This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Thursday, June 4, 2015, ABC was the #1 network in the U.S. as ‘2015 NBA Finals’ was the top program. ITV finished #1 in the UK as ‘Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow’ was the top program. Nine finished #1 in Australia as ‘Nine News’ was the top program. FRIDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (SEE BELOW)
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For Thursday, June 4, 2015 (Posted on June 5, 2015)
The Alphabet Network on Thursday should have changed its name to the American Basketball Company as the 2015 NBA Finals began. At 8P, a ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ began the evening with an average 7.90 million viewers and a 3.2/6. AT 830P, the ‘NBA Countdown’ pulled in an average 9.62 million viewers and a 4.6/8. The the stage was set for King James and Mr. Curry. At 9P, the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Golden State Warriors for game one of the NBA Finals saw the Warriors over come an early Cleveland lead and finished with a thrilling 108-100 victory and it averaged million viewers and a 12.9 rating/23 share in the household overnights. Comparably, that was 28% above the 10.1/18 for Miami Heat at the San Antonio Spurs on the year-ago evening. The peak was reached in the 1030P time slot with 15.20 million viewers Game Two in the Bay Area is on Sunday.
The Tiffany Network didn’t have much to offer as competition. At 8P, a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory finished #2 in the time slot before basketball began and finished with an average 7.41 million viewers and a 5.1/9. At 830P, another rerun of ‘The Odd Couple’ finished with an average 5.79 million viewers and a 3.7/6. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Mom’ finished #2 in the time slot but got buried with an average 5.84 million viewers and a 3.8/6. At 930P, a rerun of ‘Mike & Molly’ also finished #2 in its time slot and finished with an average 5.49 million viewers and a 3.6/6. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Elementary’ finished with an average 4.545 million viewers and a 3.1/5.
The Animal Network of Broadcast had two original airings on its prime time schedule. At 8P, ‘Bones’ drew an average 5.125 million viewers and a 3.5/6. But this great show heading into its 11th season, will be missing two of its regular cast as ‘Pookie Noodlin’ and her husband will be moving to Paris. Season finale will be aired next week. At 9P, ‘Wayward Pines’ finished with an average 4.20 million viewers and a 3.0/5.
The Peacock Network didn’t stand a chance with all new original programming. At 8P, ‘Dateline’ finished with an average 6.42 million viewers and a 4.6/8. At 9P, with the third episode of ‘“Aquarius’ 30 Rock fell into the dump with an average 3.92 million viewers and a 2.9/5 against the onslaught of basketball. At 10P, the season premier of ‘Hannibal’ completely died as it drew an average 2.68 million viewers and a 1.8/3.
The Little Network That Couldn’t didn’t as it followed the lead of its oldest cousin, CBS, with a full schedule of reruns. AT 8P, a rerun of ‘iZombie’ drew an average 757,000 viewers and a 0.6/1. Then at 9P, a rerun of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ drew an average 599,500 viewers and a 0.4/1.
For The Record
ABC dominated broadcast television on Tuesday in the U.S. with an average 12.50 million viewers and a 9.3 ratings and a strong 16 share of the available audience. CBS finished a distant #2 with an average 5.60 million viewers and a 3.7/6. FOX finished #3 with an average 4.66 million viewers and a 3.3/6. NBC finished #4 with an average 4.32 million viewers and a 3.1/5. Univision finished with an average million viewers. Telemundo finished with an average 1.4 million viewers. The CW finished with an average 678,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1940, BBC-TV broadcast J.B. Priestly for the first time. He paid Homage To The Small Boats Of Dunkirk broadcast 5th June 1940. The Dunkirk evacuation, commonly known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, code-named Operation Dynamo by the British, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France, between 27 May and the early hours of 4 June 1940.
Thursday Top Ten Cable Programs
#1 The O’Reilly Factor FOXNC 2.615 million viewers @ 8P
#2 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 2.205 million viewers @ 1030P
#3 WWE Smackdown SYFY 2.350 million viewers @ 8P
#4 House Hunters HGTV 2.258 million viewers @ 10P
#5 The Kelly File FOXNC 2.143 million viewers @ 9P
#6 Fixer Upper HGTV 2.065 million viewers @ 9P
#7 American Dad ADSM 2.032 million viewers @ 1030P
#8 Pawn Stars HIST 1.973 million viewers @ 931P
#9 House Hunters Intl HGTV 1.918 million viewers @ 1030P
#10 The Big Bang Theory TBSC 1.823 million viewers @ 10P
COMING ON SATURDAY
The Millennial Screen
‘Sense8’ premieres Friday on Netflix
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Millennials, also known as “Generation Y,” are the largest generation. Almost 80 million people born after 1980 and before the early 2000s make up this influential demographic and nowhere has their influence been more keenly felt than the retail industry. CBS News senior business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss how Millennials are not just redefining traditional retail, they’re also redefining ownership and what it means to them.
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
Coming This Weekend To A Theatre Near You
Coming: Bridge of Spies opens on Oct. 16, 2015
On A Television Screen in Sweden
A Sean Hanish Film, ‘Return To Zero’ is currently airing in Sweden on SVT2.
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Across The Pond
The Independent One finished #1 on Thursday in the UK. At 830P, ‘Big Box Little Box’ finished with an average 2.33 million viewers and a 22.6% share of the available audience. Then at 9P, the documentary ‘Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow’ topped the ratings outside of the soaps, with an average 3.12 million viewers (16.0%).
The Big One wasn’t so big on Thursday. At 8P, ‘Watchdog’ finished with an average 3.12 million viewers (16.5%). Then at 9P, ‘The Truth About Your Teeth’ interested as many as those who like dentists as only 2.88 million viewers (14.7%) had their annual tooth ache. Following the News, at 1045P, ‘Question Time’ finished with nearly as many who watch teeth extraction as 2.29 million viewers (22.6%) tuned in. Note to program schedulers at the BBC: Dentists = poor viewership. We don’t see with our eye teeth.
The Little Two at 7P began with ‘Antiques Road Trip’ and it finished with an average 1.25 million viewers (7.3%). Then at 8P, ‘Springwatch’ brought in the evenings biggest audience, even if it isn’t Spring any more with an average 2.21 million viewers (11.7%). They ‘Heinz’ed us’ as they catched-up with what went on all week-long. Then at 9P, ‘The Game’ held steady with an average 1.31 million viewers (6.7%). At 10P, ‘QI’ brought in 830,000 viewers (4.9%) BBC One’s ‘News’.
The Big Four at 8P had ‘Born Naughty’ and it averaged 1.21 million viewers (6.4%), again leading the network’s programming. At 9P, ‘Dementiaville’ finished with 1.01 million viewers (5.1%).
The Littlest E had the big US comedy as at 830P, CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ passed the one million mark with 1.03 million viewers (5.4%) sending Five into the cellar.
The Viacom Five finished in the basement on Thursday. At 8P, ‘Jack the Ripper: The Missing Evidence’ could only get an average 561,000 viewers (3.0%) to watch. Then at 9P, ‘Big Brother’, its top program of the evening could only draw 928,000 viewers (4.8%) in an earlier time slot. Then at 10P, ‘No Going Back’ was seen by just 527,000 viewers (3.3%). Note to programmers at Five: Don’t mess with a loyal audience and move the show they follow. It will send you into the basement and provide you with a pink slip…and not one from one of the bawdy guests in BB.
The National Nine Network in Australia broke Seven’s streak and took back top honors on Thursday with a solid 27.6% share of the available audience. And once again, ‘Nine News’ was #1 program in the nation on Thursday and the top newscast with a strong average 1,073,000 viewers. #3 was ‘Nine News’ with an average 1,006,000 viewers. #6, ‘A Current Affair’ finished with an average 894,000 viewers.
The Second Commercial Network in Australia finished #2 on Thursday with a 25.6% share. #2 was ‘Seven News’ with 1,020,000 viewers. #5, ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ finished with an average 956,000 viewers. #8 was ‘Home and Away’ with an average 776,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished #3 with a 24.0% share. Again, the network’s top program was ‘MasterChef Australia’ which finished #4 Thursday with 1,004,000 viewers. #10 was ‘Family Feud’ with an average 697,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished with a 17.9% share and had two programs in Thursday’s Top Ten. #7 was ‘ABC News’ with an average 829,000 viewers. And, #9 was ‘7.30’ with an average 750,0900 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia finished #5 with a 5.0% share.
FRIDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS
The Second Commercial Network in Australia jumped back into the top spot resulting in #1 with a 31.6% share of the available audience on Friday. The network has the #3 program, ‘Seven News’ which drew an average 850,000 viewers, some 152,000 fewer viewers than its rival, ‘Nine News’. At #4 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ which drew an average 788,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ as it drew an average 678,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network finished #2 on Friday with a 29.0% share, even though it had more programs in the Top Ten and the #1 and #2 shows on the night, including the only program that drew over 1 million viewers. Go figure! It did have the #1 program and the nation’s top newscast as ‘Nine News’ drew an average of 1.002 million viewers. #2 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ which drew an average 908,000 viewers. #8 was ‘A Current Affair’ with 645,000 viewers. And, #10 was ‘Hot Seat’ with 630,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished with a 17.2% share on Friday. It did have one program in the Top Ten and that was #9 which was ‘Family Feud’ which delivered 637,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished with a 16.1% share of the available audience. It had two programs in the Top Ten on Friday which were #5, ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’, the top rated drama in the nation on this day with an average 757,000 viewers. #6 was ‘ABC News’ which delivered an average 678,000 viewers. It nearly always finishes in the Top Ten.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia on Friday finished #5 with a 6.1% share, up from 5.0% share on Thursday.
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