Today in TV History
In 1974, news coverage flooded the airwaves when the Symbionese Liberation Army in Berkeley, California kidnapped Patty Hearst. In 1977, “American Bandstand” celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC special hosted by Dick Clark and featuring performances by Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Barry Manilow and The Captain and Tennille. And Kathy Bates made her first appearance on NBC’s “The Office” in 2010 as Jo Bennett, the new CEO of Dunder Mifflin.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Monday Ratings
-Scott Bakula to Head New “NCIS” Spin-Off
-Another All-Time Record for “The Blacklist”
-Super Bowl XLVIII Breaks the Record Books
-Ample Sampling for “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” After Super Bowl XLVIII
-Remembering Michael Filerman
-TV Land Renews “The Exes”
-ION Acquires Off-Net Weekday Primetime Rights to “Blue Bloods”
-Crown Media Family Networks Announces Video Syndication Deal with AOL
-Cable Rankings – Friday 1/31/14
-“Seinfeld” Appearance Tops TiVo’s Annual Super Bowl Report
-Hulu Plus Acquires SVOD Rights for “Elementary”
-On the Air Tonight
-“The Slice of Life”
Monday 2/03/14 Metered Markets
ABC Wins; CBS Solid; NBC Not Too Pretty
ABC 6.1/ 9
CBS 5.8/ 9
Fox 4.6/ 7
NBC 2.4/ 4
CW 1.0/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 2/05/13:
CW: +11, ABC: + 3, CBS: -16, Fox: -21, NBC: -29
“The Bachelor” (ABC), “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “Mike & Molly” (CBS), “Mom” (CBS), “Castle” (ABC)
“Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “Hart of Dixie” (CW), “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” (NBC), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW)
ABC opened the week on a winning overnight household note care of two-hours of “The Bachelor” (#2: 5.9/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.) and “Castle,” which won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.4/11. Comparably, time period warmer “The Bachelor” was right on par with the year-ago evening and remains more than adequate filler until “Dancing With the Stars” returns.
Over at CBS, the 8-10 p.m. comedy block — “How I Met Your Mother” (#1: 6.3/10), “2 Broke Girls” (#1t: 5.8/ 9), “Mike & Molly” (#1: 6.6/10) and “Mom” (#2: 5.8/ 9) — was similar to recent positive weeks. And the retention of 88 percent for “Mom” out of “Mike & Molly” makes a renewal for season two a sure thing. Minus NBC’s “The Blacklist” in the competitive Monday 10 p.m. mix, recent CBS drama “Intelligence” rose to a second-place 5.1/ 8, which was 13 percent above the 4.5/ 7 in the overnights one week earlier.
As a reminder, the series-finale of “How I Met Your Mother” will sign-off with a one-hour installment on Monday, March 31 from 8-9 p.m. And it will lead into the series premiere of “Friends With Better Lives,” which tells the comical tale of six friends at different stages of their loves – married, divorced, newly engaged and single. To make room for “Friends With Better Lives,” “2 Broke Girls,” which recently relocated to Monday at 8:30 p.m., will move back to 8 p.m. into “Friends With Better Lives” on April 7.
In the specials department, “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” flopped on NBC, with a mere 2.0/ 3 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m. And its lead-in, the fun “Hollywood Game Night,” finished fourth at 8 p.m. with a 3.1/ 5.
Over at Fox, the combination of dramas “Almost Human” (#3: 4.7/ 7), which is on the fence for renewal, and “”The Following” (#3: 4.4/ 7) are perfectly compatible. But compared to the year-ago evening (5.8/ 9 on 2/04/13), “The Following” with Kevin Bacon dipped by 24 percent. The CW capped off the evening with its low-rated pairing of “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 1.1/ 2), which moves to Friday at 9 p.m. (out of the return of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”) effective on March 21, and sophomore “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.8/ 1). Moving into the Monday 9 p.m. hour on The CW on March 17 will be “The Tomorrow People.”
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Scott Bakula to Head New “NCIS” Spin-Off
Former “Quantum Leap,” “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “Men of a Certain Age” star Scott Bakula has snagged the lead role in the proposed New Orleans based new spin-off from “NCIS.” Bakula will play NCIS Special Agent Pride, who is described as being driven by the need to do what is right. Set to air this spring in a two-part back-door pilot on “NCIS,” the likely titled “NCIS: New Orleans” will center on the Big Easy office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. No other casting has been announced at present. “NCIS” showrunner Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon will executive produce the spinoff
Last season, a backdoor pilot for “NCIS: Red,” featuring John Corbett and Kim Raver, was introduced on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” but did not move forward to series.
Another All-Time Record for “The Blacklist”
Based on the Jan. 27 telecast, freshman drama hit “The Blacklist” on NBC set a new all-time record for the biggest live plus three-day increase on broadcast or cable television. “The Blacklist” rose to 15.80 million viewers, which was 5.63 million more than the 10.17 million for the same day results. This breaks the record set by “The Blacklist” one week earlier of a 5.43 million gain (8.83 to 14.26 million). “The Blacklist” has now delivered the eight biggest total-viewer increases of all time for any show going from “live plus same day” to “live plus three day” results. Comparably, these are the top “Blacklist” results in Live+3 since the fall-finale on Dec. 2, 2013 in both total viewers and adults 18-49.
Super Bowl XLVIII Breaks the Record Books
According to the time zone adjusted ratings, the Seattle Seahawks landslide victory over the Denver Broncos on Super Bowl XLVIII reached a whopping 111.5 million viewers from 6:33-10 p.m. ET. And this is now the most-watched Super Bowl and most-watched program of any kind in TV history. The prior high was 111.3 million viewers for The Super Bowl in 2012. Last year’s match-up, the Baltimore Ravens vs. the San Francisco 49ers, did not benefit by the temporary power outage and ended up at 108.4 million.
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the Halftime Show also set a new high, with 115.3 million viewers (versus 114.0 million for previous champ Madonna in 2012 and 110.8 million for Beyonce in 2013).
Ample Sampling for “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” After Super Bowl XLVIII
Fox is reporting 25.8 million viewers and an 11.1 rating among adults 18-49 for “New Girl” following The Super Bowl XLVIII Post-Game on Sunday, with critically acclaimed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 14.8 million viewers and a 6.7 in the demo in the 11 p.m. half-hour. Both, of course, rose to series highs, with “New Girl” outperforming the last post-Super Bowl sitcom (“The Office” on NBC on Feb. 1, 2009 – 22.9 million) by 13 percent in total viewers. Comparably, “New Girl” on Sunday is now the highest rated scripted entertainment telecast on broadcast TV in adults 18-49 in three years (since the post-Super Bowl airing of “Glee” on Feb. 6, 2011, which scored an 11.2 rating).
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” moves into its new time period, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., out of “New Girl” this evening.
Remembering Michael Filerman
It is with great sadness to report on the passing of prolific producer Michael Filerman, who passed away on Jan. 25 after a one year battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 75.
Born and raised in Chicago on May 4, 1938, Filerman served in the Army after college where his drill sergeant was his future boss, Fred Silverman, who hired him at WGN in Chicago and later at CBS in New York where he worked in daytime TV. He made the move to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, ultimately working for Paramount Television as a Series Development Executive and, eventually, Lorimar. Filerman was responsible, along with creator David Jacobs, for bringing “Dallas” to CBS, which of course spun-off “Knots Landing.” He served as Executive Producer on “Knots Landing,” with other credits including regularly scheduled dramas “Falcon Crest,” Flamingo Road” and “Sisters;” and made-for movies “The Story Lady,” “Christmas Eve,” “The Return of Eliot Ness,” “A Letter to Three Wives” and AIDS-themed “Roommates.”
More recently, Filerman received Tony Awards for the revival of “Porgy and Bess” and “The Norman Conquests,” and Tony Award nominations for “Cinderella,” “A Christmas Story,” “American Idiot,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Frozen” and “The Homecoming.” He is survived by his partner, Xavier Palmer, his sister Karen Okmin, her husband Arnie, nephews Joel and Michael, niece Robin, great niece Madison and great nephews Evan, Brody and Luke. A memorial service will be held in the next few weeks, with details to follow.
Personally, I remember an email about 12 years ago that I received from Michael, who thanked me for acknowledging series like “Dallas” and “Knots Landing. We met and kept in touch for years, which was a true highlight for me. Rest in Peace, Michael, and thank you for the entertainment.
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TV Land Renews “The Exes”
TV Land has picked up original comedy “The Exes” for a fourth season, with an order for 12 additional half-hours. Currently airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m., “the Exes” stars Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”), David Alan Basche (“The Starter Wife”), Kelly Stables (“Two and a Half Men”) and Kristen Johnston (“3rd Rock From The Sun”), with Leah Remini (“The King of Queens”) featured in several of the episodes in season three. Season four will debut this summer.
The current third season of “The Exes” has averaged 1.3 million total viewers, which is an increase compared to TV Land’s primetime average.
ION Acquires Off-Net Weekday Primetime Rights to “Blue Bloods”
ION Television has acquired the exclusive weekday off-network primetime rights to drama “Blue Bloods.” The deal with CBS includes all four seasons (and 89 episodes) through the current season end, plus future seasons of the Tom Selleck/Donnie Wahlberg starrer. The “Blue Bloods” encores will begin on ION in Fall 2014, joining “Criminal Minds.” Currently airing in the Friday 10 p.m. hour on CBS (out of “Hawaii Five-O”), “Blue Bloods,” which debuted on Sept. 24, 2010, remains the most-watched show on the evening.
Crown Media Family Networks Announces Video Syndication Deal with AOL
Crown Media Family Networks, the home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, has announced a new video syndication deal with AOL, which will feature select Hallmark Channel video content on AOL, adding to its current library of over 800,000 videos. Crown Media also signed a similar deal with blinkx, the Internet media platform powered by CORE video technology. The content offerings will include how-to clips from “Home & Family,” “Kitten Bowl” highlights, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks from original movies, and series and specials.
Cable Rankings – Friday 1/31/14
What follows are the 20 most watched shows for Friday, January 31:
“Gold Rush” (Discovery, 9 p.m. ET): 4.49 million, “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.05, “Bering Sea Gold” (Discovery, 10 p.m.): 2.69, “Cloud” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.57, “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.36, “Liv and Maddie” (Disney Channel, 9:40 p.m.: 2.31, “Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel, 10:05 p.m.): 2.24, “Austin & Ally” (Disney Channel, 10:30 p.m.): 2.21, “Gold Rush” (Discovery, 8 p.m.): 1.91, NBA Regular Season (ESPN, 8:04 p.m.): 1.71, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.68, “Modern Family” (USA, 9:30 p.m.): 1.64, “Cold Justice” (TNT, 8 p.m.): 1.58, “Full House” (Nick at Nite, 10 p.m.): 1.57, “Modern Family” (USA, 10 p.m.): 1.53, “Counting Cars” (History, 10:31 p.m.): 1.52, “Counting Cars” (History, 10 p.m.): 1.50, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.49, “Cops” (Spike, 9:30 p.m.): 1.49
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
“Seinfeld” Appearance Tops TiVo’s Annual Super Bowl Report
Results of the 12th Annual TiVo Report revealing the most engaging Super Bowl commercials and promotions were released, with “Seinfeld’s” Halftime appearance (“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”), not surprisingly, taking the top spot. Second overall among the ads was Budweiser’s “Puppy Love,” followed by GoDaddy’s “Bodybuilder,” Dorito’s “Cowboy Kid” and Toyota Highlander’s Terry Crews & the Muppets.
By the numbers, there were 20 sixty-second spots during last night’s game versus 14 last year. Fox aired 28 promos during the game in comparison to last year when CBS aired 48. And this year’s game was 55-minutes shorter, with the Baltimore Ravens vs. the San Francisco 49ers last year extended due to a blackout. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in 3:25:43 versus 4:20:36 for Baltimore vs. San Francisco. For the top 10 commercials and promotions from Sunday’s game, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/kba9r3s
Hulu Plus Acquires SVOD Rights for “Elementary”
Hulu Plus has acquired subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights for sophomore CBS drama “Elementary,” which gives it the rights to offer complete past seasons of episodes of the detective drama to its subscribers after each season has been broadcast on CBS. At current season end, “Elementary” will have produced an estimated 46 hour-long episodes. Hulu Plus is available on more than 400 million connected tablets, phones and living room devices for $7.99 per month.
“Elementary,” starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, is produced by CBS Television Studios and executive produced by Rob Doherty, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Craig Sweeny.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
8:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
9:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
9:30 p.m. “Trophy Wife”
10:00 p.m. “Killer Womem”
8:00 p.m. “NCIS”
9:00 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles”
10:00 p.m. “Person of Interest”
8:00 p.m. “Winter Gold”: NBC’s First Look at the Sochi Winter Olympics
9:00 p.m. “The Biggest Loser” (two hours, season finale)
8:00 p.m. “Dads”
8:30 p.m. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (R)
9:00 p.m. “New Girl”
9:30 p.m. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (new time)
8:00 p.m. “The Originals”
9:00 p.m. “Supernatural”
For the cable series programming highlights, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/mbnjvcm
“Knots Landing” Steps In
In honor of the late Michael Filerman, who was the executive producer of “Knots Landing,” what drama was airing in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour before “Knots” debuted on CBS on Dec. 20, 1979?
a) “Barnaby Jones”
b) “Hawaii Five-O”
d) “Lou Grant”
e) “Trapper John, M.D.”
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following comedies did not drop one (or two) of the featured young family members without any explanation?
a) “Family Matters”
b) “Happy Days”
c) “Just the Ten of Us”
d) “Life With Bonnie”
e) “The Torkelsons”
…Is: c) “Just the Ten of Us,” which was the 1988-90 ABC sitcom spin-off from “Growing Pains” that featured Coach Graham T. Lubbock (Bill Kirchenbauer), his wife Elizabeth (Deborah Harmon) and their eight children in Eureka, California. As for the missing kids:
-“Family Matters” (ABC): Judy Winslow (Jaimee Foxworth)
-“Happy Days” (ABC): Chuck Cunningham (Gavan O’Herlihy and Randolph Roberts)
-“Life With Bonnie” (ABC): Samantha Molloy (Samantha Browne-Walters)
-“The Torkelsons” (ABC): Steven Floyd (Aaron Metchik) and Ruth Ann Torkelson (Anna Slotky), who were mysteriously gone when “The Torkelsons” became “Almost Home” in season two.
Today’s All Stars:
Mark Amato, John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, D.C. Carter, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Davis Jackino, Rick Locke, Jody McINtyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, Ron Salmon
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