This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, NBC was the #1 network in the U.S. as ‘America’s Got Talent’ was the top program. ITV finished #1 in the UK as ‘Emmerdale’ was again the top program. Seven finished #1 in Australia but ‘Nine News’ was the top program. WEDNESDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (SEE BELOW)
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For Tuesday, June 2, 2015 (Posted on June 3, 2015)
The Peacock Network brought hours of reality to America and America responded. At 8P, two hours of the summer favorite ‘America’s Got Talent’ finished #1 in the time slot and #1 for the night as it finished with an average 10.70 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/12 share of the available audience. At 10P, in its second week, ‘I Can Do That’ finished with an average 5.49 million viewers and a 3.8/7.
The Tiffany Network felt by running 2/3rds of its powerful Tuesday line up in rerun would win the night. It didn’t. At 8P, a rerun of ‘NCIS’ finished with an average 8.64 million viewers and a 5.7/10 with a great episode. At 9P, a rerun of ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ finished with an average 7.92 million viewers and a 5.2/9. Then at 10P, an updated rerun version of ’48 Hours’, which finished #1 in its time slot with an episode about a woman who basically convicted herself and may have murdered another, drew an average 6.18 million viewers and a 4.2/7.
The Animal Network of Broadcast threw out a game show and some Gordo reality. At 8P, ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?; finished poorly with an average 2.90 million viewers and a 2.2/4 meaning that America no longer wants to be compared to a 5th Grader or be embarrassed in front of the world. AT 9P, it led into ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ didn’t do much for Murdochville as it finished with an average 3.28 million viewers and a 2.5/4. Murdoch’s Minions still don’t have a clue. Now, how bad does ‘Rake’ look?
The Alphabet Network brought reruns and reality (now that original) in the programming block on Tuesday. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ finished with an average 3.20 million viewers and a 2.5/4. Then at 830P, another rerun of ‘Black-ish’ finished with an average 2.57 million viewers and a 2.1/3. At 9P, it brought two hours of ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ and virtually no one cared as it finished with an average 2.40 million viewers and a 1.9/3. Wow! Do the suits now wish they had ‘Forever’ to kick around? Walt’s Wizards are embarrassing themselves.
The Little Network That Couldn’t tried. At 8P, a rerun of ‘The Flash’ finished with an average 1.49 million viewers and a 1.0/2. At 9P, an original episode of ‘iZombie’ finished with an average 1.75 million viewers and a 0.9/2.
Now that ‘Letterman’ has retired, and CBS is yet to debut its new late night entry, NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ finished #1 with a 2.6/7; CBS’s rerun of ‘The Mentalist’ finished #2 with a 2.1/5; and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ delivered a 2.0/5. At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ finished #1 as it averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with James Corden’ finished tied for #2 with a 1.1/4 along with NBC’s older ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ drawing a 1.1/4 in metered-market households. AT 135A, NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households. Good Morning! It’s nearly time for CBS’s ‘This Morning’ with Charlie, Nora and Gayle.
For The Record
NBC finished #1 on Tuesday with an average 8.963 million viewers and a 6.1 ratings and a 10 share of the available audience. CBS finished #2 with an average 7.579 million viewers and a 5.0/9. FOX finished with an average 3.093 million viewers and a 2.4/4. ABC finished with an average 2.559 million viewers and a 2.0/3. Univision finished with an average 2.407 million viewers. The CW finished with an average 1.617 million viewers and a 0.9/2.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1949, the first episode of ‘The Admiral Broadway Revue’ was aired. It was the first comedy variety program on television and starred Sid Caesar.
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FIFA, FIFA, FIFA
The Onion Is Used As Defense Of One Suspect
Jack Warner, FIFA’s former vice president, was released from a jail in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday. Warner turned himself in to authorities after US officials leveled a variety of accusations at him related to his 30-year tenure at the international soccer governing body. The charges include wire-fraud conspiracy, money-laundering conspiracy, and racketeering conspiracy.
The allegations are part of an alleged $150 million FIFA bribery scheme.
Business Insider wrote, ‘Nevertheless, Warner remains undaunted. And he initially used a satirical article from The Onion to back up his argument. In a video posted on his official Facebook page on Sunday, Warner said he knew the true reason US law had descended on the sports organization: “I think it is pathetic and sad for me to be accused of deals in FIFA, which I am not guilty of,” Warner said. “How do you justify, for example, that after all these, these accusations that the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has been elected for a fifth consecutive term.”
Warner then asked why FIFA president Sepp Blatter wasn’t in trouble if the organization was so corrupt. “If FIFA is so bad, why is it the USA wants to keep the FIFA World Cup?” he added. “Why is it they began games on May 27th? May 27th, two days before FIFA elections. Why is it the US authorities sought to embarrass FIFA in Zurich? Something has to be wrong.”
Indeed, something has to be wrong.
And it is that Warner is referring to an Onion report that FIFA announced a special summer 2015 World Cup to be held in the US.
Warner then cites the report as proof of an US conspiracy to humble FIFA.
“I made the point to you over and over that all these things have stemmed from the failed US bid to host the World Cup,” Warner said. “I said before [and] I say again: The US applied to host the World Cup in 2022 and they lost the bid to Qatar — a small country, an Arabic country, a Muslim country. “I can understand the US embarrassment at a small country as Qatar, with less than 30,000 people … citizens … could have been able to overcome them this way. I could understand their pain but no one gives them the right to do what they are doing. “I said before [and] I say again: No one country has any divine right to host the World Cup.” Qatar has a population of about 2.1 million, about 260,000 of whom are citizens (while the rest are expatriates).
A report from The Wall Street Journal on Saturday further described Warner’s role in FIFA’s alleged corruption. The indictment filed by the US accuses Warner of being closely involved in a vote-buying scheme ahead of the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. US authorities allege that $10 million was wired from accounts controlled by FIFA to ones in the control of Warner.
Despite the scale of the charges against him, Warner has expressed belief he will ultimately be vindicated. Addressing supporters in Trinidad after his release, he said: “Nelson Mandela made jail. Gandhi made jail. Castro made jail. So who’s Jack Warner?”
But then there was more.
U.S. authorities say FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke allegedly made $10 million in payments at the centre of the scandal sweeping through world football’s governing body, according to the New York Times. Valcke, who denied culpability to the Times and has not been charged, is FIFA’s highest non-elected official and would be the top figure yet targeted in an investigation that has already seen two sitting vice presidents and a dozen others connected to the game indicted on federal charges including bribery, racketeering and money laundering.
In announcing the indictments, prosecutors mentioned an unidentified “high-ranking FIFA official” who “caused” $10 million to be transferred from FIFA to former vice president Jack Warner in 2008. Law enforcement officials told the New York Times they believe that official to be Valcke.
FIFA spokesperson spokeswoman Delia Fischer told the Times that the chairman of the finance committee at the time, the late Julio Grondona, authorised Warner’s payment, but that the payment was “executed in accordance with the Organisation Regulations,” which Valcke follows as part of his duties in charge of FIFA’s finances.
The indictment said the payments to Warner were in exchange for votes for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. But when South Africa’s football federation were unable to pay the bribe, FIFA delivered the amount to Warner instead. South African officials have denied these claims. When asked last week whether he was the unidentified official behind Warner’s payment, newly re-elected FIFA pres Sepp Blatter said: “Definitely that is not me. I have no $10 million.”
Valcke is a long-time ally of Blatter’s, and the pair celebrated together after the Swiss won re-election at the FIFA Congress on Friday. In 2006, Valcke was fired as FIFA’s marketing director after an American judge ruled that he lied in negotiations with credit card companies on a sponsorship deal. But after FIFA settled with MasterCard, Blatter appointed Valcke as secretary-general. Earlier on Monday, Valcke cancelled his planned trip to represent FIFA at the Women’s World Cup in Canada, which begins this weekend. “It is important that he attend to matters at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich,” Fischer said.
Now what are the sponsors going to be doing? Are they going to continue to back this dishonest sporting organization? That was their $10 million that was gifted to a voter to pledge his vote. How much more of sponsor monies was used to bribe for votes?
Something has happened. Where is the smoking gun?
Blatter Seeps into obscurity until the next time bomb hits. What did the sponsors do? Who will succeed Blatter? Will it be just another of the Mob?
Top Ten Box Office Movies This Weekend of May 29-31, 2015 (Domestic)
#1 ‘San Andreas’ $53,215,000 in 3,777 theaters
#2 ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ $14,381,000 in 3,660 theaters
#3 ‘Tomorrowland’ $13,803,000 in 3,972 theaters
#4 ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ $13,625,000 in 3,255 theaters
#5 ‘Avengers: ULTRON $10,920,000 in 3,228 theaters
#6 ‘Aloha’ $10,000,000 in 2,815 theaters (Review: https://www.facebook.com/cinemacritique)
#7 ‘Poltergeist’ (2015) $ 7,800,000 in 3,242 theaters
#8 ‘Far-Madding Crowd’ $ 1,420,000 in 902 theaters
#9 ‘Hot Pursuit’ $ 1,370,000 in 1,446 theaters
#10 ‘Home’ $ 1,150,000 in 1,088 theaters
Top Ten Box Office Movies This Weekend of May 29-31, 2014 (Worldwide)
#1 ‘San Andreas’ $113,215,000
#2 ‘Tomorrowland’ $ 43,103,000
#3 ‘Mad Max: Fury Road $ 35,225,000
#4 ‘Stand by Me Doraemon’ $ 30,000,000
#4 ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron; $ 28,520,000
#5 ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ $ 25,241,300
#6 ‘Poltergeist’ $ 14,400,000
#7 ‘Spy’ $ 9,000,000
#8 ‘Home’ $ 3,850,000
#9 ‘P.K.’ $ 3,300,000
#10 ‘I, Frankenstein’ $ 3,000,000
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Across The Pond
The Independent One won on Tuesday. OK. We rarely include the soaps in the top programming because they nearly always are. But soaps are soaps unless you live in the UK. On Tuesday, ‘Emmerdale’s’ hour-long special was the most-watched programs at 7P, it finished with an average 5.43 million viewers (28.4%) Ashley’s life was left hanging in the balance after Victoria knocked him over in a car accident. Come on. Stay tuned. AT 9P, ‘The Secret Life of Your House’ finished with an average 1.00 million viewers.
The Big One couldn’t keep pace as ‘EastEnders’ suffered a dip due to its clash with ‘Emmerdale’ and the rival soap’s head start, finishing with an average 4.9 million viewers (24.2%) at 730P as Sharon vowed to fight back against Phil’s games. At 8P, ‘Holby City’ brought in an average 4.27 million viewers.
The Big Four at 630P, presented ‘Hollyoaks’ and it finished with 757,000 viewers (4.5%) as Pete’s arrival left Porsche traumatized.
BBC Three’s repeat screening of ‘EastEnders’ was later boosted by fans wanting to catch up, bringing in an average 658,000 viewers (3.7%) at 10P.
The Second Commercial Network in Australia edged Nine with a 27.5% share of the available audience on Tuesday. It finished with four programs in the Top Ten including the #5 program, ‘Seven News’ which delivered an average 959,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which finished with an average 954,000 viewers. #9 was ‘House Rules’ with 828,000 viewers. And, #10 was ‘Home and Away’ which finished with an average 808,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network in Australia finished just shy of the top spot with a 27.4% share and for some strange accounting reason finished second on Tuesday with four programs in the Top Ten and three of them in the top four positions. But it still had the #1 program and the nation’s top newscast as ‘Nine News’ finished with an average 1.147 million viewers. #3 was ‘Nine news 6:30’ with an average 1,073,000 viewers. #4 was ‘A Current Affair’ which finished with an average 967,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Love Child’ which drew an average 859,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished #3 with a 23.8% share. #2 on the evening was ‘MasterChef Australia’ which drew an average 1,106,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished fourth with a 16.1% share of the available audience. The #8 program was ‘ABC News’ which finished with an average 841,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia finished #5 with a 6.0% share, a slight increase over the previous day.
WEDNESDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS
The Second Commercial Network in Australia which finished #1 on Wednesday with a 28.2% share of the available audience. Its top program was #3 which was ‘Seven News’ and finished with 1.032 million viewers. #6 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ and it finished with an average 957,000 viewers. #8 was ‘House Rules’ which finished with an average 856,000 viewers. #9 was ‘Home and Away’ with 826,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network finished Wednesday #2 with a 25.7% share. It again had the top program and the #1 newscast in the nation as ‘Nine News’ delivered 1.195 million viewers. #2 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which finished with 1,185,000 viewers. #4 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 999,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished #3 with an average 22.4% share. #5 was ‘MasterChef Australia’ which finished with 998,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished with a 17.6% share of the available audience. It had two programs in the Top Ten as #7 was ‘ABC News’ with 883,000 viewers. And #10 was ‘7.30’ with 735,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia finished #5 with a 6.0% share, the same as the previous day.
No matter where you lived, as you can see, people were…
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