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Friday, May 11, 2018
ON THIS DAY
Two long-running dramas concluded: “Quincy, M.E., starring Jack Klugmanon NBC in 1983, and the original “Dynasty” on ABC in 1989…In 1997, CBS presented the first installment of the miniseries “Mario Puzo’s The Last Don. Based on the same-name novel by Puzo, author of “The Godfather,” it starred Danny Aiello, Joe MantegnaDaryl Hannah, Jason Gedrick,Penelope Ann Miller, Robert Wuhl, Kirstie Alley, Christopher Meloni andk.d. lang.

-Did You Know?:
“Quincy, M.E.” began as a rotating part of the “NBC Sunday Mystery Movie” effective on Oct. 3, 1976 (alongside “Columbo,” “McCloud” and“McMillan” (formerly “McMillan and Wife”). After four 90-minute editions, it was upgraded to a one-hour regularly scheduled series.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Thursday 5/10/18

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 4.2/ 7, CBS: 3.2/ 5, Fox: 2.6/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +18, NBC: – 6, ABC: – 9, CW: -10, CBS: -16

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS stood well above the competition on this second Thursday in May thanks to “The Big Bang Theory” season-ender, which rose to a 10.4 rating/19 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this bested the year-ago season-finale (8.5/15 on 5.11/17) by 22 percent (which is unprecedented for an 11-year-old series). And it led into an 8.1/14 for prequel “Young Sheldon” at 8:30 p.m., which closed is rock-successful first season.

Next on the Eye net were two episodes of “Mom” (including the season-finale at 9:30 p.m.), which at an average 5.7/10 in the 9 p.m. hour benefited all season by the increased lead-in support for “Young Sheldon.”

For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour breakdown for Thursday, May 10, click here

Live+Same Day data
-Monday 5/07/18: Click here
-Tuesday 5/08/18: Click here
-Wednesday 5/09/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

NBC Adds “Manifest” to Drama Roster
NBC has announced another new drama addition to its 2018 programming line-up. It is called “Manifest” and it comes from RObert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke and is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Compari Entertainment.. The logline: When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.

The cast includes Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina and Parveen Kaur.

NBC, additionally, has renewed drama “Blindspot” for a fourth season.

Freeform Orders “Everything is Gonna Be Okay” Pilot
Freeform has placed a pilot order for “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” a half-hour dramedy from “Please Like Me” creator, writer and comedian Josh Thomas. The pilot focuses on Nicholas, a typical 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, who is not particularly helpful in raising his siblings, one of which has autism. However, when their dad becomes terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to hold it all together.

Thomas created the concept, wrote and stars in the pilot with David Martin, Jon Thoday, and Richard Allen-Turner serving as executive producers for Avalon Television. Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte also serve as executive producers. Produced by Avalon Television and Freeform Studios, it will be distributed internationally by Avalon Distribution.

TV UPDATES

Telemundo Announces Programming Initiatives for Next Season
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced a programming lineup for the 2018-2019 television season featuring more than 950 hours of new series and multi-platform original content. On the digital front, the network presented new digi-social partnerships including a total-market entertainment series with E!, the first-ever digital female empowerment series leading up to FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, and a distribution deal with Hulu providing over 3,000 hours of Spanish-language content on the streaming service.

On the sports front, Telemundo Deportes revealed its plans for the Women’s World Cup in 2019, including approximately 1,000 hours of live and original news and information programming of the tournament from France. Universo cable channel will bring back its “celeb-realities” including “Larrymania” and signature series including “The Walking Dead en Español” and “Sons of Anarchy.”

For a listing of the new and returning series from NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, click here

Univision Announces 2018-19 Content Slate
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has unveiled its programming initiatives for the 2018-19 TV season. “This year’s Upfront is about ‘Culture Unbound,’ a tribute to the relationship we’ve established with our community that has made us the destination of choice for 25 consecutive seasons,” said Randy Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer, UCI. “We know the best way to connect with our audience is through live News, Sports, Music and unscripted entertainment, which we deliver across our portfolio everyday, and is our key differentiator in the market.”  

Univision’s programming strategy is geared towards scripted and non-scripted shows, live sports, live music and news. And the categories consist of supernatural, action dramas, crime dramas, dramedies, music, melodramas, sword-and-sandal, non-scripted and sports. For the roster of programming initiatives, click here

Thursday Overnight Ratings Scorecard: Click here

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

NBC’s “World of Dance” Renewed for Season 3
Optimistic NBC has granted a third season renewal to summer dance competition series “World of Dance” ahead of its second season. The series, which finished last summer as the most-watched new summer alternative series in a decade, features dancers showcasing their talents and competing for a million-dollar grand prize. Executive producer Jennifer Lopez leads a judging team that includes Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and host/mentor Jenna Dewan.

“We set out to make ‘World of Dance’ a competition series of the highest caliber — every act that hits the stage gives their all and challenges themselves against the most elite athletes in the world,” said Jennifer Lopez in a statement. “As an executive producer and judge, I’m constantly reminded of the heart and determination it takes to rise to the challenge and become the best of the best. I can’t wait to see the talent that comes across our stage for Season 3.”

Fox Renews Drama “Star” for Season 3
Fox has issued a third season renewal to drama “Star,” which this season out of compatible “Empire” improved its audience retention. Chances of remaining in the Wednesday 9 p.m. ET hour next seaso are likely.

Additionally, co-creator Lee Daniels has inked a new overall deal with producer 20th Century Fox Television. “Lee is not just an extraordinary writer and director, he’s a talent magnet who’s full of creative energy,” said studio chiefs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “He’s also one of the most entertaining and authentic voices we’ve ever encountered. From ‘Empire’ to ‘Star’, when you work with Lee on a project, you know you’re going to be spellbound not just by the idea, but also by how it’s filtered through his unique lens. He’s a creator with many more stories to tell and we’re grateful he’ll be telling them with us.”

Fox Cancels Three Live Action Sitcoms
Fox has opted against new seasons of a trio of live action sitcoms: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Last Man on Earth” and sophomore “The Mick.” Of the three, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has the longest run at five seasons, and Hulu is reported to have already expressed interest in a sixth season. Stay tuned.

Adult Swim Orders 70 New Episodes of “Rick and Morty”
“Rick and Morty” creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland announced on Instagram that Adult Swim has ordered 70 new episodes of the animated sitcom. Debuting on December 2, 2013, “Rick and Morty”  follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.

“Rick and Morty” will also be featured in the return of the country-wide tour of the Rickmobile, which hits the road on May 17th starting in Atlanta, GA. The mobile pop-up shop will be offering new exclusive, custom-designed show collectibles at more than 50 stops, including San Diego Comic Con in July.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Erik  Griffin will return for his second Showtime comedy special, “Erik Griffin: Amerikan Warrior,” on Friday, June 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Filmed at the Star Theater in Portland, Oregon, the new hour-long special flips convention on its ear with Griffin deconstructing everything from social norms, personal responsibility and lazy protesting to the righteously religious and the female renaissance, all while skewering his own sense of male entitlement.

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UPFRONT RECAPS
From PromaxBDA

-Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here
-YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts – For more, click here
-Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here
-Linear Model Still Matters for Optimistic PopTV – Click here
-Connector’s Remain Sony Crackle’s Key Target – Click here
-Nat Geo Combines Science, Exploration Storytelling to Broaden Brand – Clickhere
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Clickhere
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Clickhere

SPORTS

-2018 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals TV and Announcer Schedule  Click here
-2018 College Softball Conference Championships TV and Announcer Schedule Click here
-2018 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here
-2018 NFL Monday Night Football Schedule on ESPN – Click here

Play the Broadcast Network Upfront Game 2018
With the broadcast network upfront presentations taking place during the week of May 13th, here is your chance to predict what will occur at our 2018 Broadcast Network Upfront Pick’Em Game! The deadline is when NBC announces their fall schedule on Sunday, May 13 (approximately noonEastern).

For mobile device visitors, click here for a more user-friendly experience. To participate, click here

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCMENTS

Katz Media Group has promoted media executive Stacey Lynn Schulman to chief marketing officer. Schulman joined Katz in 2014 as EVP of strategy, analytics and research, providing audience and consumer analytics for Katz partners, advertisers and agencies. In her  new role, she will lead a team of marketing and insight professionals across both Katz Radio Group and Katz Television Group, driving overall marketing strategy and insights for Katz’s 14 regional offices.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT

Series premieres: “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Evil Genius” and “Who Was? Show” on Netflix, “All Night” on Hulu…Season premieres: “Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition” on CBS, “Bill Nye Saves the World” and “Spirit” on Netflix, “BattleBots” on Discovery…“Marriage Boot Camp” concludes for the season on WE…For the primetime schedule for Thursday, May 10, click here

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TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Network Upfront Presentation Week

Next week the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW — will present their programming plans to advertisers and the media in New York City. At press time, which one of the following network series is still not confirmed to officially return in 2018-19?

a) “A.P. Bio” (NBC)
b) “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
c) “The Good Place” (NBC)
d) “Modern Family” (ABC)
e) “Superior Donuts” (CBS)
f) they all are

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following scripted series will be hitting the milestone 100-episode mark next season?

a) “black-ish”
b) “Life in Pieces”
c) “Mr. Robot”
d) “Orange is the New Black”
e) “Ray Donovan”
f) they all will
g) none of them will

Is:…a) “black-ish,” which at this season’s end will be at the 95 episode mark.

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins (2x), Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell, Art Salisch