18 items from 2015
Football is having a tougher time scoring a touchdown with advertisers.
Pigskin perennials like NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and Espn’s “Monday Night Football” have long commanded some of TV’s highest ad prices, and continue to do so today. But those programs’ ability to secure more money for commercials that accompany their content is being squeezed by a growing horde of flesh-eating zombies and a contentious group of music moguls.
Of TV’s three primetime football programs, only one –“Sunday Night Football” – was able to command higher ad prices from sponsors compared with a year ago, according to a Variety analysis of primetime ad costs for the 2015-2016 season. And in the case of the increase, the hike was meager: The average price for a 30-second spot in “Sunday Night Football” rose just 2.2%, according to Variety’s study, which is put together using estimates from as many as »
- Brian Steinberg
The “Hollywood Game Night” season finale and its lead-in “America’s Got Talent” handed NBC its usual summer Tuesday victory last night. CBS finished second with just a rerun of “NCIS” and an original “Zoo” episode. The Spanish-language nets tied for third in the key 18-49 demographic as ABC’s soft season of “Extreme Weight Loss” came to a sad ending. Fox tied for fifth with ABC in the main demo as “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader’s” rating rose in its own season finale. Also Read: Early Ratings: Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Debut Up 123 Percent From »
- Tony Maglio
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 7, 2015. "America's Got Talent" and a decent return for "Hollywood Game Night" helped NBC cruise to Tuesday night victory overall and crush the competition in the key demographic. The night's other notable was very solid Week 2 retention for CBS' "Zoo," which was down only 0.1 in the key demo and a few hundred-thousand viewers overall. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.0 rating for Tuesday night, dominating in the key demographic. CBS was a distant second with a 0.9 key demo rating, followed by ABC's 0.6 key demo rating and the 0.5 key demo rating for Fox. The CW averaged a 0.4 key demo rating for the night, a number that looks to be preemption-inflated. Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 8.71 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/9 share for Tuesday primetime. CBS was a solid second with nearly 7 million viewers and a 4.6/8 for the night. ABC's 2.27 million viewers »
- Daniel Fienberg
Madrid – Tying down one of the best-known alternative TV hosts in Mexico and the U.S. Latino market, FremantleMedia Latin America (Fmla) has inked a non-exclusive pact with Marco Antonio Regil’s Rgl Entertainment to co-develop and jointly produce entertainment, lifestyle and healthy living properties.
Fmla’S development team, headed by Constanza Cagliolo, will lead FremantleMedia’s development, targeting mainstream and niche audiences.
The partnership comes as FremantleMedia, part of leading European network Rtl Group, is placing a larger emphasis on emerging markets in general, and Latin America in particular.
The Regil partnership looks not only toward Latin America but the U.S. Latino market as well, with Regil teaming in 2012 to create the U.S. West Coast-based Rgl Ent. with business partner David Steinberg and vet U.S. producer Ron Lyon.
- John Hopewell
Fox is the final broadcast network to unveil its fall premiere plan, and turns out Scream Queens star Emma Roberts left out a rather crucial detail when she revealed the show’s Sept. 22 premiere date on Twitter earlier this week: Ryan Murphy’s horror satire will launch with a two-hour episode.
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Elsewhere, Gotham is the first series out of the gate (Sept. 21, paired with new drama Minority Report), Empire (as previously reported) returns Sept. 23, and Thursday’s Bones/Sleepy Hollow combo platter launches on the late side (Oct. »
Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” landed the network in a fifth-place tie with Telemundo on Tuesday, when the Jeff Foxworthy show was coupled with a “World’s Funniest” special. NBC easily climbed to the top of the heap with “America’s Got Talent.” NBC was first in ratings with a 2.2 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “Talent” scored a 2.5/9 and 10.9 million viewers — both highs on the night. “I Can Do That” at 10 received a 1.4/5 and 5.1 »
- Tony Maglio
After facing the NBA Finals the previous two weeks, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was back to its dominant ways Tuesday, standing as easily the night’s No. 1 program and approaching a season high. Original offerings on Fox and ABC, on the other hand, continued to underwhelm.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “America’s Got Talent” averaged a 2.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall, up 9% (0.2) from last week for the top rating for any Big Four series since the show’s season premiere on May 26 (2.6); and with an un-rounded 2.54 in the prelims, there’s a good chance of matching a season high in the nationals. Capping the winning night for NBC was first-year alternative series “I Can Do That” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from its low of last week opposite the concluding Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
For the night, »
- Rick Kissell
The TV ratings for the week of Sunday, May 31st through Thursday, June 4th are in; here are some of the highlights: I usually don’t cover cable ratings, but this was definitely worth noting: Sunday night on HBO, Game of Thrones not only continued to dominate, but leapt up almost a full point from last week’s ratings, to a 3.4 in the key 18-49 demographic, and 7 million viewers. And “Hardhome” deserved it, too. Back on broadcast, ABC’s The Bachelorette jumped back up three tenths this week to a respectable 1.9 rating and 6.46 million viewers on Monday night at 8 p.m. [caption id="attachment_464153" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via ABC[/caption] At 10 p.m. on ABC, the series premiere of The Whispers started off ok, with a 1.5 rating and 5.75 million viewers. Those numbers, plus The Bachelorette, gave ABC the win overall for the night. On Fox, the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance »
- Allison Keene
Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” didn’t quite score exemplary marks on Tuesday, one week after the show returned to the airwaves following a multi-year hiatus. To be fair to the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted competition, all follow-up episodes from last week’s broadcast network premieres were down last night. NBC easily topped primetime in both the key adults 18-49 demographic and in total viewers. There was a three-way tie for second in the demo between CBS, Fox and Univision. Also Read: Fox News' Megyn Kelly Teases Duggar Interview, Talks Big 'Gets' and Bigger Ratings NBC »
- Tony Maglio
Get out your Oed, because the National Spelling Bee is back. Let's celebrate by revisiting some awesome competitive kids on TV. Get ready for an amazing Paul Walker cameo. 1. Rebecca Sealfon screams to victory in the 1997 National Spelling Bee Rebecca Sealfon owned the '97 National Spelling Bee when she correctly spelled "euonym." The delirium is so damn special and unforgettable. Sealfon has since denounced the Bee because she says it devastates losing contestants, and while I sympathize, I'm glad she gave us this one-of-a-kind moment. 2. Leonard Cooper decimates the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament with the greatest Final Jeopardy! ever. This is how you win a tournament. Leonard Cooper didn't know the answer to the World War II-themed Final Jeopardy! clue, so he just responded with, "Who is some guy in Normandy but I just won $75,000." Alex's response is perfect: "You did indeed!" 3. Remember when Paul Walker was on "I'm Telling"? He certainly was. »
- Louis Virtel
It's unofficially summer, which means that it's a perfect time for Fox to debut a new game show involving Twilight star Kellan Lutz and a bunch of people acting as human darts in an attempt to win $50,000. (Seriously, it's happening! On Wednesdays this summer!) As the days get longer and our attention spans get shorter, networks have swapped out their heavy dramas for fun programming, like a revival of early '00s game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader or the aforementioned Bullseye. Here's Us Weekly's [...] »
The primary purpose of the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” which returns to Fox on May 26, seems to be to trot out grown-up contestants to provide an answer to that title question that’s almost always “Well, no.” Still, the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show doesn’t have a lock on memorably embarrassing onscreen moments. From “Family Feud” to “Wheel of Fortune,” the game-show genre has been a font of “Ooops!” scenes that are worth reliving. Kellie Pickler is Not Smarter Than a Third Grader Former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler tried to figure out where Budapest is in a November. »
- Kathy Zerbib
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night was David Letterman’s last time ever hosting a late night program. Other late night hosts gave thanks, and Dave looked back at some favorite memories, with music by the Foo Fighters. If you can gauge which other hosts/networks like Dave the most based on who begged the audience to switch over to CBS, it’s Kimmel and Conan. Kimmel didn’t even air a live show last night, and Conan got Patton Oswalt to make enough references to Halloween 3 and The Andromeda Strain that everyone was forced to tune out.
Dave’s final entrance. Dave wishes Stephen Colbert all the best. The show will be in excellent hands. »
- Max Wood
Fox is the latest broadcaster to unveil its schedule for the 2015-16 TV season, and herewith are the major headlines: Ryan Murphy’s comedic horror anthology Scream Queens will anchor an all-new Tuesday lineup, Sleepy Hollow is on the move to Thursdays at 9/8c after Bones, and the new Morris Chestnut procedural Rosewood will lead into Empire on Wednesdays.
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Also of note: The six-episode X-Files revival will bow Sunday, Jan. 24 following the Nfc Championship Game, before settling into its regular Mondays-at-8 perch the following night. »
Cannes – Four years after “The Voice,” if Mip TV was anything to go by ABC and Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution are unabashedly pushing a candidate as the Next Big Breakout or even The Next Big Thing: ABC’s primetime event game-show “500 Questions.”
And foreign buyers look as if they’re buying into the proposition.
In Warner Bros.’s big push at Cannes, and one of the biggest and splashiest of any U.S. newbie project, Burnett, Darnell and CNN’s Richard Quest, the show’s host in its ABC version, took to the stage Monday night at Mip TV to preview the gameshow, which is produced by Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor”) and Burnett’s United Artists Media Group, with Wbitvd selling overseas format rights. »
- John Hopewell
Shine Australia will produce The Great Australian Spelling Bee, a family entertainment series, for Network Ten. An original format created by Shine and Ten, the show will see kids aged 8-13 displaying their skills with words, definitions and grammar.
There is a call for applications via CastaSugar, which close on April 17. The show is expected to be stripped five nights a week. The host will be announced soon.
The format is completely different from Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, which ran on Ten from 2007-2009, according to the network.
.The Great Australian Spelling Bee is an exciting, engaging new series and a perfect fit with our strategy of bringing event television to Australians,. said Ten.s chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey. .Surrounded by their friends and loved ones, we will see Australia.s brightest young people put through their paces as they inspire and surprise us. And we will cheer them on. »
- Don Groves
This Week in TV News is a compliment to the Week in Review feature, which will now be focused on film news.
AMC has guaranteed two seasons to the prequel companion series of The Walking Dead, as per THR. The announcement was made earlier this week, and comes as somewhat unsurprising news. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the channel’s highest rated shows, with its popularity showing no signs of waning as the show’s fifth season rolls along. In addition, AMC has found similar commercial and critical success with Better Call Saul, its new series that is itself a spinoff of Breaking Bad.
There’s no set title for the series as of yet, and working titles have included Fear The Walking Dead and Cobalt. The first season, much like the show that spawned this spinoff, will consist of six episodes, with creator Robert Kirkman working »
- Deepayan Sengupta
ABC Family has tapped former Fox and E! exec Kary McHoul to head its unscripted division, Variety has learned.
McHoul joins the cabler in a newly created role as senior VP, programming and development unscripted, in an effort to boost ABC Family’s unscripted slate. McHoul will report to Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development.
“Kary is simply the best in the business,” said Burke. “She has an incredible track record of creating, packaging and launching hit shows across genres and platforms. She knows how to capture an audience, and we are honored that she has chosen to lead our charge into unscripted series programming. I had the pleasure of working with Kary during her tenure at Fox and am thrilled to be reunited with her here at ABC Family.”
McHoul mostly recently worked as a consultant to several digital media outlets, and she was president of Nigel Lythgoe Prods. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
18 items from 2015
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