TV Trivia Time:
Note: Due to the early release of The Programming Insider, the overnight (metered market) results for Monday, April 19 were not available. But the fast affiliate numbers will be posted at PIFeedback by approximately 12 p.m. ET.
As for ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, robot Kate Gosselin needs to leave, no doubt. But my pick to bid adieu: bubbly Niecy Nash.
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Record Doctor Who on BBC America:
Based on the live plus same day ratings, the season-premiere of Doctor Who on BBC America averaged 1.2 million viewers on Saturday, April 17 from 9-10:10 p.m. Comparably, that was BBC America’s most-watched telecast ever.
-National Ratings in Primetime – Week of April 12 to-Date:
To whet your appetite for the final national ratings for the week of April 12 tomorrow, here are the live plus same day results through Thursday, April 15. Keep in mind that this does not include The 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS Sunday. Once the full seven days are factored in, expect CBS to be the most-watched network once again, with the home of American Idol, Fox, a solid No. 1 among adults 18-49.
Fox: 12.76 million, CBS: 10.59, ABC: 9.57, NBC: 5.59, CW: 1.94
Fox: 4.4 rating/13 share, ABC and CBS: 2.7/ 8 each, NBC: 2.1/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 3
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
10:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)
10:00 p.m. Parenthood
9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected (R)
Notes of Interest
Upcoming Sony Pictures Television talker The Nate Berkus Show has been cleared in 90 percent of the country, including all 20 of the top 20 markets. Set to launch on Monday, Sept. 13, Berkus is cleared on all 10 of the NBC owned and operated station, covering 27 percent of the United States in those markets alone. Other key station groups include Post-Newsweek, Hearst and Belo.
-Litton Studios Forms Partnership with ABC Stations:
Distributor Litton Entertainment has announced that Litton Studios will produce six all-new, original half-hour educational and informational (E/I) series exclusively for ABC stations for September 2011. Stations groups already committed include affiliates from the ABC owned stations, Cox, McGraw-Hill, Newport and Post Newsweek. Litton will continue to distribute its previous line-up of E/I programming, including Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, and Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller, separately.
Fox’s veteran Cops, which is about to reach episode No. 800, has been renewed for season 23 and will, no doubt, remain paired with also long-running America’s Most Wanted on Saturday.
-Special Promotion for NBC’s Community:
This Friday at noon, a special screening of NBC sitcom Community will appear at some of the biggest fast-food restaurants in the country — McDonald’s, Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Denny’s, Hardee’s and Wendy’s — in a deal with indoorDIRECT’s Restaurant Entertainment Network. The episode is expected to reach an estimated 500,000 to 650,000 people.
-Coming Up on VH1:
VH1 has announced an aggressive slate of original programming for primetime in 2010, including a half-hour called You’re Cut Off!, which features nine spoiled young women who try to survive without cash and conveniences. It premieres on Monday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET. Also scheduled are reality/competitions Money Hungry and Wedding Wars, docu-series My Big Friggin Wedding, docu-soap Diary of a Hip-Hop Girlfriend, and season two of Fantasia For Real, featuring season three American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino.
Pilots in development at VH1 include Beso: Waiting on Fame, with focuses on Eva Longoria Parker Hollywood restaurant Beso; and Estranged with Dr. Drew, which will feature Dr. Drew Pinsky dealing with one troubled relationship per episode. New music programming announcements at VH1 include VH1 and the USO Present Divas Rock the Troops (December 2010), VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South (Monday, June 7), An Evening With Christina Aguilera (Sunday, June 13), Let’s Spend the Night Together: Confessions of Rock’s Greatest Groupies (fourth quarter 2010), 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (fall 2010), and new episodes of Behind the Music beginning in June.
-Mark Your Calendars:
What follows are the season or series finale dates on Fox:
-American Dad: Sunday, May 16, 9:30 p.m. ET (season finale)
-House: Monday, May 17, 8 p.m. ET (season finale)
-24: Monday, May 24, 8 p.m. (series finale, two-hours)
-Bones: Thursday, May 20, 8 p.m. ET (season finale)
-Fringe: Thursday, May 20, 9 p.m. ET (season finale, part two)
-Kitchen Nightmares: Friday, May 21, 9 p.m. ET (season finale)
-The Simpsons: Sunday, May 23, 8 p.m. ET (season finale)
-The Cleveland Show: Sunday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. ET (season finale)
-Family Guy: Sunday, May 23, 9 p.m. ET (season finale, one hour)
-American Idol: Wednesday, May 26, 8 p.m. ET (season finale, to 10:07 p.m. ET)
Note: Original episodes of Glee are scheduled into June.
TV Trivia Time:
Which one of the following actors did not appear in classic miniseries Roots?
What was Lou Grant’s favorite alcoholic beverage on The Mary Tyler Moore Show?
Is: b) scotch. Good ol’ Mr. Grant (Ed Asner) always had a bottle (or two) handy in his office. All together now…
Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all
You’re gonna make it after all
-Current kudos goes to:
Mark Amato, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Kimay Bloch, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Kristen Conner, Harold Cooper, Audrey Davis, Phyllis Epstein, John Ferlazzo, Arleen Fong, Michael Fruchtman, Karen Gardner, Adam Giagni, Maureen Goldman, Vicky Gregorian, Michael Grewe, Michelle Harrington, Brad Hight, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Marie LeFevre Karp, Mary Kinoshita, Dave Koranda, Patty Lynch, Lisa Menin, Debbie Mirr, Michael Murphy, Cyndy Murrieta, Tony Naldrett, Michael Natale, Bill Nuss, Alan Perris, Jodi Perris, Alex Petrilli, Jr., David Primuth, Gordon Purcell, Bruce Robinson, Susan Rogers, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, David Ruckman, Neal Sabin, Ron Salmon, Joe Swaney, Ronnie Tallant, Myndi Weinraub, Larry Weinstock, David Williams