CBS #1 Thursday in the U.S. BBC One #1 in the UK. Ten #1 in Australia.

‘It’s All About Screens.’ This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Thursday, December 17, 2015, CBS finished #1 broadcast network as ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ was the top program. BBC One finished #1 in the UK as ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build‘ was the top program. Ten finished #1 Tuesday as ‘Seven News ‘ was #1 newscast and ‘Cricket:Big Bash League Game 1 Session 2 was the top non-news program. ‘Star Wars‘ exploded on both Wednesday & Thursday. ‘Star War’ explodes with $57 million box office in the U.S. & $72.7 Internationally Thursday. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2‘ #1 on weekend 11-13 December 2015 (Domestic) ‘Surprise-Journey To The West‘ #1 on weekend 11-13 December 2015 (International). There are 3.734 Billion Unique Mobile 68% Social Ad Clicks Are Now Mobile. Users as of this quarter, account for a 51% worldwide penetration. Direct uploads of user videos to Facebook now exceed YouTube. 88% of Twitter users are on mobile. The Google+1 button is hit 5 billion times per day. 80% of Internet users on Pinterest are female. LinkedIn has 347 million registered members. 600 million users on Whatsapp. FRIDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (*SEE BELOW)

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For Thursday, December 17, 2015 (Posted on December 18, 2015)

CBS #1 Thursday as 'The Big Bang Theory' delivers 17+ million viewers.

CBS #1 Thursday as ‘The Big Bang Theory’ delivers 17+ million viewers.


The Tiffany Network had the big comedy and it carried the evening as it finished #1 on Thursday. At 8P, ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ finished with an average 17.37 million viewers. It finished 10+ million viewers ahead of any other network’s programming on Thursday in prime time. At 830P, ‘Live In Pieces‘ finished with an average 11.17 million viewers as it begins to find its own audience with a really good episode about Christmas. Moral: Never as a teenager tell your mother that you are going to the Library and end up at the Mall getting lice from Santa. At 9P, ‘Mom‘ finished with a strong 9.56 million viewers. At 930P, ‘2 Broke Girls‘ finished with 7.34 million viewers. At 10P, ‘Elementary‘ finished with an average 6.36 million viewers. It was a good night to be Les.


The Alphabet Network finished #2 on Thursday as Barbara Walters came out of retirement to boost the network. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Disney Prep & Landing Naughty & Nice‘ finished with an average 3.40 million viewers. At 830P, a rerun of ‘Prep & Landing‘ finished with an average 3.23 million viewers. Then at 9P, a rerun of ‘Modern Family‘ finished with an average 3.22 million viewers. At 830P, the hour and one-half ‘Barbara Walters Presents 10 Most Fascinating People‘ finished with an average 6.206 million viewers.


The Peacock Network had a bunch of stuff and was saved by a bear and the President. At 8P, a rerun of ‘How Murray Saved Christmas‘ finished with an average 2.17 million viewers. Then at 9P, a rerun of ‘Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas‘ finished with an average 3.48 million viewers. At 10P, the big show of the evening at Sarnoff Siti was ‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls‘ featuring the President of the United States in Alaska as it drew an average 3.52 million viewers.

The Animal Network of Broadcast had little to offer Thursday. At 8P, ‘American Country Countdown‘ finished with an average 2.69 million viewers. Then at 9P, ‘World’s Funniest‘ finished with 1.78 million viewers.

The CW

The Little Network That Couldn’t didn’t on Thursday. At 8P, ‘iHeartRadio Jingle Ball‘ finished with an average 1.27 million viewers. At 9P, ‘iHeartRadio Jingle Ball‘ finished wth an average 966,000 viewers.

For The Record

CBS finished #1 on Thursday with an average 9.693 million viewers. NBC finished with an average 3.057 million viewers. FOX finished with an average 2.265 million viewers. Univision finished with an average 2.215 million viewers. Telemundo finished with an average 1.30 million viewers. The CW finished with an average 1.118 million viewers.

Today In Communication History

On this date in 1956, ‘To Tell the Truth’ debuted on CBS-TV. But it wasn’t even called that in the pilot. And you won’t believe who was the host. Dick Van Dyke’s presence incidentally is due to the fact that he was under contract to CBS from having been one of many who had attempted to host their morning program that aired opposite the Today Show to poor ratings and this was the only way they could figure out how to make use of him. Van Dyke would only appear during the first six weeks of the program.

On Television Today

Social Media News
Facebook Facebook Launches Yelp Competitor
A desktop-only feature called Facebook Professional Services lets users find reviews and information on local businesses. Search Engine Land first reported about it Monday night. A click on one of Facebook’s business categories brings up a list of well-rated local businesses, with links to their business profile pages. There’s a host of categories to choose from. Facebook is in the “early stages” of testing the service, a company spokesperson told Mashable saying the feature is a “way for people to easily find more Pages for the services they’re interested in.” Since many small businesses use Facebook as their primary web presence, a Yelp-like directory makes a lot of sense.

Television News
SAG/AFTRA Nominations

Cinema News

Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ brought in an astounding $14.1 million at the international box office on Wednesday. The 7th film in the space saga debuted in 12 international markets, including France, Italy, Sweden, and Norway. It was the biggest opening day ever in Belgium, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Across all of the markets that it debuted, it represents the best ever launch for a ‘Star Wars’ film. The film will debut in most major foreign markets over the weekend, the notable exceptions being China, India, and Greece. On Thursday, it opened in 32 additional markets including Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Korea, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. In the U.S. it has pre-sold more than $100 million in tickets BEFORE the movie debuts, the biggest in film history. Disney invest $200 million to make the film and another $100 million to promote it. It invested $4 billion to buy Lucasfilm, bringing the franchise to the Wonderful World of Walt. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is firing on all cylinders, bringing in an estimated $57 million from Thursday evening “previews”, breaking the previous record of $43.5 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 back in 2011. Additionally, the film’s international rollout, which began on Wednesday in 12 markets, continued yesterday with an additional 32 markets and it has now crossed $72.7 million in its first two days internationally, with a global cume that now stands at $130 million. Star Wars adds Japan and Spain today along with its first full day in 4,134 North American theaters (a December record) as the sky is the limit on just how high this one will go. $57 million is enough to break the all-time Thursday single day record of $50 million, which was set by ‘Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith’ in 2005. As is standard operating procedure, Disney will be rolling these Thursday numbers into their overall Friday gross, which will almost certainly break the largest Friday, opening day and single day record currently held by ‘Deathly Hallows-Part 2’ at $91 million. As a matter of fact, once it crosses $84.62 million on Friday it will have already broken the December opening weekend record previously set by ‘The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey’. Add to that, it has already obliterated the largest December single day, also previously owned by ‘The Hobbit’, $37.13 million by comparison. 3D accounted for 47% of the evening’s take along with $5.7 million from IMAX screenings, breaking the previous IMAX record of $3 million set by ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ earlier this year.

Thursday preview numbers do include the ‘Star Wars’ marathon screenings, which included back-to-back-to-back-etc. screenings of the first six ‘Star Wars’ films leading up to the release of ‘Force Awakens’. Prices were upwards of $59.99 at AMC theaters per USA Today. Additionally, there is no set time as to when theaters specifically report Thursday preview numbers. Some may report grosses only up to midnight on Thursday, while others may report well into the Friday AM.

Top Ten Box Office 11-13 December 2015 (Domestic Only)

#1 ‘HungerGames:Mockingjay2’$11.30 million in 3,651 theaters
#2 ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’$11.01 million in 3,103 theaters
#3 ‘The Good Dinosaur’ $11.00 million in 3,606 theaters
#4 ‘Creed’ $10.12 million in 3,502 theaters
#5 ‘Krampus’ $ 8.01 million in 2,919 theaters
#6 ‘Spectre’ $ 4.00 million in 2,640 theaters (Critique:
#7 ‘The Night Before’ $ 3.90 million in 2,674 theaters
#8 ‘The Peanuts Movie’ $ 2.65 million in 2,653 theaters
#9 ‘Spotlight’ $ 2.51 million in 1,089 theaters
#10 ‘Brooklyn’ $ 1.98 million in 947 theaters

International Box Office

#1 ‘Surprise-Journey’ $17.00 million in 1 territory
#2 ‘Mockingjay2’ $ 15.40 million in 93 territories
#3 ‘The Good Dinosaur’ $ 14.30 million in 48 territories
#4 ‘Spectre’ $ 12.90 million in 95 territories (Critique:
#5 ‘In The Heat Of The…’$ 12.60 million in 53 territories
#6 ‘Point Break’ $ 12.30 million in 8 territories
#7 ‘The Martian’ $ 8.10 million in 11 territories
#8 ‘Bridge of Spies’ $ 6.70 million in 47 territories (Critique:
#9 ‘Inside Many’ $ 5.00 million in 3 territories
#10 ‘The Master’ $ 4.20 million in 1 territory

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Across The Pond

The Big One did a little building and finished #1 on Thursday in the UK. ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’ finished #1 for the evening as it drew an average 3.7 million viewers (18.8%). ‘Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Snow’ finished with an average 1.0 million viewers (4.9%).

Channel 4

The Big Four at 9P presented ‘First Dates: The Proposal’ and it finished with an average 2.20 million viewers (10.8%). It was a huge jump for the program which averaged 1.5 million viewers (7.4%) over the past 12 months. At 10P, ‘Very British Problems at Christmas’ finished with an average 1.5 million viewers (9.6%).


The Little Two had a little baking going on. At 9P, ‘The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass’ finished with an average 2.1 million viewers (10.7%).


The Independent One at 9P had ‘The Nation’s Favourite Bond Song’ which delivered 1.7 million viewers (9.1%).

Down Under

Ten #1 Thursday in Australia as 'Cricket: Big Bash Game#1 Session 2' top non-news program.

Ten #1 Thursday in Australia as ‘Cricket: Big Bash Game#1 Session 2’ top non-news program.


The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished #1 Thursday wth an 28.8% share of the available audience. And it had the #1 non-news program in the nation as ‘Cricket: Big Bash League Game 1 Session 2‘ finished with an average 813,000 viewers. Before it, Game 1 finished #2 with an average 797,000 viewers. The opening match of the KFC Big Bash League’s fifth season has been a ratings smash, peaked with more than 1.5 million people tuning in for the Sydney derby between the Thunder and the Sixers. The match was also a hit on social media, with #BBL05 the No.1 trending topic around Australia. Put it this way, it was a Cricket Thursday.


Network Nine finished #2 on Thursday with a 24.4% share. ‘A Current Affair‘ finished with an average 719,000 viewers as it was the top non-news or sport program Thursday. ‘Nine News 6:30‘ finished with an average 873,000 viewers.


The Second Commercial Network in Australia finished #3 Thursday with a 23.4% share of the available audience. But it did have the #1 newscast in the nation as ‘Seven News‘ with an average 888,000 viewers. ‘Better Homes & Gardens-Countdown To Christmas‘ finished with an average 523,000 viewers.


The Alphabet Network in Australia finished #4 with a 16.0% share. ‘7.30‘ was the network’s top non-news program with 561,000 viewers. ‘ABC News‘ finished with an average 692,000 viewers.


The Special Broadcast Service finished #5 with a 7.0% share of the available audience on Thursday.

Top Ten Non-News Program Thursday in Australia
#1 CRICKET:Big Bash Gm#1S2 TEN 813,000 viewers #1 in Sydney, Brisbane & Adelaide
#2 CRICKET:Big Bash Gm#1S1 TEN 797,000 viewers #1 in Melbourne
#3 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 719,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#4 7.30 ABC 561,000 viewers Melbourne top market
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS Seven 523,000 viewers #1 in Perth
#6 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven 490,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#7 FAMILY FEUD TEN 461,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#8 GREAT GETAWAYS Nine 460,000 viewers Sydney top market
CHRISTMAS Nine 451,000 viewers Sydney top market
#10 THE PROJECT 7PM TEN 440,000 viewers Melbourne top market

Top Newscast In Australia Thursday
#1 SEVEN NEWS Seven 888,000 viewers #1 in Adelaide & Perth
#2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 873,000 viewers #1 in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
#3 NINE NEWS Nine 837,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#4 SEVEN News/TodayTonight Seven 833,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#5 ABC NEWS ABC 692,000 viewers Sydney top market
#6 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS @5 TEN 442,000 viewers Melbourne top market


Seven #1 in Australia Friday

Seven #1 in Australia Friday


The Second Commercial Network in Australia on Friday edged Ten to become #1 with a 26.7% share of the available audience. The #1 newscast in the nation, ‘Seven News‘ finished with 815,000 viewers and ‘Better Home & Gardens‘, one of Australia’s favorite TV shows, was the network’s top non-news program with 657,000 viewers on the last Friday before Christmas.


The Third commercial Network in Australia finished #2 on Friday with a 26.3% share. Again, the ‘Cricket: Big Bash League Game 2 Session 2‘ finished as the top non-news program in Australia with a big 858,000 viewers.


Network Nine finished #3 Friday in Australia with a 26.3% share of the available audience. ‘Nine News‘ finished with 814,000 viewers. And, ‘A Current Affair‘ finished with 607,000 viewers.


The Alphabet Network in Australia finished #4 with a 17.3% share. ‘7.30‘ was again the top non-newscast program with an average 584,000 viewers. Meanwhile, ‘ABC News‘ drew 601,000 viewers.


The Special Broadcast Service In Australia finished #5 on Friday with a 6.7% share of the available audience.

Top Ten Non-Newscast Programs In Australia Friday
#1 CRICKET:BigBash Gm2SES2 TEN 858,000 viewers #1 every except Perth
#2 CRICKET:BigBash Gm2SES1 TEN 664,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#3 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Seven 657,000 viewers #1 in Perth
#4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 607,000 viewers Sydney Top Market
#5 7.30 ABC 584,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#6 MIDSOMER MURDERS (R) ABC 550,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#7 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven 503,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#8 A TASTE OF LANDLINE ABC 494,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#9 FAMILY FEUD TEN 480,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#10 THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 Seven 469,000 viewers Sydney Top market

Top Newscasts In Australia Friday
#1 SEVEN NEWS Seven 815,000 viewers #1 in Adelaide & Perth
#2 NINE NEWS Nine 814,000 viewers #1 in Melbourne & Brisbane
#3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 808,000 viewers #1 in Sydney
#4 SEVEN News/TodayTonight Seven 754,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#5 ABC NEWS ABC 601,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market
#6 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS @5 TEN 466,000 viewers Melbourne Top Market

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