Tuesday, 04.08.14 (Posted on 08.09.14)
CBS is dominating television like it did in the Golden Age of CBS in the 20th Century. By finishing on top in seven of the past eight evenings, the Tiffany Network is showing its content muscle. At 8P, America’s favorite drama, ‘NCIS’ was once again the #1 program on the evening with 17.18 million viewers and an 11.0/18 share of the available audience. In an episode which featured, McGee’s girlfriend, Delilah, after returning to her job at the Department of Defense, she finds a break in a controversial case of a missing U.S. cryptologist and a traitor CIA agent. The program was Must See TV ON DEMAND. At 9P, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ continued as the most successful spin off in a long time with 14.37 million viewers and a 9.4/15. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Person of Interest’ drew 8.02 million viewers and a 5.3/9, and still finished #1 in its time slot.
NBC challenged at 8P with ‘The Voice’ as it pulled in 11.76 million viewers and a 7.5/8. At 9P, ‘About A Boy’ drew 7.14 million viewers and a 4.5/7. At 930P, ‘Growing Up Fisher drew 5.62 million viewers and a 3.6/6. At 10P, ‘Chicago Fire’ pulled the Peacock Network back up by increasing the audience by 25% to 7.01 million viewers and a 4.5/8.
ESPN ranked #3 on the night, and cable’s top network, as it presented the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships which saw UConn’s women defeat the ladies from Notre Dame and drew 4.271 million viewers on average.
ABC at 8P had ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and it pulled in 4.91 million viewers and 3.8/6. At 9P, ‘The Goldbergs’ dropped the Alphabet Network on its head with 4.3 million viewers and a 3.0/5. At 930P, ‘Trophy Wife’ dropped the complete body even further with 2.55 million viewers and a 2.2/3. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Resurrection’ finished with 1.88 million viewers and a 1.5/2. It was not a good night to be a suit at ABC. How would you like to be an ABC affiliate after this evening?
FOX began the evening at 8P with ‘Glee’ and it sank to another series low with only 2.79 million viewers and a 2.0/3. It was 43% below ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ in this time slot a year ago. They are bringing Academy Award winner, Shirley MacClaine, in a multi episode appearance. At 9P, ‘The Mindy Project’ drew 2.27 million viewers and a 1.7/3, while at 930P, another episode of ‘The Mindy Project’ pulled in 2.36 million viewers and a 1.8/3. For the Animal Network of Broadcast, the suits have to rethink their earlier glee in signing ‘Mindy’ to a renewal notice. This program could be another disaster.
The CW capped off the evening with reruns of ‘The Originals’ at 8P, which drew 740,000 viewers and a 0.7/1 and at 9P, ‘The Hundred” with 760,000 viewers and a 0.6/1 as the Little Network That Couldn’t threw away an evening of broadcast television.
NBC remained the dominant network care of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ had a 2.9/8. CBS’ ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ finished #2 with a 2.4/6. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ was #3 with 1.6/4. NBC’s ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ led 1230A with 1.4/5. CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ had a 1.2/4. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ finished with 1.0/3. NBC’s ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ closed the night at 130A with a 0.8/4.
For The Record
CBS finished #1 on Tuesday with 13.19 million and a 8.5 ratings and 14 share of the available audience. NBC finished #2 with 8.08 million viewers and a 5.3/9. ESPN, featuring the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships was #3 with an average of 4.271 million viewers. ABC was next with 3.40 million viewers and a 2.6/4. Univision had 3.02 million viewers. FOX had 2.55 million viewers and a 1.9/3. The CW finished with 750,000 viewers and a 0.6/1. Telemundo finished with a 0.6/1.
NOTE: We will attempt to present same-day numbers for cable as a comparison with broadcast. For Monday’s cable results, you will find the Top 100 Cable Program Average Hourly Total Viewers just below For The Record. Check out Monday’s edition for the cable results.
Tuesday’s Top 100 Cable Program Averages
On cable during ‘NCIS’, cable viewing was down as at 8P, 4.767 million viewers were tuned into the Top 100 program at that hour, of which were only 4 that posted Top 100 numbers on the day. At 830P, the number increased to 9.823 million who were watching 5 programs in particular that finished in the Top 100 on Tuesday. But at 9P, the number exploded to 21.108 million viewers on 12 cable networks while at 930P, people watching the Top 100 cable programs hit the nightly high with 26.009 million viewers on average, watching 14 different channels. At 10P, the total was 25.5695 million viewers watching 14 of cable’s best programs and at 1030P, 25.146 million viewers tuned into cable’s Top 14 programming.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1950, Bob (‘Buy ’em by the Carton’) Hope made his first television appearance on “Star-Spangled Review” on NBC-TV. Bob Hope’s first Television special, broadcast Easter Sunday, 1950, ran from 530P-7P. It features comedy, dance, singing, and some fine piano playing. Hope performs a sketch poking fun at NBC’s early television culture, and delivers a memorable rendition of, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The show features Douglas Fairbanks, Beatrice Lilly, Dinah Shore, Carl Reiner and the Mexico City Boys Choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus. Sponsored by Frididaire, you can see this historic episode, with original commercials included, at: https://archive.org/details/starspangledrevue.
It was a BIG DEAL, because virtually no one of Hope’s stature had attempted a national TV special before. And it drew BIG ratings (over half of all TV sets in use were tuned to Hope that evening). That a 50%+ share of the available audience. Remember, there were only 6,000,000 sets in the U.S. at the time. That meant he drew an audience of over 3,000,000 sets and probably around 12,000,000+ viewers. In those days, everyone gathered around the existing TV sets, including neighbors.
And Bob almost didn’t appear in this special. He was avoiding television as much as possible in early 1950 (he considered radio and motion pictures an “easier racket”). He also declared that NOBODY could pay him enough money to do a TV show. Then, the ad agency representing Frigidaire contacted Hope’s agent, James L. Saphier, about doing this special, asking how much did Bob want? Hope snapped, “$50,000”, figuring that would end it, as no one had ever asked for THAT much money to appear on just one television show back then. Instead of saying no, Frigidaire countered with an offer for FIVE specials- $40,000 for the first one, and $37,500 each for the rest. Even Hope couldn’t pass that up, and finally agreed. Once he did the special, he embraced television wholeheartedly, appearing in monthly or semi-monthly specials for NBC through 1996 (while continuing his weekly radio show until it ended in 1955), and paved the way for other radio stars to follow him in the new medium. This is an example of TV at its most primitive…AND entertaining.
59% of Americans aged 65+ used the internet in the second half of 2013, up 6% from 2012. Per Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project study.
Pew notes, some segments of the older population approach general population internet adoption rates. That’s particularly the case for those in higher-income households and with high degrees of educational attainment. Some 9 in 10 respondents with an annual household income (HHI) of at least $75,000 reported going online, which compares favorably with the general population internet usage rate of 86%. Moreover, 87% of 65+ respondents with a college degree reported going online. A report released by Pew last year similarly found that educational attainment and household income showed a strong correlation with internet use. Aside from lower overall internet use, older Americans differ from the general population in their device preferences. While the adult population is more likely to own a smartphone (55%) than a tablet and/or e-reader (43%), the reverse is true for the 65+ group, of whom 27% own a tablet and/or e-reader compared to just 18% with a smartphone. Not surprisingly, the 65+ age group lags in its adoption of social networking: among internet users, only 46% (27% of the 65+ group overall) use social networking sites. By comparison, some 65% of internet users aged 50-64 use social networking sites, as do a leading 90% of internet users aged 18-29.
Some factors appears to be holding older Americans back from greater adoption of the internet. These include:
Physical or health conditions that make reading difficult or challenging, a problem faced by 23% of survey respondents, versus 16% of the general adult population; and
A discomfort with learning how to use devices; just 18% expressed comfort with learning how to use a device such as a tablet or smartphone without assistance.
Nevertheless, older Americans who do use the internet tend to use it frequently: some 71% go online every day or almost every day. By comparison, 88% of 18-29-year-old internet users go online with that frequency. What’s more, 8 in 10 adults who use the internet agree that “people without internet access are at a real disadvantage because of all the information they might be missing.” But just 48% of those who don’t use the internet agree, suggesting that they’re unlikely to make an effort to go online.
Among the 65+ population, men (65%) are significantly more likely than women (55%) to go online.
Fewer than half (47%) of older Americans have broadband at home. This figure is again higher for males (53%), 65-69-year-olds (65%), college graduates (76%), and those with HHI of at least $75,000 (82%).
Slightly more than 3 in 4 older Americans have a cell phone of some kind, including 61% of those aged 80 and older. The same demographic patterns as above apply, though they are less pronounced.
Among the 65+ group, men are roughly 50% more likely than women (22% vs. 15%) to own a smartphone, and those with HHI of at least $75,000 are more than 5 times as likely as those with an HHI of less than $30,000 to own one (42% vs. 8%).
American adults aged 65 and up are as likely to own a tablet (18%) as they are to own a smartphone (18%). There is no significant disparity in tablet adoption when sorting by gender.
Females aged 65 and older are slightly more likely than males of that age (29% vs. 25%) to use social networking sites. Just 3% of the 65+ group use Twitter.
About the Data: The Pew Research Center Library Survey, sponsored by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Gates Foundation, obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 6,224 people ages 16 and older living in the United States. Interviews were conducted via landline (nLL=3,122) and cell phone (nC=3,102, including 1,588 without a landline phone).
The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The interviews were administered in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source from July 18 to September 30, 2013. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for results based on the complete set of weighted data is ±1.4 percentage points. Results based on the 5,320 internet users have a margin of sampling error of ±1.5 percentage points.
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Across The Pond
ITV, at 730P, behind the great Chelsea victory in a dramatic comeback win over Paris St.-Germain in the Champions League brought in 5.2 million viewers and a 23.1% share of the available audience. Chelsea moves onto the semifinals for the fifth year in a row.
BBC One at 9P had ‘Shetland’ as 4.3 million viewers watched, which was about a half million less than last week. At 1035P, ‘Have I Got More News For You’ which drew 2.3 million viewers (19.1%)
BBC Two at 730P, ‘Great British Menu’ had 1.8 million viewers (8.6%). At 8P. it brought on ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ and it equalled last year’s finale with 2.7 million viewers (12.0%). At 9P, ‘Battle for Britain’s Breakfast’ had 1 million viewers (4.6%) tuning in.
On Channel 4 at 8P, ‘Kirstie’s Best of Both Worlds’ drew 984,000 viewers (4.3%). At 9P, ‘New Worlds’ had 410,000 viewers (1.9%)
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Nightmare Neighbor Next Door’ brought in 1.5 million (6.7%). It was followed at 9P by ‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!’ which drew 1.5 million viewers (6.6%). CBS’ ‘The Mentalist’ at 10P brought in 1.1 million viewers (6.5%). Strong, consistent night for 5.
BBC Three at 9P presented ‘The Call Center’ returned for a new season with 979,000 viewers (4.3%). This is down from last year’s opening of 1.05 million viewers. At 10P, ‘Sweat the Small Stuff’ brought in 501,000 viewers.
It was a two network fight on Tuesday in Australia as the two monster programs of the season faced off against each other, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ and ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’. Seven, with 34.3% share of the available audience won as Nine finished with a strong second with 30.8% share. ABC1, with no shows in the Top Ten, finished a distant third with 16.4% share while Ten was fourth with 13.7% share. SBS was fifth with 4.8%.
Seven had the top program with ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which finished with 1,672,000 viewers (468,000 in Sydney; 449,000 in Melbourne, 328,000 in Brisbane; 202,000 in Adelaide and 225,000 in Perth). The #3 program on Tuesday was ‘Resurrection’ with 1,388,000 viewers, making it the top drama of the evening in Australia. Riding a strong night, ‘Seven News’ was the top newscast in the nation with 1,289,000 viewers. #8 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,139,000 viewers, strongest in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. And in the #10 spot, ‘Home and Away finished with 1,026,000 viewers.
Nine, with #2 ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ came in with 1,487,000 viewers (455,000 in Sydney; 514,000 in Melbourne; 249,000 in Brisbane; 114,000 in Adelaide and 155,000 in Perth. #4 was ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which drew 1,298,000 viewers; #6 was ‘Nine News’ with 1,281,000 viewers, just 8,000 viewers behind ‘Seven News’ in a very close newscasting race. However, the #7 program was the early news of ‘Nine News 630’ with 1,159,000 viewers, strongest in Sydney and Melbourne. #9 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 1,101,000 viewers.
All Top Ten program finished above the one million viewer mark.
Australian TV News
Steve and Chantelle have won ‘The Block’ with a record-breaking profit of $736,000. The Melbourne couple sold their apartment for $2,470,000, with a profit $636,000 of plus another $100,000 cash. The sale price set a new auction record for the Nine series, beating the 2012 profit of $606,000. It was a nail-biting finish as each apartment outsold the bumper price of the preceding auction. “This has been the craziest night of television I’ve ever done,” said host Scott Cam.
The finale ended 10 weeks of renovation episodes in which Dux House in Albert Park was transformed into 4 multi-storey apartments. For the first time ever the contestants managed to agree on an auction order, following an elaborate movie-like sequence of Reserve prices transported in armoured security vans.
For the record,
STEVE AND CHANTELLE:
ALISA & LYSANDRA:
KYAL & KARA:
BRAD & DALE:
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