CBS Was #1 On Thursday In The U.S. BBC One Tops In The UK. Nine #1 In Australia.

CBS & 'The Big Bang Theory' were #1 on Thursday.

CBS & ‘The Big Bang Theory’ were #1 on Thursday.

Thursday, 05.22.14 (Posted 05.23.14)
The Tiffany Network pulled off a win on Thursday. CBS began this first night of the summer 2014 television season, beating #2 NBC by 24%. And it all began at 8P with a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with an evening hight of 8.94 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/11 share of the available audience. At 830P, a rerun of ‘The Millers’ drew 6.04 million viewers and a 4.2/7. It was followed at 9P by another rerun, this time of ‘Two and a Half Men’ which pulled in 5.73 million (#1 in its time slot with a 3.9/7). At 930, the canceled ‘Bad Teacher’ dropped with 4.45 million viewers and a 3.1/5. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Elementary’ drew 4.71 million and a 3.6/7.

The Peacock Network had a strong Thursday evening after the May Sweeps concluded at 8P with ‘Hollywood Game Night’ which drew 3.9 million viewers and a 2.7/5. At 9P-11P, the reality competition ‘Last Comic Standing’ hosted by JB Smoove and now featuring judges Roseanne Barr, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters. It returned after a four-year absence with 5.39 million viewers and a 3.7/6. It was 12% above its seventh season-opener on Monday, June 7, 2010 (3.3/6).

The Animal Network of Broadcast jumped into the Thursday fray with ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ which pulled in 4.21 million viewers and a 3.4/6. At 9P, the new series premiere of the drama ‘Gang Related’ pulled in only 2.99 million viewers and a 2.5/4. That was 26% below the 830P portion of lead-in ‘Hell’s Kitchen’.


This is Kelly Reilly. She is a star to be reckoned with.

This is Kelly Reilly. She is a star to be reckoned with.

The Alphabet Network Over at ABC began with a rerun of the 90-minute ‘Bachelorette’ season-opener and it drew 2.69 million viewers and a 1.9/3. Talk about throwing away an evening…the suits at Disney can do it better than most. At 930P, a rerun of ‘Modern Family’ season-ender drew 2.79 million viewers and a 2.2/4. But what all of this did at 10P was allow a strong showcase for one of the best new dramas on television this year as the drama ‘Black Box’ which pulled in 3.722 million viewers.and a 2.7/5, nearly a million viewers above its lead-in. The suits have reconsider terminating this very innovative drama. These are the people who brought us ‘House’. As unusual as that was, look at what a hit it became after a tough start. ‘Black Box’ had to fight against all the odds on Thursday with two reruns before climbing out of that hole. IT HAS AN AUDIENCE EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SUBJECT MATTER! This was a Must See TV ON DEMAND titled ‘Jerusalem’ which was written by Oahn Ly and directed by Eric Stoltz. Kelly Reilly is a force to be reckoned with.

The CW
The Little Network That Could The CW aired at 8P-10P, part one of two-part original miniseries ‘Labyrinth’ which drew 1.33 million viewers and a 1.0/2.

Late Night
The ‘Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ with guest stars Amanda Seyfried along with Will Ferrell brought down the house and #1 for the late night evening with a . ‘David Letterman’ had a . ‘Jimmy Fallon Live’ had a . At 1235A, ‘Nightline’ came in with a . ‘Seth Meyers’ finished with . ‘Craig Ferguson’ had a . At 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ had a .

For The Record
CBS was #1 with 5.762 million viewers and a 4.1 rating and 7 share of the available audience. NBC came in second with 4.890 a 3.3/6. FOX finished with 3.600 million viewers and a 2.9/5. ABC drew 3.050 million viewers and a 2.3/4. Univision was #5 with 2.699 million viewers and a 1.4/2. The CW finished with 1.334 million viewers and a 1.0/2. Telemundo had 1.2 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

Today In TV History

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On this day in 1963, NBC purchased the 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000. It gave the AFL tremendous credibility.

Cable Program Ratings on Thursday

History & 'Pawn Stars' were #1 on Thursday on Cable.

History & ‘Pawn Stars’ were #1 on Thursday on Cable.

#1 Pawn Stars HIST 3.71 million viewers @ 9P
#2 Pawn Stars HIST 3.62 million viewers @ 930P
#3 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2.66 million viewers @ 930P
#4 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2.63 million viewers @ 1030P
#5 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2.57 million viewers @ 10P
#6 Pawn Stars HIST 2.51 million viewers @ 830P
#7 Law & Order: SVU USA 2.18 million viewers @ 9P
#8 American Dad ADSM 2.14 million viewers @ 1030P
#9 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2.13 million viewers @ 9P
#10 American Dad ADSM 2.00 million viewers @ 10P

New to the Nielsen consumer confidence measurement in the first quarter is the addition of three sub-Saharan African markets—Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. The three markets, which deploy a mobile methodology, are new to Nielsen’s existing online survey of more than 30,000 consumers in 60 countries. Each quarter Nielsen measures consumer confidence and spending intentions across the globe and continually updates country participation to reflect the changing connected landscape.

Of the three countries added, Nigeria’s consumer confidence was highest with an index of 120 in the first quarter. Kenya also reported an optimistic, above-the-baseline index score of 110, and Ghana’s index score was just below the baseline at 97. More than half of respondents in Kenya (57%) and Nigeria (52%) were optimistic about local job prospects in the next 12 months, compared with 42% in Ghana. “As seen in other developing markets, consumers in Africa generally have an extremely positive outlook, which is encouraging for consumer businesses looking at growth in Africa,” said Dwight Watson, managing director, Nielsen, sub-Saharan Africa. “With spending on consumer products accounting for on average just over 50 percent of income, consumers are cautious about their current ability to spend. Therefore, product choices that meet consumers’ needs remain the key opportunity.”

While 80% of Nigerian respondents were confident about their personal finances, just under half (49%) believed that now was a good time to spend. In Kenya, 69% of respondents believed money matters were good or excellent, and 36 percent were confident in their current spending capacity. In Ghana, 62 percent were optimistic about their finances, and 34% of respondents were ready to spend. The majority of respondents in the three countries (71% in Ghana, 66% in Kenya and 59% in Nigeria) did not have spare cash. Among those who did have discretionary money to spend, saving and spending intentions in the three countries showed similar priorities. Saving was a priority for 91% in Kenya, 83% in Nigeria and 76% in Ghana, followed by spending on home improvement projects (74% in Kenya, 73% in Nigeria, 64% Ghana).

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Across The Pond

BBC One #1 in the UK on Thursday.

BBC One #1 in the UK on Thursday.

BBC One topped all others on Thursday in the UK. At 9P, ‘From There To Here’ topped the ratings outside of soaps upon its launch on Thursday as the Philip Glenister drama was seen by 4.5 million (21.8%). Later, after the news at 1035P, ‘Question Time’ brought in 3.1 million (26.7%). That was followed, at 1135P, by the first part of ‘Vote 2014’ results with 1.0 million interested viewers (25.8%).

BBC Two, continued at 8P with the ‘Chelsea Flower Show’ coverage and 2.4 million flower lovers all over the UK tuned in (11.4%). It was followed at 9P by ‘Horizon’ and 921,000 viewers (4.4%) tuned in.

ITV continued at 730P the broadcast of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ and it continued to thrill 2.7 million viewers (13.0%).

On Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Posh Pawn’ and it came in #4 in the time period with 1.5 million viewers (7.1%), while at 9P, ‘Heston’s Great British Food’ dropped to 913 000 viewers (4.4%).

Channel 5 at 9P presented ‘Trauma Doctors’ and it attracted 1.3 million viewers (6.1%). It was followed at 10P by CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’ which brought in 698,000 viewers (4.2%).

BBC Three at 9P had ‘Tyger Takes On’ and it only interested 263,000 viewers (1.3%). At 10P, ‘Jonah from Tonga’ had 223,000 viewers (1.3%).

Down Under

Nine #1 in Australia on Thursday but ABC1's 'Call The Midwife' was the top drama.

Nine #1 in Australia on Thursday but ABC1’s ‘Call The Midwife’ was the top drama.

On a weak Thursday, Nine carried the night in Australia without the #1 program. Nine had a 28.0% share of the available audience. It did have the #2 program a, ‘Nine News’ which drew 1,104,000 viewers. The #5 program on the hight was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which drew 970,000 viewers. And it had the #6 program in the Top Ten on Thursday which was ‘A Current Affair’ with 876,000 viewers.

Seven with 25.8% share, finished with the #1 program which was ‘Seven News’ as it drew 1,229,000 viewers. It also had the #3 program, ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,083,000 viewers. #4 was ‘Home and Away’ with 972,000 viewers. And, the #10 program was ‘Million Dollar Minute’ with 740,000 viewers.

Ten edged out ABC1 for #3 network on Thursday with #7 program, ‘MasterChef Australia’ which pulled in 870,000 viewers.

ABC1 finished #4 with 19.2% share with two shows in the Top Ten, #8 ‘Call The Midwife’ which drew 841,000 viewers and #9, ‘ABC News’ with 769,000 viewers.

SBS finished #5 (6.7% share)with no top shows in the Top Ten.

As you can see, no matter where in the world you were watching television, people were…

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