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Monday, May 22, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
In the series finale department: “Perry Mason,” starring Raymond  Burr, on CBS in 1966; the original primetime version of game show “To Tell the Truth” on CBS in 1967; “Hart to Hart” on ABC in 1984; and NBC sitcom “3rdRock From the Sun” in 2001…Johnny Carson made his final appearance as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC in 1992…Season one of breakout hit“Desperate Housewives” concluded on ABC in 2005 with Rex (Steven Culp) dying of a sudden heart attack, and Paul (Mark Moses) revealing why Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) killed herself…Celebrity Birthdays: Model Naomi Campbell is 47; “Nikita” star Maggie Q is 38.

-Did You Know?:
Revival “The New Perry Mason” aired on CBS in the fall of 1973 with Monty Markham in the title role. It ran for 15 episodes. In 1985, the first of 30“Perry Mason” television movies aired on NBC, with Raymond Burr reprising the role of Mason in 26 of them prior to his death in 1993.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 5/21/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.9/ 9, ABC: 4.7/ 9, NBC: 3.1/ 5, Fox: 1.1/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +29, CBS: +14, ABC: -11, Fox: -15

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led the household overnights on this final Sunday of the traditional TV season, besting No. 2 ABC by two-tenths of a rating point (or four percent). But the home of “The Billboard Music Awards,” ABC, will top the night in adults 18-49 and all the key young adult demographics. “The Billboard Music Awards” averaged a 5.4 rating/9 share from 8-11 p.m., which was 12 percent below the 6.1/10 in the household overnights on the year-ago evening. Comparably, that 6.1 overnight household rating translated into 9.76 million viewers and a 3.2 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the season-finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a third-place 2.8/ 6 at 7 p.m.

For the remainder of the analysis and breakdown by half-hour for Sunday, May 21, click here

Fast Affiliate Results
Friday 5/19/17: Click here
Saturday 5/20/17: Click here

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/15/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/16/17: Click here
Wednesday 5/17/17: Click here
Thursday 5/18/17: Click here

Saturday Night Live” Delivers its Most-Watched Season Finale in Six Years
The season finale of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC, featuring guest host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry, rose to its most watched audience in six years with 8.27 million viewers (based on the “fast official live plus same day” results). The telecast, which aired live coast to coast (11:30 p.m. ET8:30 p.m. PT) and counted unduplicated viewers from 11:30 encores in western markets, ranks as the No. 1 telecast so far this week on the broadcast networks in adult 18-49 rating, outrating the week’s current No. 2 show, Fox’s “Empire” (2.17) by a seven percent margin.

The 8.27 million is “Saturday’s Night Live’s” biggest overall audience for a season finale since May 21, 2011 (with host Justin Timberlake and musical guest Lady Gaga, 9.818 million).  In 18-49 (2.32 million), it’s the top-rated “SNL” season-closer since May 18, 2013 (with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Kanye West, 2.37).

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Upfronts 2017: Deciphering the Spin
From Campaign US: At a time when every network attempts to present itself as the best multi-platform performer, it was concerning to see so many looking to the future while focused on the past.

There were so many reboots in the lineups this year. While the idea of bringing back “Rosanne” or “Dynasty” may be appealing to viewers of a certain age, will the millennials advertisers want to reach care or even recognize those old broadcast hits?

I’m reminded of past failed reboot attempts of shows like “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place” on The CW and more recently “Dallas” on TNT. Does The CW think nostalgia will be enough to carry the new “Dynasty”? For more, clickhere


Freeform Picks Up “black-ish” Spin-off “College-ish”
ABC cable cousin Freeform has picked-up the planned spin-off from “black-ish,” now called “College-ish,” will focus on oldest daughter Zoey, played by Yara Shahidi, as she goes to college. Thirteen episodes of “College-ish” have been ordered and creator Kenya Barris will also oversee the spinoff

The backdoor pilot was introduced in the May 3 episode of “Black-ish,” “Liberal Arts.” It followed Shahidi as Zoey as she goes to college for orientation, where she discovered her father’s co-worker Charlie (Deon Cole) is an adjunct professor of marketing.  “College-ish” is described as a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. The rest of the core cast will be new characters and actors, not seen in the flagship series, both in the administration and student body.


NBC Orders Second Season of “Trial & Error”
NBC, surprisingly, has issued a second season renewal to sitcom “Trial & Error,” which concluded its first season on April 18. Described as a fish-out-of-water comedy, “Trail & Error” in season one followed a bright-eyed New York lawyer (Nicholas D’Agosto) who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case, which is to defend an eccentric poetry professor (John Lithgow) who is accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, the young lawyer suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.

The remainder of the cast of “Trial & Error” includes Sherri Shepherd, Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez. Ten new episodes have been ordered for a return in midseason in 2017-18.

Investigation Discovery Greenlights Second of “Murder Chose Me”
Investigation Discovery (ID) has greenlight for a sophomore season of the network original series, “Murder Chose Me.” The logline: Featuring stories and case files from legendary Shreveport, La. detective Rod Demery, the series reflects on his 14 years as a homicide detective – a destiny he was drawn to after his own mother was murdered. Demery worked tirelessly on more than 250 homicide cases, achieving a confession and a 100 percent solve rate in each case where he served as lead detective. In “Murder Chose Me” intimate first-person storytelling meets the gritty southern backdrop in each hour-long episode, as Demery personifies how very impactful and life altering murder is on the victim’s loved ones. With 10 all-new episodes, season two of “Murder Chose Me” will air exclusively on ID in early 2018.


Hulu Lands the Streaming Rights to ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat”
Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming video on-demand rights to the complete library of ABC’s comedy series “Fresh off the Boat,” which following last Tuesday’s third season-ender now has 60 half-hour episodes in the can. The acquisition is part of a new licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, granting Hulu access to all past episodes of the series, including the complete third season, with future episodes set to stream the day after they air on ABC.

Next season, “Fresh off the Boat” moves into the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. time period out of “The Middle.”

Three Cast Members Exit NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”
Sasheer Zamata is the third member to exit NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this season, who leaves the show alongside Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer. Both Moynihan and Bayer previously announced their departures. Moynihan will headline upcoming new CBS sitcom “Me, Myself & I,” which will air in theMonday 9:30 p.m. half-hour this fall.

Talking Upfronts 2017 with C21 Media: In With the Old, In With the New
Marc Berman, editor-in-chief of Programming Insider, and Stacey Lynn Schulman, exec VP for research, strategy and analytics at Katz Media Group, discuss the headlines that came out of this week’s Upfronts in New York. To listen, click here

Network Upfront 2017 – The Final Tallies
Overall, the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW — will be introducing 19 new primetime series this fall. The breakdown is 12 dramas,six comedies and one dramedy.

CBS (6 new series): 3 dramas, 3 comedies
ABC (5 new series): 4 dramas, 1 comedies
NBC (3 new series): 2 dramas, 1 comedy
Fox (3 new series): 1 comedies, 1 drama, 1 dramedy
CW (2 new series): 2 dramas

An additional 24 new series (11 dramas, six comedies and seven non-scripted series) are slated for midseason, bringing the total tally in 2017-18 to 43 freshman shows. Here is the breakdown by network:

ABC: Click here
CBS: Click here
NBC: Click here
Fox: Click here
CW: Click here

For an analysis of each network’s new fall 2017 schedule, click on the following:

ABC: Click here
-CBS: Click here
-NBC: Click here
-Fox: Click here
-CW: Click here

Also last week was a presentation by the Turner networks: For more, clickhere

“The Bachelorette” opens its summer season on ABC…CBS airs specials“Princess Diana – Her Life – Her Death – The Truth” and “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special””Supergirl” and “Jane the Virgin” conclude for the season on The CW…E!’s “Fashion Police” critiques“The Billboard Music Awards”…Freeform sitcom “Baby Daddy” hits the 100-episode mark…For the schedule listings for Monday, May 22, click  here
Which new network series are you most looking forward to this fall? Click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Which night on the broadcast networks this fall will feature the most number of new series?

a) Monday
b) Tuesday
c) Wednesday
d) Thursday
e) Friday
f) Sunday

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following five actors will not be featured in a new network series this fall?

a) Edie Falco
b) Lucy Hale
c) Jason Ritter
d) Shemar Moore
e) Kyra Sedgwick
f) All of them

Is: b) Lucy Hale, who will be headlining new CW drama “Life Sentence” in midseason. For a look at the trailer, click here  


Trivia All-Stars
Bob Ingersoll, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi – that’s it!