ON THIS DAY
Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx made their final appearance together in a short comedy on “General Electric Theater” on CBS in 1959 called “The Incredible Jewel Robbery”…The final episode of “The Brady Bunch” aired on ABC in 1974. But it was certainly not the “end” of the clan called Brady, of course…Animated“Beavis and Butt-Head” debuted on MTV in 1993. The series was adapted into the animated feature film “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” in 1996…Celebrity Birthdays: The Monkees drummer Mickey Dolenz is 72; former “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beck is 40.
-Did You Know?: Robert Reed refused to appear in the final episode of “The Brady Bunch” (“The Hair-Brained Scheme”), which he cited as inane slapstick. Had “The Brady Bunch” returned for a sixth season, one of the options considered was to make Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) a widow.
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +150, CBS: +54, Fox: +15, ABC: no change, NBC: -22
CBS topped this first Tuesday in March in the household overnights with its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.9 rating/14 share), “Bull” (#2: 6.6/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 5.9/10). But NBC’s “This Is Us,” which concludes its stellar first season next week, was the true story of note. “This Is Us” rose to a series-high 7.7/13 at 9 p.m., building by 15 percent from its prior high household overnight rating (6.7) and maintaining the lead-in support from “The Voice” (7#2: 7.3/12 at 8 p.m.). Comparably, “This Is Us” owns the Tuesday9 p.m. ET hour in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).
NBC capped off the evening with a Tuesday10 p.m. telecast of “Chicago Justice” (#2: 4.2/ 8), which beat the debut of gushy “People Icons” on ABC (#3: 1.8/ 3) by a significant 133 percent.
For the full analysis and individual program breakdown for Monday, March 6, click here
Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Feb. 27
What follows are the Live + Same Day results for the week of Feb. 27, with change versus the comparable week in parentheses. Four nights (and eight hours) of low-rated miniseries “When We Rise,” plus a one hour special devoted to it, is the main cause of the steep declines for ABC. Note: President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress on Tuesday is not included in the weekly averages.
Midseason Report Card
From Campaign US: Following the presentation given by Nickelodeon last week, we are officially in upfront season. This means the various broadcasting outlets –network, cable and digital — will soon be touting their merits (or sugarcoating their weaknesses) in the quest for advertising dollars next season. With the broadcast networks concluding the festivities in mid-May, the next two months are a testing ground to see which current entries will make the cut among the pilots chosen to series.
As a precursor, let’s see which broadcast networks have the momentum, which don’t, and what areas they need to focus on. The nets are listed in order of total viewer ranking this season to-date (through Feb. 26), and the Nielsen rating results are based on Live + 7 Day data (through Feb. 12) and Live + Same Day thereafter.For more, click here
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
HLN Orders “Across America with Carol Costello”
HLN has announced a new program called “Across America with Carol Costello,” featuring the exiting CNN host, which will air in the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET weekday block and will replace Michaela Pereira’s late morning program (which shifts to 3-5 p.m. ET). Both series will be telecast live from Los Angeles. Costello announced in late January that she was the latest CNN host to move to HLN and her new series debuts in late April.
Costello broke the news on Monday morning at the beginning of her 9 a.m.“Newsroom” stint, explaining that she made the decision to move her life and career to the West Coast for personal reasons.
“Before I thank you for joining me this morning, I would like to share a big life change with you,” Costello said. “Friday will be my last day at CNN. I’m not leaving the family though, I’ll be heading to Los Angeles to anchor a new show on HLN. This is a personal decision and it was extraordinarily difficult; it was like cutting off my left arm.”
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
The CW Renews “Riverdale” for Season Two
The CW has issued an early season renewal to freshman drama “Riverdale,” with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2017-18. Debuting on Jan. 26, “Riverdale,” featuring the characters from the classic comic book franchise, is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions. It stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, who also narrates the series.
Based on delayed viewing, The CW is reporting growth, season to-date, for “Riverdale” of 78 percent in adults 18-34 and 85 percent in women 18-34 in Live+7 day ratings over Live+Same Day. It is also one of The CW’s most streamed shows on the network’s digital platforms, including The CW app and CWTV.com.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Legendary Baseball TV Director Bill Webb Passes Away at 65
Iconic and influential baseball television director Bill Webb, also known by his nickname “Webby”, died on Tuesday, March 7 at the age of 65 after a two year battle with cancer. He directed televised baseball games for almost four decades, most of the time with the New York Mets. Webb was also a part of working and/or directing 17 MLB World Series, 20 MLB League Championship Series and 18 MLB All-Star Games — the vast majority of them for Fox.
A 30-time Sports Emmy award-winner and, since Nov. 2016, an inductee of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Webb was noted for helping create the look of modern baseball telecasts that featured quick cuts, player close-ups and crowd reaction shots.
Webb is survived by his wife and three children.
Casting News Jason Isaacs has been cast in “Star Trek: Discovery”for CBS All Access as Captain Lorca, Captain of the Starship Discovery. Debuting late summer or early summer, the cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, James Frain, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo.
Patricia Clarkson has been tapped to co-star opposite Amy Adams as her mother in HBOs eight-episode drama series “Sharp Objects” from Entertainment One. Written by Marti Noxon and based on the book by Gillian Flynn, “Sharp Objects” centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams). Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT “Survivor” and sophomore “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” open new seasons on CBS. “Designated Survivor” with Kiefer Sutherland returns from a three-month hiatus on ABC. Sitcoms “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and“Man Seeking Woman” conclude for the season on FXX. For the schedule listings for Wednesday, March 8, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Travel Channel’s “Weird America,” featuring stand-up comedian Kevin McGahem, will premiere the day after St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m. ET. This first special showcases his road trip to inimitable New Jersey, where he encounters a 50-pound burger, a six-story wood and tin elephant and participates in a personal one-man parade.
Who are you rooting for in “Survivor: Game Changers,” which opens on CBStonight? Click here
True or False
Which one of the following statements is not true?
a) “NCIS” was spun-off from “JAG.”
b) “NYPD Blue” is the longest running crime drama in the history of ABC.
c) Sitcom “Becker” was spun-off from “The King of Queens.”
d) Tyne Daly won four Emmy Awards for playing Mary Beth Lacey on “Cagney & Lacey.”
e) Angela Lansbury was nominated for an Emmy Award 12 times for playing Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote” and never won.
f) They are all true
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following school based series produced the most number of episodes?
b) “Head of the Class”
c) “Our Miss Brooks”
d) “Room 222”
e) “Welcome Back, Kotter”
Is: a) “Fame,” which in its 1982-87 run (first on NBC and in first-run syndication) produced 136 episodes. As for the others: