Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Detour Gets 3rd Season on TBS; I Love Lucy Back on CBS in May

The Detour

Turner's TBS has ordered a third season of its hit comedy series The Detour, cable's most watched original comedy for the year-to-date. Created, written and executive-produced by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, The Detour is an all-too-honest look at the family dynamic. Jones stars in the acclaimed comedy with Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll and Daniella Pineda. TBS closed out the second season of The Detour last night with a new episode at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by the super-sized season finale, which was presented with limited commercial interruption at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT). In its first season, The Detour drew an audience of 4.4 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms and ranked as one of cable's Top 3 new comedies of 2016 with adults 18-49, drawing 1.2 million in the demo. The second season currently ranks as cable's #1 scripted comedy among total viewers for the year-to-date and #2 among adults 18-49.

The Detour centers on a family of four led by Nate (Jones) and his wife, Robin (Zea). At the opening of the second season, Nate pursues a promising job opportunity and moves the family to New York City for a fresh start. Everyone is excited except for Robin, who knows that a move to the big city means her mysterious past may catch up with her. While Nate and Robin adjust to new jobs, new neighbors and old flames, Jared (Carroll) and Delilah (Gerasimovich) dive headfirst into the awkwardness of adolescence. Despite questionable parenting and terrible decisions, the love the Parkers have for each other will keep the family intact as they endure another disastrous adventure. In addition to its regular cast, the second season of The Detour features a number of special guests, including series executive producer and co-creator Samantha Bee, James Cromwell, John Oliver, Laura Benanti, Jeffrey Vincent Parise and Max Casella.


The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special - Lucille Ball, Van Johnson and Harpo Marx

Legendary comedian Harpo Marx and motion picture star Van Johnson are the guests on The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special, a new one-hour special featuring two colorized back-to-back episodes of the 1950s series, to be broadcast Friday, May 19 from 9:00-10:00PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The two episodes, "The Dancing Star," featuring Van Johnson, and "Harpo Marx," with comedian Harpo Marx, are newly colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. This is similar to episodes presented in I Love Lucy specials on the Network the past few spring and holiday seasons. Previously only shown in two installments, the episodes tell a continuous story and will be presented as one hour for the first time. As with the previous specials, the main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour.

I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as the Ricardos' best friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Doris Singleton appears in both episodes as Lucy's friend, Caroline Appleby. Of course the legendary sitcom aired on CBS from Oct. 15, 1951 until June 24, 1957. It was voted "the best TV show of all time" in a 2012 viewer poll conducted by People magazine and ABC News.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Celebs Line Up for Season 2 of Pyramid; NBC Pulls Powerless

Michael Strahan - The $100,000 Pyramid

The iconic Pyramid is back when it returns Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 pm EDT, on The ABC Television Network. Hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, The $100,000 Pyramid, a summer 2016 hit series that averaged seven million Total Viewers in its first season, features an all-star cast of celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country to compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winners' circle and capturing the ultimate prize of $100,000.

Season Two Celebrity Guest Lineup:
Ken Jeong (ABC's Dr. Ken”) vs Dave Foley (ABC's Dr. Ken)
Cam Newton (The Carolina Panthers) vs Brandon Marshall (The New York Giants)
Tom Bergeron (ABC's Dancing with the Stars) vs Jennifer Nettles (Grammy®-Award winning singer)
Margaret Cho (stand-up comedian/actress) vs Michael Rapaport (actor)
Wendie Malick (actress Hot in Cleveland) vs Jesse Palmer (ABC's Good Morning America)
Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show) vs Retta (Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce)
Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) vs Debi Mazar (Younger)
Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) vs Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live)
David Arquette (actor) vs RuPaul (RuPaul's Drag Race)
Justin Hartley (This is Us) vs Chrissy Metz (This is Us)
Eric Decker (The New York Jets) vs Apolo Ohno (US Olympic Athlete)
Rachael Ray (The Rachael Ray Show) vs Curtis Stone (chef and restaurateur)
Vanessa Williams (singer/actress) vs Gary Cole (actor)
Lance Bass (N'Sync) vs Joey Fatone (N'Sync)
Kyle Busch (professional NASCAR race driver) vs Lara Spencer (ABC's Good Morning America)
Usher (Grammy®-Award winning singer) vs Robin Thicke (singer/songwriter)
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs Erin Andrews (ABC's Dancing with the Stars)
Ali Wentworth (actress/comedian) vs Kathy Najimy (actress/comedian)
Kathy Najimy (actress/comedian) vs Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) vs LL Cool J (Lip Sync Battle)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) vs Willie Garson (Sex and the City)
Taye Diggs (actor/model) vs Jenna Fischer (The Office)
Cobie Smulders (Marvel's The Avengers) vs Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist: Redemption)
Richard Kind (actor) vs Rachel Dratch (ABC's Imaginary Mary)
Kal Penn (ABC's Designated Survivor) vs Abby Elliott (Odd Mom Out)
Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) vs Kate Flannery (The Office)
Von Miller (The Denver Broncos)


Powerless

NBC has pulled struggling super hero sitcom Powerless from its lineup effective immediately. The Vanessa Hudgens comedy has aired 9 episodes from its 12 episode order. No word if NBC will burn-off the remaining three episodes on a Saturday or the summer yet (or even online). Original airings of Superstore will now fill the timeslot beginning this Thursday (April 27) at 8:30pm for the next two weeks, following a rerun at 8pm. The finale is slated for May 4.

In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don't need superpowers to be a hero. Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk and Ron Funches also star.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Remembering Erin Moran of Happy Days; NBC Mid-Season Pilot Review: Great News - Premieres Tuesday (April 25)

Erin Moran

Actress Erin Moran, who was best known as Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days, has died. She died on April 22 in Corydon, Indiana. The Harrison County (Indiana) Sheriff's Department and medical examiner said in a statement that she likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer. Ms. Moran was 56.

Moran's first television starring role was as Jenny Jones in the final season (1968-1969) of the CBS adventure series Daktari. She was a seven-year-old orphan who became part of the Tracy household. The series starred Marshall Thompson, Cheryl Miller, Yale Summers (1966-1968), Hedley Mattingly, Hari Rhodes and Ross Hagen (1968-1969).

Some of her early sitcom guest appearances included The Courtship of Eddie's Father, My Three Sons and Family Affair. Her early drama guest appearances included Death Valley Days, O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, The Smith Family, Bearcats!, Gunsmoke, The F.B.I. and The Waltons.

Her first sitcom starring role was as Janie Robinson in the short-lived 1972 CBS sitcom The Don Rickles Show. She played the daughter of Don Robinson (Don Rickles) and Barbara Robinson (Louise Sorel). The series also starred Robert Hogan, Judy Cassmore, Joyce Van Patten and Barry Gordon.

Happy Days

She was cast at the age of 13 in 1974 to play Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days. Joanie was the daughter of Howard (Tom Bosley) and Marion Cunningham (Marion Ross), and the younger sister of Chuck (Gavan O'Herlihy and Randolph Roberts) and Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard). Fonzie (Henry Winkler) affectionately called her "Shortcake." She was the girlfriend and eventual wife of Charles "Chachi" Arcola (Scott Baio). The popular series ran for 11 seasons and 255 episodes from 1974-1984. It also starred Anson Williams (1974-1983), Donny Most (1974-1980), Pat Morita (1975-1976, 1982-1983), Al Molinaro (1976-1982), Lynda Goodfriend (1977-1982), Cathy Silvers (1980-1983) and Ted McGinley (1980-1984). Moran returned for the Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2005 on ABC.

Joanie Loves Chachi

ABC decided to spin-off Joanie and Chachi into their own series in 1982. Joanie Loves Chachi aired for two seasons (1982, 1982-1983) and 17 episodes before Moran and Baio returned to Happy Days. It starred Al Molinaro, Ellen Travolta, Art Metrano, Robert Pierce, Derrel Maury and Winifred Freedman.

Some of her later television guest appearances included Hotel, Glitter, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, and The Bold and the Beautiful. In 2008, she appeared as a contestant on the VH1 reality series Celebrity Fit Club. She appeared on many game shows, including The Hollywood Squares, Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour, Weakest Link, Hollywood Squares, Pyramid and The Singing Bee.

She made her feature-film debut in 1968 in How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds. Some of her other film credits included 80 Steps to Jonah, Watermelon Man, Galaxy of Terror, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Broken Promise and Not Another B Movie. Her TV movie credits included Stanley vs. The System, Lisa, Bright and Dark and 1981's Twirl with Lisa Whelchel.

Erin Moran

Ms. Moran had fallen on some hard times in recent years. We like to remember her in her happier days. She lit up our TV screens with her smile and brought us many laughs for 11 seasons as Joanie "Shortcake" Cunningham. Other cast members may have been more popular and received more acclaim, but she was a big part of the Happy Days family and the show's success. We lost her far too soon. She will be deeply missed.

Share your memories on our Happy Days message board. View photos in our galleries.

Stay with us for news on any planned tributes.





Great News

Great News - Tuesdays at 9:00PM & 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC
Premieres Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00PM ET/PT


by Vincent

Great News is a new sitcom centering around Katie Wendelson, a smart, ambitious news producer at national cable news show The Breakdown. After 30 years of being a stay-at-home mom, her mom Carol decides that it's never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter's news show. This is Katie's worst nightmare, until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, she and her mom both might just make it after all.

Cast Details:

Briga Heelan as Katie Wendelson
Andrea Martin as Carol Wendelson
John Michael Higgins as Chuck Pierce
Nicole Richie as Portia Scotch-Griffith
Adam Campbell as Greg
Horatio Sanz as Justin

Briga Heelan (Katie) is an actress known for her lead role on the TBS sitcom Ground Floor and for recurring/guest roles on shows such as Cougar Town, Happy Endings, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Love.

Andrea Martin (Carol) is an actress and comedian best known for her role on the sketch comedy series SCTV. She has also appeared in a vast amount of other movies and TV series, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock and Different People, and has provided voices for shows such as Rugrats, Spongebob Squarepants and The Simpsons.

John Michael Higgins (Chuck) is an actor known for his leading role on the TV Land series Happily Divorced and as a voice actor on the animated series The Legend of Korra, and has also appeared in guest roles in TV shows over the years, including Community, Glee, Psych and The Good Wife.

Nicole Richie (Portia) is an actress and TV personality best known for her popular reality television series The Simple Life opposite Paris Hilton. She has also appeared as an actress in shows such as Chuck, The New Normal and Empire.

Adam Campbell (Greg) is an actor best known for his recurring role on the Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as appearances on shows such as NCIS, Parenthood and 2 Broke Girls.

Horatio Sanz (Justin) is a comedian and actor best known as a long-running cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998-2006. He has also appeared in various other TV series and films, including Year One, Modern Family, Love, Parks and Recreation and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" (Airs Tuesday, April 25 at 9:00PM ET)

Katie (Briga Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer, is horrified when her mom, Carol (Andrea Martin), gets an internship at The Breakdown. Despite Katie's best efforts, Carol is instantly beloved by the entire office, including blowhard veteran anchor Chuck (John Michael Higgins). But when Katie hits a roadblock while producing a big story, she realizes that maybe having a mom at work isn't such a bad thing.

"Bear Attack" (Airs Tuesday, April 25 at 9:30PM ET)

Katie (Briga Heelan) tries to set workplace boundaries with Carol (Andrea Martin), but when a big story about an escaped bear lands in her lap, her mom can't help but meddle. Meanwhile, Greg (Adam Campbell) tries to get Chuck (John Michael Higgins) and Portia (Nicole Richie) to do a little friendly banter at the end of the show.

Analysis:

Great News is the latest Tina Fey-produced sitcom to hit the airwaves. While Fey isn't the day-to-day showrunner on Great News as she was with 30 Rock and is with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (that goes to Tracey Wigfield, a long-time 30 Rock writer who created and executive produces the series) the show still boasts her touch and feels very much in line with those two shows in terms of humor and character writing. It's a quick, snappy series with silly, over-the-top characters and a lot of subtle punchlines mixed with broader comic setpieces. While 30 Rock's primary focus was satirizing the entertainment industry and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's mission statement is to bring light-hearted laughs to sensitive subject material, Great News seems to focus a bit more on parental relationships and generational divide, with the heart of the series being the mother/daughter relationship between Katie and Carol, mixed with some fun hijinks from the news staff to keep the show's engine and joke machine going. The Katie/Carol relationship is well-developed and surprisingly complex, and is also aided by strong performances by Heelan and Martin. Frankly, Martin's Carol is the most fascinating character on the show – she's one of those characters that's so funny and interesting that a character having a scene with her makes that character funnier and interesting, and a big part of that is in Martin's excellent performance.

The rest of the show isn't quite on that level, but it's getting there. The office/newsroom hijinks are probably the weakest aspect of the show, and they don't have the same grounding that the more familial material does. Still, everyone in the cast is committed, and there are occasional glimmers of interesting material with dynamics such as Chuck's old-time newscaster style being at odds with Portia's ultra-millennial approach, which ties in nicely to the generational differences that set the groundwork for the Katie/Carol materials. Early episodes rely a bit too much on "old-timer" and "millennial" stereotypes, but later episodes begin to find the humans underneath those archetypes, and the show is better for it. The show could also stand to define Katie a bit more than what she is to her mother and her workplace – she's great in scenes where she's bouncing off of Carol or Greg, but we don’t have much reason to root for her other than the fact that she's the protagonist. Still, Great News is on the path to figuring itself out, and given the creative team and the potential the show already has, I could certainly see this going from good to...well, great fairly soon.

Conclusion:

Great News is a very solid and reliably funny new sitcom that has already found an excellent sitcom character in Andrea Martin's Carol. The rest of the show still has some work to do to catch up to Martin's level, but there is enough promise in both the cast and the writing that it seems fair to reason that it's up to the task. With one already great characters and a few others with potential to be great, combined with writing that's already assured, confident and genuinely hilarious at times, Great News shows a lot of signs of being a potentially great comedy if it can find a bit more of a unique angle with its workplace scenes.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 4.5/5
Funniness: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Discuss the show after you watch it on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00PM & 9:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

Related Links:

  • NBC Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Great News Photo Gallery

    Preview:

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Week 31 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

    2016-17 Week 31 TV Ratings (first four nights Mon-Thu): 

    Households: #1. CBS 4.52/8 rating/share (+9% in rating from first four nights week 30); #2. NBC 3.73/7 (+10%); #3. ABC 3.25/6 (-4%); #4. Fox 1.75/3 (-17%); #5. The CW 0.45/1 (-22%).
    Total Viewers: #1. CBS 7.227 million (+11% from first four nights week 30); #2. NBC 5.874 million (+12%); #3. ABC 4.989 million (-2%); #4. Fox 2.737 million (-18%); #5. The CW 0.695 million (-23%).
    Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 1.19/5 rating/share (+12% in rating from first four nights week 30); #2. CBS  1.15/4 (+8%); #3. ABC 1.03/4 (-5%); #4. Fox 0.77/3 (-22%); #5. The CW 0.20/1 (-29%)

    We have previous week's final ratings, Week 30 (4/10/17-4/16/17, LIVE+SD). CBS won the week in A18-49 and did a 0.94 rating.  ABC was #2 with a 0.92 rating.  NBC was #3 with a 0.89 rating, while Fox was #4 with a 0.76 rating. What a low week.  Among total viewers, CBS was #1 with 6.588 million, with ABC #2 at 4.469 million.  NBC was #3 with 4.450 million and Fox at #4 with 2.509 million.

    For season to-date (9/19/16-4/20/17, LIVE+SD), NBC is 1 in A18-49 with a 1.76 rating, followed by Fox at #2 with a 1.64 rating thanks to the Super Bowl and also heavily inflated by a high 7-game World Series. Without those 2 events, Fox would be #4. CBS is  #3 with a 1.48 rating and ABC at #4 with a 1.21 rating. Among total viewers it is CBS #1 at 8.191 million, followed by the dropping NBC at #2 with 7.005 million. Super Bow/World Series boosted Fox still at #3 with 5.297 million as ABC is #4 with 5.048 million. ABC could likely overtake Fox in total viewers by the end of season, in the next few weeks.

    Back to week 31 (Apr 17-23), read our full night-by-night analysis followed by how the sitcoms did! GREAT showings are in BOLD. If they are in bold in both total viewers and 18-49, then it is very impressive:


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    Week 31 (Apr 17-23) Analysis















    Last Sunday (Apr 16)(Week 30)This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    60 MinutesCBS7:00PM8,162,00011,644,000 (3,482,000)0.871.60 (0.73)
    Inside Disney NatureABC7:00PM3,161,0004,595,000 (1,434,000)0.610.72 (0.11)vs. AFV
    Animation DominationFox7:00PM1,123,0001,341,000 (218,000)0.330.44 (0.11)REPEAT
    Little Big ShotsNBC7:00PM3,658,0004,099,000 (441,000)0.570.59 (0.02)REPEAT
    Bob's BurgersFox7:30PM888,0001,275,000 (387,000)0.370.47 (0.10)REPEAT
    Stayin AliveCBS8:00PM10,313,000
    10,313,000 1.21
    1.21 8-10P
    NCIS: LACBS8:00PM
    9,505,000 (9,505,000)
    1.10 (1.10)
    Once Upon a TimeABC8:00PM2,511,0002,597,000 (86,000)0.750.73 0.02
    Little Big ShotsNBC8:00PM5,252,0008,764,000 (3,512,000)0.841.31 (0.47)REPEAT
    The SimpsonsFox8:00PM1,514,0001,852,000 (338,000)0.650.76 (0.11)REPEAT
    Making HistoryFox8:30PM910,0001,345,000 (435,000)0.380.58 (0.20)REPEAT
    Madam SecretaryCBS9:00PM
    7,577,000 (7,577,000)
    0.81 (0.81)
    Match GameABC9:00PM2,426,0002,978,000 (552,000)0.610.69 (0.08)
    Chicago JusticeNBC9:00PM4,296,0005,530,000 (1,234,000)0.900.95 (0.05)
    Family GuyFox9:00PM1,328,0001,721,000 (393,000)0.600.80 (0.20)REPEAT
    Last Man on EarthFox9:30PM1,077,0001,377,000 (300,000)0.420.54 (0.12)REPEAT
    ElementaryCBS10:00PM4,290,000
    4,290,000 0.57
    0.57
    American CrimeABC10:00PM1,826,0001,743,000 83,000 0.400.37 0.03
    Shades of BlueNBC10:00PM4,053,0003,979,000 74,000 0.690.68 0.01




















    Monday

    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    Kevin Can WaitCBS8:00PM5,904,0006,044,000 (140,000)1.051.16 (0.11)
    Dancing w/the StarsABC8:00PM11,184,00010,311,000 873,000 1.771.56 0.21 8-10P
    The VoiceNBC8:00PM9,570,0009,880,000 (310,000)2.042.10 (0.06)8-10P
    24: LegacyFox8:00PM3,423,0003,297,000 126,000 0.820.78 0.04
    SupergirlCW8:00PM906,000875,000 31,000 0.210.21 - REPEAT
    Man with a PlanCBS8:30PM5,419,0005,328,000 91,000 1.001.03 (0.03)
    Superior DonutsCBS9:00PM5,084,0005,017,000 67,000 0.960.96 -
    APBFox9:00PM2,725,0002,861,000 (136,000)0.610.63 (0.02)
    Penn & TellerCW9:00PM828,000841,000 (13,000)0.220.23 (0.01)REPEAT
    2 Broke GirlsCBS9:30PM4,570,0004,640,000 (70,000)1.041.03 0.01 FINALE
    ScorpionCBS10:00PM6,591,0006,404,000 187,000 1.071.00 0.07
    QuanticoABC10:00PM2,757,0002,571,000 186,000 0.510.59 (0.08)
    TakenNBC10:00PM4,549,0004,238,000 311,000 0.860.79 0.07










    Tuesday

    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    NCISCBS8:00PM13,323,0009,056,000 4,267,000 1.310.86 0.45 vs. REPEAT
    The MiddleABC8:00PM5,254,0005,292,000 (38,000)1.261.27 (0.01)
    The VoiceNBC8:00PM8,847,0007,760,000 1,087,000 1.801.62 0.18 8-10P vs vs. 8-9P REPEAT
    Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:00PM1,912,0001,907,000 5,000 0.720.71 0.01
    The FlashCW8:00PM728,000832,000 (104,000)0.210.21 - REPEAT
    American HousewifeABC8:30PM4,491,0004,310,000 181,000 1.191.13 0.06
    The MickFox8:30PM1,412,0002,165,000 (753,000)0.480.83 (0.35)REPEAT
    BullCBS9:00PM10,316,0007,416,000 2,900,000 1.130.75 0.38 vs. REPEAT
    Fresh off the BoatABC9:00PM3,715,0003,712,000 3,000 1.011.10 (0.09)
    Trial & ErrorNBC9:00PM
    3,641,000 (3,641,000)
    0.91 (0.91)
    Prison BreakFox9:00PM2,435,0003,175,000 (740,000)0.911.14 (0.23)
    iZombieCW9:00PM754,000869,000 (115,000)0.280.31 (0.03)
    Imaginary MaryABC9:30PM3,153,0003,056,000 97,000 0.910.82 0.09
    Trial & ErrorNBC9:30PM
    2,883,000 (2,883,000)
    0.76 (0.76)
    NCIS: NOCBS10:00PM10,157,0006,608,000 3,549,000 1.140.71 0.43 vs. REPEAT
    Marvel's Agents of SHIELDABC10:00PM2,429,0002,323,000 106,000 0.770.72 0.05
    Trial & ErrorNBC10:00PM3,785,000
    3,785,000 0.89
    0.89
    Trial & ErrorNBC10:30PM3,008,000
    3,008,000 0.71
    0.71 FINALE
    Chicago FireNBC10:00PM
    3,021,000 (3,021,000)
    0.60 (0.60)










    Wednesday
    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    SurvivorCBS8:00PM7,918,0008,314,000 (396,000)1.711.74 (0.03)8-10P vs. 8-9P
    The GoldbergsABC8:00PM4,073,0003,619,000 454,000 0.980.78 0.20 REPEAT
    Law & Order: SVUNBC8:00PM4,208,0004,114,000 94,000 0.740.77 (0.03)REPEAT
    Shots FiredFox8:00PM3,193,0003,601,000 (408,000)0.790.90 (0.11)
    ArrowCW8:00PM550,000668,000 (118,000)0.100.17 (0.07)REPEAT
    SpeechlessABC8:30PM3,521,0003,129,000 392,000 0.920.77 0.15 REPEAT
    Criminal Minds Beyond BordersCBS9:00PM
    5,735,000 (5,735,000)
    0.90 (0.90)
    Modern FamilyABC9:00PM3,905,0003,512,000 393,000 0.960.93 0.03 REPEAT
    Law & Order: SVUNBC9:00PM4,697,0004,108,000 589,000 0.850.81 0.04 REPEAT
    EmpireFox9:00PM3,035,0006,585,000 (3,550,000)0.852.32 (1.47)REPEAT
    Whose Line Is It?CW9:00PM587,000660,000 (73,000)0.120.19 (0.07)REPEAT
    The 100CW9:00PM

    -

    -
    black-ishABC9:30PM3,471,0003,073,000 398,000 0.810.82 (0.01)REPEAT
    Whose Line Is It?CW9:30PM624,000764,000 (140,000)0.170.22 (0.05)REPEAT
    Criminal Minds Beyond BordersCBS10:00PM4,744,0004,917,000 (173,000)0.790.79 -
    Designated SurvivorABC10:00PM5,056,0004,824,000 232,000 0.970.90 0.07
    Chicago PDNBC10:00PM4,269,0003,942,000 327,000 0.800.75 0.05 REPEAT










    Thursday
    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PM8,454,00011,889,000 (3,435,000)1.302.52 (1.22)REPEAT
    ScandalABC8:00PM3,236,0007,188,000 (3,952,000)0.611.78 (1.17)REPEAT vs. Greys
    SuperstoreNBC8:00PM3,145,0002,616,000 529,000 0.940.64 0.30 vs. Trial
    MasterChef JuniorFox8:00PM3,585,0003,332,000 253,000 1.020.90 0.12
    SupernaturalCW8:00PM805,0001,551,000 (746,000)0.240.54 (0.30)REPEAT
    Great IndoorsCBS8:30PM5,473,0006,105,000 (632,000)0.961.16 (0.20)REPEAT
    PowerlessNBC8:30PM2,031,0001,998,000 33,000 0.600.57 0.03
    The Amazing RaceCBS9:00PM4,398,000
    4,398,000 0.93
    0.93
    MomCBS9:00PM
    6,841,000 (6,841,000)
    1.30 (1.30)
    ScandalABC9:00PM5,105,0005,261,000 (156,000)1.301.33 (0.03)
    The BlacklistNBC9:00PM4,875,0006,358,000 (1,483,000)0.901.07 (0.17)vs. Med
    Kicking & ScreamingFox9:00PM1,786,0001,819,000 (33,000)0.570.50 0.07
    H1Z1CW9:00PM378,000872,000 (494,000)0.150.32 (0.17)vs. Riverdale
    Life in PiecesCBS9:30PM
    5,405,000 (5,405,000)
    1.10 (1.10)
    The Amazing RaceCBS10:00PM3,838,0004,106,000 (268,000)0.820.83 (0.01)
    The CatchABC10:00PM2,981,0003,104,000 (123,000)0.590.66 (0.07)
    The BlacklistNBC10:00PM4,901,0003,849,000 1,052,000 0.820.68 0.14 vs. Redemption










    Friday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    MacGyverCBS8:00PM5,177,0006,571,000 (1,394,000)0.700.85 (0.15)REPEAT
    The Toy BoxABC8:00PM3,140,0003,258,000 (118,000)0.600.69 (0.09)
    First DatesNBC8:00PM3,524,0003,160,000 364,000 0.700.70 -
    RosewoodFox8:00PM2,782,0002,478,000 304,000 0.600.48 0.12
    The OriginalsCW8:00PM1,045,000874,000 171,000 0.300.32 (0.02)
    Hawaii Five-0CBS9:00PM5,866,0008,493,000 (2,627,000)0.600.99 (0.39)REPEAT
    Shark TankABC9:00PM4,478,0004,384,000 94,000 1.001.07 (0.07)
    DatelineNBC9:00PM5,027,0004,262,000 765,000 1.000.83 0.17 9-11P
    Lethal WeaponFox9:00PM2,011,0001,200,000 811,000 0.500.27 0.23 REPEAT vs Jury
    ReignCW9:00PM907,000637,000 270,000 0.200.22 (0.02)
    Blue BloodsCBS10:00PM6,492,0009,432,000 (2,940,000)0.600.97 (0.37)REPEAT
    20/20ABC10:00PM4,248,0003,795,000 453,000 0.800.87 (0.07)
    DatelineNBC10:00PM

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    Saturday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    Crimetime SaturdayCBS8:00PM3,680,0002,698,000 982,000 0.400.33 0.07 REPEAT vs. Ransom
    The Toy BoxABC8:00PM1,630,000
    1,630,000 0.30
    0.30 REPEAT
    Ten CommandmentsABC8:00PM
    5,054,000 (5,054,000)
    0.72 (0.72)
    NHL PlayoffsNBC8:00PM2,280,0001,675,000 605,000 0.700.50 0.20
    Masterchef JuniorFox8:00PM940,000
    940,000 0.30
    0.30 REPEAT
    UFC Fight NightFox8:00PM
    1,996,000 (1,996,000)
    0.69 (0.69)
    Training DayCBS9:00PM3,240,0002,605,000 635,000 0.400.33 0.07
    The Toy BoxABC9:00PM1,760,000
    1,760,000 0.40
    0.40 REPEAT
    Showtime at ApolloFox9:00PM1,100,000
    1,100,000 0.30
    0.30 REPEAT
    48 Hours MysteryCBS10:00PM4,060,0003,775,000 285,000 0.600.53 0.07
    20/20 SaturdayABC10:00PM2,350,000
    2,350,000 0.50
    0.50
    SNL(R) NBC10:00PM

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    Sitcoms in green did excellent for the week, while yellow indicates solid showings and red is not good! This is sorted by adults 18-49:


    Week 31 (Apr 17-23) How the Sitcoms Did
    (Sun comedies are previous week and Fri/Sat are prelim ratings)
    Sorted by 18-49 Rtg
    TitleNetworkTimeDayTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes







    The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PMThu8,454,0001.30REPEAT
    The MiddleABC8:00PMTue5,254,0001.26
    American HousewifeABC8:30PMTue4,491,0001.19
    Kevin Can WaitCBS8:00PMMon5,904,0001.05
    2 Broke GirlsCBS9:30PMMon4,570,0001.04FINALE
    Fresh off the BoatABC9:00PMTue3,715,0001.01
    Man with a PlanCBS8:30PMMon5,419,0001.00
    The GoldbergsABC8:00PMWed4,073,0000.98REPEAT
    The Great IndoorsCBS8:30PMThu5,473,0000.96REPEAT
    Superior DonutsCBS9:00PMMon5,084,0000.96
    Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed3,905,0000.96REPEAT
    SuperstoreNBC8:00PMThu3,145,0000.94
    SpeechlessABC8:30PMWed3,521,0000.92REPEAT
    Imaginary MaryABC9:30PMTue3,153,0000.91
    Trial & ErrorNBC10:00PMTue3,785,0000.89
    black-ishABC9:30PMWed3,471,0000.81REPEAT
    Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:00PMTue1,912,0000.72
    Trial & ErrorNBC10:30PMTue3,008,0000.71FINALE
    The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSun1,514,0000.65REPEAT
    Family GuyFox9:00PMSun1,328,0000.60REPEAT
    PowerlessNBC8:30PMThu2,031,0000.60
    The MickFox8:30PMTue1,412,0000.48REPEAT
    The Last Man on EarthFox9:30PMSun1,077,0000.42REPEAT
    Making HistoryFox8:30PMSun910,0000.38REPEAT
    Bob's BurgersFox7:30PMSun888,0000.37REPEAT
    Animation DominationFox7:00PMSun1,123,0000.33REPEAT
    MomCBS9:00PMThu

    preempted
    Life In PiecesCBS9:30PMThu

    preempted
    Great NewsNBC9:00PMTue


    The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PMMon


    The Great IndoorsCBS9:30PMMon


    American HousewifeABC9:00PMTue


    Imaginary MaryABC8:30PMSat


    The GoldbergsABC8:00PMSat


    New GirlFox8:00PMTue

    completed
    Last Man StandingABC8:00PMFri

    completed
    Dr. KenABC8:30PMFri

    completed
    The Real O'NealsABC9:30PMTue

    completed
    Son of ZornFox8:30PMSun

    completed
    The Odd CoupleCBS9:30PMMon

    completed
    The Good PlaceNBC8:30PMThu

    completed
    Great NewsNBC9:30PMTue


    MarlonNBC9:30PMThu


    Downward DogABC9:00PMTue




    SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research


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    The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

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    03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
    03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
    03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
    03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
    03/21 - Master of None - Season One
    04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
    04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
    04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
    04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
    04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Wednesday, April 26

    The Goldbergs - "Fonzie Scheme" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown’s top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day.

    Speechless - "R-U-N-- RUNAWAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could, but her actions exasperate JJ, as he longs for independence. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

    black-ish - "Sister, Sister" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Bow’s sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she’s leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves.

    black-ish - "All Groan Up" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Zoey gets into several colleges around the country, Dre and Bow begin to feel worried and sentimental. They reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family and wonder what life will be like without her around all the time. Pops enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

    Nobodies - "Not the Emmys" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    It’s Award season! Larry, Rachel and Hugh are going to the Annies… while all their Groundlings friends are going to the Emmys.

    Lopez - "No Country Club for Young Men" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
    George gets Hector a job at his country club, but he falls in with a bad crowd of rich kids. Olly's little sister rolls back into town while Manolo struggles to stay focused in his GED class.

    Hollywood Darlings - "Driving Miss Jodie" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Jodie must choose between a sports car and a minivan; Christine's dream of participating in an exclusive yoga class is thwarted by a loud-breathing celebrity classmate.

    Return of the Mac - "The Wrong Stuff" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Feeling threatened by newly appointed sidekick Joey Fatone, Joe heads to a comedy club to hone his comedy monologue skills.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

    Wednesday, April 26

    • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) - Maria appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
    • Henry Zebrowski (A to Z) - Henry is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
    • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
    • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
    • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
    • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri talks about the disease she won’t let destroy her on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your loclal listings.
    • Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) - Felicity makes pecan bars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
    • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.