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Friday, July 7, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
Daytime drama “Ryan’s Hope” debuted on ABC in 1975. It aired through January 13, 1989 and initially focused on a large Irish-American family in the Riverside district of New York City…In 2009, cable’s Sci Fi Channel changed its name to Syfy and launched the series “Warehouse 13.”  “Warehouse 13” concluded on May 19, 2014 after five seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: “Beatles” drummer Ringo Starr is 77; Comedian and sitcom star Jim Gaffigan is 51; Former “CSI” star Jorja Fox is 49; Champion ice skater Michelle Kwan is 37.

-Did You Know?:
Many primetime stars got their start on “Ryan’s Hope,” including Ana Alicia,Tichina ArnoldCorbin BersenYasmine BleethNell CarterDominic ChianeseMarg HelgenbergerCatherine HicksKate MulgrewGrant Show and Christian Slater.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Thursday 7/06/17
Metered Market Household Ratings

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 5, ABC: 2.1/ 4, Fox: 1.5/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +44, CW: +33, Fox: – 6, CBS: -11, ABC: -12

-Ratings Breakdown:
“Big Brother” on CBS topped this first Thursday in July with a 3.9 rating/7 share at 9 p.m., leading CBS to overnight household victory for the evening. Nothing new of note is resonating on Thursday on the broadcast nets, including “Boy Band,” and the revivals of “The Battle of the Network Stars” and “The Gong Show” on ABC. Both “Love Connection” and “Beat Shazam” on Fox were in repeats. Also failing to impress is the new season of CBS scripted drama “Zoo,” which dipped to third at 10 p.m. with a 1.9/ 3.

For the half-hour breakdown for Thursday, July 6, click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 7/03/17: Click here
Tuesday 7/04/17: Click here

National Ratings in Primetime – Week of June 26
What follows are the Live + Same Day results for the week of June 26 (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses):

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 5.09 million (- 3), CBS: 4.38 (no change), ABC: 3.54 (-15), Fox: 2.05 (+ 5), CW: 780,000 (-22)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.1 rating/5 share (- 8), ABC: 0.8/ 4 (-11), CBS: 0.7/ 3 (-12), Fox: 0.6/ 3 (+20), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.4/ 5 (-12), CBS: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), ABC: 1.0/ 4 (-17), Fox: 0.7/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 0.6/ 4 (-14), ABC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), CBS:  0.4/ 3 (-20), Fox: 0.4/ 2 (no change), CW: 0.1/ 1 (-50)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Orders Limited Series Based on The Central Park Five
The historic case of The Central Park Five will be the subject of a new dramatic limited series for Netflix created by Ava DuVernay, who will also write and direct. The narrative, five-episode series will be executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions, and DuVernay.

Based on a true story, the series promises to expose the breakdown of our criminal justice system at every phase of the notorious Central Park Five case. Each part will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park. The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.

“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ‘13TH’ and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said Ava DuVernay.“The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn – from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”

NOTES OF INTERESTQVC to Buy Rival Home Shopping Network
QVC and Home Shopping Network, the two most prominent home shopping networks, are merging to form a new retail juggernaut as part of an all-stock deal valued at about $2.1 billion. Under the agreement, QVC’s parent firm, Liberty Interactive, the holding company founded by media mogul John C. Malone, is expected to buy the remaining 62 percent of HSN that it does not already own. The entity would then combine under QVC Group, but HSN would continue as a separate brand.

The transaction is set to be finalized by the end of the year, pending regulatory and shareholder approval. It would create the largest television commerce company in the world, with $14 billion dollars in revenue, and become the third-largest e-commerce company in North America behind only Amazon.com and Walmart.

A Marketer’s Guide to Fall 2017 Network TV: Click here here


Eviction Night Blow-Up on “Big Brother” on CBS
Note: The following took place during “Big Brother’s” live eviction episode last night. If you wish to avoid spoilers, please skip this video.

The result of the first week-long eviction of the season on “Big Brother” shocked a few houseguests, one of which was surprised enough to then argue with the nominee who had just escaped eviction. For a look, click here


Gary Frenkel has joined Turner’s TBS and TNT as Head of Digital Products and Operations. In this newly created role, he will oversee TBS and TNT’s product development strategies, as well as the day-to-day management and publishing of TV Everywhere apps and websites. He will also be responsible for further executing and building on the network’s product roadmap; creating new innovations that will drive engagement and increase revenue and brand equity; and ultimately delivering best-in-class experiences for consumers and advertisers alike. Over the past few months, Frenkel has been consulting on TBS and TNT’s recent mobile and digital upgrades, which include top-to-bottom redesigns of the networks’ streaming apps and websites; expansion to Roku, Chromecast and other platforms; and such fresh innovations as “instant on” access, pre-login “freeviews” and the ability to cast content seamlessly without the need for a special app or plug-in.


TLC will air three-hour special, “Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?, onMonday, July 31 at 8 p.m. ET.  The special will feature an exclusive interview with Princess Diana biographer Andrew Morton, along with excerpts from Diana’s personal writings. The logline: “Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason?” will take a deeper look at her life, the events leading up to the tragic night that ended it and, explore several conspiracy theories surrounding her death.  The special will share new details about Princess Diana’s challenging life behind the royal curtain with Prince Charles.

“Man v. Food” with Casey Webb will premiere on Travel Channel on Monday, August 7 at 9 p.m. ET. Each episode will feature Webb crisscrossing America to uncover tasty treats and tackle the country’s iconic eating challenges.

HBO comedy ‘Vice Principals” will open season two on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET. The logline: The tumultuous school year at North Jackson High continues and a new semester brings lots of changes. Gamby (Danny McBride) and Russell (Walton Goggins) are about to learn that the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it, as the darkest comedy on television returns to finish what was started. Eighteen new episodes have been ordered.

What Friday night network series are you most looking forward to watching this fall? Click here
Netflix premieres: Animated “Castlevania” (season one); “Cirque du Soleil”(season four), “Dawn of the Croods” (season four), “DeGrassi: Next Class”(season four); Other season premieres: “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” on Food, “Under the Influence” on REELZ; “Deadly Sins” on ID. For the complete listing for Friday, July 7, click here

theatrical series of shorts first?

a) Norman “Chubby” Chaney
b) Farina Hoskins
c) Bobby “Wheezer” Hutchins
d) Mary Ann Jacksons
e) George “Spanky” McFarland

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Hitting the Big 200

Which one of the following five TV series will be hitting the 200-episode mark next season?

a) “Blue Bloods”
b) “Chicago Fire”
c) “The Flash”
d) “Hawaii Five-O”
e) “The Middle”

…is: e) “The Middle,” which has produced 191 episodes in its eight season run on ABC to-date. That means episode 200 should be arriving next November.


Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Jordan Breslow, John Ferlazzo, Jeff Greenberg, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi, Art Salisch


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