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Short-lived ABC sitcom “Hi Honey, I’m Home!,” which was repeated on Nick-at-Nite, debuted in 1991. It aired for six episodes on ABC and an additional seven on Nick-at-Nite…Horror anthology “Tales of the Crypt” concluded its seven season run on HBO in 1996…AMC’s critically acclaimed “Mad Men, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for four consecutive years, launched on this day in 2007…Celebrity birthdays: Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) is 42; “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki is 36.-Did You Know?:
John Slattery auditioned for the role of Don Draper on “Mad Men” before being asked to play Roger Sterling. The original choice was future “Hung” star Thomas Jane, who at the time was not interested in doing television


RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Wednesday 7/18/18Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.3/ 6, CBS: 3.1/ 6, Fox: 2.4/ 5, NBC: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are not available.

Ratings Breakdown:
Annual “The ESPY Awards” led ABC to Wednesday overnight victory, with a 3.3 rating/6 share in households from 8-11 p.m. Comparably, however, this was a loss of 13 percent in household rating from the year-ago Wednesday night telecast (3.8/ 7 on 7/12/17).

In series-finale news, CBS medical drama “Code Black” won the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.5/ 7, which was more than triple the overnight rating of competing drama “Reverie” on NBC (1.1/ 2). It was also 59 percent above week two of lead-in “TKO: Total Knock Out” (#3: 2.2/ 4 at 9 p.m.). And, as I have been mentioning all summer, CBS, or another outlet, should greenlight “Code Black” for a fourth season. It earned its keep.

For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by network and half-hour for Wednesday, July 18, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 7/16/18: Click here
-Tuesday 7/17/18: Click here

Live+7 Ratings Scorecard – Week of July 2: Click here



Shudder Orders “Creepshow” TV Series
Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror, has greenlit a new “Creepshow” TV series with “The Walking Dead’s” Greg Nicotero attached to direct, executive produce, and supervise the show’s creative elements. The original “Creepshow” was a dark comedy horror anthology film in 1982 that featured stories written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero.

Each episode of the “Creepshow” series, which is slated for 2019, will tell original fun and scary stories, and will be helmed by a different director, with Greg Nicotero directing the first episode



HGTV has greenlit “My Lottery Dream Home,” featuring David Bromstad, for 28 new episodes. Debuting in 2015, Bromstead helps lottery winners find a luxurious property after striking it rich. The next season of “My Lottery Dream Home” will open on Friday, Sept. 21, at 9 p.m. ET. Production on the additional 28 episodes will begin in January 2019.



Bruce Springsteen Heads to Netflix
“Springsteen on Broadway,” headlined by Bruce Springsteen, will launch globally on Netflix on December 15, 2018, which is also the final night of Springsteen’s completely sold out 236-show run at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway. “Springsteen on Broadway” is a solo acoustic performance written and performed by Tony Award, Academy Award, and 20-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen.

Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography ‘Born to Run,’ “Springsteen on Broadway” is a unique evening with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. In addition, it features a special appearance by Patti Scialfa.

PI Podcast
The PI’s Douglas Pucci discusses the Home Run Derby and the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. To listen, click here

Life for “The Conners” Lives On – Click here

Nominations for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Announced – Click here
Brand Safety Concerns Escalate – Click here

10 Shows Worth Watching This Summer – Click here



141 ‘Sister Survivors’ Appear at the 2018 ESPY Awards to Accept Their Arthur Ashe Awards for Courage
At the conclusion of the 2018 ESPY Awards on July 18, actress Jennifer Garner presented the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage to representatives for the “sister survivors” who spoke out against sexual abuse by their former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. He was convicted in 2017 and early 2018 after pleading guilty to multiple accounts of child pornography and sexual assault of minors.

Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez and Olympic medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman delivered an acceptance speech, with more than 140 survivors standing beside them on stage. For a look, click here



10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Click here
-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-CBS Announces 5 New Series This Fall; 8 in Total Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
The CW Expands to Sundays, Adds 3 New SeriesClick here
-Turner Networks’ Focus is On Fandom – Click here
-Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here
-YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts – For more, click here
-Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here
-Linear Model Still Matters for Optimistic PopTV – Click here
-Connector’s Remain Sony Crackle’s Key Target – Click here
-Nat Geo Combines Science, Exploration Storytelling to Broaden Brand – Click here
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Click here
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Click here



MARK YOUR CALENDARSDocumentary “Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow” will debut on Showtime on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET. Directed by Stephen Kijak and featuring rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, the documentary promises to take viewers on a trip through the history, myth and legend of one of the most iconic American rock bands.


Season premieres: NBC sitcom “Trial & Error, “Mountain Men” on History, “Snowfall” on FX…Series premieres: “The Grand Hustle” on BET, “Live PD Presents: PD Cam” on A+E…“Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” concludes on Bravo…Season finales: “Murder Calls” on ID and “Primal Instinct” on ID…For the programming options on Thursday, July 19, click here




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Life After “Designing Women”Which one of the following five TV series did not (or does not) feature a former cast member from CBS sitcom “Designing Women”?

a) “DAG”
b) “Dave’s World”
c) “Family Law”
d) “Fargo”
e) “Young Sheldon”
f) they all did (or do)

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Remember Vicki Lawrence as cantankerous Thelma Harper on the “Family” sketches on “The Carol Burnett Show” and spin-off sitcom “Mama’s Family”? If you add the two shows together, how many children did Thelma have?

a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6
e) 7

…Is: d) 6. Five on “Carol Burnett Show” (Eunice – Carol Burnett, Ellen – Betty White, Philip – Roddie McDowall, Larry – Alan Alda and Jack – Tommy Smothers) plus Ken Berry as Vinton on “Mama’s Family” equals six. By the time “Mama’s Family” began, however, Philip, Larry and Jack seemed to have disappeared.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe, Gordon Purcell – that’s it!


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