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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
The long-defunct DuMont television network, which began operation in 1946, ceased broadcasting in 1956.  Notable series airing on DuMont during its 10-year tenure were variety themed “Cavalcade of Stars;” “Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour; “Cash and Carry, the first televised game show; and kids favorite“Captain Video and His Video Rangers”… In 2008, Beijing produced a four-hour Olympics opening ceremony considered by many to be the most spectacular Olympic opener ever staged. Directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the show featured more than 15,000 performers, ranging from children to martial arts masters.

-Did You Know?:
The original “Honeymooners” sketches aired on the DuMont network’s variety series “Cavalcade of Stars” with Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Art Carneyas Ed Norton, Pert Kelton as wife Alice Kramden and, in one episode, Elaine Stritch as Trixie Norton. The popularity of the sketches led Gleason to rework “The Honeymooners” as a filmed half-hour series, which debuted on Oct. 1, 1955 on CBS in place of Gleason’s then variety series on the Eye net. After one season (and 39 episodes), the sketches were reverted back into the variety series on CBS. For a look, click here

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Monday 8/07/17

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.3/ 9, NBC: 3.1/ 5, CBS: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 2.1/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: NBC aired the Summer Olympics on the year-ago evening.
Fox: +91, ABC: +83, CBS and CW: no change, NBC: -84

-Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about ABC last night, which completed another successful summer run of “The Bachelorette” at a 5.3 rating/9 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. ET. That should translate in the vicinity of a 2-rating in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

In week two news, CBS newsmagazine “CBSN: On Assignment” sunk to a deadly 1.7/ 3 (#3) in the 10 p.m. hour, which was 15 percent below its already stalled-at-the-gate 2.0/ 4 debut one week earlier. Also lacking was NBC’s competing “Midnight, Texas” at a 1.9/ 3, which is one of the many examples of a new scripted drama not working this summer.

Elsewhere, two more hours of Fox’s perennial “So You Think You Can Dance” clocked in at a typically modest 2.1/ 4 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.Competing “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC scored a 3.8/ 6, which will not likely to be enough to best “The Bachelorette” season-ender in the young adult demos. And recent CW docuseries entry “Hooten & the Lady” scored a typical 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m.The remainder of the evening was all repeats.

For the complete half-hour breakdown for Monday, August 7, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
Friday 8/04/17: Click here
Saturday 8/05/17: Click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 7/31/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/01/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/02/07: Click here
Thursday 8/03/07: Click here
Friday 8/04/07: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots
From PromaxBDA: 
Citing her first upcoming development season, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey followed in the path of her network counterparts by touting the value of multi-platform viewership at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“We have a number of shows here that go up in triple-digit percentages over seven days,” began Dungey. “And many of our shows double in the ratings from all the multi-platform viewing that is taken into account. We are the biggest network gainer from live plus same day to live plus seven, and we are the most social network.”

“Our viewers make an effort to watch and because they make that effort, they are more engaged when they do,” she added.

Season to-date (through July 30), and based on the first 45 weeks of this current season, however, ABC ranks third in total viewers, with 5.94 million and a loss of 11% year to year, according to Nielsen (based on live + seven day data through July 16; and live + same day for the most recent two weeks). In adults 18-49, ABC is fourth with a 1.5 rating/6 share and a loss of 17% year to year. For more, clickhere

ABC Celebrates 20 Years of “The View” with Pilot Rebroadcast
ABC daytime talk show “The View” will mark 20 years on the air this Friday with a rebroadcast of the inaugural episode, originally telecast on August 11, 1997. The original hosts were Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos.  For the original promo, click here

Tanika Ray Returns to “Extra”
Tanika Ray, who was a host and correspondent for “Extra” from 2004 to 2009, is returning to the syndicated entertainment-themed news show as co-host, along with Renee Bargh and AJ Calloway, and British TV personality Mark Wright. They join Mario Lopez for the 24th season, which premieres September 5.

“Extra” will continue to broadcast from Universal Studios Hollywood, in front of the studio’s iconic globe, and from various locations in New York, showcasing more two-on-one interviews.

FX and Comcast Partner to Launch FX+
Comcast and FX Networks will launch FX+, a new service that will allow Xfinity TV subscribers to upgrade to a platform featuring commercial-free current seasons of every FX and FXX original series and every season of many current and legacy library titles of FX originals. FX+ will launch on September 5th and Xfinity TV customers can add the new service to their video package for $5.99 per month.

In addition to offering complete in-season stacking rights to all of its current original series commercial free, FX Networks is now the first ad-supported cable portfolio to offer all seasons of the majority of its original series library, “American Horror Story,” “Damages,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League,” “Legion,” “Louie” “Nip/Tuck,” “Rescue Me,” “The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Terriers.”

FX+ will feature more than 1100 episodes of original programs spanning the past 15 years. The shows will be rolled out over a period of time and it is expected that the complete FX+ roster will be available in 2018. FX+ subscribers will be able to access the FX+ content via Xfinity On Demand, the Xfinity Stream app and website, and FXNOW. In the future, FX+ will also offer select series in 4K as well as temporary downloads of current season episodes.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Named Program of the Year at the 33rdAnnual TCA Awards
The Television Critics Association (TCA) has recognized the top programs and actors from the 2016-2017 television season at its 33RD Annual TCA Awards presentationon Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, the results were determined from votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprised of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu took home top honors for Program of The Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama, while ABC sitcom “Speechless,” also a freshman series, won in the category of Outstanding Achievement In Youth. For the second year in a row, FX emerged as one of the evening’s biggest winners, with two wins for “Atlanta” (Outstanding Achievement in Comedy; Donald Glover for Individual Achievement in Comedy) and Carrie Coon for both FX drama “Fargo” and HBO drama “The Leftovers.”

The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award to NBC sitcom “Seinfeld.” And Ken Burns for Career Achievement Award. For the complete listing of winners, click here

TV Tuesday with Douglas Pucci
This week, Douglas Pucci of The Programming Insider discusses the “losers” of this current lackluster summer season. To listen, click here

Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here

TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here

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

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


YouTube Red Announces “Karate Kid” Spin-Off “Cobra Kai”
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will reprise their roles from the iconic film franchise, “The Karate Kid,” in new YouTube Red drama “Cobra Kai.” Ten half-hour episodes have been ordered. The logline: Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate.

Cobra Kai” is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossber. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios.

Netflix to Stream Original Chinese Language Series “Bardo”
Netflix has announced the first Chinese language Netflix original series from Taiwan: “Bardo.” The eight-episode series from production company IFA Media and writer/director Sam Quah is described as a jailbreak thriller with a karmic dimension, and it will be available to all Netflix members around the world at the same time.

The logline: Bardo follows the journey of Ah Quan, a good man who has descended into crime and now waits in prison for execution. An encounter with a mysterious inmate causes him to experience events from alternative timelines. Learning that his son is in danger, Ah Quan escapes to protect his family only to discover he is a pawn in a much larger game. Blending Taiwanese aboriginal mysticism and karmic destiny, Bardo – which describes state of existence between life and death – is Ah Quan’s search for redemption.

No officially start date has been announced for “Bardo.”


ABC Renews “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “Celebrity Family Feud”
ABC has issued renewals to primetime game shows “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “Celebrity Family Feud.” This takes “The $100,000 Pyramid,” hosted by Michael Strahan, into season three; and “Celebrity Family Feud,” hosted by Steve Harvey, in season four.

WE tv Renews “Mama June: From Hot to Not”
WE tv has ordered a second season of docuseries “Mama June: From Hot to Not,” which 10 new episodes to begin airing in early in 2018. The logline: Season two will follow “Mama June” as she tries to navigate life after a whirlwind year and losing a great deal of weight. She shocks everyone by turning the tables on her daughter Alana (former child pageant queen “Honey Boo Boo”) and gets caught up with adult pageant-mania, eager to compete against the beautiful women who snubbed her before her weight loss. Yet it doesn’t take long for June to realize that her weight was the least of her problems –as she now faces decisions that could tear her family apart.

“Mama June: From Not to Hot” is produced for WE tv by Thinkfactory Media and executive produced by Adam Freeman, Adam Reed, Moriah Muse, Alex Campbell and Leslie Greif. Executive producers for WE tv are Lauren P. Gellert, Lauren Lazin and David Stefanou.


Animated “Mysticons, a contemporary urban fantasy series about four girls from different walks of life who are transformed into the legendary Mysticons. Arkayna, Zarya, Emerald, and Piper, will debut on Nickelodeon on Monday, August 28 at 4 p.m. ET. The heroes team up as the stakes are raised when the evil Queen Necrafa is released from her prison and embarks on a mission to destroy them and their home, Drake City.

Bobby Flay and Damaris Phillips are teaming up to host “The Bobby and Damaris Show” on Food Network, effective on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The two met when Flay hosted and Phillips won Food Network “Star” season nine. The series kicks off with a grilling-themed episode, followed by themes of confort food, casseroles and game day in future episodes. Thirteen episodes have been ordered.

“Diesel Brothers” will return on Discovery’s Motor Mondays on Discovery Channel on Monday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: This season, the guys get an invite to race the legendary Mint 400, but have to build a race truck in just a week to get there. Having always aspired to race, Heavy D fulfills his childhood dream to drive a monster truck, which he does at the Monster Truck World Finals. Beyond builds, the guys also attend the legendary Sturgis motorcycle rally, where they track down a one-of-a-kind, AWD, hydrostatic diesel motorcycle.

Did Rachel choose the right man on “The Bachelorette” season-ender? Click here
World of Dance” concludes its inaugural season on NBC…”Difficult People”opens season 3 on Hulu…For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, August 8, click here
Returning Home


If you were driving back from Los Angeles to New York, which TV character would you not be passing along the way?

a) Sonny Crockett
b) Russell Greene
c) Mary Hartman
d) Barbara Royer
e) Mel Sharples

The answer to the last question…

Three sitcoms historically featured all principal actors (from the inception of the show) winning an Emmy award. One was “Will & Grace,” and another was “All in the Family.” What was the third?

a) “The Golden Girls”
b) “Everybody Loves Raymond
c) “I Love Lucy”
d) “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
e) “Seinfeld

Is: a) “The Golden Girls,” starring Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and Betty White.

Trivia All-Stars
Tom Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Bob Ingersoll, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Debbie Ray, Derek Rogers, Joe Swaney