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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. The new version of “Magnum, P.I.” on CBS has been renewed for a second season….Animated classic “SpongeBob SquarePants” debuted on Nickelodeon in 1999. The animated classic is now also a live musical on Broadway…CBS crime solver “The District, starring Craig T. Nelson, ended its four season run in 2004…Celebrity Birthdays: “Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley is 73; country singer Tim McGraw is 52; actress Julie Benz (“Dexter”) is 47; “Impractical Jokers” personality James Murray is 43.

-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                                                            
Tuesday 4/30/19

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.3/11, NBC: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC and Fox: no change, CBS: – 6, CW: -10, ABC: -32

Ratings Breakdown:

It was another household overnight sweep for CBS care of its combination of crime solvers “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 7.8 rating/13 share at 8 p.m.), “FBI” (6.1/10) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (5.0/ 9). But NBC is still the network to potentially beat in adults 18-49 with its line-up of recently introduced drama “The Village” (#2: 3.2/ 6 at 8 p.m.), relocated “The Voice” (#2: 4.4/ 7 at 9 p.m.) and already renewed freshman medical drama “New Amsterdam” (#2: 3.7/ 7 at 10 p.m.). While “The Village” does not offer the Tuesday night anchor strength of former 8 p.m. time period occupant “The Voice,” these overnight results are still respectable. My crystal ball tells me a second season renewal is coming. Stay tuned.

For the remainder of the analysis for Tuesday, April 30, click here
Weekly Ratings Scorecard
What follows are the Live+Same Day rating results for the week of April 22. Change versus the year-ago period appears in parentheses.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 5.82 million (- 9), NBC: 4.40 (+ 1), ABC: 3.96 (-12), Fox: 2.54 (- 6), CW: 870,000 (-22)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 0.8 rating/4 share (No change), ABC: 0.8/ 4 (-11), CBS: 0.7/ 3 (-12), Fox: 0.6/ 3 (-25), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.1/ 4 (no change), ABC and CBS: 1.1/ 4 (-15), Fox: 0.8/ 3 (-20), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), NBC: 0.4/ 3 (no change), Fox: 0.4/ 3 (-20), CBS: 0.3/ 2 (-25), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

OPINION

Comedy Remains a Priority for NBC Next Season
Full disclaimer: What the broadcast networks announce during the upfront presentations the week of May 13th in New York City – you know, those “picture perfect” primetime line-ups – is not etched in stone. Everything is subject do change. And, as always, much of the newbie series you will be hearing about will probably not make it into a second season. Such is life at the broadcasters (particularly in this current era of “Peak TV”).

Since NBC presents first, let me begin with a look at what the network should be focusing on. for more, click here

NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

Paramount Network Orders Comedy “68 Whiskey”
Paramount Network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of “68 Whiskey,” a new, scripted comedic drama series from Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. “68 Whiskey” is a dark comedy following a multicultural mix of men and women deployed as Army medics to a forward operating base in Afghanistan nicknamed “The Orphanage.” Together, they endure a dangerous and Kafkaesque world that leads to self-destructive appetites, outrageous behavior, intense camaraderie and occasionally, a profound sense of purpose.

Brian Grazer will serve as an executive producer along with Ron Howard, Imagine Television Group Chairman Francie Calfo (“Empire,” “Genius”), Imagine Television President Samie Kim Falvey and Roberto Benabib (“Weeds,” “The Brink,” “Ally McBeal”), who is also set to write. Zion Rubin, the creator of the Israeli television series “Charlie Golf One,” from which 68 Whiskey has been adapted, will also executive produce, along with Efrat Shmaya Dror (United Studios of Israel) and Danna Stern (yes Studios).

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Fox Renews “Empire” for Season 6
For has announced a sixth season renewal for serialized drama “Empire.” Debuting on January 7, 2015, 84 episodes in total will be in the can upon the season finale on May 8. Mirroring seasons two through five, an expected 18 new episodes are expected.

The series centers around a hip hop music and Entertainment Company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders’ family as they fight for control of the company

Not expected to return is Jussie Smollett, whose future on the show remains less clear. While Fox made no mention of Smollett in its announcement, it appears there are “no plans” to bring his character, Jamal Lyon, back at this time.

“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire,'” Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV said in a joint statement.

“We’ve been told that Jussie will not be on Empire in the beginning of the season but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future open,” Smollett’s personal rep said in a statement. “Most importantly he is grateful to Fox and ‘Empire’ leadership, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support!” 

Showtime Greenlights “The Chi” for Season 3
Showtime has picked up the drama series “The Chi” for a third season. Created and executive produced by Lena Waithe (“Boomerang,” “Master of None”) and executive produced by Common (“Selma”), “The Chi” is described as a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

The cast includes Jason Mitchell (“Mudbound”), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (“Queen of Katwe”), Jacob Latimore (“Sleight”), Alex Hibbert (“Moonlight”), Yolonda Ross (“Treme”) and Armando Riesco (“Bull”). The second season is currently airing Sundays at 10 p.m. PT/ET.

CBS Renews Entire Daytime Library 
CBS has renewed all five or its daytime shows — dramas “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,”  game show “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal,” and daytime chatfest “The Talk” — for the 2019-20 season.

“For almost a third of a century, CBS has demonstrated a remarkable legacy of success in daytime,” said Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS. “Our programming continues to maintain a level of achievement unheard of in today’s television landscape, thanks to the passion and dedication of the extraordinary producers, casts, staff and crew on the shows, our studio partners, and most importantly, the fans. They have our deepest gratitude, and we look forward to entertaining them for many years to come.”

The five shows represent the largest daytime entertainment lineup on the broadcast networks, to ABC’s two shows (“The View” and “General Hospital”) and NBC’s one (Days of Our Lives).

SPORTS

2019 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network
The National Football League (NFL) announced on Wednesday, April 17 its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2019, which runs from September 5 through December 29, 2019. For the complete breakdown, clickhere

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
NBC offers the “2019 Billboard Music Awards”…Bravo debuts design series“Best Room Wins”“The Act” concludes for the season on Hulu…“Impossible Engineering” opens a new season on Science…The five broadcast networks are in all originals…For the listing of programming options for Wednesday, April 1, click here