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Monday, March 6, 2017
ON THIS DAY
“Lost in Space” on CBS aired its final original episode in 1968. The series ran for three seasons and was canceled due to the high cost of production. A “Lost in Space” theatrical movie was produced in 1998 and Netflix ordered a  10-episode reboot last June…Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America,” signed-off as anchorman of the “CBS Evening News” in 1981…”In the Heat of the Night,” based on the theatrical of the same name, debuted on NBC in 1988. It aired on NBC through 1992 and moved to CBS for two final seasons (and four follow-up made for television movies)…Celebrity birthdays: Pop singer Kiki Dee is 70; actor Tom Arnold (“Jackie Thomas”) is 58; comedianDL Hughley is 54; “Nashville” star Connie Britton is 50; NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is 45.

-Did You Know?:
The episode of “In the Heat of the Night” titled “Every Man’s Family” (which originally was telecast on CBS on Nov. 10, 1993) was a proposed spinoff series focused on Alan Autry as Capt. V.L. “Bubba” Skinner. But interest in the drama was waning and it never moved forward.

RATINGS BOX                                                                           
Sunday 3/05/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.5/ 9, NBC: 4.7/ 8, ABC: 2.1/ 4, Fox: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +31, CBS: – 8, ABC: – 9, Fox: -26

Ratings Breakdown:
There were two series premieres last night (ABC drama “Time After Time” and Fox sitcom “Making History”), the time period premiere of NBC’s “Chicago Justice,” the season premieres of NBC’s “Little Big Shots” and “Shades of Blue,” and the return of “Once Upon a Time” on ABC and “Madam Secretary” on CBS. Overall, it was NBC that had the momentum.

Following an encore telecast of “Little Big Shots” at 7 p.m. (#3: 3.7/ 7), the second season premiere of the Steve Harvey hosted hour scored a dominant 6.9/11 in the household overnights at 8 p.m.Comparably, that bested “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS (#2: 6.2/10) and aforementioned “Once Upon a Time” on ABC (#3: 1.9/ 3) by 11 percent and 263 percent, respectively. At this point, it is time for “Once Upon a Time” to end.

“Chicago Justice,” drama No. 4 in the Dick Wolf franchise, launched with a second-place 4.6/ 7 in the 9 p.m. hour (following last Wednesday’s preview). Comparably, that beat the series-premiere of “Time After Time” on ABC (#3: 1.8/ 3) by a hefty 156 percent. One year earlier in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour on ABC was failed drama “The Family” at a 2.2/ 3 in the household overnights. As a reminder, most series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two.
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Live + Same Day Data
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Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Comedian Jim Jeffries to Host Weekly Late Night Show on Comedy Central
Comedy Central has hired Australian comedian Jeff Jeffries to host a half-hour weekly untitled late-night series beginning this summer. The 10-episode series will feature Jefferies taking on culture, politics and more. Jefferies, Scott Zabielski and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Tim Sarkes will exec produce, with Jason Reich (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”) on board as co-executive producer and head writer. Monika Zielinska and Adam Londy will oversee for Comedy Central.

There is no confirmed time period or start date yet.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Netflix Renews “One Day at a Time” for Season Two
Netflix will move forward on a second season of its “One Day at a Time” sitcom reboot, with an order for 13 new episodes. Debuting on Jan. 6, this version of “One Day at a Time,” set in Los Angeles, focuses on a recently separated, former military mom (Justina Machado) who is navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenage daughter and socially adept tween son. She is also “helped” by her old school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and building manager Schneider.

Set to return for Season 2 are stars Machado, Moreno, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz and Stephen Tobolowsky. Lear, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce, Brent Miller and Michael Garcia executive produce.

“Star Wars Rebels” Renewed by Disney XD for Season Four
Disney XD has greenlit 3D CGI animated “Star Wars Rebels” from Lucasfilm for a fourth season, with production already underway for a premiere later this fall.  Premiering on Oct. 3, 2014, “Star Wars Rebels” is set 14 years after “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and five years before “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” ” “Rebels” takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy. Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form.

Currently in its third season, “Star Wars Rebels” was Disney XD’s No.1 series in total viewers and its No.1 animated series across key kid and boy demos in 2016. The series also generated more than 60 million consumer engagements across digital platforms.

The season three voice cast of “Star Wars Rebels” includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, Sam Witwer as Maul, Tom Baker as Bendu and Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Arnold Schwarzenegger Quits “The New Celebrity Apprentice”
It looks like “The Terminator” just terminated himself. Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement that he will not be returning to host NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” which was formerly hosted by President Donald Trump.

“I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett. Everyone — from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department — was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn’t have this baggage,” he said.

NBC, which has not commented on Schwarzenegger’s decision, has not officially said whether it intends to pick up the show for another cycle.

Schwarzenegger’s decision comes after his debut season of the rebranded “Celebrity Apprentice” drew modest numbers for NBC and the criticism of Trump in a series of heated tweets.

This, That and the Other Thing:
Comedy Central is reporting February 2017 as a record-rated month for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in total viewers (1.5 million: +17 percent from Feb. 2016) and adults 18-49 (0.74 rating: +11 percent)…Univision finished February 2017 as the No. 1 Spanish-language network during primetime, out-delivering its closest competitor by double-digit margins among total viewers 2+ (+34 percent), adults 18-49 (+21 percent) and adults 18-34 (+15 percent). It averaged 1.9 million viewers 2+, 857,000 adults 18-49 and 382,000 adults 18-34 in primetime.

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Niels Schuurmans has been named to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer for  Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT. In his new role he will oversee marketing and creative for Spike, which he will help rebrand as Paramount Network, along with overseeing all cross-network marketing initiatives for Spike, TV Land, and CMT. Most recently, Schuurmans served as Chief Creative Officer/Executive Vice President, Creative and Branded Content, for Viacom Velocity where he was responsible for the overall ideation, development and execution of branded and partner integrated marketing creative content across all the Viacom brands and platforms

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
ABC airs the “Women Tell All” edition of “The Bachelor”…Three season finales on cable: “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” on VH1; “ShadowHunters” on Freeform” and “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” on VH1. “Explorer” returns on National Geographic Channel. For the schedule listings for Monday, March 6, click here
PI POLLS
1. What grade would you give the premiere of “Feud: Bette and Joan” on FX on CBS? Click here
2. What grade would you give the debut of ABC drama “Time After Time”? Click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Network to Cable

Which one of the following five network series was not revived by a cable network after being canceled?

a) “Cougar Town”
b) “Futurama”
c) “Nashville”
d) “Scrubs”
e) “Southland”
f) They all were

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following personalities has not hosted the syndicated version of game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”?

a) Cedric the Entertainer
b) Terry Crews
c) Chris Harrison
d) Regis Philbin
e) Meredith Vieira
f) They all have

Is: d) Regis Philbin, who hosted the network version of the game show. But since Regis did guest host the syndicated edition for two weeks in place of Meredith Vieira, I will give credit for f) they all have as well.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Mark Barrett, Michelle Bauer, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Andy Ehlen, Steve Ellis, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Tom Moore, Alex Petrilli, Greg Phelan, Bob Pianka, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Colleen Roth, Mark Maxwell-Smith, Michelle Stanton, Barb Throm, Ted Zavales

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