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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
ON THIS DAY
Three series of note concluded: Syndicated “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” in 1958; drama “In the Heat of the Night” (which began on NBC and ended on CBS) in 1995; and sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” on CBS in 2005.

-Did You Know?:
Talks of a spin-off series from “Everybody Loves Raymond” focused on Robert (Brad Garrett) and Amy Barone (Monica Horan) never surfaced. Instead, the sitcom simply signed-off after 210 episodes with the family eating at the kitchen table together.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.8/11, NBC: 3.9/ 7, ABC: 3.4/ 6, Fox: 1.3/ 2, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +48, CBS: – 4, NBC: – 5, Fox: -13, CW: -15

For the half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, May 15, click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of April 30 – Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of May 7
What follows are the Live+Same Day rating results for the week of May 7 (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses). Of note was ABC’s revival of “American Idol” besting both weekly editions of NBC’s “The Voice” in adults 18-49 for the third straight week.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.08 million (+ 1), NBC: 4.46 (-13), ABC: 4.44 (+ 9), Fox: 2.62 (+11), CW: 1.02 (-22)

-Adults 18-49: 
ABC: 0.9 rating/4 share (no change), CBS: 0.9/ 4 (-10), NBC: 0.9/ 4 (-18), Fox: 0.7/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 2 (-40)

-Adults 25-54:
CBS: 1.4/ 5 (- 7), ABC: 1.2/ 4 (no change), NBC: 1.2/ 4 (-14), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.4/ 1 (-20)

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 0.6/ 3 (no change), CBS and Fox: 0.5/ 3 (no change), NBC: 0.5/ 3 (-29), CW: 0.3/ 2 (-25)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NETWORK UPFRONTS

Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall
From PromaxBDA: Unlike NBC and Fox, which took the modest approach, ABC has announced a particularly aggressive fall 2018 primetime line-up. The alphabet net will feature six new series this fall — comedies “The Kids Are Alright” and “Single Parents;” dramas “The Rookie” and “A Million Little Things;” “Dancing With the Stars Juniors;” and talker “The Alec Baldwin Show.” The changes impact four nights of the week, excluding MondayThursday andSaturday.

In midseason, an additional four scripted series – dramas “The Fix,” “Grand Hotel” and “Whisky Cavalier;” and “The Goldbergs” spin-off “Schooled” – will be introduced. In total, that is 10 new series: five dramas, three comedies and two non-scripted for ABC in 2018-19.

Particularly ambitious is the return of the “TGIF” comedy brand care of the relocation of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” in the Friday 8 p.m. hour, which will face sitcoms “Last Man Standing” and “The Cool Kids” on Fox. Those will lead into returning game show “Child Support,” hosted by Fred Savage and featuring Ricky Gervais.

Sunday, meanwhile, is a night of all non-scripted fare to compete with “SundayNight Football” on NBC, including “Dancing With the Stars Juniors” at 8 p.m.out of veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “The Alec Baldwin Show” at 10 p.m. out of “Shark Tank.”

Returning in midseason will be “American Idol” and sophomore legal drama “For the People,” which will replace “How to Get Away With Murder” and keeps the night of all Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas intact. Summer 2019 will feature 13 new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” which will take it into season six.

Current fare not returning next season includes fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time” and recently introduced dramas “The Crossing” and “Deception.” Sitcom “The Middle” concludes its nine-season run next Tuesday.

For an analysis of ABC’s fall 2018 primetime line-up and a look at the schedule grid, click here
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-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF” – Click here
NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here

New Series Trailers:
-“The Fix” (ABC): Click here
-“Grand Hotel” (ABC): Click here
-“The Kids Are Alright” (ABC): Click here
-“A Million Little Things” (ABC): Click here
-“The Rookie” (ABC): Click here
-“Single Parents” (ABC): Click here
-“Whisky Cavalier” (ABC): Click here
-“The Cool Kids” (Fox): Click here
-“The Passage” (Fox): Click here
-“Proven Innocent” (Fox): Click here
-“I Feel Bad” (NBC): Click here
-“Rel” (Fox): Click here
-“Manifest” (NBC): Click here
-“New Amsterdam” (NBC): Click here

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freeform Orders Comedy “Besties”
In addition to spin-off “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” Freeform will introduce a new half-hour multi-camera sitcom next season called “Besties.” From co-creators Kenya Barris and Ranada Shepard (“grown-ish”), “Besties” explores friendship, identity, race, and class as two lifelong best friends use each other to get through some of the toughest challenges that they will ever face – figuring out who they are and who they want to be.

Kenya Barris and Ranada Shepard are executive producers; the series is produced by ABC Signature Studios. No casting has been announced at present.

YouTube Picks Up New Documentary Series on Artificial Intelligence
YouTube announced its order for eight episodes of a documentary series for YouTube Red in 2019 on artificial intelligence that will be executive produced by Team Downey partners Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Paul Gertz, and Sonar Entertainment’s Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski. The series will showcase some of the brightest minds in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts to tell the dynamic story of A.I.

The logline: Robert Downey Jr. will bring his genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for the subject to the screen, hosting and narrating the series and uncovering insights from researchers and leading experts who will share their unique perspectives. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work — both now and in the future.

The Untitled A.I. Series will be executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, through their production company, Team Downey, with Team Downey’s Emily Ford also serving as executive producer, and Evan Moore overseeing the project. Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski of Sonar Entertainment will executive produce, while Derik Murray and Paul Gertz of Network Entertainment will produce the series.

RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Sundance Channel Cancels “Hap and Leonard”
Sundance Channel has opted against a fourth season of anthology series “Hap and Leonard,” Debuting on March 2, 2016, the series was based on the characters created by novelist Joe R. Landsale and adapted from his series of novels of the same name. Season one was based on the book “Savage Season,” season two was based on “Mucho Mojo,” and season thee on “Two Bear Mambo.” John Wirth served as showrunner and executive producer for Season three, and Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jeremy Platt and Linda Moran served as executive producers.

Eighteen episodes of “Hap and Leonard” were produced in total, and the now series-finale aired on April 11.

TV UPDATES

Entertainment One in Talks to Revive “Designated Survivor”
Just one day after news of its cancellation comes word that Entertainment One is in talks with Netflix about picking up Kiefer Sutherland political drama “Designated Survivor” for a third season. Earlier this week two other canceled series found life on new outlets — “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on NBC and “Last Man Standing” on Fox. Discussions are preliminary and potentially complicated since Hulu has domestic streaming rights to the first two seasons. Stay tuned.

Sutikki to Bring New Preschool Series “Moon and Me” to Universal Kids
Sutikki, the kids and family division of Bento Box Entertainment, has announced that Universal Kids will be the U.S. television home of new preschool series “Moon and Me.” Created by Andrew Davenport (“Teletubbies,” In the Night Garden”), “Moon and Me” is the comical story of a special friendship between two characters from completely different worlds. The series is inspired by well-loved tales of toys that come to life when nobody is looking. Moon and Me will begin airing later this year.

Tuesday Overnight Ratings Scorecard: Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Eight-episode HBO drama “Sharp Objects” will premiere on Sunday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET.Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, “Sharp Objects” stars Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker, who returns to her small hometown to cover the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. The cast includes Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, Matt Craven, Henry Czerny, Taylor John Smith, Sophia Lillis and Madison Davenport.

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UPFRONT RECAPS
From PromaxBDA

-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-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 NCAA Division I Softball Regionals TV and Announcer Schedule – Clickhere
-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

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Weather Channel has announced that Tevin Wooten has joined the company as an On-Camera Meteorologist. Prior to his new role, Wooten was a Weather Production & On-Camera Meteorologist Intern at The Weather Channel during the Summer of 2017, and also served as a weekday weather-anchor for Florida State University’s weather show, “FSU Weather”  After receiving his degree in journalism from University of Arkansas, Wooten began his on-camera career as a General Assignment Reporter and Fill-in Weather-Anchor & Producer at KNWA & FOX 24, the Northwest Arkansas NBC/FOX affiliate news stations.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT

Series finales: “Alex, Inc.” and “Designated Survivor” on ABC…Season finales: “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family” and “American Housewife”on ABC; “SEAL Team” on CBS; “The Blacklist” on NBC; “Riverdale” on The CW; “Long Lost Family” and “This is Life Live” on TLC; “America Inside Out with Katie Couric” on TLC…Science debuts “Scijinks”“BattleBots”opens new season on Science…For the primetime schedule for Wednesday, May 16, click here

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TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
One Role, Two Actors

Which one of the following TV roles was played by only one actor or actress?

a) Jeff Colby – “Dynasty”
b) D.J. Conner – “Roseanne”
c) Gladys Kravitz – “Bewitched”
d) Morty Seinfeld – “Seinfeld”
e) Paige Thatcher – “Life Goes On”
f) none of them were

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What season is animated Fox mainstay “The Simpsons” heading into in 2018-19?

a) 25
b) 28
c) 30
d) 32
e) 35

...c) 30. “The Simpsons,” which began as a series of sketches on variety half-hour “The Tracey Ullman Show,” debuted as a stand-alone series on Dec. 17, 1999.

Trivia All-Stars
Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, Mary Kinoshita, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Neil Sabin, Michelle Stanton, Lee Stevens, Verdi Tzou