Wednesday, 04.23.14 (Posted 04.24.14)
FOX behind the aging wonder, ‘American Idol’ which is down to 6 contestants, won Wednesday by drawing 8.87 million viewers and a 5.8 rating and 9 share of the available audience. Two-hours of ‘American Idol’ featuring both Rock ‘n Roll and Country was down by 33% from the 8.6/14 on the year-ago evening. And, it didn’t even win the 8P time slot.
But it was the great CBS’ reality series, ‘Survivor’ that was the #1 program at 8P and in the nation with 9.30 million viewers and a 5.9/10. This aging giant continues to amaze as the Tiffany Network battled to finish second on the evening. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Criminal Minds’ finished with 6.34 million viewers and a 4.5/7. At 10P, a rerun of ‘CSI’ finished #1 in its time slot with 6.99 million viewers and a 4.8.8. It is quit possible, if not for reruns, Black Rock could have been #1 on this evening.
ABC at 8P presented ‘The Middle’ which finished with 6.85 million viewers and a 5.0/8. At 830P, ‘Suburgatory’ finished with 5.25 million viewers and a 3.6/6. At 9P, ‘Modern Family’ finished #2 on the evening with 9.25 million viewers and a 6.7/10. At 930P, ‘Mixology’ continues to be horrible and drew 4.15 million viewers and a 2.8/4. If finished 58% below its lead-in ‘Modern Family’. At 10P, ‘Nashville’ inched up slightly with 4.17 million viewers and a 3.0/5.
NBC decided to have an entire evening of reruns, always a good idea for a network that only has a couple of programs in its lineup that perform. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ drew 4.41 million and a 2.9/5. At 9P, another rerun of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ drew 4.41 million viewers and a 3.1/5. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Chicago PD’ pulled in 3.66 million viewers and a 2.7/5, a low for the Peacock Network on Wednesday.
The CW had the always consistant ‘Arrow’ which drew 2.19 million viewers and a 1.8/3. At 9P ‘The One Hundred’ drew 1.94 million viewers and a 1.5/2.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ bounced back to #1 on Wednesday with a 2.7/7. CBS’ ‘David Letterman’ had a 2.2/6 and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ 1.8/5. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ won the 1235A time slot with 1.3/4 which beat NBC’s ‘Seth Meyers’ with a 1.1/4. CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ was close behind with 1.0/4. At 135A, NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ finished the night with 0.7/3.
For The Record
FOX finished #1 on Wednesday by drawing 8.87 million viewers and a 5.8 rating and a 9 share of the available audience. CBS finished #2 with 7.56 million viewers and a 5.1/8. ABC had 5.64 million viewers and a 4.0/7. NBC was next with 4.14 million viewers and a 2.9/5. Univision finished with 2.94 million viewers and a 1.6/3. The CW had 2.06 million viewers and a 1.6/3. Telemundo had 1.2 million viewers and a 0.6/1.
Today In TV History
This day in 1962, MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time. Two years later, a Hughes installation was completed on the USS Midway (CVA-41) as the first ship-to-shore communications via satellite. It was used throughout the ship’s cruise to Vietnam in 1965-66. A look at where it went and what it said can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWxD-XDBdpo
New update on The Millennium Report can be found at http://bit.ly/1ljkQXc.
23 days before the worldwide simulcast of ‘Return To Zero’ on Lifetime.
Cable Program Ratings For Tuesday
#1 ‘Deadliest Catch’ DISC 3.824 million viewers
#2 ‘NBA Playoffs-Washington @ Chicago’ TNT 3.816 million viewers
#3 ‘NBA Playoffs-Atlanta @ Indianapolis’ TNT 2.693 million viewers
#4 ‘The Little Couple’ TLC 2.652 million viewers
#5 ‘Storage Wars’ A&E 2.310 million viewers
#6 ’19 Kids and Counting’ TLC 2.211 million viewers
#7 ‘Deadliest Catch: The Bait’ DISC 2.164 million viewers
#8 ‘The Game’ BET 2.104 million viewers
#9 ‘Fargo’ FX 2.037 million viewers
#10 ‘Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job’ A&E 1.910 million viewers
Cable Program Ratings For Wednesday
#1 NBA Playoffs TNT 4068 million viewers @ 947P
#2 American Pickers HIST 3723 million viewers @ 9
#3 NBA Playoffs TNT 2922 million viewers @ 709P
#4 Big Bang Theory TBS 2812 million viewers @ 10P
#5 Family Guy ADSM 2508 million viewers @ 11P
#6 Big Bang Theory TBS 2444 million viewers @ 930P
#7 DownEast Dickering HIST 2211 million viewers @ 10P
#8 American Dad ADSM 2162 million viewers @ 1030P
#9 Family Guy ADSM 2112 million viewers @ 1130P
Per Nielsen, Smartphone Milestone: Half of Americans Ages 55+ Own Smartphones
If it seems like everyone you know owns a smartphone these days—perhaps even your parents and grandparents—you’re not alone. As of Q1 2014, for the first time, a majority of Americans of all age groups own smartphones. In fact, 51% of adults over the age of 55 now own smartphones, up 10% from Q1 2013, driving the growth in smartphone penetration to seven out of 10 Americans overall (70%). And smartphone penetration continues to grow every day, with 85% of recent acquirers picking smartphones when purchasing new handsets.
As more Americans of all age groups adopt smartphones, we took an updated look at which handsets consumers are carrying. The majority of smartphones in the U.S. run Android OS (52%), and more than half of these were made by Samsung (29%). But Apple remains the largest smartphone manufacturer, whose handsets are used by 42 percent of smartphone owners in the U.S. Meanwhile, Nokia’s market share doubled over the last year and overtook Blackberry as more recent acquirers of smartphone have chosen Windows Phone handsets, which now make up 3 percent of smartphones in the U.S.
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Across The Pond
BBC One won Wednesday as the biggest show on Wednesday, ‘MasterChef’ finished #1 on the evening (and in its time slot) with 5.1 million viewers and a solid 23.5% share of the available audience. At 9P, ‘Jamaica Inn’ in its final episode drew 4.1 million viewers and an 18.7% share of the available audience, finishing #1 in its time slot. At 1035P, ‘A Question of Sport’ also finished #1 in its time slot with 2.2 million viewers (17.2%) in spite of Ricky Gervais’ reentry on channel 4.
ITV at 8P had ‘Big Star’s Little Star’ and opened with 3.7 million viewers (17.4%). It was followed at 9P by the latest ‘Law & Order: UK’ with a strong 3.4 million viewers (15.6%), #2 in its time slot.
BBC Two at 8P began with ‘Under Offer’ and drew a competitive 1.7 million viewers (8.1%). At 9P, Ian Hislop’s ‘Olden Days’ grabbed 1.4 million viewers (6.3%) finishing fourth in the time slot.
Channel 4 at 8P began with ‘Secret Eaters’ and it opened with 1.0 million viewers and a 4.9% share of the available audience. At 9P, it was followed by ‘How to Get a Council House’ with 1.7 million viewers (7.6%). At 10P, Ricky Gervais’s nursing home sitcom ‘Derek’ returned with over 1.5 million viewers (8.2%) on Wednesday, an increase of over 100,000 viewers from last year’s opening episode.
Channel 5 at 8P began with ‘Killing Spree’ and it limped in with only 638,000 viewers (3.0%). But at 9P, the powerful CBS’ ‘NCIS’ jumped the audience up to a competitive 1.1 million viewers (4.8%). At 10P, ABC’s ‘Castle’ dropped back to 597,000 viewers (3.6%).
It wasn’t as strong as the day before, but Seven with 37.2% share of the available audience is not complaining. It was clearly #1 on Wednesday in Australia again with the #1 program, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ as it drew a whopping 1,961,000 viewers, of which 550,000 watched in Sydney; 535,000 view it in Melbourne; 372,000 caught it in Brisbane; 225,000 adored it in Adelaide and 279,000 knives & forked it in Perth. To make sure the dominance on Wednesday was clearly in Seven’s favor, it also had the top newscast of the evening as the #2 program was ‘Seven News’ which drew 1,155,000 viewers. The #4 program was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,063,000 viewers. #6 on Wednesday was ‘Home and Away’ with 971,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Intelligence’ which finished with 850,000 viewers.
Nine, with 24.3% share of the audience, finished second on Wednesday as the #3 show was ‘Nine News’ with 1,149,000 viewers, just 6,000 behind its rival, ‘Seven News’. #5 on the evening was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1,036,000 viewers some 19,000 behind its rival on Seven. #8 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 865,000 viewers.
ABC1 finished with 18.0% share of the available audience on Wednesday and the #7 program on the evening was ‘ABC News’ with 963,000 viewers. The #10 program was ‘7:30’ which brought in 824,000 viewers.
For the record, Ten had 15.7% share of the available audience on Wednesday and SBS had only 4.8% share of the available audience.
Thursday Ratings (overnights)
Nine, despite not having the top program of the evening, was the top network in Australia on Thursday. With a strong 27.8% share of the available audience, it had the #2 program, being ‘Nine News’ with 1,057,000 viewers, most of which were dominant in Sydney and Melbourne and the #3 program, ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 972,000 viewers. #7 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 857,000 viewers.
Seven, with 25.7% share of the available audience, had the #1 program and the #1 newscast in the nation on Thursday as ‘Seven News’ pulled in 1,088,000 viewers, thanks to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. It finished ahead of its rival, “Nine News’ by 31,000 viewers. The #4 program was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which drew 971,000 viewers, just 1,000 viewers behind its rival, ‘Nine News 6:30’. The #8 program was ‘Home and Away’ with 819,000 viewers.
ABC1, with 20.9% share of the available audience, had the #5 program, ‘ABC News’ with 876,000 viewers. The #6 program of the evening, ‘Call The Midwife’ pulled in 871,000 viewers. The #9 program of the evening was ‘The Checkout: Factory Seconds’ with 814,000 viewers. And, the #10 program was also on ABC1, ‘7:30’ which drew 753,000 viewers.
For the record, Ten had 19.5% share of the available audience on Thursday, its largest being #13, ‘Ten Eyewitness News’ with 605,000 viewers.
SBS had 6.1% share of the available audience on Thursday, with it’s top program coming in #20, a rerun of ‘French Food Safari’ which drew 394,000 viewers.
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