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CBS renewed freshmen dramas SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. for the 2018-2019 season. The two series, along with the previously renewed Young Sheldon, comprise three of the top five most-watched new shows, according to Nielsen ratings.
Portfolio Entertainment inked a deal with Blue Dream Studios to develop Scott Christian Sava’s graphic novel, Pet Robots, into an animated comedy. Portfolio holds worldwide distribution, licensing and marketing rights for the series, which follows four students who wander off on a field trip to a toy company and accidentally activate super high-tech robots who follow them home.
Science Channel expands its engineering slate with two new series on Thursday, April 5. World’s Most Epic, revealing the history and technology behind a fleet of remarkable machines from around the world, bows at 9p. Engineering Catastrophes, exploring structural mistakes from around the globe and the solutions used to solve them, follows at 10p.
African naturalist and extreme fisherman Andy Coetzee embarks on a journey to reel in some of the world’s biggest and strangest creatures in the water in Fishing for Giants. Premieres Wednesday, April 25 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel.
Season 3 of TNT drama Animal Kingdom returns Tuesday, March 29 at 9p.
A young woman reveals her fight to escape a violent sex trafficker, and Ashton Kutcher battles to save others from becoming victims in 48 Hours: Live to Tell: Trafficked. Airs Saturday, March 31 at 10p on CBS.
History celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. with Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America, a one-hour documentary exploring the key battles in the Civil Right Movement that transformed American society. Airs Wednesday, April 4 at 10p on the 50th anniversary of the activist’s tragic passing.
Reelz is honoring King, too, with two-hour doc Martin Luther King Jr.: One Man and His Dream. Bows Sunday, April 1 at 9p.
Sammy Hagar and Eddie Money take over AXS TV on Sunday, April 1 at 7p with Nothing But Sammy and Eddie. Features music videos, interviews and performances from the rock and roll duo.
NBC Sports chronicles the rise and triumph of the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights in 30-minute special Knight Fever. Debuts Tuesday, April 3 on NBCSN, following the 7:30p coverage of Bruins-Lightning.
The Cold War and Civil Rights movement collide in the broadcast premiere of The Jazz Ambassadors, debuting Friday, May 4 at 10p on PBS. (Check local listings.)
CBS Television Distribution sold Face the Truth, a talk show from Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions and hosted by Vivica A. Fox, into syndication for a fall 2018 launch. Anchored by the CBS Television Stations group in 10 major markets, including New York and Los Angeles, the hour-long strip will air on stations owned by Cox Television, Meredith Corp., Graham Media Group, Hearst Television and Weigel Broadcasting
Despite concern about whether or not the Roseanne reboot would attract advertising, with party politics playing a key role in ABC’s new look at the Connor family, major brands bought airtime during the show’s two-episode premiere. TV data company Alphonso pulled the list of commercials and found that Chevrolet and Diet Pepsi staked the biggest claims with two 30-second ads each. Meanwhile, Subway and Ashley Homestore doubled-down with two shorter duration commercials.
Charlene Yi (House) is set to guest star on FOX’s Lucifer, later this spring… Sonya Walgar (Lost) is joining Season 2 of EPIX’s Get Shorty… Amber Stevens West (The Carmichael Show) landed the female lead in CBS’ comedy pilot from Tim McAuliffe and Austen Earl and The Late Late Show with James Corden EP Ben Winston.
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City, launches on Netflix on May 1. It’s the first of a new multi-special deal between Mulaney and the streamer and was filmed during the comic’s seven-night run at Radio City Music Hall, last month.
Urban Movie Channel, the first premium subscription service created for fans of African-American and urban content, debuts Craig Ross, Jr.’s Monogamy on Friday, May 4. The drama pushes past the limitations and boundaries of traditional marriage.
Hulu released a full-length trailer of the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, slated for release on Wednesday, April 25 with two episodes. Among the highlights and images is what appears to be a mass execution of the red-robed handmaids and Elizabeth Moss’ Offred saying her full real name. According to Hulu, season two will focus on Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future children from the horrors of Gilead.
Netflix partnered with comic book writer and artist Frank Miller (Sin City) and writer/producer Tom Wheeler (Puss In Boots) for original drama Cursed. The streamer gave a 10-episode order to the series which is based on Miller and Wheeler’s upcoming illustrated YA book of the same name.
Showtime becomes the first cable network to launch on LG Smart TVs. The stand-alone streaming service and Showtime Anytime apps are now available for download on the LG Content Store.
Sports-first live streaming TV service fuboTV added SNY to its channel roster. The official home of the New York Mets, Jets and all things New York sports is now part of its lineup, making fuboTV the only OTT provider to offer all three NY regional sports networks to its base package.
A new report by Video Advertising Bureau delved into OTT usage, spending behavior and more to reveal some key findings. Since 2013, U.S. households using only over-the-top streaming devices and services (OTT-only) has nearly tripled. The OTT-only growth represents 14.1 million homes, which is 11% of U.S. TV households. In addition, 71% of internet users use an OTT-service at least once a month, while 70% of OTT households also have a multichannel subscription.
Bloomberg expanded its 24/7 Twitter news service TicToc into Asia. Led by producer Owen Franks, its team of journalists will broadcast breaking news reported by Bloomberg staff from around the world, while adding videos, images and polls to its Twitter feed.
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Roseanne opened with 18.2 million viewers towering over NBC’s The Voice and CBSNCIS in the 8-9p hour to rank as Tuesday’s top TV show. ABC’s one-hour premiere of the sitcom also garnered a 5.1/21 in A18-49.
FOX’s 9-1-1 topped Wednesday as the night’s number one show by 20%, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine delivered its strongest rating in over a year. 9-1-1 (3.0/12 Live+7, up +87% from Live+SD) was steady week-to-week. Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s spring premiere (1.5/5 Live+7, up +67% vs. Live+SD) posted its strongest rating in over a year and grew +25% from its winter finale.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, March 27, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 10.33
NCIS 11.77, Bull 10.67, NCIS: New Orleans 8.55
ABC: 9.41
Roseanne 18.16, Blackish 8.71, Splitting Up Together 7.20, For the People 3.58
NBC: 6.39
The Voice 8.88, Rise 4.48, Chicago Med 5.81
FOX: 1.90
Lethal Weapon 1.88, LA to Vegas 2.02, The Mick 1.79
CW: 1.18
The Flash 0.82 Black Lightning 1.54
El Rico y Lazaro 1.12, Papa a toda madre 1.18, Por amar sin ley 1.02
TELE: 0.84
Jose, Jose Principe de la cancion 0.72, Al otro lado del muro 0.90, Enemigo Intimo 0.91
Tuesday A19-49 Analysis: ABC 2.8/10, NBC 1.2/5, CBS 1.1/4, FOX 0.5/2, UNI 0.5/2, CW 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2
Sahara Bushue was upped from Vice President to Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming at NBC Entertainment.
Juliette Morris was tapped as the first Chief Marketing Officer of TuneIn Today. She last oversaw NBCUniversal’s partner marketing, communications and local ad sales.
Debra O’Connell was named President and General Manager of WABC-TV. She had served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Disney/ABC’s consolidated advertising sales group.
Paramount Network announced two promotions. Laura Kane, previously Executive Producer of TV Land, was named Vice President, Creative Director, Paramount Network and TV Land. Michael Davidowitz, who had been Executive Producer of Paramount Network, was upped to Vice President, Creative Director, Paramount Network.
AMC Networks revealed the creation of AMCN Agility, a dedicated data sales team to support data-driven products. Adam Gaynor, previously Vice President, Advertising and Data Solutions Sales for AMC Networks, was nameed as Vice President.
Bluecore hired Sherene Hilal as Vice President, Product Marketing and Business Operations, and Stephen Papa as Head of Product, Platform. The duo previously served at BlueKai (now Oracle), where Hilal was Senior Director of Outbound Product and Management, and Papa was Senior Director of Product Management and
FOX News Channel signed KTVT-TV (Dallas/Ft. Worth) reporter Jeff Paul as a West Coast Correspondent. He was a reporter on the CBS 11 News team, the CBS owned and operated station in Dallas.
The Los Angeles Film School added veteran talent manager, television producer and author Sonja Norwood as an adjunct professor of artist management.
Turner Asia Pacific appointed Vikram Sharma Vice President of Cartoon Network Enterprises, its regional licensing and merchandising division. He previously held key positions across Disney in Asia.

This Day in History: 1959 – The film Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, was released.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On which 1960s U.S. TV show did Bruce Lee guest in a dramatic English-language non-martial arts role? Here Come the Brides (1968-1970). Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing, Inc./NYC; Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg/M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA; Jim Katz-The Carney Awards/Los Angeles, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of Iola’s cat who died on Mama’s Family? (1983-1990)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
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CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces, S.W.A.T.
CW: Supernatural, Arrow
FOX: Gotham, Showtime at the Apollo
NBC: Superstore, A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Champions, Chicago Fire
PBS: This Old House Hour, WWII Megaweapons, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Jose, Jose Principe de la cancion, Al otro lado del muro, Enemigo Intimo
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