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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The first network telecast of political conventions aired live from Philadelphia in 1948…Viewers bored with early summer TV options had a new available theatrical: “Jaws, which opened in 1975…The final telecast of Steven Bochco’s short-lived legal drama Blind Justice” was telecast in 2005…Current summer favorite “America’s Got Talent” debuted on NBC in 2006. Regis Philbin was the first host, and the initial judges were David Hasselhoff,Brandy Norwood and Piers Morgan…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Juliette Lewis (“Cape Fear”) is 44; Prince William of England is 35; “American Idol” season eight winner Kris Allen is 32.

-Did You Know?:
Jerry Springer replaced Regis Philbin as host of “America’s Got Talent”on NBC in seasons two and three. Nick Cannon then replaced Jerry Springer, staying with the reality competition through season 11. And now the host isTyra Banks.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 6/20/17
Metered Market Ratings

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.1/13, CBS: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 1.5/ 3, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +18, CW: no change, CBS: -12, Fox: -29, ABC: -40

-Ratings Breakdown:
Tuesday is all about NBC this summer, with the combination of “America’s Got Talent” (8.2 rating/15 share from 8-10 p.m. ET) and “World of Dance” (5.0/ 9 at 10 p.m.) beating the four competing networks combined in the household overnights. Comparably, “America’s Got Talent” increased by nine percent from the 7.5/13 on the year-ago evening, which is unprecedented for a series in season 12. And “World of Dance” was a hefty 79 percent above the 2.8/ 5 for short-lived year-ago time period occupant “Maya & Marty.”

Also original last night was ABC sitcom “Downward Dog” at a typical – and lackluster – 2.4/ 4 (#3) in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. The rest of the evening on ABC – “The Middle” (#3: 1.5/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.), two episodes of “black-ish” (#3: avg. 1.4/ 2 from 9-10 p.m.), “American Housewife” (#3: 1.3/ 2 at 10 p.m. and “Fresh Off the Boat” (#3: 1.1/ 2 at10:30 p.m. – were encore telecasts. This fall, “black-ish” will remain in theTuesday 9 p.m. half-hour into new sitcom “The Mayor” (and out of relocated “Fresh off the Boat”).

For the remainder of the analysis, plus the half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, June 20 click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of June 12 – ABC Dominates
It was a clean sweep for ABC, which featuring the fifth – and final – game of the 2017 NBA Finals. But because last year’s NBA match-up was a seven game series, the final three games in the comparable year-ago week translated into double-digit percent losses for the alphabet net.

What follows are the Live + Same Day results for the week of June 12 (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses).

-Total Viewers:
ABC: 5.34 million (-49), NBC: 4.53 (- 1), CBS: 4.15 (- 9), Fox: 2.60 )-15), CW: 780,000 (-14)

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.5 rating/7 share (-57), NBC: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), Fox: 0.7/ 3 (no change), CBS: 0.5/ 2 (-20), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
ABC: 1.7/ 6 (-56), NBC: 1.3/ 5 (-13), CBS and Fox: 0.8/ 3 -20 each), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 1.1/ 7 (-66), NBC: 0.5/ 3 (-29), Fox: 0.4/ 3 (-20), CBS: 0.3/ 2 (-25), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Why Advertisers Still Love “Fargo” After Fans Have Changed the Channel
From Campaign US: The FX drama “Fargo” ends its third season tonight, and to that, I say, good riddance. Unlike the prior two seasons, which were a combination of quirky and intriguing characters locked together in a frosty, crime-themed scenario, this season felt confusing and emotionally empty.

And I’m not alone in this assessment. Based on the Live + Same Day data from Nielsen, “Fargo” averaged just 1.2 million viewers this year. That’s 8 percent less than the already lackluster 1.3 million people who watched the previous season in 2015.

But, evidently, people’s choice doesn’t matter as both marketers and critics continue to herald the FX drama—despite the fact that Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle was no Frances McDormand and Ewan McGregor in the dual role of brothers Emmit and Ray Stussey lacked substance. For more, click here


“Supernatural” Spin-off “Wayward Sisters” in the Works
Veteran CW drama “Supernatural,” which heads into season 12 this fall, will feature a backdoor pilot for a series called “Wayward Sisters,” headlined by Kim Rhodes, which would tell the story of Rhodes’ character Sheriff Jody Mills and a group of troubled young women, all of them orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Under Mills’ training and protection, these women will emerge as a supreme monster-fighting force.

Unlike “Supernatural,” which centers on biological brothers, “Wayward Sisters” is about a sisterhood of girls in a foster family. The spinoff hails from “Supernatural” writers and producers, showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer as well as Phil Sgriccia, Robert Berens. Warner Bros TV, which produces “Supernatural,” is the studio.

Other characters from “Supernatural” are also expected to be featured the proposed new series.

Discovery Orders Competition Series “Bush League”
Discovery has picked-up a new competition tentatively titled “Bush People,” which will feature a group of wild artisans who set out to prove who is the ultimate master. The logline: Now legendary Bush Master Matt Graham is leading the charge on a whole new level of competition and hosting an elite series of bushcraft summits deep in the wilds of Matt’s home state of Utah. In these summits, two master bushcrafters will compete head to head in a bushcraft build-off themed to a specific environment, topography and primitive living challenge. Over a seven-day build period, the bushcrafters will create eye-popping builds, from tools to weapons to structures to transportation, all using nothing but their hard-won skills, a few simple hand tools and whatever resources nature provides.

Once the dust has settled, Matt will judge the completed works using the four tenets of bushcraft: materials, craftsmanship, function and liveability. At stake for the bushcrafters: bragging rights, reputation and the knowledge that they were able to adapt, overcome and thrive in an unknown environment.

BBC in Talks for Series of “Dracula” Movies
Talks are underway at BBC America with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss about a series of 90-minute films based on Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” about the Transylvanian vampire. No scripts have been written and the Count has yet to be cast, but Moffat and Gatiss, who are currently working on solo projects, are expected to begin work soon on a series of specials based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel, which sees the bloodthirsty Count Dracula move from Transylvania to England. Moffat’s wife Sue Vertue will produce the series for Hartswood Films.

CBS to Burn-Off Remaining Episodes of Legal Drama “Doubt”
Katherine Heigl drama “Doubt,” which was pulled in February after airing just two low-rated episodes, will be returning in the Saturday 8 p.m. ET hour for the remaining 11 episodes beginning on July 1. In “Doubt,” Heigl plays Sadie Ellis, a brilliant attorney who falls for her client (Steven Pasquale), an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years earlier.

“NCIS” Named the Most-Watched Drama in the World
“NCIS,” which has finished the last eight seasons as the top-rated drama on U.S. television, has now been cited as the most-watched drama TV series in the world, according to Eurodata TV Worldwide. “NCIS” has received this honor from Eurodata for three out of the last four years. The annual International Audience Award is presented jointly by the Monte-Carlo Television Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide. It rewards programs that delivered the highest ratings in 2016 worldwide across five continents, in three categories: Drama TV Series, Comedy TV Series and Telenovelas/Soap Operas.

International Audience Award nominees were pre-selected among the top 15 imported fiction programs in 61 countries, representing almost 3 billion potential viewers. NCIS garnered more than 47 million viewers worldwide in 2016.

Casting News
Daniel Henney, who has appeared on “Criminal Minds” on a recurring basis as Special Agent Matt Simmons for the last two seasons, has been upgraded to a series regular. Formerly with the International Response Team, Special Agent Simmons joins his colleagues in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, whom he has consulted with in the past, including helping with the release of Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) when he was arrested in Mexico last season.

TV Tuesday with Douglas Pucci
To hear the latest about the summer television landscape with The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci, click here


CBS Renews Entire Daytime Line-Up
CBS has renewed its entire daytime schedule for the 2017-2018 season, including a three-year deal for serialized drama “The Young and the Restless” and an additional two years for game show “The Price is Right.” The full lineup, which was recently honored with 14 Daytime Emmy Awards, also includes new seasons of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and chatfest “The Talk.” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Talk” had previously received a multi-year pickup through the 2017-2018 season.

What is your favorite current daytime game show? Click here
Spin-off “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” debuts on NBC…ABC game show“To Tell the Truth” and competition “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV open new seasons…Season finales: “America’s War on Drugs” on History,“Storage Wars” on A&E, “Fargo” on FX, “Moltisimo” on Viceland, and sitcoms “Nobodies” and “Lopez” on TV Land…For the complete listing for Wednesday, June 21, click here
Life Before “NCIS”

Which one of the following five series did not feature one of the current stars of CBS’ “NCIS”?

a) “Dark Angel”
b) “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
c) “Roc”
d) “Sam”
e) “Time of Your Life”
f) They all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series set in a motel or a hotel aired for the most number of seasons?

a) “Bates Motel”
b) “The Hot L Baltimore”
c) “Hotel”
d) “Petticoat Junction”
e) “The Sanford Arms”

Is: d) “Petticoat Junction,” which ran for seven seasons on CBS from 1963 to 1970. As for the others…

-“Bates Motel” (A&E): 2013-17
-“The Hot L Baltimore” (ABC): 1975
-“Hotel” (ABC): 1983-88
-“The Sanford Arms” (NBC): 1977

Trivia All-Stars
Latasha Allen, Mark Amato, Michelle Bauer, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Reid Davis, Gail Goins, Maureen Goldman, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Rich Orloff, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Steve Rotterdam, Neal Saban, Anthony Salerno, Carol Teichman