Thursday Belonged To CBS In The U.S. ITV Dominates In The UK. Nine #1 Again In Australia.

Thursday, 06.19.14 (Posted 06.20.14)

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

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


The Tiffany Network won again on Thursday with an all-rerun evening for the umpteenth time. At 8P, a ‘The Big Bang Theory’ rerun drew 7.54 million viewers and a 5.2/10. Its star, Jim Parsons was named Best Lead Actor in a Comedy at the 4th Annual ‘Critics Choice Awards’ last night. At 830P, a rerun of ‘Mom” pulled in 5.63 million viewers and a 3.7/7 and Allison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy at the 4th Annual ‘Critics Choice Awards. At 9P, ‘Two and a Half Men’ got into the rerun act and drew 5.30 million viewers and a 3.5/6. At 930P, a rerun of ‘The Millers’ drew 4.37 million viewers and a 2.8/5. And at 10P, a rerun of ‘Elementary’ drew 4.15 million viewers and a 2.8/5.



The Alphabet Network pulled off a coup at 8P as it presented an exceptional episode of an exception series, ‘Black Box’. In a new time slot, this brilliant drama drew 3.99 million viewers and a 2.4/4. It tied for 3rd in its time slot. It is a MUST SEE TV, ON DEMAND episode. At 9P, the season premiere of ‘Rookie Blue’ in its two hours drew 5.70 million viewers and a 3.8/7, winning its time slot.



The Peacock Network began at 8P with ‘Hollywood Game Night’ and it drew 3.43 million viewers and a 2.4/4. At 9P, ‘Undateable’ pulled in 2.62 million viewers and a 1.9/3. At 930P, another episode of ‘Undateable’ drew 2.54 million viewers and a 1.8/3. At 10P, the ‘Last Comic Standing’ drew 4.01 million viewers and a 2.7/5.



The Animal Network of Broadcast began at 8P with ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and it drew 4.93 million viewers and a 3.6/6. It finished #2 in its time slot. At 9P, ‘Gang Related’ had a powerful episode about ‘butter’, a new drug that mixes PCP and Bath Salts resulting in horrific LSD-type illusions which result in death. The tough and gritty police procedural involving the underbelly of the Hispanic community drew 2.62 million viewers and a 1.8/3. It is a MUST SEE, ON DEMAND program.



The leading Hispanic network in America led off the evening at 8P with ‘De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero’ and it had a 0.9 A18-49 rating. At 9P with ‘Lo Que La Vida Me Robo’ and it pulled in a 1.3 A18-49 rating for the top spot in the time slot for this demo. At 10P, a strong ‘Que Pobres Tan Ricos’ drew a 1.2 A18-49 rating, second in the demo.

The CW

Billy Bob Thornton wins Best Actor in a Drama for his lead role in 'Fargo', which also won for best Drama. Photo by Kevin Winter

Billy Bob Thornton wins Best Actor in a Drama for his lead role in ‘Fargo’, which also won for best Drama. Photo by Kevin Winter

The Little Network That Couldn’t decided to run ‘live’ programming on Thursday at 8P to present the ‘4th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards. It drew 1.04 million viewers and an 0.9/2. That was a big 80% above the year-ago reruns of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (each at a 0.5/ 1 on 6/20/13).

Late Night

NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ from Orlando drew 2.8/7 and it was named Best Talk Show at the ‘Critics Choice Television Awards’. CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ from New York had a 1.8/5. ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ from Hollywood had a 1.9/5. At 1235A, NBC’s ‘Seth Meyers’ from New York drew 1.3/4. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ from New York had a 1.2/4. CBS’ ‘Late Night With Craig Ferguson’ from Television City in Los Angeles had a 1.0/3. At 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ from New York finished the evening … er morning with a 0.7/3.

For The Record


CBS was #1 with 5.910 million viewers and a 3.5 rating and a 6 share of the available audience on Thursday.
ABC finished second with 5.131 million viewers and a 3.4/6. FOX came in third with 3.776 million viewers and a 2.7/5. NBC came in next with 3.338 million viewers and a 2.3/4. Univision finished with 2.736 million viewers and a 1.5/3. Telemundo had 1.7 million viewers with 0.9/2. The CW finished with 1.04 million and a 0.9/2.

Today In TV History


On this date in 1966, the U.S. Open golf tournament was broadcast on ABC-TV for the first time. After years on NBC (who the year before televised the tournament in color-ABC did the same in ’66) Billy Casper beat Arnold Palmer at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, in an 18 hold playoff on this Monday after holding a 3 stroke lead on Saturday. However, he was up 7 strokes on Sunday before hitting the boogie trail. Chris Schenkel was the lead announcer and Byron Nelson was the expert commentator. Jim McKay and Bill Flemming were also part of the telecast team.

World Cup Ratings


Univision Deportes’ presentation of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014™ has delivered 4 of the top 5 matches, across all networks regardless of language, for the tournament-to-date among Total Viewers. The matches aired on the Univision Network, which was simulcast on Univision Deportes Network (UDN), from June 12-18, 2014. The matches included Brazil vs. Mexico averaging 6.8 million Total Viewers on June 17, Brazil vs. Croatia averaging 5.1 million Total Viewers on June 12, Mexico vs. Cameroon averaging 5.0 million Total Viewers on June 13, and Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina averaging 4.9 million Total Viewers on June 15. Univision Deportes’ coverage of the 2014 World Cup has reached 42.0 million Total Viewers for the tournament to date. Their coverage of the 2014 World Cup is pacing ahead of its 2010 World Cup coverage by +43% among Total Viewers and +29% among Adults 18-49 through 20 matches. Among local highlights, among Total Viewers, Univision stations have had 9 of the top 10 World Cup matches on any network in Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas and 8 of the top 10 matches in Houston. Among Adults 18-49, Univision stations have had 10 of the top 10 World Cup matches on any network in Los Angeles and Miami and 9 of the top 10 matches in Houston and Dallas. Among Adults 18-34, Univision stations have had 8 of the top 10 World Cup matches on any network in Los Angeles and Dallas and 7 of the top 10 matches in Miami and Houston.

More Local TV News


Gannett and Sander Media Thursday announced it has completed the sale of Phoenix, AZ, independent station KTVK and The CW affiliate, KASW, to Meredith Corporation. The total sale price of the acquisition announced in December, including KMOV in St. Louis, was $407.5 in cash ($230 million was for the Phoenix stations). The KMOV deal closed in February. Meredith now owns the CBS, the major Independent and The CW stations in Phoenix. At closing, SagamoreHill, run by Louis Wall, simultaneously purchased certain assets of KASW. Meredith will provide services to the station. In an independent move, Meredith announced a $53.8 million pact to acquire WGGB in Springfield, Mass.

Television News


How Americans Are Watching Television

Roughly 3 in 4 American adults regularly watch TV shows live via cable or satellite TV, while streaming (43%) and recorded TV (37%) are also popular choices, per results from a Harris Interactive survey. But for Millennials (aged 18-36), the TV viewing experience has changed, with a slightly larger proportion saying they regularly watch TV shows via streaming (67%) than via cable or satellite (62%). While Millennials are the most likely to be streaming content, they’re slightly less likely than the average adult to regularly watch recorded content. For the time being, non-streaming methods of watching TV continue to outweigh streaming methods overall, even for Millennials. About two-thirds most often watch TV programs on TV, via live feed, recorded programming, or on-demand service, while slightly fewer than half claim to most often watch shows via streaming on any device. Not surprisingly, the inclination to watch TV the traditional way increases alongside age, while the opposite is true for streaming behavior. Live TV remains the single most popular way to watch TV programs, aligning with recent research from Ipsos and BroadStream Solutions, which separately found that live TV remains popular among Americans.

Meanwhile, the Harris Interactive survey finds that among those adults who watch TV shows via streaming, the computer (laptop or desktop) remains the device of choice for each generation save for Matures (68+), who are more likely to stream on their TV, whether that’s via a set-top streaming box, game system, or smart TV. Four in 10 Millennial who stream do so via their smartphone, compared to just 8% of Matures. Interestingly, respondents overall don’t report a heavy increase in streaming: just 23% said they are watching more online or streaming TV programming than a year ago, with 37% saying their viewing activity hasn’t changed. Some 37% of Millennials are watching more online or streaming TV, though, against 12% watching less.

Millennials are also the most likely to say they expect to be watching more online or streaming TV programming a year from now. But even so, just one-quarter say that’s the case, while a majority 54% feel their consumption won’t change. About 8 in 10 respondents said they multitask while watching TV, a figure comparable with recent research from Deloitte, which found 86% of Americans aged 14 and older to be multitaskers. Half of Millennials said they go on a social networking site while watching TV, while one-third shop online.

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Across The Pond

ITV and '2014 World Cup' with England losing 2-1 to Uruguay was #1 in the UK.

ITV and ‘2014 World Cup’ with England losing 2-1 to Uruguay was #1 in the UK. Photo by Matthias Hangst

With nearly 70% of the nation holding its breathe, England’s ‘2014 World Cup’ defeat to Uruguay was the most-watched TV program for two years. ITV’s coverage beginning at 7P of the 2-1 loss was seen by an average audience of 13.2 million viewers, with an audience share of 55.4%. It peaked at an astounding 19.8 million viewers (69.5%) at around 930P. It was the most watched program in the English-speaking world on Thursday evening. Nothing in the U.S., Canada or Australia touched it. This is the UK’s highest-rated event since the opening and closing ceremonies of the London ‘2012 Olympics’. The ratings do not account for those who watch in bars or pubs.

BBC One at 8P had ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ which actually drew the majority of the non-football watching world with 2.0 million viewers (7.3%). Following the news, at 1035P, coverage of the World Cup match with Japan v Greece drew in 1.8 million viewers (23.1%).

BBC Two at 8P had ‘Nature’s Weirdest Events’ with 747,000 viewers (2.8%). It was followed at 9P by ‘Fostering and Me’ dropping a bit to 737,000 viewers (2.6%). At 10P, ‘Mock the Week’ was the highest on the network on Thursday with 1.3 million viewers (6.4%).

Channel 4 at 8P had ‘Amazing Spaces’ which was watched by 836,000 non football lovers (3.2%). At 9P, ‘Grand Designs’ brought in a few less with 509,000 viewers (1.8%).

Channel 5 at 9P had ‘Trauma Doctors’ which pulled in 657,000 viewers (2.3%). At 10P, ‘Big Brother: Power Trip’ brought in 1.2 million viewers (6.4%).

E4 at 8P had ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which drew 740,000 viewers (2.9%). At 830P, it followed by ‘How I Met Your Mother’ with 383,000 viewers (1.4%).

Down Under

Nine was #1 in Australia on Thursday as 'Nine News' was the #1 program.

Nine was #1 in Australia on Thursday as ‘Nine News’ was the #1 program.

Nine won again, for the second straight night in Australia with 28.5% share of the available audience on Thursday evening. The #1 program in the nation was also the #1 newscast as ‘Nine News’ pulled in 1,173,000 viewers. It also had the #4 program, ‘Nine News 6:30’ which drew 1,026,000 viewers. #6 was ‘A Current Affair’, a constant fixture in the Top Ten with 891,000 viewers.

Seven came in second with 25.1% share of the available audience and it also had the #2 program, ‘Seven News’ with 1,105,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which drew 1,002,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Home and Away’ with 832,000 viewers.

ABC1 edged into third with a 20.7% share as it had three Top Ten programs on Thursday. #7 was ‘The Checkout’ with 876,000 viewers; #8 was ‘ABC News’ with 874,000 viewers and #10, ‘Carlotta’ with 811,000 viewers.

Ten finished fourth with a close 20.1% share. It had one Top Ten program, #3 ‘MasterChef Australia’ which drew 1,039,000 viewers on Thursday.

SBS came in fifth with 5.5% share.

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

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