Saturday 06.28.14 (Posted 06.29.14)
The Peacock Network was the top broadcast network on Saturday at it led off its evening at 8P with ‘Dateline’ drawing 4.44 million viewers which was not only the top program on the network but the top program on broadcast. At 10P, a rerun of the brilliant pilot of ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ drew 2.80 million viewers.
The Tiffany Network began the evening with one of it stalwarts, ‘Hawaii Five-0′ and the rerun pulled in 2.11 million viewers. At 9P, ’48 Hours’ drew 2.21 million viewers. At 10P, another episode of ’48 Hours’ won it time slot with 4.27 million viewers.
The Animal Network of Broadcast had an evening of Major League Baseball in its Game of the Week. Beginning at 8P, the second place St. Louis Cardinals of the Central Division of the National League visited and lost to the second place Los Angeles Dodgers of the Wester Division of the National League as Zach Greinke threw a brilliant performance at the Cardinals, knocking them back 6 1/2 games behind the National League leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 9-1 victory. The game drew 2.81 million fans from Dodger Stadium high atop Chavez Ravine.
The Alphabet Network who was knocked off by its cable brother, The Disney Channel on Friday for the top spot (see previous issue), had a night of very lame all original programming beginning at 8P with ‘Bet On Your Baby’ and only 2.1 million viewers and baby lovers did. At 9P, ‘The Assets’ drew 1.42 million viewers, a big drop from a baby show. At 10P, ‘Nightline Prime’ drew 1.88 million viewers, finishing last in its time slot as did all of the other programming on this network on Saturday.
For The Record
NBC was #1 on Saturday with 3.893 million viewers. CBS finished second with 2.862 million viewers. FOX finished third with 2.81 million viewers. ABC finished with 1.799 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1955, BBC-TV transmitted ‘Life with the Lyons’ for the first time. It featured a real American family, Ben Lyon and his wife Bebe Daniels had settled in London during the Second World War and featured with Vic Oliver in the radio series ‘Hi, Gang!’ that ran from 1940 to 1949. ‘Life With the Lyons’ followed and, with Ben and Bebe, featured their children Richard and Barbara Lyon. Although scripted, it expanded on real-life events.
Box Office This Weekend
‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ will open in the $99.5M-$100 million range domestically this first weekend and to a worldwide cumulative audience, after Saturday, totaling $154.6 million. Through Sunday, the global total will probably climb to $300 million. #2 was ’22 Jump Street’ with $15 million ($139.4 million to date domestically); #3 was ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ with $12.7 million ($121.4 million to date); #4 ‘Think Like A Man 2’ with $10.2 million ($48.0 million to date); #5 ‘Maleficent’ with $8.2 million ($201.8 million domestically so far) and #6, ‘Jersey Boys’ with $7.4 million ($27.1 million to date domestically).
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Across The Pond
BBC One had football and on Saturday in the UK that is all it needed. More than 11.5 million people tuned in for the climax of Brazil vs Chile on BBC One yesterday. Beginning at 430P, the coverage of the game, which finished 1-1 after extra time, averaged 7.7 million viewers and an outstanding 45.1% share. At 745P, the ‘2014 World Cup’ round of 16 match enjoyed a peak of 11.53 million viewers (53.8%) during the penalty shootout, which Brazil won 3-2. Later, 3.86 million viewers (19.2%) watched ‘A Question of Sport: Super Saturday’, hosted by Jason Manford.
ITV finished second on the day as at 730P presented Mollie King taking on ‘The Cube’ and drew 2.07 million viewers (10.1%). Then the coverage of ‘2014 World Cup’ match between Colombia vs Uruguay in the Round of 16, which Colombia won 2-0 because of Rodriguez (‘Don’t Call Me James’) pair of goals, as it drew 4.71 million viewers (24.3%).
BBC Two at 4:30-9P presented ‘Wimbledon’ coverage as it averaged 1.53 million viewers (8.7%) before 9P’s ‘Mock the Week’ brought in 967,000 viewers (4.6%).
Channel 4 at 715P aired ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ and it drew 1.17 million viewers (5.7%).
Channel 5 had ‘The 12-year-old Shopaholic’ and it pulled in 743,000 viewers (3.7%). After that, the latest ‘Big Brother’ brought in 933,000 viewers (4.5%). ‘Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych’ was watched by 419,000 viewers (3.7%) at 11P.
On BBC Three at 8P, ‘Lana Del Rey and Jack White performed at ‘Glastonbury’ and 519,000 listened and watched (2.6%).
BBC Four, at the same time, Robert Plant at ‘Glastonbury’ had an audience of 459,000 viewers (2.3%).
ITV3 at 8P presented ‘Doc Martin’ and it was seen by 749,000 viewers (3.7%). At 9P, ‘Foyle’s War’ followed with 764,000 viewers (3.8%).
Seven was the leading network in Australia again on Saturday as it pulled in a 31.9% share of the available audience. It was led by the #1 program and newscast in the nation as ‘Seven News Saturday’ pulled in the only million viewer program with 1,089,000 viewers. Surprisingly, it was the only Top Ten program on the network on Saturday.
Nine finished second with 24.7% share, had the #2 program, ‘Nine News Saturday’ with 959,000 viewers. It also had the #8 program, ‘Getaway’ which drew 498,000 viewers.
ABC1 with a 23.0% share, which was one of its biggest shares of the year, had five programs in the Top Ten. #3 was ‘ABC News Saturday’ with 911,000 viewer; #4 a rerun of ‘New Tricks’ with 807,000 viewers; #5, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ which was the top drama of the evening in Australia with 782,000 viewers; #6 ‘Gardening Australia’ with 536,000 viewers and #7, a rerun of ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ with 515,000 viewers.
Ten, with 15.8% share, had two programs in the Top Ten on Friday as #9 was ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ with 493,000 viewers and #10, a rerun of ‘Rio’ with 467,000 viewers.
SBS finished with 4.6% 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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