NBC #1 Friday in the U.S. ITV #1 in the UK. Seven #1 in Australia.

‘It’s All About Screens.’ This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Friday, December 18, 2015, NBC finished #1 broadcast network but CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods‘ was the top program. ITV finished #1 in the UK as ‘Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day‘ was the top program. Seven finished #1 Tuesday as ‘Seven News ‘ was #1 newscast and ‘Cricket:Big Bash League Game 2 Session 2 was the top non-news program. ‘Star Wars‘ went crazy on the first four days. ‘Star War’ explodes with $238 million box office in the U.S. & $279.0 Internationally. ‘Star Wars‘ #1 on weekend 18-20 December 2015 (Domestic) ‘Star Wars‘ #1 on weekend 18-20 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. SATURDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (*SEE BELOW)

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For Friday, December 18, 2015 (Posted on December 19, 2015)

NBC #1 Friday but CBS' 'Blue Bloods' top program

NBC #1 Friday but CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods’ top program


The Peacock Network finished #1 on Friday just a tad ahead and finished third. At 8P, ‘Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon‘ finished with an average 3.406 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Dateline‘ finished with an average 5.257 million viewers. At 10P, ‘Dateline‘ finished with an average 6.035 million viewers.


The Tiffany Network finished #2 on a very quiet Friday night before Christmas with a lot of reruns and a very strange schedule. AT 8P, a rerun of ‘Frosty The Snowman‘ finished with an average 4.369 million viewers. At 9P, ‘A Home For The Holidays‘ finished with an average 3.285 million viewers. Then at 10P, a rerun of ‘Blue Bloods‘ which finished with an average 6.623 million viewers and the #1 program of the evening.


The Alphabet Network slipped into #2 on Friday, just ahead of NBC. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Last Man Standing‘ finished with an average 4.614 million viewers to finished #1 in its time slot. Then at 830P, a rerun of ‘Yes, Virginia‘ finished with an average 2.627 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Shark Tank‘ finished with an average 3.737 million viewers. Then at 10P, ‘20/20‘ finished with an average 3.326 million viewers.


The Animal Network of Broadcast finished fourth on Friday. At 8P, ‘MasterChef Junior‘ finished with an average 3.940 million viewers. At 9P, ‘World’s Funniest‘ finished with an average 1.803 million viewers.

The CW

The Little Network That Couldn’t tried. At 8P, a rerun of ‘Grandma Got Run Over‘ finished with an average 1.397 million viewers. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Penn & Teller:Fool Us‘ finished with an average 1.342 million viewers.

For The Record

NBC finished #1 on Friday with an average 4.90 million viewers. CBS finished #2 on Friday with an average 4.759 million viewers. ABC finished #3 with an average 3.561 million viewers. FOX finished with an average million viewers. Univision finished with an average million viewers. The CW finished with an average million viewers. Telemundo finished with an average million viewers.

Today In Communication History
On this date in 1939, 16 companies have either started or intend to start manufacturing television sets in the US, not all on the same line standard.

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.

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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. With Friday’s performance, the film now accounts for the largest single day of all time in UK/Ireland ($14.4m), Germany ($7.1m), Norway ($1.1m) and Sweden ($1.7m). Along with those four territories, it also accounts for the largest opening day in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland (French-speaking), Austria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, Chile and Peru. It opens in Japan and Spain Saturday. ‘Force Awakens’ brought in $279 million Internationally, #3 opening of all time behind ‘Jurassic World’ ($316 million) and the final ‘Harry Potter’ film ($314 million). It came in No. 1 everywhere, except in South Korea and Vietnam.

Top Ten Box Office 18-20 December 2015 (Domestic Only thru Saturday)

#1 ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’$238.00 million in 4,134 theaters
#2 ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks:
The Road Chip’ $ 14.40 million in 3,653 theaters
#3 ‘Sisters’ $ 13.42 million in 2.962 theaters
#4 ‘The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay – Part 2’ $ 5.65 million in 2,653 theaters
#5 ‘Creed’ $ 5.09 million in 2,745 theaters
#6 ‘The Good Dinosaur’ $ 4.31 million in 2,744 theaters
#7 ‘Krampus’ $ 3.78 million in 2,371 theaters
#8 ‘In The Heart of the Sea’$ 3.47 million in 3,101 theaters
#9 ‘Dilwale’ $ 1.88 million in 268 theaters
#10 ‘Bajiao Mastani Eros’ $ 1.66 million in 304 theaters

International Box Office 18-20 December 2015 (Thru Saturday)

#1 ‘Star Wars’ $279.00 million

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ITV #1 Friday as 'Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day' was the top program

ITV #1 Friday as ‘Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day’ was the top program


The Independent One won the night in the UK. At 8P, the three hour pledge show, ‘Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day‘, finished as the #1 program on television in the UK Friday evening as it brought in an average audience of 3.74 million viewers (19.9%) on Friday evening (December 18). btw…in the UK, jumpers are sweaters.


The Big One was #2 on Friday as it didn’t quite have the power. At 7P, ‘The One Show‘ was the top program on BBC One with 3.53 million viewers (19.5%). At 730P, ‘A Question of Sport‘ brought in 2.97 million viewers (15.4%). At 830P, ‘Citizen Khan‘ finished with an average 2.55 million viewers (13%). At 9P, ‘Have I Got News For You’ grew the audience to 3.36 million viewers (16.6%). At930P, ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share‘ dropped to 2.32 million viewers (11.7%).


The Little Two began their Christmas food specials at 7P with ‘Tom Kerridge Cooks Christmas‘ and 1.08 million viewers (6%) watched. Then at 730P came Mary as ‘Mary Berry’s Absolute Christmas Favorites‘ brought in an average of 1.57 million viewers (8.2%). At 8P, ‘Mastermind‘ attracted 1.92 million viewers (9.5%). And at 830P, ‘An Island Parish: Falklands‘ brought in 1.63 million viewers (8.3%).

Channel 4

The Big Four at 730P had ‘TFI Friday Christmas Special‘ and it had 1.2 million viewers (6.3%). At 9P, ‘Gogglebox‘ was top program on the network with 2.98 million viewers (14.9%). At 10P, ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man‘ was seen by 1.10 million viewers (6.5%).

Channel 5

The Viacom Five at 7P presented ‘Ultimate Strongman Masters World Championship‘ and not a lot of people cared as only 444,000 friends and family bothered to watch (2.4%). At 8P, The History Channel’s ‘Ice Road Truckers‘ increased the audience to 649,000 viewers (3.3%). Then at 9P, the Nicolas Cage movie, ‘Con Air‘ had the top audience on the network Friday as it pulled in 761,000 viewers (4.3%).

Down Under

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


Nine #1 Saturday as  'New Tricks' #1 non-news program & ' Nine News Saturday' #1 newscast

Nine #1 Saturday as ‘New Tricks’ #1 non-news program & ‘ Nine News Saturday’ #1 newscast


The Second Commercial Network in Australia finished #1 Saturday with a 28.5% share of the available audience. Its top program was ‘Woolworths’ Carols in the Domain 2015‘ which drew an average 753,000 viewers.


Network Nine finished #2 with a 23.4% share. It had the #1 newscast in the nation as ‘Nine News Saturday‘ finished with an average 837,000 viewers.


The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished #3 Saturday with a 21.9% share. It again had ‘Cricket: Big Bash League Game 3 Session 3‘ which finished with an average 748,000 viewers.


The Alphabet Network finished #4 in Australia on Saturday with a 18.2% share. It did have the #1 program in the nation as ‘New Tricks‘ drew 849,000 viewers beating everything.

SBS finished #5 on Saturday in Australia with a 8% share of the available audience.

Top Ten Non-Newscast Programs In Australia Saturday
#1 NEW TRICKS ABC 849,000 viewers #1 every except Melbourne
DOMAIN 2015 Seven 753,000 viewers Sydney top market
#3 CRICKET:BigBashGm3 Ses2 TEN 748,000 viewers #1 in Melbourne
#4 THE PACIFIER Seven 596,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#5 CRICKET:BigBashGm3 Ses1 TEN 566,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#6 CRICKET:BigBashPostGame TEN 455,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#7 POLAR EXPRESS Nine 330,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#8 MIDSOMER MURDERS ABC 302,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#9 M-DOORS OPEN ABC 294,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#10 FOUR HOLIDAYS Nine 272,000 viewers Melbourne top market

Top Newscasts Saturday In Australia
#1 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 837,000 viewers #1 in Melbourne
#2 ABC NEWS ABC 833,000 viewers #1 in Sydney & Adelaide
#3 SEVEN NEWS Seven 790,000 viewers #1 in Brisbane & Perth
#4 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS TEN 399,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#5 WEEKEND TODAY–SATURDAY Nine 278,000 viewers Sydney top market
#6 NINE NEWS:FIRST AT FIVE Nine 273,000 viewers Melbourne top market

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