Thursday, 04.10.14 (Posted 04.11.14)
For the ninth night out of the last ten (and that was only because the CBS sports crew was working at TBS for the ‘Final Four’ last Saturday evening), CBS was #1 on Thursday evening giving The Tiffany Network the prime time title once again. At 8P, America’s favorite comedy, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ drew 15.99 million viewers and a 10.6 rating and a powerful 18 share of the available audience. At 830P, ‘The Millers’ drew 10.24 million viewers and a 6.4/11. At 9P, ‘Two and a Half Men’ sipped a bit and drew 9.62 million viewers and a 6.3/10 while at 930P, with a reunion of former ‘Mork & Mindy’ stars, Robin Williams and Pam Dawber’ ‘The Crazy Ones’ drew 6.92 million viewers and a 4.7/6. At 10P, ‘Elementary’ in a brilliant episode about handling the death of a close friend, drew 7.91 million viewers and a 5.3/9. It was Must See TV ON DEMAND. All of these programs, with the exception of David E. Kelley’s ‘The Crazy Ones’, have already been renewed for next season.
ABC at 8P brought on ‘Shark Tank’ and it drew 6.60 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/8 share. It finished ahead of ‘Once Upon A Time’ finale last week by 113%. It also finished ahead of the year-ago occupant, ‘Wife Swap’ (3.6/ 6 on 4/11/13) by 36%. At 9P, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ drew 8.10 million viewers and a time slot leading 6.0/10. At 10P, ‘Scandal’ won its time slot with 9.01 million viewers and a dominant 6.6/11. Overall, this was the Alphabet Network’s best Thursday of the season with regularly scheduled programming. The suits at Disney are smiling.
FOX began at 8P with ‘Hell’s Kitchen and it drew 4.08 million viewers and a 3.2/5. Then the fading ‘American Idol’ drew 7.53 million viewers and a 5.4/9, which finished behind last years telecast (8.7/14 on 4/11/13) by 38%. What a dilemma for the Animal Network of Broadcast. Still a big number, but everyone in the world can see the slide. And three of the talent are really very good. At 930P, ‘Surviving Jack’ pulled in 4.33 million viewers.
NBC must have to throw away this entire line-up, beginning at 8P with ‘Community’ which drew 2.62 million viewers and a 1.8/ 3 while at 830P, ‘Parks and Recreation’ drew 2.52 million viewers and a 1.8/3. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Hollywood Game Night’ drew 2.70 million viewers and a 1.8/3 while at 10P, ‘Parenthood’ was the Peacock Network’s top program on Thursday with 3.62 million viewers and a 2.5/4.
The CW could have beating NBC on this night but it decided to have a rerun beginning at 8P with ‘The Vampire Diaries’ which drew 910,000 viewers and a 0.7/1. Then an original episode of ‘“Reign’ drew 1.12 million viewers and a 1.1/2.
In late night, it was more overnight dominance for NBC with its line-up of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ which delivered a 2.9/7, up 7% over Jay Leno last year on this comparable evening. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on ABC scored a 2.7/6, up 19% over last year. Highlights from the ‘2014 Masters Tournament’ pushed back CBS’ line-up by 15-minutes, which is why David Letterman (an encore) and Craig Ferguson are not included. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ pulled a 1.5/5 while NBC’s ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ had a 1.3/5, down 7% from Jimmy Fallon one year earlier. NBC’s ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ pulled a 0.8/3.
For The Record
CBS won again on Thursday with 9.76 million viewers and a 6.4 rating and a 11 share of the available audience. ABC came in #2 with 7.92 million viewers and a 5.9/10. FOX drew 5.00 million viewers and a 3.7/6. NBC had a 2.95 million viewers and a 2.0/3. Univision drew 2.62 million viewers and a 1.4/2. The CW drew 1.05 million viewers and a 0.9/1. Telemundo had a 0.6/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 2010, Conan O’Brien and TBS signed a deal for a late-night show. He had already been the host of ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ and ‘The Last Show with Conan O’Brien’ where he was a cult legend.
ESPN’s Thursday Masters Telecast Attracts 2 Million Viewers. ESPN’s live telecast of the first round of the 2014 Masters Tournament on Thursday, April 10, attracted an average audience of 2 million viewers with a 1.5 U.S. household rating, according to Nielsen Media fast national data. ESPN’s telecast aired from 3-7:30P. Viewership peaked at 2.4 million between 6:30-7P while the ratings peak was a 1.7 between 6-6:30P. As much as one would believe these are good numbers, it is one of the first without Tiger Woods and because of the lack of that star power magic, it was down from last year’s, 2.8 million viewers and 2.0 rating. How valuable is Tiger Woods to a telecast? About 29% of the available television audience. That’s a lot of eyeballs for sponsor’s to miss.
Turner Classic Movies to Celebrate 20th Anniversary on April 14th. With 11 Film Favorites and Brand New Special TCM: Twenty Classic Moments. On April 14, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a day packed with 11 of the greatest movies ever made, plus the premiere of a brand new retrospective special, TCM: Twenty Classic Moments. In addition, TCM will present an encore of its enormously popular and widely requested special, Private Screenings: Robert Osborne, an in-depth interview with the TCM host, who has been with the network since the very beginning. “For nearly two decades, TCM has evolved far beyond a network that presents classic films,” said Jeff Gregor, general manager of Turner Classic Movies and chief marketing officer of TCM, TNT and TBS. “We’ve become a lifestyle brand for movie lovers everywhere, who come to TCM not only for the great movies, but also for the curated, contextual environment in which they get to enjoy those films. Like our community of fans, we at TCM share a true passion for the movies, and that passion is on full display in our April 14 schedule and especially in our new special, TCM: Twenty Classic Moments.”
Hosted by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, TCM: Twenty Classic Moments is a walk down memory lane of memorable interviews, events and other happenings in TCM’s 20-year history. As Mankiewicz points out at the beginning of the special, “These aren’t necessarily the greatest moments, because everyone has their own definition of ‘greatest.’ Rather it’s a collection of truly Unforgettable moments in our history as a network.”
The following are some of the memories featured in TCM: Twenty Classic Moments, which premieres Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. (ET):
Turner Classic Movies founder R.E. “Ted”Turner throws the switch on April 14, 1994, in Times Square to launch TCM.
Mickey Rooney transfixes Robert Osborne while telling the story about a fight he once had on the set of a movie. (1997)
An incredibly nervous Betty Hutton joins Osborne for her first on-camera interview in decades. (2000)
TCM teams up with the Library of Congress and the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive to preserve and present six RKO classics that had been lost for years. This marked one of many film preservation initiatives in which TCM has participated. (2006)
Osborne just can’t stop laughing during an interview with Kermit the Frog, one of TCM’s many memorable celebrity Guest Programmers. (2007)
Robert Osborne receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (2008)
TCM wins the George Foster Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in television. (2008)
Fans from around the country help introduce some of their favorite movies on TCM as Fan Guest Programmers. (2009). Osborne interviews two-time Oscar® winner Luise Rainer, who had just turned 100, at the first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Even a volcano in Iceland and a broken hearing aid couldn’t keep Rainer from what was one of the most remarkable interviews in TCM history. (2010)
Ben Mankiewicz sits down with his own father, Frank Mankiewicz, to introduce four of Frank’s films during a special Father’s Day marathon. Frank subsequently becomes a fan favorite and is later featured as a special guest on the TCM Classic Cruise. (2013). Following the premiere of TCM: Twenty Classic Moments, TCM will present the first movie ever to air on the network, the legendary Gone with the Wind (1939). Next up is an encore of Private Screenings: Robert Osborne, the 2014 special that gave viewers the chance to get to know the man who has served as host of the network from the very beginning. The night will also include the second film ever on TCM, Singin’ in the Rain (1952), as well as two other films that aired in primetime on TCM’s first night.
The daytime lineup for TCM’s 20th anniversary will be a collection of films considered among the greatest ever made. They’re also some of the most popular movies ever presented by the network. The lineup includes such classics as The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Citizen Kane (1941) and Casablanca (1942).
The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s 20th Anniversary (all times Eastern).
Monday April 14
5A – Mildred Pierce (1945)
7A – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
9A – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
11A – Gaslight (1944)
1P – Citizen Kane (1941)
3P – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
5P – Casablanca (1942)
7P – TCM: Twenty Classic Moments – Premiere
8P – Gone With the Wind (1939) – First film ever presented by TCM
Midnight – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne (2014) – Interview special hosted by Alec Baldwin
1:30A – Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Second film ever presented by TCM
3:30A – It Happened One Night (1934) – One of the films that aired in primetime on TCM’s first night
5:30A – The Petrified Forest (1936) – One of the films that aired in primetime on TCM’s first night
Welcome to new viewers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Australia and Brazil.
Across The Pond
BBC One at 8P with ‘MasterChef’ remained on top of the ratings outside of soaps on Thursday as the cooking series drew 4.3 million viewers and a 20.2% share of the available audience. Later, documentary ‘Don’t Cap My Benefits’ intrigued 3.6m (17.4%) at 9pm, while ‘Question Time’ appealed to 2.3m (20.6%) at 10.35pm.
ITV at 830P with ‘Ade at Sea’ brought in 2.4 million viewers (11.5%). At 9P, ‘It’ll Be Alright on the Night’ topped the network on Thursday with 2.7 million viewers (13.1%).
BBC Two at 8P brought out a new series ‘Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter’ and it attracted 1.2 million viewers (5.5%). At 9P, it was followed by the film ‘The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas’ and it drew 1.1 million (5.4%).
Channel 4 began at 8P with ‘The Hoarder Next Door’ and somehow 1.2 million viewers (5.7%) watched. At ‘15,000 Kids and Counting’ brought in 988,000 viewers (4.8%). AT 10P, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ dropped the network down to 708,000 viewers (4.4%).
Channel 5 at 8P presented ‘It Takes a Thief To Catch a Thief’ and it was viewed by 751,000 viewers (3.5%). At 9P, ‘Unseen Fred West Confessions’ increased the network’s audience to 943,000 viewers (4.6%). At 10P, ‘Running Riot: Britain’s Teenage Crimes’ brought the audience back to 730,000 (4.5%).
BBC Three at 9P brought ‘ Jamil’s Porn: What’s the Harm?’ and it had 325,000 viewers (1.6%).
E4 began at 8P with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and it pulled in 1.3 million viewers (6.0%). at 830P, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ drew 878,000 viewers (4.1%). At 9P, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ had 466,000 viewers (2.3%).
ITV2 at 9P presented the new series ‘Tom Daley Goes Global’ and it entertained 310,000 viewers (1.5%). At 10P, ‘Celebrity Juice’ pulled in a huge increase for the network with 920,000 viewers. (5.5%).
Sky1 at 8P had The CW’s ‘Arrow’ and it pulled in 375,000 viewers and a 1.8% share of the audience while at 9P, ‘the finale of ‘The Smoke’ drew 253,000 viewers (1.2%).
Seven with a 29.9% share of the available audience won in Australia on Thursday. Nine finished #2 with 28.1% share. ABC1 came in with 19.9% share while Ten finished with 17.1%. SBS finished #5 with 5% share.
Nine finished #2 on a slow night but the lead newscast, ‘Nine News’ finished #1 on Thursday with 1,171,000 viewers. In Sydney, 347,000; Melbourne, 387,000; Brisbane, 278,000; Adelaide, 71,000; Perth, 88,000 watched. The #3 program was ‘Nine News 6:30P’ with 1,059,000 viewers. The #7 program, ‘A Current Affair’ pulled in 827,000 viewers.
Seven finished #1 and its lead newscast finished #2 as ‘Seven News’ brought in 1.136 million viewers. In Sydney, 251,000; Melbourne, 314,000; Brisbane, 219,000; in Adelaide, 145,000 and in Perth, 206,000 watched. The #4 program was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,011,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Home and Away’ with 933,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the #6 program which was ‘ABC News’ with 846,000 viewers. #8 was ‘The Checkout’ which brought in 825,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Janet King’ with 820,000 viewers. And, #10 was ‘ABC News Update’ with 776,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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