Saturday, 05.03.14 (Posted on 05.04.14)
NBC won Day #10 of the May Sweeps as Saturday belonged to the Peacock Network on a very slow night for television viewing. At 8P, ‘Dateline’, the top show of the night drew 5.41 million viewers. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ drew 2.72 million.
CBS at 8P decided to present a rerun of ‘2 Broke Girls’ and it pulled in 2 million viewers. Then at 830P, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ was rerun and it could only draw 1.82 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ‘The Mentalist’ drew 2.3 million viewers while the Tiffany Network hit its high water mark on Saturday at 10P with ’48 Hours’ which drew 4.99 million viewers.
ABC decided to air a rerun of the movie, ‘The Transformers’ all night and it drew 2.41 million viewers. It was like the old-time scheduling of ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ when the broadcast networks were the only game in town. As you can see, this strategy no longer holds water with today’s view public.
FOX at 8P brought out a rerun of ‘The Simpsons’ which was a very odd choice on a Saturday and pulled in only 1.12 million folks. But at 830P, it became innovative and ran a preview show of the highly anticipated ’24 Hours’ coming up Monday, with ’24 Live Another Day: Jack Is Back’. Shockingly, it only drew 1.05 million viewers. Is this a sign of things to come? Or was it just a bad night for television? At 9P, a rerun of ‘The Following’ only drew 660,000 viewers. It was another disappointing showing for a show that was renewed because the suits at the Animal Network of Broadcast wanted to become within 3 degrees of Kevin Bacon.
NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ with host Andrew Garfield and musical guest Coldplay, averaged a 3.9/10.
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For The Record
NBC won Saturday with 4.512 million viewers. CBS was #2 with 3.067 million viewers. ABC finished #3 with 2.407 million viewers. FOX finished last with 873,000 viewers, one of the lowest prime time totals ever for a major broadcast network.
Today In TV History
On this day in 1957, the ‘Alan Freed Show’ premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first prime-time network rock show. In 1951 a black vocal group The Dominoes recorded “Sixty Minute Man” which was a (#1 R&B and #17 pop) hit. The lyrics were highly suggestive and used rock and roll in the lyrics. Freed began using the term a month later and most likely was inspired by this song. For a look at the man who is widely credited with creating the term ‘Rock n Roll’, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbPEzjX8Htg.
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Across The Pond
ITV was the clear winner on Saturday. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ last night averaged 9.56 million viewers good for a whopping 45.8% share of the available audience. It peaked with 11.2 million viewers and a fantastic 51% share, making it the most watched show of the past week. It had nearly 7 million more than any other programme on ITV yesterday. ‘You’ve Been Framed’ was the second most watched program with 2.91 million viewers (17.9%). ‘Amazing Greys’ brought in 2.55 million (12.9%) at 830P. At 9P, ‘Prey’ had 954,000 viewers (5.4%).
BBC One had ‘Casualty’ as it’s most watched program yesterday with 4.68 million viewers (23.6%). At 7P, ‘Pointless Celebrities’ drew 3.69 million viewers (19.9%).
Away from BBC1 and ITV, BBC Two presented the ‘World Championship Snooker’ semi-final between Selby & Robertson and it drew an above average 1.88 million viewers 9.7%), the highest so far for the tournament. Did you know tickets to this event cost $124.83?
By the way, as we covered this for the past couple of days regarding the morning show battles in the UK, ITV’s new morning show ‘Weekend’ drew 160,000 viewers (2.7%) yesterday, losing out to BBC1, 2, C4 and C5. ‘BBC Breakfast’ averaged 1.26 million from 6A to 10A.
Seven won again in Australia on Saturday with 31.7% share of the available audience. #1 program of the evening was also the #1 newscast as ‘Seven News Saturday’ drew 1.134 million viewers. #7 was ‘Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football-Pre Match’ show which managed to pull in 504,000 viewers. #8 was ‘Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football’ with 482,000 viewers.
ABC1, which came in third among the network in the nation on Saturday with 21.1% share of the available audience had the top drama and the #2 program on the evening with ‘Death In Paradise’ with 1,062,000 viewers. The #4 program was ‘ABC News Saturday’ with 841,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Gardening Australia’ which pulled in 510,000 viewers. #9 was ‘The Gods of Wheat Street’ which pulled in 439,000 viewers. And, #10 was a rerun of ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ which drew 411,000 viewers.
Nine with 29.6% share of the available audience had two shows in the Top Ten on Saturday. #3 was ‘Nine News Saturday which drew 859,000 viewers and #5, ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ which pulled in 588,000 viewers.
For the record, Ten had 12.8% share of the available audience. SBS had 4.8% share of the available audience on Saturday.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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