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Monday, August 22, 2016
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“Later With Bob Costas,” a half-hour talk show created to follow “Late Night with David Letterman” (and, eventually, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), debuted on NBC in 1988. Hosted by Costas in New York until 1994, the format featured conversations with one individual in each telecast. Production shifted to Burbank after Costas departed with Greg Kinnear the new host until 1996. Ultimately, Carson Daly stepped in and the show was retitled “Last Call with Carson Daly” in 2002…Beloved Valerie Harper of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda” is 77; “Laverne & Shirley” star Cindy Williams is 69; Singer Tori Amos is 53; ”Modern Family” star Ty Burrell is 49; Chef Giada De Laurentis is 46; “Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig is 43; Late night talk show host James Corden is 38;
RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 8/21/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 10.2 rating/18 share, ABC: 3.1/ 5, CBS: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 0.8/ 1

Note: Percent change from the year-ago evening is excluded due to the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony airing on NBC.

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here

Live + Same Day Data
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Fast Affiliate Data
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Saturday 8/20/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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“Bob Newhart Show” Star Jack Riley Dead at 80
Jack Riley, who is remembered for playing neurotic Elliot Carlin on 1972-78 CBS sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” died on Saturday after succumbing to pneumonia and infection following a long illness.  He was 80.

Born December 30, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, Riley switched his career interest from baseball to acting after obtaining a radio job, writing and performing skits while attending John Carroll University. He toured military bases throughout the world in comedy shows after being drafted in the Army in 1958.

On television, Riley had a recurring role in 1966-67 sitcom “Occasional Wife,” and made the guest rounds early in his career in TV series like “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” “The Flying Nun,” “I Dream of Jeannie,”  “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and “The Partridge Family.”  He also made multiple appearances on variety-themed “The Red Skelton Show” before landing on the Newhart sitcom.  Dozens of more guest star roles on the small screen followed, with his next regularly scheduled series role on short-lived “Roxie,” the spin-off from “Kate & Allie,” in 1987, followed by FX comedy “Son of the Beach” from 2002-02.

Riley was also the voice of Stu Pickles on Nickelodeon’s animated “The Rugrats” from 1991-2004.  And he was a fixture in five Mel Brooks theatricals, including “High Anxiety,” “History of the World: Part I” and “To Be or Not to Be.”

He is survived by his wife, Ginger Lawrence, and his two children.

27.5 Million Viewers for 15 Nights of The 2016 Rio Olympics
NBCUniversal is reporting 27.5 million viewers for the 15 nights of primetime competition for the just concluded 2016 Rio Olympics, based on the total audience delivery.  NBC’s spin is this being the second highest average audience on record for the primetime competition for any non-domestic Summer Games.  This number is based on the average minute viewing across broadcast, cable and digital.

The 2016 Rio Olympics is the first in U.S. media history with live primetime Olympic coverage on channels other than the primary broadcast network. It is also the first time that the broadcast network coverage, including primetime, has been streamed simultaneously on digital platforms.

The following are the average primetime audiences on record for the 15 nights of competition for non-U.S. Summer Games (all on NBC):

2012 – London Olympics: 30.3 million
2016 – Rio Olympics: 27.5 million
2008 – Beijing Olympics: 27.2 million
1992 – Barcelona Olympics: 26.4 million
1988 – Seoul Olympics: 25.8 million
2004 – Athens Olympics: 24.9 million
2000 – Sydney Olympics: 21.5 million

Positive Sampling for “Chesapeake Shores” on Hallmark Channel
“Chesapeake Shores,” Hallmark Channel’s newest original primetime series, debuted on Sunday, August 14 with 2.5 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. ET.  Comparably, this lifted Hallmark Channel to No. 1 among all basic cable in the block (opposite the 2016 Rio Olympics on NBC) in households (2.3 rating), women 25-54 and total viewers).  The debut scored on social media as well, becoming Sunday’s 2nd most social ad-supported cable drama airing a new episode, attracting the 2nd most uniques and interactions on Facebook and Twitter combined.

In “Chesapeake Shores,” Abby O’Brien Winters (Meghan Ory) returns to the town of Chesapeake Shores when she receives a panicked phone call from her younger sister Jess, who has renovated the Inn at Eagle Point. The Maryland town her father built has many sad memories and Abby, thanks to her demanding career, divorce and young twin daughters, has not had time to spare. Saving the inn from foreclosure means dealing not only with her fractured family but also with Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe), the man she left 10 years ago. Trace initially poses an obstacle but becomes an unexpected ally and a second chance at finding love.

Freeform Offers “Dead of Summer” Marathon  
The first eight episodes of Freeform drama “Dead of Summer” will be available for viewing on the Freeform App, Freeform.com, Roku and the Freeform Apple TV app now before the final two episodes of the season air tomorrow and on Tuesday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET.  “Dead of Summer,” a throwback to 1980s horror films, stars Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost,” ”The Purge: Election Year”) as Deborah “Deb” Carpenter, Elizabeth Lail (“Once Upon a Time”) as Amy Hughes, Zelda Williams (“Teen Wolf”) as Drew Reeves, Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”) as Blair Ramos, Alberto Frezza (“Charlie’s Angels”) as Deputy Garrett Sykes, Eli Goree (“The 100”) as Joel Goodson, Ronen Rubinstein (“Orange Is the New Black”) as Alex Powell, Amber Coney (“Class”) as Carolina “Cricket” Diaz and Paulina Singer (“Gotham”) as Jesse Tyler.


Take a Chance on ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, New York
I love a live show, particularly a fun and rousing musical.  So, when my wife approached me to see a local version of beloved “Mamma Mia!” at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, New York, I jumped at the chance.

“Mamma Mia,” of course, features the songs of ABBA, one of my favorite ‘70s bands (and yours too, I bet, if you are age 50 or older).  But anyone in those coveted younger demographics not familiar with “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “The Winner Take All,” “Take a Chance on Me” and, of course, “Mamma Mia!” should book their seats today for these two jam-packed hours of pure escapist entertainment.

The John W. Engeman Theater is one of those quaint and historic meeting grounds from yesteryear riddled with charm and nostalgia; reminiscent of the old Regency Theater on the upper West Side in Manhattan.  The set, designed predominantly in shades of blue and green, equates the perfect tone for this uplifting musical tale.  And…ka-ching! ka-ching!…staying local meant I could both avoid the hassle of traveling to Times Square in Manhattan and saving what amounts to a considerable chunk of change.  For more, click here

1. What grade would you give the 2016 Rio Olympics in its entirety?  Click here
2. Who was your favorite member of The Three Stooges?  Click here
3. What is your favorite series based on a comic book? Click here
4. Who is your favorite late night talk show host?  Click here
5. What new network sitcom are you looking forward to the most this fall?  Click here
“American Ninja Warrior” and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” return on NBC.  Two cable series premiere: “Food Network Star Kids” on Food and “Adventure Capitalists” on CNBC.  “Teen Mom” opens a new season on MTV.  And Freeform drama “Guilt” concludes for the season.  For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, August 22, click here
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