ON THIS DAY
James Garner made his debut as Jim Rockford in “The Rockford Files” TV movie pilot in 1974. The detective drama aired on NBC from 1974 to 1980….ABC miniseries “The Thorn Birds,” with Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, premiered in 1983 and became the second most-watched miniseries ever behind “Roots.” It aired for four consecutive nights…The third season-finale of NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” in 1985 featured Doctors Westphal (Ed Flanders), Craig (William Daniels) and Auschlander (Norman Lloyd) having drinks at “Cheers” in this memorable crossover…”The Price Is Right” on CBS celebrated a milestone in 1987 when the program became the longest running game show on daytime network television…”Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC opened in 2005 and is now the second longest running medical drama in TV history (behind NBC’s “ER”)…Celebrity Birthdays: Director Quentin Tarantino is 55; Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) is 50; Mariah Carey is also 49; “Lost” star Elizabeth Mitchell is also 48; “The Rookie”star Nathan Fillion is 48; pop singer Fergie is 44.
-Did You Know?:
“St. Elsewhere” featured an interesting crossover of its own with the arrival of Byron Stewart as former “The White Shadow” student Warren Coolidge as an orderly in 1984. The explanation was that Coolidge had to give up basketball because of injury and moved to Boston…Ten years after “St. Elsewhere” ended (in 1998), Alfre Woodard as Dr. Roxanne Turner showed up in an episode of NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
CBS: 6.4/11, NBC: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 2.7/ 5, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +36, NBC: – 2, CBS: – 4, CW: -33, ABC: -58
It was a clean Tuesday household sweep for CBS care of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.1 rating/14 share at 8 p.m.), “FBI” (6.3/11 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (5.0/ 9 at 10 p.m.). And NBC’s “This Is Us” (#2: 5.9/10 at 9 p.m.), which concludes this current third season next Tuesday, is the show that will top the evening in adults 18-49.
Unfortunately, the lead-in support from “This Is Us” was wasted on new drama “The Village,” which in week two dropped by 16 percent from its already disappointing week-ago opener (3.7/ 7 to 3.1/ 6). Comparably, “The Village” ranked third in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour, trailing competing “NCIS: New Orleans” on CBS (5.0/ 9) and “The Rookie” on ABC (3.3/ 6) by 38 percent and 6 percent, respectively. And it was 21 percent below the 3.9/ 7 for year-ago time period occupant “Chicago Med.”
Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of March 11:
Weekly Ratings Scorecard
What follows are the Live+Same Day rating results for the week of March 18. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses.
CBS: 6.16 million (-18), ABC: 4.37 (- 9), NBC: 4.33 (-18), Fox: 2.81 (+ 5), CW: 920,000 (+ 3)
CBS: 1.2 rating/6 share (-20), ABC and NBC: 0.8/ 4 (-20 each), Fox: 0.7/ 3 (no change each), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)
CBS: 1.5/ 6 (-25), ABC and NBC: 1.1/ 4 (-21 each), Fox: 0.9/ 4 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)
CBS: 0.8/ 5 (-20), ABC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), Fox: 0.4/ 3 (-20), NBC: 0.4/ 3 (-33), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change) – Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Announces New Stand-Up Series “Tiffany Haddish Present: They Ready”
Tiffany Haddish will introduce six of her favorite comedians to Netflix members around the world in “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready,” which is a collection half-hour stand-up specials. The series will be executive produced by Haddish alongside Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz
The logline: All six comedians were personally chosen by Haddish. She shares a history with each after working together on the stand up scene or in television. In an industry that too often excludes women, people of color, and LGBTQ performers, this diverse group of comedians, both in style and background, are ready for their time in the spotlight. The comedians include Chaunté Wayans (Wild n’ Out, 50 Shades of Black), April Macie (Last Comic Standing, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground; Snoop Dogg’s: Bad Girls of Comedy, Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny), Tracey Ashley (Last Comic Standing; The Last O.G.), Aida Rodriguez (Last Comic Standing, The Comedian, Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, The Young Turks), Flame Monroe (Def Comedy Jam), and Marlo Williams (BET’s Comicview).
RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
FX Renews “Better Things” for Season 4
Comedy “Better Things,” directed by, produced by and starring Pamela Adlon, has been renewed for a fourth season on FX. The fourth season will air on FX in 2020, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes.
“Better Things” is the story of Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single mother and working actor with no filter, raising her three daughters, Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles. She also looks after her mother, Phil (Celia Imrie), an English expat with questionable faculties who lives across the street. Whether she’s struggling to keep her daughters close or trying to push one of them out of the nest, Sam approaches every challenge with fierce love, raw honesty and humor.
TV History 101
I hate to nitpick about my favorite new scripted comedy this season, ABC’s “The Kids Are Alight,” but…
If the sitcom is set in 1972, the focus of last night’s episode on the search for a new actor to inherit the role of Chris Partridge on “The Partridge Family” would have been one year late. The first Chris, Jeremy Gelbwaks, exited the show after the first season in the spring of 1971. And detective drama “Barnaby Jones,” which the parents made reference to watching, did not begin on CBS until 1973. Oops…
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
Discussion about current and upcoming shows airing in late March: “Jesus: His Life” (History), “Mental Samurai” (Fox), “Million Dollar Mile” (CBS), “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX), “Hanna” (Amazon), “Abby’s” (NBC), “Tacoma FD” (truTV), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix), “Barry” (HBO), and “Veep” (HBO). With Scott Nolte of Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). Originally aired March 26, 2019.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
CBS Announces Summer Series Premiere Dates
CBS has unveiled the premiere dates for the trio of drama series airing this summer: new action-adventure series “Blood & Treasure;” the seventh and final season of the modern day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson drama, “Elementary;” and the second season of “Instinct” starring Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic.
“Blood & Treasure,” which stars Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas as a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief, respectively, who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure, premieres with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 21 from 9-11 p.m. One week later, “Blood & Treasure” moves into its regularly scheduled Tuesday 10 p.m. hour.
“Elementary” begins its farewell season on Thursday, May 23 at 10 p.m. ET. In season seven, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard are disrupted by news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. And “Instinct” returns for its sophomore season on Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. In season two, NYPD consultant Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is reinstated after being put on leave, just in time to join his partner, NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic), on their new case, the “Sleeping Beauty Killer.”
“Mummies Unwrapped,” hosted by Egyptologist Ramy Romany, will premiere on Discovery Channel on Wednesday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: From Ancient Egyptian tombs and Mayan mass graves, to hidden crypts and even the disputed remains of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, each week the series follows Romany on his relentless pursuit of truth. Through his journeys, Romany finds himself in the midst of legends, myths, curses and cover-ups, and seeks to unravel the fascinating origin of each mummy and the life that once was.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: Reality/competition “Million Dollar Mile” on CBS; comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” on FX…”Happy!” opens a new season on Syfy…Season finales: “American Beauty Style” on Lifetime; “Drop the Mic” and “Snoop Doog Presents The Joker’s Wild” on TNT…For the listing of programming options for Wednesday, March 27