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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Long-running “MASH” opened season 10 on CBS in 1981, which was supposed to be its final year.  But a four-to-three vote from the cast in favor of one final abbreviated season led to 16 more episodes in 1982-83, including the historically top-rated series-finale on Feb. 28, 1983…Celebrity Birthdays: Original “Charlie’s Angels” star Jaclyn Smith is 71; “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is 70; Hillary Clinton is 69; Actress Rita Wilson is 60; Former “The Practice” star Dylan McDermott is 55; Actor Tom Cavanagh (“The Flash,” “Ed”) is 53; Singer and former “American Idol” judge Keith Urban is 49; “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane is 43.

Did You Know?
Most people remember “All in the Family,” “MASH,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show” as CBS’ classic Saturday night line-up in the 1970s.  But “MASH” only aired on Saturday in the 1973-74 season.  CBS was looking to ignite interest in “MASH” in season two and the lead-in support out of “All in the Family” resulted in a No. 4 overall ranking in all of primetime (behind “All in the Family,” “The Waltons” and “Sanford and Son”).

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 10/25/16

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 12.8/20, CBS: 7.5/12, NBC: 5.6/ 9, ABC: 2.6/ 4, CW: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +31, NBC: + 8, ABC and CBS: – 4 each, CW: -28

Winners: World Series, Game 1 (Fox), “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Bull” (CBS), “This Is Us” (NBC)
Honorable Mention: “The Flash” (CW), “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)
Losers (excluding repeats): “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC), “The Real O’Neals” (ABC), “No Tomorrow” (CW), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:
Fox took center stage, as expected, care of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series (Indians 6, Cubs 0) at an estimated 12.8 rating/20 share in the household overnights.  Since the end time of the game was approximately 11:49 p.m. ET and the overnight data for Fox from last night only goes to 10 p.m., this household rating is expected to decrease.

Comparably, game one of the Royals vs. the Mets scored a 9.8/16 in the household overnights on the year-ago evening (also based on just 8-10 p.m.), which gives last night’s match-up a 31 percent advantage.  That 9.8 household rating translated into 14.94 million viewers and a 4.6 rating/16 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.  In other words, Fox is poised for a solid rated series between Cleveland and Chicago.

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

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/24/16: Click here
Weekly Ratings Scorecard
Week of Oct. 17, 2016

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 9.94 million (+ 2), NBC: 7.70 (- 6), ABC: 5.44 (-14), Fox: 3.12 (-36), CW: 1.50 (+ 4)

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 2.0 rating/7 share (+ 5), NBC: 2.0/ 7 (-13), ABC: 1.3/ 4 (-19), Fox: 1.1/ 4 (-35), CW: 0.5/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
CBS: 2.6/ 8 (no change), NBC: 2.6/ 8 (- 7), ABC: 1.6/ 5 (-24), Fox: 1.3/ 4 (-32), CW: 0.6/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 1.4/ 6 (-12), CBS: 1.3/ 6 (no change), ABC: 0.9/ 4 (-18), Fox: 0.8/ 4 (-43), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-20)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


The CW and Tough Mudder to Launch New Series
The CW and lifestyle brand Tough Mudder will team up to launch a new multi-platform, six-part series on digital platform CW Seed and The CW in 2017.  A title and an airdate will be announced at a later time.

The logline:  The series will focus on a group of “everyday heroes” who make up a team with the single purpose of coming together to accomplish completing a Tough Mudder. Deemed as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” Tough Mudder tests teamwork skills and pushes one’s physical abilities and mental grit. Shot in a documentary style, the series will feature the rawness of real human experience and the high-stakes, unscripted drama of each team members’ own personal stories as they face different obstacles and fears not only on the course, but also in life.

Episodes one through five will debut on CW Seed, while the finale, featuring the team tackling the course as they look to cross the finish line, will air on The CW.  Flatbush Pictures and Judd Ehrlich (“We Could Be King,” “Finish Strong”) will serve as executive producers., along with Jesse Bull of Tough Mudder.


“Married at First Sight” Renewed for Season Five
FYI has greenlit docuseries “Married at First Sight” for a fifth season.  Debuting on July 8, 2014, “Married at First Sight” follows singles yearning for a life-long partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet. A team of experts including sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, communication and relationship expert, Rachel DeAlto, and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson, will choose what they believe are three compatible couples. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle and see each other face-to-face, for the first time, at the altar. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce?

Over 40,000 candidates nationwide, to-date, have applied to be married at first sight. In the upcoming season five, singles from the Chicago area will be matched by a panel of relationship experts.

FYI also recently prdered the spin-off series, “Married at First Sight: Second Chances,” which will follow Atlanta-based “Married at First Sight” season three viewer favorites, David Norton and Vanessa Nelson, as they get another shot at finding life-long love.


ABC Trims “Notorious” Episode Order to 10
The proverbial axe has not swung…yet.  But ABC has trimmed the episode of struggling freshman Thursday drama “Notorious” from 13 to 10, signaling that the end is near.  Ratings for the most recent episode — 3.89 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 (out of 8.17 million viewers and a 2.1/ 8 in the demo for lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy,” based on the Live + Same Day data) — warranted the episode reduction.

ABC, of course, has former time period occupant “Scandal” waiting in the midseason wings to replace “Notorious.”  But with recent drama entry “Conviction” struggling on Monday, mixed results for its Tuesday comedy block, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” off the charts, “How To Get Away With Murder” losing steam, and a Sunday line-up that has all but collapsed, there are problems aplenty at the Mouse House.

Judge Michael Corriero to Join Syndicated “Hot Bench”
CBS Television Distribution daytime court show strip “Hot Bench” will add Judge Michael Corriero to the three judge bench beginning on Monday, Nov. 1.  He joins Judges Patricia DiMango and Tanya Acker, and replaces Judge Larry Bakman.

Prior to joining “Hot Bench,” Judge Corriero was the Executive Director and Founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice.  Before that he served as the Executive Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City from 2008 to 2010.  He previously served as a judge in the New York State Court for 28 years, and was appointed to the New York State Court of Claims in 1990.  And he was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court in 1989 by then Governor Mario Cuomo and also served as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York from 1980-1989.

Judge Jerry Sheindlin, meanwhile, the presiding judge on “People’s Court” from 1999 to 20001, will appear on the “Hot bench” panel with Judges DiMango and Acker as a special guest judge on Monday, Oct. 31.  It just so happens that his wife, Judge Judy, developed “Hot Bench”!

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Upcoming military combat series “Six” will make its debut on History on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.  The eight episode first season of “Six” will follow members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.  Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit – what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country.


Welcome back, Carol Burnett
From Campaign US: The comedy legend is making a return to TV, but will viewers be glad to see her?

If you are a certain age, I don’t have to tell you much about “The Carol Burnett Show,” one of the most memorable variety-themed television shows in history. So, when I heard the news that Carol was returning to the small screen next year in a still untitled ABC multi-camera sitcom from Amy Poehler, my emotions ranged from excitement to trepidation. I remember all too well what happened when another famous redhead, Lucille Ball, attempted a comeback.

In 1988, Lucy made an ill-fated attempt to recreate the success of her seminal sitcom “I Love Lucy” and her two other hit shows, “The Lucy Show” and “Here’s Lucy,” with ABC’s “Life with Lucy.” Aaron Spelling, who produced “Life with Lucy,” once told me he remembered the deafening silence in the studio audience during the filming of a scene where Lucy was having some comical misadventures on a ladder. “They would have laughed in the past; this was typical Lucy,” he said. “But Lucy at 75 doing physical comedy had the audience worried she would fall.”

For more at Campaign US, click here


Lady Gaga on “The Late Late Show with James Corden
For a look at the highlights, click here

Most Magnificent Night in…Sports in Cleveland
With the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrating their NBA championship with a ring ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena and, in the same sports complex, the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians starting at Progressive Field, both Marv Albert (on TNT) and Kevin Burkhardt (on Fox) made note of a unique night in professional sports in the city of Cleveland.  For a look, click here

1. What are you watching on the broadcast networks this evening?  Click here
2. What is your favorite original CW summer series?  Click here
3. What low-rated new network series do you think will be canceled first?  Click here
4. Who do you think won the third – and final – Presidential debate? Click here
5. Who is your all-time favorite coach on NBC’s “The Voice”?  Click here
Game two of the Cleveland Indians at the Chicago Cubs on “The Major League Baseball World Series” is featured on Fox.  The remaining broadcast networks are in all originals.  Sundance drama “Rectify” opens its final season.  For the complete listing for Wednesday, Oct. 26, click here
And the Emmy Went to…

Ten years have passed since a broadcast network won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.  Which one of the following five network dramas was the last one to win?

a) “Law & Order”
b) “Lost”
c) “The Practice”
d) “24”
e) “The West Wing”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which actor appeared for the most number of episodes of NBC medical drama “ER”?

a) George Clooney
b) Anthony Edwards
c) Laura Innes
d) Maura Tierney
e) Noah Wyle

Is…e) Noah Wyle (John Carter), who appeared in 254 episodes in total of the 1994-2009 medical drama.  A close second was Laura Innes (Kerry Weaver) at 250 episodes, followed by Maura Tierney (Abby Lockhart – 189 episodes), Anthony Edwards (Mark Greene 182 episodes) and George Clooney (Doug Ross – 109 episodes).

Trivia All-Stars
Latasha Allen, Mark Amato, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Jim Forkan, Tom Gdisis, Steven Goldberg, Caryn Gray, Kerry Hughes, Greg Janover, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Debra Kainer, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Michael Ratliffe, Karen Richmond, Derek Rogers, Jay Rossi, Joe Rubi, Art Salisch, Arlyn Sinsay, Gregory Smithe, Peter Tarlek, Verdi Tzou

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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.