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Thursday, October 27, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The first Walt Disney Show, “Disneyland,” debuted on ABC in 1954. It shifted to NBC in 1961 as “Walt Disney’s Magical World of Color” (and eventually “The Wonderful World of Disney”) and remained there for 20 years. CBS picked-up the then titled “Walt Disney” in 1981 and aired it for two seasons. “The Disney Sunday Movie” surfaced on ABC in 1986 and ran for two more years, while NBC kept the franchise alive as “The Magical World of Disney” from 1988-90…Sonny and Cher were married on this day in 1964.  Although their union ended in 1975, they reunited on CBS in 1976 for a revival of their variety series, now called “The Sonny & Cher Show.”  Their small screen return ended one year later… Annual special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” debuted on CBS on this day in 1966…Celebrity Birthdays:  “Monty Python” comic actor John Cleese is 77; “Dancing With the Stars” competitor Marla Maples is 53; Former “Fashion Police” presence Kelly Osbourne is 32; “The Goldbergs” star Troy Gentile is 23.

Did You Know?
“Disneyland” finished its first season on ABC in 1954-55 ranked No. 6 overall in primetime, but was only the second ABC show at the time to ever finish a season ranked in the Top 10.  The first was western “The Lone Ranger” at No. 7 in the 1950-51 season.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 10/26/16

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 12.4 rating/20 share, CBS: 4.5/ 7, ABC: 4.4/ 7, NBC: 3.8/ 6, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +36, ABC: + 5, CBS: – 6, NBC: -14, CW: -33

-Winners: “The World Series,” Game 2 (Fox), “Survivor” (CBS), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Designated Survivor” (ABC)
-Slipping: “Arrow” (CW)
-Losers: “Frequency” (CW), “Code Black” (CBS)

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a home-run for Fox last night with the 5-1 victory for the Chicago Cubs over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the “Major League Baseball World Series” at an estimated 11.3 rating/19 share in the metered market households from 7-11:15 p.m. ET.  Results for any live sporting event, of course, are always estimated.  Comparably, this bested the year-ago match-up between the Royals and the Mets (9.3/15 on 10/28/15) by 22 percent in the overnights.  And it was close to game one levels on Tuesday, which translated into 19.78 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/19 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

Mirroring Tuesday, overnight results for the competing networks on this sixth Wednesday of the TV season were not all that negatively impacted by The World Series.  “Survivor” on CBS was the top-rated non-sports telecast of the night, with a 5.2/ 8 in the 8 p.m. hour.  And that led into a 4.6/ 7 in the household overnights for veteran “Criminal Minds” (#2) at 9 p.m., followed by sophomore medical drama “Code Black” at a fourth-place 3.7/ 6 at 10 p.m. Comparably, “Code Black” was 12 percent below the 4.2/ 7 on the year-ago evening.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here
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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/24/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/25/16: Click here 

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17-Million Viewers for “The Walking Dead” Season Premiere
AMC is reporting 17-million viewers for the seventh season premiere of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, Oct. 23, based on the Live + Same Day data from Nielsen, which was just under the record 17.3 million viewers for its season five premiere on Oct. 12, 2014.  Comparably, the season-opener of “The Walking Dead” was the most-watched show of the evening, beating competing “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.  AMC believes this episode, “The Day Will Come when You Won’t Be,” will become the highest rated episode ever when the additional digital and delayed viewing is factored in.

“Talking Dead,” “The Walking Dead” after show, rose to its most-watched episode to date with 7.6 million viewers at 10 p.m. ET.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS 

NBC Orders “Evidence Room” Pilot
NBC has given a put pilot commitment to crime drama pilot “The Evidence Room” from John Glenn (“Allegiance”) and Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious”).  Written by Glenn, “The Evidence Room” will focus on the investigations tied to objects in the Evidence Room, a secure area in a police station where evidence and seized property is stored. The items in the room will serve as engine for the stories to tackle a wide array of crimes and criminals. But the real focus of the series will be the characters and how their involvement in the investigation will bond them and reveal their individual truths.  Glenn will executive produce through his John Glenn Entertainment alongside Lin & Danielle Woodrow through Perfect Storm Entertainment. Universal TV is the studio.

New Fox Sitcom “The Mick” to Premiere on January 1
Upcoming Fox sitcom “The Mick,” the tale of  a brash, two-bit hustler from Rhode Island (Kaitlin Olson, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) who must assume guardianship of her sister’s three high-maintenance children, will debut on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. ET following the NFL doubleheader.  The logline: As irresponsible as Mickey has been her entire life, she may discover that responsibility isn’t the buzzkill she always thought it would be. The series also stars Sofia Black D’Elia (“The Night Of”), Thomas Barbusca (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), newcomer Jack Stanton, Carla Jimenez (“Last Man Standing”) and newcomer Scott MacArthur.

Following this preview, “The Mick” moves into its regularly scheduled Tuesday 8:30 p.m. time period on Jan. 3.

“The Mick” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created/written by John Chernin (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and David Chernin (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). The Chernin brothers, Nick Frenkel (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Oly Obst (“Barely Famous”), along with Randall Einhorn (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Office”), who directed the pilot episode, are executive producers. Kaitlin Olson is a co-executive producer on the series.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Bryan Fuller Out as “Star Trek: Discovery” Showrunner
Bryan Fuller has stepped down as from his role as showrunner on up “Star Trek: Discovery” on CBS All Access.  “We are extremely happy with the creative direction of “Star Trek: Discovery” and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series,” said CBS Television Studios in a statement. “Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of “Star Trek,” but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season. Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, will also continue to oversee the show with the existing writing and producing team.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” is scheduled to begin on CBS All Access in May 2017 following its debut episode on CBS.

“Pretty Little Liars” to Conclude on Freeform with a Three-Hour Event
Immediately following the two-hour finale episode of Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” this spring will be a one-hour tell-all, featuring a conversation with stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, and executive producer I. Marlene King.  The after show will serve as a retrospective celebration of the past seven seasons and as a way for the #PLLSquad to say goodbye to the beloved drama.

National Geographic Plans to Take its Global Brand Even “Further”
From PromaxBDA: One year after announcing its expanded joint venture with 21st Century Fox, comes word of a new global tagline, “Further,” for the National Geographic brand.

Coinciding with its upcoming documentary on climate change, “Before the Flood,” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, on Sunday, Oct. 30; and the Monday, Nov. 14 premiere of event series “Mars,” from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, which debuts globally one day earlier, “Further,” as described, embraces the company’s purpose as a content destination for science, exploration and adventure.  For more at PromaxBDA, click here

“Hamilton’s America” Reaches Over 3.6 Million Viewers on PBS
The Friday, Oct. 21 premiere “Hamilton’s America,” the kick-off program for the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival, was seen by more than 3.6 million television viewers between its premiere on Friday, October 21 and Sunday, October 23 (according to the fast nationals).  Friday’s telecast scored 2.4 million viewers, which comparatively was 136 percent above the Friday 9 p.m. time period average for PBS.

“Hamilton’s America” was also simulcast live on the “Great Performances” Facebook page, alongside the television broadcast with more than 640,000 streams over the weekend. Friday evening, 165,000 unique people generated 301,000 interactions about “Hamilton’s America” across Facebook and Twitter on both the PBS and “Great Performances” platforms.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Annual holiday series “The Great Christmas Light Flight” will return for its fourth season on ABC with its first of three consecutive Monday night airings beginning on December 5.  Each week will feature two back-to-back episodes from 8-10 p.m. ET.  “The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes of winning a cash prize and the coveted Light Fight trophy.  In each of the six one-hour episodes, four families compete for the $50,000 prize, with a total of $300,000 given away for the season, as they transform their homes into a festive wonderland for the holidays.

PI POLLS
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
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
CBS debuts comedy “The Great Indoors” out of the Thursday 8 p.m. return of “The Big Bang Theory.”  Eye net comedies “Mom” and “Life in Pieces” open their new seasons into the series-premiere of drama “Pure Genius.”  The remainder of the broadcast networks is in all originals.  For the complete listing for Thursday, Oct. 27, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Surviving Past Season Four

Which one of the following series made it into season five on a broadcast network?

a) “Arrested Development”
b) “Becker”
c) “Still Standing”
d) “Too Close For Comfort”
e) “Ugly Betty”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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”

Is…d) “24,” which will be revived by Fox later this season as “24: Legacy” with a whole new cast.

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Jerry Fox, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, David Morgan, Richard Naldrett, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Joe Swaney

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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.