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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Summer variety hour “The Steve Allen Show” premiered on CBS in 1967. The cast included Jayne Meadows, Louise Nye, Ruth Buzzi and John Byner…Kooky talent show “The Gong Show, hosted by Chuck Barris, debuted on NBC in daytime in 1976. It also aired in first-run syndication (from 1976 to 1980) and was revived in the 1988-89 season. The upcoming revival on ABC, which will be hosted by a character named Tommy Maitland (who is believed to be played by Mike Myers), begins on June 22”Michael Nesmith in Television Parts, a combination of music and comedy, opened on NBC in 1985…Zsa Zsa Gabor was arrested in 1989 for slapping a Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman…In 1995, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson were interviewed on “Prime Time Live” by Diane Sawyer….The final episode of “Lois & Clark – The New Adventures of Superman” aired on ABC in 1997.  It ran for four seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Jeffersons” and “227” star Marla Gibbs is 86; Presidential Donald Trump is 71 Singer Boy George is 56; “Baywatch” star Yasmine Bleeth is 49; “Glee” star Kevin McHale is 29; “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale is 28.

-Did You Know?:
“The Gong Show Movie” in 1980 followed Chuck Barris through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown (which compels him to run away and hide in the desert) and other comic hijinks in his life and work on the TV show. For a look, click here

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 6/13/17
Metered Market Ratings

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.3/13, CBS: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 1.6/ 3, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +24, CW: -14, CBS: -16, Fox: -29, ABC: -56

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC continues to soar on Tuesday, beating the competition combined in the household overnights with its pairing of “America’s Got Talent” (#1: for the night – 8.2 rating/14 share from 8-10 p.m.) and “World of Dance” (5.5/10 at10 p.m.).

Comparably, “America’s Got Talent” rose by 15 percent from the 7.1/12 on the year-ago evening, which is unprecedented for a series in season 12. And “World of Dance” was 62 percent above year-ago time period occupant “Maya & Marty” (3.4/ 6 on 6/14/16). “World of Dance” also outdelivered competing “48 Hours: NCIS” on CBS (#2: 2.9/ 5) and repeats of “American Housewife” (#3: 1.5/ 3) and “Fresh Off the Boat” (#3: 1.2/ 2) on ABC combined by 29 percent. “World of Dance,” needless to say, could be the biggest new hit series this summer.

For the remainder of the analysis, plus the half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, June 13 click here

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Top 20 Ranking in Syndication – Week of May 29
What follows is the Top 20 ranking in households (based in both first-run and off-network) for the syndicated titles for the week of May 29:

“Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.3 rating, “Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution): 6.2, Weekend Adventure (Disney-ABC/Litton): 5.8; “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD) and “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.3 each;   “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 4.67 “Law & Order: SVU” – Weekend (NBCUniversal): 4.3; “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend (Warner Bros.): 3.1; “Family Feud” – Weekend (Debmar-Mercury): 3.0 each; “Dr. Phil” (CTD), “EntertainmentTonight” (CTD) and “Family Feud” – Weekend (Debmar-Mercury): 2.7 each; “Inside Edition” (CTD): 2.7; “Modern Family” (Twentieth) and “Wheel of Fortune” – Weekend (CTD): 2.5 each; “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (Disney-ABC), “Two and a Half Men” (Warner Bros.), “Hot Bench” (CTD) and “Family Guy” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.1 each; “Access Hollywood Live” – Weekend (NBCU): 2.0

Source: Nielsen Media Research


“Peak TV” Has Peaked, Sprung a Leak and Burst its Ratings Bubble  
From Campaign US: It had to happen eventually. “Peak TV,” the era after the “Golden Age of Television” aptly named for its overwhelming amount of choices, has summited.

This year alone, more than 500 original scripted series (excluding children’s programming) are expected to air. Of course, 400 original series—or 300—would still be overkill.

Once upon a time, a TV season consisted of approximately 100 to 150 scripted series on the broadcast networks. But with every outlet jumping on the programming bandwagon in recent years—particularly the digital streamers with their seemingly endless financial pockets—there was simply too much original scripted content. And it was just a matter of time before the bubble burst. For more, click here


Netflix Renews “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” for Season Four
Netflix has greenlit sitcom “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” for a fourth season, with an expected 13 new episodes. Debuting on March 6, 2015, the series from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock follows Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski).

The Universal Television comedy was originally slated to air on NBC, but Netflix competed with an initial two season pick-up. Thirty nine episodes, to-date, have been produced.

Combining TV with Digital Provides Best of All Worlds for Brands 
From PromaxBDA: “It has never been easy to measure audiences, and it has gotten much trickier as the audience has become more fragmented and has drifted off into multi-tasking,”  said Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) President Scott McDonald to open the ARF Audience 2017 Measurement conference in New Jersey on Monday.

For advertisers in an era of digital television distribution, it’s more challenging than ever to determine the right combination of platforms to best deliver their message. How exactly are audience segments going to be defined and then measured in comparable ways?

While there is no simple answer at the moment, one current myth that is about to be busted, according to CBS and Nielsen, is the common consensus that the digital platform currently offers the best experience for an advertiser. For more, click here

ABC Finds NBA Ratings Absolutely Golden
A post-season playoff packed with lackluster, lopsided games finally got the rematch that apparently everybody wanted. And maybe needed.

The result? Ratings gold for ABC and its parent, Walt Disney Co., which has posted numbers not seen since Michael Jordan won his sixth and final NBA Finals ring way back in 1998.

The Golden State Warriors beat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland on Monday night to claim their second championship in three years. As ruthlessly dominant as the Warriors appeared to be, the series was a tonic for ABC. For more at Benzinga.com, click here

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” Moved to Second Entry in FX’s “American Crime Story” Franchise
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which began production in April, will now be the second installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” limited series franchise. “Katrina: American Crime Story,” which was originally supposed to followed “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” will now be third. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which stars Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin, is expected to debut in early 2018.

Casting News
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) has been cast in the upcoming fourth – and final – season of drama “Halt and Catch Fire’s” on AMC. Chlumsky will play Dr. Katie Herman, Chief Ontologist–a crucial role in this season’s Search business venture. “Halt and Catch Fire” which chronicles the tech industry and the birth of the Internet in the 1980s and early 1990s, stars Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark and Toby Huss as John Bosworth.

What Does the Recent Advertiser Pull-Out Mean for Sean Hannity and Fox News? Click here


Data and analytics company Samba TV has announced the appointment of Jen Whalen as the company’s new Vice President of Marketing. Reporting to Ashwin Navin, Co-Founder and CEO of Samba TV, Whalen will lead all corporate, product and partner-marketing initiatives, responsible for growth initiatives in North America and throughout Europe. Prior to joining Samba TV, Whalen was Vice President of Corporate Marketing for TubeMogul Inc., a software platform for brand advertising.

It’s Hump Day! What classic Wednesday night series is your all-time favorite?Click here

Documentary “The Naked Truth: Undocumented on Campus” will premiere on Fusion on Sunday, June 18 at 9 p.m. ET. Narrated by Jackie Cruz (“Orange is the New Black”), the hour focuses on the challenges facing undocumented students in the United States. The logline: Over the course of ten months, the cameras followed a remarkable 20-year-old student, on his journey to get an education and stay in the United States. Jose came to the United States with his mother and grew up in a Florida farming community. While he beat the odds and enrolled in college, we witness his struggle to adjust to life as a first year undocumented college student. For a preview, click here

“ABFF Independent, hosted by David Banner, will return for its sixth season on Aspire on Tuesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET. “ABFF Independent” is a weekly one-hour show that presents the best independent shorts and documentaries from emerging black artists, and the new season will feature films that cover a wide range of emotions and experiences (including humor, love, desperation and determination). Themes include Love, Making a Statement, School, A Better Life and the Teen Years.

“Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” featuring the culinary explorer as he travels across the country to the places and plates that celebrate American history, will return on Travel Channel on Tuesday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET.

Two series premieres: “The Blood Drive” on Syfy and “Emogenius” on GSN…Two season premieres: “Alaskan Bush People” and “Homestead Rescue” on Discovery…Three season finales: “Little Big Shots” on NBC,“The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu and “Pros vs. Cons” on Food…For the complete listing for Wednesday, June 14, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Finding the Arnolds

What city did 1988 to 1993 ABC sitcom “The Wonder Years” take place in?

a) Baltimore
b) Chicago
c) Los Angeles
d) New York
e) Seattle
f) They never said

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following statements about 1966-68 camp classic “Batman” is not true?

a) Over 30 different villains tried to create havoc in Gotham City during the show’s run.
b) Frank Gorshin as The Riddler was the only actor on the series nominated for an Emmy.
c) Both weekly episodes of “Batman” finished in the Top 10 in the first season.
d) Three different actresses played Catwoman in the TV series.
e) Legendary actor Edward G. Robinson made a cameo appearance.
f) they are all true

Is: d) Three different actresses played Catwoman in the TV series. While a trio of actresses – Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt – did portray the villainess Catwoman, Meriwether appeared in the 1966 theatrical based on the TV series.


Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell – that’s it!

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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.