Friday, 04.25.14 (Posted 04.26.14)
There are not many programs that are members of the ’10 Million Viewer Club’ in ‘Live’ ratings today. CBS has one of them on Friday…’Blue Bloods’. CBS with its strong lineup was no match for any other broadcast network on Friday, the second night of the May Sweeps, as it powered through beginning at 8P with ‘Unforgettable’ which drew a 7.57 million viewers putting the Tiffany Network into the #1 time slot which it never dropped from during the entire evening. At 9P, one of the best bridges in network television, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ brought in 9.17 million viewers, more than two million ahead of its closest competition. This week’s original episode brought McGarrett and his crew face to face with the aspect of Alcida in America, the home grown dissidents who threaten the very existence of the American Dream. But at 10P, the centerpiece of Black Rock’s powerful Friday lineup, ‘Blue Bloods’ destroyed the competition as the Regan family proved ‘family always trumps job loyalty’. It drew 10.81 million viewers, FIVE MILLION more than its closest competition.
ABC began the evening with ‘Last Man Standing’ at 8P with 5.85 million viewers. At 830P, another episode of ‘Last Man’ drew 4.79 million. At 9P, ‘Shark Tank’ drew 6.86 million viewers. And at 10P, ’20/20′ pulled in 5.81 million viewers. Not much of a night for the Alphabet Network but it was good enough for second place.
NBC began at 8P with ‘Dateline’ which drew 6.01 million viewers, which was #2 in the time slot but it was all down hill from there. At 9P, ‘Grimm’ drew 5.22 million viewers. And at 10P, ‘Hannibal’ left all of the Peacock Network affiliates crying with 2.83 million viewers, near 8 million behind the leader, ‘Blue Bloods’. Great job, NBC suits. Another night. Another failure.
FOX was DOA and it remain that way all through the night. At 8P, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ pulled in 2.82 million viewers and a 9P, another episode of ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ drew 3.15 million viewers. The Animal Network of Broadcast was lucky The CW was still alive.
Speaking of The CW, at 8P, ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway’ drew 1.69 million viewers, tops for the night on the Little Network That Could. At 830P, a rerun of WLIIA’ drew 1.53 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Hart of Dixie’ drew 930,000 viewers. It was one of those nights for the Little One.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ was #1 with 2.7/7; CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ was #2 with 2.3/6; and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had 2.0/5 with a rerun. At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ was #1 with a 1.3/4. NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ with a rerun pulled in a 1.3/4 but it beat CBS’s first-run ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ which could only pull in a 1.1/3. It appears that Ferguson sees the writing on the wall and is simply going through the motions. Could be a new host and show in the time period announced shortly. It will be David Letterman’s ‘Worldwide Pants’ last show on the air. At 135A, NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ averaged a 0.8/3.
For The Record
CBS finished #1 again on Friday with 9.19 million viewers. ABC was #2 with 6.00 million viewers. NBC finished next with 4.69 million viewers. FOX finished next with 2.99 million viewers. The CW had 1.27 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1998, as amazing as it seems, the 200th episode of ‘The Simpsons’ aired on FOX. Those were the days when FOX was a big deal. Hopefully it can be again with ‘Jack Is Back’.
Three weeks from today, Lifetime presents the first global premier of a movie with Sean Hanish’s film, ‘Return To Zero’ at 8P (EST), 7P (CST), 6P (MST), 5P (PST). It stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker, Connie Nielsen, Andrea Anders, Sarah Jones and Colette Freedman.
“Every once in a while, a film comes along that has the power to make a difference in the lives of others. RETURN TO ZERO is that powerful and moving story that so many people around the world who have faced similar challenges can relate to. RETURN TO ZERO is the FIRST GLOBAL PREMIERE for LIFETIME.” Christian Murphy, A&E Networks Sr. VP International Programming.
Print Media News
Another one of the Seven Sisters is no more. The famed, ‘Ladies’ Home Journal‘ will end monthly publication following its July issue, owner Meredith has announced. After that it will become a quarterly special-interest title, available only on newsstands and online. The magazine’s editorial staff, based in New York City, has been laid off. Meredith will look for other positions for the business staff, and production of the quarterly title will be moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Meredith is based. Those with subscriptions to LHJ will receive another Meredith title in its place, most likely Better Homes & Gardens, Every Day with Rachael Ray or More.
Like the other Seven Sisters titles (The Seven Sisters are a group of magazines which traditionally were and are aimed at married women who are homemakers with husbands and children, rather than single and working women. The name is derived from the Greek myth of the “seven sisters”, also known as the Pleiades. Five of the magazines are still published: Better Homes and Gardens; Good Housekeeping; Family Circle; Redbook; and Woman’s Day), Ladies’ Home Journal faced increasing competition from the internet. It wasn’t a race it wasn’t positioned to win. It wasn’t unique enough. “When magazines become generic service magazines, it’s problematic,” Myrna Blyth, editorial director at AARP Media and a former editor of LHJ, told Media Life. “Most people can get that on the web. Magazines really need a distinguishing point of view. And a magazine like the Journal had a distinctive history and should have had a distinctive point of view.”
Meredith purchased LHJ, which is 131 years old, in 1986.
It’s the second Seven Sisters title to end regular publication in the past 12 years. McCall’s, which morphed into Rosie magazine in its final years, shut down in 2002 after a rebranding with then-talk show host Rosie O’Donnell failed.
However, Ladies Home Journal may have had the best slogan for a magazine in the history of print: ‘Never underestimate the power of a woman.‘
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Across The Pond
BBC One came on strong on Friday and topped the charts. It was kicked off at 7P with The One Show which drew 3.67 million (18.8%). At 730P, it was followed by ‘A Question of Sport’ which dropped a bit to 2.61 million (12.7%) viewers. At 830P, ‘MasterChef’ drew 4.06 million (17.5%) viewers. At 9P, ‘Have I Got News For You’ topped Friday’s primetime ratings for the fourth week in a row. Hosted by Martin Clunes, the BBC One panel show attracted 4.48 million (20.6%) viewers at 9pm, making it Friday evening’s highest rated show outside of soaps. At 930P, a rerun of ‘Outnumbered’ was seen by 2.89 million (13.8%). At 1035P, Zac Efron and Seth Rogen’s appearance on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ was seen by 3.09 million viewers (22.7%), while ‘Bad Education’ drew 1.04 million (10.9%) immediately after Graham Norton.
ITV at 8P had ‘Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis’ and it was seen by 2.88 million (13.2%), making it the channel’s highest-rated show outside of soaps. It drew a bigger audience than the 9pm showing of ‘Lewis’, which was seen by 2.42 million (11.4%).
BBC Two at 8P had ‘Mastermind’ with 2.08 million viewers (9.8%). At 830P, highest-rated show of the evening on ITV was ‘Gardeners’ World’ with 2.23 million (9.6%). At 9P, ‘Natural World’ drew 1.69 million (7.9%) and ‘The Trip to Italy’, which brought in 1.03 million viewers (5.8%).
Channel 4 at 8P brought ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ which drew 1.1 million viewers (4.4%). At 9P, the audience picked up with ‘Gogglebox’ as 2.63 million (12.3%) tuned in. It was followed at 10P by 1.6 million viewers (9.5%) for ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’.
BBC Three had four episodes of ‘Family Guy’. The animated comedy show peaked with 777,000 viewers (7.9%) at 1125P.
Seven with 31.8% share of the available audience topped all networks in Australia on Friday. Beginning with the #2 program in the nation on Friday, ‘Seven News’ drew 1,180,000 viewers with 238,000 in Sydney; 396,000 in Melbourne; 206,000 in Brisbane; 172,000 in Adelaide and 167,000 in Perth. The #4 program was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 842,000 viewers. #5, ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ was the top non-newscast with 932,000 viewers. And with Fall down under, football is in the air. The #6 program was ‘Seven’s AFL: Anzac Day Football’ and it drew 932,000 viewers. The #10 program on the night was ‘Million Dollar Minute’ which drew 674,000 viewers.
Nine finished #2 in the nation on Friday with 28.7% share of the available audience but it did have the #1 program as ‘Nine News’ brought in 1,219,000 viewers, 39,000 more than its main rival ‘Seven News’. It won because of the numbers in Sydney (494,000 viewers) and Brisbane (219,000 viewers). 334,000 in Melbourne (-62,000); 89,000 in Adelaide (-86,000) and 84,000 in Perth (-83,000). The #3 program on the evening was ‘Nine News 6:30’ was the only other program that drew more than a million viewers on this evening with 1,067,000. It beat its rival ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ by a sound 125,000 viewers. #7 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 841,000 viewers.
ABC1 which finished with 18.1% share of the available audience on Friday had the #8 program, ‘ABC News’ which drew 693,000 viewers. And it had the #9 program, the top drama of the evening, a rerun of ‘Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple’ with 674,000 viewers.
For the record, Ten pulled in 16.3% share of the available audience on Friday as its top program was ‘Ten Eyewitness News’ with 584,000 viewers as it finished #13.
SBS finished with 5.1% share of the available audience on Friday.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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