Monday, 04.28.14 (Posted 04.29.14)
ABC opened the week, and Day #5 of the May Sweeps, with another winning Monday, beating #2 NBC by an average of 27%. At 8P, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ drew 15.33 million viewers and a 10.1 rating/15 share of the available audience. It was 5% above the 9.6/15 on the year-ago evening. At 10P, the big battle of the three dramas, with ‘Castle’ on the Alphabet Network drew 10.12 million viewers and a 6.4/11. It was just 65,000 behind NBC’s entry as it finished 11% behind last year’s 7.1/12. Last year it was the #1 program in this time period.
NBC at 8P brought its big reality program to the airwaves with ‘The Voice’ pulling in 11.42 million viewers and a 7.1/11, some 4 million behind the ABC leader. It was 12% below last year (8.1/12) on the comparable year ago evening. At 10P, ‘The Blacklist’ won the hour and drew 10.87 million viewers and a 6.7/11. It rated slightly better than ‘Castle’ but both earned the same share of the available audience.
CBS has its work cut out for them as their sitcom evening was only good for third, and that is not a place where Moonves likes to reside. At 8P, ‘2 Broke Girls’ finished third with 7.78 million viewers and a 5.1/ 8. Not good for a Moonves program. At 830P, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ also finished third but drew only 6.218 million viewers and a 4.2/6, which is definitely not what Moonves likes. Next, at 9P, was ‘Mike & Molly’ again finishing #3 with 7.55 million viewers and a 5.0/8 on an episode featuring the return of guest star Susan Sarandon. This was not a happy time for Moonves followers at this point on the schedule. At 930P, a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ also finished third with 6.268 million viewers and a 4.4/6. The suits of Moonves are not squirming. At 10P, they decided to have a rerun of ‘Person of Interest’ and it drew a very low 4.49 million viewers and a 2.9/5, not competitive at all with the other two powers at 10P. The Suits of Moonves at the Tiffany Network probably got in early this morning to make sure the boss saw that they were hard a work fixing what Monday wrought. Question: Why would you place two reruns during the May Sweeps?
At FOX, at 8P, a rerun of ‘Bones’ brought in a low 3.98 million viewers and a 2.7/4. Again, why a rerun during May Sweeps? And at 9P, in a season-finale, ‘The Following’ really disappointed everyone at the Animal Network of Broadcast with a fourth-place finish by drawing 4.78 million viewers and a 3.3/5. It was 35% below the 5.1/8 on the year-ago evening. For ‘Bones’, the suits of FOX have shuffled this program all over the place during this season so it is not unusual for the loyal following not to be able to find their favorite while the ‘brains’ of the network shuffle. But for ‘The Following’, they should put this show out of its misery and get rid of it now. The days of being that close to Kevin Bacon are dangerous.
The CW at 8P brought ‘Star-Crossed’ which drew 870,000 viewers and a 0.8/1. At 9P, ‘The Tomorrow People’ pulled in 900,000 viewers and a 0.8/1.
While the ratings are always important, last night Craig Ferguson announced that he was stepping down from his ‘CBS Late Late Show’ after a decade. Now the search for a host of this program which Ferguson was the longest occupant of that chair in Television City. For the record, in late night, NBC remains the network to beat care of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ had a (3.0/ 8). CBS’ finished with a 1.8/5. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had a 2.5/6, 14% higher than the same day last year. At 1235A, NBC’s ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ had a 1.5/5. News of Craig Ferguson’s pending exit did not ignite interest in CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show’ as it scored a 1.0/3. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ finished with a 1.6/5. At 135A, NBC’s ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ closed the night or opened the morning with a 0.9/4..
For The Record
ABC finished #1 on Monday with 13.4 million viewers and a 8.9 rating and a 14 share of the available audience. NBC came in second with 11.2 million viewers and a 7.0/11. CBS finished third on Monday with 6.1 million viewers and a 4.1/6. USA Network was #4 with 4.644 million viewers. FOX was #5 with 4.4 million viewers and a 3.0/5. TNT finished #6 with 3.722 million viewers. Univision finished #7 with 3.0 million viewers and a 1.6/3. Telemundo finished #8 with 1.1 million viewers and a 0.7/1. The CW finished #9 and drew 900,000 viewers and a 0.8/1.
Monday Cable Ratings
#1 WWE Raw (9P) – USA 4.667 million viewers
#2 WWE Raw (10P) – USA 4.652 million viewers
#3 WWE Raw (8P) – USA 4.512 million viewers
#4 NBA Playoffs: San Antonio at Dallas – TNT 3.921 million viewers
#5 NBA Playoffs: Miami at Charlotte – TNT 3.422 million viewers
#6 Swamp People (9P) – History 2.868 million viewers
#7 Fast N’ Loud (9P) – Discovery 2.642 million viewers
#8 The Boondocks (1030P) – Adult Swim 2.277 million viewers
#9 Bates Motel (10P) – A&E 2.254 million viewers
#10 Basketball Wives: LA Reunion (8P) – VH1 2.206 million viewers
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Across The Pond
ITV at 8P had a news series, ‘Gino’s Italian Escape’ and it pulled in 2.7 million viewers (12.3% share of the available audience). But it was at 9P, that the network really took off. A new series, ‘Prey’ topped the ratings outside of soaps on Monday. John Simm’s drama was seen by an average of 5.7 million viewers and an excellent 25.2% share. It drew an added 562,000 (2.5%) on +1.
BBC One couldn’t compete. At 730P, ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ drew 2.8 million viewers (13.7%), while at 830P, ‘Panorama’ could only muster 2.3 million viewers (10.2%). at 9P, ‘Crimewatch’ couldn’t match ‘Prey’ as it was seen by 3.3 million viewers (14.5%).
BBC Two at 7P brought the world the ‘World Snooker Championship’ and 1.1 million snookerettes (5.5%) watched. At 8P, ‘Restaurant Wars’ drew the same, 1.1 million (5.1%). At 10P, the final episode of ‘Rev’ also drew the same amount of viewers as 1.1 million watched. But by this time, the share went up to 5.8%).
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Britain’s Most Extreme Weather’ pulling in 1.5 million (6.4%). At 9P, ‘One Born Every Minute’ had 1.7 million viewers (7.6%). At 10P, Rupert Everett’s ‘Love for Sale’ could only muster 987,000 viewers (6.1%).
Channel 5 at 9P had ‘Secret History of UFOs’ and 856,000 (3.8%) watched. At 10P, ‘Aliens: Are We Alone?’ drew 765,000 viewers (4.7%) .
BBC Three presented the documentary ‘My Brother the Terrorist’ and it was seen by 338,000 viewers.
BBC Four had ‘Only Connect’ at 830P draw 819,000 viewers (3.6%). At 9P, it was followed by new Welsh drama ‘Hinterland’ with 700,000 Welshmen (3.3%) watching.
E4 at 10P had ‘Made in Chelsea’ and it entertained 669,000 viewers (4.1%).
Sky Atlantic at 9P brought the latest episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ which brought in 831,000 viewers (3.8%).
Seven dominated Monday in Australia with 36.3% share of the available audience. And it was because it had the #1 show in the land, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ which drew an astounding 2,005,000 viewers. Two million in Australia is a high water mark as 615,000 fans viewed it in Sydney; 519,000 watched it in Melbourne; 351,000 caught it in Brisbane; 257,000 tuned in at Adelaide and 264,000 viewed it in Perth. It was like a national holiday. #3 was ‘Seven News’ with 1,230,000 viewers. #4 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,152,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Home and Away’ with `1,036,000 viewers.
Nine (26.4%) finished second but had the top newscast of the evening with the #2 program, ‘Nine News’ with 1,232,000 viewers, beating its rival, ‘Seven News’ by just 2,000 viewers. Can it get any closer? The #5 program was ‘A Current Affair’ with 1,151,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1,145,000 viewers. #7 was the CBS import, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which pulled in a big 1,117,000 viewers which ranked as the #1 comedy in Australia. A rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ finished #8 with a huge 1,047,000 million viewers. They like ‘TBBT’ in this nation.
ABC1 (18.7%) had the #10 program with ‘ABC News’ which drew 905,000 viewers.
For the record, Ten had 14.1% share of the available audience on Monday while SBS finished last with 4.4%.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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