ON THIS DAY
Snoopy and Charlie Brown of “Peanuts” appeared on the cover of “Life”magazine in 1967….CNN began airing Spanish broadcasts in 1997…The Seattle Post-Intelligencer became the first major newspaper to switch from print to solely online in 2009…Celebrity Birthdays: “Dallas” star Patrick Duffyis 68; actor Kurt Russell is 66; actress Lesley-Anne Down (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 63; “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” star Gary Sinise is 62; “Code Black” star Rob Lowe is 53; singer Tamar Braxton is 40; reality star Rob Kardashian is 30.
-Did You Know?:
Prior to his iconic role as Bobby Ewing on “Dallas,” Patrick Duffy headlined adventure drama “Man From Atlantis” in the 1977-78 season. NBC ordered the series after airing four made-for television movies with Duffy as Mark Harris, the last survivor of the lost continent of Atlantis.
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +32, CBS: + 7, ABC: -14, CW: -43, Fox: -64
The overnight ratings are back following the multi-day delay by Nielsen after a power outage at its data center in Florida last weekend. We begin with night one of the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament, which averaged a third-place 3.0 rating/5 share in the household overnights on CBS from 8-11 p.m. ET. Results for any live sporting evening, of course, are always approximate, and this does not include coverage of the games on TBS, TNT and truTV. Coverage on CBS on the year-ago evening scored a 2.8/ 5 in the household overnights.
ABC took the night with ease, with veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” the top-rated series with a 6.0/10 at 8 p.m. But season two of “The Catch” is no catch, so to speak, in these household overnights with a 2.9/ 5 (#2) at 10 p.m.Comparably, that slipped from lead-in “Scandal” (#2: 4.4/ 7 from 9-10 p.m.) by 34 percent. And it was 29 percent below year-ago time period occupant “How To Get Away With Murder” (4.1/ 7 on 3/17/16).
For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, March 16, click here
Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of March 6:
Following delays cause by a power outage, Nielsen has released Live + Same Day data for the week of March 6. Percent change versus the comparable year-ago week appears in parentheses.
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Syfy has picked-up drama “12 Monkeys” for a fourth — and final — chapter ahead of its season three premiere. The entire 10-episode third season will premiere over three consecutive nights – from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 from 8-11 p.m. ET. The first four episodes will open on Friday, with three episodes airing each night on both Saturday and Sunday.
Season three of “12 Monkeys” will continue the journey of James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man sent back in time to eradicate the source of a deadly plague, and his partner, brilliant virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). While attempting to untangle an insidious conspiracy that’s been spun throughout centuries, the duo embark on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse – a time traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will save the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for the pair.
Syfy has also issued a third season pick-up to “The Expanse,” which is set 200 years in the future, where the solar system has been colonized. The Syfy drama stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham, and Frankie Adams. Thirteen new episodes have been ordered.
NOTES OF INTEREST“SNL” to Go Live Coast-to-Coast
For the first time in the show’s 42-year history NBC’s veteran “Saturday Night Live” will be broadcast live across the country. Fans in Mountain and Pacific time zones have, until now, had to watch the show on tape delay. The first nationally live “SNL” is scheduled for April 15 with host Jimmy Fallon.
Following Fallon, the scheduled hosts for the remainder of the season are Chris Pine (May 6), Melissa McCarthy (May 13), and Dwayne Johnson (May 20).News of the shift to simultaneous nationwide airing came after a separate announcement earlier this week that the show’s “Weekend Update” would be spun-off into a half-hour series on NBC for four episodes this summer.
TV One to Air Third Season Marathon of “Empire”
The first half of the current third season of Fox drama “Empire” – nine episodes — will be featured on TV One this Sunday, March 19, beginning at 2 p.m. ET in preparation for its return on the network (on Wednesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET). The logline: Each member of the Lyon family must cope with the events that were set in motion in the season two finale. Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while also clashing with his half-brother, Tariq, who is leading a federal task force investigating him. Cookie aims to start over, in pursuit of her own happiness – a series of flashbacks reveal how Loretha Holloway became Cookie Lyon and how Cookie met Lucious. Meanwhile, the Lyon brothers – Andre, Jamal and Hakeem – all are determined to overcome the events of last season and move on, but the choices they face will become a battle for the soul of the Lyon family.
The Syndication Scorecard – Click here ESPN Tops Total Actions in February; ABC and Fox News Round off The Top 3 – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“Disappeared” on Discovery ID will open its 8th season (and 100th episode) on Sunday, March 26 at 10 p.m. ET. Thirteen new cases this season, featuring interviews with law enforcement and loved ones, along with dramatic reenactments of the missing person’s last known actions, will be featured.
Comedy Central will launch “Problematic with Moshe Kasher,” a new weekly topical series, on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. ET. The series is described as a hyper-modern take on the casual daytime talk format of the 1980s, reimagined into a joke-fueled show for the digital generation.
Veteran “River Monsters” on Animal Planet will open its ninth – and final — season on Sunday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET. This final season will offer a mixture of river missions, sea journeys, classic whodunits and personal quests as Jeremy Wade travels further and explores deeper than ever before, to land the biggest fish of his career.
Travel Channel will debut new series “Booze Travelers: Best Bars” with back-to-back episodes on Monday, April 24th at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell on a cross-country pub crawl as he gets an all-access tour of the nation’s best neighborhood bars for any and every occasion. Whether it’s biker bars or hotspots with a view, the “booze traveler” knows a thing or two about what makes America’s top watering holes worth the visit!
Shemar Moore, a regular on CBS’ “Criminal Minds” from 2005-16, will return as Derek Morgan for the 12th season finale on Wednesday, May 10 at 9 p.m. ET. In the episode, Morgan brings the BAU a lead in the case against serial killer and escaped convict Mr. Scratch, who has wreaked havoc on the team all season.
“CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King will anchor two hour special, “Princess Diana: Her Life – Her death – The Truth,” on Monday, May 22 from 8-10 p.m. ET. To mark the 20th anniversary of her passing this summer, CBS News will deliver a broadcast that looks at the impact she had on Britain, the monarchy and the world.
Aaron Paquette has been named Senior Vice President of entertainment research firm Screen Engine/ASI (SE/ASI). Paquette comes to SE/ASI with more than two decades of experience in media research, with an emphasis on content testing, marketing evaluation, tracking, brand health/positioning, and consumer insights/trends. Most recently he served as the EVP of the Media and Entertainment division of Maru/Matchbox (formerly Vision Critical). Earlier in his career, Paquette was SVP of Client Services at Nielsen and the founder of the television practice at OTX. Paquette began his career with eight years on the client side at CBS and Sony Pictures Television. Congratulations Aaron!
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix debuts “Marvel’s Iron Fist.” Drama “The Originals” opens season four on The CW. ABC airs two hour special “Truth and Lies: The Family Manson.” The NCAA Basketball Championship continues on CBS. For the schedule listings for Friday, March 17, click here
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2. Good or bad idea? What do you think of NBC ordering a primetime edition of“SNL: Weekend Update” for this summer? Click here
The Great Gazoo
Who was the voice of The Great Gazoo on “The Flintstones”?
a) George Burns
b) Art Carney
c) Harvey Korman
d) Phil Silvers
e) Larry Storch
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following five crime dramas used the same sets as 1969 theatrical “Hello, Dolly!” as its New York set streets?
a) “Cagney & Lacey”
b) “The Equalizer”
c) “Law & Order”
d) “NYPD Blue”
e) “Without a Trace”
Is: d) “NYPD Blue,” which aired from 1993 to 2005 and up until last year was ABC’s longest running scripted drama in the history of the network. That honor now goes to “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Richard Naldrett, Alex Petrilli, Mike Tankel, Ted Zavales