Sunday, 03.30.14 (Posted on Monday, 03.31.14
CBS began the evening at 7P with the end of the Kentucky victory over Michigan to earn the final spot in the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball tournament with 16.44 million viewers and a 12.6 rating and an amazing 23% share of the available audience. After the game, with a strong ’60 Minutes’ which had three great stories; the first about how Wall Street is fixed by stating, “This form of front-running is legal. It’s legalized front running. It’s crazy that it’s legal for some people to get advance news on prices and what investors are doing.”; the second about the founder of Tesla and how in 2008 he was flat broke and then Christmas came; and the third about a great blind Jazz musician from Jacksonville, FL, as told to us by Wynton Marsalis, drew 13.25 million viewers and a 10.9/19. Of historic note, it was 20 years earlier that Ed Bradley on this very program brought all of us the story of another young Jazz protegé, Wynton Marsalis. At 8P, ‘The Amazing Race’ ran a difficult race for many while getting rid of nobody and drew 9.82 million viewers and a 7.0/11. At 9P, ‘The Good Wife’ had its first episode without Will and it was fascinating seeing how each of the participants handled the situation…or didn’t handle it. It was Must See TV ON DEMAND episode. It drew 10.39 million viewers and a 8.1/12, one-off the highest of the season. Then came a terrific ‘The Mentalist’ episode at 10P with Jane once again devising a Master Plan at capturing the crooks and murderer. It was classic ‘Mentalist’ as it drew 9.54 million viewers and a 6.2 rating and an 11 share for the Tiffany Network.
ABC began at 7P with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ and it drew 5.94 million viewers and a 3.5/6. At 8P, ‘Once Upon a Time’ increased the audience to 6.46 million viewers and a 4.1/6. At 9P, ‘Resurrection’ drew 8.18 million viewers with a 5.5/8. In the first four weeks of this series, it has gone from 8.5/13 to 7.0/10 to 6.2/10 and 5.5/8. Yet it still was 34% above its lead-in and an improvement in this time slot a year previous. At 10P, ‘Revenge’ brought in 5.24 million viewers and a 3.8/6.
NBC at 7P with a rerun of ‘The Voice’ drew 3.04 million viewers and a 2.0/3. At 8P, the second week of ‘American Dream Builders’ increased the audience slightly with million viewers and a 2.2/3. At 9P, the episode four of drama ‘Believe’ followed with 4.81 million viewers and a 3.1/5. At 10, the third week of the drama ‘Crisis’ pulled in 4.32 million viewers and a 3.0/5.
FOX began at 7P with ‘Bob’s Burgers’ as it drew 2.27 million viewers and a 1.5/3. At 730P, ‘American Dad’ increased the audience to 2.78 million viewers and a 1.7/3. At 8P, ‘The Simpsons’ increased the FOX presence again with 3.94 million viewers and a 2.5/4. And at 830P, Family Guy’ drew 4.1 million viewers and a 2.9/4. At 9P, the fourth week of ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ brought in 3.89 million viewers and a 2.8/4.
For The Record
CBS swept to #1 with a big night delivering 11.279 million viewers and an 8.3 rating and 13 share of the available audience. ABC came in a distant second to the Tiffany Network with 6.454 million viewers and a 4.2/7. NBC was well behind the Alphabet Network with 3.861 million viewers and a 2.6/4. FOX finished closet to the Peacock Network as it drew 3.478 million viewers and a 2.4/. Univision finished Sunday with 2.048 million viewers. Telemundo had a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this day in 1987, HBO (Home Box Office) earned its first Oscar for ‘Down and Out in America’. Poverty, foreclosure, homelessness, circa 1986, it was directed by Lee Grant, an Emmy & Academy Award Winning actress. She won the 1986 Academy Award for Documentary Film. For a look at this exception work, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dMKZjCmIWc
Broadcast TV News
Pharrell Williams will replace longtime judge, Cee Lo Green on ‘The Voice’ next season, the show’s seventh.
At 9P, AMC had the season finale of ‘The Walking Dead’ pulled in 15.7 million viewers and an 8.0 national HH rating. It was the #2 program on the night, second only to NCAA Basketball on CBS. AT 10P, ‘The Talking Dead’ drew 7.3 million viewers and a 3.8 national HH rating.
‘The Walking Dead’ finale was also a trending topic of discussion on Facebook and over a 12-hour period, from 3P – 3A, 3.1 million people had 5.8 million interactions surrounding ‘The Walking Dead’.
Welcome to new viewers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey and Australia.
Across The Pond
BBC One at 7P, ‘Countryfile’ had its highest audience of the night with 6.24 million viewers which was 32.2% share of the available audience. At 8P, ‘Antiques Roadshow’ drew 4.78 million (21.4%). At 9P had ‘The Musketeers’ finale of its first season as it drew 3.98 million viewers and a 17.6% share. At 1035P, ‘Match of the Day 2’ brought in 2.69 million viewers (20.8%) to round out a leading night for BBC One.
ITV at 6P had ‘Catchphrase’ which brought in 3.42 million viewers (20.2%). At 7P, ‘Surprise, Surprise’ had 3.36 million viewers (17.3%). At 8P, ‘Endeavour’ returned for a new season with 5.03 million viewers (21.3%).
BBC Two at 7P brought another rerun of ‘Great Barrier Reef’ and 965,000 watched (5.0%), while new series at 8P, ‘Border Country’ increased the network’s viewership to 1.25 million (5.6%). At 9P, Louis Theroux’s ‘LA Stories’ increased it even further to 1.62 million viewers (7.1%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented the documentary ‘Secret History’ and it was watched by 1.13 million viewers (5.1%). At 9P, Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘The Woman in Black’ brought in thrilled 1.74m (8.6%) at 9pm (213k/0.6%).
Channel 5 at 7P presented ‘Bulletproof Monk’ brought in 686,000 viewers (3.3%).
On ITV2 at 10P, ‘TOWIE’ drew 711,000 viewer (4.2%) at 10pm (161k/1.8%).
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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