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Today in TV History 
Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Van (Joan Van Ark) eloped in the 300th episode of “Knots Landing” on CBS in 1991 (their third time tying the knot), while two long-running ABC sitcoms – “Who’s The Boss?” and “Growing Pains” — concluded in 1992.


In Today’s Issue

-Metered Market Thursday Ratings
-Meg Ryan Joins the Cast of “How I Met Your Dad”

-“The Walking Dead” Week

-A&E Announces Return Date for “Longmire”
-USA to Air “No More Excuses”-Themed “Law & Order: SVU” Marathon
-Cable Rankings – Wednesday 4/23/14

-Mighty Oak Entertainment Unveils Development Slate

-On the Air This Weekend



Thursday 4/24/14 Metered Markets
Respectable Sampling for “Bad Teacher” and “Black Box” Openers

CBS 6.5/11
ABC 4.2/ 7
Fox 3.7/ 6
NBC 2.1/ 3
CW 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 4/25/13:
NBC: + 5, CW: – 7, ABC: -16, CBS: -19, Fox: -36


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

-Respectable Sampling:
“Bad Teacher” (CBS), “Black Box” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Saturday Night Live: SNL Shorts” (NBC), “Surviving Jack” (Fox)


Ratings Breakdown: 
CBS led this fourth Thursday in April thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” of course, which topped the night at an 11.0 rating/19 share in the household overnights at 8 p.m. Next was time period dependent “The Millers” at a dominant 6.3/10 at 8:30 p.m., followed by veteran “Two and a Half Men” (#1: 6.1/10 at 9 p.m.) into a second-place 5.1/ 8 for the series-premiere of “Bad Teacher” at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, “Bad Teacher” opened at a hefty 42 percent above the season (or series) finale of “The Crazy Ones” one week earlier (3.6/ 6 on April 17), and retention out of “Two and a Half Men” was solid at 84 percent. All in all, consider this positive sampling for “Bad Teacher” (which, from a quality standpoint, leaves little to be desired).

The second series-premiere last night was ABC drama “Black Box,” which finished No. 2 behind competing “Elementary” on CBS (5.3/ 9) with a 4.6/ 8 in the overnights at 10 p.m. “Black Box” will, in all likelihood, win the time period in the key demos. The retention out of lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 6.0/ 9 from 9-10 p.m.) was respectable at 74 percent. And there was only a four percent decline at 10:30 p.m. (4.6/ 8 to 4.4/ 8). But given the massive promotion, “Black Box” should have opened stronger. One week earlier, “Scandal” concluded the season with a 7.5/13.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was an encore of “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandelabra” at a modest 2.1/ 3 (#3t) from 8-9 p.m.

In season-finale news, a one-hour installment of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” featuring a cameo appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama, scored a 2.1/ 3 from 8-9 p.m., which was actually up by 24 percent from the abysmal 1.7/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. one week earlier. But a 2.1 in the household overnights is certainly nothing to crow about, and these ratings will be no better next season no matter where “P&R” airs.

Next on NBC was two-hour “Saturday Night Live” special (themed “SNL Shorts”) at a mere 2.0/ 3 from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox was equal to one week earlier with its pairing of “Hell’s Kitchen” (#2: 3.6/ 6), “American Idol” (#3: 5.2/ 8) and recent sitcom entry “Surviving Jack” (#3: 2.6/ 4), which was equal to one week earlier. And The CW scored typical overnight results with already renewed dramas “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.5/ 2) and “Reign” (#5: 1.1/ 2).

In late night, NBC remains the network to beat with its combination of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (2.5/ 6) and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (1.3/ 5). Second behind Fallon from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. was David Letterman on CBS (2.3/ 6), followed by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC at a 2.0/ 5. Year-to-year, Fallon increased by nine percent in the overnights from Jay Leno.

Second behind Seth Meyers from 12:30-1:30 a.m. was Craig Ferguson on CBS at a 1.1/ 4, which was eight percent below the year-ago evening. ABC’s “Nightline” scored a 1.1/ 4 at 12:30 a.m., while Carson Daly on NBC closed the night at a typical 0.8/ 3 at 1:30 a.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research



Seth Meyers to Host the Primetime Emmy Awards
Recently added NBC late night host Seth Meyers has been tapped to host the 66th edition of the Primetime Emmy Awards. Traditionally, the Emmys air the third (or fourth Sunday) in September, one day before the official start of the new TV season. But this year they are slated for Monday, August 25 on NBC to accommodate NBC’s commitment to NFL football. Neil Patrick Harris hosted in 2013. Meyers, who segued from “Saturday Night Live” to “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in February, won three Emmys for “SNL.”

Meg Ryan Joins the Cast of “How I Met Your Dad”
Proposed “How I Met Your Mother” spin-off “How I Met Your Dad” will be narrated by Meg Ryan. The “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” star will play “Future Sally,” the unseen narrator and older version of Greta Gerwig’s character, which corresponds to “Full House” patriarch Bob Saget’s involvement in “How I Met Your Mother” as Josh Radnor’s “Future Ted.” Nick D’Agosto (“Masters of Sex”), Drew Tarver (“May the Best Man Win”) and Tiya Sircar (“The Internship”) will also star alongside Gerwig.

With “How I Met Your Mother” now an official wrap, CBS is, of course, looking for a new Monday anchor. But with mega-hit “The Big Bang Theory” expected to shift to the night to ignite interest opposite “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC and “The Voice” on NBC, “How I Met Your Dad” could end up at 8:30 p.m. if it does move forward. Or it could land on Thursday out of one of the now established Eye net comedies in place of likely-to-relocate “Big Bang.” Stay tuned…CBS officially unveils its fall 2014 primetime line-up to advertisers and the media on Wednesday, May 14.


“The Walking Dead Week”

“The Walking Dead” rose to its most-watched episode, to-date. in the fourth season premiere on October 13, 2013. How many viewers did it attract (based on same day data)?

a) 14.2 million
b) 16.1 million
c) 17.9 million
d) 19.3 million
e) 21.1 million

Note: The answer to the questions this week and the list of the kudos recipients will be published this afternoon in conjunction with announcing the two winners of “The Walking Dead”-themed merchandise. Good luck!


A&E Announces Return Date for “Longmire”
A&E drama “Longmire,” starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase and Lou Diamond Phillips, will return for season three on Monday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET. “Longmire” centers around Walt Longmire (Taylor), a Wyoming county sheriff who returns to work after his wife’s death, and it remains the top-rated drama in A&E history. An average of six million viewers tuned in for season two (based on Live+7 day data).

USA to Air “No More Excuses”-Themed “Law & Order: SVU” Marathon
USA Network is teaming up with Mariska Hargitay’s foundation, Joyful Heart, and the cast of “Law & Order: SVU” for a 16-hour “No More Excuses” “SVU” marathon to create more awareness for the “NO MORE” public awareness movement. It airs on this Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. ET. “NO MORE” is focused on sexual assault prevention, and the cast of “SVU” – Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Danny Pino and Kelly Giddish – will host custom wraps throughout the marathon which will feature star-populated PSAs that say “NO MORE” to domestic violence and sexual assault.

In addition to the current cast, former and guest “Law & Order: SVU” stars appearing in the televised spots include Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maria Bello, Andre Braugher, Dann Florek, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Hermann, David Marciano, Chris Meloni, Debra Messing, and Blair Underwood. For an on-air promo, click on the following:

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 4/23/14
What follows are the 20 most watched shows for Wednesday, April 23:

NBA Playoffs (TNT, 9:47 p.m.): 4.07 million, “American Pickers” (History, 9 p.m.): 3.72, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.81, “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.55, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.44, “Dock East Dickering” (History, 10 p.m.): 2.21, “American Dad!” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.16, “American Pickers” (History, 8 p.m.): 1.91, “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 1.88, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 1.81, “NCIS: Los Angeles” (USA, 8 p.m.): 1.81, “NCIS: Los Angeles” (USA, 9 p.m.): 1.80, “Bring It!” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.): 1.75, “American Dad!” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.) and “Let it Shine” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.71 each, “Full House” (Nick at Nite, 8 p.m.): 1.65, “House Hunters Off the Grid” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.) 1.64, “Full House” (Nick at Nite, 10:30 p.m.): 1.63, “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.59, “Full House” (Nick at Nite, 10 p.m.): 1.53

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Mighty Oak Entertainment Unveils Development Slate
Independent production company Mighty Oak Entertainment (“Whacked Out Sports,” “Whacked Out Videos,” “Monster Knockout,” “Sports Crash”) has announced a roster of five potential series in development – “Goofball Sports,” “Athlete Interrupted,” “My Viral Video,” “Bad Day at Work” and “Workout Freaks.” “Goofball Sports” is an interactive clip-show comedy where viewers can participate through apps and a dedicated website. “Athlete Interrupted” documents the rise and fall of athletes in search of redemption. “My Viral Video,” hosted by Conor Knighton, celebrates the stories behind the web’s most popular videos. “Bad Day at Work” features embarrassing moments at the workplace. And “Workout Freaks” profiles some of the world’s most intense bodybuilders. For more on Mighty Oak Entertainment, visit:



Netflix Announces Premiere Date for Final Season of “The Killing”
Netflix will begin streaming the final six episodes of former AMC murder-mystery “The Killing” on Friday, August 1. Based on the Danish television series “Forbrydelsen,” “The Killing” follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). AMC canceled “The Killing” after two seasons, but it was revived for a third season in a shared window with Netflix in 2013. AMC swung the axe for a second time, but Netflix kept it alive in this abbreviated season.

The first three seasons (38 episodes) of “The Killing” are already available for streaming on Netflix.

On the Air This Weekend

Friday 4/25/14

8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing” (season finale)
8:30 p.m. “Last Man Standing” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

8:00 p.m. “Unforgettable”
9:00 p.m. “Hawaii Five-O”
10:00 p.m. “Blue Bloods”

8:00 p.m. “Dateline”
9:00 p.m. “Grimm”
10:00 p.m. “Hannibal”

8:00 p.m. “Kitchen Nightmares” (two hours)

8:00 p.m. “Whose Line is it Anyway?”
8:30 p.m. “Whose Line is it Anyway” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Hart of Dixie”

8:00 p.m. “Washington Week With Gwenn Ifill”
8:30 p.m. “Charlie Rose – The Week”
9:00 p.m. “Great Performances” (R, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty”)

Of Note on Cable:
-“I Found the Gown” (TLC, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“Relative Insanity” (Lifetime, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“House Hunters Off the Grid” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m. ET): season finale


Saturday 4/26/14

8:00 p.m. Movie: “Despicable Me” (R, 2010)
10:00 p.m. “Nightline Prime”

8:00 p.m. “Two and a Half Men” (R)
8:30 p.m. “Bad Teacher” (R)
9:00 p.m. “NCIS” (R)
10:00 p.m. “48 Hours”

8:00 p.m. “Dateline” (R, two hours)
10:00 p.m. “Saturday Night Live” (R)

8:00 p.m. NASCAR (Sprint Cup: Toyota Owners 400)

8:00 p.m. “Austin City Limits” (R)
Local programming airs for the remainder of the evening on PBS.

Of Note on Cable:
-“My Cat From Hell” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Movie: “Starving in Suburbia” (Lifetime, 8 p.m. ET)


Sunday 4/27/14

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00 p.m. “Resurrection”
10:00 p.m. “Revenge”

7:00 p.m. “60 Minutes”
8:00 p.m. “The Amazing Race”
9:00 p.m. “The Good Wife”
10:00 p.m. “The Mentalist”

7:00 p.m. “American Dream Builders”
8:00 p.m. “Dateline”
9:00 p.m. “Believe”
10:00 p.m. “Crisis”

7:00 p.m. “Bob’s Burgers”
7:30 p.m. “American Dad”
8:00 p.m. “The Simpsons”
8:30 p.m. “Family Guy”
9:00 p.m. “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

8:00 p.m. “Call the Midwife”
9:00 p.m. Masterpiece Classic: “Mr. Selfridge”
10:00 p.m. “The Bletchley Circle”

Of Note on Cable:
-“Disney Channel Presents the Radio Disney Music Awards” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m. ET)
-“Running From Crazy” (OWN, 9 p.m. ET): two hours
-Comedy Central Special: Jim Gaffigan (Comedy Central, 10 p.m. ET)
-“My Five Wives” (TLC, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
-“Catch a Contractor” (Spike TV, 10:30 p.m. ET): season finale