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Monday, May 1, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Larry King had his first radio broadcast in 1957…CBS detective drama“Magnum, P.I.” with Tom Selleck concluded in 1988 after eight seasons. Originally a Thursday night staple, “Magnum, P.I.” was shipped to Wednesday in 1986 to avoid the then “Cosby Show” juggernaut on NBC….Animated classic“SpongeBob SqyuarePants” debuted on Nickelodeon in 1999…CBS crime solver “The District, starring Craig T. Nelson, ended its four season run in 2004…Celebrity Birthdays: “Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley is 71; Country singer Tim McGraw is 50; actress Julie Benz (“Dexter”) is 45; “Impractical Jokers” personality James Murray is 41.

-Did You Know?:
Craig T. Nelson’s first regularly scheduled primetime series role was as an attorney in 1982 NBC drama “Chicago Story,which was similar in format to“Hill Street Blues. It lasted only 13 episodes.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 4/30/17

What follows are the metered market household results by half-hour for Sunday, April 30:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 3.9/ 7, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: + 3, CBS: -11, ABC: -15, Fox: -37

CBS closed the month of April on a winning overnight household note with its line-up of “60 Minutes” (#1 for the evening: 6.8 rating/13 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#1: 6.0/10), “Madam Secretary” (#1: 5.5/ 9) and “Elementary” (#1t: 3.2/ 6). While 7-10 p.m. on Sunday next season can certainly remain intact on the Eye net, 10 p.m. is in need of repair.

Tops on NBC, mirroring recent weeks, was “Little Big Shots” at a healthy 5.5/ 9 from 8-9 p.m., which led into a 3.9/ 6 (#2) at 9 p.m. for recent entry “Chicago Justice.” Chances of a second season of “Chicago Justice” remain very likely, with four hours of the “Chicago”-set drama franchise expected to remain intact.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Sunday, April 30, click here

Fast Affiliate Results
Friday 4/28/17: Click here
Saturday 4/29/17: Click here

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 4/24/17: Click here
Tuesday 4/25/17: Click here
Wednesday 4/26/17: Click here
Thursday 4/27/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Ryan Seacrest Named Permanent Co-Host Opposite Kelly Ripa on “Live”
Ryan Seacrest has inherited the chair opposite Kelly Ripa on Disney-ABC’s newly re-christened “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Beginning with today’s inaugural broadcast, Seacrest joins Ripa as co-host and a fellow executive producer on the veteran syndicated morning talk show.

“Not only is Kelly Ripa one of the most talented live hosts in broadcast TV, she’s also become a very dear friend to me over the years. It’s consistently been my privilege and pleasure to work alongside Kelly with all her incredible talents, charm and humor – whether hosting the Disney Christmas Day Parade special with her a decade ago or guest co-hosting alongside her on ‘Live,’ it’s always just been easy and fun to share a set with her, and we have a blast,”said Seacrest. “I’ve been so fortunate in my career to be a part of some incredible TV programs, and I’m excited to join daytime’s top entertainment talk show, and most important, I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather share this new chapter with than Kelly Ripa – she’s a dream broadcast partner, and I can’t wait to start.”

Seacrest will make the move to New York immediately to begin his co-hosting duties, and will continue hosting and executive producing “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time radio show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show. New York’s ABC7, home of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” will house a brand-new iHeartRadio studio for Seacrest’s New York City location.

Seacrest replaces Michael Strahan, who exited last May and is now a co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

2017 Daytime Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were…
ABC’s veteran “General Hospital” took home four Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, at the ceremony hosted by Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California last night. Steve Harvey won two trophies, for Outstanding Game Show Host (“Family Feud”) and Outstanding Talk Show/Informative Host (“The Steve Harvey Show”). The women of CBS’ “The Talk” were named Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts, while “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Dr. Oz,” both in syndication, were cited for Outstanding Talk/Entertainment and Outstanding Talk/Informative, respectively. Ellen’s victory came 20 years to the day of her famous coming out on ABC sitcom “Ellen.”

“Jeopardy!,” meanwhile, was named Outstanding Game Show and “The Bold and the Beautiful‘s” Scott Clifton made Daytime Emmy history by winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and becoming the first actor to have won awards throughout his career in the Younger Actor, Supporting Actor and Lead Actor categories.

For the complete listing of winners, click here  

Casting News
British comedian Tommy Maitland has been named host of the upcoming revival of ABC’s “The Gong Show,” which premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET. Executive produced by Will Arnett, each episode will “celebrate” unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV’s all-time great variety shows.

Cable Upfront Recaps at PromaxBDA:
-BET Announces New Series from Kevin Hart, Chris Rock and Steve Harvey – Click here
-TV One Looks to “Represent” the African American Community – Click here
Freeform Prepares for Life Without “Pretty Little Liars” – Click here
More Scripted Programming on Tap at Nat Geo – Click here
-Pop Targets “Modern Grown Ups” with New Slate – Click here
-Discovery Turns Its Focus to Digital – Click here
-Lifestyle Matters, According to Scripps – Click here
-Nickelodeon Touts 700 Hours of Original New and Returning Programming – Click here

Bill O’Reilly and Syndication: A Match Made in Desperation: Click here
The Value of Social Media in Upfront Season: Click here


Upcoming “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” on WE tv will debut on Thursday, May 25 at 10 p.m. ET. The docuseries features a tight-knit crew of friends who reveal the perks and perils of being born into Hip Hop royalty. But as they hustle for independent success, a toxic rivalry unfolds.

Showtime drama “Ray Donovan” will open season five on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. ET, while sitcom “Episodes,” also season five, will return on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. ET. “Episodes,” starring Man with a Plan’s” Matt LeBlanc is heading into its final season.

2017 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals TV Schedule on TNT, ESPN and ABC
The NBA Playoffs’ second round commences today. TNT, ESPN and ABC will broadcast all the action in the United States. All series are best 4 out of 7. For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks, announcers and reporters for the Second Round of playoff action, click here

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John Wood has returned to E! Entertainment booking celebrity guests on the network’s new live, daytime, daily, two-hour talk show “Daily Pop.” It premieres today at 12 p.m. ET and is hosted by  Catt Sadler, Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner on E!  The program promises to deliver fun, insightful and relatable conversations centered around the biggest, most fascinating pop culture stories of the day.” Congratulations John!
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Drama “Lucifer” returns on Fox…”Taken” on NBC concludes for the season (or series)…The five broadcast networks in all originals…For the schedule listings for Monday, May 1, click here
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And the Emmy Did Not Go To…

Which one of the following actors on acclaimed 1980s NBC police drama “Hill Street Blues” did not win an Emmy Award for his or her performance?

a) Barbara Babcock
b) Michael Conrad
c) Betty Thomas
d) Daniel J. Travanti
e) Bruce Weitz
f) They all did

The answer to Friday’s question…

Scott Wolf is remembered for his role as Bailey Salinger on 1994-2000 Fox drama “Party of Five,” but which one of the following actors was originally cast in the role?

a) Ty Burrell
b) John Cusack
c) Patrick Dempsey
d) Johnny Galecki
e) Jerry O’Connell

Is: e) Jerry O’Connell, he chose his role as Quinn Mallory on science fiction “Sliders.”


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