ABC #1 Saturday in the U.S. BBC One #1 in the UK. Seven #1 in Australia.

‘It’s All About Screens.’ This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Saturday, December 19, 2015, ABC finished #1 broadcast network as ‘New Hampshire:Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate‘ was the top program. BBC One finished #1 in the UK as ‘Strictly Come Dancing-Grand Final‘ was the top program. Seven finished #1 Tuesday as ‘Nine News Saturday‘ was #1 newscast and ‘New Tricks 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. SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OVERNIGHT TV RATINGS (*SEE BELOW)

Today, traditional TV still accounts for the lion’s share of video viewing, but online and mobile are where the growth is. When managed together, TV/digital/mobile hold the potential to drive real impact for advertisers—enabling them to maximize the customers they reach and/or reinforce key messaging across screens. After all, ‘It’s all about screens’.

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For Saturday, December 19, 2015 (Posted on December 20, 2015)

ABC #1 Saturday as 'New Hampshire:Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate' finished as the top broadcast network program

ABC #1 Saturday as ‘New Hampshire:Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate’ finished as the top broadcast network program


The Alphabet Network had at 8P, the ‘New Hampshire:Democratic President Candidate Debate‘ and it finished with an average 6.71 million viewers.


The Tiffany Network threw a ‘when in doubt’ schedule on Saturday. And at 8P, the ‘when in doubt’ formula led off front and center as a rerun of ‘NCIS‘ finished with an average of 5.15 million viewers. (NOTE: On this Saturday, ‘NCIS’ reruns ran all day and most of the night on the USA Network in another of its ‘marathon NCIS’ events.) There is a reason why this is the world’s most watched drama. People love it…even for the 15th time…on a single day. At 9P, a rerun of ‘Criminal Minds‘, another of the CBS rerun powerhouses, finished with an average 5.2 million viewers. Then at 10P, a rerun of the Saturday night fixture, ‘48 Hours‘ finished with an average 5.8 million viewers. (NOTE#2: CBS affiliates in New York and Dallas aired the NFL Network’s telecast of the Jets-Cowboys game, so ratings for the network may also be subject to larger adjustments.)


The Animal Network of Broadcast lived up to its name on Saturday. At 8P, ‘UFC Fight Night‘ finished with an average 2.28 million viewers, slightly above the ‘Mendoza Line’.


The Peacock Network figured it might get something out of a special rerun with an inaccurate name. They were wrong. At 8P, a rerun of ‘The Wiz Live‘ wasn’t live as it flopped with only 1.59 million viewers, well below the ‘Mendoza Line’.

For The Record

ABC finished as the #1 broadcast network on Saturday with an average 6.71 million viewers. CBS finished with an average million viewers. FOX finished with an average 2.28 million viewers. NBC finished with an average 1.59 million viewers.

Today In Communication History

On this date in 1938, Vladimir Kosma Zworykin patented the iconoscope television system. It was one of the most important moments in communication history.

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. 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.

Put it this way…’Star Wars’ has made back its cost + promotional expenses through Saturday. Every ticket sold from this point forward is profit. The only question is how much profit will it produce.

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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The Big One led with English speaking world on Saturday with the big one. At 635P, the first part of ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ Grand Final blew away the competition with an average 10.98 million viewers and a 50.1% share of the available audience. Any time a program draws over 50% of a nation, it is a power. ‘Strictly’ is a power in the world of television, just like ‘NCIS’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is in the U.S. Then ‘Casual+y‘ finished with abs average 5.69 million viewers (28.7%). Then, at 9P, ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ Grand Final Part 2 finished with an average 11.01 viewers (48.8%). An average of 11 million viewers caught the Strictly Come Dancing grand final last night (December 19), according to overnight figures. For the record, ‘The Lottery‘ finished with an average 5.91 million (29.4%) afterwards.


The Little Two a rerun at 805P of ‘Porridge‘ and it finished with an average 2.03 million viewers (10.3%).


The Independent One presented the film ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ and it finished with an average 2.01 million viewers (9.1%). Then, ‘The Jonathan Ross Show‘ brought in an average 1.29 million viewers (6.8%).

Channel 4

The Big Four presented at 8P, the film ‘Star Trek‘ and it averaged 867,000 viewers (4.1%).

BBC Four

The Little Four at 9P presented ‘The Bridge‘ finished with 777,000 viewers (3.4%). And at 10P, another episode of ‘The Bridge‘ finished with an average 686,000 viewers (3.7%).

Down Under

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


Nine #1 Sunday but Ten's 'Cricket: Big Bash' top non-news program while 'Nine News' #1 newscast

Nine #1 Sunday but Ten’s ‘Cricket: Big Bash’ top non-news program while ‘Nine News’ #1 newscast


Network Nine in Australia gave it a battle and finished #1 with a 27.8% share. ‘Nine News Sunday‘ finished as the #1 newscast in the nation with an average 919,000 viewers.

The Third Commercial Network in Australia finished with the top non-news program but just a shade behind Nine on Sunday as it finished with a 27.0% share of the available audience. The #1 & #2 non-newscast programs in Australia were on Ten as ‘Cricket: Big Bash league Game 5, Session 2‘ finished with an average 910,000 viewers. Four of the top ten programs were on Ten.


The Second Commercial network finished #3 in Australia on Sunday as it delivered a 21.8% share of the available audience, just ahead of Nine. ‘Sunday Night‘ finished with an average 623,000 viewers.


The Alphabet Network in Australia finished #4 with a 16.8% share. ‘Grand Designs‘ was the to non-newscast program on the network with an average 573,000 viewers.


The Special Broadcast Service in Australia finished #5 with a 6.8% share of the available audience.

Top Non-Newscast TV Programs In Australia Sunday
#1 CRICKET:BigBash Gm5-S2 TEN 910,000 viewers #1 in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth
#2 CRICKET:BigBash Gm5-S1 TEN 834,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#3 60 MINUTES Nine 705,000 viewers #1 in Sydney & Brisbane
#4 SUNDAY NIGHT Seven 623,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#5 CRICKET:BigBash Gm4-S2 TEN 582,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#6 GRAND DESIGNS (R) ABC 573,000 viewers Sydney top market
#7 INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY ABC 556,000 viewers Sydney top market
#8 CRICKET:BigBash Gm4Post TEN 555,000 viewers Melbourne top market
#9 ATLANTIC–Wildest Ocean Nine 542,000 viewers Sydney top market
#10 THE FORCE–BehindTheLine Seven 524,000 viewers Sydney top market

Top Newscast Sunday In Australia
#1 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 919,000 viewers #1 in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide
#2 SEVEN NEWS Seven 861,000 viewers #1 in Brisbane & Perth
#3 ABC NEWS SUNDAY ABC 669,000 viewers Melbourne top market

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