Thursday Was All CBS In The U.S. ITV Dominates In The UK. Seven Slips Into #1 In Australia.

CBS Wins Thursday. 'The Big Bang Theory' #1 Again.

CBS Wins Thursday. ‘The Big Bang Theory’ #1 Again.

Thursday, 05.29.14 (Posted 05.30.14)


In another all rerun evening, the Tiffany Network topped all others beginning at 8P with a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and drew 8.72 million viewers and a 6.1 rating and an 11 share of the available audience in becoming the #1 program on Thursday, again. And this was with a rerun! At 830P, a rerun of ‘Mom’ drew the third highest total of the evening on all of television with 6.33 million viewers and a 4.2/7. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Two and a Half Men’ pulled in the third highest total on all of broadcast television with 6.17 million viewers and a 4.1/7. At 930P, a rerun of ‘The Millers’ drew 5.00 million viewers and a 3.3/5. Finally, at 10P, a rerun of ‘Elementary’ drew 4.50 million viewers and a 3.3/6 rating.



The Alphabet Network began the evening at 8P with a rerun of ‘The Bachelorette’ and the two-hour episode drew 2.68 million viewers and a 1.9/3. Perhaps America is done with this silly show. At 10P, a real drama, one of the finest ever presented on ABC, ‘Black Box’, drew 3.81 million viewers and a 2.6/4, an increase of 1.13 million viewers over its two-hour predecessor, 50% greater. Obviously, there is no connection between frivolous programming and quality drama. The increase in viewership of over 700,000 viewers is a testament that people want quality programming. It is disgraceful that the suits at the Disney Broadcast Channel cancel this program and bring on fluff of the day as you will see with many of their summer entries. Why not titillate rather than inform. But this is the network that focused its programming on T&A way back in the day it was changing the late night programming face with ‘Nightline’. It is just hard to figure out which hat these guys are wearing from hour to hour.



The Peacock Network began with fun at 8P with ‘Hollywood Game Night’ which drew 4.25 million viewers and a 3.0/5 rating, up 11% from last week. It is a fun program and something that should stay on the menu. The next time you get a chance, take a look. At 9P, the series premier of ‘Undateable’ pulled in 3.84 million viewers and a 2.9/5. At 930P, another episode of ‘Undateable’ dropped a bit to 3.82 million viewers and a 2.7/4. At 10P, ‘Last Comic Standing’ pulled up the viewership to 4.66 million and a 3.1/5, although down 16% from last week, it was the #1 program on 30 Rock for the evening, winning its time slot at 10P.



The Animal Network of Broadcast led off the evening a 8P with ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ which drew 4.54 million viewers and a 3.5/6. And at 9P, ‘Gang Related’, with a stunning view of a little seen portion of life in America by one of the largest minorities in the nation, pulled in 3.17 million viewers and a 2.3/4, down 8% from last week. It may be too raw for ‘hit programming’ status but it wastes little time in making ‘hit’ after ‘hit’ on each and every episode. However, the big news at the Animal Network of Broadcast was not about this programming but that it’s Entertainment Chairman stepped down. Kevin Reilly has announced he will depart from FOX Broadcasting Company by the end of June. Reilly, who joined Fox in 2007 (after leaving NBC as President of Entertainment) and was named Chairman of Entertainment in 2012, is exiting on the heels of another season of disappointing ratings. Deteriorating “American Idol,” of course, is at the center of the ongoing declines, but the fading fortunes of several established series (including ‘Glee’, ‘New Girl’, ‘The Mindy Project’ and ‘The Following’) and lack of new hit product (at the beginning, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ was a bit of a hit) is also responsible. It just didn’t have the powerful programming to offset the aging ‘American Idol’ and ‘Bones’, along with the ‘Animation Domination on Sundays’, once powerful cornerstones in the network’s prime time lineup.



The Dynamite Network of Cable, had NBA Basketball Conference championships all night long. At 8P, the Eastern Conference between Miami and Indiana drew 2.015 million viewers. But at 9P, the big Western Conference championship game #5 saw San Antonio Spurs defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder as 6.925 million viewers watched, the second highest on all of television on Thursday.



The #1 Hispanic network in the nation came through with a strong Thursday evening. At 8P, ‘Por Siempre Mi Amor’ had a 0.9 A18-49 rating. But at 9P, ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ finished tied for #1 on all of broadcast in the A18-49 rating with the CBS comedies with a 1.4 rating. But at 10P, ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ had to battle for its life against the powerful new Telemundo entry, ‘El Señor de los Cielos’, both finished tied with a 1.1 A18-49. There is weakness in Univision’s schedule.


The Avis of Hispanic television began the evening at 8P with ‘La Impostora’ and had a modest 0.6 A18-49 rating. At 9P, ‘En Otra Piel’ actually tied ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’ with a 0.6 A18-49 rating. But at 10P, the newest hit in all of television, ‘El Señor de los Cielos’ with a 1.0 A18-49 rating, tying Univision’s entry with the best showing so far. This is definitely a show to watch as it could single-handedly shake up the Hispanic television network marketplace.

The CW


The Little Network That could decided to have an all rerun evening and it dropped like a rock. At 8P, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ drew 800,000 viewers and a 0.5/1. At 9P, ‘The Originals’ drew 800,000 viewers and a 0.5/1. It was one of the worst night of the year for The CW.

Late Night

At 1135P, NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ drew 2.5/6. CBS’ ‘David Letterman’ had a 1.8/5. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ drew 1.7/5. At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ had 1.1/4. NBC’s ‘Seth Meyers’ drew 1.2/4. CBS’ ‘Craig Ferguson’ had a 0.9/2. At 135A, NBC’s ‘Carson Daly’ had 0.5/3.

For The Record


CBS won on Thursday with 5.904 million viewers and a 4.1 ratings and a 7 share of the available audiences. NBC came in #2 with 4.256 million viewers and a 3.0/5. FOX finished next with 3.829 million viewers and a 2.9/5. TNT finished #4 with 3.188 million viewers. ABC came in a disappointing #5 with 2.860 million viewers and a 2.2/4. Univision finished #6 with 2.737 million viewers and a 1.5/2. The History Channel finished #7 and drew 2.681 million viewers. USA was #8 and drew 2.076 million viewers. TBS came in #9 and drew 1.929 million viewers. Telemundo finished #10 and drew 1.6 million viewers and had a 0.8/1. The CW drew 829,000 viewers and a 0.5/1 and finished #11 for the evening, for one of their lowest ratings of the year. Telemundo doubled The CW audience. If we add up all of the cable networks, The CW will have trouble finishing #10 for the evening. Cable ratings are due later in the day. They will be inserted when available.

Today In TV History


On this day in 1981, the iconic ABC ‘Nightline’ was extended from four nights a week to five nights a week. Hosted by Ted Koppel, it was an immediate late night hit. A sample of the program, featuring a debate on the legality of home video, can be seen at Imagine, pirating was a major issue even back in the day.

Arsenio Hall Show Cancelled



‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ has stopped production, marking the end of the host’s efforts to restart his latenight franchise in syndication. CBS, the owner of the show, had said that it would return for a second season, but the latenight talker was facing significant downgrades from stations and the CBS determined that the show would not be financially viable. The show was in reruns this week and will not resume production. The show’s last original seg was May 21. CBS said in a statement: “Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

Cable News

San Antonio Spurs Defeat The Oklahoma Thunder to go up 3 games to 2 in the Western Conference Finals. It was the #1 cable program on Thursday. Photo: The Associated Press

San Antonio Spurs Defeat The Oklahoma Thunder to go up 3 games to 2 in the Western Conference Finals. It was the #1 cable program on Thursday. Photo: The Associated Press

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 5/28/14
#1 ‘NBA Playoffs – Conference Finals’ (ESPN) 7/31 million viewers @ 833P
#2 ‘The World Wars’ (History) 3.25 million viewers @ 9P
#3 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (TBS) 2.61 million viewers @ 930P
#4 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (TBS) 2.54 million viewers @ 10P
#5 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (TBS) 2.51 million viewers @ 9P
#6 ‘American Dad’ (Adult Swim) 2.33 million viewers @ 1030P
#7 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (TBS) 2.30 million viewers @ 830P
#8 ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ (Fox News Channel) 2.20 million viewers @ 8P
#9 ‘NHL Conference Finals (NBCSN) 2.17 million viewers @ 801P
#10 ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (TBS) 1.95 million viewers @ 8P
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Broadcasters Challenge FCC On Joint Stations Sales Agreements


According to Ted Johnson of Variety, the National Assn. of Broadcasters has filed a court challenge to the FCC’s crackdown on joint sales agreements, in which two stations in the same market join together to sell ad time. The new FCC restrictions, put in place in a 3-2 vote in March, were championed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who said that JSAs were being used as an end run around media ownership caps. The NAB said that it would challenge the new restrictions in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that they were put in place even though the commission had yet to complete a congressionally mandated review of ownership rules. “NAB believes that a fact-based examination of today’s marketplace would show that FCC ownership restrictions against free and local broadcasters are outdated in a world of national pay TV giants,” said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. “These rules — some of which have not been altered since 1975 — place broadcasters at a competitive disadvantage as we strive to continue delivering news, entertainment and lifeline programming to local communities across America.”

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Across The Pond

ITV with 'Britain's Got Talent' Tops All in the UK on Thursday.

ITV with ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Tops All in the UK on Thursday.

ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ continued to dominate the ratings with its fourth semi-final on Thursday as it drew 8 million viewers or 36.6% share of the available audience at 730P. A further 428,000 (1.9%) watched on +1. The results show at 930P climbed by 700,000 viewers to 7.4 million (33.3%). ITV2’s ‘Got More Talent’ attracted 719k (4.4%) at 10P.

BBC One @ 8P had ‘Food Inspectors’ air as it brought in 2.3 million viewers (10.3%), well behind ‘BGT’. At 9P, ‘From There to Here’ dropped over 2 million viewers from last week’s launch, falling to 2.4 million viewers (10.7%). It just could not compete with ITV’s entry. At 1035P, Joey Barton’s appearance on ‘Question Time’ lifted the audience level a bit with 2.7 million viewers (10.3%). But in all fairness, BBC One got crushed!

BBC Two at 8P presented ‘Springwatch’ and it matched big BBC One’s entry as it drew 2.3 million viewers (10.2%) as well. At 930P, ‘Burning Desire: The Seduction of Smoking’ dropped the network off the charts with only 589,000 viewers (2.9%).

Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Posh Pawn’ and it brought in 863,000 viewers (3.9%), followed at 9P by ‘Meet the Police Commissioner’ and few did with only 499,000 viewers (2.2%) tuning in. At 10P, ‘My Granny the Escort’ actually lifted the network up a bit with 1.2 million viewers (7.6%).

Channel 5 at 9P brought ‘Trauma Doctors’ front and center and it interested 755,000 viewers (3.3%). At 10P, ‘The Man Who Ate Himself to Death’, a grizzly subject to begin with, attracted the not so hungry as 635,000 actually viewed this tragedy (3.9%). It was followed at 11P by ‘The 16-Year-Old Baby’ and apparently the some people who watched the man who was very, very hungry watched this as well as 616,000 viewers (6.6%). Channel 5 has to change the theme of its nightly programming if it intends to become the CBS of the UK.

BBC Three at 9P presented ‘England’s Worst Ever Football Team’ and it was so bad, only 421,000 bothered fans bothered to watch it as 1.9% share of the available audience can testify. It was followed at 10P by ‘Jonah from Tonga’ with 245,000 viewers (1.4%). Apparently, not many cared about Jonah or Tonga.

BBC Four’s top entry for the evening was at 9P with ‘How the Wild West Was Won’ as it drew 908,000 viewers (4.0%).

On E4, at 8P, CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ came in #4 in the time slot as it drew an impressive 1.2 million viewers (5.5%). It was followed at 830P by CBS’ now finished ‘How I Met Your Mother’ series and it drew only 730,000 viewers (3.2%). At 9P, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ could only muster 434,000 viewers.

Down Under

Seven #1 Network But ABC1's 'Call The Midwife' #1 Program in Australia on Thursday

Seven #1 Network But ABC1’s ‘Call The Midwife’ #1 Program in Australia on Thursday

Seven slipped by Nine with a 27.5% share of the available audience in Australia on Thursday evening and it can thank its newscasts. It had the #2 program which was ‘Seven News’ with 1,112,000 viewers. It had the #6 program, ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 864,000 viewers. In the Top Ten, that was it.

Nine, with 26.3% share of the available audience had the #1 program and the #1 newscast in the nation on Thursday. ‘Nine News’ drew 1,143,000 viewers, 31,000 viewers ahead of it main competition. It also had the #3 program, ‘Nine News 6:30’ which drew 1,077,000 viewers. The #4 program, ‘A Current Affair’ drew 985,000 viewers to complete Nine’s Top Ten entries.

Ten, with a 21.9% share of the available audience had the #5 program, ‘MasterChef Australia’ and it drew 882,000 viewers with the top number of the night out of Brisbane that had 328,000 viewers.

ABC1 finished #4 but with 18.8% share of the available audience and a host of Top Ten programs on Thursday. #7, ‘Call The Midwife’ was the top drama on Thursday with 835,000 viewers. #8, ‘The Checkout’ drew 754,000 viewers. #9, ‘ABC News’ drew 745,000 viewers and #10, ‘7:30’ drew 700,000 viewers.

SBS finished #5 with 5.5% share of the available audience on Thursday in Australia.

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

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