Today in TV History
NBC presented the first televised professional football game in 1939, which was a match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The game took place at the Dodgers’ home stadium, Ebbets Field and approximately 500 viewers were able to watch the game on NBC’s experimental station, W2XBS. It was also available at the World’s Fair in New York in the RCA Pavilion.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Monday Ratings
-Fox to Launch “Almost Human” on Two Nights
-ABC Plans Philip Marlowe Series Update
-A Conversation with Vicki Lawrence: A TVMI Q&A
-ABC Family Announces Return Dates for Quartet of Dramas
-Syfy Renews “Face Off” for Season Six
-Cable Rankings – Friday 10/18/13
-BET a Top Attraction on Twitter
-On the Air Tonight
-A Tasty Question
Monday 10/21/13 Metered Markets
ABC Wins; NBC Poised for Young Adult Victory
CBS 4.6/ 7
Fox 3.7/ 6
CW 1.0/ 1
Note: The comparisons to one year earlier are excluded because the year-ago evening featured the third (and finale) live Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Castle” (ABC)
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “Bones” (Fox)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Hart of Dixie” (CW), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW), “Hostages” (CBS)
ABC led the Monday household overnights, beating solid No. 2 NBC by six percent. But NBC will own the evening once again in adults 18-49 (and all key demos) thanks to its combination of “The Voice” (#2: 8.5 rating/13 share from 8-10 p.m.) and “The Blacklist” (#2: 6.8/12 at 10 p.m.), which was one-tenth of a rating point behind competing “Castle” on ABC (6.9/12). Comparatively, “The Voice” built by nine percent year-to-year in the overnights (versus a 7.8/11 versus a one-hour edition on 10/22/12).
“Dancing With the Stars” took top-rated overnight honors of the evening with a 9.2/14 from 8-10 p.m. (peaking in the 9 p.m. half-hour with a 9.5/15). One year earlier, a one-hour edition of the now veteran Tom Bergeron-hosted reality/competition scored a similar 9.8/15 at 8 p.m.
Over at re-tooled CBS, week two of “2 Broke Girls” back in its original 8:30 p.m. time period finished fourth with a 5.1/ 8 in the overnights (and 96 percent retention for the 5.3/ 8 for lead-in “How I Met Your Mother”). While the retention among adults 18-49 will not be as strong, “2 Broke Girls” is a vast improvement from recent entry “We Are Men” (as well as failed year-ago time period occupant “Partners”).
Next on the Eye net was a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” at a third-place 5.2/ 8 at 9 p.m., followed by a typical 4.7/ 7 from “Mom” at 9:30 p.m. (#3), which was flat from the prior three telecasts. Freshman drama “Hostages,” unfortunately, remained at bust at 10 pm. with a very distant third-place 3.5/ 6.
Fox was below average for the evening because of an encore of the pilot episode of “Sleepy Hollow,” which scored a 2.2/ 3 in the overnights at 9 p.m. (#4) out of a very respectable 5.2/ 8 at 8 p.m. (#3t) for lead-in “Bones.” And The CW remained out of the competitive loop with its relocated combination of “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 1.1/ 2) and “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.8/ 1), which should never have been granted a second season.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Fox to Launch “Almost Human” on Two Nights
Upcoming J.J. Abrams drama “Almost Human,” which is set in Los Angeles in 2048 where human police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids, will have a two-night premiere on Sunday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 18, both at 8 p.m. ET. Current Monday 8 p.m. occupant “Bones” will move to Fridays at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 into the fourth season-premiere of “Raising Hope,” which will air back-to-back episodes each week from 9-10 p.m. Originally planned Friday 9:30 p.m. sitcom “Enlisted,” which features three brothers (George Stults, David Keith, Parker Young) stationed at a small military base in Florida, will debut on an undisclosed day and time in midseason.
ABC Plans Philip Marlowe Series Update
ABC is looking for its next hit detective series with a potential contemporary drama based on Raymond Chandler’s iconic character Philip Marlowe. The proposed project, from “Castle” creator, executive producer and showrunner Andrew Marlowe will follow the investigations of the wisecracking and philosophical Los Angeles-based private detective. Marlowe and “Castle” writer Terri Edda Miller are co-writing the pilot script, with the pair executive producing with Michael De Luca (“Captain Phillips,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”).
Chandler’s Philip Marlowe first appeared under that name in novel “The Big Sleep” published in 1939. And actors, to-date, who have played the iconic character include Dick Powell, Humphrey Bogart, James Garner, Elliott Gould and Robert Mitchum on film; and Dick Powell, Philip Carey, Danny Glover and James Caan on the small screen.
A Conversation with Vicki Lawrence: A TVMI Q&A
If you were a fan of classic variety hour “The Carol Burnett Show” – and who wasn’t – you certainly remember ongoing sketch “The Family.” Carol was Eunice Higgins, the long-suffering Southern wife of hardware store owner Ed, played by Harvey Korman, and the daughter of that outspoken and cantankerous old coot named Thelma Harper, played by Vicki Lawrence. Rounding off the cast were recurring appearances by Betty White as snooty sister Ellen (among Mama’s five children) and Tim Conway as Mickey Hart, Ed’s dimwit co-worker.
With dreams of making it big as an actress (including an appearance on then hot entry “The Gong Show”), nothing Eunice did could please sharp-tongued Mama. Even the family playing an innocent game of Charades or Sorry or dining at a nice restaurant turned into a comical screaming match. The moral of the story: never mess with good ol’ Mama, who could verbally spar with the best of them. No wonder why long-departed hubby Carl spent much of his waking time hidden in the bathroom!
“The Carol Burnett Show” ended after 12-seasons on CBS in 1979, but Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper lived on in a spin-off sitcom called “Mama’s Family” that was developed after the clan gathered in a made-for TV movie called “Eunice” in 1982. In honor of the sitcom’s recent release on DVD, TVMI had the opportunity to speak with Vicki Lawrence. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/oj9bhjy
ABC Family Announces Return Dates for Quartet of Dramas
ABC Family will launch the second half of the current seasons of dramas “Pretty Little Liars,” “Twisted,” “Switched at Birth” and “The Fosters” in January. “Pretty Little Liars,” the recent winner of six Teen Choice Awards, returns on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET. Immediately following are new episodes of “Twisted” with Danny (Avan Jogia) on the run at 9 p.m. ET. The following week, on Monday, January 13, will be the returns of “Switched at Birth” and “The Fosters” at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Winner of 2013’s Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Show, “The Fosters” will pick-up with the repercussions of Callie’s (Maia Mitchell) decision to run away.
Syfy Renews “Face Off” for Season Six
Syfy has picked-up reality/competition “Face Off” for a sixth season, with 14 new make-up artists scheduled to begin competing against each other beginning in January 2014. Currently airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET, the fifth season finale on November 5th will feature the final three contestants creating two lead characters from “Swan Lake.”
Syfy will also debut two original one-hour “Face-Off” specials in November. The first, “Naked and Painted,” will feature host McKenzie Westmore as she explores the world of body painting with a variety of guest experts (including former “Face Off” contestants). It airs on Tuesday, November 12 at 9 p.m. ET. And the second, “Top 20 Countdown: Judges’ Favorites, Face Off,” hosted by “Face Off” judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville Page, will look back at the best contestant creations from the first five seasons. It airs on Tuesday, November 19 also at 9 p.m. ET.
Cable Rankings – Friday 10/18/13
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable on Friday, October 18:
MLB National League Championship Series (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 6.07 million, “Jessie” (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 2.89, “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.67, “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” (Syfy, 8 p.m.): 2.64, “MLB on Deck Pre-Game Show” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 2.26, “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.) and “Wander Over Yonder” (Disney Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.23 each, College Football (ESPN, 8 p.m.): 2.22, “Lin and Maddie” (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 2.21, “Fish Hooks” (Disney Channel, 9:30 p.m.): 2.14, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.09, “Austin & Ally” (Disney Channel, 10:30 p.m.): 2.04, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.91, “Legend of Korra” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.73, “What Not to Wear” (TLC, 9 p.m.): 1.58, “Full House” (Nick at Nite, 10 p.m.) and “Full House” (Nick at Nite, 10:30 p.m.): 1.54 each, “Haven” (Syfy, 10 p.m.): 1.45, “Full House” (Nick at Nite, 9:30 p.m.): 1.44, “Modern Family” (USA, 9:30 p.m.): 1.43
Source: Nielsen Media Research
BET a Top Attraction on Twitter
Cable network BET was a standout on Tuesday, Oct. 15 care of the annual “Hip Hop Awards,” hosted by Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion). The event drew the most attention on Twitter for the week ending Oct. 20, according to the Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings from SocialGuide, with 6.88 million distinct Twitter accounts viewing any of the 2.55 million tweets associated with the awards show that evening.
Leading out of “Hip Hop Awards,” the second season premiere of the network’s hit mock-reality show, “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (starring comedian Kevin Hart) resonated on Twitter as well, generating 239,000 tweets to an audience of 2.78 million — the fourth-largest of the week overall. The second episodes of the season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (5.65 million) and FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” (3.12 million) held the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/ll5vd72
Tuesday, October 22
8:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.”
9:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
9:30 p.m. “Trophy Wife”
10:00 p.m. “Shark Tank” (R)
8:00 p.m. “NCIS”
9:00 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles”
10:00 p.m. “Person of Interest”
8:00 p.m. “The Biggest Loser”
9:00 p.m. “The Voice”
10:00 p.m. “Chicago Fire”
8:00 p.m. “Dads”
8:30 p.m. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
9:00 p.m. “New Girl”
9:30 p.m. “The Mindy Project”
8:00 p.m. “The Originals”
9:00 p.m. “Supernatural”
For a listing of cable programming highlights, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/lfdurbf
A Tasty Question
Which one of the following options was not the name of an actual TV character?
a) Ham Dewey
b) Don Lamb
c) Lola Lasagne
d) Leonard Lemon
e) Paulie Walnuts
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Joyce Randolph, who is turning 89 years old today, is fondly remembered as Trixie Norton on classic sitcom “The Honeymooners.” But who originated the role in one of “The Honeymooners” sketches on “Cavalcade of Stars”?
a) Spring Byington
b) Nanette Fabray
c) Patsy Kelly
d) Martha Raye
e) Elaine Stritch
…Is: e) Elaine Stritch. This first version of Trixie in 1951 was with Stritch as a brash burlesque dancer. After being discovered by Jackie Gleason in a Clorets commercial, Joyce Randolph was cast as Trixie, who was suddenly an ordinary housewife. Randolph remained on Gleason’s variety show through 1957, and Jane Keen was brought in (with Sheila MaCrae as Alice) when “The Honeymooners” was revived in 1966.
Today’s All Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, D.C. Carter, Paul Certo, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Bill Denkert, Steve Ellis, Ted Faraone, Jim Forkan, Jerry Gibbons, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Linda Grillo, David Jackino, Tom Joyce, Tom Kilgallon, Synda, Kollman, Rick Locke (2x), Mary Ellen Maloney, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Terrence Moss, Richard Naldrett, Bill Nuss, Jennifer O’Malley, Alan Perris, Roger Price, Gordon Purcell, Anthony Salerno, Mark Selby, Ken Stowe, Ronnie Tallant, Randy Wade, Ted Zavales
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