Tuesday, 05.06.14 (Posted 05.07.14)
The #1 program in television during these May Sweeps and the #1 drama in the world, at 8P on Tuesday, ‘NCIS’ finished as the top program of the evening with 15.66 million viewers and a strong 10.5 rating and 17 share of the available audience in a great episode titled ‘The Admiral’s Daughter’ that brought Michael Weatherly the top spotlight as he fought through twists and turns in France to return the daughter of the Joints Chiefs. This was an exceptional episode which deserves Must See TV ON DEMAND status. DiNozzo’s line at the end was a Tony classic…’It’s time for Admiral/daughter talk’. And indeed it was. At 9P, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ drew a strong 14.00 million viewers and a 9.2/14 with an episode titled ‘Exposure’ that was equally as good and perhaps delivered the line of the night when Linda Hunt said, ‘They are my ’27 Yankees’. For ‘NCIS: LA’ and baseball fans everywhere, that was a perfect line delivered by a great actress on a great show. Again, a Must See TV ON DEMAND episode. And at 10P, ‘Person of Interest’ again delivered excellence with an episode titled ‘A House Divided’ that clarified the entire battle between the three adversaries and now sets up a final episode of the season that should be legendary next week. It drew 10.41 million viewers and a 7.0/12. But this program runs the risk of becoming too complicated for the viewers as so many balls are in the air constantly. There needs to be a back to reality where Jim Caviezel and Sarah Shahi just go out and shoot some bad guys and bring back the lovable ‘Fusco’ into the plots. The result for the entire evening was that CBS finished ahead of #2 NBC by an average of 78%. Now that is how the Tiffany Network should perform, not like they did on Monday. For the record, CBS finished nearly 1 million viewers more than it had a year ago on this comparable day.
NBC at 8P had ‘The Voice’ had 10.42 million viewers and a 7.0/11. At 9P, Minnie Driver’s ‘About a Boy’ came in second in its time slot with 6.36 million viewers and a 4.1/6. At 930P, ‘Growing Up Fisher’ dropped to third in its time slot with 5.22 million viewers and a 3.3/5. At 10P, ‘Chicago Fire’ finished second with 7.01 million viewers and a 4.4/7, which was 19% above a year-ago telecast of ‘Grimm’ (3.7/6 on 5/07/13).
ABC finished third, a big drop from the top spot on Monday, beginning at 8P with ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ which drew 5.08 million viewers and a 3.6/6. At 9P, ‘The Goldbergs’ dropped with 4.07 million viewers and a 2.7/4. At 930P, ‘Trophy Wife’ dropped further with 2.44 million viewers and a 1.9/3. At 10P, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ pulled up a bit with 2.81 million viewers and a 2.0/3. The Alphabet Network should put all of these programs out of business.
FOX at 8P had ‘Glee’ which pulled in 2.16 million viewers and a 1.9/3. At 9P, the season finale of ‘New Girl’ began the climb out of the glee hole and finished fourth with 2.39 million viewers 1.9/3. At 930P, the season finale of ‘The Mindy Project’ also finished fourth with 2.45 million viewers and a 1.8/3. The hole ‘Glee’ dug at the beginning of the evening will give the suits at the Animal Network of Broadcast a rush on aspirin.
The CW’s combination of dramas beginning at 8P with ‘The Originals’ drew 1.51 million viewers and a 1.2/2 and at 9P, ‘Supernatural’ which drew 1.77 million viewers and a 1.3/2) were both at typical ratings levels.
NBC’s Jimmy Fallon was the dominant player on Tuesday evening with a 2.6/7 at 1130P. That was 8% above Jay Leno on the year-ago evening. David Letterman on CBS had (2.3/6). Jimmy Kimmel on ABC finished with (1.9/5). He just signed a new contract with ABC for two additional years. At 1235A, Seth Meyers on NBC had a 1.2/4. He barely edged out Craig Ferguson on CBS (1.1/4). “Nightline” on ABC finished with a 1.1/ 4. At 135A, “Last Call With Carson Daly” on NBC finished with 0.7/3.
For The Record
CBS was #1 on Day #13 of the May Sweeps with 13.36 million viewers and an 8.9 ratings and 14 share of the available audience. It finished 976,000 viewers ahead of last year on this comparable day. It was only one of two broadcast networks to increase their share over the previous year on this day. NBC finished #2 with 7.74 million viewers and a 5.0/8, which was down 1,698,000 viewers from last year on this comparable day. TNT finished #3 on Tuesday with 4.592 million viewers. ABC was #4 with 3.71 million viewers and a 2.7/4, which was also down 3,951,000 viewers on this comparable day vs year ago. Univision was #5 with 2.77 million viewers and a 1.6/3. TBS finished #6 on Tuesday with an average of 2.421 million viewers. FOX was #7 drew 2.29 million viewers and a 1.9/3, which was down 1,720,000 viewers from the previous year. The CW finished #8 drew 1.64 million viewers and a 1.3/2 which was up, 691,000 viewers from last year on this day. Telemundo finished #9 with a 0.6/1. For the record, viewership on the big five English speaking broadcast networks was DOWN 5,702,000 viewers from the comparable day last year. That’s a drop of 19.8%. Where did all the viewers go?
Today In TV History
On this day in 1947, the “Kraft Television Theater” premiered on NBC. It aired at 730P on Wednesdays. It lasted through 1958 and presented more than 650 comedies and dramas. Actors on the series included James Dean, Colleen Dewhurst, Anne Francis, Lee Grant, Helen Hayes, Hope Lange, Jack Lemmon, James Lipton, Grace Kelly, Jack Klugman, Cloris Leachman, Paul Newman, Leslie Nielsen, Anthony Perkins, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Rod Steiger and Joanne Woodward. The final episode, on October 1, 1958, ‘Presumption of Innocence’ starred Lois Nettelton, Colleen Dewhurst, James Lipton (guest star) and Harry Dean Stanton. Yes. James Lipton, the Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series ‘Inside the Actors Studio’, which debuted in 1994.
Broadcast TV News
NBCUniversal and the International Olympics Committee have set a blockbuster $7.65 billion deal that gives NBCU all domestic media rights to Olympic games through 2032. The deal also calls for NBCU to pay a $100 million “signing bonus” for what the IOC described as an agreement on “the promotion of Olympism and the Olympic values between 2015 and 2020.” The length of the deal is unprecedented, even with the close ties between the IOC and NBCU. It caught NBCU’s rivals in the sports TV game by surprise and spurred immediate criticism of the IOC for failing to open the bidding to competitors. The deal, announced Wednesday by the IOC out of Lausanne, Switzerland, was orchestrated by IOC president Thomas Bach and NBCU chief exec Steve Burke.
“This is one of the most important days in the history of NBCUniversal,” Burke said. “The Olympics are part of the fabric of our company, and we couldn’t be more excited that today’s announcement guarantees that this massively popular and profitable programming will continue to air every two years on the broadcast, cable, digital and mobile platforms of NBCUniversal for the next two decades. No event brings families together like the Olympics, and no-one in media is more accomplished or better equipped to tell the athletes’ stories than NBC Sports. I want to thank the IOC for their faith in us, as well as Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus and NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel, whose leadership was invaluable in bringing this deal to fruition.” Bach emphasized that the deal would provide for “financial security” for the games over the long haul. Comcast’s willingness to invest nearly $8 billion in the games is a sign of how encouraged NBCU execs were after the Sochi games in February, which marked the first time the Comcast-era NBCU team had time to plan for multi-platform execution of coverage across various Peacock TV and digital properties. The results from the Sochi games have had a clear positive impact on NBC’s primetime schedule and in launching the next-generation “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, so Comcast execs were likely eager to lock up a long-term deal that gives them the certainty of planning for programming events around the Games.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts emphasized that the deal amounted to a big investment in the NBC broadcast network, which remains the biggest pedestal for NBCU’s linear Olympics coverage. “The Olympics are the world’s greatest cultural and athletic event, and presenting them to the American audience is an honour and privilege for our entire company,” Roberts said. “Our long-term commitment to and investment in the Olympic Movement are a reflection of our belief in the future of broadcast television, as well as our confidence that our partners at the IOC will continue to deliver great Games and that the Olympics will remain the world’s premier sports event. All of us at Comcast NBCUniversal are extremely proud that we have been entrusted to be the U.S. home for nine more Olympics, and we look forward to using all of our resources to continue our tradition of ground-breaking Olympic coverage.” In 2011, NBCU agreed to pay $4.38 billion for games from 2014 through 2020, topping by nearly $1 billion a bid from Fox Sports.
Cable TV News
10 days before Lifetime launches the global simulcast of Sean Hanish’s film, ‘Return To Zero’ starring Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker, Connie Nielsen, Andrea Anders, Sarah Jones and Colette Freedman. For a look behind the scenes of this important film, go to: http://bit.ly/1jfv4Xl.
Top 10 Cable Networks for the Week of April 28
#1 TNT: 3.23 million viewers
#2 USA: 1.95 million viewers
#3 History: 1.76 million viewers
#4T TBS: 1.58 million viewers
#4T Nick at Nite: 1.58 million viewers
#6 FOX News Channel: 1.54 million viewers
#7 Disney Channel: 1.52 million viewers
#8 Adult Swim: 1.25 million viewers
#9 HGTV: 1.24 million viewers
#10 Discovery: 1.21 million viewers
Cable Ratings For Tuesday 05.06.14
#1 NBA Playoffs- Round 2 TNT 4807 million viewers @ 927P
#2 NBA Playoffs- ROUND 2 TNT 4484 million viewers @ 7P
#3 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2899 million viewers @ 10P
#4 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2825 million viewers @ 930P
#5 Deadliest Catch DISC 2792 million viewers @ 9P
#6 The Big Bang Theory TBS 2777 million viewers @ 1030P
#7 The Big Bang Theory TBS 2607 million viewers @ 9P
#8 19 Kids and Counting TLC 2538 million viewers @ 9P
#9 Little Couple TLC 2535 million viewers @ 10P
#10 American Dad ADSM 12112 million viewers @ 1030P
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64% Of U.S. Households Own Smartphones
The dominance of the mobile channel is illustrated in a new survey from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which reveals that two-thirds (64%) of U.S. households now own smartphones, surpassing ownership of basic cell phones 51%) for the first time, according to a new study. As reported by Marianne Wilson in CSA (050214), the 16th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study also shows that, despite the continued growth of online retail sales, 85% of U.S. households purchasing CE products in the last year did so at brick-and-mortar retail stores. But households that bought CE devices over the past year say they are 49% more likely to make CE purchases online in the year to come.
In other findings: Consumers’ appetite for mobile products remained strong in 2013, and the mobility trend will continue in 2014 with four of the top five planned purchases this year focused on a mobile lifestyle.
In 2014, the top consumer electronics (CE) products U.S. households plan to purchase are smartphones (27%) and over- or on-the-ear headphones (27%). Also among the top planned purchases are televisions (20%); laptop, notebook or netbook computers (18%); and tablets (16%). “Building on consecutive years of strong, mobile device adoption, consumers continue to embrace a connected lifestyle in the home and on the go,” said Kevin Tillmann, senior research analyst, market research at CEA. “Consumers are now turning to many of the emerging connected products entering the market today, such as smart watches, connected fitness devices and smart thermostats.”
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Across The Pond
It was a slow night in the UK on Tuesday but BBC One came out on time of prime time programming outside of soaps. BBC One had the top program of the evening, ‘Happy Valley’ which was top in the ratings outside of soaps on Tuesday. At 9P, the BBC One drama drew 5.4 million viewers (25.3%). Later at 1035P, Comedy Playhouse one-off ‘Miller’s Mountain’ had a respectable 1.8 million viewers (14.5%).
BBC Two at 8P presented ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ and it finished #3 in its time slot with 1.9 million viewers (9.2%). It was followed at 9P by ‘Watermen: A Dirty Business’ with a solid 1.8 million viewers (8.3%).
ITV beginning at 730P had ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and it drew 2.3 million viewers (11.3%).
Channel 4 began at 8P with ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and it finished #5 in the time slot with 1.1 million viewers (5.7%). At 9P, ‘Mr Drew’s School of Boys’ grew the audience to 1.5 million viewers (6.8%). At 10P, ’16 Kids and Counting’ brought in 911,000 viewers (5.6%)\.
Channel 5 at 8P presented ‘Nightmare Neighbor Next Door’ and it pulled in a surprising 1.4 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ fell a bit to 1.1 million (4.9%). While at 10P, CBS’ ‘The Mentalist’ had 846,000 viewers (5.1%).
BBC Three at 8P had the ‘Eurovision Semi-Final’ and it brought in a disappointing 558,000 viewers (2.7%). It was followed at 10P by ‘Sweat the Small Stuff] which could only gather 344,000 viewers (1.9%).
Nine dominated on Tuesday with 34.0% share of the available audience on Tuesday in Australia. Seven came in a distant second with 26.8% share. Ten drew 18.9% share while ABC1 had 16.3%. SBS had 4.0% share.
Nine had the #1 program on the evening as ‘The Voice Australia’ drew 1,896,000 viewers. #2 was the biggest newscast in the nation on Tuesday as ‘Nine News’ drew 1,270,000 viewers. #3 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1,196,000 viewers and made it a clean sweep for Nine…top program…top newscast…top early newscast. And sat #4, ‘A Current Affair’ drew 1,195,000 viewers.
Seven got into the game with #5, ‘Seven News’ with 1,195,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,046,000 viewers. #7, ‘Home and Away’ drew the last of the million viewer programs for the night with 1,004,000 viewers. #8 had ‘The House Rules’ drew 951,000 viewers.
Ten had the #9 program, ‘MasterChef Australia’ with 847,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the #10 program which was ‘ABC News’ which drew 841,000 viewers
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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