven (with 29.3% share of the available audience) as their top program was ‘Seven News’ which drew the only other million+ program on the evening as it drew 1,075,000 viewers. The #6 program was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which pulled in 839,000 news watchers. For the record, Seven only had two programs in the Top Ten on Thursday.
ABC1 (with a 13.3% share of the available audience) swept the next four programs of the Top Ten on Thursday night. It had the #7 program with ‘ABC News’ pulling in 807,000 viewers. It also had the #8 program with ‘The Checkout’ which drew 799,000 viewers; the #9 program was ‘7:30’ which drew 761,000 viewers and the #10 program ‘Janet King’ which pulled in 740,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where you are in the world, we are…