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Programming Insider by Marc Berman
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Live from Miami at the 2019 NATPE Marketplace and Conference
Note: Due to our travel schedule, we will not be publishing tomorrow. But please visit ourwebsite for ongoing updates. See you back from New York on Friday.
Classic ABC miniseries “Roots” launched in 1977 and aired for eight consecutive evenings. It won nine Emmy Awards (with 36 nominations), with an estimated reach of between 130 and 140 million viewers… There were three regularly scheduled primetime series premieres of note: Variety-driven “The King Family Show” on ABC in 1965; sitcom “Barney Miller” on ABC in 1975, and NBC action drama “The A-Team” in 1983….Celebrity Birthdays: Original “MacGyver” star Richard Dean Anderson is 69; “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay is 55; former “Saved By the Bell” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Tiffani Thiessen is 45.

Did You Know?
“Barney Miller” was one of six series to debut on ABC in the 1974-75 TV season in midseason. The others were sitcoms “The Hot L Baltimore” from Norman Lear and “Karen,” starring Karen Valentine; and dramas “Baretta,” “Caribe” and“S.W.A.T.”  Three of those series — “The Hot L Baltimore,” “Karen” and “Caribe” — did not make it into a second season.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Tuesday 1/22/19

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.9/ 8, CBS: 4.4/ 7, ABC: 3.2/ 5, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.2/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +68, NBC: – 6, CW: -25, Fox: -32, CBS: -41

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC’s “The Conners” closed its first season with a solid 5.6 rating/9 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour, which solidifies its pending renewal. Comparably, this remained a double-digit percent improvement over year-ago time period occupant “The Middle.” Given the circumstances, kudos to all involved for keeping this fictional family alive…and well.

The obstacle on ABC Tuesday remains following “The Conners,” with the 8:30-10 p.m. sitcom rotation – “The Kids Are Alight” (#3: 3.2/ 5), “black-ish” (#3: 2.6/ 4) and sophomore “Splitting Up Together” (#3: 2.0/ 3) – all losing stream. Chances of a third season of “Splitting Up Together” seem nil.

For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, January 22, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 1/21/19: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Orders “American Son” Based on the 2018 Play
Netflix will exclusively launch “American Son,” based on the 2018 play from playwright Christopher Demos-Brown. The story centers on interracial parents who reunite in a Florida police station to search for answers about their missing teenage son. The cast includes Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee, who will reprise their roles in the Netflix production.

Tony award winner Kenny Leon returns to direct and produce, with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold serving as producers. Washington and her EVP Development and Production Pilar Savone will also produce under Washington’s banner Simpson Street.

Production on “American Son” begins in New York City this February.


“Pawn Stars” Renewed for 2019-20 in Off-Net Syndication
A+E Networks and Trifecta Entertainment & Media have announced the broadcast syndication renewal of History staple “Pawn Stars.” Highlighted by the Tribune Station Group’s and CBS’ WCBS/WLNY renewal of the Monday through Friday strip, the series will return for the 2019-20 season with 100 new additional episodes.

Filmed in Las Vegas, “Pawn Stars” chronicles the daily activities at The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family owned business that opened in 1989.


“25 Words or Less” Cleared in Over 75 Percent of the Country
Upcoming game show “25 Words or Less,” hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, has been cleared in 75 percent of the country in advance of its debut in Fall of 2019. Launching on the Fox Television Stations, the half-hour game show is sold into 125 markets (including additional station groups, Sinclair, Gray, Hearst, CBS, Scripps, Northwest and Tribune).

Distributed by Twentieth Television, “25 Words or Less” is a collaboration of Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris, show-runner John Quinn, and Bruce Sterten, creator of “25 Words or Less” and “Taboo” board games.

The logline: “25 Words or Less” pits two teams comprised of celebrities and civilians against each other in a fast-paced word game with a top prize of 10,000 dollars. In the beginning rounds of the game, after a frenzied bidding session, one team member provides clues to two partners to help them guess a list of five words, using fewer than 25 clue words. In the final round, the contestant who has earned the most points has 60 seconds to get his partners to guess 10 words using only 25 words or less.

NBCU’s “The Kelly Clarkson Show” Cleared in Over 80 Percent of the Country
Upcoming syndicated daytime talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” which replaces “Steve” (hosted by Steve Harvey), has been sold in more than 80 percent of the country for its fall 2019 debut. This new daily, one-hour talk strip will air as the lead-in to “Ellen” on the NBC-owned television stations. “The Kelly Clarkson Show” will also air on station groups across the country (including Scripps, Hearst, Meredith, Sinclair, Gray, Hubbard, Cox, Tegna, Nexstar, Capital, Dispatch, Graham Media, Block, Watermen, Weigel, Quincy, Bahakel and Bonneville).

Recently added major market stations include KOMO/Seattle, WXYZ/Detroit, KTVK/Phoenix, WKYC/Cleveland, WBAL/Baltimore, WTVF/Nashville, WDRB/Louisville, and WJXT/Jacksonville.

Disney-ABC Tamron Hall Talker Cleared in Over 70 Percent of the Country
Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, the global content sales and distribution arm of The Walt Disney Company, has announced clearances on more than 70 percent of the country for its upcoming syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Tamron Hall. In addition to the previously announced ABC Owned Television Stations Group and Hearst Television stations, the show has been licensed to top stations from leading broadcast groups for fall 2019 (including Cox Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group, The E.W. Scripps Company, Meredith Corporation, Tribune Broadcasting, Gray Television and Nexstar Media Group, among others).

“The Walking Dead” Named the Most In-Demand TV Show in the World
Parrot Analytics, the global TV analytics firm, announced that “The Walking Dead” was the most in-demand TV series in the world for 2018. The announcement was made during the inaugural Global TV Demand Awards at NATPE. “The Walking Dead” cast members Josh McDermitt and Pollyanna McIntosh and producer Denise Huth were on hand to accept the award.

In addition to the Most In-Demand Show in the World, Parrot Analytics also revealed that the Most In-Demand Digital Original Series was “Stranger Things” on Netflix.


“The Mothers-in-Law” Star Kaye Ballard Dies at 93
Kaye Ballard, who is remembered for her two season stint on 1960s Desi Arnaz-produced sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law,” died at her home in Rancho Mirage on Monday. She was 93.

Born on November 20,1925 in Cleveland, Ballard established herself as a musical comedian in the 1940s, joining the Spike Jones touring revue. Her career spanned stage and screen, with her theatrical appearances including “Freaky Friday” and “The Ritz.” On television, she appeared on variety hour “The Perry Como Show” from 1961-63, and she was a regular in two additional sitcoms: “The Doris Day Show” from 1970-72 and syndicated “What a Dummy” in the 1990-91 season. Her guest roles included, “Love, American Style,” “The Love Boat,” “Here’s Boomer,” “Alice” and “Trapper John, M.D.”

In 1995, Ballard was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

Ballard had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Play the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards Pick’Em Game
With the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards taking place Sunday, January 27, 2019 on TBS and TNT, here is your chance to predict who will win via the Programming Insider Screen Actors Guild Awards Pick’Em Game! To participate, click here


Season three of drama “The Expanse, will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2019. Based on novels by James S. A. Corey, “The Expanse” is a political science fiction series set hundreds of years in the future. Humans have colonized the solar system with The United Nations controlling Earth and an independent military power inhabiting Mars. Desperate for air and water, the series begins with Earth and Mars on the verge of war over the resources found in the Asteroid Belt. With few options for survival, allies struggle to fight over the future of humanity.

“Knight Fight” debuts on History…“Pure” makes its cable series premiere on WGN America…Season premieres: “The Magicians” on Syfy; “Drop the Mic” and“Snoop Dogg Presents The Jokers Wild” on TNT…For the program options for Wednesday, January 23, click here
Remembering Kaye Ballard

What did Kaye Ballard’s character on “The Doris Day Show,” Angie Palucci, do for a living?

a) hairdresser
b) Italian restaurant owner
c) musician
d) nurse
e) teacher

The answer to yesterday’s question… 

What TV series did “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” replace when it debuted on NBC on January 22, 1968?

a) “Bonanza”
b) “Born Free”
c) “Daniel Boone”
d) “Ironside”
e) “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

…is e) “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” which aired on NBC from September 22, 1964 to January 15, 1968 (and spun-off “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.”).

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Rick Locke, Richard Naldrett, James Pearn, Colleen Roth, Lee Stevens, Joe Swaney, Dan Whitford