Saturday, 03.29.14 (Posted 03.30.14)
In one of the slowest nights of the year, in what some might call a ‘yawner’, NBC finished ahead of all the other broadcast networks. As for whether it will win the night, we will all have to wait until TBS numbers come in as they held two of the Sweet Sixteen games that were barn burners with Florida and Wisconsin both advancing to the Final Four next weekend on CBS. NBC at 8P began with a two-hour rerun of ‘Dateline’ and pulled in 4.46 million viewers. At 9P, it averaged 5.13 million viewers. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ captured 2.62 million viewers.
CBS, on an off night of NCAA Basketball tournament games (they both aired on TBS on Saturday) began the night with a rerun of ‘2 Broke Girls’ which had 2.65 million viewers. At 830P, a rerun of ‘Mom’ drew 2.49 million fans. At 9P, a rerun of ’48 Hours’ drew 2.6 million viewers and at 10P, another rerun of another episode of ’48 Hours’ had 3.1 million viewers, the high water mark for the Tiffany Network. In the last half hour, it pulled in 4.39 million at its peak.
ABC was the only broadcast network that ran an original episode on Saturday evening. But not in the first two hours. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Mixology’ drew 1.33 million viewers while at 830P, another rerun of another episode of ‘Mixology’ pulled in 1.11 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ’20/20′ drew 2.31 million viewers. But at 10P, an original episode of ‘Nightline: Prime’ drew 2.93 million viewers, tops for the evening on The Alphabet Network.
FOX at 8P had a rerun of ‘Almost Human’ which drew 1.53 million viewers, good for #3 in the time slot. But at 9P, a rerun of the failing ‘The Following’ pulled in only 997,000 viewers, an absolute low for a Big Four network. Without a doubt, this series has reached it ‘cancellation zone’ after only two years on the air. But, on the bright side, it has provided Kevin Bacon fans with more ‘six degrees of’ opportunities. How nice for them. The Animal Network of Broadcast has to let it go no matter who Kevin Bacon really is.
For The Record
NBC was #1 with 4.07 million viewers. CBS finished #2 with 3.06 million viewers. ABC came in #3 with 2.15 million viewers and FOX averaged 1.27 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this dates in 1966, Barbra Streisand’s “Color Me Barbra” special aired on CBS-TV. For a unique view of this special, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0VX3psET6M
The Elite Eight showdown in the NCAA Basketball tournament on Saturday on TBS provided two entrants into the Final Four next weekend in Texas. In the first game, Florida advanced with a win over the Dayton Flyers. In the second game, from Anaheim, CA, the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten defeated the #1 Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 in overtime. For a view of the last few seconds and a surprise visit in the locker room, go to: http://youtu.be/Io_3gTsP2sA
Welcome to new viewers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Australia.
Across The Pond
BBC One on Saturday won primetime with 28.1% share of audience, well ahead of ITV (17.6%) and BBC Two which had 6% of the audience share. Channel 5 with 3.3% finished ahead of Channel 4 (3%).
BBC One had the big program on Saturday night and it provided the network with victory. From 7P-910P, the live semi-final saw the contestants perform with their coaches, as it averaged 5.94 million viewers (28.3%). At 920P, ‘Casualty’ drew 4.99 million viewers (27.4%), giving the network a solid evening.
ITV had it’s Saturday power at 7P as ‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ actually edging ‘The Voice’ head-to-head live in the 7pm hour but was second best overall, averaging 5.84 million viewer (27.4%), just 10,000 behind BBC’s big show. An additional 347,000 viewers tuned in on +1. Later, on ITV, ‘The Cube’ continued with 3.65 million viewer (18.1%). At 925P, ‘Law & Order UK’ brought in 1.24 million viewers (7%).
BBC Two at 830P, ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘The Perfect Morecambe’ and ‘Wise’ attracted 1.76 million viewers (8.2%)At 830P, ‘The Plantagenets’ drew 1.02 million viewers (5.1%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘Hostages’ which was watched by 483,000 viewers (2.3%). It was followed by an airing of Jason Statham’s movie, ‘The Mechanic’, which doubled the audience with 881,000 viewers (4.9%).
On Channel 5, Longmire earned 542k (2.5%) before an NCIS repeat at 8.10pm took 502k (2.4%).
Overall, BBC One won primetime with 28.1%, ahead of ITV (17.6%). BBC Two had 6% of the audience share, while Channel 5 (3.3%) beat Channel 4 (3%).
ITV3 at 825P presented ‘Doc Martin’ which brought in 754,000 viewers (3.7%).
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.
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.
Nine came through with victory on Sunday in Australia as ‘The Block’ finished as the #1 program on the evening. Nine finished with a powerful 36.2% share of the available audience to Seven’s 33.0% share. Ten finished with 12.0% share and ABC1 had 11.2%.
The #1 program, ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ drew one of its biggest audience of the year with 1,732,000 viewers with the biggest market being Sydney with 577,000 viewers. In Melbourne, 542,000 tuned in; 319,000 watched in Brisbane; 123,000 watched in Adelaide and in Perth, 170,000 tuned in. Nine also had the #3 program in ’60 Minutes’ which was also a million+ program drawing 1.424 million viewers, with Sydney have 449,000 viewers compared to 445,000 watching in Melbourne. #5 for the evening was ‘Nine News Sunday’ with 1,260,000 viewers, which was just 71,000 behind its rival at Nine. #8 was ‘Fat Tony & Co.’ with 1,036,000 viewers.
But Seven had the #2 program, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ with 1,570,000 viewers, 162,000 viewers behind #1. Melbourne was the biggest market to watch this program as 439,000 viewers tuned in vs 384,000 in Sydney; 321,000 in Brisbane; 179,000 in Adelaide and 247,000 in Perth. The #4 program was the top newscast as ‘Seven News Sunday’ drew 1,331,000 viewers. The #6 program was ‘Sunday Night’ which pulled in 1,185,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Downton Abbey’ which scored with 1,095,000 viewers, as it was the top drama of the night, if one considers ‘DA’ a drama.
ABC1 came in with the #9 program on Sunday which was ‘ABC News Sunday’ with 828,000 viewers. And the #10 program was ‘Rake’ as it drew 759,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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