Sunday, 06.29.14 (Posted 06.30.14)
New programming. Expected result. The Tiffany Network finally had an evening with original programming and the results were dramatic. At 7P, leading off with a rerun of ’60 Minutes’ it drew 8.40 million viewers and a 6.5/12. The network then featured all original programming and led in the Sunday overnights with a healthy 69% advantage over #2 ABC. But not all was rosy in Eye network land. At 8P, the return of ‘Big Brother’ finished in first-place with 5.76 million viewers and a 3.8/7. Comparably, it was equal with the year-ago evening and it finished ahead of competing ‘Wipeout’ on ABC (2.3/4) by 65%. This is even better when you consider that the Sunday edition of ‘Big Brother’ is always the lowest rated of the three weekly telecasts. At 9P, the debut of crime drama ‘Reckless’ and it drew 4.01 million viewers and a 3.0/5, which was down 17% from the 830P portion of ‘Big Brother’ (3.6/6). A year earlier, a rerun of ‘Under the Dome’ was stronger at a 3.7/6 (on 6/30/13). It just seemed like something ABC would air, certainly not CBS. At 10P, the third season-premiere of ‘Unforgettable’ jumped up to a dominant 6.15 million viewers and a 4.2/7. It was 40% above lead-in ‘Reckless’ and 35% ahead of a rerun of ‘The Mentalist’ on the year-ago evening (3.1/5 on 6/30/30).
The Black Entertainment Network at 8P presented Chris Rock hosting the ‘2014 BET Awards’ and it was the number one cable program with 7.500 million viewers and a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating for the evening.
The Alphabet Network began at 7P with a rerun of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ which drew 4.56 million viewers and a 2.6/5. At 8P, ‘Wipeout’ drew 4.00 million viewers and a 2.3/4. At 9P, the singing competition ‘Rising Star’ and it drew 4.70 million viewers and a 2.7/5. This was 16% below its 3.2/5 one week earlier (opposite “America’s Got Talent” on NBC) but was the top rated show on ABC for the evening. But the buzz the suits at the Alphabet will spew will be how ABC is #1 on Sunday with ‘Rising Star’ Beating NBC and CBS from 9-11P in Adults 18-49. How did they do with turtles 12-64? Or camels, 35-54? Let’s face it: ‘Rising Star’ is a loser and is at the end of a long sing song road for the year. After ‘The Voice’ and ‘Idol’, America is tired of potential singers taking up our air time.
The Peacock Network populated the evening with two-hour reruns, first at 7P of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ which drew 2.84 million viewers and a 1.6/3. And at 9P, a rerun of ‘Last Comic Standing’ drew 3.37 million viewers and a 2.2/4. It seems like NBC is catching the CBS Fever of rerunning everything it can to keep the costs down. For get the audience.
The Animal Network of Broadcast meanwhile, aired reruns of ‘American Dad!’ at 7P which drew 1.48 million viewers and a 0.9/2); at 730P, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ with 1.41 million viewers and a 1.0/2, at 8P, two episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ 1.95 million viewers and at 830P, 2.92 million viewers both averaging a 1.5/3, at 9P, ‘Family Guy’ rerun produced 2.62 million viewers and a 1.8/3 which was tops for the evening on FOX and another episode at 930P of ‘American Dad!’ which drew 2.26 million viewers and a 1.6/3.
For The Record
CBS was #1 on Sunday with 6.101 million viewers and a 4.4 rating and 8 share of the available audience. BET was #2 on Sunday, and the leading cable network, with 7.500 million viewers. ABC finished third with 4.494 million viewers and a 2.6/5. NBC came in fourth with 3.106 million viewers and a 1.9/3. FOX finished next with 2.023 million viewers and a 1.4/2. Univision finished with 1.881 million viewers and a 1.1/2. Telemundo finished with 1.0 million viewers and a 0.6/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1952, CBS-TV debuted ‘The Guiding Light’, which became the longest-running television drama in history, broadcast from 1952 until 2009, preceded by a 15-year broadcast on radio. It stands as the fourth longest-running program in all of broadcast history; only the Norwegian children’s radio program ‘Lørdagsbarnetimen’ (first aired in 1924, cancelled 2010); the American country music radio program ‘Grand Ole Opry’ (first broadcast in 1925) and the BBC religious program ‘The Daily Service’ (1928) have been on the air longer.
This Week’s Coming High or Low Lights
June 30 Premiere:
CBS: Under the Dome at 10P
June 30 Finale:
Food: Mystery Diners at 10P
July 1 Premieres:
Comedy: Drunk History at 10P, Nathan for You at 10:30P
DIY: Stone Age at 11P
History: Biker Battleground Phoenix at 10P
PBS: Time Scanners at 8P, History Detectives Special Investigations at 9P
TLC: Buddy’s Bakery Rescue at 10p
Travel: Mission Amusement at 10p
July 1 Finale:
Syfy: Heroes of Cosplay at 10P
July 2 Premieres:
Cooking: Best in Chow at 10P
DIY: Going Yard at 11P
ID: Dark Temptations at 10P
Travel: American Grilled at 9P
July 3 Finale:
Telemundo: La Impostora at 8P
July 5 Premiere:
CMT: My Dysfunctional Family at 10P
July 6 Premieres:
CMT: Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge at 8P
HGTV: Rescue My Renovation at 10A and 10:30A, Beachfront Bargain Hunt at 8P
Lifetime: Witches of East End at 9P
July 6 Finales:
Bravo: Married to Medicine at 10P
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Across The Pond
It was one day where football was not #1 in the UK. BBC One, with its old reliable, ‘Countryfile’ and ‘Antiques Roadshow’ powered to victory. ‘Countryfile’ was watched by 5.27 million viewers (26.7%) and ‘Antiques Roadshow’ was #1 with 5.75 million viewers (27%).
ITV at 730P presented ‘Celebrity Catchphrase’ and it drew 3.69 million viewers (18.3%). At 830P they had coverage of the ‘2014 World Cup’ match between Costa Rica and Greece and averaged 5.22 million viewers (29.7%). In one of the most exciting matches of the Cup, Costa Rica defeated Greece to advance to the Final 8 for the first time in its history.
BBC Two’s ‘Glastonbury’ coverage from 10pm averaged 623k (5.2%), peaking at the start of Kasabian’s headline set with 1.1 million viewers (5.2%). Besides Glastonbury, BBC Two’s primetime programming included ‘Tropic of Cancer’ which drew 1.17 million viewers (6%), ‘The Quest for Bannockburn’ drew 1.18 million viewers (5.7%) and ‘A Cabbie Abroad’ pulled in 1.62 million viewers (7.2%).
BBC Three’s coverage of Ellie Goulding’s set at Glastonbury attracted the biggest multichannel numbers of the night The ‘Starry Eyed’ singer drew an audience of 940,000 (4.1%) from 9P. Earlier at 7P, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith drew 782,000 viewers (4%) and at 8P, ‘Bombay Bicycle Club’ and ‘The Black Keys’ drew 662,000 viewers (3.2%).
Channel 4 at 8P presented ‘Born in the Wild’ and it drew 671,000 viewers (3.2%). At 9P, the movie ‘The King’s Speech’ starring Colin Firth drew 1.05 million viewers (5.2%).
On Channel 5 at 9P had ‘Big Brother’ and it took in 1.03 million viewers (4.6%). At 10P, ‘Bikini Body? The Truth About Diets’ drew 678,000 viewers (3.6%).
ITV2 at 10P had ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ which was watched by 597,000 viewers (3.1%).
Nine was the top network on Sunday with a 32.3% share of the available audience. #1 was ‘The Voice Kids’ which drew 1,665,000 viewers. #2 was ’60 Minutes’ with 1,552,000 viewers. #4 ‘Nine News Sunday’ drew 1,281,000 viewers. #7 ‘House Husbands’ pulled in 914,000 viewers.
Seven finished second with 27.8% share as their top program was the #1 newscast of the evening, ‘Seven News Sunday’ with 1,394,000 viewers. The #10 program was ‘ANH Does Iceland’ which pulled in 729,000 viewers.
Ten had 20.2% share and finished third and had the #5 program, ‘MasterChef Australia’ which drew 952,000 viewers.
ABC1 came in fourth with 16.1% share and had three programs in the Top Ten. #6 was ‘Grand Designs’ with 940,000 viewers; #8 ‘ABC News Sunday’ with 801,000 viewers and #9, ‘The Checkout: Snack Size’ with 796,000 viewers.
SBS finished fifth with a low of 3.6% share.
As you can see, no matter where in the world you were watching television, people were…
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