ON THIS DAY
James Garner made his debut as Jim Rockford in “The Rockford Files” TV movie pilot in 1974. The detective drama aired on NBC from 1974 to 1980….ABC miniseries “The Thorn Birds,” with Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, premiered in 1983 and became the second most-watched miniseries ever behind “Roots.” It aired for four consecutive nights…The third season-finale of NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” in 1985 featured Doctors Westphal (Ed Flanders), Craig (William Daniels) and Auschlander (Norman Lloyd) having drinks at “Cheers” in this memorable crossover…”The Price Is Right” on CBS celebrated a milestone in 1987 when the program became the longest running game show on daytime network television…”Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC opened in 2005 and is now the second longest running medical drama in TV history (behind NBC’s “ER”)…Celebrity Birthdays: Director Quentin Tarantino is 54; “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette is 48; Mariah Carey is 47; former “Lost” starElizabeth Mitchell is also 47; former “Castle” star Nathan Fillion is 46; pop singer Fergie is 42.
-Did You Know?: “St. Elsewhere” featured an interesting crossover of its own with the arrival of Byron Stewart as former “The White Shadow” student Warren Coolidge as an orderly in 1984. The explanation was that Coolidge had to give up basketball because of injury and moved to Boston…Ten years after “St. Elsewhere” ended (in 1998), Alfre Woodard as Dr. Roxanne Turner showed up in an episode of NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +53,Fox: +30, NBC: +12, ABC: -14
Due to the 35-minute primetime overrun for NCAA Basketball, all individual program results for CBS are approximate. With that in mind, this primetime portion of the ongoing March Madness tournament averaged a hefty 13.1 rating/24 share in the household overnights in the 7 p.m. half-hour. The remainder of the Eye net’s primetime lineup led each half hour with granddaddy “60 Minutes” at a 10.3/18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (7.4/12 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.), “Madam Secretary” (6.0/10 from 9:30-10:30 p.m.) and “Elementary” (3.7/ 7 from 10:30-11:30 p.m.). “Elementary,” at present, is one of the 11 current CBS series that was not officially renewed following the confirmation of 18 returning series last week.
In the distant No. 2 spot was NBC care of an encore telecast of “Little Big Shots” (#3: 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.), the original telecast of “Little Big Shots” (#2: 5.7/10), recent entry “Chicago Justice” (#2: 3.7/ 6) and sophomore “Shades of Blue” (#2: 3.0/ 6), which was already renewed for next season. NBC, no doubt, would be wise to keep “Little Big Shots” as an ongoing midseason entry.
For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by half-hour for Sunday, March 26, click here
Fast Affiliate Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NOTES OF INTERESTUpdated 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament TV Schedule
The end of the road to determine the men’s Division I college basketball national champion for 2017 is near. This will be the first year since 2013 that CBS will televise both the Final Four Semifinals and the National Championship. Those events will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on April 1 and April 3. It is also the seventh consecutive year that CBS and Turner Sports will jointly broadcast the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, in the midst of a multi-year partnership deal thru 2032.
For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), locations and respective networks for the final week of tournament action, click here
Kevin James and Leah Remini Reunite
Kevin James and Leah Remini, who played husband and wife in CBS sitcom “The King of Queens” for nine seasons, will reunite in the two-part two episode season finale of “Kevin Can Wait” on Monday, May 1 and 8 at 8 p.m. ET. In the two episodes Kevin (Kevin James) agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise his undercover assignment in an ongoing police investigation where he and fellow cop Vanessa Cellucci (Leah Remini) will, once again, pose as husband and wife.
“Kevin Can Wait” was one of the 18 primetime series confirmed to return on CBS next season. The others are “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Life in Pieces,” “MacGyver,” “Madam Secretary,” “Man With a Plan,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Superior Donuts,” “Survivor,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”
Casting News John Leguizamo has joined the cast of “Waco,” a six-part event series based on the true story of the 51-day standoff that began with an ATF raid of a religious sect in Waco, Texas and resulted in a deadly fire. The drama will be produced by Weinstein Television and will air on Paramount Network in 2018. The series is also set to begin production on location in Santa Fe, NM next month. Leguizamo will play ATF agent Robert Rodriguez, who was sent into Koresh’s Mount Carmel to gather evidence and build a federal case against the Branch Davidians but forged a bond with the people inside.
Marco de la O (Tanto Amor) has been cast in the role of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in upcoming “El Chapo” on Univision. The new scripted drama explores the life story of one of the world’s most notorious criminals over a span of three decades – from 1985, when he was a low level member of the Guadalajara Cartel, his rise to power and his ultimate downfall. ‘El Chapo’ will premiere onSunday, April 23, with back-to-back episodes beginning 8 p.m. ET on Univision.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The new season of “Giada in Italy,” hosted by Giada De Laurentiis will begin on Food Network on Sunday, April 9 at 12 p.m. ET. The series features De Laurentiis as she explores her birthplace, demonstrating family recipes while touring Italy.
Dick Wolf docudrama “Inside the FBI: New York,” which promises to take an unprecedented look at the Bureau’s New York field office, debuts on USA onThursday, April 27 at 10 p.m. ET. The series comes from Emmy-winning filmmaker Marc Levin.
TV One presents the film, “The Lost Souls Café,” an adaptation of writer/director Donald Welch’s popular inspirational stage play, The Soul Café, on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 6 p.m. ET. Actors Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show), Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners), Kiki Haynes (For Better or Worse) and Ernest L. Thomas(What’s Happening!!) star in the musical drama. In the film, former ‘70s songstress Geneva Branch (Devine) is the proprietor of a restaurant lounge specializing in live soul music for the upscale, affluent crowd. When Branch learns that her nephew Taylor’s (Keyes) gambling problem has put the restaurant in jeopardy, she is nearly undone. Determined to make things right, Taylor tries to find a way to save the business.
The Africa Channel has announced two appointments: Sheila Cole as Vice President, Post Production Operations and Brendan Gabriel as Vice President, Production and Creative Director. Cole’s 20-year career in television includes BET Networks, NBC, Paisley Park, Comedy Central, Warner Brothers, HGTV, Universal Pictures, Food Network and HartBeat Productions, among others. And Gabriel rose from a writer and producer of a kid’s radio show in Taiwan to his most recent role as Head of Creative for Endemol Shine Africa.
Wild Finish to North Carolina-Kentucky Elite 8 NCAA March Madness Classic
North Carolina Tar Heels versus Kentucky Wildcats — two of college basketball’s perennial top teams in the nation — in the South regional final from Memphis, Tenn. was the marquee matchup of the Elite Eight weekend of the 2017 NCAA Div. I Mens Basketball Tournament. With 10 seconds remaining, Kentucky’s Malik Monk tied the game 73-73 with a clutch 3-pointer. Immediately thereafter, North Carolina raced down to the other end of the court and Luke Maye scores his clutch jump shot to ultimately win the game for his Tar Heels 75-73 to advance to the 2017 NCAA Final Four. For a look, click here
Florida Gators Earn First Buzzer-Beater Win of 2017 NCAA March Madness
The first 59 games were played in the 2017 NCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball Tournament, with none of them ending with a buzzer-beating winning shot or entering into overtime. Then, game No. 60 took place — the East regional semifinal between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Florida Gators from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on March 24. With four seconds remaining in overtime and Wisconsin up 83-81, Florida guard Chris Chiozza goes the length of the court and hit a wild, running three-point shot in a leap-and-dive motion towards the basket to win the game for his Gators 84-83, advancing to the Elite Eight — the East region final versus South Carolina. For a look, click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
CBS is testing “The Great Indoors” on the Monday9:30 p.m. ET half-hour. ABC, NBC, Fox and The CW are in all originals. HBO airs documentary “Rock and a Hard Place.” TV One opens a new season of “Justice By Any Other Means.” For the schedule listings for Monday, March 27, click here
PI POLLS 1. Which of the current on the fence series on CBS would you like to see the network also renew for next season? Click here
2. Which classic fantasy sitcom did you prefer – “Bewitched” or “I Dream of Jeannie”? Click here
Which current scripted drama will be hitting the 100-episode mark in April?
a) “Bates Motel”
b) “Chicago Fire”
c) “NCIS: New Orleans”
d) “Once Upon a Time”
The answer to Friday’s question…
Let’s have a party! The guests are the sextuplets from “Growing Up McGhee” on UP TV, the Tanner sisters from “Full House” plus smarmy neighbor Kimmy Gibbler, Steve Urkel, and Betsy and Bobby Ewing from “Knots Landing.” When D.J. Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler leave early, how many people are left?
Is: d) 11. In other words: 6 + 3 + 1 + 1 + 2 – 2 = 11.
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