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Monday, August 28, 2017

Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 28

Sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” began its five season run on The WB in 1996…In 2005, HBO historical drama “Rome, which was set in the 1st century BC and looked at the rise of the Roman Empire through the eyes of two Roman soldiers, debuted in 2005. Five seasons were planned, but it aired for only two seasons due to high production costs…Celebrity Birthdays: “Starsky & Hutch” star David Soul is 74; “The Wonder Years” moderator Daniel Stern is 60; “2 Broke Girls” starJennifer Coolidge is 56; country singer Shania Twain is 52; “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Jason Priestley is 48; actor Jack Black is 48; “That’s So Raven” starKyle Massey is 26; “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” tot Alana Thompson is 12.

Did You Know?:
“The Jamie Foxx Show, which concluded on Jan. 14, 2001, ran for 100 episodes. Fox drama “Fringe,” which starred Joshua Jackson and aired from 2008 to 2013, also produced exactly 100 episodes.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Sunday 8/27/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.2/ 8, CBS: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3

-Percent Change From the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
NBC: +14, ABC and CBS: – 6 each, Fox: -10

Ratings Breakdown:
The Minnesota Vikings’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers, 32 to 31, on NFL Preseason Football led NBC to Sunday overnight household victory with an estimated 4.7 rating/8 share from 8-11 p.m. ET.  Comparably, this was a 12 percent increase over the 4.2/ 7 for the preseason match-up on the year-ago evening. As a reminder, overnight results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

On CBS, summer young adult demographic attraction “Big Brother” was close to year-ago overnight levels, with a second-place 4.0/ 7 from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that tied competing “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC and the end result this week will, hopefully, see one of these floaters getting evicted. Note to any future house guests: floating can only get you so far. It is the big moves that count on “Big Brother.” To chime in with your thoughts on “Big Brother,” click here for the PI Facebook page.

Despite the respectable lead-in support from “Big Brother,” recently introduced CBS game show “Candy Crush,” hosted by Mario Lopez, slipped to a 1.3/ 2 in the 9 p.m.hour. Comparably, that trailed competing “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on ABC (#2: 2.4/ 4) by 46 percent.

Also original last night was ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid,” hosted by Michael Strahan, at a second-place 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Sunday, August 27, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
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Live + Same Day Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research


VH1 Orders “Love & Hip Hop Miami”
VH1 has announced “Love & Hip Hop Miami” for January 2018, the latest installment of the franchise, which will explore the hip hop, Latin, and reggaeton music scene in Miami as well as the rich Latinx culture and will feature Trina, as well as Trick Daddy and Gunplay. Trina will join the docu-series as she preps her upcoming album “The One” while balancing home life with her unpredictable family.


Amazon Renews “Fleabag” for Season Two
Amazon ordered a second season of the half hour series “Fleabag” with series creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with an expected premiere date in 2019. Debuting on July 21, 2016,”Fleabag” delves into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman (Waller-Bridge), as she hurls herself at modern living in London. The show is based on Waller-Bridge’s play Fleabag, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Critics’ Circle and Off-West End

“Fleabag” stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“A Star Wars Story: Untitled Han Solo Film”), Brett Gelman (“American Dad!,” “Twin Peaks”), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch,” The Night Manager”), Bill Paterson (“The Rebel”), Hugh Dennis (“Outnumbered”), Hugh Skinner (“Harlots”), Jamie Demetriou (“Paddington 2), Jenny Rainsford (“The Smoke”) and Sian Clifford (“Fry-Up Paddy”).

TLC Picks-Up “Who Do You Think You Are?”
TLC has greenlit genealogy-themed “Who Do You Think You Are,”  for a new season, premiering in spring 2018. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the series follows celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery by tracing their own family trees. Throughout this experience they learn the truth about old family secrets, discover the sometimes shocking revelations and ultimately make connections with the lives of their ancestors.

The series, which began on NBC on March 5, 2010 and moved to TLC in its fourth season,  is currently nominated for an Emmy Award for Structured Reality Program, its 3rdnomination in this category. Last year “Who Do You Think You Are?” won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Reality Program.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” is produced by Shed Media (a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television) & Is Or Isn’t Entertainment for TLC. The series is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham.


Nielsen TV Home Universe Up to 119.6 Million in 2017-18
Nielsen estimates that the number of television homes in the U.S. for the 2017-18 season will be 119.6 million, which is an increase of 1.4 million homes (or 1 percent) from 118.4 million last season. The number of people who are age 2 or older is up by 2.8 million to 304.5 million. And the count indicates that 96.5 percent of all U.S. homes have a TV. Comparably, that number is half a percentage point higher than last year’s.

To arrive at its national television household estimates, Nielsen combines U.S. Census Bureau data with its own national TV panel of 40,000 households, which represents a total of 100,000 viewers. The company defines a TV household as one that has “at least one operable TV/monitor with the ability to deliver video via traditional means of antennae, cable set-top-box or satellite receiver and/or with a broadband connection.”

CBS Corporation to Acquire Network Ten in Australia
CBS Corporation has agreed to acquire Network Ten, one of three major commercial broadcast networks in Australia. This transaction adds Network Ten to CBS Corporation’s global content and distribution portfolios. In addition to core linear channel Ten, the deal includes digital terrestrial television channel (DTT) Eleven, which CBS already owns a 33 per cent stake, the DTT channel ONE and Network Ten’s  digital platform, Tenplay.

CBS will also launch CBS All Access, the company’s digital subscription video on-demand service, in the Australian market. This marks another international territory announced for CBS All Access this month. The Company recently unveiled plans to make the service available in Canada next year.

TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour: Clickhere

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci gives us an update on CBS summer staple “Big Brother.” To listen, click here


Post-Mayweather-McGregor, Man Drops F-Bomb to Interrupt Stephen A. Smith on “SportsCenter”
During the post-fight analysis of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor from Las Vegas on ESPN2’s “SportsCenter” on Saturday, an inebriated man interrupted ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith’s commentary with an unexpected F-bomb. For a look, click here


Documentary “The Naked Truth: Debt Trap,” which examines the state of our nation’s student loan system, and what happens to the American Dream when a generation is left buried in debt, will premiere on Fusion TV on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET. Correspondent Ryan Nerz’s will interview some of the 44 million Americans impacted by the burden of student debt. For the channel line, click here

“Who Shot Biggie & Tupac, an investigative crime special examining two of the greatest murder mysteries in pop culture history, will air on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 8-10 p.m. ET on Fox.The two-hour investigation will be led by actor and rapper Ice-T and journalist and documentarian Soledad O’Brien.The logline: Biggie and Tupac: two larger-than-life personalities – and former friends – were gunned down within months of each other in the late 1990s. Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996. Smalls, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. It has been 20 years since their murders, and no one has been held accountable.

Season three of NBC’s Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Ryan Gosling, is slated for September 30. The musical guest will be Jay-Z.

“Happy,” the upcoming new Showtime series based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name, will debut on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: SVU”) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy” (Patton Oswalt). Executive producers Morrison (“Batman,” “The Invisibles”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Gamer”) co-wrote the pilot teleplay. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise), Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce. Taylor directed the pilot.

What grade would you give the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards? Click here
E’s “Fashion Police” critiques “The 2017 Video Awards”…Docuseries “Diesel Brothers” returns on Discovery…”Carspotting” concludes for the season on Discovery…For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, August 28, click here