‘General Hospital’ Shakes Up Writers Room; Patrick Mulcahey Is Out As Co-Head

CNN And ABC Snag The TV Coups Of The Year

In a matter of hours, two networks outmaneuvered their rivals and landed a coveted pair of Biden-Trump primetime debates.

‘Golden Bachelorette’ Revealed By ABC

Joan Vassos will follow Gerry Turner in the next installment of the senior dating series.

ABC Rolls Out Its Fall 2024-25 Schedule

For its record 21st season, Grey’s Anatomy is getting a new time slot, shifting from 9 to 10 p.m. on Thursday to make room for another medical drama, Ryan Murphy’s Doctor Odyssey. Meanwhile, fans of The Conners will have to wait until midseason to bid farewell to the family sitcom as well as get new episodes of The Rookie and Will Trent. And ABC’s signature Wednesday comedy block has shrunk to one half-hour, Abbott Elementary, at 9:30, with the first hour and a half going to The Golden Bachelorette.

‘Dancing With The Stars’, ‘Shark Tank’, ‘Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune’, ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ & ‘What Would You Do?’ Renewed At ABC

‘The Conners’ Renewed By ABC For Abbreviated 7th And Final Season

‘American Idol’ Renewed For Season 8 At ABC As Talent Show Searches For High-Profile Katy Perry Replacement

The music talent format has been renewed for its eighth season at ABC and 23rd season overall. The renewal comes ahead of its Season 22 Grand Finale, which takes place on Sunday, May 19. In February, Katy Perry revealed that she was leaving the show after this season. The show is now looking for her replacement to sit alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryant on the judging panel.

‘Not Dead Yet’ Canceled After 2 Seasons At ABC

‘The Bachelor’ Renewed For Season 29 At ABC

The network announced Friday that it’s long-running reality dating series has been renewed for Season 29. No word yet on a premiere date, though the show typically debuts in the winter.

‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ Returning To ABC For 25th Anniversary

The network has greenlit a new season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that will air starting July 10. The new run will coincide with the game show’s 25th anniversary on ABC; it premiered on Aug. 16, 1999. Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the last Millionaire revival on ABC in 2020 and 2021, will return to the host’s chair once again. The show will feature pairs of celebrities playing to win up to $1 million for charities of their choosing.

ABC Releases Summer Premiere Dates

ABC has set its summer schedule with premiere dates for The Bachelorette, Celebrity Family Feud, Judge Steve Harvey and more. Additionally, the network has picked up new seasons of Jimmy Kimmel-hosted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Claim To Fame and Elizabeth Banks-hosted Press Your Luck. Pictured (l-r): Celebrity Family Feud, The Bachelorette and Press Your Luck.

Shaquille O’Neal & Gina Rodriguez To Host ABC Game Show ‘Lucky 13’

The network has picked up Lucky 13, which will be hosted by Shaquille O’Neal and Gina Rodriguez and is exec produced by Kevin Bacon. The series is produced by Studio 1, the company run by Adrian Woolfe, who was part of the original creative team that developed Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Art Moore, ‘Live With Kelly And Mark’ Exec, To Retire From ABC After 53 Years

Taraji P. Henson To Host ‘Time100’ Special For ABC

Dua Lipa and Fantasia Barrino are set to perform at the event, with Michael J. Fox receiving the Time Impact Award.

Ryan Murphy ABC Series ‘Dr. Odyssey’ Casts Don Johnson

‘The Rookie’ Renewed For Season 7 By ABC

The renewal comes amid strong ratings for Season 6. The Alexi Hawley-created crime drama starring Nathan Fillion kicked off its sixth season with its most-watched episode in nearly six years, with 11.92 million total viewers across platforms after 35 days of viewing. That’s up 14% from its Season 5 average and marks the show’s strongest MP35 number since Oct. 23, 2018, according to the network and Nielsen.

‘9-1-1’ Sails To 2-Year Audience High In Delayed Viewing With Conclusion Of ‘Poseidon Adventure’ Arc

Audiences seem to have enjoyed 9-1-1 paying homage to The Poseidon Adventure. Bobby and Athena’s three-episode cruise ship disaster came to a dramatic conclusion during the March 28 episode which, after seven days of multi-platform viewing, became the series’ most-watched telecast in more than two years. According to Disney, the episode drew 10.72 million viewers in seven days of viewing across ABC, Hulu and digital platforms. That’s nearly double the audience of 5.5 million that tuned in live + same-day.

Kat Dennings Joins Tim Allen In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Shifting Gears’

South Carolina Takes 2024 NCAA Title In Most-Watched Women’s College Basketball Game

South Carolina defeated Iowa in front of a record-breaking national audience on Sunday. The NCAA Women’s Championship delivered 18.7M viewers across ABC and ESPN, which marks an 89% increase in viewership year-over-year. Not only is that the most-watched women’s college basketball game on record, the matchup is also the second most-watched non-Olympic women’s sporting event ever on U.S. television. It comes in behind only the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final, according to Nielsen data. Pictured: South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley cuts down the net after her team’s 87-75 victory. (Morry Gash/AP)

‘Will Trent’ Earns Season 3 Renewal At ABC

The crime drama recently scored its most watched episode to date in multi-platform viewing.

Disney, John Ridley, ABC Hit With Discrimination/Retaliation Suit By Female Exec

A former ABC director of development is taking the network, parent company Disney and John Ridley to court for gender, racial and economic discrimination, claiming they firing her when she complained about the alleged situation. In a nine-claim complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Asta Jonasson says she was pink-slipped in 2022 after more than a decade at ABC after putting in writing her frequently mentioned grievances about being overlooked for promotions and underpaid.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed For Season 21 By ABC

Grey’s Anatomy continues to be in a league of its own, landing a renewal for a 21st season. The pickup, which comes three episodes into Grey’s Anatomy‘s landmark 20th season, extends its record as the longest-running primetime medical drama, which it initially set in 2019, and the longest-running ABC primetime scripted series. Season 21 is expected to consist of 18 episodes, up from the 10-episode strike-impacted 20th season.

Big Four Affiliates Oppose FCC On Retrans Blackout Reports

The Big Four affiliates want federal regulators to drop plans of keeping a record of signal blackouts that result from contract disputes between TV stations and cable and satellite TV providers. Lawyers for some 600 stations affiliated with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox networks delivered that message to the FCC this week along with a fresh request that online linear video providers like YouTube TV should be classified as the legal equivalent of cable and satellite TV operators and brought within the carriage distribution system known as retransmission consent.

‘Abbott Elementary’ And Quinta Brunson’s ‘Knock-Off’ Copyright Suit Dropped

Abbott Elementary and its creator and star, Quinta Brunson, are out of legal detention. A judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit against Brunson, 34, and ABC filed by writer Christine Davis in 2021, claiming the hit sitcom was a “veritable knock-off” of her show This School Year. According to the court decision, the judge found that “no discerning observer would find the works to be substantially similar.”

Trump Sues ABC And Stephanopoulos, Saying They Defamed Him

Former President Donald Trump filed a defamation lawsuit against ABC News on Monday, arguing that the anchor George Stephanopoulos had harmed his reputation by saying multiple times on-air that the former president had been found liable for raping the writer E. Jean Carroll.

Oprah Calls Out Decades-Long Criticism Of Her Weight In ABC Special On Obesity Drug Trend

Winfrey and a group of medical experts and patients addressed the myths surrounding obesity and the growing class of weight management injectables in An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution.

Ty Burrell Comedy ‘Forgive & Forget’ Lands Pilot Order At ABC

ABC is piloting a new Alzheimer’s comedy starring and exec produced by Ty Burrell. The project, which comes from Punky Brewster duo Eugene Garcia-Cross and Robin Shorr, is now moving forward.

Oscars Get Audience Bump From ‘Barbie’ And ‘Oppenheimer,’ But Ratings Aren’t Quite A Blockbuster

An estimated 19.5 million people watched Sunday night’s 96th Academy Awards ceremony on ABC. That’s the biggest number drawn by the telecast in four years. But that upward trend comes from an all-time low during the pandemic, and is up just 4% from last year’s estimated audience of 18.7 million, according to numbers released Monday by ABC. Pictured: Ryan Gosling performs the song I’m Just Ken from the movie Barbie during the Oscars. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Oprah Sets ABC Special on Ozempic And More Weight Loss Drugs After Exiting WeightWatchers Board

An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution will air later this month. Oprah recorded the special in front of a studio audience and gathers medical experts to discuss weight loss drugs such as Ozempic, Mounjaro and Wegovy.

Disney Sells Out Oscars Advertising Inventory

The Academy Awards have long been a showcase for marketers, with the broadcast one of the few non-sports events to routinely rate among the most popular TV programs each year (the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the other big one). Disney says that TikTok will sponsor a “first-of-its-kind red carpet live stream,” with tequila brand Don Julio sponsoring an “in-show moment.” Rolex and Bank of America will also be integrated into the broadcast, which will be hosted by ABC latenight host Jimmy Kimmel.

Tim Allen Returning to ABC With Comedy ‘Shifting Gears’

ABC Eyes More ‘Only Murders In The Building’ On Linear

Only Murders In The Building, the Hulu comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, could remain on ABC in addition to streaming. The Hulu original premiered on its sibling linear network earlier this month, coming as the network had a largely unscripted fall slate due to the Hollywood strikes. It remains on the streaming service. ABC and Hulu boss Craig Erwich, speaking at the TCA press tour, said: “We’re certainly open to doing it with Only Murders again and or other shows. When we look at both ABC and Hulu, it’s one big chessboard, so you’re able to see where certain audiences watch certain shows, some migrate from one platform to another. Only Murders was really a perfect show to put on ABC.

‘Abbott Elementary’ Renewed For Season 4 At ABC

The comedy series has been renewed for Season 4 at ABC, as announced by Willard R. Abbott Elementary’s own Mr. Johnson (William Stanford Davis) during Disney’s Television Critics Association Press Tour. The renewal comes on the heels of the much-anticipated Season 3 premiere, which was delayed due to last year’s strikes.

‘Abbott Elementary’ Launches ‘Lunch Break’ Tour Donating Meals And Supplies To Teachers At Title 1 Schools

On Feb. 1, the “Lunch Break with Abbott Elementary National Tour” will kick off in New York City, featuring a giant, street-legal Abbott Elementary-themed lunch box vehicle that will make stops in 18 states. Teachers and staff in underserved school districts will receive Abbott Elementary tin lunch boxes including sandwiches, sides and beverages sourced from local businesses in each city as well as reusable Abbott Elementary tote bags filled with school and desk supplies.

ABC Shares First Looks At New Seasons Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Abbott Elementary’ And More

ABC is teasing the return of its primetime fare post-Hollywood strikes with two waves of promos. This week, the Alphabet network is sharing a teaser showing the first look from its returning series Abbott Elementary, The Bachelor, Not Dead Yet, The Conners, Will Trent, The Rookie, The Good Doctor, American Idol, 9-1-1 (newly imported from Fox), Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy. Next week, ABC will unveil the full new season trailer for those shows.

John Hamlin, Longtime Contributor To Oscars Telecasts, Dies At 92

RATINGS

Week of Jan. 8 Morning Show: ABC, NBC Continue To Split First Place

Only 144,000 viewers separated GMA from Today in total viewers. This is the second week in a row that the separation between the two shows has been less than 150,000 viewers.

RATINGS

‘NCIS: Sydney’ Posts Best-Since-Premiere Audience, ‘Found’ Steady With Finale

In the latest TV show ratings, Part 1 of NCIS: Sydney‘s Season 1 finale on CBS was Tuesday’s most-watched program, while Fox’s The Floor tied ABC’s Celebrity Jeopardy! for the night’s highest demo rating.

ABC Cancels New Hampshire GOP Debate

The decision was made after candidate Nikki Haley refused to participate without Donald Trump’s presence.

‘The Golden Bachelor’ Wedding Courts 36% Audience Growth In 7-Day Viewing

The Golden Wedding has grown its audience 36% in the seven days since it aired on ABC on January 4, tallying 7.13M viewers across linear and streaming, according to Nielsen data. Gerry Turner’s nuptials to Theresa Nist managed about 5.2M live + same-day viewers; the episode also grew its rating in the 18-49 demographic by 105%, ballooning from a 0.63 to a 1.29.