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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
NBC’s “Hour Glass,” the first hour-long entertainment program of any kind, debuted in 1946…NBC’s “The Golden Girls” concluded in 1992 after seven seasons. CBS tried to keep the franchise alive with spin-off “The Golden Palace” the following season, but without Bea Arthur the center was missing…”CSI: Miami” was introduced via a backdoor pilot on parent series “CSI” in 2002…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Albert Finney (“Erin Brockovich”) is 82; Billy Joel is 69; actress Rosario Dawson (“Sin City”) is 39; professional dancer Sasha Farber (“Dancing with the Stars”) is 34; reality star Audrina Patridge (“The Hills”) is 33.

-Did You Know?:
After “The Golden Girls” ended, NBC agreed to 13-episodes of spin-off  “TheGolden Palace,” featuring Rose (Betty White), Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) moving into and running a local hotel. But when CBS offered a full season commitment, “The Golden Place” became the anchor to a two-hour Friday night comedy block on the Eye net. Bea Arthur returned for only two episodes. After “The Golden Girls” was canceled, Estelle Getty joined the cast of the final two seasons of “Empty Next.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Tuesday 5/08/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.6/13, NBC: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 3.4/ 6, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +55, Fox: +13, CBS: + 7, NBC: – 7, CW: -21

Ratings Breakdown:
Pauley Perrette’s departure from “NCIS” ignited the veteran CBS drama, with a 9.8 rating/17 share in the household overnights. Comparably, this was an increase of 21 percent and 15 percent, respectively, from one week earlier (8.1/14 on May 1) and the year-ago evening (8.5/14 on 5/09/17). But this did not negatively impact competing “Roseanne” on ABC, which was consistent from last week with a 6.9/12 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this was 97 percent above the 3.5/ 6 for year-ago time period occupant “The Middle” and it could very well lead the week again among adults 18-49.

“The Middle,” which concludes its nine-season run on May 22, followed with a 4.1/ 7 in the household overnights at 8:30 p.m.

For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, May 8, click here

Live+& Day Ratings – Week of April 23: Click here
Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of April 30
What follows are the Live+Same Day results for the five broadcast networks for the week of April 30. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.74 million (- 5), ABC: 4.94 (- 1), NBC: 4.48 (-13), Fox: 2.51 (+ 3), CW: 1.04 (-17)

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.1 rating/5 share (no change), NBC: 0.9/ 4 (-10), CBS: 0.8/ 4 (-20), Fox: 0.7/ 3 (-12), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 25-54:
ABC: 1.5/ 5 (no change), CBS: 1.3/ 5 (- 8), NBC: 1.2/ 4 (-14), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (no change). CW: 0.4/ 1 (-20)

-Adults 18-34:  
ABC: 0.7/ 5 (no change), Fox: 0.5/ 3 (no change), NBC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), CBS: 0.4/ 3 (-20), CW: 0.3/ 2 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Fox Orders Drama “The Passage”
Fox has given a series order for next season to new drama “The Passage” from 20th Century Fox Television, which is described as an an epic, character-driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The series focuses on a 10-year-old girl named Amy Bellafonte, who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment and Brad Wolgast, the Federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.

NBC Picks Up Sitcoms “Abby’s” and “I Feel Bad” 
Following news of three drama series orders for next season, NBC has greenlit comedies “Abby’s” and “I Feel Bad.” From the producers of “The Good Place,” “Abby’s” is home to a bar in San Diego, home to good prices, great company and, of course, Abby. The logline: This unlicensed, makeshift bar nestled in her backyard is the opposite of everything annoying about today’s party scene. There are rules at Abby’s: no cell phones (not even to “look something up”), earning a seat at the bar takes time and losing a challenge means drinking a limey, sugary “not-beer” drink. As the oddball cast of regulars will tell you, hanging out at Abby’s is a coveted honor. But once you’re in, you’re family.

The cast of “Abby’s” includes Natalie Morales, Nelson Franklin, Kimia Behpoornia, Jessica Chaffin, Leonard Ouzts and Neil Flynn.

“I Feel Bad” comes from Amy Poehler and focuses on Emet stars Saraya Blue as Emet, the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. The logline: OK, she’s not perfect. In fact, she’s just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But that’s OK, right? Nobody can have it all and do it perfectly.

The cast of “i Feel Bad” includes Sarayu Blue, Paul Adelstein, Aisling Bea, Zach Cherry, Johnny Pemberton and James Buckley.

Hulu Orders Horror Series “Light As a Feather”
Hulu has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for “Light as a Feather,” from AwesomenessTV, Wattpad and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet. The supernatural thriller is based on a story by Zoe Aarsen.

Created by Lee Fleming Jr., “Light As a Feather” follows five teen girls as they deal with the supernatural fallout stemming from an innocent game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board.” When the girls start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, the survivors must figure out why they’re being targeted — and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own.

Fleming will serve as an executive producer on the series, which goes into production in June, alongside AwesomenessTV’s Jordan Levin, Shelley Zimmerman, Joe Davola and Brett Bouttier; Wattpad’s Levitz and Eric Lehrman; and Grammnet’s Tom Russo, Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov. BloodList’s Kailey Marsh is co-executive producing.

PBS Sponsors See Results! 

New research from Lightspeed/SGPTV shows that PBS viewers are nearly 2xmore likely to buy from a PBS sponsor, than commercial cable or broadcast viewers are to buy from advertisers on those networks. PBS’s low spot load, loyal & passionate viewers, and high viewer engagement create an environment that is highly effective for corporate sponsors.

Learn more about the best sponsorships on PBS at SGPTV.org


Netflix Renews “The Santa Clarita Diet” for Season 3
Netflix has picked up dramedy “Santa Clarita Diet” for a third season, with an order for 10 new episodes for 2019. In “Santa Clarita Diet,” Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way. It also features Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo.


Season 7 of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York” will open on Tuesday, June 12 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: From exclusive TriBeca penthouses to Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s extravagant Connecticut estate, agents Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold pull out all the stops to expand their development deals, nab high-price listings and get them sold.

Six-part drama “The Disappearance, starring Peter Coyote, will launch on WGN America on Thursday, July 12. The series centers around the sudden disappearance of a 10-year-old boy that shakes a close-knit community to its core. The logline: When Henry Sullivan (Peter Coyote) organizes a treasure hunt for his grandson Anthony’s (Michael Riendeau) 20th birthday, things take a turn for the worse when Anthony unexpectedly goes missing. The series follows Luke Sullivan (Aden Young) and Helen Murphy Sullivan (Camille Sullivan) as they delve into the all-consuming investigation of what happened to their son on that harrowing day. As the Sullivans and their extended kin grapple with the inexplicable mystery, deep familial secrets become uncovered and threaten to shatter the family unit.


The Fred Rogers Company Rebrands to Fred Rogers Productions 
The Fred Rogers Company, the children’s entertainment company founded by children’s TV pioneer Fred Rogers nearly five decades ago has rebranded to Fred Rogers Productions. The change is designed to better reflect the company’s expanding catalog of programs, which today encompasses PBS KIDS series such as “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Peg + Cat” and “Odd Squad.” as well as apps, games, and more. Along with the new name is a refreshed logo featuring an image of Daniel Tiger to more clearly connect the company with its signature property. The rebrand was done in partnership with The Possibility Shop and SJI Associates.

“The name change helps position us for continued growth in all areas of children’s entertainment production, while reflecting the company’s deep roots in social-emotional learning and our iconic namesake,” said Paul Siefken, President and CEO of Fred Rogers Productions. “We remain committed to inspiring a lifetime of learning in children and to earning the trust of their parents and caregivers every day.” 

Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here

YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts –
 For more, clickhere

Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here

Play the Broadcast Network Upfront Game 2018
With the broadcast network upfront presentations taking place during the week of May 13th, here is your chance to predict what will occur at our 2018 Broadcast Network Upfront Pick’Em Game! The deadline is when NBC announces their fall schedule on Sunday, May 13 (approximately noonEastern).

For mobile device visitors, click here for a more user-friendly experience. To participate, click here

Tuesday Overnight Scorecard: Click here
-“Roseanne” to the Rescue – Click here


39th Annual Sports Emmy Award Winners Announced
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners of the 39th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in New York City. The big winner of the night went to the “Teasing John Malkovich” segment that opened the AFC Championship Game from Jan. 2018 on CBS. It took home four Sports Emmys including Outstanding Open/Tease.

The networks of ESPN earned ten awards, including “College GameDay” for Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly and Kirk Herbstreit for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst. Sports television executive and talent agent Barry Frank received the Lifetime Achievement Award. For the complete listing of winners, click here

2018 College Softball Conference Championships TV and Announcer Schedule– Click here

-2018 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here

-2018 NFL Monday Night Football Schedule on ESPN – Click here


“Botched” opens a new season on E!…NBC’s “Chicago PD” concludes for the season…DIY debuts “Wood Work”…The five broadcast networks are in all originals…For the primetime schedule for Wednesday, May 9, click here

Dancing to Victory

Which one of the following personalities did not win one of those  cheesy Mirror Ball trophies on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars?”

a) Jennifer Grey
b) Bindi Irwin
c) Mario Lopez
d) Donny Osmand
e) Kellie Pickler
e) they all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Remember classic ABC sitcom “The Donna Reed Show?” In an episode where the Stones took a short  trip to Hollywood, which one of the following celebrities did they meet?

a) Lucille Ball
b) Cary Grant
c) Lassie
d) Gregory Peck
e) Lana Turner

Is:…c) “Lassie.” Historically, “Lassie” at 17 seasons on CBS (1954-71), and excluding first-run syndication, is the fourth longest running scripted drama in the history of television (behind “Gunsmoke” and “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU”).

Trivia All-Stars
Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell, Debra Ray, Joe Rubi, Joe Swaney