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It was a slow Sunday of Memorial Weekend last night, with no original scripted programming and only a few newsmagazines and NASCAR airing originals. This showed in the ratings, with the #1 shows all tied at 0.8. Fox took a not-so-triumphant first place, with a 0.8 average for the night with NASCAR coverage, which came in far lower than last year's Memorial Weekend airing. ABC had a very strong repeat of AHFV at 8, tying or beating many original episodes of Once in that slot. Their airing at 7 was less successful, but still better than the low rated Bachelorette repeat. On NBC, Dateline NBC had an ugly 0.4, followed by a weak Celebrity Ninja Warrior repeat. The American Ninja Warrior: All Stars repeat doubled those ratings with a 0.8. On CBS, 60 Minutes lead the pack with a 0.6, with NCIS:LA repeating at 0.4 and Madam Secretary and Elementary repeating awfully.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
7 PM
NASCAR Racing
0.8/4
4.09
Fox

60 Minutes
0.6/3
6.58
CBS

America's Funniest Home Videos (R)
0.5/3
3.36
ABC

Dateline NBC
0.4/2
2.73
NBC
8 PM
America's Funniest Home Videos (R)
0.8/4
4.04
ABC

NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
0.4/2
4.25
CBS

Celebrity Ninja Warrior (R)
0.4/2
1.94
NBC
9 PM
American Ninja Warrior: All Stars (R)
0.8/4
3.20
ABC

The Bachelorette (R)
0.4/2
1.68
NBC

Madam Secretary (R)
0.3/1
3.69
CBS
10 PM 
Elementary (R) 
0.3/1
2.61
CBS 
Saturday Ratings


Time
Show
18-49 Rating
Total Viewers      (In Millions)
8:00pm
Fast & Furious 6 (NBC)
0.5
1.93

Major League Baseball (FOX)
0.4
2.01

To Tell the Truth (R) (ABC)
0.3
2.34

Scorpion (R) (CBS)
0.3
2.27




9:00pm
Fast & Furious 6 (NBC)
0.7
2.48

Major League Baseball (FOX)
0.5
2.07

To Tell the Truth (R) (ABC)
0.4
2.25

48 Hours (CBS)
0.3
2.76




10:00pm
Fast & Furious 6 (NBC)
0.7
2.76

48 Hours (CBS)
0.5
3.44

20/20 (R) (ABC)
0.3
2.03
(R) = repeat

On a repeat-filled night, NBC had the upper-hand with their showing of Fast & Furious 6 (0.5/0.7/0.7). From 9-11, it was the highest program of the night.

CBS's 48 Hours (0.3/0.5) was the only original of the night and had a rotten showing at 9 leading out of a Scorpion repeat (0.3), but a more digestible result at 10. 

ABC had 2-hours of To Tell the Truth repeats (0.3/0.4) leading into a low 20/20 repeat (0.3). To Tell the Truth will be airing originals starting Wednesday, June 21st at 10 pm. 

FOX had MLB (0.4/0.5). 


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As you probably know, Trial & Error has been renewed for a second season. Given that each season focuses on a different case, John Lithgow as Larry will not be returning to the show. While we don't know anything about who will play the suspect in Season 2, we can always speculate. Here are six people who I think might make for a good suspect, in no particular order.

1) Jeffrey Tambor

Tambor may be busy with Transparent, but if the producers are looking for someone who has similar qualities to John Lithgow, he might be the way to go. It would also be a way to bring a recognizable name to network television, and his long list of credits means he could also appeal to a fanbase outside of Transparent viewers.

2) Lin-Maunel Miranda

This would probably be the biggest get for Trial & Error. Miranda became an overnight sensation by playing the titular character in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, and has already crossed over into pop culture with gigs such as hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live. Apparently he's also a big fan of the show, so he would be able to fit in naturally. It would certainly allow for the second season premiere to be sampled more so than that first season finale.

3) Ian Lithgow

Let's face it: Trial & Error isn't exactly the highest-rated show, and as such it may not be able to bring in a super-recognizable face. But if John Lithgow liked doing the show, maybe his son will follow suit.

4) T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller shocked the media by deciding not to return to HBO's critically acclaimed (is that redundant?) sitcom Silicon Valley. He doesn't seem to have anything else lined up, so maybe he would be available for Trial & Error. We're talking about a guy who has "blood" all over himself in his Twitter profile picture.

5) Vanessa Bayer

Similar to Miller, Vanessa Bayer announced that she was ending her long-running stint at Saturday Night Live right before the finale aired. While she might be trying to get into movies, she doesn't have a high-profile gig lined up that we know of like fellow ex-cast mate Bobby Moynihan. Her ability to play quirky characters on the show would make for a great suspect on Trial & Error, where you genuinely can't tell if the suspect committed the crime or not.

What do you think of these picks? Who do you think will play the suspect in the second season of Trial & Error? Let us know in the comments below!

If you are interested in contributing to The TV Ratings Guide, we're now looking! No experience is necessary and the commitment is purely up to how much work you want to put into the site. One thing we're looking for in particular is someone who is willing to review a show that we don't already review, and review it live. However, if you have another idea please feel free to leave it in the form below.

Friday Ratings


Time
Show
18-49 Rating
Total Viewers         (In Millions)
8:00pm
First Dates (F) (NBC)
0.7
3.48

Shark Tank (R) (ABC)
0.7
3.22

Beat Shazam (R) (FOX)
0.6
2.09

MacGyver (R) (CBS)
0.5
4.56

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R) (CW)
0.3
1.44




9:00pm
Dateline NBC (NBC)
0.8
4.31

Hawaii 5-0 (R) (CBS)
0.6
4.96

Love Connection (R) (FOX)
0.6
1.81




10:00pm
Blue Bloods (R) (CBS)
0.6
5.61

20/20 (ABC)
0.6
3.38

(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

NBC's First Dates (0.7) capped off its first (only?) season. The series was steady with last week's outing leading into two hours of Dateline (0.7/0.8). The latter averaged a 0.8 which was enough to win the night.

The other networks were mostly in repeat mode and all had fairly similar results. ABC had encores of Sunday-bound Shark Tank (0.7/0.7) and an original 20/20 (0.6) which was steady with last week.

CBS had repeats of MacGyver (0.5), Hawaii Five-0 (0.6), and Blue Bloods (0.6).

FOX had relatively strong repeats of Beat Shazam (0.6) and Love Connection (0.6). Both outperformed the average Sleepy Hollow original and did about the same as a typical Rosewood.

The CW also had strong repeats with Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3/0.4). Overall, it averaged a 0.3.


A few of you participated in our first annual Invest in 19 Shows tournament, and I'd like to get it going again. Here are the rules:

-You must pick at least 19 shows (not 18 like last year)
-At least 5 of those shows must be entering their first season in 2017-18
-The total amount of "money spent" on those shows must be less than or equal to $1,000. The prices are to be set by me based on this year's ratings, and are found below.

In order to win, your "league average" must be higher than all the others at the end of the season.

New Shows
Prices are determined by me based on a show's time slot. Midseason shows all have the same price, which is the average price of all shows.

Splitting Up Together: $56
Deception: $56
Inhumans: $31
The Mayor: $39
Alex Inc: $56
For the People: $56
The Crossing: $56
The Gospel of Kevin: $33
The Good Doctor: $67
Roseanne: $72
Grey's Anatomy Fire Spin-off: $61
Ten Days in the Valley: $36
AP Bio: $56
Rise: $56
The Brave: $64
Good Girls: $56
Reverie: $56
Champions: $56
Will & Grace: $75
The Orville: $36
The Gifted: $57
Ghosted: $67
LA to Vegas: $56
The Resident: $56
911: $56
Young Sheldon: $78
9JKL: $58
Me, Myself, & I: $44
Instinct: $56
SEAL Team: $64
Wisdom of the Crowd: $72
SWAT: $47
By the Book: $56
Dynasty: $33
Valor: $17
Black Lightning: $28
Life Sentence: $19

ABC Veterans
American Housewife: $63
Blackish: $66
Designated Survivor: $55
Fresh Off The Boat: $52
The Goldbergs: $75
Grey's Anatomy: $90
How to Get Away with Murder: $56
The Middle: $65
Modern Family: $92
Once Upon a Time: $41
Quantico: $30
Scandal: $64
SHIELD: $32
Speechless: $68

CBS Veterans
The Big Bang Theory: $135
Blue Bloods: $50
Bull: $63
Code Black: $42
Criminal Minds: $61
Elementary: $28
Hawaii Five-0: $50
Kevin Can Wait: $70
Life in Pieces: $55
MacGyver: $47
Madam Secretary: $39
Man With a Plan: $54
Mom: $62
NCIS: $75
NCIS: Los Angeles: $57
NCIS: New Orleans: $51
Scorpion: $52
Superior Donuts: $63


The CW Veterans
The 100: $15
Arrow: $27
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: $9
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: $28
The Flash: $46
iZombie: $14
Riverdale: $17
Supergirl: $32


FOX Veterans
Empire: $120
Gotham: $48
Lucifer: $46
The Mick: $49
New Girl: $41
The Simpsons: $79
Star: $59


NBC Veterans
Blindspot: $45
Taken: $43
This Is Us: $118
Timeless: $48