CBS #1 on Christmas in the U.S. ITV #1 in the UK. Nine #1 in Australia.

‘It’s All About Screens.’ This is the Daily Diary of Screens. On Christmas, December 25, 2015, CBS finished #1 broadcast network as ‘Andy Griffith Show Christmas Story‘ was the top program. ITV finished #1 in the UK as ‘Downton Abbey‘ finale was the top program. Nine finished #1 Tuesday as ‘Nine News 6:30‘ was #1 newscast and ‘Royal Variety Performance was the top non-news program. ‘Star Wars‘ dominated the weekend as it exploded with $238 million box office in the U.S. & $279.0 Internationally. 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.

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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Due to the holiday season, ratings may be delayed. They will be posted when available.
For Christmas, December 25, 2015 (Posted on December 26, 2015)

CBS #1 Christmas as 'The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Story' was the  top program.

CBS #1 Christmas as ‘The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Story’ was the top program.


8P ‘Andy Griffith Show Christmas‘ finished with an average 5.188 million viewers.
9P ‘Blue Bloods‘ rerun finished with an average 4.160 million viewers.
10P ‘Blue Bloods‘ rerun finished with an average 5.077 million viewers.

8P ‘CMA Country Christmas‘ rerun finished with an average 4.834 million viewers.
10P ‘20/20‘ finished with 3.648 million viewers.

8P ‘Truth Be Told‘ finished with an average 2.017 million viewers.
830P ‘Truth Be Told‘ finished with an average 1.669 million viewers.
9P ‘Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors‘ rerun finished with an average 3.942 million viewers.

8P ‘MasterChef Jr‘ rerun finished with an average 1.776 million viewers.
9P ‘American Country Countdown‘ rerun finished with an average 1.305 million viewers.

The CW
8P ‘iHeartRadio Jingle Ball‘ rerun finished with an average 969,000 viewers.
9P ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?‘ rerun finished with an average 1.002 million viewers.

For The Record

CBS finished #1 on Christmas with an average 4.81 million viewers. ABC finished with an average 4.44 million viewers. NBC finished #3 with an average 3.27 million viewers. FOX finished with an average 1.44 million viewers. The CW finished with an average 980,00 viewers.

Today In Communication History

On this date in 1945, US national television advertisers were Botany Worsted Mills, Bulova Watches, Esso, Firestone Tire & Rubber, Gillette, Pan American World Airways, RCA Victor (all on NBC’s WNBT, New York), Lever Bros (on CBS’s WCBW, New York), US Rubber, Macy & Co and Alexander Smith & Sons (on DuMont’s WABD, New York). See how many of those brands advertise today.

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.

On Monday, ‘Star Wars’ fid $40 million domestically. And on Tuesday, it did $37.4 million at the box office, nearing $700 million since opening.

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

Coming Soon

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Across The Pond

ITV #1 Christmas in the UK as 'Downton Abbey' finale was the top program with 6.5 million viewers.

ITV #1 Christmas in the UK as ‘Downton Abbey’ finale was the top program with 6.5 million viewers.


645P ‘Emmerdale‘ finished with an average 4.26 million viewers (19.2%).
745P ‘Coronation Street‘ finished with an average 5.59 million viewers (23.5%).
845P ‘Downton Abbey‘ two-hour finale finished with an average 6.50 million viewers (28.3%).

445P ‘Stick Man‘ finished with an average 6.36 million viewers (34.5%).
515P ‘Doctor Who‘ finished with an average 5.77 million viewers (29.4%).
615P ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas Special‘ finished with an average 6.49 million viewers (30%).
730P ‘Call the Midwife‘ finished with an average 5.80 million viewers (24.5%).
845P ‘EastEnders‘ finished with an average 5.73 million viewers.
945P ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special‘ finished with an average 6.41 million viewers (27.7%).
1025P ‘Michael Mcintyre’s Big Christmas Show‘ finished with an average 3.62 million viewers (20.4%).

Channel 4
8P ‘Googleprogs‘ finished with an average 2.24 million viewers (9.33%).
9P ‘Alan Carr’s Chatty Man‘ finished with an average 990,000 viewers (4.4%).

850P ‘Darcey’s Ballet Heroes‘ finished with an average 1.01 million viewers (4.2%).

Channel 5
6P ‘Britain’s Favourite Christmas Songs‘ finished with an average 863,000 viewers (3.8%).

Down Under

Network Nine #1 on Christmas with a 31.1% share of the available audience.
Seven finished #1 with a 25.9% share.
ABC finished #3 with a 22.7% share.
Ten finished #4 with a 12.8% share.
SBS finished #5 with a 7.5% share.

Top Non-Newscast Programs In Australia on Christmas
#1 ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE ABC 573,000 147,000 152,000 107,000 62,000 104,000
#2 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 520,000 126,000 176,000 129,000 40,000 47,000
MESSAGE ABC 484,000 122,000 130,000 87,000 68,000 76,000
CHRISTMAS VACATION Nine 466,000 133,000 147,000 89,000 52,000 45,000
#5 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Seven 366,000 103,000 114,000 70,000 38,000 42,000
AT CHRISTMAS ABC 350,000 105,000 80,000 50,000 53,000 62,000
EUROPEAN VACATION Nine 315,000 79,000 123,000 36,000 49,000 29,000
#8 SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE Seven 295,000 63,000 102,000 62,000 28,000 40,000
#9 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven 273,000 86,000 85,000 52,000 20,000 29,000

Top Newscasts In Australia on Christmas
#1 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 679,000 166,000 253,000 150,000 65,000 45,000
#2 NINE NEWS Nine 655,000 180,000 256,000 119,000 64,000 36,000
#3 SEVEN News/TodayTonight Seven 566,000 130,000 176,000 132,000 41,000 86,000
#4 SEVEN NEWS Seven 553,000 131,000 152,000 118,000 53,000 99,000
#5 ABC NEWS ABC 503,000 113,000 164,000 85,000 70,000 70,000
#6 10 EYEWITNESS NEWS @5 TEN 298,000 61,000 102,000 45,000 40,000 49,000

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