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Programming Insider By Marc Berman – Record Results for Season 3 of “Stranger Things

Programming Insider by Marc Berman
The music extravaganza “Your Hit Parade” was upgraded from radio to television on NBC in 1959, and stayed on the network through June 1958. CBS picked it up for the 1958-59 season and revived it briefly in the summer of 1974…Summer variety hour “The Gladys Knight & The Pips Show” debuted on NBC in 1975. It aired for just four weeks…Cable’s Food Network added the Japanese cooking competition series “Iron Chef” to its lineup in 1999…Celebrity Birthdays: “Shark Tank’s” Kevin O’Leary is 65; two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is 63; rock singer Courtney Love is 56; “The Wonder Years” star Fred Savage is 44.-Did You Know?:
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RATINGS BOX                                                            
Monday 7/08/19Household Ratings/Share
ABC: 3.7/ 7, NBC: 2.9/ 5, CBS: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +27, Fox: +12, ABC and NBC: no change, CW: -11

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC’s veteran “The Bachelorette” topped the evening with a healthy 4.5 rating/8 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, that bested competing “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC (#2: 3.0/ 5) by 50 percent and it was seven percent above the year-ago telecast. At this point, “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette” franchise can last for years (if not decades) into the future.

Despite the lead-in support, ABC summer “Grand Hotel” did not live up to its title with a 2.3/ 4 in households in the 10 p.m. hour. Comparable that trailed NBC’s “Dateline” and a repeat of “Bull” on CBS (each with a 2.9/ 5) by 21 percent.

For the remainder of the analysis for Monday, July 8, click here

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Record Results for Season 3 of “Stranger Things”
Netflix, of course, does not release traditional audience viewership levels for its growing slate of original series. But according to the digital streamer, the third season of “Stranger Things” (all 8 episodes released on July 4 and through July 8) 40.7 million member accounts have watched at least part of “Stranger Things'” current season. (Disclaimer: Netflix counts a “view” as a member account having watched 70 percent of one episode of a series or 70 percent of a film.).

Comparably, this is the strongest turnout for any Netflix series (again according to the streamer). The second season of “Stranger Things” in 2017 scored an average 8.8 million viewers within the first three days of its release.

Also according to Netflix, 18.2 million member households have already finished the eight-episode season (so far). But, as usual, there is no total viewer tally.

Source: Nielsen Media Research



Amazon Studios Orders Tracy Oliver Comedy Series from Amy Poehler
Amazon Studios has greenlit 10 episodes of an untitled single-camera comedt from Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip,” “The Awkward Black Girl”) about the lives of four black women in New York City. Oliver will be writing and executive producing the show. Amazon Studios and Universal Television will produce the show in association with Amy Poehler’s production company, Paper Kite Productions.

Originally called “Harlem,”  the series will follow these friends since college as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams. Oliver will executive produce along with Poehler and Kim Lessing from Paper Kite, as well as 3 Arts’ Dave Becky.

True Crime Anthology Series “Major Crimes” in the Works a eOne
“Major Crimes,” a new true-crime anthology series from David Ayer based on the “most daring heists, robberies, and crimes in Los Angeles history” is in the works at Entertainment One. The title was previously used for the 2012-2018 TNT drama (which was spun-off from “The Closer.”)

Each season of this new “Major Crimes” will be focused on a single crime and take an in-depth look at both the detectives and criminals behind the case.

“Major Crimes” will be produced by Ayer and Chris Long’s Cedar Park and Tucker Tooley’s Tooley Entertainment — both of which have multi-year pacts at eOne — with Ayer, Long and Tooley executive producing. Chris Collins will write and serve as showrunner, with “Den of Thieves” filmmaker Christian Gudegast and Ayer each expected to direct several episodes.


PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The discussion this week is on “The Major League All-Star Game, “The ESPY’s, the debuts of relationship/reality series “Love Island” on CBS and“Bring the Funny” on NBC, and freshman dramas “Blood & Treasure” on CBS, “The InBetween” on NBC, and “Grand Hotel” and “Reef Break” on ABC….To listen, click here


Two-hour special “Gypsy Rose & Nick: A Love to Kill For, will debut on Oxygen on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. ET.The special will break down the dynamics of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Nicholas Goodjohn’s relationship and will exclusively feature Nick’s first interview since his sentencing, detailing what pushed the couple to the edge in murdering Gypsy’s abusive mother, Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard.

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” will open its new season on Tuesday, August 6 at p.m. ET. Returning are Tamra Judge, Shannon Storms Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirchenheiter and Emily Simpson. For a look, click here

Smithsonian Channel special “Queen of the Pythons, which follows the notorious and deadly African rock python will premiere on Wednesday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET.  The special follows this enigmatic snake during both her most lethal encounters and her most vulnerable moments – especially as she guards her 35 eggs from nearby predators and waits for them to hatch.

“Adam Ruins Everything, hosted by comedian Adam Conover, will return on truTV on Tuesday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET. The series challenges viewers’ common beliefs and encourages them to think critically about the world around them. Among the topics Adam will be examining in this new batch of episodes are cops, a murder, America, and even little bugsFor a look at the trailer, click here

Stand-up comedy special “Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 16. “Quality Time” was directed by Jeannie Gaffigan, and executive produced by Brian Volk-Weiss and Cisco Henson of Comedy Dynamics, with Alex Murray of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Quality Time is distributed and produced by Comedy Dynamics.Prime members can stream the stand-up special exclusively via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online.


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Series premieres: “Love Island” on CBS; “Bring the Funny” on CBS; “The Disappearance” on WGN; “The Next Big Thing” on BET; “‘Til Death Do Us Part” on ID…“The Radkes” concludes for the season on USA…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, July 9, click here