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Chicago-Set Wednesday is a True Success for NBC

Programming Insider by Marc Berman
Thursday, October 18, 2018
ON THIS DAY
The first broadcast of “Perry Mason” was presented on CBS Radio in 1943. The legal drama debut on CBS on Sept. 21, 1957…Orson Welles made his television debut in the live “Omnibus” production of “King Lear” on CBS in 1953. Hosted by Alistair Cooke, “Omnibus” showcased dramatic plays, literary readings, documentary-style films, operas, ballet and symphony performances…The Jackson Five made their first national television appearance on ABC variety hour “The Hollywood Palace” in 1969…ABC sitcom “Roseanne” began its nine season run in 1988…Celebrity Birthdays: “Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells is 80; action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is 58; Zac Efron is 31; Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”) is 27.

Did You Know?
In 2005, Dawn Wells put up the original blouse and shorts she word on “Gilligan’s Island” for sale. Beverly Hills auction house Profiles in History sold it for $20,700.

RATINGS BOX                                                                  
Wednesday 10/17/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.2/ 9, CBS: 3.7/ 6, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +33, ABC: – 6, Fox: -10, CW: -11, CBS: -18

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC’s Chicago-set drama Wednesday remains the success story of this season with the trio – “Chicago Med” (#1 for the night: 5.5 rating/9 share at 8 p.m.), “Chicago Fire” (5.4/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and “Chicago PD” (4.8/ 7 at 10 p.m.) – dominating each of the six half-hours and lifting the network to a rise of 33 percent in the overnight households from one year earlier. More specifically, “Chicago Med” last night was 45 percent above year-ago time period occupant “The Blacklist,” and “Chicago Fire” 42 percent above “Law & Order: SVU.” With improved lead-in support, “Chicago PD” at 10 p.m. was up by 21 percent. Congratulations Dick Wolf!

For the remainder of the analysis plus the household overnights by network by half-hour for Wednesday, Oct. 17, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 10/15/18: Click here
Tuesday 10/16/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Netflix Greenlights Sitcom “Family Reunion”
Production has begun on “Family Reunion,” a new multi-generational sitcom for Netflix featuring Loretta Devine (“Grey’s Anatomy,” The Carmichael Show”) and Tia Mowry (“Sister, Sister,” “Instant Mom”). The logline: Mowry plays Cocoa McKellan, a free spirited mother from Seattle. When she and her former football-playing husband Moz and their four children travel from their home in the big city to the small town of Columbus, Georgia for the McKellan Family Reunion, they get to know an extended family they didn’t even realize they were missing. Devine plays the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M’Dear.

DIY Network Announces “Heritage Hunters”
DIY Network will launch a new series on Sunday, Nov. 4 (at 10 p.m. ET) called “Heritage Hunters,” which will feature San Francisco-based salvage expert Michael “Bug” Deakin and his team of craftsmen as they hunt for history-rich materials to repurpose into timeless pieces for clients’ homes. The premiere episode showcases Bug and his crew as they salvage historic bleacher boards from the famous Polo Fields in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and craft them into rustic kitchen shelves. The team also revamps an outbuilding on a client’s property into a relaxing retreat by adding a bar built with scrap from a shuttered local restaurant that was a favorite of the family.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

ABC Orders Full Season of “Single Parents”
ABC has greenlit sitcom “Single Parents” from Twentieth Century Fox Television for the remainder of the season, with an order for nine additional episodes. This marks the third freshman series given a back-end order, joining dramas “FBI” on CBS and “New Amsterdam” on NBC. Now the question, of course, is which new series will be the first official cancellation of the season? Stay tuned.

“Orange is the New Black” to End With Season 7 on Netflix
Netflix has announced that the upcoming seventh season of the Jenji Kohan-created prison dramedy will be its last. The final episodes will debut in 2019.

“After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the bad-ass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black,” said Kohan in a statement.

“Orange is the New Black,” which debuted on July 11, 2013, is set in the fictional Litchfield prison and is based on the 2010 memoir “Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women’s Prison” by Piper Kerman. It immediately became a huge hit for Netflix and one of the first original scripted series to prove the value of digital streaming.

TV UPDATES

Five Questions With “The Neighborhood” Star Marcel Spears – Click here

Joshua Bassett has been cast in the lead role of “High School Musical: The Musical,” a series for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019.  It is based on the “High School Musical” movie franchise. The series will be filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a single camera documentary style. Bassett will play Ricky, a cynical but charming high school junior who launches a bold plan to win back his ex-girlfriend Nini – by auditioning to star opposite her in the school’s production of “High School Musical.”

SPORTS
 
2018 College Football Week 8 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
 
2018 NFL Week 7 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Upcoming CBS reality/competition The World’s Best” will premiere immediately after Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3. Hosted by James Corden, with RuPaul Charles, Drew Barrymore and Faith Hill as judges, “The World’s Best” comes from producers Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Mike Darnell (“American Idol,” “Ellen’s Game of Games”).

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Supernatural” returns for season 14 on The CW…The Denver Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football on Fox…For the program options for Thursday, Oct. 18, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Traveling to The Windy City

Which one of the following TV characters would have the longest commute to the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center on NBC’s “Chicago Med”?

a) Michael Evans
b) Arthur Fonzarelli
c) Gary Hobson
d) Diane Lockhart
e) Hannah Miller

The answer to yesterday’s question… 

When “Roseanne” debuted on ABC in the fall of 1988, what sitcom did it air immediately following?

a) “Full House”
b) “Growing Pains”
c) “Home Improvement”
d) “Growing Pains”
e) “Who’s the Boss?” 

Is: e) “Who’s the Boss? After just five months in the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. ET time period out of “Who’s the Boss?,” “Roseanne” moved into the Tuesday 9 p.m. ET anchor position.


Trivia All-Stars
Michelle Amundson, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Richard Nadrett, Aaron Paquette, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi

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