Saturday, 05.10.14 (Posted 05.11.14)
On Saturday, Day #17 of the May Sweeps, FOX grabbed the #1 spot among broadcast networks as it presented NASCAR and drew 5.15 million viewers while peaking toward the finished at 930P with 5.47 million fans. What was important about this Saturday, it matched one sport, auto racing, against basketball (NBA action) and a myriad of baseball games throughout the cable and DirecTV universe. On this night, auto racing brought the Animal Network of Broadcasting the top spot as Jeff Gordon won in Kansas.
ABC on the other hand, presented an evening of NBA play off basketball. At 8P, ‘NBA Countdown’ pulled in 3.76 million viewers. Then at 9P-11P, ‘NBA Basketball’ featuring the Miami Heat against the Brooklyn Nets brought in 5.14 million viewers, just 100,000 behind auto racing but had a peak of 5.85 million at 10P as the Nets beat the Heat 104-90 in Game #3 of the playoffs.
NBC at 8P led off the evening with ‘Dateline’ and it drew 3.41 million viewers. But at 9P, another episode of ‘Dateline’ drew 4.335 million viewers. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ brought the Peacock Network down with 2.875 million viewers.
At unusual as it may seem, CBS finished on the bottom of the charts on Saturday. At 8P, the Tiffany Network began with a rerun of ‘Mike & Molly’ which could only pull in 2.29 million folks. At 830P, a rerun of ‘The Millers’ fell to 2.12 million viewers against all of the sports being televised everywhere. At 9P, it again thought it could pull off two hours of reruns with an hour of ’48 Hours’ and the viewers said ‘No’. They’ve seen it before and it pulled in only 2.52 million viewers. Finally at 10P, CBS decided to run an original program and it drew. That’s what original programming is supposed to do. It finished with 4.62 million viewers. Lesson learned. Especially during the May Sweeps.
Today In TV History
On this day in 1976, ABC aired the last episode of ‘Marcus Welby, MD’. Running since Marcy, 1969, starring Robert Young and James Brolin, its handling of many varied medical cases…some common, some uncommon…made it an instant hit for ABC. In its second season (1970–1971), it ranked #1 in the Nielsen ratings, becoming the first ABC show to top the list. The same year, both Young and Brolin won Emmy Awards for their work, as did the show for Outstanding Dramatic Series. Young won a Golden Globe in 1972 for his performance. Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians served as technical advisers for the series and reviewed every script for medical accuracy.
Cable TV News
Just 6 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
NBC FALL 2014-15 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
8-10 p.m. — “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. — “The Blacklist” / “STATE OF AFFAIRS” (beginning Nov. 17)
8-9 p.m. — “The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. — “MARRY ME”
9:30-10 p.m. — “About a Boy”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago Fire”
8-9 p.m. — “THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA”
9-10 p.m. — “Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago P.D.”
8-9 p.m. — “The Biggest Loser”
9-9:30 p.m. — “BAD JUDGE” (“The Blacklist” beginning Feb. 5)
9:30-10 p.m. — “A TO Z”
10-11 p.m. — “Parenthood”
8-9 p.m. — “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. — “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. — “CONSTANTINE”
8-11 p.m. — Encore programming
7-8:20 p.m. — “Football Night in America”
8:20-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”
‘Neighbors’ was #1 at the box office over the weekend with $49+ million domestically.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ was #1 at the International box office over the weekend with $69.5 million, $54 million of which came from China’s first week.
New update on The Millennium Report can be found at http://bit.ly/1ljkQXc.
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Across The Pond
ITV, despite Eurovision, had the powerful ‘BGT’. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ remained Saturday’s most watched show with an average of 9.39 million viewers and a whopping 44.5% share of the available audience. It reached its peak of 11.4 million viewers and a stunning 51% share of the audience. Against Eurovision at 9P, ITV’s ‘Prey’ drew only 880,000 viewers (3.9%). At 10P, ‘The Americans’ drew only 520,000 viewers (2.5%).
BBC One on Saturday had ‘Casualty’ which reached an average audience of 4.7 million for the hospital drama and ‘The Guess List’ drew 3.3 million.
The Grand Final of Eurovision 2014 last night from Cophenhagen averaged 8.79 million viewers and 41.9% share of the available audience, up 1.09 million on last year’s contest. This year’s average of 8.79 million makes it the second most watched Eurovision Song Contest of the past 10 years, only beaten by 9.54 million in 2011. The Eurovision peak audience came at 11P, when 10.60 million (55.8% of the TV audience) were watching. Who wouldn’t watch a bearded lady sing and win? Viewership in other European nations were: in the Netherlands – 5.1 million 65% share of the available audience; in Germany – 9.0 million (35%); in Spain – 5.1 million viewers (35%); in France – 2.6 million (14%) and in Italy – 1.8 million (9%).
It was a surprisingly close night on Saturday in Australia as Seven with 26.3% share of the available audience edged both Nine (25.5%) and ABC1 with 20.3% share of the audience as Ten was strong with 17.4% and SBS finished with a high of the season with 10.5% share.
Seven had the top program and the top newscast with ‘Seven News’ which brought in 1,080,000 viewers.
ABC1 had the top drama of the night with ‘Death In Paradise’ coming in #2 for the evening with 1,062,000 viewers. #4 was ABC News Saturday with 915,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Gardening Australia’ with 502,000 viewers.
SBS had the #5 program, a rerun of ‘Eurovision’ semi final with 561,000 viewers. #8 was ‘The Gods of Wheat Street’ with 467,000 viewers.
Nine had the #3 program with ‘Nine News Saturday’ with 921,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Getaway’ with 441,000 viewers.
Ten had #7 with ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ with 493,000 viewers. And, Ten also had #10 in the Top Ten on Saturday with a rerun of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ which drew 406,000.
This is the first time this season that each of the top five networks in Australia finished with Top Ten programs on the evening.
Sunday, 05.11.14 Ratings Results
Nine, with 34.1% share of the available audience, took the top spot on Sunday. The #1 program was ‘The Voice’ which drew 1,894,000 viewers, a huge night in the nation. #2 was ’60 Minutes’ which drew 1,552,000 viewers. And to make it a complete sweep of the top three programs on the night, #3 was the top newscast of the evening, ‘Nine News Sunday’ which drew 1,218,000 viewers. The #7 program was ‘The Mentalist’ which drew 902,000 viewers.
Seven finished #2, with 25.3% share, had the #4 program, ‘Seven News Sunday’ with 1,205,000 viewers. #5 was ‘House rules’ which drew 1,058,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Sunday Night’ finished with 954,000 viewers. #8 on the evening was ‘A Place To Call Home’ which finished with 865,000 viewers.
ABC1 came in #4 with 15.7% share and it had the #9 program, ‘ABC News Sunday’ which had 859,000 viewers.
Ten came in #3 with a 15.9% share and it had the final spot in the Top Ten on Sunday, ‘MasterChef Australia’ which drew 770,000.
SBS came in #5 with 9.0% share and its top program on Sunday was the #17 program, ‘Eurovision Final’ with 476,000 viewers.
As you can see, no matter where we live in the world today, people are…
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