Saturday, 05.17.14 (Posted 05.18.14)
The Peacock Network topped the final Saturday of the May Sweeps. At 8P, ‘Dateline’ drew 4.275 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Dateline’ did 5.52 million viewers. Then at 10P, a rerun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ pulled in 3.325 million viewers.
The Tiffany Network a rerun of ‘2 Broke Girls’ at 8P drew 2.25 million viewers. At 830P, a rerun of ‘Friends With Better Lives’ drew only 1.84 million. No wonder it was cancelled. At 9P, a rerun of ’48 Hours’ drew 2.585 million viewers. At 10P, an original episode of ’48 Hours’ drew 4.89 million viewers. Problem for Black Rock is that if you continue reruns, how can an original expect to break into the lead? In the past two days, CBS has run 5 of 6 hours of reruns.
The Alphabet Network from 8-10P ran the movie, ‘Superman 2’ and it drew 2.43 million viewers. That’s what happens when you run reruns.
The Animal Network of Broadcast decided to join the Suits of Rerun as at 8P it brought out ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ and averaged 1.335 million viewers. At 9P, another rerun of ‘The Following’ averaged 787,000 viewers, proving that even a Big Four network can do worse than The CW.
When the cable ratings for Saturday are available, Sean Hanish’s movie, ‘Return To Zero’ could top most of these weak rerun efforts on Lifetime. And Lifetime NEVER has a program that beats a broadcast network’s fare.
Season finale of ‘Saturday Night Live’ with host Andy Samberg and musical guest St. Vincent, averaged a 4.0 HH rating and a 10 share, down 17% on the comparable day last season. However, it was the tops since April 5th. A year ago, the season finale with Ben Affleck and Kanye West did a 4.7.
For The Record
NBC was #1 with 4.37 million viewers. CBS was #2 with 3.14 million viewers. ABC came in #3 with 2.43 million viewers. FOX finished last with 1.06 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this day in 1985, ‘Nightline’ aired from a remote location for the first time. The location was in South Africa.
Top Ten Box Office (Weekend 05.16/05.18.14)
#1 Godzilla $93.205 million
#2 Neighbors $25.991 million
#3 The Amazing SpiderMan-2 $16.8 million
#4 Million Dollar Arm $ 10.511 million
#5 The Other Woman $6.3 million
#6 Heaven Is For Real $4.4 million
#7 Rio 2 $3.8 million
#8 Captain America $3.759 million
#9 Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return $1.952 million
#10 Mom’s Night Out $1.9 million
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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 TONIGHT at 9P in the UK.
While much interest was surrounded by the FA Cup, on ITV it did draw 5.40 million viewers (41.0%) as it peaked with a strong 10.13 million viewers and an astounding 52.2% share of the available audience at 730P, the power of the evening belonged to ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ which drew 9.27 million viewers and a 43.2% share. The biggest peak audience of the day was for ‘BGT’ as it did draw 10.14 million viewers and a 47.2% share at 840P. After, ‘Amazing Greys’ managed 2.02 million viewers (11%) on ITV. Obviously, it was an ITV night.
BBC One at 7P brought ‘Pointless Celebrities’ and 2.87 million tuned in (15.3%). ‘The National Lottery: In It to Win It’ earned 3.18 million viewers (15.9%). At 935P, ‘The Guess List’ took in 2.74 million viewers (14.4%).
BBC Two at 7P presented ‘Museums at Night’ and had 385,000 viewers (2.1%). ‘Bob Larbey: A Tribute’ followed with 571,000 viewers (3%). ‘Comedy Connections’ rerun drew 753,000 viewers (3.6%) and ‘All About the Good Life’ drew 1.09 million viewers (5.2%).
Channel 4 showed a rerun of ‘The Restoration Man’ and it drew 345,000 viewers (1.8%). ‘Grand Designs’ pulled 656,000 viewers (3.2%). At 9P, ‘X-Men: First Class’ brought in the biggest numbers for the network on Saturday with 2.12 million (12%).
Channel 5 at 8P brought a rerun of ‘NCIS’ and it drew 497,000 viewers (2.4%). At 9P, another rerun of ‘NCIS’ drew 435,000 viewers (2.1%).
ITV 2 at 850P brought ‘Britain’s Got More Talent’ and it was watched by 451,000 viewers (2.1%).
BBC Four at 9P brought ‘Wallander’ and it drew 812,000 viewers (4.1%).
Seven won Saturday in Australia but ABC1′s ‘Death In Paradise’ was the #1 program.
Seven took 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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