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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The Beatles performed to an audience of 55,000 people at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York in 1965…In 1992, HBO introduced the satirical comedy, The Larry Sanders Show,” with comedian Garry Shandling as host of a “Tonight Show”-style talk show. It ran through May 31, 1998, producing 89 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing is 50; “black-ish” starAnthony Anderson is 48; Oscar winner Ben Affleck is 46; Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is 28.

-Did You Know?:
Prior to “Will & Grace, Debra Messing appeared opposite Thomas Haden Church in Fox sitcom “Ned and Stacey, which aired from 1995 to 1997. The premise:  Ned Dorsey (Church) and Stacey Colbert (Messing) are brought together in a marriage of convenience — Ned needs to be married to get a promotion, while Stacey desperately needs to move out of her parents’ house, and Ned has a very good apartment.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Tuesday 8/14/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.4/10, CBS: 3.3/ 6, ABC: 2.6/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +40, ABC: + 8, CBS: – 6, NBC: -17, CW: -20

Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, as usual, with this edition of the perennial summer competition at a 6.9 rating/12 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that more than doubled competing “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC (#3: 3.0/ 5). Fox’s combination of game shows “Beat Shazam!” (#4: 1.6/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and “Love Connection” (#4: 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m.) could not compete.

For the complete analysis and breakdown by network and by half hour for Tuesday, August 14, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/13/18: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard: Week of August 6
What following are the Live+Same Day ratings results for the five broadcast networks for the week of August 6. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 4.08 million (-16), ABC: 3.85 (- 3), CBS: 3.79 (- 5), Fox (- 5), CW: 800 (-16)

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 0.8 rating/4 share (no change), NBC: 0.8/ 4 (-20), CBS: 0.6/ 3 (-14), Fox: 0.5/ 2 (no change), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no chabge)

-Adults 25-54:
ABC: 1.1/ 4 (no change), NBC: 1.1/ 4 (-15), CBS: 0.9/ 4 (-10), Fox: 0.6/ 2 (no change), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 0.6/ 4 (no change), CBS: 0.4/ 3 (-20), NBC: 0.4/ 3 (-33), Fox: 0.3/ 2 (no change), CW: 0.1/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Announces “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” and “Hyperdrive”
Netflix has announced two two motor programming themed series: “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” and “Hyperdrive.” In “Car Masters: Rust To Riches,” Mark Towle and his team at Gotham Garage have perfected the upgrade and trade model, using sweat equity and sheer car genius to turn rusty wrecks into six-figure paydays. Eight episodes have been ordered. And “Hyperdrive,” which has a 10 episode order, is a high-stakes tournament series where daring drivers from across the globe compete for the glory on one of the largest automotive obstacle courses ever constructed.

Netflix, additionally, has issued a second season renewal to “Fastest Car.” Seven new episodes have been ordered.

TLC Renews “Dr. Pimple Popper”
TLC has renewed freshman “Dr. Pimple Popper” for a second season, with new episodes slated to air in January 2019. Debuting on July 11, “Dr. Pimple Popper” features dermatologist and Internet celebrity Dr. Sandra Lee, who treats patients who have unusual cases of facial and skin disorders at her clinic Skin Physicians & Surgeons in the Inland Empire city of Upland, California.


Hulu Orders Second Season of “Castle Rock”
“Castle Rock,” the horror-themed anthology series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, has been greenlit for a second season. Debuting on July 25, the show takes place in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, which has served as the setting for a number of King’s novels and short stories.

While the first six-episode season of “Castle Rock” is focusing on Henry Deaver (André Holland), a death-row attorney who returns to the town, and features Bill Skarsgard, Sissy Spacek and Terry O’Quinn, the second season will feature an entirely new storyline and possibly a new cast. Stayed tuned for more details.

TLC Renews “Dr. Pimple Popper”
TLC has renewed freshman “Dr. Pimple Popper” for a second season, with new episodes slated to air in January 2019. Debuting on July 11, “Dr. Pimple Popper” features dermatologist and Internet celebrity Dr. Sandra Lee, who treats patients who have unusual cases of facial and skin disorders at her clinic Skin Physicians & Surgeons in the Inland Empire city of Upland, California.


PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews the reboot of “Magnum, P.I.” on CBS and new Eye net dramas “FBI” and “God Friended Me. To listen, click here

Diversity Matters Thanks to the Legendary Rita Moreno – Click here


Nicki Minaj Raps About Stephen Colbert and Tells a Monologue Joke on “The Late Show”
Promoting her newly-released album “Queen”, rapper Nicki Minaj was a guest on the Aug. 13 edition of CBS’s “The Late Show”. In a rap reference to one of her songs on the album entitled “Barbie Dreams”, Minaj “added” host Stephen Colbert to the list of men with whom she’d “hook up”, making him blush afterward.

Later, Colbert commented that he probably couldn’t rap like how she does but she could probably be a late-night host like him, leading Minaj to tell one of the monologue jokes that had previously been cut from the show. For a look, click here


2018 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2– Click here

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


“Nightwatch Nation,” the new nonfiction series from executive producer Dick Wolf and 44 Blue Productions, will premiere on A+E on Thursday, August 16 at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows EMTs in Yonkers, New York, Austin, Texas, Tucson, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana as these real-life heroes risk their lives to work the busiest and most unnerving shift of the day, the overnight. The EMTs tackle emergencies on every level, bringing viewers along for the ride while also experiencing the high intensity environment of the call centers.

CNBC documentary “Bitcoin: Boom or Bust” will premiere on Monday, August 27 at 6 p.m. ET. The logline: CNBC presents the good, the bad and the ugly sides of bitcoin – the cryptocurrency that’s exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, attracting investors from Wall Street to Main Street and beyond. But is bitcoin the future of money, or simply a bubble waiting to burst? CNBC’s Melissa Lee seeks to answer that question and more through gripping interviews with a wide range of captivating characters. Among them: a quirky bitcoin millionaire who lives in a treehouse “so he can put everything into crypto,”  an escort using bitcoin to transform the sex trade and one of the world’s most notorious con men, who says bitcoin is a scam (and he should know.)

“Twisted Sisters,” executive produced by Khloé Kardashian and Stephanie Noonan Drachovitch, will premiere on ID this Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. ET. Following this special world premiere, the series will air every Monday at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Sisterhood gets sinister as this six-part series takes viewers inside the most shocking crimes ever committed by the unlikeliest of pairs.  Sometimes these sisters work together to commit a crime, but often the duo can turn against one another with the deadliest of outcomes. Each hour-long episode investigates the how and why this pair, bonded by blood, has descended into darkness.

Anthology series “The Romanoffs” will debut on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, Oct. 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. “The Romanoffs” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”), and it features eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.

YouTube debuts inspirational docuseries “Sugar”…Season finales: “Escape the Night,” “Real Housewives of New York City,” “Condor” on Audience,” “Dr. Pimple Popper” on E!…Season premieres: “Real Housewives of Dallas” on Bravo and “Ar You the One?” on MTV…For the programming options on Wednesday, August 15, click here
One Show, Four Networks

This question comes from TV guru extraordinaire Craig Byrne. Including a reunion movie or special, which one of the following five TV series — scripted or non-scripted — aired at one point on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox?

a) “Bachelor Father”
b) “Candid Camera”
c) “Get Smart”
d) “The Price is Right”
e) “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five female TV characters was portrayed by only one actress?

a) Betty Jo Bradley
b) Maggie McKinney Drummond
c) Miss Ellie Ewing
d) Pamela Ewing
e) Paige Thatcher
f) none of them were

is: a) Betty Jo Bradley, who was played on CBS sitcom “Petticoat Junction” by Linda Kaye Henning, the daughter of series creator Paul Henning. The other two Bradley sisters — Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley, Gunilla Hutton and Meredith MacRae) and Bobbie Jo (Pat Woodell and Lori Saunders) were portrayed by more than one actress.

Trivia All-Stars
Michelle Amundson, David Ballarotto, Gerry Bixenspan, Mark Cosenza, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Gordon Purcell, Anthony Salerno, Wayne Schulman, Joe Swaney