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TV ratings: 'Scandal' leads Thursday as 'American Idol' and NCAA tournament fall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 20, 2014CBS' first night of NCAA tournament coverage was down a good amount from the same night last year, dropping CBS to third place in viewers and adults 18-49 for the night. ABC's "Scandal" claimed the top spot for the night as it improved a bit on last week. So did "Grey's Anatomy."Also Thursday, "American Idol" dipped a little from last week's results show for FOX. "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" ticked up for NBC, as did "The Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" on The CW.FOX (6.83 million viewers, 4.2/7 households) edged ABC (6.8 million, 4.7/8) for the lead in total viewers in primetime. CBS came in third with 3.75 million viewers and a 2.5/4, pending updates for its live NCAA telecast. NBC (3.5 million, 2.2/4) came in fourth, and The CW (1.9 million, 1.2/2) trailed.ABC led the 18-49 demographic with a 2.0 rating. FOX finished second with a 1.8,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/tv-ratings-scandal-leads-thursday-as-american-idol-and-ncaa-tournament-fall.html

Chris Pratt vs. Andy Dwyer: How Similar Is the Actor to His ‘Parks and Recreation’ Character? (Video)

Chris Pratt plays a bumbling idiot on NBC's “Parks and Recreation,” but in real life the actor is no fool. TheWrap caught up with Pratt Tuesday night at Paleyfest in Los Angeles, where he dished on the differences between himself and his character Andy Dwyer. For one thing, Pratt admitted they're in different tax brackets. Watch the video above. Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/chris-pratt-andy-dwyer-how-similar

‘Parks and Recreation’ Star Nick Offerman On What It Takes to Be a Man (Video)

Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, a man's man on NBC'S “Parks and Recreation.” Since the character is known for his manly ways, we thought we'd ask Nick to give us a few tips on what it takes to be a macho guy. TheWrap caught up with the star Tuesday night at Paleyfest in Los Angeles. He offered up the usual tips like “know how to change a tire.”  Then he dropped a bombshell that left us kind of speechless.  Oh Nick, did you really have to go there?! Read More...   http://www.thewrap.com/nick-offerman-parks-reacreation-be-a-man

'Parks and Recreation' spoilers: 'Galentine's Day' finds Leslie on the hunt for a new Ann

Fans who attended the "Parks and Recreation" session at the 2014 Paley Festival on Tuesday night (March 18) were given a special treat: A screening of Thursday's episode, "Galentine's Day."As the title makes pretty clear, the episode sees the return of one of Leslie Knope's (Amy Poehler) most beloved traditions -- although it's hastily brought about a month late in the hopes of finding a replacement for the now-absent Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones).Expect to see April (Aubrey Plaza) and Donna (Retta) on Leslie's list of possible candidates, as well as a few surprising names who prove that the pickings are slim in Pawnee. And, of course, expect Leslie to handle her vetting process all wrong. Here are a few more things you can look forward to in Thursday's episode:- Ben (Adam Scott) newfound friendship with Jerry (Jim O'Heir) makes it hard for him to let the office's usual nastiness towards his buddy slide. It all... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/parks-and-recreation-spoilers-galentines-day-finds-leslie-on-the-hunt-for-a-new-ann.html

Parks and Rec Sneak Peek: Watch Andy Break His Face

  And here Ron Swanson thought he was going to get a day off from parenting! When Andy ( Chris Pratt ) intrudes on Ron's quiet time during Thursday's Parks and Recreation (8:30/7:30c on NBC), he'll end up paying the price, falling from the monkey bars at the park and dropping on his face...   http://www.tvguide.com/News/Parks-Recreation-Video-1079492.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler Promises a "Bonkers" Season Finale

  Parks and Recreation   is preparing for what can only be called an epic season ( thankfully not series ) finale. Not only will First Lady  Michelle Obama  appear, but there will be plenty of other familiar faces popping up in Pawnee for the upcoming Unity concert, which will include a special performance by Donna's ( Retta ) cousin Ginuwine  and — possibly — Duke Silver!   Read More...     http://www.tvguide.com/News/Parks-Recreations-Amy-Poehler-1079478.aspx?rss=breakingnews

‘Parks and Rec's’ Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman Characters Are Show Creator's View of a Politically Perfect America

“Parks and Recreation” Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman's characters Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson are clearly the mom and dad of the fictitious Pawnee Parks and Rec Department, but they also represent bipartisan politics from showrunner Michael Schur's point of view. In Schur's America, represented in one small-town Indiana government department Thursday nights on NBC, Swanson is intended to be the gruff Republican and Knope the naive Democrat, the show creator explained at Tuesday's PaleyFest panel. The purpose of their functional, respectful professional relationship and personal friendship — despite being at different ends morally and ethically — is one that Schur wishes to see happen between the aisles in Congress.   Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/parks-recreation-rec-amy-poehler-mike-schur-paleyfest-nick-offerman-chris-pratt

TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' tops night, 'American Idol' down in time slot change

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 13, 2014"The Big Bang Theory" continues to be CBS' winning comedy as it brought in 17.3 million viewers and a 10.4/18 households rating on March 13. Though it was down from its 17.9 million viewers (10.7/18) the week before, it still was by far the most-watched program of the night.The series continues to be a great lead-in for "The Millers," which was the second-most watched program of the night. Also performing well was "Scandal" (down from last week, but still winning the coveted 18-49 demographic in its timeslot). Meanwhile, "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Reign" held steady from the previous week, and "Community" eked out a slight increase in viewers and ratings."American Idol"continued its dip in ratings from earlier this week when the results show moved from the 8 p.m. hour to 9 p.m. Though it still topped its competitors, it was down from... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/tv-ratings-big-bang-theory-tops-night-american-idol-down-in-time-slot-change.html

Parks and Recreation Season 6 Episode 17 “Galantine’s Day”

Parks and Recreation  season 6 episode 17 “Galantine’s Day” airs Thursday, March 20 2014 on NBC (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis:  Parks and Recreation season 6 episode 17 “Galantine’s Day”- Leslie (Amy Poehler) throws a hasty Galentine’s Day in an attempt to find a replacement for Ann (Rashida Jones). Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Ben (Adam Scott) look to finalize a deal on tents for the Unity Concert, while Ron (Nick Offerman) finds himself looking after Andy (Chris Pratt). Aubrey Plaza, Jim O’Heir and Retta also star. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/03/20/parks-and-recreation-season-6-episode-17-galantines-day/

NBC Renews Grimm, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD and Officially Confirms Parks and Recreation: Season 7

NBC will continue to follow the exploits of demon-fighting cops in Portland and more traditional cops and firefighters in Chicago, as the network announced renewals today for  Grimm ,  Chicago Fire  and  Chicago PD . All three renewals were expected, with Grimm returning for Season 4, Chicago Fire for Season 3 and its spinoff, Chicago PD, for Season 2. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/20/nbc-renews-grimm-chicago-fire-and-chicago-pd-and-officially-confirms-parks-and-recreation-season-7?abthid=532aec79ec34b7cd7b000012
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