Friday, 03.28.14 (Posted on 03.29.14)
CBS, behind the power of the final evening of making the Elite Eight in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, scored big and delivered its usual powerful Friday audience by drawing nearly 10 million viewers to the Tiffany Network. From the first game featuring Michigan’s entry into the final eight by defeating the University of Tennessee Vols, onto the second featured game seeing the University of Kentucky knock off their dreaded rival and the defending NCAA champion, Louisville, the games drew 9.55 million viewers. Now the table is set for this weekend’s final regional games as the Elite Eight battle it out to reach the Final Four. The University of Wisconsin Badgers facing the heavily favored Arizona Wildcats in the West; heavily favored Florida Gators squaring off against the University of Dayton Flyers with both games on Saturday.
NBC opened the evening at 8P with its strong newsmagazine, ‘Dateline’ and it began the evening for The Peacock Network by drawing 7.29 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Dateline’ upped the ante to take a solid #2 in the time slot and for the evening with 8.56 million viewers. But it was at 10P, where ‘Hannibal’ blew up the evening for 30 Rock as it could only draw an average of 3.14 million viewers. If the suits fix the 10P time slot, they have a chance at moving on up. But first they will have to face the extremely strong, veteran lineup of CBS.
ABC ‘Always Begins Comfortably’ at 8P with ‘Last Man Standing’ where it always brings a respectable number, this Friday with 6.21 million viewers where it was in a position to give NBC and CBS a run for their money. But at 830P, everything began to fall apart. ‘The Neighbors’ could only bring in 4.03 million viewers. Then at 9P, ‘The Shark Tank’ with a rerun could only draw 5.02 million viewers, a dramatic gain of a million viewers over ‘The Neighbors’ but now far behind the pack. At 10P, ’20/20′ continued the uphill fight with 7.04 million viewers, which was good for #2 in the time slot but the disaster at 830P, did The Alphabet Network no good. The suits at Disney broadcasting have to fix this if they want to take this veteran lineup to the next level.
FOX frankly was a disaster on Friday. The oft time great series, ‘Rake’ was on the button on Friday with a most unusual episode where everyone is giving Keegan (Greg Kinnear) gifts. But the network has given up on this series as the finale nears never to reappear ever again and it could only pull in 1.89 million viewers, a network hight for the evening at 8P. This is a Must See ON DEMAND episode. The Animal Network of Broadcast suits can blame themselves for not being able to present a schedule of programs that will support shows of this quality. At 9P, ‘Enlisted’ drew 1.36 million viewers and at 930P, ‘Raising Hope’ drew 1.55 million.
The CW began at 8P with ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’ and it drew 1.66 million viewers, which was the Little Network That Could’s highest number for the evening. At 9P, ‘Hart of Dixie’ with a new time period wowed a crowd of 1.1 million viewers.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallow’ had January Jones as the main guest along with Josh Holloway who is starring in CBS’ ‘Intelligence’ (ending Monday) and a new movie (beginning this weekend) and it was again the #1 program in late night with a 3.0/7. A rerun of CBS’ ‘David Letterman’ finished with 2.2/6. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ rerun drew a 2.2/5. At 1235A, a rerun of ‘Seth Meyers’ had a 1.1/4. A rerun of CBS’ Craig Ferguson’ finished with a 1.0/4. While, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ drew 1.4/4. At 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ had a 0.9/4.
For The Record
CBS was #1 on Friday with 9.85 million viewers, NBC finished #2 with 6.55 million viewers while ABC came in #3 with 5.73 million viewers and FOX finished with 1.67 million viewers. The CW came in with 1.38 million viewers. Telemundo had a 0.7/1.
Broadcast TV News
Soap Opera Ratings Ratings for the Week of March 17-21, 2014
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,942,000 (+288,000/+231,000)
2. B&B 3,885,000 (+356,000/+393,000)
3. GH 2,641,000 (+41,000/+190,000)
4. DAYS 2,476,000 (+30,000/-13,000)
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Across The Pond
BBC One came through with another strong night on television as it finished #1. At 7P, ‘The One Show’ was the highest-rated primetime program outside soaps with 3.86 million viewers and a 20.5% share of the available audience. At 830P, ‘MasterChef’ drew 3.39 million viewers (15.4%). At 9P, ‘New Tricks’ pulled in 3.43 million viewers (17.2%), while at 1035P, odd-couple offering ‘Joanna Lumley Meets will.i.am’ was watched by 2.38 million viewers (20.3%).
BBC Two at 8P brought us country living with ‘Lambing Live’s’ last episode of the series as it delivered 2.22 million viewers (10.3%). At 9P, ‘Gardeners’ World’ pulled in a very competitive 2.5 million viewers (12.3%), making these the two highest-rated shows on the channel.
ITV at 8P had ‘Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages’ was the #2 program in its time period and drew 2.57 million viewers (11.4%). At 9P, ‘Edge of Heaven’ ended its series run with a viewership of 1.26 million (5.9%), a third place effort for the network.
Channel 4 at 8P brought the latest installment of ‘Marvel’s Agents of Shield’ drew 890,000 viewers (4.2%). At 9P, ‘Gogglebox’ had a huge jump to 2.48 million viewers (12.4%). At 10P, ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’s’ first show of the season, featuring Gary Barlow advocating an X Factor return for Nicole Scherzinger, drew 1.73 million viewers (11.1%).
Channel 5 brought everyone the History Channel’s ‘Ice Road Truckers’ and it skated through with 783,500 viewers (3.6%). At 9P, ‘Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle’ brought in a few more, 848,900 viewers (4.2%), as it was the highest-rated show on the channel. AT 10P, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ drew 524,200 viewers (3.3%).
BBC Three, at 10P, had ‘Life and Death Row’, with a rerun of the second episode of the series, was the most popular show outside soaps, with 499,900 viewers (3.4%).
Seven, with 31.5% share of the available audience on Friday with three programs in the Top Ten, defeated Nine (30.4%) with five shows in the Top Ten, Ten (14.0%) with none in the Top Ten and ABC1 (13.4%), with the remaining two in the Top Ten.
Nine had the top newscast of the evening with ‘Nine News’ with 1,040,000 viewers. It also had the only other million viewers program of the evening with ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1,004,000 viewers for #2. The #8 program was ‘Friday Night NRL Live’ which drew 674,000 viewers with only Sydney (393,000 viewers) and Melbourne (281,000 viewers) registered. ‘A Current Affair’ with 612,000 viewers came in #9. And, to wrap up the Top Ten, the #10 program was ‘Hot Seat’ with 594,000 viewers.
Seven had the #3 program, ‘Seven News’ which drew 966,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ drawing 873,000 viewers. The #6 program was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ with 709,000 viewers on Friday.
ABC1 came in with the top drama of the evening with ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’ which drew 932,000 viewers. The network had the #7 program with ‘ABC News’ which drew 688,000 viewers.
Seven topped Australian television on Saturday with a 29.9% share of the available audience versus Nine (25.2%), ABC1 (20.2%) and Ten (16.6%).
Yet ABC1 had three of the top four of the Top Ten programs for the evening. At #1, in its return for a third season, ‘Death In Paradise’ drew 1,053,000 viewers with 257,000 watching in Sydney; 322,000 viewers in Melbourne; 229,000 people catching it in Brisbane; 121,000 viewing it in Adelaide and 124,000 viewers in Perth. The #2, ‘Midsomer Murders’ 1,008,000 viewers. ‘ABC1 News’ was the #4 program with 865,000 viewers. #7 on the evening was ‘Gardening Australia’ with 419,000 viewers.
Seven got the #3 program as ‘Seven News’ drew 993,000 viewers as it was the top newscast on the evening. But it had the big sporting event, ‘Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football’ with 430,000 viewers which was #6 for the evening. #7 on the evening was ‘Gardening Australia’ with 419,000 viewers.
Nine had the #5 program with ‘Nine News Saturday’ with 825,000 viewers. #8 was ‘Getaway’ with 403,000 viewers.
Ten had the #9 program with ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ with 396,000 viewers. The network also had the #10 program in ‘Bondi Vet’ which drew 393,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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