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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Note: We will not be publishing tomorrow. See you back on Monday, April 17.
Barbara Bel Geddes (pre-“Dallas”) killed her cheating husband with a frozen leg of lamb, and then cooked it and served it to the police officers investigating the murder on the “Lamb to the Slaughter” episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” on CBS in 1958…In 1978, NBC debuted “The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour, a musical variety series hosted by life-size puppets.  It lasted for only four episodes…In 1985, The Nashville Network began airing “Grand Ole Opry Live”…The final episode of late night talker “The Pat Sajak Show”aired on CBS in 1990. As a planned alternative to “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” on NBC, it only lasted 15 months…Celebrity Birthdays: Former “Leave it to Beaver” star Tony Dow is 72; R&B singer Al Green is 71;Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) is 67; Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage witch”) is 53; Rick Schroder (“NYPD Blue”) is 47; actress Kelli Giddish (“Law & Order: SVU”) is 37; “Girls” star Allison Williams is 29.

-Did You Know?:
Barbara Bel Geddes was nominated for an Oscar in 1949 as Best Supporting Actress for “I Remember Mama.” Ellen Corby was also nominated in the category for “I Remember Mama,” as were Agnes Moorehead (“Johnny Belinda”) and Jean Simmons (“Hamlet”). But the winner was Claire Trevorfor “Key Largo.” The Best Motion Picture that year was “Hamlet.”


-Sundays at 6 p.m. on New York’s PIX11: +100%
Saturday at 1 p.m. on The CW33 in Dallas: +100%
Sunday at 2 p.m. on WSFL in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: +100%
Saturday at 12 p.m. on CW33 in Houston: +33%
Sunday at 12 p.m. on KWGN in Denver: +100%

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Source: Nielsen (NSI), Wonderama household rating: versus prior weeks of year-ago time period average

RATINGS BOX                                                                   
Wednesday 4/12/17
Metered Market Ratings

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.0/ 7, Fox: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, NBC: 2.7/ 5, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: no change, CBS and NBC: -23 each, Fox: -27, ABC: -30

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS ranked first on this second Wednesday in April in the household overnights, but the home of “Empire,” Fox, should have no trouble dominating in the key young adult demo groups.

Veteran “Survivor” on CBS topped the night with a 5.1 rating/9 share at households at 8 p.m., which was on par with the year-ago evening. As the ultimate fan of this always addictive reality/competition, last night’s Tribal Council was the most painful to exhibit in the show’s 17-year history. Needless to say, I truly admire Zeke for his courage, and well as the members of his tribe who stood up for him. And I am embarrassed beyond belief that Jeff Varner would go that far to try to stay in the game.

Also in the 8 p.m. hour was limited Fox series “Shots Fired,” which at a third-place 2.7/ 5 in the household overnight was 21 percent below year-ago time period occupant “Rosewood” (3.4/ 6 on 4/13/16). The remaining networks were in all repeats care of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (#2: 2.8/ 5), ABC sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#4: 2.5/ 5) and “Speechless” (#4: 2.1/ 4), and “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 0.7/ 1).

For the remainder of the analysis for Wednesday, April 12, plus the household overnight rating by half-hour click here

Live Plus Same Day Ratings
Monday 4/10/17: Click here
Tuesday 4/11/17: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research


E! Greenlights “The Arrangement” for Season Two
E! has picked-up a second season of scripted drama “The Arrangement,” with an order for 10 new episodes. From Universal Cable Productions and debuting on Sunday, March 5, “The Arrangement” is described as a multi-layered, sophisticated Hollywood love story that brings to life the darker side of fame. It stars Josh Henderson (“Dallas”), Christine Evangelista (“The Walking Dead”), Lexa Doig (“Continuum”) and Michael Vartan (“Alias”).

MTV to Revive “Fear Factor” with Ludacris as Host
Former NBC reality/competition “Fear Factor,” which had two runs – from 2001-06 and 2011-12 – is being revived by MTV with rapper-turned-actor Ludacris (aka Chris Bridges) as host. The cable network has ordered 12 new episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America. Ludacris will also executive produce. The series that challenges teams of contestants to face extreme physical and mental trials is expected to premiere on Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

The logline: Inspired by urban legends, scary movies and online videos from the zeitgeist, contestants will be pushed beyond their comfort zones where their body’s physiological responses will take over. Each hour-long episode will feature eight contestants pairing up in four teams of two — think siblings, college rivalries, roommates, best friends and co-workers — who off for a cash prize.

Syfy Renews “The Magicians” for Season Three
Syfy has greenlit fantasy drama “The Magicians” for a third season, with an order for 13 additional episodes.

Based on Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy and debuting on Dec. 16, 2015, “The Magicians” follows Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his friends at Brakebills, a magical university in upstate New York that is real and poses a danger to humanity. The renewal order comes shortly after the also third season pick-up for “The Expanse.”


Pop TV Targets “Modern Grown-Ups” with New Slate
From PromaxBDA: “Taking the story door to door” was how Brad Schwartz, president of Pop TV described the network’s upfront sales presentation to the advertising community, which was also given to individual members of the press in New York City this week. Joining Schwartz were Justin Rosenblatt, executive VP, programming; Michael DuPont, executive VP, ad sales; and Caroline Wilson, vice president, integrated marketing.

These individual sit-downs came on the heels of two original series premieres: Docuseries “Hollywood Darlings,” featuring three child stars from the 1990s: Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”), Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”) and Jodie Sweetin (“Full House”); and scripted comedy “Return of the Mac,”  with former “New Kids on the Block” band member Joey McIntyre. Both half-hours debuted on April 12, and they are two of the seven new upcoming series (and nine projects in development) at Pop.

In total, more than 400 hours of original programming, targeted to audiences in their 30s and 40s who grew up in the 1990s, are expected to air on Pop in the upcoming year. For more, click here

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Hulu Acquires CBC Crime Drama “Pure”
Cineflix Media Inc. has announced that Hulu has acquired the exclusive U.S. streaming video on-demand rights to its new Canadian drama, “Pure.” Through the new deal, the series will air in the U.S. exclusively on Hulu. The logline: “Pure” is the story of a Mennonite pastor trying to protect his family and preserve his faith while battling drug trafficking within his community. Inspired by true events, “Pure” was created and written by Michael Amo (“The Listener”) and directed by Ken Girotti (“Orphan Black”), with Cineflix Media Inc.’s  SVP of Scripted,  Brett Burlock and President, Peter Emerson serving as Executive Producers, along with Girotti and Two East’s David MacLeod.

Produced by Two East Productions and Cineflix and commissioned by CBC, the series stars Ryan Robbins (“Arrow,” “The Killing”), Alex Paxton-Beesley (“Copper”), AJ Buckley (“Narcos”), Peter Outerbridge (“Orphan Black”), and Rosie Perez (“White Men Can’t Jump,” “Fearless”). It recently premiered on CBC in Canada).


Season two of “Food Porn,” featuring New York restauranteur Michael Chernow, will open on FYI on Sunday, May 14 at 10 p.m. ET. In season two of “Food Porn,” Michael discovers new food trends and uncovers secret culinary hotspots with dishes that aren’t even featured on the menu.


Vinnie Favale, CBS’ veteran late night executive, has been named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Talent Development, CBS Television Studios. In his new role, Favale will identify fresh comedic talent and develop programming from the East Coast. He will also continue in his current capacity as program executive for “The Late Show with Stephen Cobert.” Favale joined CBS Late Night in 1996, overseeing “Late Show with David Letterman” until its final show in 2015. From 1998-2001, he developed and oversaw the CBS syndicated late night program “Howard Stern Radio Show,” and served as executive producer of CBS’ primetime Letterman tribute, “David Letterman: A Life in Television,” in 2015.


ABC’s “Scandal” celebrates 100 episodes. “The Blacklist: Redemption”concludes for the season (or series) on NBC. The five broadcast networks are in all originals.  For the schedule listings for Thursday, April 13, click here

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Did I Do That?

Which one of the following statements about sitcom “Family Matters” is not true?

a) It produced more episodes than parent series “Perfect Strangers.”
b) It moved from ABC to CBS in its ninth – and final – season.
c) Jo Marie Payton as Harriette Winslow decided to exit the series in the middle of the last season.
d) It spun-off sitcom “Meego”
e) Youngest daughter Judy, played by Jaimee Foxworth, was written out after the fourth season and was never mentioned again.
f) They are all true

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following long-running series never finished a TV season ranked first overall in all of primetime (based on household rating)?

a) “CSI”
b) “Dynasty”
c) “Friends”
d) “The Golden Girls”
e) “Survivor”
f) They all did

Is: d) “The Golden Girls,” which ranked as high as No. 4 overall in the 1987-88 TV season, with a 21.8 household rating. The Top 10 that season was as follows:

  1. “The Cosby Show” (NBC): 27.8 rating
  2. “A Different World” (NBC): 25.0
  3. “Cheers” (NBC): 23.4
  4. “The Golden Girls” (NBC): 21.8
  5. “Growing Pains” (ABC): 21.3
  6. “Who’s the Boss?” (ABC): 21.2
  7. “Night Court” (NBC): 20.8
  8. “60 Minutes” (CBS): 20.8
  9. “Murder, She Wrote” (CBS): 20.6
  10. “Alf” (NBC) and “The Wonder Years” (ABC): 18.8 each


Trivia All-Stars
John  Beadle, Steve Bitterman (2x), Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, John Brooker, Tom Condosta, Andy Ehlen, Bob Ingersoll, Kathy Martin, Richard Naldrett, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, John Wick