Friday, 05.09.14 (Posted 05.10.14)
CBS on Day #16 of the May Sweeps put out their best as at 8:00P ‘Unforgettable’ drew 7.29 million viewers, 1.56 million ahead of its closest competition for the evening. Then at 9P, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ in its season finale the men and women of Five-0 were up against the age-old enemy, Wo Fat. If there ever was a master villain on television, both in the new ‘Five-0’ and back in the day, Wo Fat was the baddest of the bad. But then he did something completely different. It drew 9.09 million viewers, increasing the lead over the competition to 1.89 million viewers. It was Must See TV ON DEMAND. Then the rock of Black Rock on Friday, ‘Blue Bloods’ brought us an episode that saw Danny in trouble, Francis in a quandary, Erin seeing a huge problem within her department and Jamie trying to figure out a scam and once again it was the family Reagan business in true form coming together. It drew 11.50 million viewers in the season finale, a whopping 5.3 million ahead of its closest network competition. This is a big time show with big time numbers, one of only 14 Ten Million Viewer LIVE Club programs. The finale was the biggest audience it has delivered in the May Sweeps, 11.23 million viewers ranking it #5 in the Club.
The Alphabet Network at 8P had a rerun of ‘Shark Tank’ and it drew 4.4 million viewers. Then at 9P, an original episode of ‘Shark Tank’ drew 7.2 million viewers, which was high for the evening on the Alphabet Network, but it was down from last week’s high. Finishing the evening at 10P, ’20/20′ pulled in 6.2 million viewers.
NBC began the evening at 8P with ‘Dateline’ and it drew 5.73 million viewers, tops for the Peacock Network on Friday. At 9P, ‘Grimm’ dropped substantially and finished with 4.83 million viewers. Then at 10P, the newly renewed ‘Hannibal’ had 2.12 million friends and family. You have to wonder why this program was kept for another year at the Peacock Network. With those numbers, it is destined to fail no matter where you put it. A superb program that was cancelled by FOX, ‘Rake’ could have beaten those numbers. The suits at 30 Rock just have to come to grips that nobody likes this program…except for family and friends.
FOX on Friday gave all of the fans, beginning at 8P, another look at the opening episode of ’24: Live Another Day’. As expected, it drew much less than the original run as it pulled in 1.36 million viewers on the Animal Network of Broadcast. But it did do better than the normal Friday run of programming they have presented lately.
The CW on Friday at 8P ran an original episode of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and it drew 1.52 million viewers. At 930P, it pulled a rerun of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway” and it drew 1.27 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Hart of Dixie’ pulled in 850,000 viewers for The Little Network That Could. Bye-bye ‘Hart’.
At 1135P, NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ had a 2.3/5 but was bested by CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ with guest star Nathan Fillion of ‘Castle’ which had a 2.3 rating and a 6 share of the available audience. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with a rerun featuring JLo finished with a 2.0/5.
At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ won the time slot with an average 1.3/4. NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ finished second with a 1.1/3 which tied CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ (1.1/3) for second in the time period. At 135A NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ averaged a 0.6/2.
For The Record
CBS finished #1 on Friday with 9.29 million viewers. ABC came in #2 with 5.93 million viewers. NBC finished #3 with 4.23 million viewers. FOX finished #4 with 1.36 million viewers. The CW had 1.12 million viewers on Friday.
Today In TV History
Believe it or not, on this day in history in 1928, WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY, began regular television programming. Today, known as WGRB, digital 6, held the call sign WGY-TV from 1928 to 1942. WGY became the first radio station in the world to televise a drama on separate radio channels. The program starred Dr. E. F. W. Alexanderson, General Electric Consulting Engineer, along with Izetta Jewel and Maurice Randall. It was Alexanderson’s portable and simplified television transmitter which made the broadcast possible. The only viewers were newspaper and magazine writers watching the program on a 3- by 3-inch screen three miles away in the WGY studio. The broadcasts were made at 1:30 and 11:30P.
Cable TV News
7 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. For the official trailer, go to: http://vimeo.com/94229672. For a look at the Entertainment Tonight story, go to: http://www.etonline.com/movies/146341_minnie_driver_new_role_is_the_hardest_thing_she_ever_done/
Broadcast TV News
CBS renewed ‘The Mentalist’ for its 7th season.
ABC renewed ‘Last Man Standing’ for its 4th season.
NBC renewed ‘About A Boy’ for its 2nd season.
CBS cancelled ‘Crazy Ones’, ‘Hostages’, ‘Friends with Better Lives’ and ‘Bad Teacher’, all first year programs.
ABC cancelled ‘Suburgatory’ after three seasons.
NBC cancelled ‘Community’ after five seasons.
FOX cancelled ‘Surviving Jack’ after one season.
New update on The Millennium Report can be found at http://bit.ly/1ljkQXc.
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Across The Pond
With little doubt, soaps top most in the UK. And, Friday is not exception. But for overtheshouldermedia, it is the non-soap programming that really makes or breaks the networks. On Friday, BBC One was the power as at 7P, ‘The One Show’ drew 3.32 million (19.2%). It was followed at 730P by ‘A Question of Sport’ which dropped a bit to 2.99 million (15.5%). At 8P, ‘MasterChef’ was Friday evening’s highest-rated show outside of soaps as it drew 4.57 million viewers or 20.1% share of the available audience, peaking at 4.78 million. At 9P, ‘Have I Got News For You’ dropped a smidge to 4.54 million viewers and a (21.2%) share. At 930P, a rerun of ‘Outnumbered’ dropped a bit to 2.97 million viewers (14.2%) but after the news at 1035P, ‘The Graham Norton Show with guests Brenda Blethyn, Stephen Mangan and French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier pulled in an equal number with 2.97 million viewers (22.8%) share. Immediately after, ‘Bad Education’ drew 940,000 viewers (10.7%).
ITV at 8P had ‘Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis’, which brought in 2.55 million viewers (12%). At 9P, ‘Lewis’ was the channel’s highest-rated show outside of soaps for the second week running, bringing in 2.74 million viewers (13.2%).
BBC Two without snooker, returned to its regularly scheduled programming, starting at 730P with ‘Great British Menu’ and drawing 1.58 million (8.2%). It was higher than the non-Championship round of the snooker tournament. It was followed at 8P by ‘The Minister’ which increased the audience to 1.67 million (7.9%). At 830P, ‘Gardener’s World’ drew 1.19 million (8%) and 9P had ‘Natural World which drew a similar 1.19 million viewers (5.7%).
Channel 4, which earlier in the week stated they had lost £15 million, began the evening at 8P with ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ which drew 1.03 million viewers (4.7%). At 9P, ‘Googlebox’ was and continues to be a ratings success for the network pulling in 2.72 million viewers (13%) share. It was followed at 10P by ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’ which drew 1.45 million viewers (9.2%). ‘The Trip to Italy’ with 910,000 viewers (5.2%) and ‘Newsnight’ ended the evening with 410,000 (2.9%).
Channel 5 at 8P had History’s ‘Ice Road Trucker’ which drew 715,000 viewers (4.4%). But it imported at 9P its highest-rated show, America’s #1 program, ‘NCIS’ which drew 1.18 million viewers (5.7%) as it is beginning to find its audience in the UK. At 10P, ‘NCIS:LA’ drew 715,000 viewers (4.4%).
BBC Three late night presented ‘Family Guy’ drawing 550,000 viewers (10.1%) fat 1215A. That’s a pretty hefty number for that your of the early morning.
Seven came back on Friday to break Nine’s winning streak and powered to victory with a 33.5% share of the available audience. When you pull in a third of the available audience, you know it is going to be a good night. And the top program of the evening was also the nation’s top newscast with ‘Seven News’ pulling in 1,050,000 viewers on a rather slow evening of television viewer. #4 for the evening was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 952,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’, the top non-news program in the nation with 818,000 viewers. The #9 program of the night was ‘Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football’ which pulled in 636,000 for the game.
Nine, with 27.8% share of the audience had the #2 and #3 programs on the evening as ‘Nine News’ took #2 with 1,047,000 viewers, just 3,000 viewers behind its rival ‘Seven News’. The #3 program was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 975,000 viewers. #6 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 791,000 viewers.
ABC1, which finished third with 15.6% share of the available audience, #7 and the top drama of the evening was ‘Jonathan Creek’ which drew 690,000 viewers. It also had the #8 program, ‘ABC News’ with 648,000 viewers.
Ten came in fourth with 14.5% share of the available audience, grabbed the #10 spot in Friday’s Top Ten with ‘Ten Eyewitness News’ which had 606,000 viewers.
SBS had a better than average evening on Friday by pulling in its highest share of the week with 8.7% share of the available audience. It’s highest rated program finished #19 as the ‘Eurovision Semi-finals’ pulled 440,000 viewers. The finals will be on Sunday from Copenhagen, Denmark.
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