NBC’s ‘Prophecies’ eyes doomsday

NBC, which shook up the ratings with a “Nostradamus” special three years ago opposite the Grammy Awards, has scheduled a similarly themed program for the final night of the February sweeps to counter the CBS music kudocast.

“Ancient Prophecies,” hosted by David McCallum, will air from 8-10 p.m. March 1 and focuses on doomsday prophecies — including those of Nostradamus — related to the coming millennium.

Among the signs of cataclysm, notably, are earthquakes, although sources say the scheduling pre-dated the recent Northridge temblor.

The special “Nostradamus: The Man Who Saw the Future,” aired on NBC against the Grammys in February 1991, pulled a 16.5 rating, 24 share following “Unsolved Mysteries.”

In addition to the three-hour Grammycast, the latter half of the special will face the closing installment of ABC’s biggest sweeps gambit, the six-hour miniseries sequel “Heaven and Hell: North and South, Book III,” which airs over three nights from 9-11 p.m.

“Ancient Prophecies” is being produced by Paul Klein’s Coast to Coast Prods. in association with Greystone Communications — which recently provided the quick-turnaround “Tribute to Raymond Burr” for the Peacock network — with Craig Haffner as co-exec producer.

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