Wednesday, 06.25.14 (Posted 06.26.14)
The Tiffany Network, which featured the return of original programming and the 16th season premiere of ‘Big Brother’ led this fourth Wednesday in June with 6.64 million viewers and a 4.1/7. It finished 9% behind its year-ago season-premiere (4.5/ 8 on 6/26/13). Part two of the two-part season-opener airs tonight at 9P
After ‘Big Brother’ were reruns of veteran dramas, at 9P, ‘Criminal Minds’ which pulled in 6.17 million viewers and a 3.9/7 and at 10P, a rerun of ‘CSI’ which drew a second place 5.35 million viewers and a 3.9/7.
The Peacock Network in a two-hour rerun beginning at 8P brought out ‘America’s Got Talent’ and averaged 6.20 million viewers and a 4.2/7. But it was at 10P, when the series-premiere of the drama ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ finished first in its time slot over the cornerstone of CBS (‘CSI) with 5.42 million viewers and a 3.3/6, which beat competing drama ‘Motive’ on ABC (2.3/ 4) by 43%. Comparably, ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ outdelivered a rerun of ‘Chicago Fire’ on the year-ago evening (2.1/ 4 on 6/26/13) by 57%, and the retention out of the 930P portion of the ‘America’s Got Talent’ lead-in (4.3/7) was an excellent 77%. Those are the stats. The facts are it was as exciting an opening episode of a police procedural as you could want with nearly 19 minutes of uninterrupted, blink-of-an-eye fast action which quickly bonded the two stars and made the audience want to see more. This was Must See ON DEMAND. This was Luc Besson at his best, as he wrote this episode and fans of ‘The Big Blue’, ‘Nikita’, ‘The Fifth Element’, ‘The Professional’ and the ‘Transporter’ series and ‘Taken’ knows very well, this has to be exciting. Starring the unlikely duo of Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido, this is a series to watch this summer. It was flat-out exciting. NOTE: NBC was preempted from 8-10P in Austin, Kansas City and Portland for Major League Baseball coverage.
The Animal Network of Broadcast brought us two-hours at 8P of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and scored with 4.38 million and a 3.5/6, which was down by 10% from the 3.9/7 one week earlier. One year earlier, ‘MasterChef’ scored a 4.0/7 (on 6/26/13).
The Alphabet Network did a CBS from 8-10P as it ran reruns of sitcoms. At 8P, a rerun of ‘The Middle’ which drew 4.44 million viewers and a 2.6/5. At 830P, a rerun of ‘The Goldbergs’ drew less with only 3.68 million viewers and a 2.3/4. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Modern Family’ pulled in 4.03 million viewers and a 2.7/4. At 930P, another rerun episode of ‘The Goldbergs’ drops the audience level again with only 3.24 million viewers and a 2.3/4. Then, at 10P, an original episode of ‘Motive’ had little momentum to work with as it drew 3.51 million viewer and a 2.3/4.
The Little Network That Couldn’t simply aired reruns of their dramas, first at 8P, ‘Arrow’ which drew 1.11 million viewers and a 0.8/1 and at 9P, ‘The 100’ with 920,000 viewers and a 0.6/1. NOTE: The CW was pre-empted in Chicago for MLB coverage.
A rerun of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ on NBC delivered a 2.2/6 and led the 1130P daypart, with a one-tenth of a rating point advantage over an original programming of ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on CBS (2.1/ 4). Third was ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on ABC, with Gary Oldman as a guest at a 1.7/4. It was just the opposite from 1230A, with departing ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS (1.1/4) again besting a rerun of ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ on NBC (1.0/3) by one-tenth of a rating point. Both ‘Nightline’ on ABC (1.1/3) and a repeat of ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ on NBC (0.6/2) were equal to the day before.
For The Record
CBS was #1 on Wednesday with 6.054 million viewers and a 4.0 rating and a 7 share of the available audience. NBC came in second with 5.942 million viewers and a 3.9/7. FOX came in third with 4.377 million viewers and a 3.5/6. ABC came in fourth with 3.733 million viewers and a 2.4/4. Univision finished fifth with 3.047 million viewers and a 1.6/3. Telemundo finished with 1.7 million viewers and an 0.9/1. The CW had 1.012 million viewers and a 0.7/1.
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Across The Pond
BBC One began the evening at 730P with ‘Watchdog’ and it brought in 3.86 million viewers (20.3%). But at 830P, it was the ‘2014 World Cup’ coverage of France’s draw with Ecuador, allowing them to advance, which pulled in the big audience of the day, as it drew 5.19 million viewers (27.0%).
On ITV, at 8P, Phillip Schofield’s ‘All-Star Mr & Mrs’ drew a substantial 3.52 million viewers (17.8%). And at 9P, opposite football, a rerun of ‘Benidorm’ still powered through with 2.24 million fans (10.4%).
Channel 4 at 8P had ‘This Old Thing: Victorian Clothes Show’ and believe it or not it appealed to 964,000 viewers (4.9%). Go figure. At 9P, ‘One Born Every Minute’ jumped up substantially to 1.73 million viewers (8.1%).
BBC Two at 8P presented ‘Today at Wimbledon’ and the average 1.29 million tennis fans (6.6%) tuned in. It was followed at 9P by ‘Panorama’ and the audience dropped substantially with only 822,000 viewers (3.8%). And at 10P, ‘Episodes’ dropped even further with 697,000 viewers (9.4%).
Channel 5 at 8P presented ‘Brand New Home for £5k’ created a bit of a buzz with 831,000 viewers (4.2%). It was followed at 9P by ‘The Hotel Inspector Returns’ with 1.34 million viewers (6.3%) to top the evening on 5. At 10P, ‘Big Brother: Power Trip’ dropped a bit with 1.06 million viewers (6.0%).
BBC Three at 11P brought out ‘Orphan Black’ and it struggled with only 192,000 viewers (2.0%).
ITV2 at 9P had ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ and it drew like it did in the U.S., while only 263,000 bothered to watch (1.2%) before it was cancelled. At 10P, ‘The Only Way Is Marbs’ increased the audience substantially with 636,000 viewers (3.5%).
Sky1 presented at 9P, ’24: Live Another Day’ with 383,000 viewers (1.8%).
Seven was #1 in Australia again on Wednesday evening with 30.6% share of the available audience. The #1 program was ‘House Rules’ which drew 1.375 million viewers with 354,000 viewers in Sydney; 349,000 watching in Melbourne; 284,000 turned it on in Brisbane; 156,000 had it on in Adelaide and 232,000 viewed it in Perth. #2 was the top newscast in the nation on Wednesday as ‘Seven News’ drew 1,249,000 viewers. #4 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 1,129,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Home and Away’ with 925,000 viewers.
Nine was #2 with 28.3% share. Nine had three programs in the Top Ten on Wednesday as ‘Nine News’ was #3 with 1,154,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Nine News 6:30′ with 1,075,000 viewers. And, #6 in the nation on Wednesday was ‘A Current Affair’ which drew 1,022,000 viewers.
Ten finished third with 20.7% share with two programs in the Top Ten. #8 was ‘MasterChef Australia’ whig drew 899,000 viewers and #9, ‘Offspring’ with 865,000 viewers.
ABC1 had 16.4% share of the available audience. #10 was ‘ABC News’ which drew 831,000 viewers.
SBS finished fifth with 4.2% share.
As you can see, no matter where in the world you were watching television, people were…
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