News Briefs: NBC Finishes Behind Univision in February Sweeps


... February Sweeps just ended for the major networks. And also NBC. The Peacock, which had been flying high in the first half of the television season, plummeted to fifth place after the 20-day sweeps period that just ended. Fifth place? But aren't there only FOUR major networks? There are, and NBC isn't one of them. Taking its place is Univision, the Spanish-language network that averaged a 1.5 average rating in the adult demo during the sweeps period. NBC tallied a pathetic 1.2. ABC finished third with a 1.7, Fox averaged a 2.0 for second place, and way out in the lead was CBS, which parlayed the Super Bowl and the Grammys to a monster 4.9 average rating. Who can NBC blame? Do No Harm, 1600 Penn, and Smash, NBC's midseason entries, are a good start. [Deadline Hollywood]


... The long-awaited trailer for Season 3 of Game of Thrones is finally coming! It will premiere tomorrow (Friday night) sometime during the East Coast airing of Jimmy Kimmel Live in one puzzling act of cross-show synergy. After it airs, it will be posted online for all to see. We'll have it up on the site as soon as we can! [HBO via press release]


... Mira Sorvino has landed a role on the untitled CBS comedy pilot starring Jim Gaffigan. The Oscar-winner will play "the mom" in the family comedy that follows Gaffigan as a father of five raising a family in a two-bedroom New York apartment. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) will drop by The Office before the NBC comedy sails off into the sunset. He'll play Dwight's karate teacher. Can I get a judgment on this? The judges say... this sounds good! [TV Line]

... Treme's Kim Dickens has joined CBS's Second Sight. In the drama about a hallucinating detective, she'll play a co-worker. Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) was cast as the lead earlier this week. [THR]

... Stephen Amell (Arrow) has a brother, ladies! His name is Robbie Amell and he's been cast in The CW's sci-fi pilot The Tomorrow People, about a group of people who discover they are the next step in evolution and use their powers to fight bad things. He'll play a handsome young man, obviously. [TV Line]

... Party Down and Veronica Mars alum Ryan Hansen is joining CBS's comedy pilot Bad Teacher, the adaptation of the Cameron Diaz movie about a woman who takes a teaching job to find a husband. Hansen will play the school's sexy gym teacher. [TV Line]

... Daniel Stern (City Slickers) is on a tear lately! The actor recently appeared on an episode of Workaholics and... well, that's all I had. But that's a comeback as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, he's been cast as Christina Ricci's dad in the NBC comedy pilot Girlfriend in a Coma. [THR]

... Kevin Hart is hosting Saturday Night Live on March 2 with musical guest Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. [NBC via press release]

... Justin Timberlake is hosting Saturday Night Live on March 9 with musical guest... Justin Timberlake! [NBC via press release]

... Speaking of singing and dancing hunks, former New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre has been cast in CBS's comedy The McCarthys. The comedy follows a Boston family and the gay son who's part of it but doesn't necessarily want to be. McIntyre will not be playing the gay son, sorry fellas. He'll play one of the brothers who's upset about being short. The last time I wrote about Joey McIntyre I made fun of him and people got mad at me on Twitter, so this time around let's just say how cute he is. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Will Arnett (Up All Night) will be part of CBS's untitled pilot from Greg Garcia (Raising Hope), but there's a catch: Up All Night has to be canceled first. Arnett would play a recently divorced man who finds himself facing even more problems when his parents start having relationship trouble. The chances of Up All Night getting scrapped by NBC are 1,000,000 percent, so expect this to happen. [TV Guide]

... Steve Zahn (Treme) will star in Influence, the ABC drama pilot from Awake's Kyle Killen. Influence follows two brothers who start an agency that uses the principles of motivation and human behavior to fix their clients' issues. And to make things interesting, Zahn's character is a bipolar genius, and his brother is an ex-con. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Spice Girl Mel B. (she's the SCARY one) will join the judges' table of NBC's America's Got Talent this summer. She takes the spot vacated by Sharon Osbourne, who quit after a dispute with NBC over her son's involvement in the series Stars Earn Stripes. [EW]

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