Saturday, 03.22.14 (posted on 03.23.14)
CBS used the NCAA Basketball tournament to finish #1 on Saturday. At 8-10P, the Wisconsin Badgers, of the Big 10, victory over the Oregon Duck of the Pac-12, drew 5.76 million viewers. The wrap up show at 10P drew 8.92 million, the top program of the evening. At 1030P, ’48 Hours’ drew 3.97 million to finish the evening. The Tiffany Network scored again with a big Saturday win with their B-Ball coverage.
NBC with ‘Dateline’ from 8-10P drew 5.3 million viewers to remain competitive but fell out of bed at 10P, with a rerun of ‘Crisis’ which could only draw 3.85 million.
ABC at 8P brought a rerun of this week’s ‘Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe’ which drew only 1.72 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Nightline’ drew even worse with 1.5 million viewers. At 10P, ’20/20′ drew the network’s high for the evening with 3.95 million viewers. This looks like ‘dump night’ on the Alphabet Network.
FOX did even worse. The Animal Network of Broadcast at 8P had a rerun of ‘Almost Human’ which could only pull 1.35 million viewers. And at 9P, ‘The Following’ did even worse with 1.1 million. That might not even be acceptable on The CW if they were running a prime time schedule on Saturday.
A rerun telecast of ‘Saturday Night Live’ with host Jonah Hill and musical guest Bastille, averaged a 2.9 rating and a 7 share on Saturday evening.
For The Record
CBS was #1 on Saturday with 5.987 million viewers. NBC was #2 with 4.818 million viewers. ABC was #3 with 2.387 million viewers. FOX finished with 1.225 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1950, ‘Beat the Clock’ premiered on CBS-TV.
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Across The Pond
BBC One saw a boost in the first live edition of the year for ‘The Voice UK’ in comparison to last year, but it couldn’t quite beat ‘Ant and Dec’. ‘The Voice UK’ averaged 6.21 million viewers and a 27.6% share of the available audience. For the record, this was quite a rise in ratings coma red to last year’s first live show which was viewed by 4.21 million viewers. ‘Casualty’ drew its best rating of the year with 5.61 million viewers and a 29.0% share. It easily beat its ITV rival, ‘The Americans’. Finally, ‘Match Of The Day’ had its highest ratings of the year as it averaged 4.21 million viewers and a 33.7% share of audience, peaking at 1050P with 5.53 million (36.3%) viewers.
ITV’s ‘Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway’ was again #1 with 6.49 million viewers which represented a strong 28.3% share of the available audience. This was the third time that ‘Ant and Dec’ have won the Saturday night ratings battle with ‘The Voice UK’. The duo welcome presenter Christine Bleakley, while The Muppets sat in as guest announcers for the night. Little Ant and Dec meet Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, who stars in new film ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and the super computer makes a trip to Sheffield. Swiss performers the Top Secret Drum Corps took part in the End of the Show Show. ‘The Americans’ average just 960,000 viewers (5.0%) earlier in the evening.
Seven with 29.5% share of the available audience edged ABC1 (26.5%) and Nine (24.5%) and Ten (14.8%) on Saturday but ABC1 had the top three programs and 4 of the top 6.
ABC1 had the #1 program with ‘Doc Martin’ which drew the only million plus audience draw of the day with 1,258,000 viewers as 335,000 watched in Sydney; a big 344,000 gathered in Melbourne; 298,000 viewed it in Brisbane; a rather large audience of 134,000 watched in Adelaide and 147,000 caught it in Perth. #2 was ‘Midsomer Murders’ and it pulled in 967,000 viewers while the #3 program was ‘ABC1 News Saturday’ with 943,000 viewers which was the top newscast in the nation on Saturday. How could ABC1 not win on this day? They had the top drama and the top newscast. They even had the #6 program on Saturday, ‘Gardening Australia’ with 474,000 viewers.
Seven in the meantime has #4 program on the day, ‘Seven News Saturday’ which drew a respectable 932,000 viewers.
Nine had #5 with their ‘Nine News Saturday’ which pulled in a competitive 930,000 viewers, just 2,000 viewers behind Seven and 13,000 behind ABC1. #7 program was ‘Getaway’ with 376,000 viewers.
Ten crashed into the Top Ten party on Saturday with #8 ‘2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala’ with 369,000 viewers. And it had the #9 program, their newscast ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ which drew 366,000 viewers. It also had the last of the Top Ten programs at #10, the movie ‘Spider Man’ which drew 347,000 viewers.
Question remains, with all of these four networks in the Top Ten on Saturday, how could ABC1 with 4 of the top programs (#1, #2, #3 & #6) not be the #1 network on Saturday? We know that water drains the other way in the Southern Hemisphere. Does that go for math as well?
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