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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
ON THIS DAY
CBS sitcom “Private Secretary, starring Ann Sothern, launched in 1953.  It ran through 1957 and initially alternated with the “The Jack Benny Show”…CBS daytime drama “The Secret Storm” opened in 1954 and stayed on the air for 20 years…Talker ”Late Night with David Letterman” debuted on NBC in 1982.  It aired through June 25, 1993…The beat did not go on: Sonny and Cher, now divorced, reunited for new variety hour “The Sonny & Cher Show” on CBS in 1976. But the magic was gone and the series was canceled in the summer of 1977…Boob-Gate: Janet Jackson exposed her right breast as a result of a wardrobe malfunction in a performance with Justin Timberlake during the “Super Bowl Half-Time Show” in 2004…Celebrity birthdays: “2 Broke Girls” co-star Garrett Morris is 80; Lisa Marie Presley is 49; Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) is 46.

Did You Know?
In an early crossover appearance, Ann Sothern reprised her character of Susie MacNamara from “Private Secretary” for the premiere episode of “The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show” on CBS (later known as “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour”) on Nov. 6, 1957. In this installment, entitled “Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana,” the story of how Lucy first met Ricky is told.

RATINGS BOX                                                                           

Tuesday 1/31/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 3.3/ 5, Fox: 2.1/ 3, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.7/ 3

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded due to the live Presidential announcement of the Supreme Court nomination from 8-8:17 p.m. ET.

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS won this atypical final Tuesday in January, besting No. 2 NBC in the household overnights by 24 percent.  Third overall was Fox, followed by ABC and The CW, which was the only broadcast network to air its regularly scheduled line-up (dramas “The Flash” and relocated “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”).  But due to President Trump’s live announcement of the Supreme Court nomination, which was telecast from 8-8:17 p.m. ET, the traditional program analysis is excluded today.

For the household overnight results for Tuesday, January 31 by half-hour and by individual program, click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 1/30/17: Click here

 
Source: Nielsen Media Research

 
NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABC Orders Drama Pilots “Unit Zero” and “Salamander”
ABC has handed out pilot orders to two additional prospective scripted dramas: “Unit Zero” and “Salamander.”  “Unit Zero,” from “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, is a spy drama that follows Jackie Fink (Toni Collette), a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom as she leads a team of desk jockeys into the field as secret agents. Overlooked in the workplace, their invisibility makes them perfect for the CIA’s most covert missions.

“Salamander,” based on the 2012 Belgian series of the same name, revolves around a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical homeland security agent to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that may be linked to a greater conspiracy.

The CW Picks Up “Life Sentence” and “Insatiable” Drama Pilots
With no more planned superhero-themed dramas in the works, The CW is hoping to expand its scripted series presence with two additional scripted hours vying for an order: “Life Sentence” and “Insatiable.”  “Life Sentence” features “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale as a young women diagnosed with terminal cancer who finds out that she’s not dying after all and has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”

“Life Sentence” hails from writers Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith who will executive produce with Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold. The pilot is produced by Lawrence’s Doozer Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

“Insatiable,” from executive producer Ryan Seacrest and writer Lauren Gunis, follows a disgraced and  dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world.  Gunnis will also serve as an executive producer with Seacrest and Nina Wass of Ryan Seacrest Productions, plus Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim of Storied Media Group. CBS Television Studios is producing.

The two additional pilot announcements bring the CW’s pilot slate to a total of four projects. “Life Sentence” and “Insatiable” join pilots for a revival of “Dynasty” and action-adventure drama “Searchers.”

OPINION

Why the Super Bowl Won’t Cure What’s Ailing Fox
From Campaign US: On paper, the traditional primetime ratings for Fox’s first seasonin 15 years without “American Idol” look relatively consistent. “Dominated and disrupted by this crazy election, it was a challenging time for all the networks,” said Gary Newman, Fox Co-Chairman & CEO at the recent Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. “On the back of a truly classic World Series that exceeded the dreams of even the most diehard Cubs fans, we had our best fall ranking in five years. Fox finished in second place, up 5 percent (in adults 18-49), making us the only broadcast network to post year-to-year growth.”

Of course, had Fox not been home to the seven-game Cubs-Indians matchup, Newman would have far less to be optimistic about.  For more, click here

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Seeso Renews “Night Train With Wyatt Cenac”
Seeso, the over-the-top subscription streaming service from NBCUniversal, has greenlight a second season of stand-up comedy series “Night Train With Wyatt Cenac.”  Hosted by Cenac, the former correspondent and writer from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the series features performances from various comedy performers such as Chris Gethard, Jonah Ray, Brooks Wheelan, Janelle James, Marcella Arguello, Seaton Smith, Alex English and Josie Long.

“Night Train With Wyatt Cenac” is executive produced by Cenac and Marianne Ways, and is produced by Avalon Television. David Martin, Jon Thoday, and Richard Allen-Turner also executive produce. Season one premiered in June 2016.

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NOTES OF INTEREST

Casting News
Hillary B. Smith, the two-time Emmy Award winner, will be reprising her Nora Buchanan character from former daytime staple “One Life to Life” in an upcoming storyline on ABC’s “General Hospital.”  Details on Smith’s storyline or the length of her stay were not immediately disclosed.

Former “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher, most recently seen in a recurring role on CBS sitcom “The Odd Couple,” will be joining the cast of the current second season of The CW’s “Supergirl.”  Hatcher will appear in a multi episode arc as a mysterious new villain.

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fox has promoted Brittainy Roberts to Vice President, Casting, where she will continue to handle casting on the network’s current shows, as well as pilots.  Roberts joined Fox’s casting department as a Manager in 2011, and was promoted to Director in 2013, working on series including “Prison Break,” “The Mick,” “Bones,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Rosewood.”  Before joining Fox, she worked in the casting departments of Disney (“The Muppet Movie,” “Prom”), CBS and Sony Pictures Television.

WGN America has promoted David Diederich to the new role of Senior Vice President, National Ad Sales, where he will oversee national ad sales for the cable network. In addition to managing the western regional office, Diederich’s elevated responsibilities include the business development of the network’s roster of national marketing partnerships, ensuring the continued strategic alignment of WGN’s content with leading consumer brands.  Diederich joined WGN America’s Ad Sales team in 2004.  Previously, Diederich he served as Local Sales Manager for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, before starting his career in local broadcast television in New York.

INSTANT REPLAYS
From Clippit

Jon Stewart: ‘”The presidency is supposed to age the President, not the public”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS welcomed a surprise guest last night: Jon Stewart in Trump-like garb to read the President’s “upcoming” executive orders. For more, click here

ON THE AIR TONIGHT

Drama “The 100” opens new season on The CW. Fox airs another “Showtime at the Apollo” special. “Vikings” on History, “Bering Sea Gold” on Discovery, “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV, and “The Expanse” on Syfy open new seasons.  For the schedule listings for Wednesday, Feb. 1, click here

PI POLLS

1. What will you be watching in primetime on this first evening in February? Clickhere
2. Fox has just renewed “So You Think You Can Dance” for next summer. Will you be watching? Click here

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TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Real Life Resembling the Small Screen

This question comes from perennial TV guru, David Jackino. Which of the following real-life married couples did not appear together as regulars on a TV series?

a) William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett
b) Martin Landau and Barbara Bain
c) Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig
d) Doug Savant and Laura Leighton
e) Bobby Troup and Julie London
f) they all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which TV character worked for a public justice organization known as the Foundation for Law and Government (aka FLAG).?

a) Horatio Caine
b) Sonny Crockett
c) Rick Hunter
d) Michael Knight
e) Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr.

is: d) Michael Knight, played by David Hasselhoff on NBC 1982 to 1986 action/adventure “Knight Rider.”   The show featured Hasselhoff’s Michael Night as a high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced artificially intelligent, self-aware and nearly indestructible car.

Trivia All-Stars
Latasha Allen, Barbara Berman, Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Amanda Ecoff, Steven Franks, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Debbie Ray, Derek Rogers, David Ruckman, Mike Tankel, Dan Whitford, Ted Zavales

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