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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“The Tonight Show,” hosted by Steve Allen, debuted on NBC in 1954…Eve Plumb was no Jan Brady in the premiere of NBC made-for television movie“Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” in 1976…Fran Drescher came, and quickly went, in CBS sitcom “Princesses,” which debuted in 1991…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Meatloaf is 69; Former teen idol Shaun Cassidy is 58; Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow is 45.

Did You Know?
There have been six official hosts to-date on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”  Following Steve Allen from 1954 to 1957 was Jack Paar (1957-62), Johnny Carson (1962-92), Jay Leno (1992-2009), Conan O’Brien (2009-10), the return of Jay Leno (2010-14) and, at present, Jimmy Fallon.

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

Monday 9/26/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 9.5/14, ABC: 7.8/11, CBS: 7.4/11, Fox: 3.1/ 4, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +30, Fox: +19, ABC: +15, CBS: +12, CW: no change

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-Ratings Analysis:
Last night was certainly ignited by the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Based on the 56-overnight markets, NBC topped the coverage with (including the analysis in the 10:30 p.m. ET half-hour) an estimated 11.0 rating/15 share in households from 9-11 p.m.  Next was ABC at an 8.4/12, followed by CBS at 7.5/10.  A 3.7/ 5 in the household overnights for Fox was based on the 9 p.m. hour only.  As a reminder, overnight results for any live event are always approximate.

Excluding Fox, which again only includes overnight data for the 9 p.m. hour, the Big 3 nets, in total, scored a hefty 26.9 rating/37 share.  Comparably, this was 21 percent above night one of the first Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Republican Governor Mitt Romney (22.3 rating/32 share from 9-11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012: ABC and NBC: 7.7/11 each, CBS: 6.9/10).  And this, of course, does not include coverage on all the additional broadcasting outlets (including the cable news networks and streaming services).

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

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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
-Friday 9/23/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS Developing “S.W.A.T.” Reboot
CBS has ordered a pilot (with a series penalty) for crime-themed drama “S.W.A.T.,” which is a reboot of the 1975-76 ABC series of the same name executive produced by Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious”), “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan, Neal H. Moritz (“Preacher”) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (“Sleepy Hollow”).  From Sony Pictures TV and CBS Television Studios,S.W.A.T.” is described as an intense, action-packed procedural following an African-American SWAT lieutenant torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers. He is tasked to run a new unit of highly trained but rugged outcasts who are the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.

Although the original “S.W.A.T. “ from Aaron Spelling ran for only two seasons, it spawned a theatrical in 2003 starring Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson.

Alan Cumming to Headline CBS Drama “Dr. Death”
Former “The Good Wife” star Alan Cumming will star in and executive a new potential CBS drama called “Dr. Death” from CBS Television Studios.  The proposed series is based on the upcoming book of the same name by James Patterson who is executive producing with former “Royal Pains” executive producer/showrunner Michael Rauch and Alex Kurtzman.

Written by Rauch, “Dr. Death” will center on a former CIA operative (Cumming) who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose.

Rauch and Cumming will executive produce alongside Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout of James Patterson Entertainment, as well as Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout.

MTV to Develop Social Media Drama “kRawl”
MTV has put into development a drama called “kRawl,” which tells the story of a young woman whose social media account begins showing her posts a day in advance. Now armed with the power to see the future, she finds herself embroiled in a mysterious conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone around her.  The proposed series comes from John Swetnam, producer Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate of Fabrik Entertainment.

TNT Orders “Hinges” Pilot
TNT has ordered a pilot for “Hinges” from John Wells Productions, which is being produced in association with Warner Horizon Television and Turner’s Studio T.  Set in middle class suburban America, “Hinges” follows two sets of neighbors whose lives are dramatically changed in the wake of a scandal that rocks the community. The scoop: Shifting focus to a different set of families each season, “Hinges” will expose the American Dream to be an illusion as it holds up a fun-house mirror to the cracks beneath a community’s seemingly happy surface.

The hour-long drama pilot is being written by Janine Sherman Barrois (“ER,” “Criminal Minds”) and is based on her short story “The Boom.” Sherman Barrois serves as executive producer. along with John Wells (“ER,” “Animal Kingdom”), Anthony Hemingway (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and Mark Taylor (“Underground,” “For the Love of Baltimore”). Hemingway is also set to direct the pilot.

“Hinges” joins four other pilots in the works at TNT.  They are “Let the Right One In,” based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist; “Monsters of God,” a post-Civil War drama from Rod Lurie and Plan B Entertainment; “Civil,” starring Bradley Whitford, Toby Jones, Courtney B. Vance and Enrique Murciano in the story about America on the brink of a modern day Civil War; and “Claws,” featuring Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Harold Perrineau and Jenn Lyon in a dramedy set in a Florida nail salon.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

“Born This Way” on A&E Renewed for Season Three
A&E has issued a third season renewal to “Born This Way,” the recent Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series.  Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered.

The scoop: Currently in its second season, “Born This Way” provides an intimate look at a diverse group of young men and women with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions and lifelong dreams, explore friendships, romantic relationships and work, all while defying society’s expectations. The series also gives a voice to the parents, allowing them to talk about the joy their son or daughter brings to their family, and the challenges they face in helping them live as independently as possible.

“Born This Way” is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (“The Real World”).  Executive producers for Bunim/Murray are Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein and Laura Korkoian. Kasey Barrett serves as co-executive producer. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Drew Tappon.  “Born This Way” is distributed internationally by A+E Networks.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Meet the “Big Brother: Over The Top” Houseguests 
CBS All Access has announced the 12 houseguests who will embark on the inaugural season of on the new digital edition of “Big Brother: Over the Top,” which begins streaming live on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10 p.m. ET. Fans who subscribe to CBS All Access have until today until 3 p.m. ET to vote between two former houseguests – Jozea Flores (BB18) or Jason Roy (BB17) – to re-enter the house as “Big Brother: Over the Top’s” 13th and final houseguest.  For more, click here

11 Things About “The Brady Bunch” You May Not Know
Think you know everything about classic ABC sitcom “The Brady Bunch”?  Well…here are 11 things you may not know at Today.com in honor of the family sitcom’s 47th Birthday yesterday.  Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

History will introduce eight-part series “Lone Star Restoration,” featuring restoration expert Brent Hull and his company Hull Historical, on Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET.  The scoop: With over 20 years’ experience, Hull has become one of the most respected and sought after historical builders in the country. Together with his team, Brent combines the best of today’s technology with time tested and traditional craftsmanship to bring his projects to life.  The series will follow Brent and his team as they make it their mission to save America’s architectural history one job at a time.

Travel Channel has scheduled its upcoming pair of specials, “Booze Traveler: Best Bars,” on Tuesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively.  The two specials, filmed around Denver, Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles, will follow cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell as he hunts down prohibition-style bars hidden from view, as well as bars with spectacular and unforgettable views.

“Growing Up Hip Hop,” featuring Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Damon “Boogie” Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss, will return for a new season on WE tv on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET.  The premiere episode opens as the group prepares to come together at the event of the year… newcomer André King’s birthday party.

Season five of Bravo docuseries “Vanderpump Rules” will open on Monday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.  For a sneak peak, click here

PI POLLS
1. What grade would you give the first Clinton-Trump Presidential debate?  Clickhere
2. What is your favorite new network series so far?  Click here
3. What Friday network series are you most looking forward to this season?  Click here
4. Should ABC does a reboot of “Magnum PI”?  Click here
5. What Thursday network series are you most looking forward to this season?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The Big 4 broadcast networks offer week two Tuesday night programming.  “MADtv” concludes for the season (or series) on The CW.  “Tosh.O” and “Drunk History” open new seasons on Comedy Central.  For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, September 27, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Not Top Rated

Which one of the following crime dramas never finished a season ranked in the Top 10 (based on household rating)?

a) “Baretta”
b) “CSI: Miami”
c) “Hill Street Blues”
d) “Law & Order”
e) “Simon & Simon”
f) They all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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

Is…d) William Schallert, who is best remembered as Patty Duke’s TV father on 1963-66 ABC sitcom “The Patty Duke Show.”

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Barrett, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins (2x), Tom Condosta, Steven Franks, Bob Ingersoll, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi, Anthony Salerno

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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.