ON THIS DAY
Jack Paar walked off “The Tonight Show” on NBC in 1960 after NBC censors edited out a segment taped the night before about a joke involving a water closet. He returned on March 7 and stayed with the late night talk show for two more years until Johnny Carson took over as host…The original “Ironside” on NBC, starring Raymond Burr, hit the 100-episode mark in 1971. It ran through January 16, 1975…NBC launched “Blind Faith,“ a two-part miniseries based on the true-crime book by author Joe McGinniss and starring Robert Urich in 1990…
Birthdays: Pop singer Sheryl Crow is 58; politician Sarah Palin is 56; “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston is 51; singer and actress Brandy (“Moesha”) is 41; pop singer Kelly Rowland is 39.
Did You Know?:
A remake of “Ironside,” starring Blair Underwood, aired briefly on NBC in the fall of 2013.
“The Oscars” on ABC Dips to a Record-Low 23.6 Million Viewers
Based on Nielsen’s Live + Same Day Fast National ratings, the live telecast of the “92nd Annual Academy Awards” on ABC scored a preliminary 23.6 million viewers, with a 5.3 rating in adults 18-49 (from 8-11″21 p.m. ET). Comparably, this is now the smallest audience historically in the history of the monitoring the ratings for the annual telecast, with a loss of 5.9 million viewers and 31 percent in the demo from one year earlier (29.6 million viewers, 7.7 adults 18-49 rating on February 24, 2019.
While DVR viewership and streaming with pepper these numbers, it won’t be enough to avoid that historical low label.
In social activity, “The Oscars” dominated Sunday night’s social conversation with 20.6 million total social interactions (Twitter: 67%, Instagram: 26% and Facebook: 6%). Social activity was up by 16 percent from 2019 across comparable metrics (Total Twitter, Facebook Owned and Instagram Owned).
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
CBS Eyes “CSI” Limited Series Revival
CBS is looking to mark the 20th anniversary of its former “CSI” franchise with a new installment from writer Jason Tracey (“Elementary”), CBS TV Studios, and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Series creator Anthony Zuiker is also reportedly in talks to be involved. The proposed new series would be set in Las Vegas and would serve as a sequel to the original series.
Airing for 15 seasons, “CSI” ran from 2000-15, and spawned the spinoffs “CSI: Miami” (2002-12), “CSI: NY” (2004-13) and “CSI: Cyber” (2015-16). It originally starred William Peterson, Marg Helgenberger, Jorja Fox and George Eads, and it followed crime-scene investigators for the Las Vegas Police Department as they worked to solve crimes.
Starz Announces “Power Book II: Ghost”
Starz will keep the “Power” franchise alive after its conclusion with new original drama “Power Book II: Ghost” from series creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Reprising their roles will be, Michael Rainey Jr. as “Tariq St. Patrick,” Shane Johnson as “Cooper Saxe,” and Naturi Naughton as “Tasha St. Patrick.”
“Power Book II: Ghost” will pick up the narrative just days after the “Power” finale. The sequel then follows Tariq navigating his new life, in which his desire to shed his father’s legacy comes up against the mounting pressure to save his family.
Additional returning cast from “Power” includes “Tariq’s” dorm-mate, “Brayden” played by Gianni Paolo (Ma, “The Fosters”), and Qunicy Tyler Bernstine as defense attorney Tameika Washington.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
ABC Renews “The Good Doctor” for Season 4
ABC has greenlit medical drama “The Good Doctor,” starring Freddie Highmore, for a fourth season. “’The Good Doctor’ has been a cornerstone on Monday nights and is one of those special heartfelt series that fearlessly tackles inclusivity,” said ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke. “David Shore’s thoughtful storytelling, combined with an incredible cast led by Freddie Highmore’s nuanced performance as Dr. Shaun Murphy, are what have made this series a breakout hit over the past three seasons, and I’m excited to see where they take us next.”
Debuting on September 25, 2017, “The Good Doctor” features Freddie Highmorfe as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his friendships deepen, Shaun continues to tackle the world of dating and romantic relationships, and work harder than he ever has before, navigating his environment to prove to his colleagues that his talents as a surgeon will save lives.
David Shore is the executive producer and showrunner. Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, David Kim and Sebastian Lee are also executive producers.
Netflix Renews “Sex Education” for Season 3
Netflix has announced an upcoming third season of UK high school dramedy “Sex Education.” The series centers on teenager Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), an inexperienced, socially awkward high-school student who lives with his sex-therapist mother (Gillian Anderson). Otis is a reluctant expert on sex but comes to realize he can use his knowledge to gain status at Moordale High School, teaming up with bad-girl Maeve (Emma Mackey) to set up an underground sex-therapy clinic for fellow students.
“Survivor: Winners at War’ Fantasy Draft Preview Special
Celebrating twenty years of the hit reality competition “Survivor” comes the 40th season entitled “Survivor: Winners at War” (premiering Feb. 12, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET) which pits twenty former Sole Survivors against each other for an even grander prize: $2 million — aside from the short-lived “The X-Factor”, the largest prize in American TV history. The vast array of the past champions for this cast goes as far back in time as Survivor Africa from 2001 (Ethan Zohn) to the most popular winners (“Boston” Rob Mariano, Sandra Diaz-Twine) all thru to the most recent (Ben Driebergen of “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers”, Wendell Holland of “Ghost Island”, Nick Wilson of “David vs. Goliath”).
For our preview of “Survivor: Winners at War”, we decided to set up a fantasy draft of the cast, much in the same vain as fantasy football or baseball. The objective is simple: draft the eventual Sole Survivor of the season. With the task at hand, four participants got involved to construct their roster of five castaways apiece; they are: Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci, Programming Insider editor-in-chief Marc Berman, on-air personality and sports announcer for Northern Iowa’s KUYY (Y100.1 FM) Scott Nolte and reality TV podcaster (for Rob Has A Podcast) Bobby Goodsby. For their draft choices, click here.
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