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Unimpressive Return for “Murphy Brown” on CBS

Friday, September 28, 2018
ON THIS DAY
Series premieres of note: ABC medical drama “Dr. Kildare” and sitcom “Hazel,” both in 1961, and syndicated “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1987. “Hazel” began on NBC and concluded on CBS in 1966…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Mira Sorvino (“The Mighty Aphrodite”) is 51; Oscar nominated actress Naomi Watts is 50; actress Hillary Duff (“Lizzy McGuire”) is 31.

Did You Know?
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” was the first of the “Star Trek” spin-off series following the original on NBC from 1966-69 (and prior to “Star Trek: Deep Space 9,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” which was originally called just “Enterprise”).  It aired for seven seasons. The latest spin-off, “Star Trek: Discovery,” airs on streamer CBS All Access.

RATINGS BOX                                                                  

Thursday 9/27/18
Night 4 of the 2018-19 TV Season

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 7.5/13, CBS: 5.7/10, ABC: 4.2/ 7, NBC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.4/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +200, ABC: -11, CBS: -19, NBC: -28, CW: -56

-Ratings Scorecard:
Fox, as expected, topped the Thursday household overnights care of the Minnesota Vikings/Los Angeles Rams match-up on Thursday Night Football. But keep in mind that the 7.3 rating/13 share in households is based on 8-10 p.m. ET only (which includes the pre-game and excludes the 10-11:30 p.m. portion). The final ratings from Nielsen will incorporate the complete game and the telecast on the NFLN.

In season premiere news, the return of CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” after a 20-year absence scored a second-place 5.6/ 9 in the household overnights at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, that fully held its “Mom” lead-in (season premiere: #2: 5.5/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and it was a marked improvement over former time period occupant “Life in Pieces.” So, traditionally, this would be considered a positive return. However, given the anticipation and heavy promotion, I would personally label a 5.6 rating in the household overnights for “Murphy Brown” as “unimpressive.”

For the remainder of the analysis plus the household overnights by network by half-hour for Thursday, Sept. 27, click here

Live+7 Weekly Ratings – Week of Sept. 10: Click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 9/24/18: Click here
Tuesday 9/25/18: Click here
Wednesday 9/26/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hulu Orders Animated “Crossing Swords”

Hulu has greenlit 10 episodes of a new animated series called “Crossing Swords” from “Robot Chicken” executive producers John Harvatine IV and Tom Root.  The series from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is set to premiere as part of the Hulu Originals slate in 2020. The logline: “Crossing Swords” will feature the voice of Nicholas Hoult as Patrick, a goodhearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle.  His dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet’s nest of horny monarchs, crooks and charlatans.  Even worse, Patrick’s valor made him the black sheep in his family, and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life hell. War, murder, full frontal nudity—who knew brightly colored peg people led such exciting lives?

In addition to Hoult, the lineup of voice actors includes Luke Evans, Seth Green, Tony Hale, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Breckin Meyer, Adam Pally, Adam Ray, Tara Strong and Alanna Ubach.

TV UPDATES
HBO to Bid Adieu to Boxing After 45 Years
HBO announced on Thursday, Sep. 27 that it will cease coverage of boxing events by the end of 2018, after a 45-year run on the network that produced and televised more than 1,000 fights.

Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, said in a recent interview to the New York Times: “This is not a subjective decision. Our audience research informs us that boxing is no longer a determinant factor for subscribing to HBO.”Declining ratings for boxing on the outlet combined with its relatively exorbitant production costs played significant parts in the decision. For more, click here

“The American Music Awards” to Honor Aretha Franklin
Dick clark productions and ABC have announced a roster of soul and gospel legends who will come together to pay homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, at the “2018 American Music Awards.” Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, friends of the late, luminary singer/songwriter, will take the AMAs stage for a moving tribute honoring Franklin’s gospel roots and iconic gospel album, “Amazing Grace.” Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the “2018 American Music Awards” will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
Discussion about the premiere of “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” and the season finale of “Big Brother 20′” With Scott Nolte of Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). Click here

Handicapping the New Network Series:
-Part 1: Click here
-Part 2: Click here

INSTANT REPLAYS

Hillary Clinton Interviews to Be Murphy Brown’s New Secretary 
The running gag on 1988-1998 CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” was that star reporter Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) had a new executive assistant every episode. When the show returned last night, the gag continued as Brown met a new secretarial candidate: “Hilary” Clinton (who made it clear she spelled her first name with one “L”, not two.).

During the interview, Clinton told Brown she had been a “secretary of a very large organization” (in reference to once being Secretary of Defense), believed that with teamwork “it takes a village” (in reference to her best-selling book from the 90’s) and that to reach her by e-mail, her address is Hilary@YouCouldaHadMe.com  (referencing her failed 2016 presidential candidacy). For a look, click here

SPORTS

2018 College Football Week 5 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

2018 NFL Week 4 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

BBC America’s upcoming five-part co-production “Dynasties” will premiere on Saturday, January 19, at 9 p.m. ET, as an AMC Networks simulcast event across BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC, and SundanceTV. Presented by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough (“Blue Planet II,” “Planet Earth II”) and executive produced by Mike Gunton (“Planet Earth II”), “Dynasties” follows five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals, as they do whatever it takes to survive and protect the next generation.

“Outrageous Acts of Science” will open a new season on Science Channel on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. ET. The series puts the spotlight on the web’s most ingenious, funniest, daring, outrageous and bizarre clips, while the world’s best science experts try to explain exactly what is happening.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series debuts: “Fox sitcom “The Cool Kids;” “Forest of Piano, “Lost Song,“Made in Mexico,” “Two Catalonias” on Netflix…Season premieres:“MacGyver,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods” on CBS; “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox; “Chef’s Table,” “El Marginel,” “Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, “Roboot: The Guardian Code” on Netflix…For the programming options on Friday, Sept. 27, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Serious House Cleaning

Which one of the following five TV housekeepers was not featured in a regularly scheduled sitcom?

a) Hazel Burke
b) Florence Johnston
c) Alice Nelson
d) Rosario Salazar
e) Marisol Suarez

The answer to yesterday’s question… 

Effective this evening, Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” now in season 20, breaks the record books as the actress in the same role for the longest amount of time. At 19 seasons, she tied another actress for that honor. Who was it?

a) Amanda Blake (“Gunsmoke”)
b) Marg Helgenberger (“CSI”)
c) Michele Lee (“Knots Landing”)
d) Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
e) Isabel Sanford (“The Jeffersons”)

…Is: a) “Amanda Blake,” who portrayed Miss Kitty on CBS’ western “Gunsmoke” from 1955 to 1974.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Kathy Martin, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Debra Ray, Colleen Roth, David Ruckman,  Neal Sabin, Anthony Salerno, Art Salisch, David Shearer, Michelle Stanton, Lee Stevens, Joe Swaney, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Ralph Tobias

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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.