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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Classic quiz show “You Bet Your Life,” based on the radio show and hosted by Groucho Marx, debuted  in 1950.  It ran on NBC until 1961 and was retitled “The Groucho Show” in the final season…In 1951, “The Honeymooners”debuted as a sketch on Jackie Gleason’s first variety series, “Cavalcade of Stars” on long defunct network DuMont.  Gleason was bus driver Ralph Kramden, Pert Kelton his wife Alice, and Art Carney his best friend and upstairs neighbor Ed Norton…The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) launched in 1970, taking over many of the functions of its predecessor, National Educational Television (NET)…”“Gilmore Girls” began on The WB in 2000.  It aired for eight seasons, concluding on The CW on May 15, 2007, and it returns on Netflix effective Nov. 25 in a series of four 90-minute installments called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Kate Winslet is 41; Actor Scott Weinger (“Full House”) is also 41; Actor Jesse Eisenberg “The Social Network”)  is 33.

Did You Know?
Jackie Gleason had contemplated suing Hanna Barbera and ABC after “The Flintstones” debuted in 1960, which many thought was an imitation of “The Honeymooners.”  But he decided against it considering what it could have meant being the person responsible for taking the beloved animated sitcom off the air.  Bang!  Zoom!  And Yabba Dabba Doo!…Pert Kelton was reunited with Jackie Gleason as Alice’s (Sheila MacRae) mother in an episode of Gleason’s variety hour in 1967.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.6/ 9, ABC: 4.9/ 8, NBC: 4.8/ 8, Fox and The CW: 1.6/ 3

Note: Due to the Vice Presidential Debate last night, comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded.

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-Winners:
“NCIS” (CBS), “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” R (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
“The Flash” (CW)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “No Tomorrow” (CW)

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Ratings Analysis:
Given the live nature of the Vice Presidential debate last night, consider these metered market (overnight) results approximate.

Led by “NCIS” (#1 for the evening: 8.9 rating/14 share from 8-9 p.m.), CBS topped the Tuesday overnights, besting ABC and NBC in households by 14 percent and 17 percent, respectively.  Second in the 8 p.m. hour was the live “Dancing With the Stars” Results Show on ABC at a 6.5/10, followed by a recap edition of NBC’s “The Voice” at a competitive 5.2/ 9.

In season-premiere news was “The Flash,” The CW’s highest-rated series, at a 2.3/ 4 in the 8 p.m. hour.  Comparably, that was 15 percent below the year-ago season-opener (2.7/ 4 on 10/06/15), and that translated into 3.58 million viewers and a 1.4 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data.

Fox could not compete in the 8 p.m. hour, finishing fifth with its pairing of sitcoms “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.8/ 3) and “New Girl” (1.5/ 2).

In series-premiere news, CW drama “No Tomorrow” may live up to its title with a mere 0.9/ 1 in the household overnights at 9 p.m.  Comparably, this dipped by 59 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “The Flash” (2.2/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.), and it was 18 percent below the 1.1/ 2 for the season-premiere of former time period occupant ‘iZombie” on the year-ago evening.  Since most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, The CW may want to revisit what it is airing out of “The Flash.”

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

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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/03/16: Click here

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Weekly Averages – Week of 9/26/16
Percent Change vs. the Comparable Year-Ago Week in Parentheses

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 8.48 million (-18), NBC: 8.04 (-14), ABC: 6.31 (- 7), Fox: 4.78 (-10), CW: 990,000 (- 6)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.3 rating/8 share (-15), ABC and Fox: 1.6/ 6 (-11 each), CBS: 1.4/ 5 (-33), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 2.9/ 9 (-12), ABC: 2.0/ 6 (- 9), CBS: 2.0/ 6 (-29), Fox: 1.9/ 6 (-14), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 1.8/ 8 (- 5), Fox: 1.3/ 6 (-13), ABC: 1.2/ 5 (- 8), CBS: 0.8/ 4 (-43), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Boyce Avenue Launches New Studio71 Series, “Stereotype,” on Univision Trends
Indie band Boyce Avenue is featured in new bilingual series, “Stereotype,” which debuted yesterday exclusively on Univision Trends.  Featuring members and brothers Alejandro, Fabian and Daniel Manzano, the five-episode series takes an irreverent look at sports, food, fashion, and more from a Hispanic POV. “Stereotype” will debut a new episode every week for the next five weeks.  For the first episode, click here

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

FX Renews “American Horror Story” for Season Seven
Three episodes into the current season of anthology “American Horror Story” and FX has issued a renewal to Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for season seven.  The latest edition of the franchise, “AHS: Roanoke,” premiered on Sept. 14 to a combined linear and non-linear audience of 13 million viewers, making it the third most-watched episode of any series in FX history (behind only the debuts of “AHS: Freak Show” and “AHS: Hotel”).

NOTES OF INTEREST

Simon Cowell Extends “America’s Got Talent” Contract to 2019
Simon Cowell has signed on to appear on another three seasons of NBC summer hit “America’s Got Talent,” taking him into 2019.  His on camera arrival this past summer coincided with a five-year ratings high for “America’s Got Talent,” which finished the summer No. 1 overall once again.  The other panelists — Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — also will return next season, as will host Nick Cannon.

“SNL” Season Opener Scores 8.30 Million Viewers
The 42nd season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Margot Robbie and featuring the first appearance by Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, was the most-watched season debut in eight years.  It averaged 8.30 million viewers on Oct. 1 and built by 31 percent from the year-ago season-opener (6.32 million for the Oct. 3, 2015).

In adults 18-49, the “SNL” season premiere averaged a 2.34 rating/11 share – up 29 percent from the 1.82 rating one year earlier.  Comparably, this is the highest-rated “SNL” season premiere in the demo since Sept. 28, 2013 (2.39 with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire).

getTV Adds “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” and “the Big Engvall Show”
Diginet getTV will begin airing repeats of sitcoms “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” and “The Bill Engvall Show” every Tuesday beginning on October 11.  The weekly block will feature three back-to-back episodes of “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” from 8-9:30 p.m. ET, followed by a trio of installments for “Bill Engvall” from 9:30-11 p.m.

“The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” featuring Haley Joel Osment before theatrical “The Sixth Sense,” aired from 1995 to 1997, first on ABC, then NBC.  And “The Bill Engvall Show,” featuring 17-year old Jennifer Lawrence, ran on TBS from 2007 to 2009.

OPINION

How to fix ABC in 5 easy steps
The season is only two weeks old, but ABC has sprung a leak

From Campaign US: While two weeks does not a season make, it is more than enough time to know that there are problems aplenty at ABC. Based on the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen from Sept. 19 through Oct. 2, ABC remains the distant No. 3 network in both total viewers (6.07 million) and adults 18-49 (1.5 rating/5 share), dipping by 12% in both categories from the same period last year. ABC also ranks No. 4 in adults 18-34 (1.0/ 5), with the erosion more severe at 23%, and third in adults 25-54 (1.9/ 6: -14%).

From the look of things, particularly the weak ratings for the debut episodes of “Notorious” and “Convicted,” ABC will have a long, bumpy road ahead. But before we talk solutions, let’s take a look at what’s working.  For more at Campaign US, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Netflix will begin streaming “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.  The scoop: Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

Season two of drama “Outsiders” will return on WGN America on Tuesday, January 24. The logline: This season on “Outsiders,” the struggle for power and control continues in the rugged hills of Appalachia as the conflict between the clan and the town escalates with the Farrells becoming more isolated than ever before.  The uneasy truce that had generally existed between the townspeople and the Farrell clan came to an end as Big Coal interests headed up the mountain and the standoff at the end of season one continues to have repercussions, putting everyone to the test as they’re forced to face new challenges and enemies.

The fourth – and final – season of Starz drama “Black Sails” will open on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 9 pm ET. The 10 new episodes brings fans to the heroic conclusion of the “Treasure Island” requel, and finds our pirates at war in the West Indies. The shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier, but the closer civilization comes to defeat, the more desperately, and destructively, it will fight back.

Upcoming “Marvel’s “Iron Fist” will debut on Netflix on Friday, March 17, 2017.  “Game of Thrones’” Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) will play the hero Daniel Rand, a.k.a Iron Fist. As a boy Daniel lost his parents and was taken in by the denizens of the mystic city of K’un-Lun. There, he vowed to avenge the death of his parents. He trained in martial arts and learned the supernatural power of the Iron Fist before returning to New York City.

2016 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network
The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason has arrived.  Through Nov. 2, a champion will be determined among the 10 teams involved. The league’s broadcast partners this playoff season include Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network.  For the dates of the games, click here

Television Series Arriving on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in October 2016
New original and off-network series titles for the month of October will appear on the streaming video services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  For the listing, click here

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced today the appointment of Luis Rosero to Vice President, Government Affairs. In this new role, he will work to identify and pursue opportunities that advance the policy objectives of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises in the United States and all of NBCUniversal’s businesses in the Latin American region.  Rosero joins NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises from Toyota Motor North America, Inc., where he was Director and Co-founder of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group.

PI POLLS
1. Who do you think won the vice presidential debate?  Click here
2. What do you think of ABC reviving “The Gong Show”?  Click here
3. What grade would you give Alec Baldwin as host of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”?  Click here
4. What do you think about The CW reviving “Dynasty”?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Drama “Frequency” debuts on The CW out of the season-premiere of “Arrow.”  Three series premieres on cable: “Catching Kelce” on E!, “Little Miss Atlanta” on TLC and “Restoring Charleston” on DIY.  For the complete listing for Wednesday, Oct. 5, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
The First Trixie

Who was the first actress to play the role of Trixie, Ed Norton’s wife, on “The Honeymooners” sketch on “Cavalcade of Stars”?

a) ZaSu Pitts
b) Anne Ramsey
c) Ann Sothern
d) Elaine Stritch
e) Vivian Vance

The answer to yesterday’s question…

If you added up the number of seasons “Friends,” “Murphy Brown” and “Smallville” were on the air four, how many would it be?

a) 27
b) 28
c) 29
d) 30
e) 31

Is…d) 30.  “Friends” (1994-2004), “Murphy Brown” (1988-98) and “Smallville” (2001-2011) each ran for 10 seasons.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan (2x), Matt Bradley, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Debra Kainer, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi

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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.