This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Thursday, June 18, 2015, CBS was the #1 network in the U.S. as a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ was the top program. BBC One finished #1 in the UK as ‘Celebrity MasterChef‘ was the top program. Seven finished #1 in Australia but ‘Nine News & MasterChef Australia‘ tied as the top program. FRIDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (*SEE BELOW)
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For Thursday, June 18, 2015 (Posted on June 19, 2015)
The Tiffany Network brought all reruns of its Thursday schedule. AT 8P, a rerun of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ pulled in an average 7.15 million viewers. Then at 830P, a rerun ‘The Odd Couple’ had an average 5.10 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of Mom’ delivered an average 5.46 million viewers. At 930P, a rerun of ‘Mike & Molly’ had an average 5.45 million viewers. At 10P, another rerun of ‘Elementary’ finished with an average 4.245 million viewers, #1 in its time slot.
The Alphabet Network brought two premieres to the world on Thursday. First, at 8P, ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ held its series premiere and drew an average 5.545 million viewers. Then at 9P, the season premiere of ‘Mistresses’ filled two hours with an average 3.78 million viewers.
The Peacock Network had…well it is still in morning with the demotion of its news anchor to MSNBC. At 8P, ‘Dateline’ finished with an average 6.255 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Aquarius’ finished with an average 3.365 million viewers as we continue to relive the ‘Manson saga’. Then at 10P, the lowly ‘Hannibal’ finished with an average 1.775 million viewers. Thank goodness for ‘Dateline’. It saves Thursday for CBS.
The Animal Network of Broadcast brought us their very first attempt at coverage of a Major Golf Tournament. At 8P, the first round of the ‘U.S. Open Golf Championship’ from Chambers Bay, WA, brought in an average 2.725 million viewers. It reached its peak in the 930P half hour with 2.96 million viewers. This coverage was refreshing as Joe Buck (of football and baseball fame) led a team of fresh announcers including Greg Norman, Cory Pavin and a host of others in presenting one of the strangest golf courses you ever saw. And for the Tiger watchers in the audience, here is a warning…he finished with an 80, just one better then Ricky. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson were tied with the lead after the first round. (Note: The U.S. Open on Fox aired live and past 11 p.m. Overnight ratings reflect only timeslot data, not actual program data, and do not account for time zone differences.)
The Little Network That Couldn’t really tried as it ran something new and something old. At 8P, a new episode of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ drew an average 828,200 viewers. Then at 9P, a rerun of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ finished with an average 641,500 viewers.
For The Record
CBS finished #1 on Thursday with an average 5.28 million viewers. ABC finished #2 with an average 4.37 million viewers. NBC finished #3 with an average 3.80 million viewers. FOX finished with an average 2.73 million viewers. Univision finished with an average 2.4 million viewers. Telemundo finished with an average 1.2 million viewers. The CW finished with an average 762,000 viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1946, the Gillette Razor Company became the first company to be a television Network sponsor. They sponsored the ‘Joe Louis vs. Bill Conn’ heavyweight boxing match.
Top Ten Cable Programs on Thursday in Prime Time
#1 ‘WWE Smackdown’ USA 2.47 million viewers @ 8P
#2 ‘Mountain Men’ HIST 2.37 million viewers @ 9P
#3 ‘O’Reilly Factor’ FOXNC 2.28 million viewers @ 8P
#4 ‘Little Rascals’ DISNY 2.24 million viewers @ 8P
#5 ‘Big Bang Theory’ TBS 2.15 million viewers @ 1030P
#6 ‘House Hunters’ HGTV 2.17 million viewers @ 10P
#7 ‘American Dad’ ADSM 2.09 million viewers @ 1030P
#8 ‘Fix Upper’ HGTV 1.97 million viewers @ 9P
#9 ‘The Kelly File’ FOXNC 1.96 million viewers @ 9P
#10 ‘American Dad’ ADSM 1.95 million viewers @ 10P
#11 ‘Complications’ USA 1.91 million viewers @ 9P series premiere
Early Morning Ratings for Last Week
ABC finished #1 as ‘Good Morning America’ drew an average 5,008,000 viewers; NBC ‘The Today Show’ finished with an average 4,381,000 viewers. CBS ‘CBS This Morning’ finished with an average 3,405,000 viewers. Note: Averages based on regular telecasts.
Broadcast Television News
Brian Williams, the popular NBC News anchor who became embroiled in controversy over false statements he made about his reporting, will no longer be the anchor of the network’s evening newscast and will be assigned to handling breaking news on cable network MSNBC. Lester Holt will be named permanent NBC Nightly News Anchor.
Best New Program of Summer TV
This program is all about Women Power. The star, Jennifer Beals (brilliant in ‘The Chicago Code’), as usual is way above terrific as a surgeon who has lost her son and has just gone through a divorce, and a constant rift with her daughter. As Dr. Carolyn (Cat) Tyler, she is persuaded by Ivan Turing, a tech inventor and billionaire with cancer, to investigate supernatural cases of reincarnation, near-death experiences, and hauntings, in hopes to find evidence that death is not final. That big question, ‘Does anything follow death?’ is the power behind this program. In addition Beals, it is helmed by award winning actress, Kara Sedgwick, as Executive Producer. In the cast, Matthew Modine as Ivan Turing: inventor billionaire stricken with cancer; Joe Morton as Dr. Charles Richmond: hospital administrator; Callum Blue as Peter Van Owen: best-selling author who claims to be psychic; Edi Gathegi as Dr. Zedan Badawi: a Sudanese intern who assists Carolyn; Annie Thurman as Sophie Barliss: Carolyn and Ben’s teenage daughter; David Sutcliffe as Dr. Len Barliss: Carolyn’s ex-husband and Caroline Rose Kaplan as Janel Ramsey: Ivan’s assistant. While the teen based Rotten Tomatoes gave it a mediocre score, the power of this program will be attracting and maintaining an older audience who actually thinks about questions such as this. Great program. In its first episode on Tuesday, it drew 2.656 million viewers. It has a ten episode opening order for this summer. It is an Must See ON DEMAND program.
Coming Soon To A CBS O&O
Just five months after its January premiere in New England, late-night talk/entertainment show ‘Bianca’ is expanding to seven CBS-owned stations in major markets. Joining the ‘Bianca’ station lineup for weekly Saturday night broadcasts are KCBS (Los Angeles), KYW (Philadelphia), KTVT (Dallas), WKBD (a CW affil in Detroit), WCCO (Minneapolis), KDKA (Pittsburgh), and WJZ (Baltimore). “Bianca is an entertaining and smart broadcaster who has been very successful for many years in New England,” said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations. “We are pleased to give her the opportunity to significantly expand her popularity by clearing her show on many of our stations following our late news on Saturday nights.”
The program, created by former Boston news anchor Bianca de la Garza, combines celebrity interviews and field pieces with pop culture, fashion, comedy and signature features like B Fearless in which Bianca goes way beyond her comfort zone by zip lining in the jungle, surfing, trying standup comedy and singing during a sellout concert. De la Garza, a single Latina mother who anchored New England’s #1 award-winning morning show explained, “I’m no better than the next person at any of these things, but this no-holds-barred approach lends itself to our fun party-like vibe.” #gobianca🆕📺
Last night’s NBA Championship game saw 939,000 unique viewers on WatchESPN, which is the most ever for an NBA game on the platform. The average audience of 292,000 also stands as a record.
According to Facebook, 9.4 million people had 27 million interactions about Game 6 on Tuesday, 2 million more people and about 8 million more interactions than any other game of the Finals. LeBron James generated more than twice the conversation of any other player, and was followed in order of popularity by Stephen Curry, Matthew Dellavedova, Kyrie Irving and Andre Iguodala.
Globally, about 32 million people had 173 million Facebook interactions during the course of the 2015 NBA Finals. This approaching mega numbers, only teams like Real Madrid normally reach.
Top Ten Box Office This Weekend of June 12-14, 2015 (Domestic)
#1 ‘Jurassic World’ $204,596,380 in 4,274 theaters
#2 ‘Spy’ $ 16,000,000 in 3,715 theaters
#3 ‘San Andreas’ $ 11,010,000 in 3,535 theaters
#4 ‘Insidious 3’ $ 7,300,000 in 3,014 theaters
#5 ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ $ 5,969,710 in 2,677 theaters
#6 ‘Entourage’ $ 4,340,000 in 3,108 theaters
#7 ‘Mad Max:Fury Road’$ 4,130,000 in 2,234 theaters
#8 ‘Avengers: Ultron’ $ 3,641,000 in 2,156 theaters
#9 ‘Tomorrowland’ $ 3,417,000 in 2,540 theaters
#10 ‘Love & Mercy’ $ 1,765,000 in 573 theaters
#11 ‘Aloha’ $ 960,000 (for review: https://www.facebook.com/cinemacritique)
‘Jurassic World’ scored the second-biggest domestic debut in history with $204.8 million.
Top Five Box Office This Weekend June 12-14 2015 (International)
#1 ‘Jurassic World’ $307,200,000 Worldwide Total:$511,800,000
#2 ‘San Andreas’ $ 42,500,000
#3 ‘Spy’ $ 13,500,000
#4 ‘Insidious 3 $ 6,700,000
#5 ‘Mad Max:Fury Road’$ 5,400,000
#6 ‘Tomorrowland’ $ 4,600,000
#7 ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahaani’ $ 4,100,000
#8 ‘Stand by Me Doraemon’ $ 4,000,000
#9 ‘Avengers: Ultron’ $ 2,000,000
#10 ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ $ 2,000,000
‘Jurassic World‘ opened to a staggering $511.8 million worldwide, the highest global bow of all time. It is the first time a film has ever grossed more than $500 million in a single weekend. Internationally, the results were boosted by a huge $100+ million opening in China. Other openings of note include the United Kingdom and Ireland with $29.6 million, Mexico with $16.2 million, Korea with $14.4 million, France with $12.5 million, Australia with $12.1 million and Germany with $11 million. The only major territory remaining is Japan, where ‘Jurassic World’ will roar on Aug. 5th.
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Television Cable News
In an effort increase its audience on Friday, and least for one night this summer, The CW will rebroadcast the upcoming two-hour second season premiere of Michael Bay’s TNT drama ‘The Last Ship’ on Friday, July 26 (which debuts on TNT on Monday, June 21 at 9P). ‘The Last Ship’ was one of the top cable programs last summer. It stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Alfre Woodard.
Customer Service Satisfaction, By Channel
American adults are most likely to rate companies’ customer service via phone (90%) and online chat (85%) as meeting or exceeding expectations, according to a Northridge Group survey. According to a The Northridge Group report, that result is likely related to these being the only channels through which a majority of respondents expect their issue to be resolved the first time they contact the company. The phone is still the preferred method of customer service contact for half of respondents, ahead of email (27%) and online chat (14%). 77% reach first for the phone when they have an urgent customer service issue or inquiry, though email (47%) is a more common first touchpoint than the phone (24%) when it comes to a non-urgent issue. Just 2% of respondents reported that social media is their preferred method to contact a company with a customer service issue or inquiry. Fully one-third said they usually get no response when contacting a company via social media.
France’s Web Users Wary of Sharing Information with Brands
It’s generally agreed that consumers in Western Europe may be more concerned than internet users elsewhere about online security and keeping their personal information safe in the digital era. And a recent Microsoft report, “The Consumer Data Value Exchange,” appears to confirm that. The report drew on survey results provided by marketing solutions firm Sentient Decision Science, which sampled 16,500 internet users ages 16 and older around the world in April 2015, including 2,400 each in China, France and the US.
Specifically, respondents were asked what kinds of information they would be willing to share with brands. These included their activities and preferences, their online social identity—such as social media posts, images, friend lists and so forth—their demographic profile, personal details such as birth dates, income and addresses, GPS location data, and biometrics—such as fingerprints or data collected by a fitness app or band. In almost every case, web users in France were more reluctant than those in China and/or the US to divulge information. For example, internet users in China were nearly twice as likely as their counterparts in France to reveal anything of their activities and preferences, by a margin of 84% to 44%. (In the US, 57% said they would share such data.)
In France, 26% said they would be willing to share social networking details, compared with 32% in China and 68% in the US. Similarly, 32% of web users in China said they would volunteer individual details such as a birthdate, credit card number or address—nearly three times the percentage (11%) in France. Web users in France were especially hesitant about sharing personal communications and information as well as physiological information.
That said, consumers in France weren’t blind to the potential advantages of letting brands have some of this data. Virtually all of those polled said they would share some sensitive information in exchange for cash rewards, and 92% would do so for significant discounts. The prospect of loyalty points applicable to services and products also appealed to 87%. More than half of respondents said they would be motivated to share if a brand offering connected with all their devices and simplified their lives, or—like several sports or fitness brands—supported their goals and encouraged their progress.
Despite such incentives, most web users in France still have some reservations about releasing information, because they’re never sure exactly how—or whether—the recipient is selling it on, as well as making commercial use of it. Of the internet users in France polled for Symantec’s “State of Privacy Report 2015,” only 12% said they were happy with the idea of companies sharing their data with third parties.
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The Big One brought back an oldie but goodie. At 8P, ‘Watchdog’ brought in an average 3.31 million viewers (18.3%). Then at 9P, ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ returned with higher ratings than last year as it began with an average 3.83 million viewers (19.7%). Following the News, at 1035P, ‘Question Time’ brought in an average 2.45 million viewers (23.2%).
The Independent One at 830P brought ‘Big Box Little Box’ and it drew an average 2.12 million viewers (11.5%). At 9P, last week’s top program on Thursday, ‘Britain’s Busiest Airport’ was seen by an average 2.72 million viewers (14.0%).
The Little Two at 8P presented ‘The Hairy Bikers’ and Lorraine Pascal brought in 1.28 million viewers (7.1%). It was followed at 9P by the final ‘Stonemouth’ as it increased the network’s audience with 1.51 million viewers (7.8%). At 10P, ‘Mock the Week’ finished the evening with an average 1.43 million viewers (8.5%).
The Big Four at 8P had the latest episode of ‘Dogs: Their Secret Lives’ and it brought in the network’s biggest audience of the night as an average 1.14 million viewers (6.3%) watched. At 9P, ‘The Tribe’ finished with an average 1.05 million viewers (5.4%).
The Viacom Five at 9P had ‘Big Brother’ as it continued with an average 948,000 viewers (4.9%). It was followed at 10P by CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’ which drew an average 607,000 viewers (3.9%).
The Tiny Four at 830P presented the season finale of CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and it drew 948,0000 viewers (5.2%).
The Indy Two had at 9P, ‘Love Island’ and it entertained 293,000 viewers (1.5%). What boosts sagging ratings? It’s not hamburgers!
The Second Commercial Network in Australia discovered what a difference a day makes. On Thursday it was #1 with a solid 30.0% share of the available audience. It only had three programs in the top ten as its top show was ‘Seven News’ with an average 894,000 viewers. #5 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 883,000 viewers. And, #10 was ‘Home and Away’ with 614,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network finished with a 25.5% share but on Thursday it didn’t have rugby. Tied for #1 was ‘Nine News’ which finished with an average 1,010,000 viewers and finished as the #1 newscast in the nation. #3 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 977,000 viewers. #6 was ‘A Current Affair’ which delivered 831,000 viewers. #8, ‘Hot Seat’ was the fourth Top Ten program on the network on Thursday and finished with an average 653,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia had a 21.6% share, a solid 5.3% share ahead of Wednesday. Tied for #1 was ‘MasterChef Australia’ with an average 1,010,000 viewers. And that was the only program in the Top Ten.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished with a 17.9% share of the available audience, a gain of 3.7% share ahead of Wednesday’s performance. #7 was ‘ABC News’ with an average 732,000 viewers. #9 was ‘7.30’ with an average 635,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia on Thursday finished with a 6.0% share of the available audience a solid gain from 4.1% on Wednesday.
*FRIDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS
The Second Commercial Network in Australia finished #1 with a 32.1% share of the available audience on Friday. The network had four program in the Top Ten as #3 was ‘Seven News’ with an average 932,000 viewers. #4 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with an average 892,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ with an average 722,000 viewers. #10, ‘Million Dollar Minute’ drew an average 574,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network finished #2 on Friday with a 29.0% share. #1 was once again, ‘Nine News’ with an average audience of 1.008 million viewers. #2 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with an average 959,000 viewers. #5 was ‘A Current Affair’ with an average 770,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished with a 17.2% share on Friday. #7 was ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ which drew an average 701,000 viewers and was the nation’s top drama on the evening. #8 was ‘ABC News’ with an average 695,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia on Friday finished with an average 16.6% share. #9 was ‘The Living Room’ which drew an average 578,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia on Friday finished with a 5.1% share of the available audience.
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