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Monday, September 18, 2017
ABC sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” launched in 1963. It aired for three seasons…Barbara Eden debuted as a 2,000 year-old (but remarkably well preserved) genie on NBC sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” in 1965. It ran for five seasons…In 1969, Tiny Tim announced his engagement to Miss Vicki on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Tiptoe through the weird tulips!…CBS sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” began its four season run in 1978. It was revived in first-run syndication as “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” in the fall of 1991…ABC action/drama “Hardcastle and McCormick,” starring Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly, launched in 1983. It aired for three seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: Aisha Tyler is 47; actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 46; “SNL’s” Jason Sudeikis is 42.

Did You Know?:
ABC was interested in a fourth season of “The Patty Duke Show, but the production company, United Artists Television, refused the network’s demands to switch to color. ABC also wanted to shift the sitcom’s production from New York to Los Angeles, but Patty Duke, who was then 18, nixed the idea…Rumor has it that the producers of “I Dream of Jeannie” wanted to replace co-starLarry Hagman with Darren McGavin because he was difficult to work with. There was even a proposed episode written to address the change in casting, but Hagman remained Tony Nelson and rose to greater fame as J.R. Ewing on CBS’ “Dallas.

True or false. As a promotion for prom season KFC once sold
a fried chicken corsage.

That’s one way on prom night to get a breast or a thigh.

For Every Question There is a Funny Answer
And there are over 20 in each episode!

This Week’s Celebrity Guests:
Byron Allen, Louie Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias,
Jackee, Natasha Legerro and Jon Lovitz

Click on either image to find out where to watch

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Sunday 9/17/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 9.8/16, NBC: 9.1/15, CBS: 7.5/13, ABC: 2.1/ 4

-Percent Change From the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +654, CBS: -10, NBC: -13, ABC: -71

-Ratings Breakdown:
Football last night prevailed over “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” on CBS, which scored an 8.2 rating/14 share in the household overnights form8-11 p.m. While that was almost identical to the 8.4/13 on ABC on the year-ago evening, last year’s telecast was also the smallest audience for any “Emmy Awards” telecast on record with 11.38 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). For the complete listing of winners, click here

The 34 to 23 victory for the Atlanta Falcons over the Green Bay Packers averaged an estimated 12.6/21 on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” from 8:30-11:30 p.m. As always, results for any live sporting event are always estimated.

On Fox, a 15.6/29 for the half-hour primetime football overrun at 7 p.m. into a 14.6/26 for pre-game “The OT” at 7:30 p.m. (both approximate) offered ample lead-in support to episode two of “The Orville.” This second Sunday night telecast of “The Orville” averaged an estimated 9.4/15 in the 8 p.m. hour, which is a 68 percent improvement from the already solid 5.6/ 9 debut one week earlier. Of course, “The Orville” will come down to earth, so to speak, when it launches in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour out of the season-premiere of moderately rated “Gotham” this week.

Also in originals last night was “60 Minutes” on CBS (#1: 5.4/10 at 7 p.m.) and ABC game shows “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (#3: 2.0/ 3 at 10 p.m.), which could not compete opposite football and “The Emmys.”

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Sunday, Sept. 17, click here

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 9/11/17: Click here
-Tuesday 9/12/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/13/17: Click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Friday 9/15/17: Click here
-Saturday 9/16/17: Click here

Solid Sampling for Fox’s “The Orville” Preview
Airing in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour out of “Gotham” this fall is not a recipe for great traditional ratings success. The audience will surely be limited. But the premiere/preview of Fox’s one-hour space adventure series “The Orville,” created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, out of an NFL doubleheader did indeed get sampled last Sunday, Sept. 10. Fox is reporting 11.3million viewers across all platforms, which is a 31 percent from the Live + Same day tally. Comparably, this marks the largest debut for any series on Fox since “Empire” on January 7, 2015, and its most-watched telecast since “Empire’s” mid-season premiere on March 22, 2017.

Across Fox NOW and Hulu, “The Orville’s” three-day streaming average audience amounted to 650,000 viewers, making it the most-streamed new Fox drama premiere in three years (since “Gotham” on Sept. 22, 2014) and new Fox premiere in two years (since “Scream Queens” on Sept. 22, 2015) .

Among target men 18-34, “The Orville” delivered a 2.8 rating/13 share, based on the Live + Same Day data, also Fox’s highest-rated broadcast drama debut since “Empire.”

“The Orville” debuts in its Thursday 9 p.m. time period on September 21.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


The 69th Annual Emmy Awards…And the Winners Were
NBC’s veteran “Saturday Night Live” capped off its highest-rated season in years as the most honored program on “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” with nine trophies. Included were Emmys for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon in the supporting comedy categories. McKinnon also won last year. Next with eight Emmy wins was Hulu drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” including Outstanding Drama and Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd as Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively.

HBO was the most awarded network, with 29 total wins. Big scorers at HBO include “Little Big Lies” for Outstanding Limited Series and Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern as Lead Actress and Supporting Actress; and “Veep” for Outstanding Comedy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Lead Actress in a Comedy. With six consecutive wins in the category, Louis-Dreyfus has made the record books for the most Emmy victories for the same role. This win has also tied her with Cloris Leachman, who before this telecast held the record for most Primetime Emmys wins by a single performer (with eight).

Second for the night in total wins was Netflix with 20, following by NBC with 15 and Hulu with 10.

Double honored was Donald Glover of FX comedy “Atlanta” for Outstanding Lead Actor and Directing for a Comedy. And back in the winner’s circle for the second straight year was Sterling K. Brown, this time for Lead Actor in a Drama for NBC’s “This Is Us.”

For the complete listing of winners, click here

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here


TLC Announces Digital Series “Training Spaces”
TLC will air six episodes of a digital series called “Training Spaces” as a precursor to the revival of “Trading Spaces,” featuring the three new designers, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto, who will complete five design challenges to ensure they are ready to join the “Trading Spaces” team. The tasks will not only test their design skills, but also how well they can work under extreme time constraints while flexing their creative muscles. The logline: With a limited amount of time to complete their design masterpiece, the rookies will be racing against the clock.  In addition, new carpenters, Brett Tutor and Joanie Dodd’s assignment will be to build something unexpected in a short amount of time.

“Trading Spaces” is produced by Endemol Shine North America subsidiary Authentic Entertainment and is based on Endemol Shine UK format ‘Changing Rooms’, which was a top rated hit for the BBC for almost a decade achieving up to 12 million viewers and sold to 12 territories internationally.


Larry David: Not a Fan of Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, ‘Okay’ with 2017 Jets Going 0-16
Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld,” called in to the New York sports radio show, “The Michael Kay Show” (simulcast on the YES Network) on Sep. 15 to promote the Oct. 1 return of his HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” after a six-year hiatus.

During the conversation, David discussed the New York Yankees (beginning at the 3:40 mark in the clip) and how he has enjoyed watching them play this year despite not being a fan of manager Joe Girardi,

Later, talk turned to David’s favorite football team, the New York Jets (beginning at the 7:30 mark). He wasn’t bothered by the team’s poor play versus the Buffalo Bills on Sep. 10, and wouldn’t mind seeing them lose every game for the rest of this regular season. For a look, click here


HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Larry David, will return for its 10-episode ninth season on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET. Returning for the long-awaited new season are Jeff Garlin as Jeff, Susie Essman as Susie, J.B. Smoove as Leon and Cheryl Hines as Cheryl, along with Richard Lewis, Bob Einstein, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

What grade would you give Stephen Colbert as host of “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”? Click here
“Dancing with the Stars” returns on ABC…PBS debuts film “The Vietnam War” from Ken Burns…Season finales: ABC’s “To Tell the Truth; “American Ninja Warrior” and drama Midnight, Texas” on NBC, “Hooten & the Lady” on The CW…”Fashion Police” on E! critiques “The Primetime Emmy Awards”…The Detroit Lions face the New York Giants on Monday Night Football” on ESPN…For the complete listing for Monday, Sept. 18, click here
The Cousin Oliver Club

Which one of the following five TV kids did not appear on his or her show until the final season?

a) Serena Burton – “The Waltons”
b) Dorothy “Dodie” Douglas – “My Three Sons”
c) Olivia Kendall – “The Cosby Show”
d) Ricky Stevens – “The Partridge Family”
e) Seven Wanker – “Married with Children”
f) they all were

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series did not feature a wedding in the final episode?

a) “Beverly Hills, 90210”
b) “Happy Days”
c) “MASH”
d) “The Office”
e) “Who’s the Boss?”
f) All of them

…Is: e) “Who’s the Boss?”. The 8-season sitcom ended with Tony (Tony Danza) returning to Connecticut as he knocks on the door, Angela (Judith Light) answers in her bathrobe, and the two get back together again. The initial plan was for the pair to get married in the middle of that final season, but that was nixed by the producers for fear it would hurt the off-network syndication value.


Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Jim Forkan, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers