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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
“Later With Bob Costas, a half-hour talk show created to follow “Late Night with David Letterman” (and, eventually, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), debuted on NBC in 1988. Hosted by Costas in New York until 1994, the format featured conversations with one individual in each telecast. Production shifted to Burbank after Costas departed with Greg Kinnear the new host until 1996. Ultimately, Carson Daly stepped in and the show was re-titled “Last Call with Carson Daly” in 2002…Valerie Harper of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda” is 79; “Laverne & Shirley” star Cindy Williams is 71; Singer Tori Amos is 55; ”Modern Family” star Ty Burrell is 51; Chef Giada De Laurentis is 48; “Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig is 45; Late night talk show host James Corden is 40.

-Did You Know?:
Valerie Harper was once the roommate of Arlene Golonka, who played Millie on“The Andy Griffith Show” and spin-off “Mayberry RFD.

RATINGS BOX                                                                   
Tuesday 8/21/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.5/10, CBS: 3.1/ 6, ABC: 2.6/ 5, Fox: 1.3/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +30, ABC: + 8, CBS: – 9, NBC: -15, CW: -20

Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, as usual, with the two-hour telecast at a 7.0 rating/12 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that more than doubled competing “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC (#3: 3.0/ 5).

Despite the ample lead-in support, NBC reality/competition “Making Hit,” hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, dropped to a series low 2.3/ 5 in the 10 p.m. hour, which trailed an encore telecast of “NCIS: New Orleans” on CBS (3.0/ 6) by 23 percent.

For the complete analysis and breakdown by network and by half hour for Tuesday, August 21, click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard
What follows are the Live+Same Day rating results for the week of August 13. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 4.38 million (-13), CBS: 3.62 (-15), ABC: 3.17 (-14), Fox: 1.59 (- 8), CW: 800,000 (-13)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.4 rating/5 share (-18), CBS: 1.2/ 4 (-14), ABC: 1.0/ 4 (-17), Fox: 0.5/ 2 (-17), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.2/ 4 (-14), ABC and CBS: 0.9/ 3 (-18), Fox: 0.6/ 2 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), ABC: 0.4/ 3 (-33), Fox: 0.3/ 2 (no change), CBS: 0.3/ 2 (-40), CW: 0.1/ 1 (-50)

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/20/18: Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of August 5: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Renews “The End of the F***ing World” for Season 2
Netflix has issued a second season renewal to “The End of the F***king World.” Based on the graphic novel, adapted by acclaimed newcomer Charlie Covell, the eight episode first season follows James (Alex Lawther, “Black Mirror”) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden, “Penny Dreadful”) – a self-proclaimed psychopath and a foul-mouthed rebel fed-up with her boring life. The two embark on a road trip to find a better life, and escape the impending doom of adulthood. As their chaotic journey unfolds, it becomes apparent that James and Alyssa have crossed a line and have no choice but to take it as far as they can.

Fox Greenlights “Beat Shazam” for Season 3
Fox has anounced a third season renewal to game show “Beat Shazam,” hosted by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. The interactive music game show pits three teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the most money banked will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the popular song identification app, for the chance to win one million dollars.

The series has featured numerous celebrity guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Odell Beckham, Jr., Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson, and more.


“Big Brother 20” Power Rankings for Week 8: Channeling My Inner Zingbot
Spoiler warning: The following article details some of the events of the past week that either have not been showcased on past CBS episodes or may be in a future episode.

The arrival of the annual roasting robot Zingbot this past week on “Big Brother 20” has inspired this unique version of analysis of the remaining nine houseguests. It was certainly a week filled with inexplicable logic, idiotic game play and an increasing amount of smooching in the Head of Household bedroom. For a look, clickhere

Tiffany Haddish to Headline Comedy Special on Netflix
Comedian Tiffany Haddish will be featured in an original hour-long stand-up comedy special. Haddish will tape the special in early 2019 and it will premiere globally later in the year.

Haddish, whose performance in last year’s “Girls’ Trip” earned her wide acclaim, can currently be seen opposite Tracy Morgan on TBS comedy “The Last O.G.,” and will soon star in “Night School,” “The Oath,” and “Nobody’s Fool.”  She will also voice the character Tuca in the upcoming Netflix adult animated series “Tuca & Bertie.”

Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour – Final Thoughts – Clickhere

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews new fall NBC series “Manifest”, “I Feel Bad” and “New Amsterdam”. With Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen,click here


2018 WNBA Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC
ESPN’s live presentation of every game of the 2018 WNBA Playoffs began yesterday. The first and second rounds — both airing on ESPN2 — are single-elimination games.

The Best-of-Five WNBA semifinals tips off Sunday, Aug. 26 on ESPN2, with No. 1-seeds Atlanta Dream and Seattle Storm facing off against the winners of the games from Thursday, Aug. 23. The Best-of-Five WNBA Finals starts on Thursday, Sep. 6. All games but Game 2 will air on ESPN2; Game 2 airs on ABC on Sunday afternoon, Sep. 9.

The 2018 WNBA Draft Lottery will air at halftime during ESPN2’s Playoffs coverage on Tuesday, Aug. 28. In addition, espnW.com will supplement ESPN’s production with comprehensive live coverage and analysis throughout the WNBA postseason.

For the WNBA postseason schedule with game start times (subject to change; all times are Eastern), respective networks and game announcers, click here

2018 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 – Click here

2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA – Clickhere


Upcoming “Norm Macdonald has a Show” will be debut on Netflix on Friday, Sept. 14. The logline: The talk show features Norm Macdonald along with his trusty sidekick, Adam Eget, as they dive into conversations with celebrity guests. The premiere season welcomes Drew Barrymore, David Spade, Judge Judy, David Letterman, Jane Fonda, Checy Chase, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Keaton, Billy Joe Shaver and “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels.

ABC offers part one of special “The Story of the Royals”…Drama “Mr. Mercedes” opens season 2 on Audience…Season finales: “Harlots” on Hulu,“Queen Sugar” on OWN, “Yellowstone” on Paramount…For the programming options on Wednesday, August 22, click here
True or False

Which one of the following statements about television is not true?

a) “The Office” was used as the title of a series before the long-running NBC version.
b) Sharon Gless’ first regularly scheduled series role was in ABC medical drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.”
c) “Survivor” on CBS is heading into its 37th edition this fall.
d) The original title of classic CBS variety series “The Ed Sullivan Show” was “Toast of the Town.”
e) “Family Matters” was on the air longer than its parent series, “Perfect Strangers”
f) they are all true

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Four of the following five series debuted in midseason and one was in the fall. Which one was the fall entry?

a) “Baretta”
b) “Batman”
c) “Barnaby Jones”
d) “Emergency!”
e) “Mannix”
f) none of them opened in the fall

Is: e) “Mannix,” which began its eight season run on CBS on Sept. 16, 1967. 

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, Ralph Tobias