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BBC America Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of “The X-Files”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 26 Days

More than 78 million viewers tuned in to see Richard Kimble (David Janssen) square off with the “One-Armed Man” (Bill Raisch) on the series finale of the original version of drama “The Fugitive” on ABC in 1967. This was the most watched episode of a regularly scheduled television series until the mystery of “Who Shot J.R. on CBS’ “Dallas” on November 21, 1980…Celebrity Birthdays: ActressCarla Cugino (“Entourage”) is 47; “Glee” star Lea Michele is 32. The “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, would have turned 60 today.

Did You Know?:
The attempted revival of “The Fugitive” with Tim Daly aired for one season on CBS in the 2000-01 season. It’s lead-out show, also new, was “CSI” and that thrived at a 15-season run.

RATINGS BOX                                                                   
Tuesday 8/28/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.4/10, CBS: 3.3/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.2/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:
ABC: +17, Fox: + 9, CS: no change, CBS: – 3, NBC: -17

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC, as always, led the Tuesday summer overnight troops care of “America’s Got Talent,” which scored a 6.9 rating/12 share in households from 8-10 p.m. While competing “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC trailed with a 3.3/ 6, comparably the gap between the two shows in household rating was 52 percent last night versus 63 percent on the year-ago evening.

For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by network and by half hour for Tuesday, August 28, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/27/18: Click here
Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of August 13: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of August 20:
What follows are the Live+Same Day rating results for the week of August 20th. Change versus the comparable year-ago week appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 4.94 million (- 8), CBS: 4.02 (- 4), ABC: 3.56 (+13), Fox: 2.63 (+13), CW: 770,000 (-14)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.0 rating/5 share (-17), Fox: 0.8/ 4 (+14), ABC: 0.7/ 34 (no change), CBS: 0.7/ 4 (-12), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.4/ 5 share (- 7), Fox: 1.0/ 4 (+11), CBS: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), ABC: 0.9/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 0.6/ 4 (-14), Fox: 0.5/ 3 (no change), ABC: 0.4/ 3 (no change), CBS: 0.4/ 3 (-20), CW: 0.1/ 3 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


EPIX Orders Drama “Our Lady, LTD”
EPIX has greenlit “Our Lady, LTD,” a 10-episode modern noir drama from MGM Television starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley.  The series follows James, a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects. “Our Lady LTD” is expected to commence principal photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico this fall with an eye towards a 2019 premiere on EPIX.

Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris (Patriot) serve as executive producers and showrunners, with Steve Conrad directing six episodes. Joining Conrad and Terris as executive producers are Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. The series will be produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.

EPIX has also recently announced the series orders of dramas “Godfather of Harlem” (from executive producers Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein and Forest Whitaker who will also star) and “Pennyworth,” an origin story about Batman’s best friend and butler, Alfred Pennyworth from Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics.


TruTV Orders Additional Episodes of “Paid Off With Michael Torpey”
TruTVhas given a greenlight to 16 additional episodes of game show “Paid Off With Michael Torpey,” the network’s comedic game show that offers its contestants a chance to win the amount of their student debt. The series, which currently airs in the Tuesday 10 p.m. ET hour, will begin production on the additional order this fall.

“Paid Off with Michael Torpey” gives three lucky college graduates – saddled with student debt – the chance to test the depth of their degrees in a fast paced trivia gam eshow. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt wiped out.


BBC America Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of “The X-Files”
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of “The X-Files” (which debuted on Fox on Sept. 10, 1993), BBC America is airing a 5-day marathon beginning Monday, September 10 at 6 a.m. and concluding on Friday, September 14. Fans can follow Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) from the very beginning, reliving the best cases, best monsters, and best moments of the long-running science fiction drama. The marathon will include episodes from seasons one through nine, as well as both feature films: “The X-Files:I Want to Believe” and “The X-Files: Fight the Future.”You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #XFiles25

Abby Huntsman Named New Co-Host of ABC’s “The View”
Veteran ABC daytime talk show “The View” has named Abby Huntsman the fifth anchor on the panel of co-hosts that feature returning Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain. Huntsman joins “The View” from Fox News where she most recently served as an anchor and host of “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews new Fox comedies “Cool Kids” and “Rel. With Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen, click here


2018 College Football Week 1 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

2018 U.S. Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here

2018 WNBA Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC – Click here

2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA – Clickhere


New syndicated first-run court strip “Caught in Providence” from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and Citylife Productions will open on Monday, Sept. 24. The logline: Viewers will now get to see cases directly from the courtroom of the greatly admired and long-presiding Providence, RI, Chief Municipal Judge. His special brand of compassionate, empathetic and no-nonsense approach to justice quickly went viral when videos of the cases appeared online – earning more than 1.5 billion views in one year. Check your local listings for air-times.

Season premieres: “Mafia Killers with Colin McLaren” to Reelz, “Homicide Hunter” on ID…Season finales: “Alone” on Freeform, “Catfish: The TV Show” on MTV, “Property Brothers” on HGTV, Bobcat Goldwait’s Misfits & Monsters” on truTV…For the programming options on Wednesday, August 29, click here
One Actress Only

Which one of the following TV characters was played by only one actress throughout the course of the series run?

a) Maggie McKinney-Drummond (“Diff’rent Strokes”)
b) Aimee Godsey (“The Waltons”)
c) Lois Lane (“The Adventures of Superman”)
d) Louise Tate (“Bewitched”)
e) Paige Thatcher (“Life Goes On”)
f) all of them featured two actresses in the role

The answer to yesterday’s question… 

Which one of the following TV series was not set in a town in Long Island in New York?”

a) “Dear John”
b) “Everybody Loves Raymond
c) “Growing Pains” 
d) “Kevin Can Wait”
e) they all were

…:a) “Dear John,” which aired on NBC with Judd Hirsch from 1988 to 1992 and was set in Rego Park, Queens. Since the westernmost end of Long Island contains the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn (Kings County) and Queens (Queens County), I will include option E (they all are) as well.

Trivia All-Stars
Michelle Bauer, Barbara Berman, Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins (2x), Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Bob Ingersoll, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Jennifer O’Malley, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, Ralph Tobias