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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Live from the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadana
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
CBS drama “Daktari,” which was filmed in Africa, debuted in 1966.  It aired for four seasons…PBS documentary “An American Family,” which inspired long-running MTV docuseries “The Real World,” launched in 1973…Broadcast networkThe WB opened in 1995 with the inaugural episode of sitcom “The Wayans Bros.”The classic Warner Bros. cartoon character Michigan J. Frog appeared on-air as the network’s official mascot…Jon Stewart replaced Craig Kilborn as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 1999…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Kim Coles (“Living Single”) is 55; Current “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Kyle Richards is 48; R&B singer Mary J. Blige is 46; Actress Amanda Peet (“Jack and Jill”) is 45.

Did You Know?
Six years before the start of “Happy Days,” then eight year-old Erin Moran appeared as a regular in the fourth – and final – season of “Daktari” from 1968-69.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 1/10/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.8/ 9, CBS: 4.8/ 8, ABC: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1

Note: Due to President Barack Obama’s farewell address last night, comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded.

Ratings Breakdown:
All individual program averages in these metered market households are approximate as a result of President Barack Obama’s farewell address to the county last night.

CBS opened the evening with an encore telecast of “NCIS,” which still managed to the top the 8 p.m. hour with a 6.0 rating/10 share.  But competing NBC game show “The Wall,” which scored a competitive 4.3/ 7, is likely to win the time period in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).

Also populating the 8 p.m. hour was ABC comedies “The Middle” (#2: 4.6/ 7) and “American Housewife” (#3: 3.8/ 6), Fox sitcoms “New Girl” (#4: 1.8/ 3) and “The Mick” (#4: 2.1/ 3), and a repeat of “The Flash” (#5: 0.8/ 1) on The CW.  Comparably, recent Fox entry “The Mick” slipped by 14 percent at 8:30 p.m. (versus a 2.3/ 4 on Jan. 3). But overnight growth of 17 percent for “The Mick” out of “New Girl” remains promising.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 1/02/17: Click here
-Tuesday 1/03/17: Click here 

-Wednesday 1/04/17: Click here
-Thursday 1/05/17: Click here 
-Friday 1/06/17: Click here
Saturday 1/0717: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Jan. 2, 2017

-Total Viewers:

NBC: 10.32 million (+38), CBS: 7.92 (-35), Fox: 6.12 (-25), ABC: 5.15 (+18), CW: 750,000 (-24)

-Adults 18-49:

NBC: 2.8 rating/9 share (+47), Fox: 1.9/ 6 (-27), ABC: 1.3/ 4 (+18), CBS: 1.2/ 4 (-54), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 3.5/10 (+46), Fox: 2.4/ 7 (-25), ABC: 1.7/ 5 (+21), CBS: 1.7/ 5 (-51), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 2.0/ 9 (+67), Fox: 1.4/ 6 (-30), ABC: 0.9/ 4 (+12), CBS: 0.6/ 3 (-67), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freeform Orders Drama “The Bold Type”
Freeform has given a series order to a drama from Universal Television called “The Bold Type” (formerly known as “Issues”), which is inspired by the life of Hearst Magazine Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles and offers a glimpse into the lives and loves of those responsible for a fictional global women’s magazine called “Scarlet.”  Together, they explore sexuality, identity, love and fashion.

“Faking It” star Katie Stevens stars as Jane, who has just been promoted to her dream job as a writer on the magazine, with Melora Hardin (“Transparent”) playing her editor.  Twelve episodes of “The Bold Type” have been ordered for a planned debut this summer.

Freeform, additional, has renewed drama “The Fosters” for a fifth season, which will take it past the 100-episode mark.

Nickelodeon Announces Two New Animated Series
Nickelodeon is adding two new animated series to its preschool line-up: “Digby Dragon” and “Truckdown.”  Debuting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on Nick Jr., “Digby Dragon” is a CG-animated series that centers on a young dragon named Digby who is learning to fly.  Twenty six episodes have been ordered.  “Truckdown,” airing on Noggin, features a world populated by young trucks, and centers on Flat Bed Jack and his friends Dump Truck Dan, Monster Truck Max and others as they roar, romp and rock their way through town.  It premieres on Thursday, Jan. 12.  Forty episodes have been ordered.

Additionally, the network will air second seasons of three series – “Teletubbies.” “MIffy’s Adventures Big and Small” and “Hey Duggee” — on the Nick Jr. channel.

OPINION

Will the Deluge of Scripted Shows kill “Peak TV”?
From Campaign US: The year kicked off with a daytime TV pairing straight out of 1997: Katie Couric co-hosted NBC’s “Today” with Matt Lauer last week while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave. As you might remember, Couric was “America’s Sweetheart” when she joined the veteran morning franchise in 1989 as a political reporter, and she was just the face NBC needed when Jane Pauley’s replacement, Deborah Norville, went on maternity leave (and, ultimately, was not asked back). Ten years after her departure, there she is again, moonlighting from her current position as Global Anchor of Yahoo News.

Say what you want about the rise of digital, but I predict that more people will see Couric this week on “Today” than in an entire season of her Yahoo show.  For more, click here

NOTES OF INTERESTABC Announces Midseason Schedule
ABC has unveiled its plans in midseason, which will include new drama “Time After Time,” new comedy “Imaginary Mary,” new seasons of dramas “The Catch” and “American Crime,” event series “When We Rise,” live musical event “Dirty Dancing,” and the return of dramas “Scandal,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Designated Survivor.”  Upcoming sitcom “Downward Dog” will be held back until the summer.   For the line-up and the new programming descriptions, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Original Hallmark Channel movie “A Royal Winter,” starring Merritt Patterson (“The Royals”) and Jack Donnelly (“Atlantis”) will premiere on Saturday, January 14 at 9 p.m. ET during Winterfest, Hallmark Channel’s annual original movie event airing throughout January.  The logline: Following years of study and hard work, Maggie (Patterson) has her law degree and, thanks to her dad’s connections, is very close to landing her first job with a big law firm. With two weeks to go before the firm makes its final decision, however, Maggie reluctantly agrees to accompany her best friend on holiday to the picturesque European principality of Calpurnia. Following a chance meeting with a handsome local who turns out to be Calpurnia’s Prince Adrian (Donnelly), and who becomes immediately smitten with her, Maggie becomes the center of a royal fairy tale adventure that soon has her questioning what she really wants out of life, the Prince’s sincerity, and how best to handle a queen who wants her on the next plane out of the kingdom.

Upcoming History reality series “Detroit Steel,” which celebrates the Motor City’s automotive legacy by creating rare, custom rides that mix Detroit’s celebrated past and its evolving future, will debut on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET.  The logline: From classic cars that call back to America’s automotive roots to muscle cars that need a supercharged rebirth, the team is up for any challenge. Whether they are discovering hidden automotive treasures in a garage, a junkyard, or from a collector, they take full advantage of the history available in Detroit. If they can’t find a part, the Mobsteel team makes it themselves. The end product is a never-before-seen creation that transforms the best of Motown into a one-of-a-kind ride that is the envy of car enthusiasts across the country.

Season three of “Chef’s Table,” which profiles a single world-renowned chef in each episode, will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, Feb. 17.  The logline: “Chef’s Table” once again spans the globe, featuring six chefs — some renowned, others yet to be discovered — offering viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. The creators have broadened the series scope, moving from the rarified world of Michelin starred chefs to a buddhist temple chef living in the countryside of South Korea.

PI POLLS

1. What is your favorite scripted drama on NBC? Click here
2. Are you planning to watch the upcoming revival of “Twin Peaks” on Showtime? Click here
3. What grade you would give Jimmy Fallon as host of “The Golden Globe Awards”? Click here

ON THE AIR TONIGHT

Three season premieres: “Schitt’s Creek” on Pop, “Workaholics” on Comedy Central and “Are You the One?” on MTV.  Comedy Central debuts sitcom “Jeff and Some Aliens.”  “Nightcap” on Pop and “Wahlburgers” on A&E conclude for the season.  The Big 4 nets – ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox – are in all originals.  For the schedule listings for Wednesday, Jan. 11, click here

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TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Calling Consuela

Which one of the following TV characters had a housekeeper named Consuela?

a) Angela Channing
b) Miss Ellie Ewing
c) Suzanne Sugarbaker
d) Karen Walker
e) Marcus Welby

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following weekly crime solvers debuted as part of the NBCSunday Mystery Movie franchise?

a) “Baretta”
b) “Hill Street Blues”
c) “Homicide: Life on the Street”
d) “Joe Forrester”
e) “Quincy, M.E.”
f) None of them did
g) All of them did

is: e) “Quincy, M.E.,” which was upgraded to a regularly scheduled weekly series on NBC after four 90-minute installments on the NBC Mystery Movie in the 1976-77 season. Overall, “Quincy, M.E.,” starring Jack Klugman, ran through May 11, 1983, producing 144 one-hour episodes in total.

Trivia All-Stars
Dino Alexander, Steve Bitterman, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Steve Franks, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Mary Kinoshita, Steve La Rue, Kathy Martin, Gordon Purcell, Michael Ratliffe, Debbie Ray, Derek Rogers, Steve Rotterdam, Art Salisch, Larry Smith, Ted Zavales 

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