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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Note: We will not be publishing tomorrow.  See you back on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 6 days 
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Friday night crime solvers “The Rockford Files” and “Police Woman” both launched on NBC in 1974…NBC variety hour “The Richard Pryor Show,”which featured Robin Williams, Tim Reid and Sandra Bernhard (among others), opened in 1977.  It faced ABC’s top-rated “Happy Days and “Laverne & Shirley” and was canceled after just four episodes.  Later that season, Robin Williams was introduced on “Happy Days” as Mork from Ork…NBC’s “Law & Order”began its 20-season run in 1990.  A total of 456 episodes were produced…NBC’s “Frasier” won a record fifth consecutive Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1998…”Supernatural” debuted on The WB in 2005…Celebrity Birthdays: “19 Kids and Counting” star Michelle Duggar is 50; TV producer Tyler Perry is 47; “Girl Meets World” star Ben Savage is 36.

Did You Know?:
“Law & Order” is tied with “Gunsmoke” on CBS as the longest running scripted drama in the history of television.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight rating analysis will be returning at the start of the new TV season.    

Monday 9/12/16

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 7.0/12, NBC: 3.2/ 5, CBS: 3.1/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change From Saturday 7/04/15:
ABC: – 4, CBS: – 9, Fox: -14, NBC and CW: -20 each

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here


Fast Affiliate Results
-Friday 9/09/16: Click here
-Saturday 9/10/16: Click here

Live + Same Day 
-Monday 9/05/16: Click here
-Tuesday 9/06/16: Click here
-Wednesday 9/07/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Two Men Arrested After “Dancing with the Stars” Altercation with Ryan Lochte
Two men were arrested last night after Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s debut performance on “Dancing with the Stars” with partner Cheryl Burke.  Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Mike Lopez said 48-year-old Sam Sododeh and 40-year-old Barzeen Soroudi were detained by security on the set until officers arrived to take them into custody after rushing to the stage in anti Lochte T-shirts on the ABC dance competition while Lochte and his parter Cheryl Burke were being critiqued by judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

The two men were handcuffed and removed from the audience as well two women who were sitting behind the men in the audience. The women were also wearing shirts that had Lochte’s name with a line through it.

During the episode, Lochte performed a foxtrot routine to “Call Me Irresponsible.” They received a combined score from the judges of 24 out of 40.
Lochte and various teammates, of course, were involved in an early-morning drunken encounter during the Olympics last month at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They later claimed they were threatened and robbed. United States team officials banned Lochte for 10 months, requiring him to forfeit $100,000 in bonuses and miss the 2017 world championships.

ABC claims Lochte’s participation on “Dancing With the Stars” was planned before the incident in Rio.

“Family Ties” Adapted as a Stage Play
NBC sitcom “Family Ties,” which aired from 1982 to 1989 and was set in Ohio, is being adapted as a stage play and will debut at the Human Race Theater in Dayton, Ohio in June.  “Family Ties” the play will draw on elements from the seven-season run of the 1982 series, which centered on the Keaton family and often involved the political disagreements between two ex-hippie parents (played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter) and their conservative son (Michael J. Fox).  Araca Group, the production company behind such well known plays as “Wicked” and “Book of Mormon,” will lead the project. They’ve already signed on Kleban Award winner Daniel Goldstein to write the script.

Goldstein, known to Broadway audiences as the director of the 2011 revival of “Godspell,” recently wrote the book for the musical “Unknown Soldier,” which premiered in summer 2015 at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His upcoming projects include a version of “Hansel and Gretel” in Buffalo and a Harry Potter Death Eater Experience at Universal Studios Japan.

“Family Ties” the stage play will run from June 1-June 25, 2017.

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Three Featured Players
NBC has confirmed that Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor will added as featured performers for the upcoming season of veteran “Saturday Night Live.”  Mike Day, from Orange County, California, joined “SNL” as a writer in its 39th season and was a co-head writer and cast member on this summer’s “Maya & Marty.”  Alex Moffat is from Chicago and was a regular performer at iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theatre.  And Melissa Villasenor of Whittier, California is an impressionist and stand-up comedian who’s appeared on the club and college circuit nationwide.

“Harley and the Davidsons” Most-Watched Cable Miniseries in Over Three Years
Discovery is reporting 4.4 million viewers and 2.0 million adults 25-54 for three-part scripted miniseries “Harley and the Davidsons,” making it the most watched single-network cable miniseries since “The Bible” on History in April 2014.

Airing three consecutive nights from Monday, Sept. 5 to Wednesday, Sept. 7, “Harley and the Davidsons” was the #1 cable program – excluding sports – in men/adults 25-54 and men 18-49.  The miniseries featured Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”) as Walter Davidson, Robert Aramayo (“Game of Thrones”) as William (Bill) Harley and Bug Hall (“The Little Rascals”) playing the role of  Arthur Davidson. Other cast members included Stephen Rider (“Daredevil”), Jessica Camacho (“Sleepy Hollow”), Daniel Coonan (“EastEnders”), Annie Read (“Awkward”), Wilson Bethel  (“Hart of Dixie”), Dougray Scott (“Mission: Impossible 2”), Gabe Luna (“Matador”), Alex Shaffer (“Win Win”) and newcomers Essa O’Shea and Sean Scully.

MeTV Announces MeTV Music Streaming Service on MeTV.com
MeTV, the destination for nostalgic programming, has announced the new MeTV Music streaming service now playing on MeTV.com. MeTV Music is a free music companion to MeTV, showcasing the best in timeless and memorable popular music.

MeTV Music, launching in association with AccuRadio, is the first ever music-streaming companion to MeTV and will be programmed with the same emphasis on timeless appeal. With a library that is thousands of tracks deep, featured will be hits, hummable favorites and many songs that traditional music outlets have long forgotten about. As a dedicated streaming music player, MeTV Music will allow listeners to log on from the MeTV.com homepage and enjoy music on their personal computer or laptop. Listeners can skip or pause songs, rate tracks and get detailed information on each song as it plays. And unlike traditional radio, MeTV Music will stream songs with limited commercial interruptions.

The collection of musical artists will include Billy Joel, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, The Carpenters, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Simon and Garfunkel, Chicago, Hall and Oates, The Four Seasons and The Eagles.


Pivot will honor International Day of the Girl, the global movement on which underscores a mission to grow confidence, opportunity and provide justice and advancement for young women in the U.S. and around the world, with the premiere of film “Driving with Selvi,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The scoop: Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape by going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead, she gets on the bus, choosing to live, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. Over a ten-year journey, viewers will see a remarkable transformation as Selvi finds her voice and defies all expectations.

“That Awkward Game Show” will premiere on Spike on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.  Featuring parents and their adult children who compete to win a cash prize while learning some of the most ridiculously shocking truths about their next of kin, the show is hosted by actor and comedian Jeff Dye (who is currently featured on NBC’s “Better Late Than Never”).  The scoop: Each episode will feature three teams of two (comprised of one parent and one adult child per team) trying to figure out which embarrassing factoid is related to their teammate (and family member). In order to advance throughout the game, contestants will have to identify uncomfortable, often outrageous, previously unknown truths about their loved ones. The parent/kid duo who answers the most questions correctly will win the cash prize.

The Selection: Special Operations Experiment” will debut on History on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET.  From executive producer, Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor”) and his unscripted shingle Film 45 and Bunim/Murray Productions.  Trained and led by veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, these instructors drive those who are willing to push themselves to the limits of the human body and mind, the series takes a diverse group of men and women between the ages of 21-45 years old on an epic journey of self-discovery, facing their biggest fears and testing their will to survive. Along the way, viewers will gain insight into the origin of each of the challenges facing the participants, as well as the purpose behind them.  Eight episodes have been ordered.


Amanda Hill has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer, A+E Networks.  In her new role, Hill will be responsible for managing and evolving marketing in support of A+E Networks’ portfolio of brands and businesses, including brand strategy, consumer and B2B marketing, and creative execution in the United States and abroad.  Previously, Hill oversaw A+E Networks’ international marketing, communications and programming teams as Chief Creative Officer for that division.  Prior to joining A+E Networks, Hill served as Chief Brands Officer for BBC Worldwide since December 2012 having joined the company in 2003.

1. Did ABC make a mistake including Ryan Locte in “Dancing With the Stars” this season?  Click here
2. What upcoming new network drama are you most interested in watching this fall?  Click here
3. Who are you rooting for to win “America’s Got Talent” this season?  Clickhere
4. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series?  Click here
Discovery Launches “Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove” and “Taking Fire.”  Bounce TV introduces late night talker “Ed Gordon.”  “If Loving You is Wrong” opens new season on OWN.  “For Better or Worse” concludes for the season – or series – on NBC. For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, September 13, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Short but Back

Which one of the following short-lived series was actually revived at a later time?

a) “Eerie, Indiana”
b) “The Nashville Palace”
c) “New York News”
d) “The Oregon Trail”
e) “Push, Nevada”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which TV character once referred to himself as “The Casanova of Clinton Avenue”?

a) Greg Brady
b) Al Bundy
c) Todd DiLaMuca
d) Tony Soprano
e) Johnny Venture

Is…a) Greg Brady, who was played by Barry Williams on ABC’s “The Brady Bunch,” of course.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Michelle Bauer, Mark Binda, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Paul Certo, Larry Collins, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Anthony Salerno, Ralph Tobias, Dan Whitford