This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Sunday, June 28, 2015, CBS was the #1 network in the U.S. but ABC’s ‘‘Celebrity Family Feud’‘ was the top program. BBC Two finished #1 in the UK as ‘‘Top Gear’‘ was the top program. Nine finished #1 in Australia as ‘‘The Voice Australia’ was the top program. MONDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (*SEE BELOW)
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For Sunday, June 28, 2015 (Posted on June 29, 2015)
The Tiffany Network won for the third night in a row. At 7P, a rerun of ’60 Minutes’ delivered an average 7.12 million viewers and a 5.5/11. At 8P, ‘Big Brother’ appeared a bit tired as it drew an average 5.71 million viewers and a 3.9/7 finishing far behind ‘Celebrity Family Feud’. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Madam Secretary’ finished with an average 4.16 million viewers and a 2.8/5. AT 10P, a rerun of ‘CSI’ finished #1 in its time slot with an average 4.00 million viewers and a 2.8/5.
The Alphabet Network finished second on Sunday. At 7P, a rerun of the season premiere of ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ delivered an average 4.37 million viewers and a3.0/6. At 8P, the hit of the night, again, was ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ which delivered an average audience of 8.14 million viewers and a 5.4/10, 19% ahead of ‘Big Brother’. Then at 9P came ‘BattleBots’ which finished with an average 4.85 million viewers and 2.7/5. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Castle’ finished the evening at Walt’s World with an average 3.28 million viewers and a 1.9/3.
The Peacock Network didn’t do well on Sunday. At 7P, the first of two rerun episodes of ‘Dateline’ brought in an average 4.65 million viewers and a 3.1/6. Then at 8P, the second rerun of ‘Dateline’ finished with an average 3.81 million viewers and a 2.7/5. At 9P, a rerun of ‘I Can Do That’ couldn’t as it finished with an average 2.54 million viewers and a 1.7/3. That led, at 10P, to the series finales of ‘American Odyssey’ which closed its journey with an average 2.22 million viewers and a 1.7/3.
The #1 Hispanic Network in America beat FOX on Sunday. At 7P, ‘Aqui y Ahora’ finished with an 0.8/2 HH rating. At 8P, ‘Me Pongo de Pie’ also finished with an 0.8/2 HH rating. Then at 9P, ‘Me Pongo de Pie’ continued and increased to a 1.1/2 HH rating. Then at 10P, ‘Sal y Pimienta’ finished with a 1.0/2.
The Avis of Hispanic Networks in the U.S. was in full movie mode on Sunday. At 7P, ‘Toy Story 2’ finished with a 0.4/1 HH rating. Then for the balance of the evening, ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ finished with an average 0.6/1 HH rating.
The Animal Network of Broadcast finished on Sunday. And that was about all. At 7P, two reruns of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ drew 870,000 viewers and a 0.7/1 and at 730P, an average 730,000 viewers and a 0.7/1. At 8P, a rerun of ‘The Simpsons’ finished slightly better with an average 1.55 million viewers and a 1.1/2. At 830P, a rerun of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ fell back down to an average 1.23 million viewers and a 0.8/1. Then at 9P, a rerun of ‘Family Guy’ jumped back up to an average 1.80 million viewers and a 1.1/2 which was all prep work for the real disaster. At 930P, an original episode of ‘Golan the Insatiable’ finished with an average 1.55 million viewers and a 0.8/1 which climaxed an evening that could put FOX into The CW category forever.
For The Record
CBS finished #1 on Sunday with an average 5.246 million viewers and a 3.8/7. ABC finished second on Sunday with an average 5.163 million viewers and a 3.2/6. NBC finished #3 on Sunday with an average 3.304 million viewers and a 2.3/4. Univision finished with an average 1.693 million viewers and a 0.9/2. Telemundo finished with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.6/1. FOX finished with an average 1.220 million viewers and a 0.8/2.
Today In TV History
On this date in 2010, Larry King announced he would be ending his CNN program ‘Larry King Live’ in the fall.
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Phil Mickelson Suggested Involvement In Money Laundering by ESPN’s ‘Outside The Line’.
NBC has ended its relationship with Donald Trump in the wake of the presidential hopeful’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants. NBC said it will no longer carry the Trump-produced Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Nor will he return to the long-running reality show ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ as host. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” NBC said in a statement. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values.” It is probably understood that with this action, the the next thing we hear about this battle of the air waves in a reactive move is that Mr. Trump will now ban all NBC/Universal COMCAST executives from playing on his golf course in South Florida or eating lunch with their clients at the course.
Cable TV News
Summer is Cable-Time. It is, for the lack of a better understanding, the Independent Film portion of television. It is one of the most delictable times of the year. On those hot summer nights, the canvas for the creative can take over and shine. The summer of 2015 has introduced a smallish group of new programs. And this is how they are doing early in their season.
While not actually a new program on HBO, because it is a new cast and a new story with a new setting, it is included in this discussion. The cast is one of the finest ever assembled. Starring stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly, this is a powerhouse of talent putting on a terrific show. With recurring guest appearances by Lolita Davidovich and David Morse, this year’s eight episode mini-series takes part in greater Los Angeles. 3.17 million viewers tuned into the first episode on HBO. It outdrew most of NBC’s schedule, all of FOX’s schedule and part of ABC’s schedule on Sunday.
With Jennifer Beals and Matthew Modine heading the task of finding out what happens after one dies, this TNT show is the leading new NEW show of this summer season. It has drawn an average 2.42 million viewers and is heading for renewal.
HBO’s newest title entry this summer, it is led by Duane Johnson (of ‘The Rock’ fame) and Dulé Hill (‘West World’, ‘Psych’) and is all about football. It has an average 2.16 million viewers leading into ‘True Detective’ on Sunday evenings.
This American psychological thriller drama stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater in what will become a cult classic in American television. It its initial episode airing on USA, it has drawn an average 1.75 million viewers. But remember, this was the show that was available in advance on the internet with over 2.7 million views in the month prior to its initial airing. Through LIVE + 3 Nielsen reported ‘Mr. Robot’ reached 3.7 million total viewers and achieved more than 97K tweets and #MrRobot trended nationally throughout the night until 3AM reaching the top organic spot on the trending topics list.
USA, the home of more major cable star programs than nearly any network, presents us with ‘Complications’, from the mind of the master who brought us arguably the best cable program in history, ‘Burn Notice’. OK. Enough about that statement. But for those of us who wouldn’t miss Fiona and the boys, it will always be #1. ‘Complications’ stars Jason O’Mara who is an exhausted and disillusioned suburban ER doctor. He gets messed up in a … complication. And that is what has driven 1.63 million viewers to watch it.
Showtime has brought us something completely different. No Ray Donovan here. Not a Nurse Jackie. ‘Overlander’? Not. This is American dark satirical comedy-drama with a cast that includes Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, Bradley Whitford and Ellen Barkin. We are talking Bradley Whitford and Ellen Barkin here folks. Yet, only 240,000 viewers tune in on average. That is well below The Mendoza Line’.
OK. To be fair, it just concluded but we will put it into the Summer fare for now. FX gave us Billy Crystal and Josh Gad just pretty much playing themselves. It is dark. It is a comedy. It is on FX. It averaged 510,000 viewers. Ben Mathis-Lilley wrote what pretty much sums up this show. Crystal and Gad ‘portray a semi-oblivious pair of bickering but affectionate co-workers whose miniature feuds and mutual escapades perplex and confound each other and everyone else around them on a weekly basis.’ To be fair, this would really have a future on The CW if only The CW’s target audience would understand comedy outside of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’. Hmmmmmm. How about FOX? No. There isn’t a laugh track.
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Top Ten at the Box Office Weekend 26-28 June 2015 Domestic
#1 ‘Jurassic World’ $54,200,000 in 4,198 theaters (Universal)
#2 ‘Inside Out’ $52,128,000 in 4,132 theaters (Disney)
#3 ‘Ted 2’ $33,000,000 in 3,442 theaters (Universal)
#4 ‘Max’ (2015) $12,210,000 in 2,855 theaters (Warner Bros)
#5 ‘Spy’ $ 7,800,000 in 3,194 theaters (FOX)
#6 ‘San Andreas’ $ 5,275,000 in 2,620 theaters (Warner Bros)
#7 ‘Dope’ $ 2,862,000 in 1,851 theaters (Open Road)
#8 ‘Insidious 3’ $ 2,025,000 in 1,612 theaters (Focus)
#9 ‘Mad Max-Fury Rd’$ 1,735,000 in 1,061 theaters (Universal)
#10 ‘Avengers:ULTRON’$ 1,643,000 in 1,097 theaters (Disney)
Top Ten at the Box Office Weekend 26-28 June 2015 International
#1 ‘Jurassic World’ $ 82,500,000 in 67 territories
#2 ‘Minions’ $ 36,000,000 in 10 territories
#3 ‘Inside Out’ $ 26,400,000 in 43 territories
#4 ‘Hollywood Adven’$ 26,000,000 in 3 territories
#5 ‘Ted 2’ $ 20,300,000 in 22 territories
#6 ‘SPL 2’ $ 11,000,000 in 4 territories
#7 ‘San Andreas’ $ 10,400,000 in 69 territories
#8 ‘BattleYeonpyeong$ 8,700,000 in 1 territory
#9 ‘Terminator: Gen’$ 8,300,000 in 10 territories
#10 ‘Poltergeist’ $ 6,600,000 in 29 territories
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Across The Pond
The Little Two presented the finale of one of its biggest celebrities on Sunday and took top honors for the evening. But first at 7P, coverage of acts including Lionel Richie at ‘Glastonbury 2015’ brought in an average 1.71 million viewers (9.9%) between 615P & 8pm. Then Jeremy Clarkson’s final episode of ‘Top Gear’ at 8P, topped the primetime ratings on Sunday as the episode brought in an average 5.36 million viewers (23.2%). At 915P, ‘Odyssey’ completed its prime time hours with an average 1.77 million viewers (8.8%).
The Big One was a bit tarnished on Sunday as its usual powerhouse, ‘Countryfile’ at 7P was not the top program as it drew an average 5.09 million viewers. Then at 8P, ‘Antiques Roadshow’ continued with an average 4.44 million viewers (27.3%). At 9P, ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ followed with a disappointing average of 1.71 million viewers (7.6%) finishing well behind others in this time slot.
The Independent One at 715P presented ‘Catchphrase’ and it brought in an average 2.16 million viewers (11.4%). At 8P, ‘Surprise Surprise’ continued the audience rise with an average 2.77 million viewers (12.2%). But then at 9P, the second episode of Sheridan Smith’s ‘Black Work’ finished second on the evening with an average 5.23 million viewers (23.1%).
The Big Four at 8P had ‘Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year’ drew 1.0-8 million viewers (4.8%). Then at 9P presented the third episode of ‘Humans’ and it drew an average 2.06 million viewers (9.1%) in a very competitive hour of UK TV.
The Viacom Five at 7P began with an airing of ‘Dirty Dancing’ and it actually pulled in 1.06 million viewers (5.2%). Then at 9P, ‘Big Brother’ continued with an average 1.09 million viewers (4.8%).
The Indy Two at 9P presented another episode of the daily misadventures in love on Fiji as ‘Love Island’ brought in an average 462,000 viewers (2.0%)
The National Nine Network in Australia was #1 on Sunday with a 30.7% share of the available audience. #1 was the launch of ‘The Voice’ in Australia with a big 1,557,000 viewers. It was the top program in Sydney (491,000 viewers); Melbourne (458,000 viewers); Brisbane (300,000 viewers) and Adelaide (156,000 viewers). #2 was ‘Nine News Sunday’ with an average 1.326 million viewers. #4 was ’60 Minutes’ with an average 1,073,000 viewers.
The Second Commercial Network in Australia finished second on Sunday with an average 28.4% share. #3 was ‘Seven News Sunday’ which finished with an average 1,184,000 viewers. It was the top program in Perth, with 214,000 viewers. #5 was ‘House Rules’ with 1,019,000 viewers. #7 was ‘Sunday Night’ with 846,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished #3 with a 18.7% share on Sunday. #6 was ‘MasterChef Australia’ which drew 879,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished #4 with an average share of 16.4% on Sunday. The Alphabet Network finished with three programs in the Top Ten on Sunday. #8 was ‘Inspector George Gently’ with 829,000 viewers. #9 was ‘ABC News Sunday’ with 796,000 viewers. And, #10 was the season premiere of ‘Grand Designs’ with 741,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia finished fifth with a 5.8% share of the available audience, significantly below Saturdays share.
*MONDAY A U S T R A L I A N OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS
TCN-9 in Australia has the hammer and with it was #1 for the second straight day with a 30.6% share of the available audience. The hammer? #1 was ‘The Voice Australia’ as it continued its leadership with a strong 1.397 million viewers on Monday. #2 was ‘Nine News’ with an average audience of 1,200,000 viewers. #3 was ‘Nine News 6:30’ with 1,150,000 viewers. Then #4 was ‘Lip Sync Battle’ which drew a strong 1,124,000 viewers. #6 was ‘A Current Affair’ with a strong 1,076,000 viewers, finishing just 1,000 behind ‘MasterChef’.
The Second Commercial Network in Australia finished second with a 23.9% share. It historically battle Nine as the top network down under but on this night, the rival won out. Seven came away with three programs in the Top Ten. #7 was ‘Seven News’ with an average 1,033,000 viewers. #8 was ‘Seven News/Today Tonight’ with 964,000 viewers. Finally, #10 was ‘House Rules’ with 868,000 viewers.
The Alphabet Network in Australia finished #3 with a 20.3% share of the available audience. The strength of the network on Monday was ‘ABC News’ with an average 936,000 viewers.
The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished fourth with a 20.0% share. It is on nearly every day, a one trick pony of a network. And on Monday, that was no exception. The only program in the Top Ten was ‘MasterChef Australia’ which drew 1,077,000 viewers.
The Special Broadcast Service in Australia finished fifth with a 5.1% share of the available audience, down slightly from Sunday.
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