Wednesday Had CBS On Top In The U.S. ITV #1 In The UK. Nine Tops In Australia.

CBS Led By 'Criminal Minds' was #1 on Wednesday.

CBS Led By ‘Criminal Minds’ was #1 on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 05.28.14 (Posted on 05.29.14)


The Tiffany Network for the umpteenth evening brought its fans a complete night of encores. Yet CBS won this final Wednesday in May. At 8P, a great rerun of ‘Hawaii Five-O’ came in a strong second in the time slot with 5.69 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/6 share. At 9P, another rerun of ‘Criminal Minds’ topped the time slot and the evening as it drew 7.15 million viewers and a 4.9/8. ‘CM’ was one of the ’10+ Million Program Viewer Club’ during the May Sweeps (you can see all of the Club Members in yesterday’s overtheshouldermedia. Another member of that club, at 10P, ‘CSI’ continued on top of its time slot with 6.14 million viewers and a 4.3/7). It is the cornerstone of CBS procedurals. A new CBS drama ‘Stalker’ inherits the Wednesday 10P hour this fall, with ‘CSI’ moving to Sunday evenings at 10P where it will share the time period with upcoming spin-off ‘CSI: Cyber’.



The Animal Network of Broadcast brought us at 8P, the perennial summer reality/competition ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and it delivered 5.30 million viewers and a 4.0/6. Comparably, this was 5% above the year-ago season-opener (3.8/ 6 on Tuesday, May 14, 2013), but 17% below its season-premiere in this time period on May 14, 2012 (4.8/ 8). That 3.8 in the overnights last year translated into 5.12 million viewers and a 1.9 rating/6 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data, which was its lowest debut. And the 4.8 in the overnights in 2012 translated into 6.26 million viewers and a 2.4/ 8 in the demo. So sayeth Nielsen.



The Peacock Network began at 8P with an encore of the two-hour return of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ and it drew 4.04 million viewers and a 2.5/4. This led into the NBC News Exclusive With Brian Williams: ‘Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden which drew 5.91 million viewers and a 3.8/6. On the Brian Williams special in his first American television interview, Edward Snowden defended his disclosure of the American government’s use of surveillance programs to spy on its own people and described himself as a patriot for trying to stop violations of the Constitution. Snowden met for about five hours last week with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams at a hotel in Moscow, where Snowden is living in exile while facing U.S. felony charges. The interview revealed Snowden’s motive for leaking the documents: He wanted to be able to sleep at night. He said he feels he did the right thing and is proud. Snowden also revealed he misses his family, home and the work he used to do. He wishes he could go home. Asked directly by Williams whether he was looking for “clemency or amnesty,” Snowden said, “I don’t think there’s ever been any question that I’d like to go home. I mean, I’ve from day one said that I’m doing this to serve my country. Now, whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say.” The ‘Last Comic Standing’ encore was a last minute replacement for the originally planned ‘World Music Awards’. Apparently, the Peacock suits felt comedy was a better lead in to the Snowden interview than music.



The Alphabet Network at 8P began with a rerun of ‘The Middle’ and it drew 4.72 million viewers and a 3.1/5. At 830P, a rerun of ‘The Goldbergs’ finished 3rd in its time slot and drew 4.07 million viewers and a 2.5/4. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Modern Family’ finished with 4.21 million viewers and a 3.1/5. And at 930P, another rerun of ‘The Goldbergs’ fell back down with 3.71 million viewers and a 2.5/4. At 10P, ABC finally got around to running an original offering. ‘Motive’ brought the audience up a bit to 3.95 million viewers and a 2.9/5. But little could be expected after two episode of ‘The Goldbergs’.


The #1 Hispanic network in the U.S. at 8P presented ‘De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero’ and it pulled a 0.7 A18-49. But at 9P, ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ brought the network it’s #1 program on the evening with 1.3 A-18-49 Rating. It finished #2 in the time period. Bravo, Lo Que La Vida Me Robo. At 10P, ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ was tied with Telemundo’s, ‘El Señor de los Cielos’, both with 0.9 A18-49 rating. This could be troubling for Univision.

The CW


The Little Network That Could had at 8P presented an encore of ‘Arrow and it drew 920,000 viewers and a 0.9/1. But at 9P, an original installment of ‘The 100’ brought in 1.69 million viewers and a 1.3/2. Both will remain intact on this evening next season on The CW.


The #2 Hispanic network in the U.S. is climbing. At 8P, the network limped out of the gate with La Impostora’ drawing a 0.5 A18-49 ratings. And at 9P, ‘En Otra Piel’ finished with another 0.5 A18-49 ratings. But at 10P, ‘El Señor de los Cielos’ nearly doubled the networks audience and rose a 10th of a point from Tuesday evening with a 0.9 A-18-49 rating.

Late Night
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ led at 1130P with a 2.5/6. CBS’ ‘David Letterman’ had a 1.9/5 and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had a 1.7/4, all were reruns. At 1235A, NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ led with a 1.2/4. ABC’s ‘Nighline’ had a 1.1/3 with an original program and a rerun of CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ finished with a 1.0/4. At 135A, a rerun of NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ scored a 0.7/3.

For The Record
CBS finished on top on Wednesday with 6.327 million viewers and a 4.3 rating and a 7 share of the available audience. FOX came in #2 with 5.30 million viewers and a 4.0/6. NBC came in 3rd with 4.665 million viewers and a 3.0/5. ABC was 4th with 4.102 million viewers and a 2.8.5. Univision drew 2.661 million viewers and a 1.4/2. The CW drew 1.302 million viewers and a 1.1/2. Telemundo finished with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

Today In TV History
On this day in 1962, Barbra Streisand appeared on ‘The Garry Moore Show’. To see and hear this incredible performance,’When The Sun Comes Out’, go to:

Broadcast TV News

Canceled CBS comedies ‘Friends With Better Lives’ and ‘Bad Teacher’ will not be burning off their remaining episodes as originally planned. The network will replace (now follow the bouncing ball) the axed half-hours with encores of ‘Mom’ Monday at 830P in place of ‘Friends With Better Lives’ and ‘The Millers’ in place of ‘Bad Teacher’ Thursday at 930P. ‘Mom’ officially inherits the Monday 830P time period (out of ‘2 Broke Girls’) in November after ‘The Big Bang Theory’ moves back to Thursday, and the summer Tiffany Network Thursday line-up will consist of repeats of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ ‘Mom’, ‘Two and a Half Men’, ‘The Millers’ and ‘Elementary’. After ‘Thursday Night Football’ concludes, ‘The Millers’ moves back to 830P and new sitcom ‘The McCarthys’ debuts at 930P. Coincidently, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ was the network’s top program on this past Monday. ‘Friends With Better Lives’ has five unaired episodes remaining, while ‘Bad Teacher’ has seven.

Cable News
Cable Rankings – Week of May 19
The 10 most watched ad-supported cable networks in primetime for the week of May 19 in Total Viewers:

#1 TNT 2.83 million viewers
#2 ESPN 2.36 million viewers
#3 USA 2.05 million viewers
#4 History 1.70 million viewers
#5 TBS 1.68 million viewers
#6 Disney Channel 1.50 million viewers
#7 Fox News Channel 1.38 million viewers
#8 Nick at Nite 1.34 million viewers
#9 FX 1.28 million viewers
#10 HGTV 1.26 million viewers

Minnie Driver Nominated For Critic’s Choice Award

Minnie Driver alongside fellow Critics Choice Award nominees Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Parsons & Matt Bomer.

Minnie Driver alongside fellow

Critics Choice Award nominees Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Parsons & Matt Bomer.

Minnie Driver, the star in the Sean Hanish film, ‘Return To Zero’, was nominated for the Critic’s Choice Awards as Best Actress In A Movie or Mini-Series. The list of nominees are:
• Helena Bonham Carter, ‘Burton and Taylor’ (BBC America)
• Minnie Driver, ‘Return to Zero’ (Lifetime)
• Whoopi Goldberg, ‘A Day Late and a Dollar Short’ (Lifetime)
• Holliday Grainger, ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ (A&E/History/Lifetime)
• Jessica Lange, ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ (FX)
• Cicely Tyson, ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ (Lifetime)
The 4th annual ‘Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ will be broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 8P (Eastern)/7P (Central).

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Across The Pond

ITV & 'Britain's Got Talent' were #1 in the UK on Wednesday.

ITV & ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ were #1 in the UK on Wednesday.

ITV had at 730P, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and it bounced back in the ratings on Wednesday as the latest semi-final was up by 400,000 viewers from Tuesday, climbing to 8.2 million and a strong 36.8% share of the available audience. An added 303k (1.3%) watched on +1. At 930P, the results show brought in 6.7 million viewers (28.7%) while ITV’s ‘More Talent’ grabbed 536,000 viewers (3.3%) at 10P.

BBC One at 8P tried to match the onslaught of ‘BGT’ but at 8P with ‘Watchdog’ in could only attract 3.4 million viewers (15.0%). It was followed at 9P by ‘Del Boys & Dealers’ which dropped a few viewers to 3.0 million (12.7%).

BBC Two at 8P had ‘Springwatch’ and it attracted 2.4 million viewers (10.3%). While at 9P, ‘Coast Australia’ lost a few viewers with 1.8 million (7.9%) tuning in. At 10P, ‘Episodes’ had only 794,000 viewers (4.4%) against the news.

Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Supervet’ and it attracted 986,000 (4.3%). It was followed at 9P by ’24 Hours in A&E’ which bounced back up with 1.5 million viewers (6.3%). At 10P, The ‘Derek’ finale drew only 723,000 viewer (4.1%). That was a bit of a disappointment for the network.

Channel 5 at 9P brought out the CBS’ #1 member of the Top 10+ Million Viewer Program Club with ‘NCIS’ drawing nearly a million viewers as 931,000 tuned in (4.0%). At 10P, ‘Jack Taylor: The Priest’ dropped off with nearly half that audience with 557,000 viewers (4.2%).

BBC Three at 10P presented ‘Orphan Black’ and it drew 191,000 viewers (1.1%).

Sky1 brought Jack to the UK at 9P with ’24: Live Another Day’ and it attracted 546,000 viewers (2.3%) for FOX’s top show on Monday in the U.S.

Digital/Mobile News


Amazon and CBS Studios have announced that upcoming sci-fi drama ‘Extant’ starring Oscar winner Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK. The first episode of ‘Extant’ will debut on Prime Instant Video, the UK’s largest movie and TV streaming service, on Thursday, July 10, the day after the U.S. premiere on CBS on Wednesday, July 9. New episodes will be available to stream exclusively from Amazon Prime Instant Video each week, one day after their U.S. broadcast, in high definition and on more than 400 devices.

‘Extant’ is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut (Halle Berry) trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in space. Her experiences in space lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.

Down Under

Nine dominates Wednesday in Australia with Rugby.

Nine dominates Wednesday in Australia with Rugby.

Nine overwhelmed the competition on Wednesday as the #1 network in Australia it drew a massive 44.6% share of the available audience. The #1 program was ‘State of Origin Rugby League with QLD vs NSW in the 1st Match’ and it drew 2,487,000 viewers with 1,228,000 in Sydney; 426,000 in Melbourne; 747,000 in Brisbane and 86,000 in Adelaide. The #2 program was the ‘State of Origin Rugby League Pre-Match’ as 1,714,000 viewers tuned in. The #3 program was the ‘State of Origin Rugby League Post Match’ coverage as 1,348,000 viewers tuned in. Of course, the top newscast of the evening and the #4 program in the nation would be ‘Nine News’ with 1,265,000 viewers. The #6 program was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1,239,000 viewers. The #8 program was ‘A Current Affair’ with 1,086,000 viewers, bringing the network 6 of the top 10 programs in the nation on Wednesday evening. That is the very definition of dominating.

Seven with 23.2% share, had the #5 program, ‘Seven News’ with 1,239,000 million viewers. The #7 program also was on Seven as ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ came in with 1,163,000 viewers. It also had the #9 program as ‘Home and Away’ pulled in 940,000 viewers.

Ten was the #3 network on Wednesday with a 16.2% share. It’s top program was #11, ‘MasterChef Australia’, with 779,000 viewers.

ABC1 came in #4 with 12.0% share of the available audience. The #10 program was ‘ABC News’ with 843,000 viewers.

SBS finished #5 with 4% share.

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

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