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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
In 1953, Arthur Godfrey fired singer Julius La Rosa during the live radio broadcast of “Arthur Godfrey Time.” Considered one of the great mistakes in the history of broadcasting, the once beloved Godfrey’s career spiraled downward from that moment on…The last issue of “Look” magazine was published in 1971…“Chorus Line” opened at Shubert Theater New York City in 1975…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor John Lithgow (“Third Rock From the Sun”) is 71; Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) is 52; “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker is 47; Actress Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) is 34.

Did You Know?
“I Love Lucy,” which aired on CBS in the Monday 9 p.m. half-hour for its entire six season (1951-57) run, followed “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.”  The Godfrey talent competition ran for one final season in 1957-58 into sitcom “The Danny Thomas Show.”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 10/18/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.7/13, NBC: 6.0/10, ABC: 2.7/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2, Fox: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +15, ABC: + 4, CBS: – 3, CW: -18, Fox: -43

-Winners: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Flash” (CW), “Bull” (CBS), “This Is Us” (NBC)
Honorable Mention: “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)
-Losers (excluding repeats): “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC), “The Real O’Neals” (ABC), “No Tomorrow” (CW), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped the Tuesday overnights, besting No. 2 NBC in households by 28 percent.  But NBC’s combination of “The Voice” (#2: 6.7 rating/11 share), “This Is Us” (#2: 6.4/10) and “Chicago Fire” (#2: 4.9/ 9) should be enough to warrant a clean sweep in adults 18-49.  For my thoughts on “This Is Us” at Campaign US, clickhere:

Tops in the household overnights for the evening, of course, was “NCIS” on CBS at a 9.1/15 from 8-9 p.m.  That led into recent hit entry “Bull” at a compatible 7.7/12 at 9 p.m., followed by relocated “NCIS: New Orleans” at a 6.2/10 at 10 p.m.  CBS finished first in the household overnights in each of the six half-hours.

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

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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/17/16: Click here

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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Oct. 10, 2016

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 9.11 million – 6), NBC: 7.18 (-14), ABC: 5.83 (- 5), Fox: 5.11 (+22), CW: 1.60 (+ 5)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.9 rating/7 share (-21), Fox: 1.7/ 6 (+31), CBS: 1.7/ 6 (-19), ABC: 1.4/ 5 (- 7), CW: 0.6/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
CBS and NBC: 2.4/ 7 (-17 each), Fox: 2.0/ 6 (+25), ABC: 1.8/ 5 (-10), CW: 0.6/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:

Fox: 1.3/ 6 (+30), NBC: 1.3/ 6 (-24), CBS: 1.1/ 5 (-21), ABC: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-33)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS Orders Live Game Show “Candy Crush”
CBS has picked up “Candy Crush,” a new one-hour, live action game show series based on the mobile game franchise. CBS, Lionsgate Television and interactive entertainment company King will join together on the new format created and executive produced by Matt Kunitz that will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by Lionsgate.

In the game “Candy Crush Saga,” players match colorful candies in combinations of three or more to win points, defeat obstacles and progress through more than 2,000 levels.  In the series, teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer “Candy Crush” and be crowned the champions. A host will be announced at a later date.

“Candy Crush” will be produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson will serve as executive producers.

Comedy Central Picks Up “The High Court” with Doug Benson
Comedy Central has greenlit a 15-minute comical strip called “The High Court,” featuring comedian Doug Benson (“Getting Doug with High,” “@midnight”) presiding over the highest court in the land as he adjudicates real small claims court cases. Loosely based on Benson’s show “Getting Doug with High,” the series follows Benson as “Judge Doug” as he rules on real small claims court cases “before retiring to his chamber with a guest bailiff to get very stoned and deliberate on the matter.” Unlike Comedy Central’s other series, Benson’s show will take on the Adult Swim-style format.

Benson will exec produce with Bruce Smith, JASH’s Daniel Kellison and Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Kevin Healey. Gary Mann and Daniel Wolfberg are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. The 15-minute strip series will be co-produced by JASH and Propagate for an early 2017 launch.

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

FX Renews “American Crime Story” for Season Three
Prior to the second season airing, FX has ordered a third season of “American Crime Story.”  Season three of the Ryan Murphy anthology will be based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book “Vulgar Favors,” which explores the murder of designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.  The book also attempts to paint a psychological portrait of Cunanan, who killed four other people and ultimately took his own life.

Season two of “American Crime Story,” which will air in 2017, will tackle the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and is based on Douglas Brinkley’s book, “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

The inaugural season of “American Crime Story,” subtitled “The People v. OJ Simpson,” won 10 Emmy awards, including Outstanding Miniseries and acting trophies for Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Gwen Stefani to Return to NBC’s “The Voice”
Gwen Stefani will rejoin NBC’s “The Voice” in the upcoming spring edition as one of the four coaches, replacing Miley Cyrus and joining Alicia Keys, who was added to the singing competition this season, and Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who will be appearing in their 12th consecutive editions.  Miley Cyrus, the other newbie this fall, will return for the 13th edition of “The Voice.”

Stefani previously appeared in the seventh and ninth editions.  Set to continue as host is Carson Daly, who will be back as emcee for season 12, which will begin airing in February 2017.

OPINION

Love it or hate it, “This Is Us” is exactly what TV needs right now
From Campaign US: When it comes to drama, NBC has a tendency to stick with what works. Case in point: A fourth entry in the network’s Chicago-themed franchise, “Chicago Law,” arrives in midseason. So when the network announced at the upfront that it would debut a new fall drama from “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer and producer Dan Fogelman called “This Is Us,” many observers justifiably questioned whether an audience weaned on Dick Wolf storytelling would take to something so deeply relationship-oriented.

After all, it’s been ages since a family relationship drama has really resonated with viewers. Yes, ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” was a moderate hit from 2006 to 2011, and “Parenthood” managed a five-year run on NBC from 2006 to 2011. There was also “Friday Night Lights” on NBC, which only managed to stay afloat beyond season two by co-producing seasons three through five with DirectTV. But none of the three were a true ratings success.  For more at Campaign US, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Showtime will air election special Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Shi*t? on Tuesday, November 8 at 11 p.m. ET.  Airing live from The Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City with a studio audience, the one-hour program will also feature remote segments and several surprise guests, and will reveal who won the presidency.

Upcoming Animal Planet series “Project Grizzly,” which focused on bear trainer Jeff Watson teaching two 700-pound grizzlies how to survive in the deep wild, will debut on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. ET.  Settled in a remote location in Indiana, he teaches the bears how to fend for themselves by hunting and fishing, learning to hibernate and ultimately break their dependence on Jeff.

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

Rex Humbard has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Production & Operations for UP.  Rex joined the company in 2005 and was previously Senior Vice President, Production, Operations & IT. Prior to joining UP, Humbard was Managing Partner and Executive Producer at Advanced Media, LLC.

PI POLLS
1. Who is your all-time favorite coach on NBC’s “The Voice”?  Click here
2. Happy 65th Birthday to “I Love Lucy.”  What is your favorite episode? Click here
3. What is your current favorite daytime game show? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the third – and final – Presidential debate.  Hulu premieres Hugh Laurie crime solver “Change.” For the complete listing for Wednesday, Oct. 19, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Animated Spin-Offs

Which one of the following live action series never had an animated spin-off series or movie?

a) “ALF”
b) “The Dukes of Hazzard”
c) “Emergency!”
d) “Laverne & Shirley”
e) “The Munsters”
f) they all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Whose talk show did Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) appear on sitting next to former Beatle John Lennon in 1994 Best Picture Oscar winner “Forrest Gump”?

a) Johnny Carson
b) Dick Cavett
c) Phil Donahue
d) Mike Douglas
e) Merv Griffin

Is…b) Dick Cavett.  For a look, click here

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Albright, Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Jocelyn Brandeis, John Brooker, Sharon Case, Paul Certo, Larry Collins, Tom Condotsa, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, Joel Dearing, Tony DeMauro, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Tom Gdisis, Suzy Goldman, Heidi Hoffmeister, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Debra Kainer, Rosemarie Kelly, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Bill Nuss, Jodi Perris, Alex Petrilli, Roger Price, Gordon Purcell, Connie Rigg, Derek Rogers, Jay Rossi, Colleen Roth, Art Salisch, Arlyn Sinsay, Larry Smith, Barb Throm

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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.