Christopher Meloni As ‘SVU’ Character Elliot Stabler To Headline New NBC Dick Wolf Series

A beloved TV character is coming back. NBC has given a 13-episode series order to a new Dick Wolf crime drama series starring Christopher Meloni reprising his Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler. The drama, which marks the actor’s return to Wolf World, revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler. It is the first show to come out of the massive new five-year, nine-figure, multi-platform deal Wolf signed with Universal Television last month.

What TV Means To A Critic During Coronavirus

CBS, NBC To Get Extra NFL Playoff Games

CBS and NBC will each get an extra NFL playoff game next season under the new expanded format, which will see 14 teams qualify for the postseason, up from the previous 12 teams. That means Fox and ESPN still have one apiece, with CBS and NBC now getting two during the playoffs opening weekend. Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, Jan. 9, and three games on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Vincent Marzello, Actor On ‘Bob The Builder’ And ‘The Witches,’ Dies

New Daytime Viewing Patterns Emerging

A Comscore analysis of preliminary data from five of the top 25 markets, show that viewing levels are up nearly 10% at 6 a.m. this year compared to a year ago, and that growth continues as the day progresses.

Original Song Available For Free for Coronavirus PSAs, Promos

In an effort to help the broadcast industry impart a message of hope and cheer to their viewers during the unprecedent COVID-19 pandemic, Megatrax has teamed up with Nashville-based songwriter Gary Burr to create a new song, Far Apart Together. The original song is intended for use in PSAs, promos or other coronavirus news-related programming. […]

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Pandemic Viewing Pushes Syndie Viewing

There were lots of double-digit ratings increases for first-run syndicated shows across multiple genres in the week ending March 22.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Voice’ Improves, ‘Good Doctor’ Finale Hits High

NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s The Good Doctor both grew their total audiences Monday, with the latter setting a 12-month high in total viewers for the second straight week. CBS got OK numbers for a primetime special from The Late Late Show‘s James Corden.

Voice Of America Moves Global Newsrooms Remotely Into Journalists’ Homes

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to spread, Voice of America has moved its entire global newsroom remotely into the homes of hundreds of its journalists around the world in order to continue coverage of this historic moment. VOA is the nation’s largest international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated […]

John Krasinski And Steve Carell Hold Mini ‘Office’ Reunion

ABC Nixes ‘Bachelor Summer Games’

The Bachelor Summer Games, ABC’s planned counterprogramming to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is not going forward as the television industry continues to hit the pause button amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources confirm.

Daytime, Cable News Get Viewing Boost

With people staying home to avoid spreading the coronavirus, total TV viewing time is up 85% in late March, compared to a year ago, and daytime and cable news are the biggest beneficiaries, according to a new analysis of data from Samba TV.

IATSE Launches Mutual Aid Program As Over 90% of Members Have Lost Jobs To Pandemic

WPIX To Air Palm Sunday, Easter Masses From St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Archdiocese of New York and Scripps CW affiliate WPIX will partner to broadcast Mass on both Palm Sunday, April 5, and Easter Sunday, April 12, live from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, will celebrate both Masses, although without a congregation present due to the coronavirus outbreak. Each Mass will […]

OVERNIGHTS

Fox’s ‘Living Room Concert’ Tops ‘Idol’

Fox got solid returns from its iHeart Living Room Concert for America special on Sunday. The hour-long fundraiser topped the second hour of American Idol head to head and delivered Fox’s largest audience of the season in the 9 p.m. hour. Idol, meanwhile, came down slightly week to week, while CBS’s 60 Minutes drew more than 10 million viewers for the third consecutive week.

Tokyo Olympics Sets New Dates For 2021

The Tokyo Olympics will take place between July 23 – August 8 2021, following the postponement of this year’s event due to the coronavirus outbreak. The International Olympic Committee confirmed the news Monday.

Sports Industry Reels From Coronavirus Fallout

The story of international sports over the past decade was one of unlimited growth, unrestrained spending and unwavering popularity. Coronavirus brought the sports business to an immediate standstill. The boom times went bust overnight. Now, owners, players and networks try to figure out the future.

MipTV Kicks Off Digital Market Amid COVID-19

Global TV executives are exchanging rosé on the Croisette for video conferencing as the event goes virtual for the first time. “The question is if we even need a physical market anymore, crisis or no crisis.”

David Schramm, Star Of ’90s Sitcom ‘Wings,’ Dies At 73

CBS To Air Brooks-Yearwood Isolation Concert

With most of the nation sheltering in place because of the coronavirus outbreak, CBS said today it will air an isolation concert special featuring Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood on Wednesday, April 1. The primetime special titled Garth & Trisha: Live! will feature the award-winning artists performing live from their home recording studio known as Studio G.

Visa Extends Athlete Sponsorship To 2021

The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features 96 athletes across 27 sports, including soccer star Megan Rapinoe, gymnast Simone Biles — a quadruple gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Games — and two-time defending 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha.

John Callahan, ‘All My Children’ Actor, Dies At 66

FRIDAY OVERNIGHTS

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Knocks Out Competition

There are only a couple of episodes left of crime drama Hawaii Five-0 before it paddles into the sunset. But it’s not going quietly. Last night’s episode was highlighted by a guest shot from everyone’s favorite internet meme, Chuck Norris. The episode was originally scheduled to air with the show’s finale on April 3, but was bumped up because of the NCAA men’s basketball cancellation. The new time slot worked, as the episode soared to an 0.9 and had, by far, the night’s largest total audience.

Fuse Media Unveils Call-To-Action, Pro-Social Responsibility Initiative

Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand for the multicultural millennial and GenZ audience, is launching Be Change, a new call-to-action, social responsibility initiative that will educate, inform and empower this audience to be actively involved  in driving change for a better tomorrow.  Be Change will also give this audience the resources to become participants and improve their individual […]

Big Three Broadcast Nets Vow To Stay On Air

News executives from NBC, ABC and CBS pledge that no matter what, they’ll continue to stay on the air as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, even if those broadcasts are from someone’s living room. “That low-tech aesthetic may include fewer camera angles, or robotic cameras, staffers using iPhones and Zoom calls,” Jeremy Barr writes.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season To End Early

Fifteen days ago, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy became one of the first series to suspend production as the U.S. and Hollywood were just starting to grasp the scope of the coronavirus health crisis. The decision was made after the medical drama had wrapped production on Episode 21 of its 25-episode 16th season. At the time, the hiatus was going to be for at least two weeks. Now it has been made permanent for Season 16.

Television Academy Delays Emmy Voting

The Academy says it still plans to hold this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on its originally scheduled date, Sept. 20.

ABC Shifts Schedule For ‘American Idol’

ABC has shifted scheduling for American Idol amidst of the coronavirus pandemic and is exploring “multiple” options for its live shows. The network is spreading its next two episodes, set in Aulani, Hawaii, across two weeks rather than one. The next two episodes will air on Sunday, March 29, between 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, in the same timeslot. It was previously planned to have the Hawaii showcase eps run on March 29 and March 30.

Kristen Bell Hosts Nick Pandemic Special For Kids, Families

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters’ concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday. Bell and her guests practiced social distancing, using video to connect for the hourlong program airing 7 p.m. EDT Monday. Dr. Nadine […]

OVERNIGHTS

‘Million Little Things’ Finale Hits 4-Month High

The season finale of A Million Little Things on Thursday brought in the ABC show’s largest total audience since November. It helped ABC lead every hour of primetime in total viewers and score the top spot in adults 18-49.