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Stephen Colbert's Winning Streak Hits 7 Weeks

CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert topped the previously typical victor (NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) among total viewers. Colbert's Late Show average of 3.2 million viewers bested Fallon's Tonight haul of 3.1 million viewers.

Hollywood Reporter 3.21.17

Disney targets new demographic with "Andi Mack"

Disney is looking to draw in viewers in the 6-to-14 demographic with a new series titled "Andi Mack." The comedic drama will touch on topics including sexuality and teen pregnancy in a "relatable, respectful and age-appropriate way," said Disney Channels Worldwide President Gary Marsh.

The New York Times 3/10/17

Fuse Media unveils upcoming programming lineup

Fuse Media has announced its 2017-2018 programming lineup ahead of its upfront meetings. The new lineup includes the return of three original shows, nine new originals and three new series including "Picked Up," which explores dating in the era of ride sharing.

Deadline.com 3/8/17

CBS's Colbert Remains On Top After 5 Weeks

Now five weeks in — since the start of the Trump Administration — CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert continues its strong and surprising rise over other broadcast network shows in total viewers. Colbert led with 3.003 million Nielsen viewers for the week ending March 5 — just ahead of NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which had 2.92 million.

Media Post 3.8.17

'Atlanta,' 'Americans' Lead WGA TV Winners

FX swept the top categories at Sunday's 69th annual WGA Awards with Atlanta winning for Comedy Series and New Series, The Americans for Drama Series and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Long Form Adapted.

Deadline Hollywood 2.20.17

Dark, Violent Content Marketed to Children During Super Bowl

The Parents Television Council expressed concern over the volume of adult-rated promotional content that aired during last night’s Super Bowl LI broadcast on Fox. Fox mixed dark and violent ads into what was otherwise an exciting Super Bowl football game and halftime show that millions of children and families were watching,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

Parents Television Council 2.6.17

Oxygen greenlights new series, plans summer overhaul

Oxygen has given the green light to three new series: "Three Days to Live," which debuts in March, and "Cold Justice" and "The Jury Speaks," which will debut in the third quarter. The network is shifting its focus to true crime programming to boost ratings and to appeal to an audience of young women.

Variety 2/1/17

How Snapchat is Bringing TV Shows to Vertical Video

Snapchat is partnering with TV networks such as ABC on fast-paced vertical video content such as "Watch Party: The Bachelor," which features fans of the show discussing the previous night's episode. Other collaborations include a complementary series to NBC's "The Voice" and one featuring original skits by Jimmy Fallon.

USA Today 1/29/17

ESPN is canceling The Sports Reporters

The show is expected to end in May, just shy of 30 years on the air. The long-running sports talk show began in 1988 and was a forerunner of the flood of shows that run in most major cities featuring members of the media debating, discussing and bloviating the news and issues of the week.

Sports Illustrated 1.23.17

FX slates "American Crime Story," "Atlanta" for 2018 releases

FX's "American Crime Story" won't return to the network until 2018 due to a longer development timeline, while comedy series "Atlanta" has delayed production and also will return in 2018. FX instead plans to debut shows "Feud: Betty and Joan" and "Legion" while bringing back favorites such as "Fargo."

Adweek 1/12/17

Simpsons soars to five-year high with big NFL lead-in

Animated comedy draws 4.9 in 18-49s, best rating since January 2012. Airing behind an NFC Wild Card playoff game Sunday night, the Fox animated show soared to its best adults 18-49 rating in five years.

MediaLife 1.9.17

Hulu adds CBS content to live streaming lineup

Hulu on Wednesday announced that it has made a deal with CBS to add the company's cable channels and broadcast network to its upcoming live streaming service. NFL football, NCAA basketball games and events including the Grammys will be available through the service, which Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says will cost less than $40 per month.

The New York Times 1/4/17

Hulu adds Disney favorites to its streaming library

Hulu on Tuesday reached a licensing deal with Walt Disney Co. to add 56 Disney films to its portfolio of streaming films. The deal includes family favorites such as "Lilo & Stitch" and "Muppet Treasure Island," as well as exclusive distribution rights for select films including "Pocahontas" and "Mulan."

Los Angeles Times 12/27/16

Disney-ABC to bring "The Bachelor"-themed show to Snapchat

The Walt Disney Co.'s US television unit, Disney-ABC Television Group, has signed a deal with undisclosed terms to create original shows for Snapchat. Disney will retain control of advertising, and the partnership will launch in January with a show around ABC hit series "The Bachelor."

Los Angeles Times 12/21/16

ABC Orders More 'Black-ish,' 5 Other Sitcoms

ABC is extending its episode orders for six of its comedies. The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Speechless and Black-ish have all been given marching orders for additional episodes.

Variety 12.14.16

Comcast to add two networks for bicultural children

Comcast is adding Kids Central and Primo TV to its 2017 lineup in a bid to attract bicultural children. Both are English-language networks, with Kids Central being geared toward 3 to 7 year olds while Primo TV is targeted towards 6 to 16 year olds.

Multichannel News 12/7/16

Cedric the Entertainer to Star in CBS Sibling Comedy

The network is teaming with Cedric and Spike Feresten to develop Tony Take the Wheel. The comedy explores the relationship between two very different brothers whose family dynamic is challenged when one brother hires his teenage nephew to work at his custom car shop.

The Hollywood Reporter 12.6.16

The Simpsons Marathon Helps Push FXX To Ratings Highs

You can always count on The Simpsons. The first four days of the 13-day “The Simpsons 600 Marathon” helped FXX reach the No. 8 spot among all basic cable networks in adults 18-49 and No. 5 among adults 18-34 in total-day viewing, according to the network and Nielsen stats. In primetime, FXX advanced to No. 10 among adults 18-49 and No. 5 among Adults 18-34 over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Deadline Hollywood 11.30.16

CBS Not Ordering More 'Pure Genius' Eps

CBS has opted not to order additional episodes of new medical drama series Pure Genius beyond its original 13-episode pickup. The series will wrap production on Dec. 15 after completing Episode 13. Pure Genius is not being formally canceled and theoretically remains in contention for a Season 2 renewal though its chances are considered slim at best.

Deadline Hollywood 11.22.16

AMC Networks Buys Minority Stake in Funny or Die

AMC Networks, which owns cable networks including AMC and IFC, has acquired a minority stake in Funny Or Die, the companies said Tuesday. The deal will help IFC and Funny or Die expand their existing collaboration and create comedy programming across multiple platforms, including possible Funny or Die-branded programming blocks on TV, they said.

Advertising Age 11/16/16

A+E brings new programming, new look to History en Espanol

A+E is relaunching History en Espanol with new programming, a new look and more premiere hours. The revamped channel will focus on different prime-time themes each night and will feature shows such as "Pawn Stars," "Barbarians Rising" and "Hunting Hitler."

Broadcasting & Cable 11/7/16

"Gilmore Girls" Snapchat Push was Slam Dunk for Netflix

Netflix touted its reboot of "Gilmore Girls" by transforming 200 cafes into Luke's Diner from the show, with coffee cups containing Snapcodes. The one-day event was seen by more than 500,000 people on Snapchat.

Adweek 10/25/16

CBS' "Bull" takes top spot in broadcast

CBS' new drama "Bull" holds the No. 1 spot in broadcast, with an 11.8 average household rating, per Nielsen data, finishing 0.1 ahead of former leader "NCIS" and 0.3 ahead of "Sunday Night Football." Fox's "Empire" slipped behind CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," bringing in ratings of 5.2 and 5.3, respectively.

Media Life 10/12/16

Halt and Catch Fire Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at AMC

AMC has renewed period drama “Halt and Catch Fire” for a fourth and final season. The renewal comes one night before AMC airs back to back episodes for the show’s season-three finale.

Variety 10.10.16

A&E gives inside look at police departments with "Live PD"

A&E Networks is preparing to debut "Live PD," a series that focuses on six rural and urban police departments. The show, which kicks off Oct. 28, will feature real-time law enforcement ride-alongs across eight two-hour live programs.

Advertising Age 10/3/16

FXX Will Air All 600 Episodes of The Simpsons

FXX said it will run a marathon of The Simpsons – the longest marathon in television history – beginning November 24 and ending on December 6. That’s 600 episodes, or 300 hours over 13 days.

Mashable 9/22/16

Cartoon Network's "Regular Show" Season 8 to be its last

Season 8 of Cartoon Network's award-winning "Regular Show" will be its last, the network announced Tuesday. The show, which has had 5 Emmy nods and a spinoff movie, will kick off its final season Sept. 26, with the finale to air in January.

Variety 9/13/16

Can YouTube become a major player in pay-TV?

YouTube's "Single by 30" comedy series is just one of 20 TV series, films and documentaries the company is adding to its YouTube Red subscription streaming service. Critics say YouTube has several challenges to overcome in the pay-TV industry, including strong competition and users' reluctance to pay for previously free content.

Los Angeles Times 9/6/16

The CW turns food app into TV series

The CW is turning the All Recipes Dinner Spinner app into a competition TV show, marking the first time an app has inspired a TV series. "Dinner Spinner" will debut Oct. 1 and will be hosted by Chef Gabe Kennedy.

Adweek 8/31/16

'Grimm' To End With Sixth Season On NBC

The network announced Monday that the forthcoming sixth season of the genre drama will be its last. Set to premiere Friday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m., the final season will feature its shortest order to date and consist of 13 episodes (each of its previous five seasons had a full 22).

The Hollywood Reporter 8.30.16

MTV to promote docu-series with live streaming

MTV is promoting its "Unlocking the Truth" docu-series by simulcasting its premiere episode on Facebook Live and YouTube during its cable debut. The free episode will also be available after the show airs; however, the other seven episodes will only be available to pay-TV subscribers.

Variety 8/16/16

Mark Burnetts Fox Dating Reality Series Coupled Canceled After One Season

Fox has opted not to renew dating reality series Coupled for a second season. The show, from top unscripted producer Mark Burnett, struggled to get traction with viewers, ending its quiet summer run last week with 1.1 million viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating in Live+same day.

Deadline Hollywood 8.8.16

E! Bets on Facebook Live with 5 original shows

E! Entertainment Television is releasing five original shows on Facebook Live, beginning with television-highlight series "TV Therapy." Other shows include pop-culture-based "So True, So False" and "Another 15 Minutes," which is about viral videos.

Adweek 8/3/16

Viacom to revamp VH1 Classic to play MTV favorites

Viacom is celebrating MTV's 35th anniversary Aug. 1 by rebranding its VH1 Classic network to MTV Classic. The new network will feature hits from the 1990s and 2000s, as well as favorite shows, including "MTV Unplugged," "Total Request Live" and "Daria."

Advertising Age 7/28/16

Vampire Diaries Ending After Season 8

After its upcoming eighth season, The Vampire Diaries shall be no more. The decision was announced Saturday during The CW drama’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con; as you can imagine, the thousands of fans in attendance were not pleased.

TVLine.com 7/23/16

NBC plans unprecedented 4,500 hours of live Olympics coverage

NBC will have an unprecedented digital presence at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with plans to live-stream 34 sports, accounting for 4,500 hours of live coverage. Viewers of live programming will be required to sign in through a subscription TV service, but the network is also planning a free app, called NBC Olympics, that will feature news, results and other Olympics highlights.

Variety 7/12/16

MLB All-Star Game Ratings Fall to a New Low

The American League's 4-2 victory over the National League now stands as the only time in the 50 years in which Nielsen has been keeping track of the All-Star Game ratings that the exhibition has delivered fewer than 10 million viewers.

Advertising Age 7.13.16

Twitter partners with CBS for national convention live streams

Twitter on Monday announced that it will team up with CBS to live-stream the Republican and Democratic National Conventions as part of its strategy to become a leader in live broadcasting. The conventions will be streamed across the company's mobile and desktop apps, and will feature real-time commentary in the form of related tweets.

MediaPost Communications 7/12/16

Spike's "That Awkward Game Show" spills the beans on family secrets

Spike has ordered 11 episodes of "That Awkward Game Show," executive produced by Kent Weed, Arthur Smith, Christmas Rini and Peter Herschko. The show, which is hosted by TV personality Jeff Dye, will feature parents partnered with their adult children in a battle to identify their most embarrassing secrets.

Deadline.com 7/716

FX's "Sons of Anarchy" spinoff may be on the horizon

FX's hit "Sons of Anarchy," which ended its successful run in 2014 with a finale that reached more than 9 million viewers, may get its "Mayans MC" spinoff sooner than expected. Show creator Kurt Sutter on June 28 tweeted "The return is near," after FX announced in May that the spinoff was in script development.

International Business Times 7/3/16

Comedy Central's "Idiotsitter" returning for new season

Comedy Central has announced the renewal of comedy series "Idiotsitter" for a second season. The show, which finished its first season in March and features actresses Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse, will return in 2017 with 10 episodes.

The Hollywood Reporter 6/13/16
Seinfelds popular "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" series is returning to Crackle on June 16.

The season's guests include "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels, "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver, director Judd Apatow, and stand-up comics Margaret Cho, Jim Gaffigan and J.B. Smoove.

New York Daily News 6.1.16

FX renews "The Americans" through 2018

FX has renewed original series "The Americans" through 2018. Season 5 will feature 13 episodes and will air through 2017, while Season 6's 10 episodes will run through 2018 and mark the final season for the critically acclaimed series.

Broadcasting & Cable 5.25.16

'Supergirl' Stays On Mon. In New CW Schedule

Supergirl will fly on the CW this fall at 8 p.m. on Monday nights, officially kicking off the primetime week for the youngest-skewing broadcast network, which revealed its 2016-17schedule this morning. The CBS superhero export will serve as lead-in for Gina Rodriguez’s Jane The Virgin.

TheWrap.com 5.19.16

Vice CEO discusses plans to expand TV channel offerings

Vice CEO Shane Smith said the company plans to expand its TV network this year to include up to 20 new channels, including 12 across Europe. The company is also planning to launch six digital channels and more multiplatform deals.

TheWrap.com 5/6/16

Seth MacFarlane is set to topline his first live-action TV series.

Fox has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to an hour-long comedic drama series created and executive produced by the Family Guy creator, who is also set to star. The series is slated for the 2017-2018 television season, with a pilot episode likely filmed in late 2016, and the rest of the episodes in spring 2017.

Deadline.com 5.4.16

Lifetime looks to younger stars to boost ratings

Lifetime, in a move to break from the network's "women in peril" image, is shifting its focus to heroine and anti-heroine plot lines that star young stars such as Selena Gomez and Ronda Rousey. Lifetime's executive vice president, Liz Gateley, noted that today's viewers "want characters who exhibit those things that they don't feel the giddy-up to do every day."

The Hollywood Reporter 4/20.16

For the NHL, a Record Year for Ratings

NBCSN averaged 378,000 total viewers per game, the most-watched regular season in the 10 years the network has carried the NHL. It’s also the most-watched regular season on cable since 1993-’94, back when the games were on ESPN. This season’s viewership was up 8 percent over last season. The gains weren’t limited to broadcast – total viewership on NBC and NBCSN was up 2 percent over last year.

MediaLife 4.14.16

Big Trend on Cable TV: The After-Show

Instead of launching new scripted shows based on existing ones, cable has been launching after-shows. AMC rolled out “Talking Dead” in the fall of 2011, when “The Walking Dead” was building into a phenomenon. The past five years, it’s become one of the most popular shows on cable.

MediaLife 4.6.16

FXX renews "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" for 13th and 14th seasons

FXX has renewed "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" for seasons 13 and 14. Season 12 of the series will air in early 2017. During the 14th season, the show will be tied for the longest-running live-action comedy series, a record set by "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," which began airing in 1952.

Deadline.com 4/1/16

NCAA championship game set to make cable debut

Monday's NCAA men's basketball championship game will air on TBS for the first time. The game -- which had been on CBS since 1982 -- signifies a shift of premium sporting events to cable networks looking to gain higher fees from pay-TV operators. Although recent sports rights pricing disputes have raised questions about that strategy, Turner Broadcasting System President David Levy thinks it is still valid for major events. "This is going to be our highest-rated program of the year," Levy says.

The Wall Street Journal 3/29/16

Comcast-YES standoff spotlights rising TV sports fees

The dispute between Comcast and YES Network is unresolved ahead of the New York Yankees' opener on April 4. The standoff is an example of how pay-TV providers are fighting back against the high cost of sports rights for regional sports channels, industry insiders say. "[W]e can only return YES to our customers if the network and its majority owner, Fox, become realistic with their price demands," says Marcien Jenckes of Comcast.

The Wall Street Journal 3/27/16

ESPN homers with MLB game in Cuba

ESPN’s telecast of the exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Cuban National team on Tuesday posted a 0.8 household rating, according to Nielsen metered markets, making it the highest-rated preseason telecast (spring training or exhibition) on any network since 2004.

MediaLife 3.24.15

AMC set to bring back "Better Call Saul"

AMC on Tuesday announced plans for a third season of "Better Call Saul." The "Breaking Bad" prequel has an average of 4.4 million total viewers and was nominated for seven Emmy awards last year. The third season will include 10 episodes.

The Hollywood Reporter 3/15/16

AMC's "Into the Badlands" set to return for 2nd season

Daniel Wu (Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

AMC has announced a second season for drama "Into the Badlands." The first season saw an average of 5.6 million viewers, Nielsen ratings indicate. The second season will premiere in 2017, network officials said.

Multichannel News 3/8/16

Amazon pulls the plug on "Mad Dogs"

Amazon will not renew its "Mad Dogs" drama for Season 2 despite mostly positive reviews, Executive Producer Shawn Ryan tweeted. "Ultimately, Amazon didn't want to make that story, and we didn't want to make the kind of story they wanted us to make, so it made more sense to declare victory after 10 episodes, which was our original plan all along anyway," wrote Ryan.

Deadline.com 2/28/16

ABC's 'Black-ish' gets serious about police shootings

Black-ish takes on a tough job Wednesday night (9:30 p.m., 6ABC) as Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) finally talk to their kids about the police, as the family gathers in front of the TV to wait for the results of another investigation into the death of an African-American at the hands of cops.

Philly.com 2/24/16

PBS To Launch 24/7 Online Kids TV Service

The free, 24-hour channel will provide child-friendly fare during primetime and other periods that draw kids, said Paula Kerger, PBS CEO. Member stations now get up to 12 hours daily of kids' programming from PBS. The service also will be available online as a live stream on the pbskids.org website and on the PBS Kids video app for mobile devices and platforms such as Roku and Apple TV.

The Associated Press 2/23/16

Streaming services may need to wait longer to air new shows

TV producers are considering delaying the addition of new content to streaming services to prevent cord cutting and lost revenue. Time Warner is reportedly delaying the streaming release of shows including "The Flash" and "Supergirl," and Fox and ABC shows are delayed by eight days before being made available on streaming services.

The Associated Press 2/8/16

Teresa Giudice returning to ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ post-prison

Teresa Giudice and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” will return later this year, Bravo confirmed Monday, following a two-year hiatus for the show during which the star served jail time. Giudice was released in December after serving 11 months at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut for bankruptcy fraud.

New York Post 2/8/16

ESPN, Tencent partner to bring live sports to China

ESPN has entered into a multiyear contract with Tencent to air live games and Mandarin-language commentary online in China. The deal begins in April with coverage of NBA basketball games and international soccer matches on Tencent's website, as well as articles and live streams. "This agreement will help us serve millions of Chinese fans and bring our coverage of basketball, international soccer and other sports to them like never before," said ESPN International's Russell Wolff.

Bloomberg 2/2/16

O promotes new season of "Game of Thrones" with video clips on Twitter

Twitter users can view video snippets of the upcoming sixth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" ahead of its April 24 launch by tweeting the hashtag for their "house" of allegiance (#HouseStark, #HouseLannister or #HouseTargaryen) to @GameOfThrones. Short clips will be sent back to users via Twitter's auto-reply feature.

Multichannel News 1/22/16

Netflix to add 600 hours of original programming, focus on families

Netflix is "doubling down on kids and families" this year as it adds 600 hours of original programming to its platform, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. The company is on track to add 20 original children's programs in 2016 and is sticking to its policy of keeping ratings under wraps, Sarandos added.

Broadcasting & Cable 1/17/16

Showtime's "House of Lies" to shoot Season 5 finale in Cuba

Showtime's "House of Lies" plans to do location shooting in Havana for the final episode of its fifth season. The shoot in Cuba will be the first for a US-scripted series since diplomatic ties between the countries were restored last year. The experience is "sure to be one for the record books, for both our characters and for our cast and crew," said star-executive producer Don Cheadle.

Deadline.com 1/6/16

E! Will bring back "The Royals" for a third season

E! will bring back scripted series, "The Royals", for a third season consisting of 10 episodes. "The Royals," which marked the network's first push into the scripted genre, is airing its sophomore run. The series also is the subject of a digital after-show, "The Royal Hangover."

Variety 1/5/16

Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" will return for Season 2

Amazon will bring back drama series "The Man in the High Castle" for a second season. The show, which is based on the Philip K. Dick novel about what would have happened if the US hadn't won World War II, debuted in November. The series' pilot scored the video service's biggest audience ever for a trial episode, said Amazon studio head Roy Price.

The Hollywood Reporter 12/18/15

A&E Networks' New Deal with AT&T Includes Viceland Channel

A&E Networks has struck a long-term carriage pact with AT&T for its U-Verse and DIRECTV services. The agreement includes carriage for A&E Networks' Viceland network, which is slated to debut in February in place of H2. Viceland, which is being developed in conjunction with Vice Media, was said to be a sticking point in negotiations.

Deadline.com 11/23/15

Reality TV Show Tries to use Journalist Shield Law to Protect Footage

The A&E reality show “Married at First Sight” — which weds strangers — is trying to use a shield law reserved for journalists to quash a subpoena by a Queens woman who went on the cable program then allegedly received death threats from her random groom.

New York Post 11.19.15

Verizon Bets on Original Programming for Millennials with go90

Verizon's free go90 mobile application is aiming to be the first port of call for millennials, and the company is creating around 50 original series by the end of this year. The company has teamed with Vice for lifestyle news, AwesomenessTV for comedy and the NFL and NBA for sports. "We're taking things that we think are working out there, but also carving out a couple original, exclusive and unique things that make us a little different," Verizon's Brian Angiolet said.

Business Insider 11/17/15

Syndications big winner: Family Feud

“Family Feud,” the quiz show that first debuted in 1976 and has been revived in daytime twice since then, has passed rival game shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” among key demos. “Family Feud” is averaging a 6.0 Nielsen household rating, up 7 percent from last year and within 0.2 of longtime game show leader “Wheel.” It’s 0.1 ahead of “Jeopardy.”

MediaLife 11.17.15

New Milestone: DVR Viewing Tops Live

Two broadcast shows posted higher time-shifted than live numbers. “The Blacklist” and “Quantico” had a higher seven-day-DVR-playback (+7) rating than live-plus-same-day rating (L+SD), according to Nielsen data. And you can expect that number to get bigger as the season goes on.

MediaLife 11.3.15

"Supergirl" makes historic television debut

Supergirl Melissa Benoist (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

CBS' "Supergirl" premiered to the largest audience for a fall television series this year, bringing in 12.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media reports. It was also the largest debut of any comic book series adaptation in this century, scoring triple the number of viewers than DC Comic's "Gotham" on the same night.

The Hollywood Reporter 10/27/15

AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" sets cable record for debut season

AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" for its six-episode first season garnered the best ratings ever for a new cable series. The show, a spinoff of AMC's "The Walking Dead," generated 11.2 million viewers on average, including 7.3 million among the 18-to-49 demographic, based on live-plus-three-days ratings.

Variety 10/9/15

"Fargo," "American Horror Story" break from TV series conventions

FX series "Fargo" and "American Horror Story," along with HBO's "True Detective," are part of a trend of shows that change their casts and storylines each season. "You're looking to duplicate a feeling more than a plot point," said "Fargo" writer-producer Noah Hawley. "That's not the way a [traditional] television series evolves, where you try launching something that's going to run forever."

The Wall Street Journal 10/1/15

AMC will air online companion series for "Walking Dead" franchise

AMC has created a 16-part online series, "Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462," which will launch Sunday on AMC.com and then be shown during ad breaks during the Season 6 debut of "The Walking Dead" on Oct. 11. The webisodes will subsequently air each Sunday on TV and online. "Flight 462" is designed to hold viewers until the 2016 airing of Season 2 of "Fear the Walking Dead," which will feature a shared character.

Variety 9/28/15

MSNBC's Shift offers online home for edgier fare

MSNBC's 24-hour streaming news channel, Shift, which launched in December, programs a mix of live content and original documentaries. "Shift shows feature diverse topics, alternative formats, edgier talent and intelligent dialogue, around the culture and lifestyle topics that matter to our audience," MSNBC.com's Sam Go says in this interview. "There are so many other interesting stories to cover that don't make it to the main broadcast, and we love that there's a home for it on Shift."

The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) 9/21/15

'Fear The Walking Dead' Sets Cable Record

The new "Fear the Walking Dead," which drew the biggest audience for any original series premiere on a cable network, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs. An estimated 10.13 million people watched the premiere Sunday night, the Nielsen company said. The well-reviewed series is set in a different location and different time than AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Associated Press 8/25/15

AMC Networks is building a streaming business one service at a time

AMC Networks is using a "building-block" approach to developing streaming services by focusing on genre-specific offerings such as the horror-themed Shudder and the SundanceNow Doc Club for documentaries, says Seung Bak, CEO of DramaFever, AMC's partner for the services. "This is not about becoming a poor man's Netflix," Bak says. "The level of capital and commitment you need to go against Netflix is just not rational."

Digiday.com 8/11/15

Vice debuts channel devoted to women

Vice Media's new channel Broadly will highlight female-focused content, including politics and fashion. The channel will be led by Editor-in-Chief Tracie Egan Morrissey and feature documentaries, video series and profiles. "There isn't a lot of video stuff that's being made for women, by women, about women. It's really important that women have a platform like this so that they can have their stories told and they can tell the stories they want to tell," Morrissey said.

Los Angeles Times 8/3/15

Cate Blanchett to develop, direct female-led TV series

Academy-Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett is moving behind the camera to develop and direct a new series for Australian television. "Stateless" is based on the true story of Cornelia Rau, who "escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in a bizarre labyrinth of psychiatric and legal systems," Screen Australia said.

Variety 7/20/15
Group of bars, restaurants challenges DIRECTV's NFL Sunday Ticket

A group of bars and restaurants around the country has filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and DIRECTV's Sunday Ticket, saying that the package's pricing is too high and that the NFL is the only major sport with "an exclusive out-of-market broadcasting arrangement." A bar with 100-patron capacity is charged $2,314 for Sunday Ticket, while establishments such as Las Vegas hotels can pay more than $120,000 a year, the lawsuit states.

Variety 7/14/15

"Scream" series debut shows strength with millennials

MTV's "Scream" series attracted an audience of 6 million viewers, including a 45% jump for Nielsen's Live-Plus-3-Days viewing. About half of the total viewers were in the 12-to-34 demographic. The series scored the best numbers among millennials for any new series this summer.

TheWrap.com 7/6/15

HGTV's "House Hunters" keeps delivering for network

HGTV's long-running "House Hunters" franchise is defying TV conventions by increasing its ratings as it ages. The 16-year-old series in 2015 has increased its audience by 8%. “‘House Hunters' represents everything that people love about HGTV, all wrapped up in one show, which is buying and loving homes," said HGTV President Kathleen Finch.

Adweek 6/22/15

Wall Street Week Returns To Television

Wall Street Week, a staple on PBS television for 35 years, is back on TV. The show, originally hosted by Louis Rukeyser, ran from 1970 through 2005 and, at its peak, aired on more than 300 stations with more than 4 million weekly viewers.

TV NewsCheck 6/17/15

Half a Dozen More Advertisers Ditch '19 Kids and Counting'

More than a half a dozen companies, including CVS Pharmacy, Ace Hardware, ConAgra Foods, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Behr Paint, Ricola and Party City have now pulled their advertising from future episodes of the TLC reality show in the wake of star Josh Duggar's admission that he molested several underage girls 12 years ago, including his sisters.

The Hollywood Reporter 5/28/15

AMC will launch sci-fi series "Humans" on June 28

AMC has set a June 28 debut for original science-fiction series "Humans." The eight-part series, which comes from the producers of "Broadchurch" and "Utopia," is based on Swedish drama "Real Humans," which is about the blurred lines between humans and machines.

Variety 5/14/15

PlayStation signs its original "Powers" series for Season 2

PlayStation's single streaming series "Powers" has been renewed for next year, and Sony is hinting at more original programming soon. "We believe original content will continue to be a key pillar as we broaden the value proposition for PlayStation Plus," said John Koller, vice president of marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America.

The Verge 5/6/15

Hulu lands "Seinfeld" rights, Cablevision distribution deal

Hulu has secured the subscription video on demand rights to "Seinfeld," in a deal reportedly worth almost $180 million, or nearly $1 million per episode. In related news, Cablevision will be the first pay-TV operator to serve as a distributor for Hulu. Cablevision customers will be able to access full seasons of shows from FX, TNT, Adult Swim and other networks, along with current seasons of some series and library content.

Variety 4/28/15

Spike's "Lip Sync Battle" hits all the right notes

Spike TV's new series "Lip Sync Battle" is a breakout success, garnering the network's biggest audience for a series launch and leading to almost 100 million online views. The show's popularity reflects its broad demographic appeal; the inclusion of top celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; its many spontaneous moments; and the ease with which it translates to digital platforms, writes Josef Adalian.

Vulture 4/16/15

Hallmark, With Ratings Up, Will Continue Original Programming Push

Hallmark Channel, which saw its prime-time ratings rise 17% in the first quarter, plans more than 40 original movies and four new series for the coming season. The network plans "to lean into" Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and other holidays that tie into the Hallmark Cards brand, said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks.

Multichannel News 4/13/15

NBC's Next Live Musical Will Be 'The Wiz'

"The Wiz" is coming to TV and back to Broadway with productions from NBC and Cirque du Soleil. NBC said Monday it will air a Dec. 3 live production of the hit 1970s stage reinvention of "The Wizard of Oz." Its partner on the TV version will be Cirque du Soleil's new stage theatrical division, which will then present "The Wiz" on Broadway for the 2016-17 season.

The Associated Press 3/30/15

Star Little Leaguer Mo'ne Davis will be subject of Disney Channel film

Disney Channel has begun to develop a TV movie about Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher who gained fame during last summer's Little League World Series. "Throw Like Mo" will be produced by Debra Martin Chase and written by Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson, with ESPNw and Davis acting as consultants.

Variety 3/19/15
Shockingly Progressive Twist on The Bold and the Beautiful

Wednesday's episode of The Bold and the Beautiful was a whopper, revealing that Maya (played by Karla Mosley) is actually... Myron. A man. The reveal came when Maya was having a confrontation with her sister Nicole, as Nicole discovered that Maya had transitioned from a man to a woman at an early age.

TV Guide 3/18/15

Facebook, not TV, will be platform for 2 new MSNBC shows

MSNBC, in partnership with NowThis, has developed two shows for Facebook. Morning show "Sound Off" will spotlight one breaking news item, and "FacePalm" will look at a controversial news topic from the day.

Variety 3/12/15
FXX comedy "Man Seeking Woman" will be back for Season 2
FXX comedy series "Man Seeking Woman" has been renewed for a sophomore run of 10 episodes. The show is the first comedy series created solely for FXX. Broadcasting & Cable 3/3/15

The greater significance of ‘Empire’

Fox's new show is setting all sorts of ratings records. It's also historical in another way: It's broadcast's first successful drama with a largely African-American cast. And it’s the first No. 1 drama in 21 years to see ratings gains from its second to its third week.

MediaLife 1/29/15

Target becomes first brand to sponsor NBC's online-only series

NBC's Web-only short series "Saturday Night Line" about people waiting for tickets to "Saturday Night Live" has secured Target as a sponsor. Target is the first brand to sign on for the Web series with pre-roll ads and in-series mentions. NBC plans to produce more Web series if it can find advertisers for them.

The Wall Street Journal 11/14/14

The ‘Millers’ Gets Cancelled By CBS

CBS has canceled sophomore Will Arnett comedy The Millers. The show will shoot one more episode before shutting down production. And CBS will air the episode on Monday, but has not made the decision on its remaining episodes. They will likely be pulled from the schedule.

The Wrap 11/14/14

AMC's "The Walking Dead" gets big boost from time-shifting

AMC's "The Walking Dead," already the most-watched series on TV, received a major boost for its fifth season launch in the live-plus-three-days ratings. The series saw its overall audience grow by 29% to 22.37 million and its 18-to-49 number rise by nearly one-third to 14.5 million, compared to its initial rating.

The Hollywood Reporter/The Live Feed blog 10/17/14

"NCIS" continues to deliver ratings for CBS

CBS' long-running drama series "NCIS" may not generate much award-season or social media buzz, but it is on track to continue its five-year run as TV's most-watched drama series. The series, which has just started its 12th season, has become "an almost indestructible franchise" for CBS, Cecilia Kang writes.

The Washington Post 9/24/14

"Walking Dead" companion gets pilot order

AMC has given the go-ahead for a pilot for a zombie-themed series from the creative team behind its mega-hit "The Walking Dead." The new series, which will feature a different setting and characters than "The Walking Dead" but exist in the same zombie-ravaged world, is slated to begin production by the end of 2014.

USA Today 9/6/14

"Daredevil" series brings Marvel universe to Netflix

Marvel Studios Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada is preparing for the 2015 debut of the "Daredevil" series on Netflix. He says the planned 13-episode run makes the series more like "a very large movie," and "makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier." The binge-viewing potential will also be considered. "Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV," Quesada said.

The Hollywood Reporter/The Live Feed blog 5/12/14

Ratings high for "Game of Thrones" gives lift to other HBO series

HBO's "Game of Thrones" on Sunday hit a new ratings high, garnering nearly 7.2 million viewers on average for its live TV airing and 8.6 million viewers for the evening. The series' average gross viewership for each episode this season is up 24% to 17.8 million, compared to the same time last season. "Thrones" also helped boost the ratings for the rest of HBO's Sunday night lineup, including "Veep," "Silicon Valley" and "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver."

Variety 5/6/14

Bounce TV’s “One Love” Reaches Nearly 1.1 M

Bounce TV’s newest original series One Love reached nearly 1.1 million persons across its series premiere week runs to become the most-watched original in Bounce TV’s history. According to Bounce TV, since first beginning to receive Nielsen ratings one year ago this month, the network has increased primetime viewership by 39% in households, 27% in adults 18-49 and 28% in adults 25-54.

TV NewsCheck 4/22/14

HBO has biggest series hit in years in "Game of Thrones" HBO's "Game of Thrones" has become its most successful series since "The Sopranos" went off the air in 2007. Sunday's fourth-season debut attracted 6.6 million viewers on average for its 9 p.m. airing, a series high. The premium network's online application, HBO Go, went down for about two hours because of interest in the premiere; the service suffered a similar crash during last month's "True Detective" season-ender.

The New York Times 4/7/14

Travel Channel announces 10 series orders
Travel Channel on Wednesday revealed that it has ordered 10 series that will debut during 2014, including "Booze Traveler," "Tours By Unger" and "Expedition Unknown." The network is also working on "One Day on Earth," and hour-long special that captures sights and sounds from across the globe in a single day. "Our mission is to provide our viewers with transformative programming that provides a gateway and personal portal to experience the world," said Travel President Shannon O'Neill.

Variety 4/2/14

BBC America's "Mud, Sweat and Gears" will give viewers another car fix

BBC America has agreed to air a new hour long unscripted series that will feature two British car journalists leading teams that will attempt to rebuild and improve regular vehicles in 24 hours to get them ready for performing stunts. "Mud, Sweat and Gears," which starts production in March, will be paired with BBC America's popular "Top Gear" show on Monday nights.

Variety 2/27/14

A+E will launch female-targeted FYI network in July
FYI, A+E Networks' reboot of its Bio channel, will debut on July 7. FYI will offer programming that is meant to act as an "inspiration engine" for its target audience of affluent women in their early 40s, according to Jana Bennett, the network's president. Food will be a major focus, with shows such as "The Epic Meal Show," which is inspired by a YouTube series, and "The Feed," a comedic road show. Other series will explore fashion, style and design.

The Hollywood Reporter/The Live Feed blog 2/26/14
MTV2 will take a swing at Major League Baseball-branded series
Major League Baseball hopes to cultivate a stronger fan base among the 12-to-34 set via a weekly show that will air on MTV2 during baseball season. Produced at MLB's Fan Cave production facility in New York, the show will look at players' private lives and feature musicians and actors as guests. "Tonally, the show is focused on everything that happens off the field," said Paul Ricci, MTV2's senior vice president and head of development.

Adweek 1/26/14

China Cracks Down On 'American Idol'-Style Shows

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the "American Idol" kind of talent shows now need approval from the body that oversees broadcasting, which will license one such program per channel each quarter for prime-time viewing.

Associated Press 10/22/13

How Survivor has returned with its most interactive season yet

Throughout the Survivor Blood vs. Water season – a version of the show that will pit former Survivor cast members against their families – fans will be able to use the CBS App for iOS to watch full episodes and the after show.

Lost Remote.com 9/23/13

AMC signs licensing deal for "Breaking Bad" spinoff
AMC has signed a licensing deal with Sony Pictures Television that will allow a "Breaking Bad" spinoff series to move forward. The hour-long series is expected to center around Saul Goodman, a lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk, with a working title of "Better Call Saul."

Variety 9/11/13

The Long Goodbye: NBC Sets Premium Rates for Super-Sized Office Finale

Along with giving fans some bonus time with the Dunder-Mifflin gang, the super-sized episode allows NBC to sell another four to five minutes of commercial inventory. With expectations of a big turnout for next week's show, NBC has commanded unit costs as high as $400,000 per 30-second spot.

Ad Week 5/7/13

CTD Locks Up Judge Judy Through 2017 Judge Judy Sheindlin has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue presiding over her top-rated show, Judge Judy, through 2017. Judge Judy, now in its 17th season, averages more than 9 million daily viewers, more than any other show in daytime television.

TV NewsCheck 4/8/13

AMC's zombies are striking fear in hearts of rival networks

AMC is rewriting the rules of TV with the incredible success of "The Walking Dead," which is handily beating its cable -- and broadcast -- rivals in the key 18-to-49 demographic. The zombie-themed show, originally sold to NBC before landing at AMC, owes its success in part to the cable network making it widely accessible through on-demand, Netflix and iTunes, writes David Carr. The New York Times 3/3/13

NBC's new drama "Do No Harm" has been pulled from the network's schedule after two episodes The series got off to a very poor start in the ratings with its Jan. 31 premiere, drawing a 0.9 rating/3 share in the key 18-49 demo -- the lowest rating for an in-season scripted premiere in the history of the four networks. The show dropped another 22 percent to a 0.7/2 with its second episode Thursday.

The Wrap 2.8.13

The time-traveling Doctor Who is about to take a different kind of trip.

As part of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, BBC America announced it will co-produce An Adventure in Space and Time, a dramatic look at the creation of the popular series in 1963. Doctor Who veterans Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner will serve as executive producers, with Gatiss writing the script.

USA Today 1.29.13

Will Syfy's $100 million TV-gaming combo pay off?
Syfy is spending a reported $100 million on an ambitious project to create "Defiance," a TV series and related massively multiplayer online video game developed in partnership with Trion Worlds. "People talk about transmedia and cross-platform," said Syfy President Dave Howe. "This is the real deal because it was conceived that way from the ground up. No one's ever done anything like this. We refer to it as the holy grail of convergence."

Forbes 11/26/12

"Walking Dead" ratings, ad prices reach level of broadcast hits

AMC's "The Walking Dead" reportedly is asking for up to $375,000 for ad buys in the scatter market, reflecting the growth of its audience to levels almost as big as ABC's hit sitcom "Modern Family." "The Walking Dead" also performs well among 18-49 viewers and men 18-34, with its reach "really only second to football at this point," said Brian Hughes, senior vice president and audience analysis practice lead at Magna Global.

Advertising Age 10/25/12

AMC Networks will be back on DISH as part of $700M settlement

AMC Networks and sibling Cablevision Systems, as part of a lawsuit settlement, will receive $700 million from DISH Network, and AMC's channels will return to the DISH lineup. The agreement resolves a 2008 breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against DISH by VOOM, a former Cablevision unit. In June, DISH removed AMC's programming from its service, claiming it cost too much. AMC's flagship network was back on DISH on Sunday, while the Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC will resume on Nov. 1.

The New York Times/Media Decoder blog 10/21/12
FX sends viewers to insane asylum for "American Horror Story"

The four were chosen after taking traditional inkblot psychological tests through an interactive website. The group was taken to an abandoned asylum in upstate New York for the filming. "We put them through a battery of 'experiments' and 'tests,' with the ultimate goal being for them to escape the asylum with their sanity. They all escaped. Whether they have their sanity, we don't know yet," said GMR Marketing's Thomas Taylor.

Advertising Age 10.16.12

"SpongeBob SquarePants" audience sinking

With "SpongeBob SquarePants" broadcasts making up as much as 40% of Nickelodeon's airtime last year, a 29% first-quarter slide in the aquatic character's viewership among the 2-11 audience weighs on the entire network. Nickelodeon, however, notes that the 13-year-old show still wins 2 million viewers on Saturday mornings and "remains the number one rated animated series in all of kids' television."

The Wall Street Journal 5.2.12

Time Warner Cable unveils plans for Health on Demand
Time Warner Cable has teamed up with Cooking Light magazine and Gaiam TV to launch a Health on Demand channel. The content will include food shows as well as yoga, Pilates and fitness instruction. Patient education clips from local health care organizations also will be offered. CEDMagazine.com 4.30.12

Mixed-martial-arts fighters get reality show on Spike TV
Mixed-martial-arts experts from Chicago's Bellator Fighting Championships will be the stars of a new reality show on Spike TV. The show, set to air next year, is being developed by "The Amazing Race" co-creator Bertram van Munster. "Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series," said van Munster. TVMediaInsights.com 4.3.12

The "All-American Muslim" series won't be back

A TLC network reality television show about Muslim families living in the Detroit area is ending after one season.

"All-American Muslim" attracted attention when a conservative Christian group called for an advertiser boycott. At least two companies announced they were pulling ads. TLC says the protest caused a backlash in which new advertisers signed on.

Associated Press 3.8.12

Quiet Series Celebrates a Milestone Few Others Reach

Still, it can be a struggle to get a quietly successful show noticed by the wider television world, which may explain why CBS has turned episode No. 200 of “NCIS” into a cause for celebration. “The fact that we hit this number at the same time that we’re No. 1 with viewers is extraordinary, and there isn’t a single person here who takes it for granted,” said Gary Glasberg, the executive producer and show runner who oversees each episode.

NY Times 2.6.12

"American Idol" is beginning to hit some off-notes in ratings
Fox powerhouse "American Idol" is beginning to lose some of its ratings luster amid growing competition from similar programs as it enters its 11th season. A decline in ratings was expected, but the more than 20% decrease for the season so far is worse than predicted. "Idol," however, remains a hit by most measures and is still serving as a launch pad for hit musicians, according to this article. Los Angeles Times 2/1/12

'The X Factor' Opens Up Voting to Twitter

In a first-ever move for television, Fox's new singing competition "The X Factor" is opening up its voting process to Twitter. Immediately following the live performance show on Nov. 2, fans will be able to register their votes by visiting the show's Twitter page and following @TheXFactorUSA.com. Viewers can then vote via private Direct Message. (Tweets themselves will not count as votes.)

The Wrap.com 10.26.11

QVC's viewers are still in the mood to shop
Liberty Interactive's QVC home-shopping channel has shown its resilience during the downturn by posting steady revenue growth and adding a significant online shopping presence to complement its TV-based offerings. QVC is also positioned to withstand cord-cutting among some younger viewers, since its main audience is women between the ages of 35 and 64. The Wall Street Journal 10/27/11

Christie vetoes $420,000 tax credit for 'Jersey Shore'

Message to Snooki, the Situation, and friends: You can fist-pump in da club all night long, but not on New Jersey's dime.Gov. Christie on Monday vetoed a $420,000 TV-production tax credit for Jersey Shore, MTV's hit reality series about eight hard-drinking housemates based in Seaside Heights.

Philly.com 9.27.11

FX spreads "Sons of Anarchy" brand with mobile app

FX is expanding the brand of its "Sons of Anarchy" show to mobile devices with the introduction of a mobile application. The app, which will provide a wealth of back-story information about the show, will be available through iTunes and be compatible with a number of Apple products such as iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.

Los Angeles Times/Show Tracker blog 11/1/10

Upcoming Current TV show puts viewers in charge
Will Wright, best known for creating The Sims and SimCity video games, is behind the Web technology for Current TV's new series "Bar Karma," which will allow viewers to suggest and vote on story ideas for each episode. The show will start in early 2011. NYTimes.com/Arts Beat blog 10/7/10

Study finds more gay characters on TV

The 15th annual "Where We Are on TV" report released Wednesday found that 3.9 percent of actors appearing regularly on prime-time network drama and comedy series in the 2010-11 season will portray gay, lesbian or bisexual characters.

Associated Press 9.29.10

MTV campaign introduces the world to "Jersey Shore"
MTV has launched an international ad campaign for its "Jersey Shore" reality show. The campaign is meant to stoke excitement as the U.S. show is rolled out into other countries now and to third-party syndicators in April.

The New York Times 3/22/10

N.J. Judge Won't Block 'Jersey Shore' DVD Release

A New Jersey man who says he was beaten during an episode of MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" has lost its bid to stop the release of a video depicting it. Stephen Izzo Jr. says a show cast member punched him outside a Seaside Heights nightclub. The judge says producers obscured the Bayville resident's face. Associated Press 2.23.10

ABC cancels 'Ugly Betty'

The decision was increasingly anticipated given the show's meager ratings. ABC shifted "Betty" from Thursdays, where it struggled to provide an adequate lead-in for "Grey's Anatomy," to Fridays last fall, where it performed poorly, then tried recently moving the show to Wednesdays after the network's comedy block.

Broadcasting & Cable 1.27.10

CBS to Turn Dying Wishes Into Reality TV

Each week we will get to see a different terminally ill person being given their dream TV audition -- which, sadly, will be their last TV audition.

Washington Post 10.21.08

Strike-shortened TV series struggling

Five new series cut short by last winter's writers' strike are struggling to win back viewers this fall. NBC's Chuck and Life, along with ABC's Wednesday lineup of Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money, returned last week with numbers well below last fall's premieres.

USA Today 10.8.08

'Sons of Anarchy' to go for another spin

FX has picked up "Sons of Anarchy" for a second season. While first-run episodes of the drama are performing modestly, FX cited the series' cumulative viewership numbers in announcing the pickup. On a weekly five-telecast cume basis, "Sons" is averaging 3.5 million adults 18-49, and the fourth week of the show delivered 1% more viewers in the demo than its premiere week.

THR.com 10.7.08

Fox picks up 'Fringe' for full season

Fox has picked up a full-season order of J.J. Abrams' sci-fi thriller "Fringe." Season-to-date, "Fringe" has averaged a 4.2 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 10.7 million total viewers and ranks as the top freshman series in the adult demo. TV Newsday 10.2.08

"Tin Man" no clunker for Sci Fi
"Tin Man," the Sci Fi Channel's re-imagining of "The Wizard of Oz," averaged 5.3 million total viewers over its three-night run. The show drew well from all ages: 2.9 million adults 25 to 54 tuned in and 2.7 million 18- to 49-year-olds watched. Mediaweek 12/6/07

"Pushing Daisies" alive and well in the ratings
ABC's "Pushing Daisies," already a critical favorite, scored the best debut ratings of any network scripted series in the Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot since the premiere of "Lost," three years ago. In rating news for the same night, the second episode of NBC's "Bionic Woman" at 9 p.m. lost 30% of its premiere week audience and ceded the 18-to-49 demographic to ABC's "Private Practice." Washington Post 10/5/07
USA takes top honors for third-quarter ratings
Despite not placing a single show in the top 20 programs in the third quarter; USA Network bested all other ad-supported cable networks in the quarter with an average prime-time delivery of 2.65 million viewers. The NBC Universal-owned channel also prevailed in the 18-to-34, 18-to-49 and 25-to-54 demographics, according to

Nielsen Media Research. Mediaweek 10/2/07
TBS picks up early "Earl" episodes

In its growing strategy to acquire off-network series before the shows hit the syndication market, TBS has acquired exclusive rights to "My Name Is Earl." TBS is expected to debut the show next April, and "Earl" will likely enter syndication in 2009. Variety 9/23/07

Geico's cavemen headed to small screen
A popular series of Geico ads features a group of somewhat neurotic cavemen whose self-esteem is threatened by the insurer's claim that signing up is so simple, "even a caveman can do it." Now, the Geico cavemen could move from the commercial breaks to center stage, if a pilot featuring the characters that is being developed by Geico creative shop, the Martin Agency, is picked up by ABC in the fall.  The Wall Street Journal 3/5/07
Sprint, The CW bring Smallville spinoff to mobile
Sprint and The CW unveiled an animated Smallville spinoff that will appear exclusively on Sprint mobile phones until late February. Sprint TV viewers will have access to a new short-form episode each Thursday for six weeks.  Mediaweek 1/07/07

ABC soap opera to feature transgender character
ABC's "All My Children" will introduce a character this week that paves new ground for television. Jeffrey Carlson will play Zarf, a "flamboyant rock star," who is transitioning from male to female.  

The Washington Post/Associated Press 11/06

Original episodes of "Simpsons" coming to mobile phones
Original "mobisodes" of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "The Simpsons" will soon be available on mobile phones, according to News Corp. President Peter Chernin. Chernin told the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference the company would produce the content and "market the hell out of it."   Multichannel News 9/14/06 

BabyFirstTV draws criticism, fans

BabyFirstTV, a commercial-free satellite channel that features three-minute segments aimed at infants, has generated mixed reactions since its launch on Mother's Day. Some experts are "appalled," some parents are pleased and some babies are "mesmerized."   Chicago Tribune /San Francisco Chronicle 9/14/06

"Survivor" tribes to split along racial lines
Reality program "Survivor" plans to divide participants into teams based on race in the upcoming season. Series producer Mark Burnett conceded that the decision to split contestants into warring "tribes" of blacks, Asian-Americans, Hispanics and whites will be controversial.  

Variety 8/23/06

ESPN will air Little League games with five-second delay after tike utters F-word
Cabler ESPN, despite not being subject to government indecency regulations, is opting to show the remaining games of the Little League World Series with a five-second delay. The move follows an incident in which a player for the Staten Island team used the F-word during a primetime game, and it was heard on the air.  

Broadcasting & Cable 8/22/06

Under terms of the most recent "West Wing" license fee agreement, Peacock (NBC) shelled out about $6 million per episode. That price will go down to about $3 million, according to insiders. Under the last deal, license fee for the show was pegged in part to ratings; if that's true under the new pactpact, per-seg fee could increase if ratings go up next season. In any event, given the extra syndiesyndie coincoin another season of "West Wing" will generate for WBTV and Wells, the studio and producer won't be losing money on the deal. Overhead for the show will also likely go down substantially if, as expected, many of the show's veteran thesps shift to recurring status. Variety, March 2005

A&E pays $2.5 million apiece for "Sopranos" episodes
HBO's megahit "The Sopranos" is coming to ad-supported cable -- and fetching a record sum. A&E Network will pay $2.5 million apiece for about 78 episodes of the story about a New Jersey crime boss's family and his business problems. The deal is a windfall for Time Warner's HBO unit and could bring a younger audience to A&E.

Variety, February 2005

Twentieth Television will produce one-minute original "mobisodes" of the serial dramas "Love and Hate" and "The Sunset Hotel" (26 mobisodes of each series, for a total of 52) designed specifically for "V CAST," the new 3G multimedia wireless service from Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone's 3G Live!.

Media Post Communications 1.25.05

* TV dramas attract the older crowd and grown-ups watch far more TV (32 hours/week) than young folks (12-17) do (20-22 hours/week). Viewers 50 and older watch the most of all; 42 hours a week. The most sought-after age group for advertisers-because of its disposable income and free-spending ways has always been 18 to 49 year olds. But in certain product categories – movies, soda, and cosmetics, to name a few –teens are highly prized.

David Hiltbrand, Phila. Inquirer, 3.16.03

* Predicting series’ success is as much art as science. Networks don’t really care where a show finishes in the weekly lineup. They do consider how it compares with previous occupants of its real estate, how it does against its time-slot competition, how well it holds viewers from the show that precedes it, whether people tune out as the show progresses, and whether there’s anything better (or cheaper) on the shelf with which to replace it.

Jonathan Storm, Philadelphia Inquirer, 10.27.02


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