Today in TV History:
Roddy McDowell and The Jackson Five guest starred on The Carol Burnett Show in 1974; Hawkeye (Alan Alda) can’t stop sneezing on MASH in 1981; and Murphy (Candice Bergen) causes an uproar with her new hairstyle on Murphy Brown in 1992.
In Today’s Issue
-Thursday Metered Market Ratings
-NBC Summer Premiere Dates
-Fox Benches I Hate My Teenage Daughter
-Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk
-TV Land Announces Awards Show Honorees
-The Hub Beefs Up Off-Net Slate
-TNT Announces 2012 Summer Premiere Dates
-Showtime Unveils Two Late September Returnees
-Disney-ABC Announces Katie Start Date
-Live from Daryl’s House Renewed for Season Two
-On the Air This Weekend
-A Familiar Ghost Whisperer
Metered Market Thursday Ratings
Solid Start for Missing on ABC
Metered Market Results
CBS 3.4/ 6
NBC 3.3/ 5
CW 1.8/ 3
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 3/17/11
CW: +100, ABC: +70, NBC: +22, CBS: – 8, Fox: -27
Missing (ABC), American Idol (Fox), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
2012 NCAA Basketball (CBS), Community (NBC), 30 Rock (NBC), Up All Night (NBC)
Even a diluted American Idol is a dominant American Idol, and Fox led this third Thursday in March with a 1.0 metered market rating point advantage over second-place ABC. But ABC was the real winner of the evening care of the series-debut of drama Missing, which finished a solid second with a 7.8 rating/13 share in the overnights at 8 p.m. Comparably, Missing beat the series-premiere of short-lived fall time period occupant Charlie’s Angels (6.1/10 on 9/22/11) by 28 percent. It outdelivered year-ago occupant Wipeout (4.2/ 7 on 3/17/11) by 86 percent. And the overnight rating was flat in each half-hour with a 7.8, which means that viewers must have liked what they saw. This is a solid start for Missing.
Next on ABC was veteran Grey’s Anatomy, which won the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.5/12, followed by spin-off Private Practice at an also dominant 5.3/ 9 at 10 p.m. As a reminder, Private Practice will move into the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour out of Dancing With the Stars for four weeks beginning on April 10.
On Fox, aforementioned American Idol opened with a dominant 10.6/17 in the overnights at 8 p.m., which dipped by 21 percent from one year earlier (13.5/22 on 3/17/11). Next was a repeat of the pilot episode of drama Touch at a second-place 5.1/ 8 at 9 p.m., which is certainly respectable for an encore telecast. Touch airs in originals in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour effective next week.
Over at CBS, First Round – Day 1 of 2012 NCAA Basketball averaged an uneventful 3.4/ 6 in the overnights from 8-11 p.m., which dropped by nine percent from the year-ago basketball match-ups (3.7/ 6 on 3/17/11). And the year-ago evening translated into 4.95 million viewers and a 1.7/ 6 among adults 18-49, which of course is well below the Eye net’s regularly scheduled Thursday night line-up.
In return series news, sitcom Community on NBC was above average at a third-place 3.1/ 5 in the overnights at 8 p.m., which increased by 11 percent from the year-ago evening (2.8/ 5 on 3/17/11). But a 3.1 is still nothing to boast about. Next was 30 Rock at a fourth-place 2.9/ 5 at 8:30 p.m., followed by The Office (#4: 3.7/ 6) and Up All Night (#4: 2.6/ 4) from 9-10 p.m. The Office, of course, still resonates among adults 18-49. In week three news, NBC drama Awake finished second with a 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m., which was 22 percent below its debut on 3/01/11. Worth positively noting for Awake was overnight growth out of Up All Night of 38 percent.
The Vampire Diaries on The CW, meanwhile, remains the network’s highest rated show at a 2.2/ 4 in the overnights at 8 p.m. But freshman lead-out The Secret Circle dipped to a 1.5/ 2 at 9 p.m., which is similar to what Nikita was performing at last season.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
NBC Summer Premiere Dates
NBC has announced the summer launch dates for returning Love in the Wild and American Ninja Warrior, and new Canadian drama Saving Hope. American Ninja Warrior, which will air on both G4 and NBC, will begin its new season on G4 on Sunday, May 20 from 9-11 p.m. One night later — Monday, May 21 — it repeats on NBC also from 9-11 p.m. A. Smith & Co. Productions returns to produce the fourth season of American Ninja Warrior. Love in the Wild will open season two with a two-hour installment on Thursday from 8-10 p.m., June 7 before moving into its regularly scheduled Thursday 9 p.m. hour on June 14. Jenny McCarthy hosts. And medical themed Saving Hope leads out of Love in the Wild in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour beginning on June 7.
Previously, NBC announced that America’s Got Talent will open its seventh season with new judge Howard Stern (in place of Piers Morgan) via two-hour episodes on Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15 from 8-10 p.m. ET. One week later, America’s Got Talent resumes in its two regularly scheduled weekly time periods: Monday 8-9 p.m. and Tuesday 9-10 p.m.
Fox Benches I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Freshman comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which returned on March 6 as part of Fox’s temporary two-hour live action sitcom block will be going on hiatus…again. Currently airing in the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. half-hour, the original plan was for I Hate My Teenage Daughter to shift to Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. (out of American Idol) on April 4 to make room for Glee, which is returning to anchor Tuesday on April 10. Instead, I Hate My Teenage Daughter will exit after its April 3 telecast and Idol will expand to two hours on Wednesday.
Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk
Veteran The View on ABC remains in a class of its own, with 3.60 million viewers for the week of March 5, based on the Live Plus Same Day results. But all is not well on the alphabet network in daytime talk, with week eight of The Revolution dipping to a series-low 1.40 million viewers – 40 percent below year-ago occupant One Life to Live. Erosion in the three key female demos from the beloved soap ranged from 44 to 50 percent. The Chew, meanwhile, finished close to year-ago levels compared to All My Children, which is now the traditional pattern. The Chew is livable; The Revolution is a disaster.
Here is The Chew and The Revolution versus All My Children and One Life to Live:
All My Children – Week of 3/07/11
Viewers: 2.32 million, Women 25-54: 1.0 rating/ 6 share, Women 18-49: 0.7/ 4, Women 18-34: 0.4/ 3
The Chew – Week of 3/05/12
Viewers: 2.23 million, Women 25-54: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-49: 0.7/ 4, Women 18-34: 0.5/ 3
Percent Change – The Chew vs. All My Children
Viewers: – 4, Women 25-54: -10, Women 18-49: no change, Women 18-34: +25
One Life to Live – Week of 3/07/11
Viewers: 2.35 million, Women 25-54: 1.1/ 7, Women 18-49: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-34: 0.6/ 4
The Revolution – Week of 3/05/12
Viewers: 1.40 million, Women 25-54: 0.6/ 4, Women 18-49: 0.5/ 3, Women 18-34: 0.3/ 2
Percent Change – The Revolution vs. One Life to Live
Viewers: – 40, Women 25-54: -45, Women 18-49: -44, Women 18-34: -50
Over at CBS, The Talk, which was recently renewed for a third season, finished third among the four network daytime talkers with 2.15 million viewers. Results among women 25-54 (1.0/ 6), women 18-49 (0.8/ 5) and women 18-34 (0.4/ 3) were similar to The Chew. That said, it certainly can be better, but it could be worse too.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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TV Land Announces Awards Show Honorees
Classic sitcoms Laverne & Shirley and One Day at a Time, plus cult favorite Pee-wee’s Playhouse will be honored at The TV Land Awards, an annual celebration of classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies that is celebrating 10 years. Laverne & Shirley is the recipient of this year’s Fan Favorite Award; One Day at a Time is being presented with the Innovator Award; and Pee’wee’s Playhouse with the Pop Culture Award.
Present will be Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean and David L. Lander from Laverne & Shirley; Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Valerie Bertinelli, Glenn Scarpelli and Pat Harrington, Jr. from One Day at a Time; and Pee-wee Herman.
Also honored this year will be the legendary Aretha Franklin in the category of Music Icon. The 10th Annual TV Land Awards will be held at the Lexington Avenue Armory at Gramercy Park on Saturday, April; 14. It is hosted by Kelly Ripa and will air on TV Land and Nick at Nite on Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET. More honorees will be announced in upcoming weeks.
The Hub Beefs Up Off-Net Slate
Kids and family cable destination The Hub will add sitcoms Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Facts of Life and Mork and Mindy to its primetime roster. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which originated on ABC in 1996 and concluded on The WB in 2003, will air Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. Next at 9:30 p.m. ET is The Facts of Life, which had a nine-season (1979-88) run on NBC, followed by Happy Days spin-off Mork and Mindy, with a young Robin Williams, at 10 p.m. ET. The Facts of Life, or course, originated on Diff’rent Strokes with kindly Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) as the Drummond’s housekeeper.
The Hub at present airs encore telecasts of Batman, Doogie Howser, M.D., Family Ties, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and The Wonder Years.
TNT Announces 2012 Summer Premiere Dates
TNT has announced the launch dates for its slate of original programming this summer, which includes new series Dallas, The Great Escape, Perception and Major Crimes; new seasons of Rizzoli & Isles, Franklin & Bash, Falling Skies, and Leverage; and the final season of The Closer. With the exception of The Closer, 10 episodes have been ordered for each series.
Rizzoli & Isles and Franklin & Bash open their seasons on Tuesday, June 5 in the 9-11 p.m. ET block. Next is the revival of Dallas, featuring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Grey on Wednesday, June 13 at p.m. ET; with the two-hour second season return of Falling Skies on Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET. Reality competition The Great Escape opens on Sunday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET; followed by the first of the final six episodes of The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick on Monday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The Closer leads into the series premiere of drama Perception, which focuses on an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases.
Leverage, meanwhile, returns for season five on Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET. And Major Crimes, a spin-off from The Closer with Mary McDonnell, kicks-off on Monday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET out of the series-finale of The Closer. One week later, Major Crimes moves to Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.
Here is the breakdown:
-Rizzoli & Isles: Tuesday, June 5, 9 p.m. ET (third season premiere)
-Franklin & Bash: Tuesday, June 5, 10 p.m. ET (second season premiere)
-Dallas: Wednesday, June 13, 9 p.m. ET (series premiere, two hours)
-Falling Skies: Sunday, June 17, 9 p.m. ET (second season premiere, two hours)
-The Great Escape: Sunday, June 24, 10 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-The Closer: Monday, July 9, 9 p.m. ET (seventh season premiere)
-Perception: Monday, July 9, 10 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-Leverage: Sunday, July 15, 8 p.m. ET (fifth season premiere)
-Major Crimes: Monday, August 13, 10 p.m. ET (series premiere); regular time period is Mondays at 9 p.m.
Showtime Unveils Two Late September Returnees
Veteran Showtime drama Dexter, headlined by Michael C. Hall, will open its seventh season on Sunday, September 30 at 9 p.m. ET. It leads into the second season premiere of critically acclaimed Homeland at 10 p.m. ET.
Disney-ABC Announces Katie Start Date
Katie, the upcoming Disney-ABC daytime talk show hosted by recent CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, will debut on Monday, Sept. 10. Clearances, at present, are at 94 percent of the country. Jeff Zucker is the executive producer.
Live from Daryl’s House Renewed for Season Two
Live from Daryl’s House, the weekly musical variety show headlined by Daryl Hall, has been picked-up for a second season. Telco Productions, which has been named exclusive distributor, is offering the half-hour weekly on a barter basis, 3.5 minutes local / 3.5 minutes national. All advertising sales handled by Storrs Media, Inc.
On the Air This Weekend
Friday, March 16
8:00 p.m. Shark Tank
9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do?
10:00 p.m. 20/20
8:00 p.m. 2012 NCAA Basketball: First Round – Day 2
8:00 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are? (R)
9:00 p.m. Grimm (R)
10:00 p.m. Dateline
8:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares (R)
9:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares (R)
8:00 p.m. Nikita
9:00 p.m. Supernatural
Saturday, March 17
8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
9:00 p.m. An Extreme Affliction: A Special Edition of 20/20 (two-hours)
8:00 p.m. 2012 NCAA Basketball: Second Round – Day 1
8:00 p.m. Harry’s Law (R)
9:00 p.m. The Firm
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
8:00 p.m. Q’Viva: The Chosen
Sunday, March 18
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time
9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m. GCB
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (Michael J. Fox guest stars)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami
7:00 p.m. Dateline
8:00 p.m. Harry’s Law
9:00 p.m. Celebrity Apprentice (two hours)
7:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers
9:00 p.m. Family Guy
9:30 p.m. American Dad
A Familiar Ghost Whisperer
The town square seen on drama Ghost Whisperer was first used in an earlier big screen trilogy. What was the name of the first title in that series of three movies?
a) The Bad News Bears
b) Back to the Future
c) Beverly Hills Cop
d) Jurassic Park
e) The Santa Clause
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following short-lived dramas did not air on CBS?
a) Cover Up
b) Emerald Point N.A.S.
e) Storefront Lawyers
Is: c) Skag, which aired for nine episodes on NBC in early 1980; and d) Snoops, which was a CBS drama from 1989-90 and an ABC drama in the fall of 1999.
As for the CBS dramas:
-Cover Up: 1984-85
-Emerald Point N.A.S.: 1983-84
-Storefront Lawyers: 1970-71
Todays Trivia All-Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Harold Cooper, Mark Cosenza, John Ferlazzo (2x), Ed Griffis, Julie Hurwitz, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Terry Kowalski, Ally Lattman, Rick Locke, Jody McIntyre, Michael Murphy, Paul Neace, Barbara Oates, Alex Petrilli, Jr., Mary Politano, Roger Price, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, Mike Stallcup, Ken Stowe, Linda Weeks
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