OVERNIGHTS

Inauguration Fête Leads Wed., ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Nancy Drew’ Return Steady

Both ABC’s and NBC’s broadcast of the Celebrating America presidential inauguration special averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, while CBS’s drew 3.3M.The CW’s Riverdale opened Season 5 with 655,000 total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, right on par with its May finale and steady in the demo though down in viewers from its previous average.

Vizio SmartCast Launches Cinedigm’s Bob Ross Channel

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, JAN 11-17

Comfort TV Viewing Gives Ratings Boost To Football, Dramas

NFL and college football and sturdy drama franchises including the Chicago shows on NBC and the NCIS group on CBS were among the week’s ratings winners. ESPN was the most-watched cable network in primetime, averaging 3.2 million for the week. CNN had 3.1 million, MSNBC had 2.7 million and HGTV had 1.1 million.

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Rape Charges Denied By Lawyer For ’70s Show’ Actor Masterson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson pleaded not guilty on his behalf Wednesday to the rapes of three women in the early 2000s. Defense lawyer Tom Mesereau entered the plea for Masterson, who was not present in court, to three charges of rape by force or fear in […]

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Trebek Fans Flock To Final Week On ‘Jeopardy’

The game show, in the week ending Jan. 10, was up 29% from the previous session, delivering a 6.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

OVERNIGHTS

‘NCIS’ Returns Up, Tops Tuesday Night

CBS’s NCIS returned from a six-week holiday break to 9.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, up from its fall finale and leading Tuesday in both measures (with usual demo champ This Is Us in rerun mode until Feb. 2). A second episode of NCIS drew 8.5 mil and a 0.7.

‘You Bet Your Life’ Cleared In 85% Of The U.S.

Launching on the Fox Television Stations this fall, the return of the classic game show has also been sold to stations from other station groups, including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Meredith, Gray, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block and Sun Broadcasting.

SAG-AFTRA Board Moves To Expel Trump

On Tuesday, the national board of SAG-AFTRA announced that it will be holding a disciplinary hearing against the outgoing president of the United States, where he could face possible expulsion from the actors’ guild.

Tuesday’s ‘This Is Us’ Pushed Due To ‘Covid-Related Production Delays’

“No new episode of #ThisIsUs tonight – Covid-related production delays in LA have forced us to delay a few weeks,” series creator Dan Fogelman tweeted Tuesday. “But the next few are big ones, and we are close, so we hope you’ll hang in there with us. Sorry!”

‘Saved By The Bell’ Renewed For Season 2 At Peacock

‘Snowpiercer’ Renewed For Season 3 At TNT

Disney Argues ‘Criminal Minds’ Class Action Is ‘Trial By Ambush’

Disney is asking a Los Angeles judge to dismiss a sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation complaint from California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing for being “hopelessly vague” about which Criminal Minds workers it’s suing on behalf of.

OVERNIGHTS

‘All American’ Hits Series Highs, ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘9-1-1’ Top Monday Night

The CW’s All American opened Season 3 with 1.06 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — besting its previous series highs of 880K and 0.3. On Fox, 9-1-1‘s Season 4 premiere drew 7M (Monday’s biggest audience) and a 1.2 rating, down a tick in the demo from its Season 3 average (1.4) and finale (1.3). ABC’s The Bachelor (4.8M/1.3) ticked up week-to-week, to edge out 9-1-1 for the Monday demo win.

Scripps Chooses A National Networks CRO

Michael Teicher will be responsible for developing the company’s ad sales strategy for all the Scripps networks across all platforms, including general market, direct response, programmatic/digital, long-form and sponsorship advertising.

Tokyo Olympics: 6 Months Out And Murmurs Of Cancellation

Instead of a countdown celebration to the Tokyo Olympics, the focus is on the virus and speculation around the Olympics being canceled. Should they take place during a spreading pandemic — vaccine or no vaccine? Organizers say they will with exact details yet to be revealed. It’s been this way since the Olympics were postponed almost 10 months ago. There are always more questions than answers.

Sling TV Adds NHL Center Ice Package

Trump Faces Expulsion From SAG-AFTRA

Donald Trump is facing possible expulsion from SAG-AFTRA. The union’s national board of directors will meet Tuesday morning in a special session regarding disciplinary action against him, which could lead to his expulsion. The former star of The Apprentice — and soon-to-be former president — has been a member of the union and its forerunners, SAG and AFTRA, since 1989. Above, Macauley Culkin with Trump in 1992’s Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

David Richardson, Writer-Producer Of ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Two and a Half Men,’ Dies At 65

Richard Lindheim, Co-Creator of CBS’s ‘The Equalizer,’ Dies At 81

‘Peaky Blinders’ To End After Sixth Season

OVERNIGHTS

NFL Playoff Draws 29M To Fox, ‘Batwoman’ Dips

Fox’s broadcast of Sunday night’s NFL divisional playoff game between the Bucs and Saints averaged 29.3 million total viewers and an 8.1 demo rating. The CW’s new Batwoman drew 663,000 viewers and a 0.1 rating, down from both its Season 1 averages (995K/0.26) and its freshman finale (740K/0.2), marking its third smallest audience to date and matching its demo low (which was reached about a year ago).

TV & Film No Longer Exempt From UK Travel Restrictions

Bowl Games Look Ahead After Challenging Year

In a year during which college athletic programs are seeing huge decreases in revenue, the cancellation or relocation of bowl games carried a huge economic impact as well.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Call Me Kat’ Drops, ‘Celebrity Wheel’ Again Dominates

Fox’s Call Me Kat this week drew 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, down 15 and 28 percent from its Thursday time slot debut. ABC’s Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (7.6M/1.1) dipped from last week’s debut yet still dominated Thursday in both measures (with CBS again in rerun mode).

‘Mandalorian’ Finally Beats ‘The Office’ In Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10

With the help of a de-aged and reanimated legendary Jedi, Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian finally triumphed over visual comfort food favorite, The Office. For the week of Dec. 14 — in which the season 2 finale of the Star Wars spinoff series delivered a healthy heap of fanservice in its surprise cameo and plot twist reveal — The Mandalorian blasted off to the top spot of Nielsen’s Top 10 programs list, edging out the mid-aughts workplace sitcom led by Steve Carell. This win marks the first time that a non-Netflix show landed at No. 1 on Nielsen’s streaming ranker.

Joanne Rogers, Widow Of TV’s Famed Mister Rogers, Dies At 92

Joanne Rogers, an an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose […]

Noted Character Actor Peter Mark Richman Dies At 93

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday at his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. Born […]

GLADD: LGBTQ TV Reprensentation Falls For First Time In 5 Years

Oprah Winfrey Docuseries Ordered By Apple TV+

Peyton Elizabeth Lands Title Role In Female-Centric ‘Doogie Hower’ Reboot At Disney+