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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Note: The newsletter will not be published tomorrow in observance of Yom Kippur.  Wishing anyone observing an easy fast.
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“McHale’s Navy” began its four season run on ABC in 1962.  The sitcom originated from an episode called “Seven Against the Sea” with Ernest Borgnine on anthology series “Alcoa Premiere”…“Live from New York…it’s Saturday Night!”  Late night NBC staple “Saturday Night Live” debuted in 1975 with Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner as the original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players”…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Daryl Hall is 70; Actress Joan Cusack is 54; Former “Beverly Hillis, 90210” star Luke Perry is 50; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Jane Krakowski is 48; “UnREAL” star Constance Zimmer is 46; Actor Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) is 39; Actress Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”) is 31.

Did You Know?
Luke Perry, who played ultra-cool Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” was 24 years old in real life in the first season.  But the oldest playing a high school student was Gabrielle Carteris, 29, as valedictorian Andrea Zuckerman.  No wonder she was the smartest “teenager” at West Beverly High!

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 10/10/16
Note: These ratings exclude the Jacksonville, Orlando and Raleigh markets.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.2/10, ABC: 5.8/ 9, CBS: 5.3/ 9, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +62, Fox: + 9, ABC and NBC: -13 each, CBS: -15
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-Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
-Huge Improvement: “Supergirl” (CW)
-Tired: “2 Broke Girls” (CBS)
-Losers: “Gotham” (Fox), “Lucifer” (Fox), “Conviction” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC remained in the overnight winner’s circle on this fourth Monday of the new TV season, besting No. 2 ABC and No. 3 CBS by 7 and 17 percent, respectively, in households.  Thanks to “The Voice,” which scored a healthy 7.3 rating/11 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., NBC’s advantage in adults 18-49 (and the other key demos) will be much greater.  But all was not perfect on the Peacock net with week two of 10 p.m. drama “Timeless” slipping to a 3.9/ 6 at 10 p.m. (#2), which was 24 percent below its 5.1/ 8 debut one week earlier and 29 percent below year-ago time period occupant “Blindspot” (5.5/ 9 on 10/12/15).  Comparably, overnight retention for “Timeless” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Voice” (7.3/11) was lacking at 53 percent.

Last week, “Timeless” opened with 7.60 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data.

Worse at 10 p.m., however, was week two of ABC drama “Conviction” at a third-place 3.1/ 5 in the household overnights, which was 16 percent below its anemic 3.7/ 6 opener one week earlier and 31 percent below “Castle” on the year-ago evening (4.5/ 8 on 10/12/15).  Comparably, overnight retention for “Conviction” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Dancing With the Stars” (7.2/11) was only 43 percent, and the debut last week came in at 5.17 million viewers and a 0.9/ 3 in adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data.  Tick, tock…the cancellation clock could be rapidly ticking on “Conviction.”

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here
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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/03/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/04/16: Click here
-Wednesday 10/05/16: Click here
-Thursday 10/06/16: Click here
-Friday 10/07/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

PBS Corporate Sponsorships turn more viewers into buyers
Twice as many as cable!
*

PBS sponsorships are better:
• Uncluttered
• Category-exclusive
• Break-free, uninterrupted content
A better experience for viewers AND sponsors!

Contact SGPTV for the best sponsorships on PBS

*Source: SGPTV Harris Poll, Feb 2015, Nielsen Consumer Insights

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bravo Orders Design Series “Cyrus vs. Cyrus”
Bravo Media has greenlit a new design series tentatively titled “Cyrus vs. Cyrus,” where Tish Cyrus and her daughter, Brandi Cyrus, propose competing interior design ideas to Nashville-based clients.   The series will begin production immediately and is set to premiere in 2017.

The scoop: After years of perfecting their passion for décor in their own homes, Tish and Brandi are taking their talents to the streets of Nashville to share their skills with friends and word-of-mouth clients. Each 30-minute episode starts out with mother and daughter as they present opposing renovation plans for rooms that are in design distress. The owners are forced to choose between the differing styles, leaving the winning designer’s concept to be executed in its entirety. The losing Cyrus must bite their tongue and swallow their pride to act as the other’s assistant and work together in order to make the winning vision become a reality. From complimentary colors to contrasting personalities, this dynamic dream team quickly learns that all is fair in love and design.

“Cyrus v. Cyrus” is produced by Asylum Entertainment in association with Hope Town Entertainment with Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Tish Cyrus serving as executive producers.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

“Halt and Catch Fire” Renewed for a Fourth and Final Season on AMC
AMC has greenlit drama “Halt and Catch Fire” for a fourth — and final — season, which concludes the current season with back-to-back episodes this evening.  “We are so proud of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ – a true passion project – and thank the critics and fans who have embraced this unique program,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.“Congratulations and thanks to creators and showrunners Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers and to Halt’s enormously talented writing team, producers, cast and crew. It is our great pleasure to renew this project for a fourth and final season, so we can all tune in to see if Cameron, Donna and the rest of the gang turn Swap Meet into eBay, Amazon or Facebook.”

Debuting on June 1, 2014, “Half and Catch fire” offers a fictionalized insider’s view of the personal computer revolution in the 1980s.  Ten episodes have been ordered for the now final season, which will bring the tally to 40 episodes.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Jim Henson’s “Fraggle Rock” Returns to HBO
HBO, now home to “Sesame Street,” is adding another kids’ classic to its library: “Fraggle Rock.”  Originally telecast on HBO in 1983, “Fraggle Rock” was described by series creator Jim Henson as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp.”  While the program proved accessible to audiences of all ages, it used the fantasy creatures as an allegory to deal with serious issues like prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, the environment and social conflict.

The 96-episodes of “Fraggle Rock,” which will soon be available in a digitally remastered format, follows the fun adventures of the furry subterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity, and caring for the planet.  It is unclear whether the series will air on HBO’s broadcast channels or will be available for streaming via HBO Go and HBO Now.

66.5 Million Viewers For the Second Presidential Debate
The second Presidential Debate on Sunday, moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz, and featuring Donald Trump apologizing for his comments to Billy Bush in that now infamous video in 2005, reached an estimated 63.64 million viewers, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen.  Comparably, Nielsen is reporting a 20 percent decline from the record 84-million viewers who tuned in to see the first face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26.  And it was eight percent shy of the most-watched second Presidential debate, which was 69-million viewers on Oct. 15, 1992 for George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot.

These results include viewing on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and the Spanish language networks, and they do not include C-Span, PBS or the audience who streamed the debate on their computers or mobile devices.  For more, click here

Casting News
Ian McElhinney (“Game of Thrones”) will play the role of Val-El on Syfy pilot “Krypton,” who is the grandfather of the main character, Seg-El. Val-El is described as “a rogue genius who believes that space exploration is a basic form of self-defense.”  Also cast in the potential Warner Horizon Television drama are Ann Ogbomo (“World War Z”), Rasmus Hardiker (“Your Highness”), Wallis Day (“The Royals”) wand Aaron Pierre (“Tennison”).   “Krypton “will follow Superman’s grandfather – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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

PI POLLS
1. What are you watching on this fourth Tuesday of the new TV season?  Clickhere
2. Who do you think won the second Presidential debate?  Click here
3. Did NBC do the right think suspending Billy Bush from the “Today” show?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
ABC introduces Tuesday two-hour sitcom block “The Middle,” “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Real O’Neals.”  AMC drama “Halt and Catch Fire” concludes for the season with two episodes.  Freeform debuts drama “The Letter.”   For the complete listing for Tuesday, Oct. 8, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Same Title

Which one of the following primetime series was not originally titled something else?

a) “Black Sheep Squadron”
b) “Ellen”
c) “NCIS”
d) “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”
e) “Two Guys and a Girl”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Despite having more hit series than any other producer in the history of television, only one series under the Aaron Spelling banner finished a season ranked first overall in all of primetime.  What show was it?

a) “Charlie’s Angels”
b) “Dynasty”
c) “The Love Boat”
d) “The Mod Squad”
e) “Starsky and Hutch”

Is…b) “Dynasty,” which finished first overall for the season in 1984-85.  Rounding off the Top 5 that season: “Dallas” (CBS), “The Cosby Show” (NBC), “60 Minutes” (CBS), “Family Ties” (NBC)

Trivia All-Stars
Michelle Amundson, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Steven Franks, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Lee McMichael, Tom Moore, Terrence Moss, Alan Perris, Alex Petrilli, Greg Phelan, Stephen Phillips, Gordon Purcell, Debbie Ray, Derek Rogers, 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.