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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Series premieres: “Perry Mason” on CBS in 1957, “Adam-12” on NBC in 1968, “N.Y.P.D. Blue” on ABC in 1993 and NBC’s “Will & Grace” in 1998…Remember the brouhaha when then Vice President Dan Quayle criticized Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown for being a single parent?  “Murphy Brown” the sitcom responded to his comments in the fifth season-opener in 1992 in the episode titled “You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato”…Celebrity Birthdays: Horror novelist Stephen King is 69; Oscar nominee Bill Murray is 66; “Full House” star Dave Coulier is 57; Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms” is 51; Country singer Faith Hill is 49; “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Alfonso Ribeiro is 46; Actor Luke Wilson is 45; Nicole Richie is 35; Former “Lost” star Maggie Grace is 33.

Did You Know?
“Will & Grace” is only one of three sitcoms historically where all of the lead actors won Emmy Awards.  The other two are “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls.”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight ratings analysis is back!

Tuesday 9/20/16
Night 2 of the 2016-17 TV Season

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 8.8/15, NBC: 7.3/12, ABC: 4.9/ 8, Fox: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: + 9, CBS: + 5,ABC: -18, CW: -44, Fox: -45

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-Winners:
“NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Bull” (CBS), “This Is Us” (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine: (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (ABC)

Ratings Analysis:
Two nights into the new television season and the immediate observation is the state of network television, which…based on the Big 3…is alive and well.

CBS led the Tuesday overnight households, with a clean sweep in the six half-hours care of the season-premiere of “NCIS” (9.8 rating/16 share), the series-premiere of drama “Bull” (9.7/15) and the season-premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans” (7.1/13).  But NBC is a lock for victory in adults 18-49 thanks to two-hours of “The Voice” (#2: 7.7/13 from 8-10 p.m.) and the series-premiere of “This Is Us” (#2: 6.5/11), which will remain in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour until Oct. 4th.  Effective Oct. 11, it moves to 9 p.m. into the season-premiere of “Chicago Fire.”

More specifically, the 9.8 overnight household rating for “NCIS” was nine percent below the 10.8/18 season-opener on the year-ago evening, and that translated into 18.19 million viewers and a 2.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.  The 9.7 overnight rating for “Bull” was 26 percent above the 7.7/12 for the season-premiere of former time period occupant “NCIS: New Orleans” one year earlier, with full overnight retention out of “NCIS.”  I’ll call this a spectacular start for “Bull.”  And the 7.1 overnight rating for “NCIS: New Orleans,” now at 10 p.m., was 15 percent above the year-ago series premiere of short-lived drama “Limitless” (6.7/12 on 9/22/15).

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here

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Fast National Data
-Monday 9/19/16: Click here

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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of 9/12/16
The clean sweep for NBC, of course, is a reflection of the return of “Sunday Night Football.”  And the steep declines for Fox are a result of the network airing the “Primetime Emmy Awards” during the year-ago week.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 8.73 million (+ 1), CBS: 7.55 (+14), ABC: 5.11 (+20), Fox: 2.76 (-48), CW: 1.02 ( 3)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.4 rating/9 share (- 4), CBS: 1.9/ 7 (+12), ABC: 1.1/ 4 (+22), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (-47), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 2.9/ 9 (- 6), CBS: 2.4/ 7 (+14), ABC: 1.4/ 5 (+17), Fox: 1.0/ 3 (-50), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 1.8/ 9 (- 5), CBS: 1.4/ 6 (+17), ABC: 0.8/ 4 (+33), Fox: 0.6/ 1 (-54), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Syndication Ratings Scorecard – Week of 9/05/16:
What follows are the top-rated shows in syndication (first-run and off-network) in households for the week of September 5:

“Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution): 6.8 rating; “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.2; Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC-Litton): 5.6; “Wheel of Fortune: (CTD): 5.4; “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.0; “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 4.7’ “Law & Order: SVU” (NBCUniversal): 3.6; “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend (Warner Bros.): 3.3; “Entertainment Tonight” CTD): 2.8’ “Dr. Phil” (CTD), “Family Feud” (Twentieth) and “Modern Family” (Twentieth): 2.7 each; “Inside Edition” (CTD): 2.6; “Live With Kelly” (Disney-ABC): 2.5; “Two and a Half Men” (Warner Bros.): 2.4; “Ellen DeGeneres” (Warner Bros. – season premiere): 2.3; “Hot Bench” (CTD) and “Family Guy” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.2; “Access Hollywood Live” (NBCU) and “Bob’s Burgers” (Twentieth): 2.1 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

FX Renews “Atlanta” and “Better Things” for Season Two
FX has issued a second season renewal to recent entries “Atlanta” and “Better Things,” each with an order for 10 new episodes.  Debuting on Sept. 6, “Atlanta”  is the coming-of-age story following a man named Earn (Donald Glover) in his daily life in the city of Atlanta, as he tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his girlfriend and mother of his daughter, his parents and his cousin.  “Better Things,” from Pamela Adlon and Louis CK, centers on a single, working actress named Sam (Pamela Adlon) who has no filter raising her three daughters, Max (Mike Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles.  Sam also looks after her mother (Celia Imrie), who lives across the street.

Interesting footnote: Olivia Edward is the daughter of medium John Edward, whose presence as host of daytime talk show “Crossing Over with John Edward” is sorely missed.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Charlie Sheen to Star in Original Crackle Film “Mad Families”
Charlie Sheen will star and executive produce original Crackle movie, “Mad Families,” which began production in Los Angeles last week. Sheen stars as Charlie Jones, a loveable man-child with a heart of gold and a unique way of looking at the world in the multi-generational comedy directed and produced by Fred Wolf (“Drunk Parents,” “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser”) from a script by Wolf and David Spade.

The scoop: “Mad Families” centers on three families – one Hispanic, one African American, one Caucasian – who find themselves sharing the same camping space on a Fourth of July holiday weekend. When none of them volunteer to vacate the site, they try to figure out a way to cohabitate peacefully, but eventually decide on a series of competitions to determine a winner. As the families face off in a series of contests, Charlie quips and complains his way through the great outdoors, but ultimately, with the help of his fellow campers, ends up realizing what’s most important in life.

Online Series “Los Cowboys: Vida de Ciudad. Corazón de Rancho” to Air on Galavision Network
Corral360, one of the producers of bicultural content for Hispanic millennials, has announced that previously online-only reality series “Los Cowboys: Vida de Ciudad. Corazón de Rancho” will begin airing on cable today.    Galavision Network will air the series weekly on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm. ET. “Los Cowboys” is an original docuseries about the duality people face when balancing work and family in pursuit of the American Dream.
The first season, which debuted in January 2015 on Hulu, followed a team of Mexican cowboys or “charros” living in Los Angeles preparing for their dream of competing in the Mexican national rodeo.  Ten episodes were produced.  Season two delves deeper into their everyday lives and examines the delicate balance experienced by so many who transition between two cultures (and two languages) every day.

Nickelodeon Starts Production on “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”
Nickelodeon has begun production in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on original TV movie, “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” based on author Chris Grabenstein’s children’s book of the same name about a group of friends whose overnight stay in their town’s new hi-tech library turns into a daring, dangerous adventure of escape. The 90-minute, live-action TV movie stars Breanna Yde (“School of Rock”), Casey Simpson (“Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”), Russell Roberts (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”) and newcomers AJ Rivera and Klarke Pipkin.  It premieres in 2017.

OPINION

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of ‘Big Brother 18’” by Douglas Pucci
After more than three months, 42 episodes and countless hours of watching the houseguests live and interact with each other, the 18th season of “Big Brother” on CBS has come to a close. A summer television staple since its inception in 2000, let’s take a deeper look.  For more, click here

The anatomy of a hit-making fall season by Marc Berman
From Campaign US: Year after year, CBS does it best and its new fall lineup is no exception

To accentuate the positive in this new television season, this week I’ll focus on CBS, which once again has put together the strongest primetime fall lineup. While no schedule is perfect (I have to take the network to task for not attempting to more aggressively program deadly Saturday), the Eye net is the poster child for programming done right. And this year’s fall season is no exception.

The network has enjoyed a viewership winning streak for the last eight straight years (and for 13 out of the last 14), and what’s been particularly impressive about its performance is that CBS has been dominating the coveted 18-49 adult viewership for two of the last four years. Once known primarily as an attraction for blue-haired geriatrics, CBS is now home to a strong potpourri of product that targets all age groups.

So, how did CBS accomplish this feat?  For more, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Ancient Assassins,” which showcases the fatal tactics, immense physical strength and treacherous skillset of the most feared assassins, elite units and mercenaries throughout time, will open season two on American Heroes Channel (AHC) on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. ET.  The premiere episode, “Vlad The Impaler,” will feature Prince Vlad Dracula III, the inspiration for the fictional character of Dracula.

PI POLLS
1. What Wednesday network series are you most looking forward to this season?  Click here
2. What network series are you most looking forward to on this first Tuesday of the 2016-17 television season? Click here
3. What upcoming new network drama are you most interested in watching this fall?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Speechless” and “Designated Survivor” on ABC and “Lethal Weapon” on Fox.  Season premieres: ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family” and “The Middle;” “Survivor” on CBS; NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD;” and “Empire” on Fox. “Big Brother” concludes for the season on CBS.  For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, September 21, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Surviving Primetime

Which one of the following sitcoms produced the most number of episodes?

a) “Ellen”
b) “Maude”
c) “Reba”
d) “Rhoda”
e) “Roseanne”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following scripted dramas was regularly scheduled on Tuesday for its entire run?

a) “Hart to Hart”
b) “Hawaii Five-O” (the original)
c) “Judging Amy”
d) “Police Story”
e) “Remington Steele”

Is…c) “Judging Amy,” which aired in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour on CBS from 1999 to 2005.

Trivia All-Stars
John Brooker, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Art Salisch

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.