Saturday, 04.26.14 (Posted 04.27.14)
On Saturday, it was FOX which took the top prize with the one thing that television is great at: showing sporting events LIVE. And on Saturday, the third day of the May Sweeps, ‘NASCAR’ was the sport on the evening slate at it drew 5.182 million viewers. While narrowly edging out victorious in the 8P and 9P time slots, it was not the top program of the evening. But it didn’t need to be.
NBC came in second with a good showing at 8P from ‘Dateline’ with 5.17 million viewers for its two hour run. At 10P, the Peacock Network fell down again with a rerun of another episode of an old ‘Saturday Night Live’ telecast which predictably drew only 2.74 million viewers. So much for the good start from ‘Dateline’.
CBS came in third with reruns of ‘2 and 1/2 Men’ at 8P which drew only 2.62 million viewers and at 830P, a rerun of the horrible ‘Bad Teacher’ which debuted on Thursday, drew only 2.08 million. At 9P, the Tiffany Network brought some of its pride back by airing another rerun of ‘NCIS’ which could manage 3.69 million viewers in time to make its mark at 10P with the #1 program on Saturday evening, ’48 Hours’ which drew 5.52 million viewers.
ABC stumbled to the bottom on Saturday at 8P by showing a rerun of the fun movie, ‘Despicable Me’ which could only draw 3.13 million viewers. It’s a Disney thing you understand. And at 10P, it decided to run an adult program, ’20/20′ and it didn’t work as it could only muster 3.04 million viewers. The Alphabet Network must have been abuzz with ‘what are we? A kid’s network or an adult network?’ type of an evening.
An rerun telecast of ‘Saturday Night Live’ with host Louis C.K. and musical guest Sam Smith, averaged a 2.7/7 in household results. It was down from Melissa McCarthy’s rerun the previous week.
For The Record
FOX won on the 3rd night of the May Sweeps with 5.182 million viewers. NBC came in second with 4.362 million viewers. CBS finished third on one of the lower HUT evening of the week by drawing 3.853 million viewers. ABC came in last with 3.102 million viewers.
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On this date in 1969, Joe Cocker made his debut appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’. Things they were a changing. Joe Cocker & the Grease Band sang ‘Feelin’ Alright’. Take a look at their performance in Cannes later in that year and you can see how John Belushi was so believable in his take on Cocker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhIO3bU9HA
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Across The Pond
ITV got off to a tremendous start on Saturday evening as at 7P, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ pulled in 9.18 million viewers with a huge 42.6% share of the available audience last night (April 26), topping Saturday primetime ratings once again. An additional 897,000 viewers (4.3%) watched an hour later on ITV+1, bringing the LIVE total to over 10 million viewers. This was the biggest program in the English speaking world on Saturday evening. Later at 815P on ITV, the quiz show ‘Amazing Greys’ pulled in 3.11 million viewers (15.3%). At 915P, ‘Law & Order: UK’ dropped to 1.38 million viewers (8.3%). At 1015P, the FX import, ‘The Americans’ was seen by 461,000 viewers (2.8%). Just for the record, 42.6% share of the available audience is HUGE.
BBC One in the meantime simply didn’t have game. At 7P, nearly 7 million viewers behind, ‘Pointless Celebrities’ had 3.38 million viewers (16%). At 750P, it was followed by Dale Winton’s ‘National Lottery: In It To Win It’ drew in a few more totaling 3.62 million viewers (17%). At 840P, the medical drama ‘Casualty’ picked up the audience a bit to capture the time slot with 4.7 million viewers (23.4%). At 930P, BBC One continued in the lead with Rob Brydon’s ‘The Guess List’ which drew 3.52 million viewers (19%). The night was lost to ITV right off the top at 7P.
BBC Two at 7P presented the ‘Snooker World Championship’ and managed to draw 850,000 fans (3.9%). At 8P, the pilot episode of ‘Porridge’ upped the ante to 950,000 viewers (4.5%). At 930P, a new series, ‘Generation War’ drew 920,000 viewers (5.1%). In reality, BBC Two wasn’t a factor on Saturday.
Channel 4 at 715P presented ‘Grand Designs’ and it drew a weak 450,000 viewers (2.1%). But at 815P, it jumped ahead of BBC Two with a showing of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’, which pulled in 1.15 million viewers (6.3%).
Channel 5 tried to get into the game with a double bill of ‘NCIS’ at at 730P, it pulled in 483,000 viewers (2.2%) and at 815P, drew more with 681,000 viewers (3.35%). But even Jethro Gibbs couldn’t break the amazing total ITV through up at the beginning of the night.
ITV2 spinoff ‘Britain’s Got More Talent’ was strong as well. At 815P, 949,000 more viewers (4.68%) wanted … more.
BBC Three at 815P showed of ‘Toy Story 3’ and it entertained 757,000 viewers (3.8%).
At the same time on ITV 3, at 815P, ‘Doc Martin’ brought in 664,000 viewers (3.2%).
Saturday evening was a battle of the networks as very little separated the top four. Yes…the top four. But on this evening Seven edged the rest with 25.5% share of the available audience. Nine came in with 24.4% share while ABC1 finished with 23.3% share and Ten came in with 19.6% share. Even SBS was above its norm with 7.2% share.
ABC1 won the evening’s top program slot with ‘Death In Paradise’ while pulling in 1,215,000 viewers. 326,000 watched it in Sydney, the nation’s top metro viewing place on this night; 323,000 saw it in Melbourne; 276,000 caught it in Brisbane; 146,000 found in in Adelaide and 145,000 viewed it in Perth. The #3 program was ‘ABC News’ with 1,039,000 viewers. #5 on Saturday was ‘Gardening Australia’ which drew 583,000 viewers. #6 on the evening was ‘The Gods of Wheat Street’ which had 512,000 viewers.
Seven’s strongest program was #2 on the evening as it was also the #1 newscast of the day. ‘Seven News’ pulled in 1,039,000 viewers.
Nine got into the action with the #4 program which was ‘Nine News Saturday’ with 881,000 viewers, well behind Seven and ABC1’s newscasts. The #10 program on Saturday was ‘She’s The Man’ which drew 413,000 viewers.
Ten’s top program was #7, ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ with 493,000 viewers. #8 on Saturday was ‘Transformers’ which drew 437,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Monsters vs Aliens’ rerun which pulled in an addition al 433,000 viewers.
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