ON THIS DAY
Late night talker “The Joey Bishop Show” debuted on ABC in 1967. Hosted by Joey Bishop and featuring Regis Philbin as the announcer/sidekick, the series was created to challenge “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” on NBC.It aired through Dec. 26, 1969…NBC detective drama “Remington Steele,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist, concluded in 1987…The Consumer News and Business Channel, better known as CNBC, launched in 1989…HBO medieval fantasy drama “Game of Thrones”premiered in 2011….In 2012, Sarah Michelle Gellar drama “Ringer” concluded after just one season (and 22 episodes) on The CW. The series was originally planned for CBS…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Christine Elise (“The Great Debaters”) is 50; Jennifer Garner (“Alias”) is 45; singer Victoria Beckham is 43.
-Did You Know?: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s first regularly scheduled TV series was a syndicated daytime drama called “Swan’s Crossing.” It aired in the summer of 1992.
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +12, CBS: – 6, CW: – 9, ABC: -14, Fox: -69
It was an easy Sunday overnight victory for CBS, which got a boost care of two-hour special “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” at a solid 6.7 rating/12 share from 8-10 p.m. That topped the evening and it led into a 2.9/ 5 for on-the-fence crime solver “Elementary” at 10 p.m., which slipped by 60 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion (7.3/12) of the Bee Gees special. At this point, it is time to let five-year old “Elementary” go.
Earlier in the evening on CBS was older-skewing granddaddy “60 Minutes” at a dominant 5.9/12 at 7 p.m.
On NBC, “Little Big Shots” was a repeat (hence the net’s below average overnight household rating), with a distant second-place 3.0/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.That led into freshman “Chicago Justice” at a 3.1/ 5 (#2) at 9 p.m., which held the lead-in, followed by already renewed “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, at a 2.8/ 5 (#2) at 10 p.m.
For the complete analysis, including the breakdown by half-hour, forSunday, April 16, click here
Fast Affiliate Ratings
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Live Plus Same Day Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
VH1 Announces Five New Series; Renews “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
VH1 will add five new series to its roster, including an untitled docuseries with singer Ricky Martin beginning this June. The other new primetime series are “Baller Wives,” which follows a group of Miami based pro athletes and their wives; “’90s House,” hosted by Lance Bass and featuring a look back in the decades; and “Scared Famous,” which is described as a frightening and hilarious tale of 10 celebrities who bravely agree to move into one of the spookiest mansions in America. Daytime, at noon specifically, will feature “Daytime Divas” effective on Monday, June 5, which follows five women — Maxine (Vanessa Williams), Mo (Tichina Arnold), Heather (Fiona Gubelmann), Kibby (Chloe Bridges), and Nina (Camille Guaty) – who host “The Lunch Hour” as they gather around the table to discuss life, love, politics, and juicy gossip.
VH1 has also renewed recent addition “RuPauls’ Drag Race” for a 10th season. For a description of the new series, click here
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
WGN America Cancels “Outsiders”
WGN America has opted against a third season of scripted drama “Outsiders.” Debuting on March 11, 2016, the series is set in the fictional town of Blackburg, Crockett County, Kentucky and it told the story of the Farrell clan and their struggle for power and control in the hills of Appalachia.
“Outsiders” stars David Morse, Ryan Hurst, Gillian Alexy, Kyle Gallner, Christina Jackson, and Thomas M. Wright. Peter Mattei created the series and executive produces along with Peter Tolan, Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and Michael Wimer. Sony Pictures Television, Tribune Studios, Fedora Entertainment, and Touchy Feely Films produce. The now series finale will air on Tuesday, April 25.
AMC Renews “Fear the Walking Dead”
AMC has greenlit “The Walking Dead” prequel “Fear The Walking Dead” for a fourth season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2017-18. News of the pick-up comes before its season three premiere on June 4.
Debuting on Aug. 23, 2015, “Fear The Walking Dead” series follows a dysfunctional blended family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her English teacher boyfriend Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), her drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane), Travis’ son from a previous marriage, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), Chris’ mother Liza Ortiz (Elizabeth Rodriguez), and others who join their group at the onset of the zombie apocalypse They must revamp themselves, skills and attitude wise, to survive, as they come to terms with the impending collapse of civilization.
Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time”) are joining “Fear The Walking Dead” as co-showrunners, starting with season four. And Scott M. Gimple, executive producer and showrunner of “The Walking Dead” will become an executive producer of “Fear the Walking Dead.”
In the second half of its second season, “Fear the Walking Dead” averaged 5.3 million viewers per episode, including 3.4 million adults 25-54 and 3 million adults 18-49, based on the Live + 3 Day ratings.
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NOTES OF INTEREST ABC Announces Summer Schedule
ABC has unveiled its original programming plans this summer, which will include new Shonda Rhimes drama “Still Star-Crossed,” new scripted murder mystery “Somewhere Between,” new scripted comedy “Downward Dog,” new singing competition “Boy Band,” the revivals of “The Gong Show” and “Battle of the Network Stars,” two Steve Harney vehicles (“Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” and a new season of “Celebrity Family Feud”), and new seasons of “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “To Tell the Truth,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise.”
ABC will also feature a revival movie of classic “Dirty Dancing,” two-part miniseries “The Story of Diane,” “The 2017 ESPYs” and “CMA Fest 2017.” First up is “Downward Dog,” will preview after season finale of “Modern Family” onMay 17 before it shifts to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on May 23.
Laurel Weir has been named Senior Vice President, Research, Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT. In her new role, Weir will be critical in shaping the strategic rebrand of Spike into Paramount Network, launching next January. She will oversee all research efforts — including consumer insights, trend forecasting, and multiplatform measurement — to inform development, programming, marketing and more for Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT. Weir previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research for MTV.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
National Geographic anthology series “Breakthrough,” executive produced by Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment, will return for a second season on Tuesday, May 2, at 10 p.m. ET immediately following a new episode of “Genius.” Debuting on Nov. 1, 2015, “Breakthrough” covers through provoking topics such as addiction, cyberterror, drones, cancer, big data and energy. The series brings to life the stories, people and technology behind these breakthroughs, and shows how they are reshaping our world.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“2 Broke Girls” concludes for the season (or series) on CBS. “Basketball Wives” open for the season on VH1. “Hollywood Game Night” begins its off-network run on GSN. For the schedule listings for Monday, April 17, clickhere
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One Episode Wonders
Which one of the following series canceled after just one episode was not scripted?
a) “Breaking Boston”
b) “Emily’s Reasons Why Not”
d) “Public Morals”
e) “South of Sunset”
The answer the last question…
Which one of the following statements about sitcom “Family Matters” is not true?
a) It produced more episodes than parent series “Perfect Strangers.”
b) It moved from ABC to CBS in its ninth – and final – season.
c) Jo Marie Payton as Harriette Winslow decided to exit the series in the middle of the last season.
d) It spun-off sitcom “Meego”
e) Youngest daughter Judy, played by Jaimee Foxworth, was written out after the fourth season and was never mentioned again.
f) They are all true
Is: d) It spun-off “Meego.” Although “Meego” was also a Miller-Boyett production, featuring former “Perfect Strangers” star Bronson Pinchot as a different kind of alien, the show was not spun-off from “Family Matters.” Neither Meego nor any other character from the series appeared on “Family Matters” before “Meego” debuted.
“Meego” aired briefly in the fall of 1997 on CBS on Friday evenings out of “Family Matters” and into “The Gregory Hines Show” and “Step by Step.” Both “Family Matters” and “Step by Step” were acquired by CBS in an attempt for the Eye net to have its own TGIF comedy slate, but it did not resonate with the audience.
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