This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Saturday, June 20, 2015, FOX was the #1 network in the U.S. as ‘20-15 U.S. Open Golf Championship Third Round‘ was the top program. BBC One finished #1 in the UK as ‘Casualty‘ was the top program. Seven finished #1 in Australia but ABC’s ‘ABC News Saturday‘ was the top program.
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For Saturday, June 20, 2015 (Posted on June 21, 2015)
The Animal Network of Broadcast presented drama in a converted gravel pit…live. And that may be the best drama of all. At 8P, the ‘115th U.S. Open Golf Championship’ featuring Jason Day’s fight against vertigo; Jordan Spieth’s battle to win another Major tournament this year; DJ’s battle for his first Open title; Grace’s unexpected explosion upon the scene with his Africanze gave an average 4.121 million viewers the #1 program in prime time as play was held at Chamber’s Bay, WA, sun setting as the East Coasters were going to bed. Great day for golf and Murdoch’s Minions as they telecast their very first U.S. Open, long a staple of ABC Sports. Note: Due to the nature of live sports coverage, ratings for NBC (Boxing) and FOX (Golf) are tentative and likely to be adjusted in the final ratings.
The Tiffany Network gave the world a complete schedule of rerun programs on Saturday in prime time. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Scorpion’ finished with an average 2.46 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ finished with an average 3.43 million viewers. Then at 10P, a rerun of ’48 Hours’ finished with an average 3.99 million viewers.
The Peacock Network chimed into third place on Saturday as it did a little rerun and a little live sporting event. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Caught on Camera’ drew 1.76 million viewers. Then at 9P, ‘Premiere Boxing Championships’ finished with an average 2.38 million viewers.
The Alphabet Network did a total rerun Saturday, just as CBS but without the power programs. At 8P, a rerun of ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ finished with an average 1.74 million viewers. Then at 9P, another rerun of ‘In an Instant’ finished with an average 2.38 million viewers in its two hour run.
For The Record
FOX finished #1 on Saturday in Prime Time with an average 4.121 million viewers. CBS finished #2 with an average 3.290 million viewers. NBC finished #3 with an average 2.174 million viewers. ABC finished last with an average 2.166 million viewers.
Today In TV History
On this date in 1937, the BBC televised coverage of the Wimbledon tennis Championships for the first time. Donald Budge won the men’s championship.
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.
Jordan Spieth Wins 2015 U.S. Open Golf Championship
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🆕📺
This past week’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 19-21, 2015 (Domestic)
#1 ‘Jurassic World’ $102,018,525 in 4,291 theaters
#2 ‘Inside Out’ $ 91,056,000 in 3,946 theaters
#3 ‘Spy’ $ 10,500,000 in 3,558 theaters
#4 ‘San Andreas’ $ 8,240,000 in 3,177 theaters
#5 ‘Dope’ $ 6,017,250 in 2002 theaters
#6 ‘Insidious 3’ $ 4,112,000 in 2,553 theaters
#7 ‘Pitch Perfect 2’$ 2,294,110 in 2,146 theaters
#8 ‘Mad Max:Fury Rd’$ 2,815,000 in 1,424 theaters
#9 ‘Entourage’ $ 1,900,000
#10 ‘Avengers:Ultron’$ 689,000 in 1,662 theaters
Top Ten Box Office This Weekend of June 19-21, 2015 (International)
#1 ‘Jurassic World’ $262,518,525 in 67 territories
#2 ‘Inside Out’ $ 41,000,000 in 38 territories
#3 ‘SPL 2’ $ 29,000,000 in 3 territories
#4 ‘San Andreas’ $ 18,800,000 in 69 territories
#5 ‘Spy’ $ 9,600,000 in 62 territories
#6 ‘Minions’ $ 12,300,000 in 4 territories
#7 ‘Classified File’$ 8,500,000 in 1 territory
#8 ‘Dragon Ball Z’ $ 7,000,000 in 8 territories
#9 ‘Mad Max:Fury Rd’$ 4,900,000 in 57 territories
#10 ‘Poltergeist’ $ 4,400,000 in 32 territories
Coming This Weekend
Burying The Ex
Infinitely Polar Bear
Coming November 20, 2015
Coming For Christmas from Quentin Tarantino
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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Across The Pond
The Big One at 7P presented ‘Prized Apart’ as it continued with an average 2.63 million viewers last night. Then at 730P, ‘The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins’ picked up the audience with an average 3.59 million viewers (21.5%). That set the stage at 855P for ‘Casualty’ which drew the #1 rating on the evening as it finished with an average 4.05 million viewers. Of course, what would you expect with Amanda Mealing? Second place? Don’t think so. Later, ‘The John Bishop Show’ drew 3.14 million viewers (19.1%).
The Independent One had at 7P the film, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ which drew an average 2.5 million viewers (15.2%) as ITV finished #2 on the evening.
The Little Two had a rerun of ‘Dad’s Army’ and it drew an average 1.3 million viewers (7.5%). It was followed at 9P by ‘La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas’ with an average 675,000 viewers (3.8%).
The Big Five at 8P presented Penelope Keith’s ‘Hidden Villages’ as it began with 1.03 million viewers (6.1%). At 9P, the film ‘Rush’ drew an average 1.08 million viewers (6.8%).
The Viacom Five had, at 10P, latest ‘Big Brother’ highlights took 1.02m (6.6%).
The Indy Three presented at 755P, ‘Foyles War’ and it finished with an average 720,000 viewers (4.2%).
The Second Commercial Network in Australia was #1 again with a 26.8% share of the available audience. On Saturday, it had only one program in the Top Ten and that was ‘#2, ‘Seven News Saturday’ which drew an average 893,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network in Australia finished #2 on Saturday with a 25.9% share. #3 was ‘Nine News Saturday’ with 771,000 viewers. #7 was the movie, ‘Madagascar’ with 412,000 viewers. #8, ‘Getaway’ drew an average 400,00 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished third with a 21.1% share. The network finished with four programs in the Top Ten on Saturday as #1 was ‘ABC News Saturday’ with an average 941,000 viewers. #3 was ‘Father Brown’ with an average 780,000 viewers. #5, ‘Gardening Australia’ finished with an average 589,000 viewers. #6 was a rerun of Friday’s ‘Doc Martin’ which drew 527,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished with a 16.5% share of the available audience. #9 was ‘Ten Eyewitness News Saturday’ which drew an average 392,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia on Saturday finished fifth with a 9.6% share of the available audience, a huge leap from Friday’s 5.1% share. Its top program finished #10, as ‘Rockwiz Salutes The Decades’ finished with an average 384,000 viewers.
*SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS
The Second Commercial Network in Australia finished #1 on Sunday with a 28.0% share of the available audience. #3 was ‘Seven News Sunday’ with an average 1,141,000 viewers. #4 was ‘House Tules’ which finished with 971,000 viewers. #7, ‘Sunday Night’ had an average 849,000 viewers.
The National Nine Network finished #2 on Sunday with a 26.0% share. #1 program was ‘Nine News Sunday’ with an average 1,380,000 viewers. #6 was ‘Reno Rumble’ with an average 902,000 viewers. #8, ’60 Minutes’ finished with 782,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network finished #3 with a 23.4% share. #2 was ‘MasterChef Australia’ which finished with an average 1.215 million viewers. #10 was a rerun of ‘Modern Family’ which delivered an average 665,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished fourth with a 16.7% share of the available audience. The network had two programs in the Top Ten as #5, ‘ABC News Sunday’ finished with an average 965,000 viewers and #9, ‘Martin Clunes: Man and Beast’ finished with an average 677,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service finished #5 with a 5.9% share.
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