Saturday, 04.12.14 (Posted on 04.13.14)
Live sporting events are the backbone of broadcast television. On Saturday night, FOX again proved it with ‘NASCAR Southern Cup’ races drawing 5.92 million viewers, making it the #1 network and #1 program on this night. The suites at the Animal Network of Broadcast were smiling.
NBC began at 8P with ‘Dateline’ and drew 4.84 million viewers. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ pulled in 3.28 million viewers. It was a relatively strong night for the Peacock Network.
CBS, the network that had won a week full of nights, finally settled into the unaccustomed position of third. Beginning at 8P, a rerun of ‘Two and a Half Men’ drew 2.48 million viewers. At 830P, a rerun of ‘Friends With Better Lives’ drew a miserable 1.60 million viewers. At 9P, ’48 Hours’ drew 2.25 million but at 10P, ’48 Hours’ pulled in a time slot leading 4.49 million viewers. It was a great way for the Tiffany Network to lead into local newscasts throughout the nation.
ABC just didn’t have a good Saturday night. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Castle’ drew 2.86 million viewers, the high water mark for the Alphabet Network on this evening. At 9P, ’20/20′ had 2.49 million viewers. At 10P, ‘ABC Nightline Prime’ pulled in 2.81 million viewers.
‘Saturday Night Live’ with host Seth Rogan, drew a 3.9 rating and a 10 share.
For The Record
FOX was #1 on Saturday with 5.92 million viewers. NBC finished #2 with 4.32 million viewers. CBS had 2.93 million viewers. ABC was 2.71 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1969, Diana Ross appeared solo on Dinah Shore’s NBC-TV special ‘Like Hep’. To watch, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h34sciqz5B4
‘A Most Wanted Man’ starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe has released its trailer. “It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda, a barracuda to catch a shark,” German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann says. He’s using a young lawyer for a human rights group who is harboring a mysterious client as bait to trap an Islamist terrorist with Chechen connections who has made his way into Germany. So goes A Most Wanted Man, an international thriller based on spy-meister John le Carré’s 2008 novel. It’s the final starring role for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February. Having debuted at Sundance, the film will be in theaters July 25th. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3nIeRy5qHw. For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/cinemacritique
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Across The Pond
ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ scored its highest rating launch episode ever with 11.07 million viewers on Saturday night. The talent show drew an unbelievable 47% share on Saturday night. For the record, ‘BGT’ over the past has had these opening episode numbers: 2014 – 11.07m/47.3%; 2013 – 10.5m/41.5%; 2012 – 9.9m/41.1%; 2011 – 10.4m/43.2%; 2010 – 10.6m/44% and in 2009 – 10.3m/45%. It was a big night for ITV, the FA Cup semi-final between Wigan and Arsenal drew a peak audience of 10.58 million viewers and a 48.5% share. It averaged 5.03 million viewers and a 30.3% share of the available audience. Just after ‘BGT’, ‘Amazing Greys’ on ITV premiered with 4.47 million viewers (21.8%), winning its slot.
Against it, BBC One presented ‘The Guess List’ and it drew 3.10 million viewers (15.3%).
Chelsea wins on Sunday. Moves within 2 points of Liverpool.
Seven Wins Saturday night in Australia with a 31.5% share of the available audience as it beat Nine (28.7%), ABC1 (18.5%), Ten (15.6%) and SBS (5.8%). It had the #1 program which was the #1 newscast of the evening with ‘Seven News’ which drew 1,151,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the top drama of the evening with ‘Death in Paradise’ which drew 1,017,000 viewers. #4 was ‘ABC News’ with 856,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Gardening Australia’ with 480,000 viewers. The #7 program on Saturday was ‘The Gods of Wheat Street’ which drew 458,000 viewers.
Nine had #3 with ‘Nine News Saturday’ with 953,000 viewers. #5 was also on Nine. ‘The Blind Side’ drew 601,000 viewers. The #8 program was ‘Getaway’ with 457,000 viewers.
Ten got into the game with the #9 program of the evening which was ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ with 438,000 viewers. It also had the #10 program with ‘David Attenborough and the Giant Egg’ which drew 408,000 viewers.
Sunday, 04.13.14 Ratings
Seven wins on Sunday with 30.9% share of the available audience. Nine was #2 with 26.9% share. Ten was the biggest surprise as it came in #3 with a 19.7% share of the available audience. ABC1 finished #4 with 17.5%. SBS came in with 5.4%.
Seven had the #1 program and the #1 newscast in ‘Seven News Sunday’ which drew 1,372,000 viewers. It beat it’s main rival, ‘Nine News Sunday’ by 141,000 viewers. #3 was ‘Sunday Night’ with 1.122 million viewers. #4 program on the night and the #1 drama, ‘Downton Abbey’ pulled in 1,068,000 viewers. #6 program on Sunday was ‘My France with Manu’ which drew 1,061,000 viewers.
Nine had the #2 program, ‘Nine News Sunday’ which drew 1,231,000 viewers. #5 was ’60 Minutes’ which brought in 1,064,000 viewers. The #10 program was ‘David Attenborough’s Secret of Wild India’ which had 834,000 viewers.
Ten came in with the #7 program of the evening, ‘The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia’ as the winner was announced. It drew 949,000 viewers. ‘The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia-the Final Weigh-In’ pulled in 860,000 viewers as it was the #8 program of the evening.
ABC1 had the #9 program on Sunday with ‘ABC News Sunday’ with 839,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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