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Monday, September 26, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“Three classic sitcoms debuted on this day: “The Beverly Hillbillies” in 1962,“Gilligan’s Island” in 1964, and “The Brady Bunch” in 1969. “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch” came from the same creator, Sherwood Schwartz, who also wrote both theme songs…Also debuting: the original“Hawaii Five-O” on CBS in 1968; the original “Knight Rider” on NBC in 1982; and “Jane and the Fatman” on CBS in 1987…The first of the four “Great Debates” between Republican candidate for president Richard Nixon and Democrat John F. Kennedy aired in 1960.  An estimated 70-million viewers tuned in.  Tonight, of course, is part one of Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton…In 1986, Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing returned from the dead on the original“Dallas” on CBS.  It was all a dream!…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Olivia Newton-John is 68; Actress Linda Hamilton (“Beauty and the Beast”) is 60; Former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Sue Anderson is 54; Actor James Caviezel is 48; Tennis player Serena Williams is 35.

Did You Know?
“Gilligan’s Island,” which aired for three seasons, was supposed to continue into the 1967-68 season.  But when CBS changed its mind about canceling western “Gunsmoke” (which had slipped out of the Top 30), it needed the primetime real estate and those seven stranded castaways were given the boot. “Gunsmoke,” then heading into season No. 13, moved from Saturday to Monday and ultimately finished that next season ranked in a tie with CBS sitcom “Family Affair” at No. 4 overall.  “Gunsmoke” remained on the network until 1975, airing for 20 seasons.

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

Sunday 9/25/16
Night 7 of the 2016-17 TV Season

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 10.0/17, CBS: 8.8/14, ABC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 3

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: + 5, NBC: – 7, CBS: -10, ABC: -33

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-Winners:
“Sunday Night Football” (NBC), “60 Minutes” (CBS), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “The Simpsons” (Fox), “Son of Zorn” (Fox), “Secrets and Lies” (ABC), “Family Guy” (Fox), “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox), “Quantico” (ABC)

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Ratings Analysis:
Football was the dominant force on this first Sunday of the new television season with the Chicago Bears at the Dallas Cowboys on “Sunday Night Football” at an estimated 12.8 rating/21 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET.  One week earlier, a 13.7/22 in the overnights translated into 22.75 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/26 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.  Results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

On CBS, an NFL primetime overrun in the 7 p.m. half-hour scored a very dominant 14.1/25 in the household overnights.  All program averages for the Eye net last night are estimated given that football also bled into the 7:30 p.m. half-hour.  With that in mind, “60 Minutes” opened its season with an approximate 11.3/18 in the overnights from 7:30-8:30 p.m.  The eighth season premiere of relocated “NCIS: Los Angeles” followed with a solid 7.8/12 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. (again approximate), leading into a second episode of the “NCIS” spin-off at a 6.5/10 from 9:30-10:30 p.m.

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

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Fast Affiliate Data
Friday 9/23/16: Click here
Saturday 9/24/16: Click here

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 9/19/16: Click here
-Tuesday 9/20/16: Click here
-Wednesday 9/21/16: Click here
-Thursday 9/22/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freeform Greenlights Development on Late Night Series With Comedian Iliza Shlesinger
Freeform is targeting the late night daypart care of a potential late night series with comedian Iliza Shlesinger.  The proposed late-night series will feature Iliza’s unique voice that reflects the audience and what’s happening in the moment with a fresh comedic spin.  Iliza Shlesinger, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen Turner, David Martin and Kara Baker from Avalon Television (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Catastrophe”) will all serve as executive producers.

This past summer, Iliza premiered her scripted web series “Forever 31” on ABC’s new digital platform (ABCd), and the series was renewed for a second season. Her third Netflix special “Confirmed Kills” recently premiered.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONSMore “Superstore” on NBC
One episode into season two and NBC has added nine additional episodes to the current order of sitcom “Superstore,” bringing it up to 22.  The “Superstore” season opener this past Thursday finished third in the 8 p.m. half-hour with 5.45 million viewers and a 1.5 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.  For the full rating results for Thursday, Sept. 22, click here

AMC Renews Travel Docuseries “Ride with Norman Reedus”
AMC has picked-up non-fiction travel series “Ride with Norman Reedus” for a second season, with six new episodes for 2017.  Debuting on June 12, the series follows actor and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) as he and a guest of the week travel across a different destination on a motorcycle while exploring the city’s biker culture and checking out various locales.  Season one featured actor Balthazar Getty, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, Mastodon singer/guitarist Brent Hinds, artist Jake Lamagno, custom bike builder Jason Paul Michaels, and artist/biker Imogen Lehtonen.  The first season finale featured actor Peter Fonda, whose film “Easy Rider” first inspired Reedus to start riding motorcycles.

Season one of “Ride,” comprised of six episodes, averaged 800,000 total viewers per episode based on the Nielsen live+7 ratings.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Jane Pauley Named Anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning”
Jane Pauley has been named the new anchor of weekend staple “CBS Sunday Morning.”  Pauley, a former fixture on NBC’s “Today” show will succeed Charles Osgood, who retired yesterday after nearly 50 years at CBS News. Pauley’s first broadcast in the new role will be Oct. 9, when she will become only the third anchor in the history of “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Pauley joined “CBS Sunday Mporning” in 2014 as a contributor and as a substitute host. Highlights of Pauley’s work at “CBS Sunday Morning” to-date include a profile of Hillary Clinton; an interview with 11-year-old Marquis Govan, who became a voice of reason in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer; the only TV interview with David Letterman about his retirement from late night television; and a report about a group of educators who lived through the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., now fighting to change gun control laws.

Poker Central Announces Expansion of Digital Suite of Products
Following success on Twitch and China’s Douyu TV (including 1.1 million total views and 850,000 unique visitors on a live poker stream for “The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl”), Poker Central has announced the expansion of its digital suite of products.  In addition to linear programming like “Pokerography” and aforementioned “The Super High Roller Bowl,” upcoming digital content will include live events, regularly scheduled web series and daily short-form news items.

To kick start this digital expansion, Poker Central has named Justin Lundstrom the new Head of Production and Programming.  Lundstrom was formerly Director of Video Production and Operations at Complex Media, where he increased the firm’s video production to twenty times its former output.   And Carl Marxer is Poker Central’s new Director of Creative Services, in charge of animation and brand graphics.  His prior experience includes VICE, Viceland TV, the MLB Network, CNN and the Back9 golf network startup.

CBSN and Instagram Partner for the Upcoming Debates
CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service, and Instagram today announced a partnership to feature curated Instagram Stories in CBSN’s live streaming coverage for the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates. The partnership makes CBSN the first network to feature Instagram Stories in live coverage.

As part of the pairing, a collection of Instagram Stories created by CBSN anchors and CBS News correspondents and contributors, including Nancy Cordes, Vladimir Duthiers, Major Garrett, Reena Ninan, Will Rahn and Bob Schieffer, will be integrated into CBSN’s anchored coverage before and after each debate, along with stories from political experts and voters across the country. CBSN will also curate questions from voters to inform coverage of the debates. CBSN will use the real-time audience engagement platform Connect Live from social technology company Telescope to deliver Instagram Stories live on air.

Matt LeBlanc to Host “Top Gear”
Matt LeBlanc has signed a new “Top Gear” hosting deal for two additional seasons worth approximately $1.5 million. LeBlanc’s one-series contract expired in June and he will replace main host Chris Evans, 50, who quit in July following criticism from fans.  LeBlanc, who is also headlining upcoming CBS sitcom “Man With a Plan,” will be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and the Stig.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FXX to Air a 13-Day 600-Episode Marathon of “The Simpsons”
If you just can’t get enough of “The Simpsons,” mark your calendars for a 13-day marathon of the animated series beginning at noon on Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day, and ending on Tuesday, Dec. 6.  FXX will air all 600-episodes in order.

PI POLLS
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2. What Friday network series are you most looking forward to this season?  Click here
3. Should ABC does a reboot of “Magnum PI”?  Click here
4. What Thursday network series are you most looking forward to this season?  Click here
5. What Wednesday network series are you most looking forward to this season?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in their first debate.  ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and NBC’s “The Voice” shortened to one hour.  The “Regular Show” opens a new season on Cartoon Network.    For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, September 26, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Happy Birthday to “The Brady Bunch”

Which one of the following classic TV stars never guest starred on “The Brady Bunch”?

a) Herbert Anderson
b) Jim Backus
c) Marion Ross
d) William Schallert
e) Marcia Wallace

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following TV characters was not the mother of twins?

a) Valerie Hogan
b) Joan Nash
c) Natalie Lane
d) Fran Fine Sheffield
e) Cindy Walsh
f) They all were

Is…c) Natalie Lane, who on ABC sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” was mother to Patty and aunt to Patty’s identical cousin Cathy.  You could lose your mind!  As for the mother of twins:

-Valerie Hogan (Valerie Harper): ‘The Hogan Family” (NBC): Willie and Mark Hogan (originally titled “Valerie,” then “Valerie’s Family”)
-Joan Nash (Patricia Crowley): “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” (NBC): Tracy and Trevor Nash
-Fran Fine Sheffied (Fran Drescher): “The Nanny” (CBS): Eve and Jonah
-Cindy Walsh (Carol Potter): “Beverly Hills, 90210” (Fox): Brenda and Brandon

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Steven Franks, Caryn Gray, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Joe Rubi, Anthony Salerno