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Monday, March 13, 2017
ON THIS DAY
MTV premiered its weekly “Top 20 Video Countdown” show in 1984…Fox launched “Kelsey Grammer Presents The Sketch Show” in 2005. It aired for just seven episodes…Reality/competition “Fashion Star, hosted by Elle Macpherson, debuted on NBC in 2012. Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and John Varvatos participated as mentors and judges for the contestants…CBS sitcom“The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, began its five season run on CBS in 2006…Celebrity Birthdays: Upcoming “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Charo is 76; Dana Delany (“Desperate Housewives,” “China Beach”) is 61; actress Annabeth Gish (“Mystic Pizza”) is 46; “That’70s Show” star Danny Masterson is 43.

-Did You Know?:
After Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for “The New Adventures of Old Christine, the so-called “Seinfeld” “curse” no longer existed. Louis-Dreyfus has since won five additional Emmys in the category for HBO’s “Veep.

RATINGS BOX                                                                           

Note:
The metered market (overnight) household ratings for Sunday, March 12th were not available at press time due to daylight saving time. Please visit out website at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the fast affiliate results.

Fast Affiliate Ratings
-Friday 3/10/17: Click here

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 3/06/17: Click here
-Tuesday 3/07/17: Click here
-Wednesday 3/08/17: Click here
-Thursday 3/09/17: Click here
 
Source: Nielsen Media Research

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

The CW Renews “The 100” For Season Five
The CW Network has renewed sci-fi drama “The 100” for the 2017-18 season, with an order for an unspecified number of new episodes. Debuting on March 19, 2014, the series follows  a group of teens: Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley), Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos), Jasper Jordan (Devon Bostick), Monty Green (Christopher Larkin), Raven Reyes (Lindsey Morgan), Finn Collins (Thomas McDonell), John Murphy (Richard Harmon), and Wells Jaha (Eli Goree) as they become the first people from a space habitat to return to Earth after a devastating nuclear apocalypse.

Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, “The 100” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jason Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries”).

“Schitt’s Creek” Renewed by Pop for Season Four
Pop has greenlit Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek” for a fourth season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2017-18. Debuting on CBC Television in Canada on Jan. 13, 2015 (and airing in the U.S. on Pop), “Schitt’s Creek” stars Eugene Levy as a wealthy video store magnate and Catherine O’Hara as his wife, a washed up soap star. After losing all their money due to their crooked business manager stealing their money and not paying their taxes, they are forced to rebuild their lives in their only remaining asset: the small town of Schitt’s Creek which they once purchased as a joke gift for the birthday of one of their children.

The current third season of “Schitt’s Creek” concludes on Pop on April 3rd.

“Schitt’s Creek” is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, and Ben Feigin. Schitt’s Creek is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Rankings and Traditional Ratings Scorecard – Week of Feb. 27
From Shareablee: The week of Feb. 27th, which marked the end of the February sweeps, was atypical for two very different reasons. First, President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress aired live on Tuesday, Feb. 28th, which was not rated by Nielsen. And ABC, taking a page from yesteryear, aired “When We Rise,” a four-night scripted dramatic miniseries.

Also this week, and on Sunday, were the respective series premieres of the new ABC drama “Time After Time” and Fox comedy “Making History;” the time period debut of NBC’s “Chicago Justice;” and the season premiere installments of NBC’s “Little Big Shots” with Steve Harvey and “Shades of Blue” with Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. So how did these shows fair on the social media front? For more, click here

NOTES OF INTEREST
“The Amazing Race” to Replace “Training Day” on Thursday
CBS will downgrade low-rated “Training Day,” starring the late Bill Paxton, toSaturday at 9 p.m. ET (beginning on April 8) in favor of the new season of “The Amazing Race.” The long-running reality competition had originally been slated to return for its 29th edition on Friday, Apr. 21 but will now open on Thursday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET, the network’s first Thursday night of regularly-scheduled programming after their coverage of NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament (on March 16 and Mar. 23, respectively).

Tyra Banks to Host “America’s Got Talent” on NBC
Tyra Banks has been named host of the upcoming 12th season of “America’s Got Talent” in place of Nick Cannon, who announced his departure last month after eight years in the role. Banks, the longtime host of “America’s Next Top Model,” joins the veteran summer reality/competition series opposite returning judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.

Cannon, who replaced Jerry Springer as host in 2009, had a fall-out with NBC following a joke he told on a Showtime comedy special. The original host of “America’s Got Talent” was Regis Philbin in 2006.

John Goodman Receives Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame
“Roseanne” alum John Goodman, 64, received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday in a ceremony featuring speeches given by his current “Kong: Skull Island” co-star Brie Larson and “The Big Lebowski” co-star Jeff Bridges. Also in attendance were Goodman’s friends and former castmates Tom Hiddleston (“Kong: Skull Island”) and Emile Hirsch (“Speed Racer”).

“Kong: Skull Island” opened this weekend with a reported $61 million, which topped the box office charts.

2017 NIT Men’s Basketball Tournament First Round TV Schedule on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3
Thirty one games will be played in this 80th annual edition of the tournament from March 14 to March 30. The NIT Semifinals (March 28) and Final (March 30) will be held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. All of these tournament games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. The NIT will be available through ESPN’s digital platform WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

For the complete schedule for the first two days for tournament action, clickhere

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“The Bachelor” closes concludes for the season.  Freeform opens the new season of sitcoms “Young & Hungry” and “Baby Daddy.” Game show “Hip Hop Squares” returns on VH1. For the schedule listings for Monday, March 13, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Scripted supernatural drama “Preacher” will return on AMC for season two on Monday, June 19th at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: The expanded second season, consisting of 13 episodes, is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

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TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Working With Food

Which one of the following five TV characters did not own his own restaurant?

a) Sonny Mann
b) Frank Parrish
c) Mel Sharples
d) Sam Steinberg
e) Drew Thatcher

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following five series featured two current cast members from “This Is Us”? (Note: recurring characters count too)

a) “Gilmore Girls”
b) “Heroes”
c) “Revenge”
d) “Starved”
e) “Third Watch”

Is: e) “Third Watch,” which featured Sterling K. Brown (Randall) as Officer Dade and his current TV wife Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth) as Emma St. Claire. Gerald McRaney (Dr. Nathan Katowski) also guest-starred in two episodes of “Third Watch.”

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Audrey Davis, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell

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