ON THIS DAY
In 1966, “The 38th Annual Academy Awards” was the first Oscars ceremony to be broadcast in color. The winner that year for Best Picture was“The Sound of Music”…“Real People,” a combination of comedy, reality and talk, debuted on NBC in 1979. It aired for five seasons and the regular hosts included Sarah Purcell, Byron Allen, John Barbour,Skip Stephenson, Bill Rafferty, Mark Russell, Peter Billingsley and Fred Willard…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Parent Trap” star Hayley Mills is 73; actor James Woods is 70; ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is 55; Conan O’Brien is 54; “Melissa & Joey” star Melissa Joan Hart is 41; Kourtney Kardashian is 38; “Superstore” starAmerica Ferrera is 33.
-Did You Know?: “Real People” was NBC’s highest-rated series in both the 1979-80 and 1981-82 TV seasons, peaking at 22.1 household rating (in 1979-80, which tied CBS sitcom “House Calls” at No. 14 overall). One of the featured segments was on game show producer and executive Bob Boden. For a look, click here
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 9, NBC: -11, CW: -14, Fox: -15, CBS: -21
It was a typical Monday, with ABC first in the household overnights and the home of “The Voice,” NBC, the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key young demographics). “Dancing with the Stars” scored a healthy 8.0 rating/13 share from 8-10 p.m., which was right on par with the year ago evening. And competing “The Voice” averaged a 6.1/10, which was also close to year-ago levels. But the problem remains the 10 p.m. hour, with both sophomore “Quantico” on ABC (#3: 2.1/ 3) and “Taken” on NBC (#2: 3.0/ 4) declining considerably from their lead-ins. That hour is pivotal, of course, because it airs into the late local news.
Tops in the 10 p.m. hour was “Scorpion” on CBS at a 4.4/ 7, which built from the season (or series) finale of lead-in “2 Broke Girls” (#3: 3.2/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.) by 37 percent. CBS, at press time, has not announced if “2 Broke Girls” will continue for a seventh season.
For the complete analysis, including the breakdown by half-hour, for Monday, April 17, click here
—– Live Plus Same Day Ratings
Monday 4/10/17: Click here
Tuesday 4/11/17: Click here
Wednesday 4/12/17: Click here
Thursday 4/13/17: Click here
Friday 4/14/17: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fox Orders Weekly “Showtime at the Apollo” Series
Fox has picked up “Showtime at the Apollo” as a one-hour weekly series, featuring the busiest man in primetime, Steve Harvey, as host. Set to debut during the 2017-2018 season, “Showtime at the Apollo” is a reimagining of the classic talent showcase series.
Featured in the series are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest, and those amateurs who don’t win them over must endure the wrath of this notorious crowd.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Bravo Renews “Imposters” for Season Two
Bravo has issued a second season renewal to scripted drama “Imposters,” with an order for 10 new episodes. Production will begin this fall. Debuting on Feb. 7, “Imposters” follows a con artist named Maddie (Inbar Lavi) who, with the help of her two teammates, gets men and women to fall in love with her and takes advantage of them. Three of her former victims team up to track her down. The series is executive produced by Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein, who stars on Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Universal Cable Productions is the studio.
The freshman season of “Imposters,” which launched on February 7, averaged approximately 1.4 million total viewers per episode. It garnered what Bravo called the fastest in-season growth of any new scripted series on ad-supported cable with a 23 percent increase in adults 18-49 from the first half of the season to the second. The first season concluded on April 11.
E! Greenlights “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian” for Season Two
E! Entertainment has ordered a second season of inspirational reality series “Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian,” featuring two new people in each episode getting a makeover with the assistance of personal trainers and stylists leading to a “major transformation inside and out.” Eight new episodes have been ordered. This original unscripted series is produced by Khlomoney Entertainment, Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television and Ryan Seacrest Productions.
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The Value of Social Media in Upfront Season
From Shareablee: Six weeks into upfront season and there is no shortage of broadcasters hawking their new and returning programming initiatives. Through May 18th (when The CW and NBC Universal Cable step to the stage), dozens of outlets – cable now, then digital and broadcast – present their plans to prospective advertisers, media buyers and members of the press.
Digital follows the cable portion of the upfront in what is referred to as the NewFront. And, the week May 15th are the broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW.
Fasten your seatbelts.
For all media outlets, the collective goal in the upfront (and NewFront) is to convince media buyers to commit to advertising deals for TV shows months away, or even the following year. And, for any outlet in search of an audience in an environment where a record number of scripted series (over 500) are expected to be competing, building a social audience prior to premiering, and after the debut, is often the key ingredient in finding those elusive eyeballs. For more, click here
NOTES OF INTEREST Remembering Bette Alofsin
It is with tremendous sadness to report on the passing on my friend and colleague Bette Alofsin, who died on Wednesday April 12th after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78 and was an icon in the world of syndication sales (including our stint together at Grant Tinker/Gannett on behalf of “USA Today: The Television Show” in the late 1980s). A memorial service for Bette is being planned in May (day and time to-be-determined). Expression of sympathy may be sent to Bette’s sister, Ms. Jo Wilson, at the following address:
Ms. Jo Wilson
PO Box 617 8 Jan Court
Montvale, NJ 07645
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
History six-part miniseries “JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald,” which follows former CIA agent, Bob Baer and former LAPD police lieutenant, Adam Bercovici, on their independent global investigation into Lee Harvey Oswald, will premiere on Tuesday, April 25 at 10 p.m. ET. Working alongside elite investigative experts and utilizing state-of-the-art analysis algorithms to examine these top secret files, Baer and his team travel to Moscow, Mexico City, New Orleans, Miami and Dallas to track down every lead and retrace Oswald’s steps with the goal of separating conspiracy theory from the truth.
The third, and final, season of Netflix drama “Bloodline” will be made available for streaming on Friday, May 26. In the series, the Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community, but their past contains dark secrets that they hope remain buried. Paranoia and mistrust build as lies pile up, alliances are shattered and an unthinkable crime takes place. The tight-knit family’s formerly harmonious relationship deteriorates, and good people are forced to consider doing very bad things.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Pretty Little Liars” returns for its final set of episodes on Freeform into the series premiere of drama “Famous in Love.” Freshman NBC sitcom “Trial & Error” concludes for the season (or series). Three season premieres: “Bizarre Foods” on Travel, “Coopers Treasure” on Discovery and “Team Ninja Warrior” on USA. For the schedule listings for Tuesday, April 18, click here
PI POLLS What are you watching this evening? Click here
Which one of the following sitcoms was not scheduled on Tuesday evenings in the 1996-97 TV season?
a) “Home Improvement”
b) “Mad About You”
d) “The Nanny”
The answer the yesterday’s question…
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”
Is: a) “Breaking Boston,” which was A reality show produced by Mark Wahlberg for A&E about four young women working to change their lives in Boston. A&E pulled it after one episode (on March 13, 2014), but seven episodes were subsequently made available on the hulu.com website. Then, by June 1, 2015, the seven episodes were switched to the A&E website.
As for the others…
-“Emily’s Reasons Why Not” (ABC): Jan. 9, 2006
-“Lawless” (Fox): March 22, 1997
-“Public Morals” (CBS): Oct. 30, 1996
-“South of Sunset” (CBS): Oct. 27, 1993
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