Friday, 04.04.14 (Posted 04.05.14)
CBS won every hour and half-hour on Friday for its fourth consecutive night on top of all television programming. At 8P, a new season of ‘Unforgettable’ came back and drew 7.5 million viewers to lead the time slot by more than a million viewers. At 9P, the power of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ boosted the Tiffany Network’s audience to 9.52 million viewers, easily beating everything in sight by more than 2 million viewers. It was 44.44% ahead of the comparable date last year (‘Vegas’). This week’s episode was split with two plot lines, one of which was outstanding as it investigates a classic who-done-it by trying to figure out who killed one of the attendees at the 25th High School class reunion of two of Five-0’s cast. The second plot concerned Steve once again jumping over to Southeast Asia and coming back only to be warned off the search. Of what? We will undoubtedly find out later. At 10P, one of the cornerstones of Black Rock, ‘Blue Bloods’ pulled in 11.4 million viewers, one of the top performance of the week and ahead of all its competitors by more than 5 million viewers. Wow! It finished up 7.14% ahead of the comparable date last year. And the episode, titled ‘Righting Wrongs’ was superb as Frank finally gave Jamie a chance to earn his Detective badge while Danny was off doing Danny’s thing and Erin may just have found a new love interest as she finally breaks down her tough exterior. This is a Must See TV ON DEMAND episode.
ABC finished more than 3.2 million viewers behind the powerful CBS. At 8P, ‘Last Man Standing’ came in with a respectable 6.17 million viewers for #3 in the time slot. But from there, it went decidedly down hill in a flash as at 830P, ‘The Neighbors’ crashed and burned with only 3.94 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Shark Tank’ pulled the schedule back up but the hole was way too deep to jump up more than the 7.19 million viewers that watched it. At 10P, ’20/20′ slipped a bit back to 6.33 million viewers. The problem for the suits at The Alphabet Network is at 830P where they must fix this to be competitive on Fridays. You can’t draw only 2/3rds of the leading network and then collapse at 830P to expect to win the night.
NBC began at 8P with the always reliable ‘Dateline’ which finished just a shade behind ABC’s entry with 6.15 million viewers. But at 9P, ‘Grimm’ began the Peacock Network’s Friday Decent as it could only draw 4.88 million viewers. And at 10P, ‘Hannibal’ was lucky The CW wasn’t running a schedule against it as it only drew 2.32 million. Yikes. From 6.15 million to 2.32 million in two hours. Bet the affiliates of NBC really love this schedule.
Univision came in a strong #4 with 2.718 million viewers, beating FOX and The CW.
FOX at 8P had a rerun of ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ which drew 1.93 million viewers. And at 9P, ‘Raising Hope’ with an original episode drew 1.66 million viewers. If The Animal Network of Broadcast wants to become a major network, it has to do better than this.
The CW nearly beat FOX at 8P with ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’ which pulled in 1.46 million viewers. At 830P, a rerun of the show drew 1.37 million. At 9P, ‘Hart of Dixie’ could only pull in 770,000 viewers, a major disappointment and something the Little Network That Could must fix.
‘David Letterman’ again finished #1 for the second straight night with a 2.7/7, edging out ‘Jimmy Fallon’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ 2.7/6. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with a rerun drew a 2.0/5. At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ and NBC’s ‘Seth Meyers’ tied with 1.3/4. A rerun of ‘Craig Ferguson’ came in with a 1.2/4. At 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ drew a 0.8/3.
For The Record
CBS was #1 again with 9.473 million viewers. ABC was #2 with 6.193 million viewers. NBC was next with 4.452 million viewers. Univision came in #4 with 2.718 million viewers. FOX was #5 with 2.400 million viewers. The CW finished with 1.106 million viewers on Friday. Telemundo had a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1980, the final episode of the original ‘Hawaii Five-O’ aired. Of note, in the current ‘Hawaii Five-0’, it is differentiated by the use of a ‘zero’ rather than a capital ‘O’ as the last letter. Also, the new Steve McGarrett’s late father’s vintage 1974 Mercury Marquis is the actual specimen driven by Lord in the original series’ final seasons.
Syfy has announced an upcoming new drama called “12 Monkeys,” which is based on the 1995 Brad Pitt/Bruce Willis theatrical of the same name. Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment (who did the original movie), “12 Monkeys” follows the journey of a time traveler (Aaron Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future that appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. It also stars Amanda Schull (“Suits,” “Pretty Little Liars”), Noah Bean (“Nikita”) and Kirk Acevedo (“Fringe”). Twelve episodes (in addition to the pilot) of “12 Monkeys” have been ordered for a planned debut in January 2015.
Let The Games Begin
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Across The Pond
BBC One at 7P began with The One Show’ and it pulled in 3.4 million viewers and a 19.5% share of the available audience. At 730P, ‘A Question of Sport’ brought in 2.7 million fans (14.1%). At 830P, ‘MasterChef’ drew 3.45 million viewers (15.7%). And at 9P the return of ‘Have I Got News For You’ was Friday’s highest rated primetime show outside of soaps.Hosted by Jennifer Saunders, it drew an average of 4.76 million viewers (22.5%) at 9pm.
A rerun of ‘Outnumbered’ attracted 2.98 million viewers (14.7%) immediately after, while at 1035P, the new season of ‘The Graham Norton Show’ completed the evening with 3.57 million viewers (27.4%).
ITV at 8P presented ‘Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages’ and it drew 2.72 million viewers and a 13.4% share. At 9P, ‘Martin Clunes & a Lion Called Mugie’ was seen by 2.99 million viewers (14.5%).
BBC Two had ‘Mastermind’ at 8P and it was the network’s highest-rated show of the evening with 2.09 million viewers (10.2%). At 9P, ‘Gardeners’ World’ drew slightly less with 1.95 million viewers (8.9%). ‘A Very British Renaissance’ (690,000 & 3.3%) and ‘The Trip to Italy’ (1.22 million viewers and a 6.8%) followed.
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and it drew 950,000 viewers (4.4%). At 9P, it presented ‘Gogglebox’ and it was once again the network’s top performer with 2.6 million viewers (12.5%). It was followed at 10P by ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man Grand National Special’ with 1.61 million viewers and a 10.1% share.
Channel 5 began the evening at 8P with the latest episode of ‘Ice Road Truckers’ and it drew a network high of 685,000 viewers (3.2%). At 9P, ‘The Limbless Mountaineer’ dropped to 442,000 viewers (2.1%), while at 10P, CBS’ ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ picked the audience level up a bit with 469,000 viewers at 10pm.
Nine won again on Friday night in Australia with a strong 32.5% share of the available audience. Seven, the next closest competitor, pulled in a 30.6% share. ABC1 (18.1%), Ten (14.4%) and SBS (4.3%) completed the Top Five networks on the night.
Nine had the #1 program and the #1 newscast in ‘Nine News’ as it drew 1,085,000 viewers with 390,000 viewers in Sydney; 339,000 in Melbourne; 218,000 in Brisbane; 65,000 in Adelaide and 73,000 in Perth. The #2 was the early news, ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1,036,000 viewers. Nine came in with #5, ‘A Current Affair’ which pulled in 898,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Friday Night NRL Live’ which drew 667,000.
ABC1 had the top drama of the night with ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’ which pulled in 938,000 viewers. The #8 program on the night was ‘ABC News’ which drew 692,000 news lovers. #10 on Friday was rerun of ‘QI’ as it drew 627,000 viewers.
Seven had the #4 program with ‘Seven News’ which drew 918,000 viewers. Interestingly, 254,000 watch it in Sydney; 223,000 in Melbourne; 180,000 in Brisbane; 114,000 in Adelaide and 147,000 in Perth. #6 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which drew 816,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ with 705,000 watching.
Australian TV News
Nine News website reported a Chinese ship involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has detected a pulse signal in the southern Indian Ocean, the Xinhua state news agency reports. The pulse signal discovered by the Haixun 01 ship had a frequency of 37.5 kHz, it said. State broadcaster CCTV reported that it was still unclear whether the signal could be from the black box of flight MH370. The Xinhua report said a black box detector deployed by Haixun 01 picked up the signal at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.
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