Friday, 05.16.14 (Posted 05.17.14)
For part of this last Friday in the May Sweeps, it was ‘give-away day’ and CBS and part of FOX and The CW aired reruns.
ABC won with an old pro. As she was in her last day on television, Barbara Walters had a special of her own and it made her network #1 on this last Friday during the May Sweeps. The Alphabet Network began at 8P with ‘Shark Tank’ season finale with 6.49 million viewers which was second in its time slot. But the big show of the evening, on her retirement from television at 9P, ‘Barbara Walters: Her Story’ ran and drew 9.30 million viewers for both hours.
For some unexplained reason, the Tiffany Network through reruns all night long to its faithful, usually top ranked public and it was a failing strategy. At 8P, it reran an old episode of ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and yet it still drew 5.32 million viewers. At 9P, it did the same, again with an old rerun of ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and it pulled in an even better 6.02 million viewers. This was some 3 million less than it normally does on an original episode airing. Then at 10P, the #1 program on normal Friday’s for CBS, ‘Blue Bloods’ with yet another rerun drew only 6.86 million viewers. So everyone knows, this was nearly 5 million less than last week on a normal Friday when original episodes air. Can someone explain why CBS elected to throw away the last Friday of the May Sweeps?
The Peacock Network began a 8P with ‘Dateline’ and it captured its time slot with 6.86 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Grimm’ season finale drew 5.39 million viewers and finished third it its time slot. At 10P, Hannibal’ dropped to the bottom of the barrel, finishing last, with only 2.48 million viewers.
The Animal Network of Broadcast deservedly ran a rerun of their great hit at 8P of ’24: Live Another Day’ and it only drew 1.62 million viewers. At 9P, the season finale of ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ pulled in 2.4 million viewers. With that effort, even Univision beat it. And here’s the clincher: The CW beat it at 8P. Great job, suits at FOX. On Monday, report to work in suits and ties. Pink would be appropriate.
The Little Network That Could at 8P had an original episode of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and it pulled in 1.78 million, beating FOX. At 830P, the usual rerun of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ drew 1.54 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Hart of Dixie’ with its season finale drew 1.01 million viewers.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ had a 2.5/6. CBS’ ‘David Letterman’ drew a 2.0/5. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with a 2.5/6 finished with a . At 1235, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ won the time period again as it finished with a 1.5/5 beating NBC’s ‘Seth Meyers which did 1.2/4. And, CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ finished with a 1.1/4. At 135A, NBC’s ‘Carson Daly’ finished with 0.7/3.
For The Record
ABC finished on top with 8.380 million viewers on Friday. CBS was #2 with 6.074 million viewers. NBC finished with 4.909 million viewers and Univision finished #4 with 2.331 million viewers. FOX finished #5 with 2.010 million viewers. The CW had 1.335 million viewers. Telemundo had 6.0/1.
Today In TV History
On this day in 1961, the final episode of “You Bet Your Life”/”The Groucho Show” was taped. You can see a full episode of this show, along with commercials, at https://archive.org/details/You_Bet_Your_Life_Groucho
Cable TV News
Tonight, Lifetime launches the first global simulcast of a feature film in history, which will be 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/
Check out USA Today article/video @: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/05/11/minnie-driver-return-to-zero-about-a-boy/8899951/
TV Guides latest article out yesterday can be found at http://www.tvguide.com/News/Lifetime-Return-Zero-1081688.aspx
CBS This Morning ran a 2 minute piece on ‘Return To Zero’ this morning @ 837A @ http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/return-to-zero-loss-of-a-child-inspires-new-movie/.
KCBS story on ‘Return To Zero’ @ http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/10171798-eye-on-entertainment-minnie-drivers-new-role-delves-into-losing-a-child-may-16/
New update on The Millennium Report can be found at http://bit.ly/1ljkQXc.
Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of “Searching for Sugar Man,” committed suicide. The Swedish director died Tuesday in Stockholm, police said. He was 36. Bendjelloul won the 2013 best documentary Academy Award for his debut feature about an obscure American crooner who gained fame abroad but remained almost unknown at home. “Searching for Sugar Man” is the story of Sixto Rodriguez, a singer from Detroit who became a legend in South Africa. With lyrics such as “The system’s gonna fall soon, to an angry young tune,” Rodriguez unwittingly became the voice of the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1970s, even as his records flopped in his own country. The film gets its title from “Sugar Man,” a 1970 Rodriguez song about a drug peddler. “It was this lost masterpiece, like a Cinderella story, a fairy tale,” Bendjelloul said of Rodriguez’s life. “I never heard anything like that. A story that was so rich and true.” Bendjelloul had likened the Oscar to winning his native country’s Nobel Prize. “This is the only one that is on the same level,” he said.
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For the first time ever, Lifetime UK be premiering a Lifetime Drama Special just one day after the US! ‘Return To Zero’, starring Minnie Driver and directed by Sean Hanish, premieres SUNDAY at 9P in the UK.
On Friday, the all-reigning soaps in the UK battled it out.
On ITV, Maria’s been playing with fire with her text torment of Tyrone and Fiz and her twisted actions are about to explode in her face on ‘Coronation Street’. It pulled in 6.52 million viewers and 37.0% share of the available audience. But the soap-within-a-soap moment came with ‘Emmerdale’ which drew 5.42 million viewers and a 34.4% share of the available audience BUT Emmerdale star David Easter has been questioned by police over an alleged rape, it has been revealed. THIS IS IN REAL LIFE…NOT ON THE SOAP LIFE. The 54-year-old actor, who is the former husband of Loose Women presenter Denise Welch, was accused of carrying out the sex assault 17 years ago by a woman in her 40s. And here’s the clincher: The woman reportedly saw him on the ITV soap last December, before naming him as her alleged attacker. Can you imagine what this will do to the ratings next week?
BBC One had ‘EastEnders’ and it drew 6.32 million viewers and a 32.6% share of the available audience, just 200,000 viewers behind its chief rival, ‘Corre’, as we all face Lucy Beale funeral.
For the ratings outside of the top soaps, BBC One took the evening with last night’s ‘MasterChef’ final which averaged 5.41 million viewers and a 25.9% share of the available audience from 830P, the day’s most watched program.
Channel 4 had a top performing show of its own as ‘Gogglebox’ was most watched in the 9P time slot with an average of 2.77 million viewers and a 13.8% share.
Friday 05.16.14 Ratings in Australia
Nine took a very slow Friday with 31.0% share of the available audience. They had the #2 program, ‘Nine News’ which drew 971,000 viewers, nearly 90,000 viewers behind it main rival at Seven. #4 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 931,000 viewers. The #6 program of the evening for Nine was ‘A Current Affair’ which attracted 780,000 viewers. The #9 program was ‘Friday Night NRL Live’ with 646,000 viewers.
But Seven (30.5% share) had the top program again, for the third straight night with ‘Seven News’ pulling in 1,060,000 viewers. #3 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 966,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ with 807,000 viewers.
ABC1, with a third place 17.1% share of the available audience, had the #7 program on the evening with 759,000 viewers watching ‘ABC News’. But it also had the #1 non-news program, ranking #8 on the evening, ‘Jonathan Creek’ with 694,000 viewers.
Ten was fourth on the evening with 15.2% share of the audience, down significantly from the previous evening, as it had the #10 program on the evening, ‘Ten Eyewitness News’ with 628,000 viewers.
SBS was fifth on Friday with a 6.1% share of the audience.
Saturday, 05.17.14 Ratings in Australia
Seven takes Saturday with 29.5% share of the available audience but ABC1’s ‘Death In Paradise’ was the #1 program. Seven did have the top newscast which ranked #2 on Saturday evening with 1,013,000 viewers. And it did have #10, ‘Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football’ with 453,000 viewers.
Nine came in second on the evening with 28.6% share of the audience and its top program was also its evening news, ‘Seven News Saturday’ which finished #4 with 886,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Grown Ups’ with 593,000 viewers. And it had #8, ‘Getaway’ which pulled in 507,000 viewers.
ABC1, with 19.5% share of the available audience had #1 with ‘Death In Paradise’ with 1,067,000 viewers. And it had the #3 program which was ‘ABC News Saturday’ with 913,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Gardening Australia’ which pulled in 511,000 viewers. And it completed the evening with #9, ‘The Gods of Wheat Street’ with 481,000 viewers.
Ten finished fourth on the evening with 16.3% share of the available audience and it had the #7 program on Saturday with ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ which drew 509,000 viewers.
SBS finished fifth with 5.8% share.
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