Tuesday, 04.29.14 (Posted 04.30.14)
If it’s Tuesday, it’s CBS. And on Day #6 of the May Sweeps, led by the biggest drama on television at 8P, ‘NCIS’, Tuesday episode told the story of the thousands of veterans who live on the streets of our cities throughout America. It drew 17.25 million viewers and an 11.0 rating and a dominating 17 share of the available audience. At 9P, ‘NCIS-LA’ was its usual quality programming which told the tale of a young girl who was kidnapped along with her father because of what her mother knew. It was another strong statement that the ‘NCIS’ franchise is solid and safe with this impressive off-spring. It drew 14.83 million viewers and a 9.5/14. At 10P, ‘Person Of Interest’ brought all of it fans to the edge as Harold was captured and our gang was defenseless to assist him. It promises to be a great platform for a massive cliffhanger to end this season. It drew 11.31 million viewers and a 7.3/12. As usual, all three programs were members of the exclusive Ten Million+ Program Viewer Club and finished 77% ahead of its closest competition over at the Peacock Network.
NBC led off the evening at 8P with ‘The Voice’ which drew 11.18 million viewers and a 7.2/11. At 9P, Minnie Driver’s ‘About a Boy’ brought in 6.25 million viewers and a 4.3/7. At 930P, ‘Growing Up Fisher’ had 5.59 million viewers and a 3.6/5. At 10P, the NBC anchor on Tuesday, ‘Chicago Fire’ finished second in its time slot with 7.06 million viewers and a 4.6/8, 24% above year-ago occupant ‘Grimm’ (3.7/ 6 on 4/30/13). It also built up from ‘Growing Up Fisher’ by 28%.
ABC at 8P had ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and it drew 5.95 million viewers and a 3.8/6. At 9P, ‘The Goldbergs’ continued the Alphabet Network’s slide on the evening with 4.81 million viewers and a 3.1/5. At 930P, ‘Trophy Wife’ fell further with 3.16 million viewers and a 2.1/3. At 10P, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ hit bottom with 2.82 million viewers and a 1.9/3. The comedy block of ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘Trophy Wife’ trailed the competing NBC comedies by an average of 34%. Not a good time to be an ABC affiliate on Tuesday evenings. Disney should be able to do better than this.
FOX, besides canceling one of their better programs on Tuesday (see below) finished in a battle for the bottom with The CW and Telemundo. At 8P, ‘Glee’ taught us all high school can last way too long for the American audience as it drew 2.41 million family and friends with a 1.9/3. At 8P, without any help form a solid lead-in, ‘New Girl’ drew 2.20 million viewers and a 1.8/ 3. At 930P, ‘The Mindy Project’ finished just a shade above The CW entry as it pulled in 2.20 million viewers and a 1.7/3.
On The CW, at 8P, ‘The Originals’ drew 1.77 million viewers and a 1.3/2. At 9P, the proposed pilot from the networks ‘Supernatural’ (titled ‘Bloodlines’) gave the Animal Network of Broadcast a run for its money and brought in 2.03 million viewers and a 1.4/2.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ had 2.7/7; CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ #2 with 2.6/7; and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ finished #3 with 1.9/5. From 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ averaged a 1.3/4. NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ also had a 1.3/4 which tied CBS’ ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ (1.3/4). NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ averaged a 0.8/4.
For The Record
CBS as usual finished with 14.32 million and a 9.2 rating and a 15 share of the available audience. NBC came in a distant second with 8.05 million viewers and a 5.2/8. ABC had 3.96 million viewers and a 2.8/4. Univision finished with 2.4 million viewers a 1.6/2. FOX finished #5 with 2.25 million viewers and a 1.8/3. The CW drew 1.90 million viewers and a 1.3/2. Telemundo finished with 1.2 million viewers and a 0.7/1.
Today In TV History
On this day in 1964, the FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels. The All-Channels Act was passed by the United States Congress in 1961.
Broadcast TV News
FOX Cancels JJ Abrams freshman drama, ‘Almost Human’. It had numbers equal to if not greater than ‘The Following’ which was renewed. But then again, it wasn’t within three of Bacon. that must be how the suits at the Animal Network of Broadcast make their decisions. Perhaps they believe ‘Cinco de Jack’ will be encouraging enough to bring it back next season. In the meantime, FOX gave up on one of the bright new lights of this past season.
Cable TV News
17 more days until Lifetime launches its global simulcast of Sean Hanish’s film, ‘Return To Zero’ on May 17, 2014 at 8P (EST), 7P (CST), 6P (MST), 5P (PST) and 3P (HAST), starring Minnie Drive, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker, Connie Nielsen, Andrea Anders and Sarah Jones.
Top Ten Cable Networks for the Week of April 21, 2014
#1 TNT 3.05 million viewers
#2 USA 1.94 million viewers
#3 Disney Channel 1.90 million viewers
#4 History 1.79 million viewers
#5 TBS 1.62 million viewers
#6 ESPN 1.60 million viewers
#7 FOX News Channel 1.51 million viewers
#8 Nick at Nite 1.47 million viewers
#9 Discovery 1.31 million viewers
#10 Adult Swim 1.29 million viewers
Tuesday Cable TV Ratings
TNT’s presentation of the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers NBA Playoff game drew 4.732 million viewers, the largest viewership of this post-season. It came hours after the NBA slapped Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the NBA. (see Los Angeles Times front page below) The Clippers won the game 113 to 103. For the record,
#2 NBA PLAYOFFS (Wizards beat the Bulls) TNT 4021 million viewers @ 809P
#3 Deadliest Catch DISC 3109 million viewers @ 8P
#4 Big Bang Theory TBSC 2736 million viewers @ 0930P
#5 Big Bang Theory TBSC 2672 million viewers @ 9P
#6 Big Bang Theory TBSC 2642 million viewers @ 10P
#7 The Game BET 2536 million viewers @ 10P
#8 Big Bang Theory TBSC 2446 million viewers @ 1030P
#9 NBA Playoff Pre-Game TNT 2301 million viewers @ 8P
#10 Big Bang Theory TBSC 2189 million viewers @ 830P
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Across The Pond
BBC One’s latest drama ‘Happy Valley’ opened with 6.3 million viewers (27.3% share of the available audience) on Tuesday as Sarah Lancashire’s series was up by nearly 2 million from last week’s ‘Jamaica Inn’ in the same slot. At 1035P, the Comedy Playhouse special ‘Over To Bill’ brought in 2.3 million viewers (17.9%) as BBC One took home Tuesday’s crown as the #1 network in the UK.
If you’re a football fan, two of the powerhouses of European football was on ITV at 730P Tuesday evening as ITV’s ‘Champions League’ coverage of Real Madrid’s easy win against Bayern Munich brought in 4.3 million viewers (20.1%).
BBC Two again at 7P continued the ‘World Championship Snooker’ coverage and the usual 1.1 million pool room sharks (6.0%) watched. At 8P, ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ boosted the audience level up to 1.7 million viewers (7.6%). But it was followed at 9P by ‘Watermen: A Dirty Business’ which finished around the Snooker level of 1.1 million viewers (4.9%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and it had 1.2 million viewers (5.6%). At 9P, ‘Mr Drew’s School for Boys’ increased the audience to 1.4 million (6.0%). At 10P, ‘Last Chance School’ pushed the network down with 838,000 viewers (5.2%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Nightmare Neighbor Next Door’ pulled in 1.4 million viewers (6.5%). At 9P it was followed by ‘Behind Closed Doors’ which slipped a bit to 824,000 viewers (3.6%). CBS’ import, ‘The Mentalist’ pulled the audience level back up to 1.0 million viewers (6.2%) at 10P.
BBC Three at 9P presented ‘The Call Center’ brought in 696,000 viewers (3.0%). At 10P, ‘Sweat the Small Stuff’ drew only 308,000 (1.7%).
On MTV, at 10P ‘Ex on the Beach’ had 231,000 viewers (1.4%).
It was the night of nights. Seven’s powerful ‘My Kitchen Rules’ was not only #1 but the entire network drew an astounding 42.8% share of the available audience. FORTY-TWO POINT EIGHT PERCENT! The big show pulled in an unbelievable 2,596,000 viewers with 732,000 viewers in Sydney alone which was more than many programs pull in nationally. 722,000 viewers watched in Melbourne; 461,000 saw it in Brisbane, 328,000 had it on in Adelaide and 352,000 watched it in Perth. The ‘Grand Final’ drew 2,302,000 viewers as it was the #2 program on this evening. The #3 show was the #1 newscast on Tuesday as ‘Seven News’ drew a strong 1,231,000 viewers. And to continue the sweep, the #4 show was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,190,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Home and Away’ which drew 1,099,000 viewers.
Nine with a 22.9% share of the available audience, a little more than half the size of Seven on this evening, had the #5 program, ‘Nine News’ as it drew 1,171000 viewers. It also had the #7 show which was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which drew 1,048,000 viewers. The #9 program on the evening was ‘A Current Affair’ as it drew 907,000 viewers. And the #10 program, a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ finished the Top Ten on Tuesday with 897,000 viewers.
ABC1 got in on the action as it had 16.6% share of the audience and the #8 program, ‘ABC News’ which drew 951,000 viewers.
For the record, Ten drew 13.8% share of the available audience and SBS had only 3.9% share.
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