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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
Game show “Family Feud” debuted on ABC in daytime in 1976…There were also two primetime drama premieres: “Northern Exposure” on CBS in 1990 and“Monk” on USA in 2002. For his role as Monk, Tony Shalhoub received eight consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, resulting in three wins. A spin-off of “Monk” called “Little Monk” that dealt with the Monk brothers’ childhood aired for one season in 2009…Celebrity Birthdays: Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 69; “Charlie’s Angels” star Cheryl Ladd is 66; comedian and former talk show host Loni Love is 46; “Reba” co-star Steve Howieis 40; former “Lost” star Michelle Rodriguez is 39; former child star Erik Per Sullivan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 26.

-Did You Know?:
There have been six hosts, to-date, on the numerous editions of “Family Feud.” The ABC network version of the show and the first syndicated series were hosted byRichard DawsonRay Combs hosted the CBS series and the first six seasons of the accompanying syndicated version, then was replaced by Dawson for the final season. The more recent syndicated versions have been hosted by Louie Anderson (1999–2002), Richard Karn (2002–06), John O’Hurley (2006–10), andSteve Harvey (2010–present). Harvey also emcees the primetime “Celebrity Family Feud” edition.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Tuesday 7/11/17

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 3.0/ 5, CBS: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: – 4, NBC: – 6, CW: -12, Fox: -14, ABC: -19

Ratings Breakdown:
Not even the “2017 MLB All-Star Game” on Fox could compete with summer NBC blockbuster “America’s Got Talent,” which lifted NBC to Tuesday overnight victory with an 8.0 rating/14 share in households from 8-10 p.m. That led into a 4.7/ 8 for this summer’s top-rated new series, “World of Dance.” Yes…lead-in still matters.

The American League’s 2 to 1 victory over the National League on the “MLB All-Star Game” resulted in a very solid 6.2/11 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.(results for Fox after 10 p.m. was not available). Comparably, this was a minor increase over the 6.0/11 for the “All-Star Game” on the year-ago evening. ABC, NBC and The CW were in all repeats last night.

For the half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, July 11, click here

For a look at the overall summer programming landscape to-date, click here 

Live + Same Day Ratings
Thursday 7/06/17: Click here
Friday 7/07/17: Click here
Saturday 7/08/17: Click here
Sunday 7/09/17: Click here
Monday 7/10/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of July 3
(Change versus the year-ago week appears in parentheses)

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 4.31 million (- 5), NBC: 4.11 (-31), ABC: 3.05 (-20), Fox: 1.74 (-10), CW: 770,000 (- 8)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 0.8 rating/4 share (-43), NBC: 0.7/ 3 (-12), ABC: 0.6/ 3 (-25), Fox: 0.5/ 2 (no change), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.1/ 4 (-39), CBS: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), ABC: 0.8/ 3 (-27), Fox: 0.6/ 2 (-14), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 18-34:

CBS: 0.5/ 2 (no change), ABC: 0.4/ 2 (-20), NBC: 0.4/ 3 (-56), Fox: 0.3/ 2 (-25), CW: 0.1/ 1 (-50)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Who’s to Blame for Summer’s Dismal TV Ratings?
From Campaign US: Once upon a time, summer was a goldmine for cable channels. The broadcast networks made no real attempt to program aggressively after Memorial Day and before the third week of September (when the new TV season always officially begins), so companies like TNT and USA realized this was the perfect opportunity to gain exposure while the “Gone Fishing” sign was up at NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox.

But midway through July, that’s no longer the case. As such, there are two immediate observations about the current summer programming landscape.

The first is the concept of “the rich stay rich,” meaning that non-scripted shows like NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and CBS’s “Big Brother” remain summer television favorites. Familiarity continues to breed interest, and for an advertiser looking for a guaranteed audience, one cannot get any better than these three returning examples. In fact, the only new show holding its own is NBC’s “World of Dance,” which can be credited to “AGT” as it precedes “WOD” on Tuesdays. For more, click here

NOTES OF INTERESTNBC Announces Launch Date for Megyn Kelly’s “Today Show” Hour
Megyn Kelly’s long-awaited 9 a.m. ET hour of NBC’s “Today” show will premiere onMonday, Sept. 25.  The new hour will include a live studio audience and will compete predominantly with ABC morning talker “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” in most markets. While Kelly’s Sunday primetime newsmagazine, which will not air this fall, is overseen by producers from “Dateline,” her 9 a.m. daily series will have a dedicated staff, including Jackie Levin and Chris Cataldi from “Today.”

TV Tuesday with Douglas Pucci
To hear why The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci is giving upcoming CBS sitcom “9JKL” a “D” grade, click here

Upcoming Crackle Drama “The Oath” Currently in Production
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ ad supported streaming network, has announced that production of its upcoming 10-episode original drama, “The Oath,” which debuts in 2018, is officially underway in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Joining the ensemble cast are Michael Malarkey (“The Vampire Diaries”), Eve Mauro (“CSI Miami”), Kwame Patterson (“The Wire,” “American Crime Story”), Linda Purl (“Homeland,” “True Blood”) and Elisabeth Röhm (“Law & Order”). They join previously announced castmembers:  Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), Cory Hardrict (American SniperGran Torino), Arlen Escarpeta (“The Magicians”), Katrina Law (“Training Day”), J.J. Soria (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Fosters) and “Game of Thrones” alum, Sean Bean.

Executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., “The Oath” explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join—only a select few make the cut–but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks.

Casting News
Olivia Munn (“The Predator,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”) has been cast in the upcoming second season of History action drama “Six.” Munn will play Gina, a ruthless and smart CIA operative who rose from being a CIA Shooter to a high level Operations Officer. “Six” begins production on the 10 episode second season this month in Vancouver. The series is inspired by the real missions of Navy SEAL Team Six, the unit best known for killing Osama Bin Laden.

Who’s to Blame for Summer’s Dismal TV Ratings?: Click here


Nick Macrae has been named Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, EMEA, CBS Studios International. In his new post, Macrae will be based at the Company’s EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam and will oversee the legal and business affairs for CBS in the region. He will guide CBS Studios International’s business and legal strategies that support distribution and programming operations, as well as advise the Company on regulatory issues. Macrae will also work closely with senior management on negotiating, drafting and reviewing a variety of agreements for licensing of CBS, Showtime and The CW programming across the territory.  Prior to joining CBS Studios International, Macrae held several senior legal positions at Warner Brothers.

W. Clark Bunting, veteran media and  non-profit executive who was former president and general manager of Discovery Channel, and David Wheeler, new-media creative director and  executive producer, have formed Digital Circus Media, a strategic media company that leverages their expertise in media development and production, game development, consulting, branding, design and strategic digital planning. The company will be based in  both Michigan and Los Angeles and is currently developing projects with  Discovery Channel.

Digital Circus will focus its attention on working with media and entertainment brands as well as non-profit organizations given the founders’ personal and professional commitment to giving back and social responsibility. Digital Circus offers services from concept to launch in all areas of digital media, including consulting, development,  production and strategy.


British mystery drama “Remember Me” will make its debut on PBS on Sunday, July 16 at 10 p.m. ET. The three-part series follows Tom Parfitt, played by Michael Palin (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Life of Brian”), a frail and elderly Yorkshire man seemingly alone in the world whose admittance to a nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events.

Season three of Starz drama “Outlander” will open on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET. This upcoming third season will include 13 episodes based upon Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series, developed for television by executive producer Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”).  It begins right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love.

Will you be tuning into the long-awaited seventh season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” this Sunday? Click here
CBS debuts drama “Salvation.” ABC aired the “2017 ESPY Awards.” “Suits” on USA and “Odd Mom Out” on Bravo open new seasons…For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, July 12, click here
Life After “Friends”

Which one of the following five series featuring a former cast member from NBC sitcom “Friends” aired for the most number of seasons?

a) “Cougar Town”
b) “Feed the Beast”
c)  “Joey”
d) “The Odd Couple”
e) “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”

The answer to the yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following baseball-themed television series made it into a second season?

a) “Back in the Game”
b) “Ball Four”
c) “Bay City Blues”
d) “The Bad News Bears”
e) “A League of Their Own”
f) None of them did

…Is: d) “The Bad News Bears,” which was based on the theatrical franchise and aired for two half seasons on CBS from March 24, 1979 to July 26, 1980. For a look, click here

As for the one season wonders:

-“Back in the Game” (ABC): 2013-14
-“Ball Four” (CBS): 1976
-“Bay City Blues” (NBC): 1983
-“A League of Their Own” (CBS): 1993

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Shelly Johnson, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.