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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published in 1967…Wes Craven’s horror film “A Nightmare on Elm Street” premiered in the U.S. in 1984…NBC’s ”Saturday Night Live” opened season 11 in 1985, which was hosted by Madonna and marked the return of creator Lorne Michaels.  Michaels had exited five years earlier…Celebrity Birthdays: Former “The Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno is 65; Wrestler Chris Jericho is 46; Reality star Nick Lachey is 43; Actress Nikki Blonsky is 28.  A belated Happy Birthday to “St. Elsewhere” star Norman Lloyd, who turned 102 yesterday.

Did You Know?
Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of The Hulk on CBS’ “The Incredible Hulk,” but was considered too short at 6’2.”  The original choice was Richard Kiel, who was certainly tall enough at 7’2.”  But, as the pilot began filming, the producers felt he was not bulky enough.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.0/10, ABC: 6.1/ 9, CBS: 4.8/ 7, Fox: 3.0/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

Note: The year-to-year overnight comparisons are excluded due to the live Election coverage.

Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about the Presidential Election on the Big 4 networks, of course.  NBC led the live coverage, averaging an estimated 7.0 rating/10 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. ET. The four networks combined — NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox — totaled a 20.9 rating/30 share.  As a reminder, results for any live event are always estimated.

Additional data on the Presidential Election ratings will be published as the day progresses at programminginsider.com.

Only The CW aired scripted telecasts last night, and it was care of repeats of “The Flash” (#5: 0.8/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and freshman drama “No Tomorrow” (#5: 0.4/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

For the breakdown by half-hour, click here
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Live + Same Day Ratings
-Monday 11/07/16: Click here
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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of 10/31/16

-Total Viewers:

Fox: 12.28 million (+254), CBS: 8.68 (-16), NBC: 6.87 (-17), ABC: 6.09 (-13), CW: 1.43 – 9)

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 3.7 rating/12 share (+208), NBC: 1.9/ 6 (-21), CBS: 1.7/ 6 (-19), ABC: 1.4/ 5 (-22), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-17)

-Adults 25-54:
Fox: 4.3/12 (+2-7), CBS: 2.3/ 7 (-18), NBC: 2.3/ 7 (-21), ABC: 1.8/ 5 (-18), CW: 0.6/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
Fox: 2.9/13 (+190), NBC: 1.3/ 6 )-24), CBS: 1.1/ 4 (-21), ABC: 0.9/ 4 (-31), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-20)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

“The Goldbergs” Spin-off in the Works at ABC
ABC is developing a potential spin-off from sitcom “The Goldbergs,” which would be set in the 1990s and would feature Bryan Callen.  Callen, at present, plays no-nonsense gym teacher Rick Mellor, and the spin-off will center on two high school teachers who become unlikely father figures to the school secretary’s three misfit kids. The setting is expected to be Philadelphia.  To-date, Callen has appeared in 17 episodes of “The Goldbergs.”

“The Goldbergs” executive producer Marc Firek and Goldberg are writing the script for the single-camera comedy. Doug Robinson and Seth Gordo, who executive produce “The Goldbergs,” are attached to exec produce the spinoff as well.

The news of the proposed “Goldbergs” spin-off comes on the heels of news of a planned prequel spin-off from “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS.  Later this season NBC will feature “The Blacklist – Redemption,” a spin-off from “The Blacklist.”

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

ABC Cancels “Conviction”
ABC has opted against ordering any additional episodes of freshman drama “Conviction” following the initial 13.  The network is expected to air all 13 episodes, but there if no word if it will remain in the Monday 10 p.m. hour after “Dancing With the Stars.”  This week, “Conviction” finished a distant third in the time period (behind “Scorpion” on CBS and the “SNL 2016 Election” on NBC) with 3.64 million viewers and a mere 0.6 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Plus Same Day data).

Two weeks ago ABC trimmed the episode order of new Thursday night drama, “Notorious,” from 13 to 10.  Only “Designated Survivor,” with Keifer Sutherland, managed to garner additional episodes ordered of the three new ABC dramas this season.  Both new ABC sitcoms – “Speechless” and “American Housewife” – received full season episode orders.

Debuting on Oct. 3, “Conviction” featured Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, the rebellious former First Daughter of the United States and skilled defense attorney who, after a cocaine bust, is blackmailed by the District Attorney into heading the newly-formed Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU).

“Dead of Summer” Concludes on Freeform
Freeform has swung the proverbial axe on horror themed drama “Dead of Summer,” which debuted on June 28 and could not find enough of an audience to stay afloat out of “Pretty Little Liars.”  Executive produced by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Ian Goldberg, Steve Pearlman, “Dead of Summer” was set in the late 1980s at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, where what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns instead into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.

The now series-finale of “Dead of Summer” aired on August 30th.  Ten episodes in total were produced.

NOTES OF INTEREST

MeTV to Feature the “MASH” Finale on Veteran’s Day
MeTV will celebrate Veteran’s Day with the finale of beloved comedy “MASH.” Subtitled “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” a record 105.97 million viewers tuned in when it initially aired on CBS on Feb. 28, 1983.  To commemorate this broadcast, MeTV has assembled several members of the cast and creators to share their memories of the series and its historic final episode. “MeTV Remembers the MASH Finale” will feature these exclusive interviews together with the uncut series finale on Friday, Nov. 11 from 7-10 p.m.

Cast and creators who will appear in “MeTV Remembers the M*A*S*H Finale” include actors Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, Mike Farrell, Gary Burghoff, Wayne Rogers, and writers and producers Burt Metcalfe, Gene Reynolds, Thad Mumford, Dan Wilcox, David Isaacs, Elisa Davis, Ken Levine.

Univision Networks to Launch on DIRECTV NOW
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) will be included on the new AT&T streaming service, DIRECTV NOW. As part of this launch, DIRECTV NOW will offer the Univision Stations, Univision Network, UniMás, Galavisión, UDN (Univision Deportes Network) as well as the Fusion network.  In addition to UCI networks launching on DIRECTV NOW, UCI will continue to distribute its portfolio of Spanish- and English-language content across existing AT&T and DIRECTV platforms. The expanded agreement also includes TV Everywhere rights and allows for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse customers to stream UCI’s live and on-demand content.

OPINION

No longer just for reruns, diginets grab the eye of major advertisers
From Campaign US: Over the last few months, thanks to this heated (and now mercifully over) presidential race, I have found myself increasingly seeking the comfort of nostalgia in my TV viewing. But rather than the usual sources like Nick at Nite or TV Land, I’ve been turning to the likes of MeTV (aka Memorable Entertainment Television) for reruns of “I Love Lucy,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Batman” and “The Twilight Zone;” to Antenna TV for episodes of “Hazel,” “Father Knows Best” and “One Day at a Time;” and to Cosi TV, which hosts classics like “The Munsters” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

Known as “diginets,” these digital sub-channels (which also include Bounce TV, getTV, Buzzr and Decades, among others) were created to fill new space on the digital spectrum that became available when the TV industry converted from analog to digital transmission in 2009. Offered by stations in individual markets, the diginets can be found all over the dial. If you’re a chronic channel flipper, odds are good you’ve watched a few moments of them without knowing it.

For more at Campaign US, click here

PI POLLS
1. Would you be interested in a potential spin-off sitcom from ABC’s “The Goldbergs”?  Click here
2. Good or bad? What do you think about CBS developing a prequel spin-off focusing on a young Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory”? Click here
3. What is your current favorite network series on Monday evening?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The broadcast networks are in all originals.  “Jay Leno’s Garage” returns on CNBC.  Docuseries “Total Bellas” concludes for the season on E!  For the complete listing for Wednesday, November 8, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
“Gilmore Girls” Week

Which one of the following statements about “Gilmore Girls” is not true?

a) The population of Stars Hollow in season one, according to a sign in the town, was 9,973.
b) Two former actresses from “All in the Family” were featured on a recurring basis.
c) Scott Patterson as Luke was originally only signed to appear in the pilot.
d) Carly Simon sung the theme song, “Where You Lead.”
e) Lauren Graham as Lorelai was 16-years old when she found out she was pregnant with Rory (Alexis Bledel).

The answer to yesterday’s question…

The exterior of The Dragonfly Inn, run by Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Sookie (Melissa McCathy) on “Gilmore Girls” was actually seen as the home of a beloved TV family.  What show was that?

a) “Eight Is Enough”
b) “Father Knows Best”
c) “Leave It to Beaver”
d) “Petticoat Junction”
e) “The Waltons”

Is: e) “The Waltons,” which at the time only had one bathroom for 11 people.  Lorelai and Sookie, I assume, expanded the inn! 


Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta,  Steve Ellis, Steven Franks, Gerry Gibbons, Maureen Goldman, Elissa Gordon, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Kathryn Kieser, Richard Mann, Diane Margiotta,  Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Alex Petrilli, Jr., Stephen Phillips, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi