Shakira, college basketball, ‘Noah’: Stuff people liked this week

April 2, 2014

A great way to gain insight into our country’s psyche? Take a look at what we’re watching on TV, going to see in the movie theater, and listening to on the radio or on our iPods. Every Wednesday, Billboard releases music stats for the past week, so we take the opportunity for some quick analysis all of the above topics and what pop culture is truly the most popular at the moment.


“The Good Wife” (CBS ©2014)

TOP 10 BROADCAST SHOWS

1) “NCIS” (CBS) 17.5 million viewers
2) “NCIS: Los Angeles” (ABC) 15.5 million
3) “Dancing With the Stars” (CBS) 14.6 million
4) “60 Minutes” (CBS) 14.3 million
5) “The Voice,” Monday (NBC) 12.8 million
6) “The Voice,” Tuesday (NBC) 12.4 million
7) “Person of Interest” (CBS) 12.2 million
8) “The Good Wife” (CBS) 11 million
9) “The Blacklist” (NBC) 10.8 million
10) “Modern Family” (CBS) 10 million
(via Nielsen, March 24-30)

“The Good Wife’s” shocking twist paid off with its highest-rated episode of the season on Sunday, as 11 million people tuned in to see the aftermath of Will Gardner getting shot. “60 Minutes” profiled Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk and made the Top 10 for the third week in a row, while “Modern Family” — an episode that featured genuinely impressive directing during a dizzying plot involving the families in Las Vegas — also got a bump in viewers.

Host Mark Wahlberg bragging he couldn't get slimed. Bet you know how that ended. (Reuters)
Host Mark Wahlberg at KCA. (Reuters)

TOP 10 CABLE SHOWS

1) “The Walking Dead” (AMC) 15.7 million viewers
2) NCAA basketball, No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 1 Arizona (TBS) 10 million
3) “Talking Dead”  (AMC) 7.3 million
4) NCAA basketball, No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 1 Florida (TBS) 7.2 million
5) “Duck Dynasty” (A&E) 6 million
6) NCAA basketball, No. 4 Michigan St vs. No. 1 Virginia (TBS) 5.1 million
7) Kids’ Choice Awards 2014 (Nickelodeon) 5 million
8) “Pawn Stars” (History) 4.5 million
9) WWE, Monday 10 to 11 p.m. (USA) 4.4 million
10) “SpongeBob Squarepants” (Nickelodeon) 4.3 million
(TVBytheNumbers via Nielsen, March 24-30)

This is the last time seeing “Walking Dead” on the chart for a while, as the zombie drama wrapped its fourth season on a high note: It’s the second-highest rated episode in series history, just shy of the Season 4 premiere last fall, which drew 16 million viewers. Meanwhile, March Madness overtakes WWE, at least for this week, thanks to lots of exciting last-second NCAA tournament games over the weekend. The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards — featuring Pharrell Williams, host Mark Wahlberg and lots of slime — also appeared to have a good showing on a Saturday night, but it’s nearly 1 million less than last year’s audience.

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in a scene from "Noah." (Niko Tavernise/AP/Paramount Pictures)
Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in a scene from “Noah.” (Niko Tavernise/AP/Paramount Pictures)

TOP 10 MOVIES

1) “Noah” $44 million*
2) “Divergent” $26.5 million
3) “Muppets Most Wanted” $11 million
4) “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” $9.5 million
5) “God’s Not Dead” $9 million
6) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” $8.9 million
7) “Sabotage” $5.3 million
8) “Need for Speed” $4.3 million
9) “300: Rise of an Empire” $4.3 million
8) “Non-Stop” $4.1 million
(AP via Rentrak, March 28-30)
* First week in theaters

Was there any chance “Noah” wouldn’t be No. 1? With all that controversy about how accurate it was based on the bible story, it was bound to happen. The Darren Aronofsky film was generally well-received by critics, though, at least for the special effects. The only other debut in the Top 10, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Sabotage,” bombed right out of the gate. Even behind Wes Anderson’s twee “Grand Budapest Hotel” — ouch!

Shakira (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty)
Shakira (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty)

TOP ALBUMS/SONGS (via Billboard)

Once again, proof that it’s good to be on a judge on a hit singing reality competition show. Shakira — seen on NBC’s “The Voice” — hits the No. 2 spot this week for the first time in her career; her eponymous album sold 64,000 copies. Right behind her is Johnny Cash’s posthumous “Out Among the Stars” with 54,000, featuring recently discovered songs from the Man in Black. Other debuts on the albums chart includes rockers Memphis May Fire at No. 4 selling 27,000, and Erica Campbell’s solo record at No. 6 with 23,000. (She’s part of the gospel group Mary Mary, which has a WE tv reality show.) And if you have to ask about No. 1 , you obviously haven’t been paying attention. (It’s the “Frozen” soundtrack. It will probably always be the “Frozen” soundtrack.)

Speaking of songs that will never die, Pharrell’s “Happy” is No. 1 again on the songs chart, which remains mostly the same from last week: “All of Me” by John Legend, “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry and of course, Idina Menzel’s contribution to the “Frozen” soundtrack, “Let it Go.”

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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