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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Live from the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
Theatrical “In the Heat of the Night,” which was spun-off into the long-running drama of the same name on NBC, opened in theaters in 1967…“Gilda Radner Live from New York” began on Broadway in 1979…Roger Ebert’s “Movie News”premiered on ABC FM Radio in 1982…The final telecast of primetime CNN news program “Paula Zahn Now” aired in 2007…Celebrity Birthdays: Butch Patrick(Eddie on sitcom “The Munsters”) is 64;“Weeds” star Mary-Louise Parker is 53.

-Did You Know?:
“In the Heat of the Night’s” movie tagline, “They call me Mister Tibbs!,” was voted as the No. 16 movie quote of all time by the American Film Institute.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Tuesday 8/01/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.1/13, CBS: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 1.4/ 3, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +25, NBC: +20, CBS: + 3, CW: -37, ABC: -53

-Ratings Breakdown:
“America’s Got Talent” on NBC, of course, was the top-rated option on this firstTuesday (and first night) in August, with a hefty 8.3 rating/15 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this was 14 percent above the 7.3/12 on the year-ago evening, which for a series in season 12 is unprecedented.

Once again, the rich stay rich in the summer while a newbie scripted drama like ABC’s “Somewhere Between” is lost at a mere 1.1/ 2 at 10 p.m. Leading out of “America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s “World of Dance” (#1: 4.5/ 8) is the only new network series resonating.

Elsewhere, repeat was the word of note. This is the summer, after all.

For the complete half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, August 1, click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Saturday 7/29/17: Click here
Sunday 7/30/17: Click here
Monday 7/31/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of 7/24/17
What follows are the Live + Same Day network rating results for the week of July 24 for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 4.71 million (+ 1), CBS: 4.27 (no change), ABC: 3.10 (-22), Fox: 1.65 (-11), CW: 910,000 (no change)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 0.9 rating/4 share (-10), CBS: 0.7/ 3 (-12), ABC: 0.7/ 3 (-22), Fox: 0.5/ 2 (-17), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.3/ 5 (- 8), CBS: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), ABC: 0.9/ 3 (-25), Fox: 0.6/ 2 (-14), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), CBS: 0.4/ 3 (-20), ABC: 0.4/ 2 (-33), Fox: 0.3/ 2 (-25), CW: 0.1/ 1 (-50)

Syndication Rankings –Week of July 17:
What follows are the Top 20 rated programs in syndication (first-run and off-network) based on households for the week of July 17:

“Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution) and  “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.5 each; Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC-Litton): 6.2; “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.6;   “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD): 5.5; “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 4.6; “Law & Order: SVU” – Weekend (NBCUniversal): 4,1; “Family Feud” – Weekend (Debmar-Mercury): 3.5; “Dr. Phil” (CTD) and “Entertainment Tonight” (CTD): 2.7 each; “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend (Warner Bros.) and “Wheel of Fortune” – Weekend (CTD): 2.5 each; “Inside Edition” (CTD) and “Modern Family” – Mon-Fri (Twentieth): 2.5 each; “Modern Family” – Weekend (Twentieth) and  “Two and a Half Men” (Warner Bros.): 2.2 each; “Hot Bench” (CTD): 2.1; “Access Hollywood Live” (NBCU) and “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (Disney-ABC): 2.0 each; “American Ninja Warrior” (NBCU) and “Bob’s Burgers” (Twentieth): 1.9 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd Thing
From PromaxBDA: Given today’s political climate, there is no shortage of subject matter for writers and entertainers to tackle in late night and certainly no lack of individual shows competing to cover the Donald J. Trump administration. “Exhausting” was the word used by Jason Reich, head writer for Comedy Central’s “The Jim Jeffries Show,” hosted by the Australian comedian. “It’s hard to find it fun with Trump all the time,” he said.

Reich was part of a panel at the Summer TCA Press Tour featuring late-night comedy along with Ashley Nicole Black, writer and correspondent, TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee;” Christine Nangle, head writer, Comedy Central’s “The President Show;” and Hallie Haglund, writer, Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

“I think one of the challenges is to try to avoid the low-hanging fruit of, like, this person talks funny or has funny hair or something so easy,” said Nangle. “Speaking for ‘The President Show,” we try to look at what goes deeper than all that insanity, like, what made this man. He’s not just someone that dropped out of the sky and said, ‘I’m going to ruin everything for you.’ We made him. We allowed this to happen. So as much as you can go deeper without being heavy handed, that’s what we aim for.” 

truTV Keeps Pushing Forward with its New Comedy Brand: Click  here

PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here

“Criminal Minds” Heads into a Lucky Season 13: To honor of this modern day institution, click here for 10  unusual factoids about “Criminal Minds” that might stump even a diehard fan.

“Are Cable Networks Being Shortsighted with Summer’s Breakout Hits?”Click here


CBS All Access Announces Three New Series
CBS All Access, which is getting closer to the launch of long-awaited “Star Trek: Discovery” on parent network CBS on Sunday, Sept. 24, has announced the pick-up of three new series for 2018: “Strange Angel,” “No Activity” and “$1.” These series join CBS All Access’ existing slate, which includes “The Good Wife” spin-off “The Good Fight.”

In addition, CBS All Access will offer a companion after-show for “Star Trek: Discovery” produced by Embassy Row in association with Roddenberry Entertainment. The after-show will air following each new episode of “Star Trek: Discovery.”

For a description of “Strange Angel,” “No Activity” and “$1,” click here


Upcoming WEtv reality series “Love Blows, about a successful Chicago-based matchmaking service run by a dysfunctional (but loving) family who sometimes let their own relationships cloud their decisions, will premiere on Friday, August 25 at 10 ET. The show chronicles the inner dynamics of LuvBizChicago, a family business run by head matchmakers – Lisa and her ex-husband Jim – who have to contend with a staff comprised of wild, young, single matchmakers; Lisa and Jim’s own adult children who co-run the business; and the ultimate snag – Jim’s former mistress, who is always creating drama for the employees and their clients. The show will air after “Million Dollar Matchmaker,” starring Patti Stanger, on Friday nights. The six-episode series is executive produced by Patti Stanger, who also appears in the show.

What is your favorite Normal Lear-produced sitcom? Click here
Series premieres: Drama “The Sinner” on USA and docuseries “The Lowe Files”on A&E…Season finales: “Storage Wars” on A&E, “Cleverman” on Sundance and drama “Queen Sugar” on OWN…For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, August 2, click here
Mark Feuerstein and Linda Lavin Reunite


Mark Feuerstein and Linda Lavin, who worked together in an earlier comedy, will be featured in upcoming CBS sitcom “9JKL” this fall. What was the name of the first show they appeared in together prior to “9JLK”?

a) “Alice”
b) “Conrad Bloom”
c) “Fired Up”
d) “Good Morning, Miami”
e) “Room for Two”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Remember clay animation series “Gumby”? What series did the character first appear on before spinning off into his own show?

a) “Captain Kangaroo”
b) “Howdy Doody”
c) “The Soupy Sales Show”
d) “Winky Dink and You”
e) “Wonderama”

Is: b) “Howdy Doody,” which ran on NBC from Dec. 27, 1947 to Sept. 24, 1960.


Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Sharon Case, Larry Collins, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Jenny Giddens, Gail Goins, Maureen Goldman,  Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, David Ruckman, Terri Thelen

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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.