Wednesday, 04.02.14 (Posted on 04.03.14)
CBS pulled off one of the great twists in their original reality show, ‘Survivor’ as this was a tribal counsils NOT to miss. And it drew the folks with 9.55 million viewers and a 6.0/10. And on its heels at 9P, ‘Criminal Minds’ increased the audience with 10.37 million viewers and a 6.6/10, the only program on the evening to draw over 10 million viewers. ‘CSI’ finished at 10P with 9.66 million viewers and a 6.4/11. These seasoned shows on The Tiffany Network continues to win, week after week.
FOX was all ‘American Idol’ from 8P-10P, and the final eight performed their original songs they sang to get onto the show, but this time with big music back up and 8.77 millions of viewers and a 6.1/10. Unfortunately, from a year ago, it was down 23% but the performances were terrific. Not one disappointed the fans of the show. Interestingly, during the show they broke down demographically how the vote was progressing. With all of the talk about the decline of ‘American Idol’ realistically, what program could the Animal Network of Broadcast put in its place and get the digital/mobile world buzzing as it does, week after week? It continues to draw 9 million viewers each week…just sayin. One further note: this cast of judges really are more mentors than judges. Yes they tell the contestants what they should do to improve their performances, but when these three say something encouraging, the light in the eyes of the hopeful contestants light up. And you can see the improvement week after week. All you had to do was watch this show on Wednesday and you completely understand. Not one failed to perform at a top level. It was Must See TV ON DEMAND.
ABC at 8P had ‘The Middle’ which pulled in a respectable 7.12 million viewers and a 5.0/8. At 830P, ‘Suburgatory’ drew only 5.21 million viewers and a 3.8/6. But at 9P, the always reliable ‘Modern Family’, one of the top comedies on all of television drew 8.78 million viewers and a 6.6/10. At 930P, the Alphabet Network began its slide backwards as ‘Mixology’ could only draw 4.39 million viewers and a 3.1/5, losing well over half of the lead in audience. It was down 48% from the comparable date a year earlier when the short lived ‘How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life’). At 10P, ‘Nashville’ really didn’t stand a chance as it pulled in 5.18 million viewers and a 3.7/6 as the slide was well underway.
NBC at 8P began an all-drama evening with ‘Revolution’ which really wasn’t competitive by drawing 4.41 million viewers and a fourth place 3.0/5. At 9P, the veteran drama, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ began the climb up hill by drawing a Peacock Network leading 5.82 million viewers and a 4.3/7. But at 10P, the dynamic ‘Chicago PD’ despite losing 90,000 viewers from ‘SVU’, drawing 5.73 million viewers and a 4.0/7, to-date is the only one of the three to be officially renewed. It showed why it is going to be around for a number of years. The intermingling of cast between ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ is brilliant. And the cast is really jelling. Wednesday episode with two plot lines running, was superb and it was Must See TV ON DEMAND.
The CW at 8P has ‘Arrow’, one of the Little Network That Could’s bigger hits drew 2.34 million viewers and a 1.9/5. But at 9P, ‘The 100’, three weeks ago a shining hope for the future, dropped down to pull in 1.9 million viewers and a 1.5/2, a major disappointment. In its first three weeks it’s share has gone from 1.9/ 3…1.8/ 3…1.5/2.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon’ finished #1 on Wednesday evening with a 3.0/7, which was up 12% over the comparable date with Jay Leno a year earlier. But, if you didn’t see it last night, on CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, Bill Murray was the guest and Lady Gaga stopped by and invited everyone (including the audience) to go with her right then and watch her sing at New York’s City’s Roseland and off they went, Dave, Bill and the entire audience. It finished with a 2.5/6. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with President Clinton as the guest pulled in a 2.4/6. At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ finished on top with a 1.6/5 beating NBC’s ‘Late Show with Seth Meyers’ which finished second with a 1.4/5 as CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’s’ rerun drew 1.3/4. This was the first time since the change that ‘Meyers’ did not finish #1.
So how are they doing? Last week (Week #27) for the Late Night warriors, beginning at @ 1135P, ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ averaged 4.306 million viewers compared to 3.541 million viewers Leno drew a year ago.
CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ averaged 2.856 million viewers compared to 2.740 million last year.
ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ drew on average 2.694 million viewers versus 2.582 million viewers last year.
At 12:35A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ had an average of 1.675 million viewers vs 1.485 million last year.
NBC’s ‘Late Show with Seth Meyers’ averaged 1.995 million compared to Fallon’s 1.663 million last year.
CBS’ ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ drew 1.417 million versus 1.415 million last year.
At 1:35A, NBC’s ‘Carson Daly’ averaged 1.013 million viewers compared to 879,000 viewer last year.
In a move that will complete the generational transition in latenight, David Letterman is preparing to retire from CBS next year, per a story in Variety by Cynthia Littleton, Editor-in-chief: TV (04.03.14 1323PST), as she broke the story nationally. Letterman is expected to discuss his plan to retire in about a year on Thursday’s edition of “The Late Show.” Letterman disclosed his plan during Thursday afternoon’s taping of “The Late Show.” “The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring,’” Letterman said according to a transcript issued by his PR rep. “I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married. “We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.”
Afterward, Letterman received a standing ovation from the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Last year, Letterman re-upped his contract with the Eye network in a two-year deal that was expected to be his last. As of next year, Letterman will have hosted “Late Show” on CBS for 22 years. He logged 11 years as host of NBC’s “Late Night” before famously being passed over at NBC for Johnny Carson’s throne on “The Tonight Show” — over Carson’s objection. Letterman has logged more than 6,000 episodes during his long career.
Word of Letterman’s plan spread quickly via Twitter on Thursday afternoon after musician Mike Mills, who appears on Thursday’s show, noted Letterman’s big news following the taping. Letterman’s departure will cap a busy period of host shuffling in latenight following Jay Leno’s retirement from “The Tonight Show,” which made way for Jimmy Fallon to take the helm. Staying on through 2015 will allow Letterman to comfortably outlast his longtime rival, although Leno had the ratings advantage during most of his 22-year run on NBC. With Letterman stepping down, the latenight TV landscape will be dominated by hosts (Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Craig Ferguson, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert) who came of age professionally in the post-Johnny Carson era.
“There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home,’” CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves said last year upon Letterman signing a two year contract. “Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” Letterman chimed in. In an interview with Oprah last year, Letterman said he and Moonves had an agreement that Moonves had to tell him when it is time to go. But Moonves had said the show was Letterman’s for as long as he cared to have the gig.
Thus, another era of television history is ending. But this time, the anti-talkshow host is leaving us. For those who have found David Letterman a permanent part of late night in America, finally, we will all be able to have a good night sleep…but one which will leave us all a bit sad.
For The Record
CBS finished #1 on Wednesday with 9.862 million viewers and a 6.3 rating and a 10 share of the available audience. FOX behind ‘Idol’ drew 8.766 million viewers and a 6.1/10. ABC came in next with 5.976 million viewers and a 4.3/7. NBC finished Wednesday with 5.319 million viewers and a 3.8/6. Univision drew 2.735 and a 1.5/2. The CW drew 2.121 million viewers and a 1.9/3. Telemundo drew 1.2 million viewers and had a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1953, “TV Guide” was published for the first time. The cover was a photo of Lucille Ball’s infant Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV. It is because of one of the most famous episodes in television history set the ball rolling. To grab a glimpse of it, way back in 1953, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUXK6cP7QwE#t=56. It is hilarious.
The series “Giuliana & Bill” had its season premiere on E! and delivered good numbers in its debut, with combined total viewers for a special sneak peek on Sunday, March 30th AND its time period premiere on Tuesday, April 1st of over 1.1 Million across the two telecasts. In the special sneak peek on Sunday, March 30th, the show delivered 567,000 Total Viewers.
More cable news…
Velocity, Discovery Channel and The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company announced today that the networks will serve as the exclusive television homes of BARRETT-JACKSON, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, beginning in January 2015. Velocity and Discovery Channel will broadcast more than 100 hours of live coverage of BARRETT-JACKSON auctions in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Reno Tahoe, Nev. and Las Vegas, Nev. Also as part of the agreement, BARRETT-JACKSON will air globally on Discovery Networks International, which reaches more than 1.6 billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories.
Cable Ratings For Wednesday
#1 ‘American Pickers’ The History Channel 3.493 million viewers @ 9P
#2 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ TBS 2.797 million viewers @ 10P
#3 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ TBS 2.779 million viewers @ 930P
#4 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ TBS 2.664 million viewers @ 830P
#5 ‘SpongeBob’ NICK 2.617 million viewers @ 630P
#6 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ TBS 2.579 million viewers @ 9P
#7 ‘Cinderella’ DIS 2.558 million viewers @8P
#8 ‘Family Guy’ ADSM 2.452 million viewers @ 1130P
#9 ‘SpongeBob’ NICK 2.438 million viewers @6P
#10 ‘SpongeBob’ NICK 2.334 million viewers @530P
People spend a huge amount of time on their smartphones. But what are they actually doing on them? Bill Cromwell, MediaLife, (04.03.14) indicates that most of the time is spent with games and social media, according to a new study conducted from January to March, 2014 by Flurry, a mobile measurement company. Flurry took a look at how the average smartphone user spends their mobile time, and it found that the greatest share of time, almost half, is divided between playing games like Candy Crush and Flappy Bird and going on Facebook. “It is hard to ignore the time spent on Facebook,” notes the report. “As in the previous year, we placed Facebook in its own category, albeit in the social segment. In terms of time spent, Facebook still has the lion’s share of time spent in the U.S.” 17% of the two hours and 42 minutes that Americans spend on their smartphones each day is on Facebook. It’s the largest single time investment for mobile users. All other social media sites combined take up only 9.5% of users’ time, Flurry found. And of the other individual sites, Google’s YouTube leads with 4% of all time. Twitter got just 1.5%. Advertisers are clearly following users to Facebook. The social networking site accounted for 18% of all mobile ad spending. That’s behind only Google, which got 49%. Google’s share includes advertising on YouTube, but the bulk of it is put into the company’s search listings.
Gaming also makes up a large portion of users’ time, at 32%, though that includes a wide range of different games and apps.
Flurry notes that in the future this could change, as advertisers move to bring their mobile ad dollars more in line with where users spend their time while on their smartphones. “There are other display networks and other search monetization players out there, but if we combined mobile search and display ads on the mobile web, Google probably has a high market share in terms of ad revenues,” says the report. “The rest of the apps, including gaming apps, are simply not getting their fair share of advertising spent.”
After huge gains the previous five years, the amount of overall time spent on smartphones inched up only incrementally, by four minutes over last year.
The report does note that apps, which allow users to access parts of the web without having to open a browser and type in an address, have become the dominant way to use the smartphone. Users spend 86% of their time with apps and just 14% using the mobile web to access content. That’s up from 80% last year.
More Mobile News
Manchester City has launched a high density WiFi network for supporters at its Etihad Stadium. The move is part of an ongoing digital initiative by the club, which also includes developing informational apps for visiting fans and social media drives.
The broadband network, the first of its kind offered at a Premier League ground, offers enough bandwidth to cover the entire capacity of the stadium. “The launch of High-Density Wi-Fi allows us to offer free, high speed Internet access to all our fans, marking an important step forward in Manchester City’s drive to become the most technologically and digitally advanced football club in the world,” said Man City marketing director Diego Gigliani. Liverpool previously trialled WiFi connectivity at its 2,000-capacity Centenary Stand, but has no plans in place to roll it out to the rest of Anfield. The project could eventually set the stage for live match interaction on tablets and smartphones, with fans served content such as replays and stats during games.
Much More Mobile News
Mobile video is on track to account for 50% of all online video viewing by 2016, having already grown more than eightfold since 2011, according to a report by Ooyala. At the end of last year, the proportion was 26%, and Ooyala found in a survey that there was near unanimity among publishers and broadcasters in their assessment of mobile “as important or critical to their online experience.”
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing today a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. As reported by Jordan Charlton in Lost Remote (04.02.14), “Fire TV” is a $99 streaming media TV device that will offer users a range of different providers, including the most popular web-only shows. “Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.” The Android and HTML-based platform will compete with other streaming TV devices like Roku, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV. The companies press release touted Fire TV as superior to the other platforms. “Fire TV features a world-class quad-core processor with 3x the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3,” also claiming to have four times the memory of the other devices.
Users can also get creative, linking up their personal photos and videos through seamless integration with Amazon’s Cloud Drive. This might not be the free streaming-video service rumored for quite some time, but is certainly a key move by Amazon to become more of a player in the second screen market.
From Mashable: The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. From The WSJ: The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. From The NYT: Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. From THR: The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.
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Across The Pond
ITV at 9P presented ‘Law and Order: UK’ and it drew 4.09 million viewers and a 19.5% share of the available audience.
BBC One at 7P had a new series ‘Monkey Planet’ which gathered 3.36 million viewers and a 15.9% share of the available audience.
BBC Two presented at 7P, ‘The Europe Debate’ and it was yesterday’s most watched program other than on BBC1 and ITV with 1.74 million viewers and 8.6% share of the available audience.
Seven network won Wednesday night with a 34.5% share of the available audience as Nine had a 30.7%; ABC1 coming in with a 15.8%; TEN bringing in 14.2% and SBS 4.7%.
The battle between Seven & Nine continued as Seven came out on top with the #1 program, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which brought in 1,640,000 viewers (416,000 in Sydney; 455,000 in Melbourne; 333,000 in Brisbane; 183,000 in Adelaide and 254,000 in Perth). The #4 program on the evening was ‘Seven News’ which drew 1.009 million viewers. The #6 program was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which had 994,000 viewers. The #8 program for the evening and the top drama, ‘The Blacklist’ pulled in 935,000 viewers and the #9 program, ‘Home and Away’ which had 921,000 viewers.
At Nine, the #2 program was ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ which drew 1,346,000 viewers, nearly 300,000 viewers behind ‘MKR’ (416,000 in Sydney; 401,000 in Melbourne; 270,000 in Brisbane; 101,000 in Adelaide and 157,000 in Perth). But Nine did have the biggest newscast for the second straight night with the #3 program being ‘Nine News’ which drew 1,163,000 viewers. And the #4 was the early evening newscast, ‘Nine News 6:30’ which pulled in 1,098,000 viewers. #7 for the evening was ‘A Current Affair’ with 973,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the #10 program on Wednesday which was ‘ABC News’ which drew 848,000 viewers.
In early morning programming, Sunrise finished on top with 364,000 viewers as Today pulled in 327,000 viewers. ABC News Breakfast drew 63,000 while Wake Up pulled 34,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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