Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 27
ON THIS DAY

More than 78 million viewers tuned in to see David Janssen as Richard Kimble square off with the “One Armed Man” (Bill Raisch) in the series-finale of “The Fugitive” on ABC in 1967. This was the most-watched episode of a regularly scheduled television series until the mystery of “Who Shot J.R.” was resolved on CBS’ “Dallas” on Nov. 21, 1980. For a look, click here…Celebrity Birthdays: Politician John McCain is 81; upcoming “9JKL” star Elliot Gould is 79; actressCarla Gugino (“Wayward Pines”) is 46; upcoming “The Mayor” star Lea Michele is 31.

Did You Know?:
The Fugitive” was the first series historically to feature a “final episode” in which all the plot lines were resolved and all the questions were answered. ABC executives initially objected to the idea of a series finale because they feared that it would hurt the show’s syndication profits.

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RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Monday 8/28/17
Note: The Houston market is excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.3/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, CBS: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +10, CBS and NBC: -11 each, ABC: -14, CW: -22

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC led this final August Monday in the household overnights, with summer favorite “American Ninja Warrior” at a 3.9 rating/6 share from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that bested competing “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC (3.6/ 6) and “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox (2.0/ 3) by 8 percent and 95 percent, respectively. All three reality series were close to year-ago levels.

Also original last night was CW action/docuseries “Hooten & the Lady” at a fifth-place 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. occupants “Midnight, Texas” on NBC (#2: 2.0/ 4) and ABC game show “To Tell the Truth” (#3: 1.8/ 3), which the network decided to push back until midseason.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Monday, August 28, click here
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Live + Same Day Ratings
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Record Ratings for “Game of Thrones” Season Ender
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” concluded its seventh season last Sunday with a combined 16.5 million viewers, which marks a new series high for the medieval fantasy drama. That number includes the 12.1 million viewers who watched the episode live and the additional 4.4 million viewers via streaming. Comparably, the 12.1 million viewers in linear consumption marked a hefty 36 percent increase over the season six finale, which drew 8.9 million viewers on June 26, 2016.

The upcoming eighth – and final – season of “Game of Thrones” will air in 2018.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS to Develop CIA Drama
CBS has put into development a new drama from Barbara Hall (“Madam Secretary”) and former CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller called “Family Business.” The proposed series will follow a multi-generational CIA spy family, told through the eyes of its youngest generation: three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community. Hall will serve as an executive producer and writer on the project, with Geller also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce.

Fox Orders Multi-Camera Sitcom Pilot “Suspended”
Fox is hoping to return to the world of multi-camera sitcoms with a sitcom pilot called “Suspended,” set in a high school from “Powerless” executive producers/showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker and Warner Bros. TV.

Written by Halpern and Schumacker, “Suspended” will focus on an honors government teacher accustomed to teaching the best and brightest who winds up being put in charge of a bunch of students in in-school suspension. Halpern and Schumacker will executive produce with Len Golstein, who also served as an executive producer alongside the pair on aforementioned short-lived NBC sitcom “Powerless.” WBTV is the studio, producing with Halpern and Schumacker’s Ehsugadee Productions.

Fuse Orders Game Show “Trivial Takedown”
Cable network Fuse has greenlit “Trivial Takedown,” a new pop culture game show based on UK series “Blink.” Produced by Zig Zag Productions, production began on 20 half-hour episodes earlier this month. The series is set to premiere in fall 2017.
The logline: Each episode of “Trivial Takedown” will feature two celebrity contestants competing head-to-head to identify music and pop culture icons, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Fuse will provide a mobile-web based second screen experience of this highly interactive fast-paced game that provides fans with the opportunity to test their own music and pop culture knowledge with live polls, trivia and on-screen leaderboards.

In addition, Trivial Takedown will be part of Fuse branded content distributed on Complex Networks as a result of the recently announced cross-platform partnership of the two media brands for multicultural youth. On linear TV, “Trivial Takedown” will feature the half-hour installments, while Complex Networks will air short-form versions and segments on its digital platforms. Fuse is also working on interactive extensions to the linear show, including a second screen game, with results displayed on an on-screen leaderboard.

NEWS OF NOTE

CBS Moves Up “Candy Crush” Finale
“Candy Crush,” the failing new game show hosted by Mario Lopez, will conclude thisSaturday, Sept. 2 with back-to-back episodes from 8-10 p.m. There is no word at present what will air in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour out of “Big Brother” this week.

A+E Networks Asia Launches History in Vietnam
A+E Networks has announced the launch of History in Vietnam adding to its global footprint with over 120 million households across Asia. In partnership with Vietnam’s leading content provider, Thaole Entertainment, History branded content experiences across multimedia platforms will be localized through language subtitling, strategic content curation and creation to enhance connectivity with local fans through a diverse range of different genres.

History will also be looking to produce original branded long and short form content in partnership with local partners in Vietnam, starting off with photography competition series, “Photo-Face Off,” currently in production in season four; and “History Hustle” featuring a local host challenging unsuspecting locals on the streets with interesting factoids and activities on a spontaneous test of knowledge of their country.

TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour: Clickhere

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci gives us an update on CBS summer staple “Big Brother.” To listen, click here

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Erin Calhoun has joined Showtime in the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, where she will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of all corporate public relations initiatives on behalf of Showtime Networks (including corporate communications, distributor relations, marketing, digital media,film and documentary acquisitions, international sales, consumer products, streaming and new business development initiatives). Calhoun, who arrives from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, will work closely with key executives throughout Showtime on internal and external communications, as well as acting as one of the primary liaisons with CBS Corporate Communications on long-range communications strategies. She will also interface with various industry and government constituents on behalf of the company, and manage the analysis and dissemination of the network’s subscriber, ratings and research data to the national media.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

HBO comedy “Vice Principals,” starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins, will open season two on HBO on Sunday, Sept. 17.The logline: As the tumultuous school year at North Jackson High continues, a new semester brings big changes – and Gamby and Russell are about to learn that the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it.

Patton Oswalt’s (“The King of Queens”) new Netflix stand-up special, “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, will be available for streaming on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The hour will focus on the last year of Patton’s life, following the passing of his wife, and how he worked through the pain and grief by finding humor. Oswalt also explores topics including the angst of social media and the current political climate.

Correction
“Happy,” the upcoming new series based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name, will debut on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy (and not Showtime as reported yesterday).

PI POLLS
What Tuesday night network series are you most looking forward to this fall? Clickhere
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season finales: “Animal Kingdom” on TNT and “Good Bones” on HGTV…Series premieres: “Chopped After Hours” on Food and “Date to Live” on MTV…For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, August 29, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Happy Tuesday!

Which one of the following TV series did not begin its run on Tuesday?

a) “Laverne & Shirley”
b) “N.Y.P.D. Blue”
c) “Rescue 911”
d) “thirtysomething”
e) “Who’s the Boss?”
f) They all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What were the Conner clan – Roseanne, Dan, Becky, Darlene and D.J. – and Crystal eating in the season one opening credits on sitcom “Roseanne”?

a) Chinese food
b) Fruit and other desserts
c) Fried chicken
d) Loose meat sandwiches
e) Pizza

b) Fruit and other desserts. But the gang was also eating Chinese food and pizza in other season openings of “Roseanne.” For a look at the season one opening, click here

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Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan (2x), Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Bob Ingersoll, Art Salish

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