Friday, 05.23.14 (Posted 05.24.14)
With an all rerun evening, The Tiffany Network narrowly squeaked past the competition at 8P with ‘Undercover Boss’ featuring the owner of the Salt Lake City Jazz of the NBA and drew a third place, 3.65 million viewers. At
9P, another rerun of ‘Hawaii Five-O’, featuring a crazy rich guy who misguidingly funds an equally crazy medical experiment on his son drew 4.84 million viewers. At 10P, the cornerstone of Black Rock Friday’s, ‘Blue Bloods’ came in with a time slot leading 7.06 million viewers, making it the top program of the evening in the U.S.
How close is close? The Alphabet Network found out on Friday as it finished just 10,000 viewers behind CBS on Friday. At 8P ‘Shark Tank’ led off the evening with a second place 4.925 million viewers. At 9P, the season premiere of ‘What Would You Do?’ increased the audience a bit and drew 4.945 million viewers. At 10P, ’20/20′ came in with the network’s highest total of the evening with 5.93 million viewers. Unfortunately, it was up against ‘Blue Bloods’.
The Peacock Network tried but fell just 30,000 viewers short of the title on Friday as at 8P, ‘Dateline’ for two hours drew the #1 position in each of the half hours it aired by averaging 6.415 million viewers. But it was the kiss of death to run ‘Hannibal’s’ season finale on their schedule at 10P because it could only draw 2.865, finishing last in each of its half hours and dropped the network at 30 Rock down the tubes.
The Animal Network of Broadcast was a different story. It had no highlights as at 8P, another rerun of: Live Another Day’ drew 1.48 million viewers. To the suits at FOX…this is a show people watch LIVE. It is the magic of the show. If anything, they DVR it and watch later. But to rerun the week’s episode on Friday is a waste of the network’s time. As for the 9P program, ‘Gang Related’, the rerun of this may be just in as much as it was the series pilot and sampling is a good thing. But, it could only manage 1.16 million viewers. This is not a good thing for this very gutsy show. School is out on this series. Everyone is looking at Episode #2 in order to make a decision on it. Is he a good Cop or a bad Cop working for the other side of the law controlled by his adopted family?
The Little Network That Could brought out a rerun of part two of ‘Labyrinth’ beginning at 8P and running for two hours. It drew 942,000 viewers with its top showing at 8P with 1.13 million viewers. Tough to gain ratings on a day when its target is not in front of the television set. Hey! Its Friday night. Go dark or get older.
For The Record
In one of the closest night of the year, CBS finished #1 with 5.26 million viewers. ABC finished a very close #2 with 5.25 million viewers. NBC came in a very close #3 with 5.23 million viewers. FOX finished 1.32 million viewers. The CW had 942,000 viewers.
Today In TV History
On this day in 1974, the last “Dean Martin Show” was seen on NBC. The show had been aired for 9 years and the coolest man of the Century ended his long television run. He was the original ‘Most Interesting Man In The World’.
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Across The Pond
ITV at 8P brought the world ‘Tonight: The Rise of Discount Supermarkets’ and it was Friday’s highest rated show outside of soaps seen by an average audience of 4.73 million (24.3%) viewers. The evening on ITV continued at 9P with the drama series, ‘Lewis’ drawing 2.63 million (13%). At 1035P, Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’ still draws and was viewed by 877,000 viewers (10.1%).
BBC One At 7P began with ‘The One Show’ with 3.22 million viewers (18.1%). At 730P, ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 continued and it brought in 2.6 million viewers (12.8%). At 8P, ‘The Food Inspectors’ had 2.63 million viewers (12.8%). At 9P ‘Have I Got News for You’ and it was strong with 4.01 million (19.4%) viewers. This week’s show was hosted by ‘Crimewatch’ presenter Kirsty Young. It was followed at 930P by ‘Room 101’ and drew 3.09 million (15.7%) viewers. At 10.40P, ‘The Graham Norton Show’ with guests Julie Andrews, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill drew a very strong 3.21 million (24.2%).
BBC Two at 730P had ‘Great British Menu’ with 1.49 million viewers (7.7%). Then at 8P, picked up the ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014’ and jumped the audience level to 2.46 million (12.6%). At 9P, ‘The Story of Women and Art’ brought in 830,000 viewers (4.1%). At 10P, ‘the 20th anniversary of ‘The Fast Show Special’ pulled in 1.46 million viewers (8.5%).
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Marvel’s Agents of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ as it pulled in 1.03 million viewers (5%). At 9P, ‘Googlebox’ brought in the network’s high for the evening, 2.91 million viewers (14.4%). It was followed at 10P by ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’ with 1.2 million viewers (7.6%). It was a good night for Channel 4.
Channel 5 at 8P began with ‘Eddie Stobart’s Excellent Adventures’ and it pulled in a modest 537,000 viewers (3.3%). But it was the power of CBS which brought it the highest-rated show for this evening as ‘NCIS’ at 9P brought in 1.06 million viewers (5%). It was followed at 10P by ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ with 537,000 viewers (3.3%).
BBC Three at 725P ran the movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ was the highest performing multichannel offering, bringing in 754,000 viewers (3.8%).
Nine won for the second straight night with 31.0% share of the available audience. It had the #2 program on the evening with ‘Nine News’ which drew 1,068,000 viewers. #4 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 937,000 viewers. #6 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 780,000 viewers and #9 was ‘Hot Seat’ with 664,000 viewers.
Meanwhile, Seven with 29.5% share of the audience, had the #1 program and the #1 newscast of the evening, ‘Seven News’ with 1,084,000 viewers, outdrawing it main rival by 16,000 viewers. It also had the #3 program, ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 956,000 viewers, finishing ahead of its rival on Nine by 19,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ with 740,000 viewers.
ABC1 bounced back and finished third with 17.6% share of the available audience. It also had the #5 program, ‘Old School’ which was the top drama of the evening, airing at 830P, as 780,000 tuned in. It is this program that deserves special comment. What a treat. Sam Neill and Byran Brown, two of Australia’s biggest stars, create spirited fun, with a wonderful balance of mystery, action and humor, and have these two shining stars whose charisma spills off the screen. This program will grow to great heights once it is discovered by the nation. This is Must See TV ON DEMAND. It is the only Australian television show given that designation so far. #8 on the evening was ‘ABC News’ with 689,000 viewers.
Ten slipped to fourth on Friday with 16.1% share as its top program on Friday was #10, ‘The Living Room’ with 635,000 viewers.
SBS finished fifth with 5.7% share of the available audience.
As you can see, no matter where in the world you were watching television, people were…
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