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Thursday, November 17, 2016
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ON THIS DAY                                                                          
NBC broke away from a pro football game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders in 1968 to air a TV movie adaptation of “Heidi,” sparking furious protest. From that point on, all televised NFL football games have been shown in their entirety, taking precedence over subsequent programming…Mary (Mary Tyler Moore) enlists Sue Ann’s (Betty White) help in a dinner party she is preparing for a Congresswoman on CBS’ “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973…”Seinfeld” on NBC  in 1994, the then top-rated show in primetime, featured the episode where George (Jason Alexander) thinks he bought a car owned by Jon Voight…Celebrity Birthdays: Director Martin Scorsese is 74; “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Danny DeVito is 72; TV show host RuPaul is 56; Actress Daisy Fuentes is 50; Actress Rachel McAdams (“Wedding Crashers”) is 38;

Did You Know?
Betty White, who joined the cast of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in season four, was originally signed as a guest star.  But the character of Sue Ann Nivens became so popular she was upped to regularly scheduled status and won two Emmy Awards for her efforts.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 11/16/16
Note: The following results do not include Seattle.

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 5.0/ 8, CBS: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 4.2/ 7, NBC: 3.8/ 6, CW: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: – 5, CBS: – 6, NBC and Fox: -14 each, CW: -21

Winners: Survivor” (CBS), “Empire” (Fox), “Modern Family” (ABC)
Honorable Mention: “Lethal Weapon” (Fox)
Slipping: “Designated Survivor” (ABC)
Marginal: “Blindspot” (NBC), “Chicago PD” (NBC)
Losers (excluding repeats): “Frequency” (CW), “Code Black” (CBS)

Ratings Breakdown:
There was nothing unusual to report on this second Wednesday in November.  Fox won the evening on the strength of “Empire,” which topped the night at a 5.6 rating/9 share in the metered market households at 9 p.m.  Comparably, however, that was a loss of a noticeable 29 percent from the 7.9/12 in the overnights on the year-ago evening.  And the lead-in support last night, “Lethal Weapon” (#2: 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m.), remains a stronger option than year-ago time period occupant “Rosewood.”

On CBS, warhorse “Survivor” keeps on ticking with a dominant 5.4/ 9 at 8 p.m. into a second-place 4.8/ 8 for veteran “Criminal Minds” at 9 p.m.  Both hours were on par with year-ago overnight levels.  But sophomore medical drama “Code Black” slipped to third at 10 p.m. with a 3.6/ 6, which was 14 percent below the 4.2/ 7 on the year-ago evening.

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

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 11/14/16: Click here
-Tuesday 11/15/16: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research


Decades Orders Monthly Series “Then Again with Herbie J. Pilato”
Diginet Decades has ordered six monthly episodes of “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato,” a 30-minute talkfest dedicated to classic television and TV stars. Host and author Pilato, and his Television, Ink. shingle, along with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard (“The Chronicles of Ara”), under their “Mirkwood Partners” banner, will be the executive producers. “Then Again” will be directed by former actor Steve Akahoshi (“Tour of Duty”). Akahoshi’s “Unstructured Plans” will produce the segments, along with Lorie Girsh Eisenberg and Len McLeod. Gilbert Adler (“Superman Returns,” “Tales from the Crypt”) is also an executive producer on the project.

Pilato, the author of 11 pop-culture books and the Founder of the Classic TV Preservation Society, will host the monthly series and will interview pop-culture subjects from the world of classic TV in each episode. The format will closely mirror Pilato’s weekly “Throwback Thursday” live events in the Los Angeles area.

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TBS Renews “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
Late night weekly talk show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” hosted by the former Comedy Central “Daily Show” correspondent, has been renewed for a second season.  The show, which is executive-produced by Bee, Jason Jones, Jo Miller, Miles Kahn and Tony Hernandez, currently airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. ET. In 2017, it will move to a new timeslot, Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET, starting Jan. 11.
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” currently reaches an average of 3.3 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms and ranks as one of television’s Top 3 late-night series with adults 18-49 for the quarter-to-date.

“Duck Dynasty” to Conclude on A&E
The 11th edition of A&E reality staple “Duck Dynasty,” which opened last night, will now be the final edition as a regularly scheduled series.  Five-year old “Duck Dynasty” will air through Jan. 18, followed by seven final episodes including the now series finale on April 12.  The decision to end the series was a mutual one between A&E and the Robertson family.

Launched on March 21, 2012, “Duck Dynasty” chronicles the lives of the Robertsons, who run family-operated business, Duck Commander. The West Monroe, Louisiana business makes products for duck hunters, primarily a duck call called Duck Commander. The family was previously featured on the series “Benelli Presents Duck Commander” and its spin-off, “Buck Commander,” on the Outdoor Channel.

In the show’s heyday, 2013,the future of “Duck Dynasty” was in jeopardy when family member Phil Robertson made anti-gay remarks and inflammatory statements about African-Americans in a GQ interview that became highly publicized. The controversy made national headlines, and resulted in his temporary suspension from the show.

Nickelodeon Greenlights New Seasons of “Henry Danger” and “Game Shakers”
Nickelodeon has renewed Dan Schneider-produced series “Henry Danger” and “Game Changers,” which currently rank as the year’s number-one and number-two shows, respectively, with kids 2-11 and kids 6-11 on all TV. “Henry Danger,” which heads into season four, has an order for 20 new episodes, bringing the series to a total of 85 episodes.  And “Game Shakers” heads into season three, also with 20 new episodes and taking it to a total of 65.

“Henry Danger” follows the adventures of Henry Hart (Jace Norman) as he navigates a double life, balancing the challenges of being a teenager with the crazy adventures of a real-life crime fighter.  And “Game Shakers” tells the story of Babe and Kenzie, and their friends Triple G and Hudson, who create a successful gaming company in Brooklyn, New York, with help from a superstar rapper named Double G (played by Nick alum Kel Mitchell).

“Total Bellas” Renewed for Season Two on E!
“Total Bellas,” the docuseries spin-off from “Total Divas,” has been picked-up for a second season by E!  The upcoming season will see WWE superstars Nikki Bella and John Cena temporarily relocate to Phoenix, Ariz., to help Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan through their first pregnancy.  Eight new episodes have been ordered.


The CW Announces Midseason Line-Up
The CW has announced its midseason programming plans, which will feature the arrival of new drama “Riverdale,” based on the iconic characters from the “Archie” comic book franchise, and changes on four of the network’s five nights.  Only Monday will remain unchanged with “Supergirl” and “Jane the Virgin.”  Returning are dramas “The 100,” “Reign,” “The Originals” and “iZombie.”

“Riverdale” will air Thursday at 9 p.m. in place of veteran “Supernatural,” which shifts to 8 p.m.  Current Thursday 8 p.m. time period occupant “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” will move to Tuesday at 9 p.m. in place of “No Tomorrow,” which like fellow freshman drama “Frequency” is not on the midseason line-up.

On Wednesday, “Arrow” will lead into the return of “The 100” at 9 p.m.  And Fridays will feature the new season of perennially ratings-challenged “Reign” at 9 p.m. out of soon-to-conclude “The Vampire Diaries.”  Also missing from The CW’s in midseason is struggling “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which wraps up season two on Friday, Feb. 3.  “The Vampire Diaries,” meanwhile, will end its eight season run on Friday, March 10 and will be replaced by returning spin-off “The Originals” one week later.

Additionally, ‘iZombie” will make its season three debut with back-to-back new episodes on Tuesday, April 4 before moving to its regularly scheduled time period after “The Flash” on April 11.

The bottom line: While The CW will clearly benefit minus the low-rated trio of “No Tomorrow,” “Frequency” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” returning “Reign,” “The 100” and “The Originals” will probably not fare any better.  “Riverdale,” however, is wisely scheduled out of warhorse “Supernatural,” and the lead-in support from “The Flash” will only benefit “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

For the full CW midseason schedule, click here

Alex Wagner Joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday”
Alex Wagner has been named a CBS News correspondent and co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”  Wagner will begin the new assignment alongside co-host Anthony Mason on the Nov. 19 broadcast of  “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”  Wagner joins CBS News from The Atlantic, where she was a senior editor reporting on politics, culture and social trends, and where she will remain as a contributing editor, writing for the magazine and TheAtlantic.com, and moderating live events.

Wagner has also served as a guest correspondent on Showtime’s “The Circus: The Greatest Political Show on Earth.”  Previously, she was the host of “Now with Alex Wagner,” a daily news program on MSNBC. She joined MSNBC in 2010 as an analyst and frequent guest on the cable network’s programs.

CBS Studios International Announces First-Window Licensing Rights for “Bull” Internationally
CBS Studios International has licensed the first-window broadcast rights to top international broadcasters for freshman CBS drama “Bull.” International television networks that have licensed “Bull” include Fox Networks Group/U.K., Sweden, Russia, Spain, Portugal and Turkey; 13th Street (NBCUniversal International Networks) and ProSiebenSat.1 Group/Germany; M6/France; Global Television/Canada; RAIDUE/Italy; yes-DBS/Israel; RTL CBS Entertainment/Asia; Network Ten/Australia; TV2/Norway; PRIME/New Zealand; M-Net/Africa; AXN/India; A&E/Latin America and Brazil; and MTV3/Finland. Exact air-dates will vary by country.

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Limelight Media, a Los Angeles-based entertainment marketing firm specializing in celebrity procurement for advertising and PR campaigns has named Ian Weintraubas Vice President, Marketing and head of its New York office. In his new role, Weintraub will help expand the company’s reach and ability to service their clients’ needs throughout each individual campaign.  He will be instrumental in identifying talent, developing and negotiating program parameters, and managing the brand/talent relationships throughout the life of each client’s unique partnership.  Weintraub began his career at ICM where he worked with talent, such as Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, and Shirley MacLaine.

Fox Sports has appointed Terri Hines Executive Vice President of Communications, where she will lead communications across Fox Sports’ multi-platform portfolio, which includes the sports television arm of Fox Broadcasting Company, FS1, FS2, its 22 regional sports networks, FOX Sports Digital, FOX Deportes, and its joint ventures. Previously, Hines served as Director of Communications for NIKE’s Jordan Brand leading brand and athlete communications, entertainment, corporate responsibility and events.


Tyler Perry drama “Too Close for Home” will return on TLC on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m., ET.  Eight new episodes of the drama continue to follow the story of Anna (Danielle Savre), a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her affair with the President of the United States is broadcast worldwide forcing her to return to her modest trailer park beginnings in Alabama.

1. What returning series on The CW are you most excited about seeing again?  Click here
2. What will you be watching on the broadcast networks this evening?  Click here
3. The finals are here: Who are you rooting for to win the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars” this season?  Click here
4. What is your favorite diginet for watching nostalgic television?  Click here
The New Orleans Saints face the Carolina Panthers on “Thursday Night Football,” which temporarily moves to NBC.   The broadcast networks are in all originals.  Netflix makes the second season of “Lovesick” available for streaming.  For the complete listing for Thursday, November 17, click here
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Not Passing 100

Which one of the following sitcoms did not produce more than 100 episodes?

a) “Amen”
b) “Blossom”
c) “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”
d) “The Partridge Family”
e) “227”
f) They all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Matthew Fox is remembered, of course, as playing Charlie Salinger on “Party of Five” and Jack Shephard on “Lost.”  But who was the original choice to play Jack?

a) Robert Downey, Jr.
b) Josh Duhamel
c) Michael Keaton
d) Vince Vaugh
e) Owen Wilson

…Is: c) Michael Keaton.  The original plan was for the character of Jack, played by Michael Keaton, to die after the pilot episode.  But when the producers decided to make Jack a pivotal character, Keaton opted against starring in a regularly scheduled television series.

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Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Jim Forkan, Bob Ingersoll, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell, Debbie Ray, Larry Smith, Michelle Stanton, Ralph Tobias