This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Friday, June 5, 2015, ABC was the #1 network in the U.S. as ’20/20′ was the top program. BBC One finished #1 in the UK as ‘HIGNFY’ was the top program. Seven finished #1 in Australia but ‘Nine News’ was the top program. SATURDAY AUSTRALIA OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (SEE BELOW)
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For Friday, June 5, 2015 (Posted on June 6, 2015)
The Alphabet Network won a rare Friday victory. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Shark Tank’ won the time slot with an average 4.345 million viewers. Then at 9P, ‘Primetime: What Would You Do?’ finished with an average 4.545 million viewers but finished second in the time slot. Then at 10P, ’20/20′ won the time slot with an average 6.41 million viewers.
The Tiffany Network relied on their regular programming on Friday and got beat in every hour except for the ‘Hawaii Five-0’ period. At 8P, ‘The Briefcase’ finished with an average 3.415 million viewers. Then at 9P, a rerun of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ finished with an average 4.89 million viewers, with a strong 5.20 million viewers in the last half hour. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Blue Bloods’ finished with an average 5.76 million viewers.
The Animal Network of Broadcast did not do well on Friday. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?’ proved once again, an average 2.32 million viewers believed they may not be. Then at 9P, a rerun of ‘Bullseye’ 1.655 family and friends which missed the mark completely. This night is another shining example of Murdoch’s Minions programming wizardry. Their philosophy is that they believe in the theory that they really are programming for the ‘Boob Tube’.
The Little Network That Couldn’t didn’t. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ finished with an average 1.51 friends and family as the network was warming up for a shot at ‘Bullseye’ at 9P. But then at 830P, another rerun of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ dropped to an average 1.31 million friends and family. Continuing in its quest to finish the evening under The Mendoza Line, an original airing of ‘The Messengers’ dropped the ball and finished with an average 867,000 friends and family, dooming the network into the land of the almost ran cable networks on Friday. FOX has to be very, very happy to have such a lackluster network to cushion it from a fall to the basement of broadcast.
In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were at 1035P, NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ finished #1 with a 2.7/7; a rerun of ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ finished with a 2.2/6. A rerun of CBS’s ‘Mentalist finished with a 1.7/4. At 1235A, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ finished with an average 1.5/4 in metered-market households. A rerun of NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ finished #2 with a 1.2/4. A rerun of CBS’s ‘Late Late Show with James Corden’ finished with 0.9/3. At 1:35A, a rerun of NBC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households.
For The Record
ABC finished #1 on Friday with an average 5.12 million viewers. CBS finished with an average 4.69 million viewers. NBC finished #3 with an average 4.54 million viewers. FOX finished with an average 1.99 million viewers. The CW finished with an average 1.17 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1978, ’20/20′ debuted on ABC.
American Pharoah wins.🏇🏇🏇 Triple Crown. Now one of the Greatest Twelve.
Date Horse Jockey
1919 Sir Barton John Loftus
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande
1935 Omaha William Saunders
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro
1943 Count Fleet John Longden
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espanoza
The Millennial Screen
‘Sense8’ premiered Friday on Netflix
Are Millennial buying habits hurting retailers?
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 June 5-7, 2015 (Domestic) estimated
#1 ‘Spy’ $29,000,000 in 3,711 theaters
#2 ‘San Andreas’ $25,000,000 om 3.812 theaters
#3 Insidious-3 $23,000,000 in 3,002 theaters
#4 ‘Entourage’ $18,350,000 in 3,058 theaters
#5 ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ $ 8,500,000 in 3,403 theaters
#6 ‘Mad Max:Fury Rd’ $ 8,300,000 in 2,720 theaters
#7 ‘Tomorrowland’ $ 8,200,000 in 3,012 theaters
#8 ‘Avengers:Ultron’ $ 6,900,000 in 2,471 theaters
#9 ‘Aloha’ $ 3,500,000 in 2,815 theaters (Review: https://www.facebook.com/cinemacritique)
#10 ‘Poltergeist-2015’$ 2,700,000 in 2,229 theaters
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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The Big One finished #1 on Friday on a slow television evening. At 7P, ‘The One Show’ finished with an average 2.42 million viewers (15%). At 8P, ‘A Question of Sport’ finished with an average 2.09 million viewers (11.9%). At 830P, ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ finished with an average 2.32 million viewers (11.9%). Then at 9P, the top program of the evening, ‘Have I Got News For You’ led Friday’s viewing with an average audience of 4.35 million viewers and a 22.0% share of the available audience. The topical panel show was guest-hosted by Jack Dee. At 930P, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ was seen by an average 2.83 million viewers (15.1%). Then, following the News, at 1035P, ‘The Graham Norton Show’ attracted an average audience of 2.67 million viewers (22.7%).
The Independent One finished #2 on Friday. At 8P, ‘Gino’s Italian Escape’ brought in an average 2.09 million viewers (11.3%). Then at 9P, ‘Doc Martin’ finished with an average 1.82 million viewers (9.5%).
The Little Two began with ‘Antiques Road Trip’ and it was seen by an average 1.05 million viewers (6.3%). It was followed by ‘Mary Berry’s Absolute Favorites’ with an average 1.98 million viewers. ‘Gardener’s World’ finished with a network high on the evening with an average 2.17 million viewers (11.2%). At 9P, ‘Kate Humble: Living With Nomads’ attracted an average audience of 1.53 million viewers (8%). At 10P, ‘The Clare Balding Show’ was seen by an average 710,000 viewers (4.2%).
The Big Four at 8P had ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ and it attracted an audience of only 620,000 viewers or a 3.2% share of the available audience. At 9P, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ drew an average 1.28 million viewers (6.7%). At 10P, ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’ brought in an average 1.13 million viewers (7.4%).
The Viacom Five presented the documentary ‘Holy Grail Conspiracy: Secrets of the Knights Templar’ and it drew an average 688,000 viewers (3.6%). Then, ‘Big Brother’ live eviction attracted an average 1.18 million viewers (6.4%). Then at 10P, ‘Big Brother’s Bit on the Side’ finished with an average 495,000 viewers (4%).
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.
No matter where you lived, as you can see, people were…
SATURDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS
The Second Commercial Network in Australia won again, this time on Saturday with an impressive 32.7% share of the available audience on one of the weakest television nights of the year. And finally, it had the #1 program as ‘Seven News Saturday’ finished as the top newscast in the nation with 874,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football’ which drew 429,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network finished #2 on Saturday with a 25.0% share. #3 was ‘Nine News Saturday’ with 776,000 viewers. #8 was ‘The Fugitive’ which drew 403,000 viewers. And, #10 was ‘Getaway’ with 371,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished third with a 18.6% share. ABC finished with five programs in the Top Ten. #2 was ‘ABC News Saturday’ with 850,000 viewers; #4 ‘Father Brown’ finished as the top drama of the evening with 750,000 viewers; #5 was ‘DCI Banks’ with 605,000 viewers; #6 was ‘Gardening Australia’ which pulled in 488,000 viewers and finally, #9 was a rerun of ‘Scott and Bailey’ which drew 391,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished #4 with an 13.8% share of the available audience.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia on Friday finished #5 with a 9.9% share, up from 6.1% share on Friday.
No matter where you lived, as you can see, people were…
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