Wednesday was CBSday in The U.S. BBC One On Top In The U.K. Seven The Power In Australia.

CBS' 'Criminal Minds' #1 on Wednesday. Joins the Ten Million+ Program Club.

CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds’ #1 on Wednesday. Joins the Ten Million+ Program Club.

Wednesday, 04.30.14 (Posted 05.01.14)
CBS won Day #7 of the May Sweeps with another victory and an average of near 10 million viewers, finishing up the evening 477,000 ahead of last year on the comparable day. At 8P, broadcast’s first reality show, ‘Survivor’ finished #1 in its time slot with 9.70 million viewers and a 5.9 rating and 10 share of the available audience. At 9P, the Tiffany Network’s #1 program on the evening, ‘Criminal Minds’ joined the Ten Million+ Program Club with 10.3 million viewers with a 6.6/10, finishing more than 2 million viewers ahead of the nearest competition. At 10P, fans were thrilled with the introduction of Patricia Arquette and her new Cyber Crime Unit, in a possible new ‘CSI’ spinoff, as the veteran show wowed 9.95 million viewers and a 6.6/11, more than 2.7 million viewers ahead of their competition. It finished up 840,000 viewers from its last original airing, the best on the night for CBS. It was absolutely a Must See TV ON DEMAND episode you should not miss. It was a great night for Black Rock.

FOX came in a strong second, but was down 2.428 million viewers from the comparable day last season, behind ‘American Idol’ as the Final Five sang for their supper. And when most showed nerves during their performances, Caleb Johnson rocked the house with a resounding final performance of the evening singing “In the Still of the Night” by Whitesnake, and delivering 8.79 million fans and a 5.3/9. Although it got beaten pretty badly by CBS, it still held the attention of a large share of the audience leaving the other networks to suffer through another bad night. Overall, only three of the talent gave good performances, Jena Irene, Alex Preston in addition to Johnson. This should be your final three. But the magic of Sam Wolff has a teen following that is hard to defeat. If you want to see the reincarnation of Ricky Nelson, take a look at Sam. If he makes it past tonight, he should consider singing ‘Travelin Man’. You can check out Ricky’s big hit at Take a look at the closeup. Isn’t it a perfect Sam?

NBC was one of those networks. The Peacock Network, ahead of last year by 150,000 on this comparable day, began at 8P with ‘Revolution’ which produced only 4.32 million viewers (2.9/7) and could spell the end to the program. At 9P, ‘Law & Order: SVU’, the always reliable fixture on Wednesday evening, brought the network out of the grave and drew 6.2 million and a 4.1/7, allowing ‘Chicago PD’ at 10P to become the top draw at 30 Rock with 7.28 million and a 4.8/8. This episode which was a cross over between ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘PD’ was riveting as the real power of the investigative unit shinned bright. So many characters appeared in this episode it was like visiting guest star night at NBC. Yet it proved to be a great show and a Must See TV ON DEMAND episode. Note: the NBC affiliate carried NBA Playoff basketball in the Portland market.

ABC, which decreased its audience by 1,050,000 viewers vs the comparable day last season, at 8P began the evening with ‘The Middle’ which drew 7.39 million and a 4.7/8 for #3 in the time slot. At 830P, ‘Suburgatory’ dropped nearly two million viewers and finished with 5.51 million and a 3.5/6. At 9P, the power on the Alphabet Network’s Wednesdays, ‘Modern Family’ drew 8.39 million and a 5.1/6, an increase of more than 3 million viewers. At 930P, the network gave that big jump away with ‘Mixology’ which could only muster 3.78 million and a 2.5/4, a drop of nearly 4 1/2 million viewers in a blink of the eye. At 10P, ‘Nashville’ had little chance for success as it could only pull in 4.62 million and a 3.2/5 on this yo-yo night at Alphabetworld. The suits at Disney have to eliminate their 830P and 930P program choices if they want to be competitive on Wednesday.

Univision began at 8P with ‘Por Siempre Mi Amor’ which finished with a 1.6 rating and a 3 share. At 9P, ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ did much better having a 2.1 rating and a 3 share, a high for the network on Wednesday. At 10P, ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ drew a 1.6 rating and a 3 share.

The CW, although down 209,000 viewer compared to the same day a year ago, had a good night. The Little Network That Could did. At 8P, ‘The Arrow’ drew 2.31 million viewers. And at 9P, ‘The 100’ finished with 1.88 million viewers.

Late Night
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 3.0/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.2/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/5. ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4. “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4). “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4.

For The Record

#1 on Wednesday

#1 on Wednesday

CBS finished #1 with 9.924 million viewers and a 6.4 rating and 10 share. FOX finished #2 on Wednesday with 8.79 million viewers and a 5.2/8. NBC was #3 with 6.031 million viewers (4.0/8). ABC finished #4 with 5.502 million viewers and a 3.8/6. Univision had 2.904 million viewers (1.6/3). The CW finished with 2.077 million viewers and a 1.4/2. Telemundo had 1.2 million viewers and a 0.7/1. In total, with CBS and NBC the only two networks to increase its audience vs last year on this comparable day, broadcast networks lost 3,060,000 viewers on this first Wednesday in the May sweeps compared to last year. 32 million vs 35.2 million among ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX & The CW. Where did the viewers go?

Today In TV History

The 'S' in CBS surely must stand for Selleck. 'Magnum p.i.' began it all.

The ‘S’ in CBS surely must stand for Selleck. ‘Magnum p.i.’ began it all.

On this date in 1988, the final episode of the CBS classic, ‘Magnum, p.i.’ aired. The show that made Tom Selleck a household name was one of the top rated shows at 8P on Thursdays. Dozens of notable actors appeared on the show. Carol Burnett, Ted Danson, Ernest Borgnine, Morgan Fairchild, Dana Delaney, Alfonso Ribeiro, Angela Lansbury (as Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote), Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker (as Rick and A.J. Simon from Simon & Simon), Frank Sinatra, and Sharon Stone (to name just a few). Selleck at Thomas Magnum, private investigator, must have been the only leading star to drive a Ferrari 308GTS.

Cable News
16 more days until Lifetime’s global debut of Sean Hanish’s film, ‘Return To Zero’ starring Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina and Kathy Baker at 8P (EST), 7P (CST), 6P (MST), 5P (PST) and 3P (HAST).

Cable Ratings for Wednesday

NBA Playoffs on TNT #1 on cable on Wednesday.

NBA Playoffs on TNT #1 on cable on Wednesday.

#1 NBA Playoff (Portland/Houston) TNT 4396 million viewers @ 946P
#2 American Pickers HIST 3403 million viewers @ 9P
#3 NBA Playoffs (Dallas/San Antonio) TNT 3278 million viewers @ 709P
#4 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2677 million viewers @ 10P
#5 NCIS: Los Angeles USA 2375 million viewers @ 8P
#6 American Dad ADSM 2168 millon viewers @ 1030P
#7 BRING IT! LIF 2306 million viewers @ 10P
#8 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2304 million viewers @ 930P
#9 American Dad ADSM 2168 million viewers @ 1030P
#10 American Pickers HIST 1929 million viewers @ 8P

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Sign of the Times

Welcome to new viewers in all 50 States of the U.S., all of the Provinces in Canada, all of the States in Mexico, the UK, Iceland, Ireland, Guernsey, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Mauritius, Kenya, Egypt, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Aruba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Across The Pond

The top show in the UK on Wednesday was BBC One's 'MasterChef'.

The top show in the UK on Wednesday was BBC One’s ‘MasterChef’.

BBC One has one thing you can count on. ‘MasterChef’ airs at 8P and it was still the top show outside of soaps on Wednesday. The big cooking series brought in 4.6 million viewers (21.3%). At 9P, ‘Panorama’s special’ about care home scandals brought in 2.9 million viewers (13.2%).

ITV in the meanwhile had ‘Big Star’s Little Star’ opposite the cooking show at 8P and it drew 3.4 million viewers (15.8%). At 9P, a rescheduled rerun of ‘Law & Order: UK’ brought in 3.5 million (16.0%.

BBC Two again brought the ‘World Snooker Championship’ and it continued with the same 1.1 million viewers (5.5%) at 7P. It was followed at 8P by ‘Under Offer’ which brought in 1.6 million (7.2%). At 9P, ‘The Birth of Empire: The East India Company’ drew a network high of 1.9 million viewers (8.9%).

Channel 4 at 8P began with ‘Secret Eaters’ which didn’t really compete with only 869,000 viewers (4.0%). It was followed at 9P by ‘How To Get a Council House’ and it drew 4’s high for the evening with 1.4 million viewers (6.3%). AT 10P, ‘Derek’ had 1.1 million smiling (6.0%).

Channel 5 at 8P didn’t compete either as ‘Killing Spree’ drew only 690,000 viewers (3.2%). It was followed at 9P by the latest CBS power, ‘NCIS’ with a network high for the evening of 1.1 million viewers (5.1%). At 10P, an ABC ‘Castle’ brought in 643,000 viewers (3.9%).

BBC Three at 9P had The CW’s ‘The Tomorrow People and it drew a network high of only 337,000 viewers. At 10P, ‘Orphan Black’ returned with 213,000 viewers (1.2%).

UK TV News
US media giant Viacom has bought UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 for £450 million (US$757 million). “The acquisition of Channel 5 accelerates Viacom’s strategy in the UK, one of the world’s most important and valuable media markets,” said Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman. In an article by Stewart Clarke in TBI Vision, this date, “Channel 5’s momentum is indisputable, with impactful programming, increasing pularity and a growing digital platform. Channel 5’s management and employees have done an outstanding job building their brand and we are pleased to welcome them to our team.” The future of the Channel 5 has been subject to much speculation with Discovery and other media heavyweights linked to bids for the broadcaster, which is owned by Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell. The company restructured the UK broadcaster and transformed its fortunes. The auction process for the channel, which was formerly owned by RTL, started in January and lawyers working on the deal said today the Viacom deal was signed last night. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, covers the full bouquet of Channel 5 services including the core channel as well as 5* (fka Five Life), and 5USA. It also includes the Demand 5 on-demand catch-up service. Dauman added: “Viacom’s global resources, technology and expertise will help Channel 5 develop even more compelling programming and provide content to consumers in exciting new ways. In addition, we will introduce our popular content to new UK audiences and create a comprehensive offering for our commercial partners on-air and on-line.” Paul Dunthorne, Channel 5 COO, said: “Since Northern & Shell’s acquisition of Channel 5 in 2010, the financial and operating performance of the business has been transformed with improved audiences and content offering. The combination of Channel 5 with Viacom’s global resources, technology and expertise adds further to the momentum of the business and offers numerous exciting opportunities for the channel’s future.”

Lifetime UK’ Premiere of ‘Return To Zero’ Set

Minnie Drive, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Connie Nielsen, Kathy Baker star.

Minnie Drive, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Connie Nielsen, Kathy Baker star.

In the UK, ‘Return To Zero’ will premiere on Lifetime UK, Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 21:00.

Down Under

'The Big Bang Theory' was the #1 comedy in Australia on Wednesday.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ was the #1 comedy in Australia on Wednesday.

Seven with a 32.9% share of the available audience on Wednesday again finished on top in Australia ahead of Nine (29.9%). ABC1 (17.4%). Ten (15.5%) and SBS (4.3%). It had the #1 program with ‘Seven News’ as it drew 1,216,000 viewers with 291,000 in Sydney; 284,000 in Melbourne; 274,000 in Brisbane; 151,000 in Adelaide and 215,000 in Perth. The #2 show, ‘House Rules’ powered through with 1,183,000 viewers. #4 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,121,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Home and Away’ which pulled in 974,000 viewers.

Nine came in second on Wednesday with the CBS top comedy, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which drew 1,180,000 viewers as the top comedy of the night in the nation. At rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ was the #5 program of the evening with 1,069,000 viewers. The #6 program was ‘Nine News’ with 1,062,000 viewers. The #8 program was yet another rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with 966,000 viewers. If you didn’t have the news, it would be like watching TBS in the US with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ running back-to-back-to-back (see yesterday’s edition of overtheshouldermedia for proof). #9 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 958,000 viewers. The #10 program was ‘A Current Affair’ which pulled in 919,000 viewers.

As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…

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