Joanie (Erin Moran) and “Chachi” (Scott Baio) got married on what is considered to be the series finale of sitcom “Happy Days” on ABC in 1984. But five leftover episodes aired that summer, bringing the total to 255…In 1988, ABC presented a two-night miniseries version of Robert Ludlum’s thriller, “The Bourne Identity.“ It starred Richard Chamberlain, Jaclyn Smith, Donald Moffat and Denholm Elliott….In 1994, Andy Rooney gave his 500th commentary on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Rooney passed away on Nov. 4, 2011, less than five weeks after his last appearance on the show…Celebrity Birthdays: “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert is 55; singer Enrique Iglesias is 44.
-Did You Know?:
In his speech to the newlyweds, Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham on“Happy Days” opened with, “Both our children are married now.” But when “Happy Days” began in 1974, there was also an older son in the household named Chuck.
CBS: 6.2/11, NBC: 3.7/ 7, ABC: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: + 6, NBC: no change, CW: -18, CBS: -21, ABC: -35
It was another Tuesday household overnight for CBS care of dramas “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 7.7 rating/13 share at 8 p.m.), “FBI” (6.2/10 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (4.8/ 9). Although “NCIS: New Orleans” bested competing “New Amsterdam” (#2: 3.8/ 7) by 26 percent in households, the NBC freshman medical drama is still the show to beat in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49.
For the remainder of the household overnight analysis for Tuesday, May 7, click here
Weekly Ratings Scorecard
What follows are the Live+Same Day rating results for the week of April 29. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:
CBS: 5.94 million (-11), ABC: 4.64 (- 6), NBC: 4.55 (+ 2), Fox: 2.64 (+ 5), CW: 740,000 (-28)
NBC: 0.9 rating/5 share (no change), ABC: 0.9/ 5 (-18), Fox: 0.7. 3 (no change), CBS: 0.7/ 3 (-12), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)
NBC: 1.3/ 5 (+ 8), ABC: 1.3/ 5 (-13), CBS: 1.1/ 4 (-15), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)
NBC: 0.6/ 4 (+20), ABC: 0.6/ 4 (-14), Fox: 0.4/ 3 (-20), CBS: 0.3/ 2 (-25), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
“The Conners” is a Hit for ABC, but the Glut of Other Family Chucklers Are Lacking
Last year at this time everyone was wondering how exactly the mega-successful reboot of “Roseanne” would, or could, continue without the controversial star. Personally, I championed a continuation called “The Conners.” There was so much more to tell about these characters, I thought. And, one season in, and I am proud to say I was correct. While not the blockbuster it was in the traditional ratings with Ms. Barr, “The Conners” is still, by far, ABC’s most-watched sitcom. And it will be back, front and center, for a second season in 2019-20 (and beyond, I am sure).
The problem is that ABC has basically sprung a leak with the remainder of its cluttered sitcom roster (veteran “Modern Family,” included). Although “Modern Family” will officially sign off in 2019-20 (after an 11-season run), the network is gutted with low-rated entries, including…deep breath…”American Housewife,” “Splitting Up Together,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Speechless” and freshman entries “The Kids Are Alright,” “Single Parents,” “Schooled” and “Bless This Mess.”
Despite the network confirming an upcoming prequel spin-off from “black-ish” called “mix-ish,” the reality of “black-ish” is accolades aplenty but not much of any audience either.
Naturally, the alphabet net can’t cancel everything. But my first suggestion (aside from trying to acquire the canceled reboot of “One Day at a Time” from Netflix, as I suggested in my last article) is to take a break from these family sitcoms. For more,click here
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
NBC Orders Drama “Council of Dads”
NBC has greenlit drama “Council of Dad” for the 2019-2020 season. The logline: When Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by a cancer diagnosis, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life. Scott assembles a trusted group of role models that includes Anthony, his oldest friend; Larry, his AA sponsor; and Oliver, his surgeon and best friend to his wife, Robin. These men agree to devote themselves to supporting and guiding Scott’s amazing family through all the triumphs and challenges life has to offer – just in case he ever can’t be there to do so himself.
The cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver and Michael O’Neill.
Paramount Network Orders “Ink Master” Spin-Off
Paramount Network has greenlit 12 episodes of spin-off series “Ink Master: Grudge Match,” which will provide former “Ink Master” contestants the opportunity to settle vendettas with their biggest rivals against whom they previously competed. Former “Ink Master” champions Ryan Ashley (season 8), DJ Tambe (season 9 and season 10) and Cleen Rock One (season 11) will serve as judges.
“Ink Master: Grudge Match” is slated to premiere this fall.
Paramount Network, additionally, has renewed “Ink Masters” for two new seasons. The upcoming 12th edition of the series will premiere Tuesday, June 11 at 10 p.m. ET.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
Discussion about potential upcoming shows on the broadcast networks for fall 2019: “NYPD Blue” (ABC), “New York Undercover” (ABC), “Stumptown” (ABC), “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS), ”Evil” (CBS), “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS), “Carol’s Second Act” (CBS), “Filthy Rich” (Fox), “Prodigal Son” (Fox), “The Kenan Show” (NBC), “Perfect Harmony” (NBC), “Batwoman” (CW) , “Katy Keene” (CW), and “Nancy Drew” (CW). With Scott Nolte of Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen, click here
Marie Osmond Named New Co-Host of “The Talk” on CBS
“The Talk” announced live today on air that Marie Osmond will join as a new host of the daytime talk show alongside Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Over the past nine seasons, Osmond has appeared as a guest co-host in over 40 episodes of “The Talk.” She will replace host Sara Gilbert, who is departing the show after season nine.
Osmond. who has spent five decades in the entertainment business, performing as a singer, television performer, talk show host, dancer, actor, author, entrepreneur and public speaker, will join the table in September when “The Talk” returns for season 10. The hour airs weekdays at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.
Univision Unveils 2019-20 Content Slate
Univision Communications Inc. has announced its 2019-2020 programming lineup. Featured with be an array of new and returning scripted dramas (16 in total), scripted dramedies, live events, sports and news. For a look by show and event,click here
Tennis Channel and USTA Sign Agreement for NCAA Division Tennis Coverage
Tennis Channel and the USTA, in conjunction with the NCAA, have entered a three-year partnership that makes the network the exclusive television home of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships. The agreement begins with this year’s events, to be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., May 16-25.
During the championships, Tennis Channel will show more than 50 hours of live matches, with live coverage every day of the 10-day competition. In all, the network will provide the most hours of NCAA DI Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships coverage in television history. Held simultaneously, both the men’s and women’s events feature team and individual tournaments.
Life After Cancellation: Can the “One Day at a Time” Reboot Find a New Outlet? – Click here
Life After “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS Won’t Be Easy – Click here
NBC’s TV Lineup For Next Season Looks Remarkably Stable, But It’s Still Looking For A Hit Comedy – Click here
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
FX Renews Comedy “What We Do in the Shadows”
FX has greenlit verité vampire comedy series “What We Do in the Shadows” for a second season. Based on the feature film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, “What We Do in the Shadows” is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years in Staten Island. The number of new episodes ordered has not been confirmed.
Four new episodes remain in season one of “What We Do in the Shadows,” with the finale set for Wednesday, May 29th. Season tow will debut at an unconfirmed time in 2020.
USA Greenlights “Growing Up Chrisley” for Season 2
USA Network has ordered a second season of “Chrisley Knows Best” spinoff spinoff “Growing Up Chrisley,” which will open in August. The docuseries follows siblings Savannah and Chase Chrisley as they embark on a cross-country move to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. The current first season launched on April 2.
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, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The new season of History’s “Pawn Stars” will begin on Monday, May 20 at 10 p.m. ET. Featured are Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Chumlee Russell as they wheel and deal items ranging from iconic movie props to historical weapons. If these items are as real as their owner’s say they are, they can be worth a lot.
Season 2 of “Dr. Pimple Popper” will open on TLC on Thursday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: With her passion, signature splash guard, ease and warm bedside manner that viewers have come to know and love, everyone’s favorite dermatologist returns with dramatic and emotional moments all the while helping to transform these patient’s lives. This season, Dr. Lee tackles her biggest cases yet including one so extensive, she must partner with a doctor to perform a procedure at a nearby hospital; a patient with a black mass that runs a high risk it could be life threatening and a patient with a mystery case from the very first episode returns, with the growth as big as it was when we first met him.
SundanceTV will open season of dramedy “This Close,“ created, written by and starring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, on Thursday, September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. The expanded second season, featuring eight, half-hour episodes, will air with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 and the following week on Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20. This season will also air on Sundance Now, AMC Network’s premium video streaming service.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix debuts season 4 of former Fox drama “Lucifer”…Season finales: “The Goldbergs,” “Schooled,” “Modern Family” and “Single Parents” on ABC;“Empire” and “Star” on Fox; “Zombie House Flipping” on A+E…For the listing of programming options for Wednesday, May 7, click here