Football, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Score Big Ratings Thursday
NBC scored early and late on Thanksgiving with the Macy’s Parade and primetime football, while CBS notched the day’s highest rating with its helping of late-afternoon NFL action.
According to Nielsen’s metered market overnights, NBC’s coverage of the 89th annual “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” delivered a 12.6 household rating/27 share, down a tick from last year but standing as the top non-sports telecast of the fall season. The previous high had been the Nov. 15 episode of “60 Minutes” on CBS, which did a 12.5.
The parade registered a strong 7.0 rating in adults 18-49, according to the 25 Nielsen markets with local people meters, up a tenth from last year and the second highest in the last dozen years. This is also the second best of the fall television season excluding sports, behind only the Oct. 11 season premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (7.4).
Following the parade on the Peacock, »
- Rick Kissell
Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Season 2 Teaser: Hayley Atwell Kicks Butt In Hollywood
Agent Carter is back and taking on Hollywood. ABC has dropped a new teaser for Season 2 of the action drama series. Hayley Atwell stars as Agent Peggy Carter, the unstoppable secret agent for the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Dedicated to the fight against new atomic-age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy now heads from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new… »
TV's 27 Most Polarizing Characters: Do You Love 'Em... or Loathe 'Em?
A funny thing happened to the TV characters who made our original “Most Polarizing” list: many are no longer with us! (Was it something we said?)
Actually, chalk it up to cancellations and such. Regardless, that mass exodus of those you love, love, love or haaaaate has created a void, which we are here to fill.
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TVLine pays attention, taking notice of the characters that, like clockwork, spark debate — be it either Arrow blonde, a traitorous S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, the ruler of an Empire, Once Upon »
Thanksgiving NFL Matchup Draws 27.8M Viewers, 2nd-Most Ever For NBC Primetime Regular-Season Game – Update
Updated, 11:25 Am: The Bears-Packers rivalry game is the gift that keeps on giving for NBC. The network said this afternoon that the Thanksgiving nailbiter drew 27.8M viewers to become the second-most-watched primetime game ever on the network. It trails only 30.3M who watched the Week 17 “win-and-in” game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012, which the Redskins won to claim their first division title in 13 years. Thursday’s game saw the Chicago… »
iZombie Sneak Peek: Liv and Ravi Learn Something New About Clive
iZombie has shown fans a lot of different sides of Clive Babineaux in the CW series’ second season, from his completely warranted anger against a father who was abusing his son to his flirting and romantic skills in his new relationship with Agent Bozzio. However, in this coming Tuesday’s episode of iZombie, “The Hurt Stalker,” both fans and Liv and Ravi will discover something they never knew about Clive before: he cooks. In the sneak peek below, Clive tries to gauge what his coworkers think of his cooking abilities when he brings them each a po-boy sandwich, claiming it’s from a Cajun restaurant near his house. Hilarity ensues, though, when Liv and Ravi, who both know that Clive is the one who made the food, begin critiquing how bland their sandwiches are before revealing that they were messing with him. Liv even calls Clive’s interest in cooking “adorable, »
- Chris King
After Attack, Are French and Euro Filmmakers Ready to Confront Terrorism ?
Two weeks after suffering the most devastating attack since WWII, France is slowly getting back on its feet. The recent massacre exposed the phenomenon of disenfranchised French youths joining the ranks of Isis in Syria but so far this growing phenomenon has seldom been portrayed in Gallic movies.
For now, networks are cautious as French TV channels try to steer clear of shows containing images or plot details that could echo the Nov. 13 attacks. A rep at TF1, France’s top commercial channel, said the network was going through episodes of series such as “CSI” to avoid airing sensitive content at this critical time.
Unlike the U.S. or the U.K., France doesn’t have a tradition of movies depicting its own recent history, nor does it generally address geopolitical issues in a cinematic way, acknowledged French-Moroccan director Laila Marrakchi.
But could the November 13 attacks prove a gamechanger the »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ratings: As NBC Football Dominates Thanksgiving, Two CBS Shows Rise
NBC Sunday Night Football‘s Thanksgiving night broadcast of the Bears/Packers drew 25.2 million total viewers and an 8.0 demo rating (per fast nationals), up 10 and 8 percent year over year and topping CBS’ four fresh offerings combined.
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That said, leading out of an old Bang (12.8 mil/3.4), CBS’ Life in Pieces (8 mil/2.2) is currently up 22 percent in the demo from last week. Mom (6.7 mil/1.6) and 2 Broke Girls (5.9 mil/1.6) each dipped one tenth, while Elementary (5.3 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth.
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Is Jessica Jones a Super-Easy Costume? Is Glenn Still a Dead Man? How Will Who Bring Clara Back? And More TV Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Doctor Who, The Good Wife and Chicago Fire!
1 | Has Jessica Jones given young women the easiest (and a modest!) superhero costume to pull off? (That said, doesn’t it kind of look like Shiri Appleby’s UnREAL wardrobe?) And after so many start-and-stops, has Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels, 666 Park, Crisis…) finally found herself a winner?
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French TV Giants Canal Plus, Lagardere Boost Their Presence Across Africa
Canal Plus and Lagardere Entertainment are among the French media conglomerates stepping up their presence across Africa, the continent that boasts the fastest-growing French-speaking population in the world.
More than 100 million people in the region speak the language, with that number projected to rise to as many as 600 million by 2050. “There’s more development to be expected for the French media (in Africa) than in France, where the market is pretty saturated,” says Francois Deplanck, of Canal Plus Overseas.
The Canal Plus Group has been active in Africa for two decades, and is the leading pay-tv platform among French-speaking countries on the continent — including Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco, nations on which economists are particularly bullish. In October 2014, as part of a more aggressive push into the region, it launched A+, a premium pan-African entertainment channel based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, which screens local content from 17 countries across the continent. »
- Christopher Vourlias
Movember Check-In: Judging Beards From Arrow, Walking Dead and More
TV beards can go one of two ways: They’re either so epic that they deserve their own on-screen credit, or so dreadful that they deserve to be written off — like, yesterday.
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As we approach the end of November — and the end of Movember, an annual campaign in which participants stop shaving to raise awareness for various cancers — TVLine is taking a look at some of the small screen’s most famous, and often polarizing, beards for your judging viewing pleasure.
We’ve compiled more than 10 examples from shows like The Walking Dead, »
Quantico: 5 Things to Know About Marcia Cross' Big TV Return
Quantico‘s Caleb and Clayton Haas better get themselves in line, because in a few weeks’ time, mama’s coming home.
Casting the primetime vet “was like kismet,” executive producer Joshua Safran tells TVLine. “I’m very grateful that happened.”
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Aside from a few one-off roles, Cross hasn’t done much TV work since Desperate Housewives ended in 2012.
“The role was written for her. »
HBO, Happy Madison Developing Series Based on Israeli Miniseries ‘Neveilot’
Tel Aviv – HBO has optioned the rights to an Israeli miniseries about two rampaging members of a pre-state militia, with plans to remake the program with a focus on Vietnam war veterans.
“Neveilot” is based on the work of maverick Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk. The miniseries followed two members of the Palmach – the elite fighting arm of the Haganah, the underground militia that helped the Jews of British Mandate Palestine establish the State of Israel in 1948 – who go on a rogue mission in Tel Aviv. Kaniuk died in 2013.
The U.S. version will be written by Branden Jacobs Jenkins and directed by “Six Feet Under” alum Alan Poul. Sony Pictures TV and Sony Pictures TV and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison are shepherding for HBO. The story will be set in Miami and follow two aging Vietnam war veterans who go on a murder spree.
The Israeli version was written and directed by Dror Sabo. »
- Debra Kamin
Once Upon a Time Video: Regina and Snow Throw Shade at Emma's Plan
This Sunday on Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8/7c), Regina and Snow White get wind of the Dark Hook situation Emma created, and their reaction is… well, understandable (and full of eye rolls), as seen in this exclusive sneak peek.
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As revealed two weeks ago, Emma tethered Hook to Excalibur in order to save his life back in Camelot, after he had been mortally wounded by the enchanted blade. But in doing so, she sealed both their fates as Dark Ones, creating a “bigger problem,” Regina notes, than »
7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in December 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)
1. "A Very Murray Christmas" (available December 4) Why Should I Watch It? Because we already told you to! Don't worry. Though it's beyond reason how you could miss out on an Indiewire review (especially one from yours truly), Christmas is a time for forgiveness. So I'll tell you again, without reproach, why you should watch "A Very Murray Christmas": The "Murray" in the title? It's not referring to Brian Doyle-Murray, Demarco Murray or even United States Senator Patty Murray. It's Bill Murray. Bill Murray is hosting a Christmas special. Watch it. Best Episode: Technically, "A Very Murray Christmas" is only one episode. It could even be considered a movie, since it goes beyond the 40-minute minimum for an episode. But if you break it up into the many musical performances sung by famous faces of today and yesteryear, then you've got yourself a ranking; a ranking Indiewire will be publishing very soon, »
- Ben Travers
8 of Television's Best Brother-Sister Pairings
"Brothers and Sisters": The WalkersThe brothers and sisters of "Brothers & Sisters" are unique in sheer plenitude. Besides the five core Walker siblings -- Sarah, Kitty, Kevin, Tommy, and Justin -- "Brother and Sisters" also features the close bond between matriarch Norah and her brother Sal. And then there's the convoluted ordeals of nobody -- turned illegitimate half-sister -- turned nobody -- turned sister-in-law -- turned nobody Rebeca Harper and Ryan "the less said, the better" Lafferty. But while "Brothers and Sisters" is most definitely a melodrama, what sets it apart is its ability to capture the way that alliances in big families shift seamlessly, as the Walkers want the best for each other, but fundamentally disagree about what that means. Whether it's Sarah and Kevin teaming up against Tommy's shady business dealings, Kitty and Sarah getting vocal about Kevin's love life, or the entire family scheming to keep Nora out of. »
French Media Dedicates Coverage To Emotional Memorial Service For Victims Of Paris Attacks
Black Friday took on an entirely different meaning in France as the still-mourning country’s nets dedicated wall-to-wall coverage to the memorial service for victims of the Paris attacks. In an emotional, defiant ceremony in Paris – attended by several of the wounded, some still in wheelchairs- the names of the fallen were read. At least 130 people were killed November 13 in Paris in a spate of terrorist attacks across the city, with most of the deaths occurring at music… »
'The Amazing Race' Predictions: Who Will Be the Final Four?
The U-Turn has come, gone and been used on The Amazing Race. Now it's down to just five teams. The final finish line is in sight but some more teams have to go. We still need to whittle things down to the customary final three for the finale. So, who be the next casualty on The Amazing Race and what will the final four of season 27 look like? Here are our best predictions for the Leg 10 of The Amazing Race
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