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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer Builds Buzz for Thriller

13 June 2016 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix continues to double down on original content, and the streaming service’s upcoming horror thriller “Stranger Things” blew up on social thanks to a creepy new trailer.

The trailer generated more than one million engagements across digital platforms,  1.5 million views on YouTube and 1.8 million views on Facebook this week, drawing comparisons to Spielberg and classic ‘80s science fiction thrillers.

HBO had a strong showing as well, with “Game of Thrones” generating 11.6 million engagements, thanks in part to one clip of a plot-twisting reveal earning a higher than average 1.8 million views on Facebook alone. Look for “Game of Thrones” to increase in the rankings as the season finale approaches on June 26.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 America’s Got Talent 55,217 2 2 The Voice 13,778 3 3 Kitchen Nightmares 7,407 4 4 America’s Funniest Home Videos 2,434 5 6 Ninja Warrior 1,855 6 – This Old House 1,811 7 5 Empire 1,466 8 8 American Idol 1,454 9 – So You Think You Can Dance 1,025 10 9 The Simpsons 857 –

Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Dance Moms 12,755 2 2 Game of Thrones 11,606 3 6 Pretty Little Liars 7,771 4 5 Lip Sync Battle 7,496 5 3 Top Gear 6,999 6 – Key & Peele 6,420 7 7 Impact Wrestling 3,026 8 8 Jay Leno’s Garage 2,877 9 – Keeping Up with the Kardashians 2,781 10 9 Impractical Jokers 2,194 –

Late Night Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 54,613 2 3 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 31,394 3 2 The Late Late Show With James Corden 29,218 4 4 Conan 17,677 5 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 12,009 –

Trending Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Program Rating(000) % Change Sex and the City 135 +44,775% Stranger Things 1,301 +35,845% F*uck, That’s Delicious 161 +33,997%


Jason Klein is the Co-Founder and Co-ceo of ListenFirst Media, a data and analytics company providing insights for brands. ListenFirst aggregates data streams from a wide range of digital, social, and traditional marketing sources to help brands optimize business performance.


ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television are a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic consumer behavior on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Wikipedia and YouTube. These engagements encompass metrics pertaining to audience growth, page/profile views, page-level and post-level interactions, hashtag volume and Wikipedia page views for all television program pages (which provides a proxy for organic search volume).

Organic conversation volume is calculated based on the use of official hashtags, as well as those hashtags submitted directly from programmers and distributors. Only hashtags where conversation can be isolated to a specific television program are included in the rating.

The Variety weekly leaderboards for television represent the 7-day (Monday – Sunday) sum total of Dar – TV for all episodic programming, in and out of season, from the most popular programmers (Broadcast, Cable, & Streaming Services). Sports, live events, short-form content and other non-episodic programming are excluded from this ranking cohort but available to be rated directly by ListenFirst Media.

The Broadcast and Cable/Streaming Originals leaderboards each surface the respective top ten primetime programs. The Late Night leaderboard surfaces the top five late night / variety genre programs, from across the programming universe. Streaming Originals are considered primetime cable programming.

The Trending Leaderboard surfaces the three programs that tracked the largest relative growth in Dar – TV (from the previous 7-day measurement period), and are also in the top 25% based on absolute Dar – TV, from across the programming universe.

ListenFirst monitors the official digital account owned by the program on each aforementioned platform (except for Wikipedia, where the title-specific profile is considered official). Only the U.S. version of a program’s digital presence is monitored; for platforms that support regional profiles like Facebook, the “Global” profile is considered the U.S. profile. Only profiles that can be attributed to the specific program contribute to the rating (i.e. engagements that happen on the profile facebook.com/LouieFX are tracked, while engagements that happen on facebook.com/FX are not). For YouTube, in addition to any program-specific presence, content related to the program in question that originated on the parent company’s official YouTube channel is considered.

Note: Twitter data has been removed from Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television as of 10/7/2014.

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Chelsea Handler and Gordon Ramsay on Fake Reality TV, the Election and the High Price of Honesty

13 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Chelsea Handler and Gordon Ramsay have one thing in common: They speak their minds, and they do so unapologetically. So they naturally hit it off when they sat down for a one-on-one conversation about reality TV, where things got, well, colorful. Here the stars of Netflix’s first-ever talk show “Chelsea” and Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” [among others] sound off on the election, cursing on TV, and why they’ll never change.

Let’s start with a state of the state of reality TV as you see it right now. What do you think of what’s going on?

Chelsea Handler: Reality TV’s pretty tricky for me. I don’t really watch anything like that, because I think it’s brain-sucking. There’s a difference between watching a chef show, which doesn’t feel like a reality show compared to the Housewives. Those shows can, I think, not only lower your Iq, but really just knock the wind out of you, because we’re all here in this business. You want to do something a little bit meaningful, because we’re not saving the planet or anything, but we want to contribute in a positive way, in a way that makes a difference or makes somebody feel something. I think reality television, unless it’s inspirational, which it very rarely is, I think it’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing state of affairs that we’re in.

Gordon Ramsay: There’s nothing new. I think that’s the weird thing for me. Over the last couple of months, the keep-fit shows, and then at the end of it you get to lose weight and one of you is going to win a million dollars — that’s not real. In many ways, even 10 years ago that wouldn’t have worked. You see new shows coming out with the same format, slightly high end, a little bit more glossy. You think, “S—. It’s just the same s— but different day.” How are these people deserving huge payouts for losing weight when they should have done it without the camera or without a team helping them? Then, six months later you go back and find out where they are, and they’re in a worse state than they were in before they joined the f—ing show. Then they blame the producer. I think reality TV now needs a big kick up the ass to get creative and be meaningful, I think. Otherwise, people are becoming famous for having no talent, based on pure exposure. That’s the grating part.

Handler: It’s also a terrible kind of sentiment for children and for people. It makes people feel like they all want to be famous for no reason. There should be a talent that goes along with being famous. The idea of just wanting to be famous for the sake of being famous — which, listen, I’ve been guilty of myself when I was a little girl — is gross content and it produces gross content. You lose your individuality when you’re just trying to attain that. It would be nice if everybody were a little bit more mindful of what kind of product you’re putting out there. Nothing’s for everybody. People are liked and disliked, but at least be mindful of what you’re doing and what your message is, and trying to stay true to your authenticity and what you’re trying to attain or what your goals are, and don’t let anybody get in the way of that. At the same time, have a goal, and have a message.

Is that what you’re trying to do with your talk show?

Handler: Yeah, definitely. My message is strong and my belief is strong, in the fact that we can still be provocative and have fun and just get informed. Let’s all be informed and let’s do something. Let’s all help each other be a little bit better at being human beings. I don’t want to be Oprah, I’m not trying to be Barbara Walters, but we can all do better.

I think reality TV now needs a big kick up the ass to get creative and be meaningful.”

Gordon Ramsay

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Ramsay: It’s fascinating watching the debates, with the search for the new president. It’s like a car crash, unfolding in front of your eyes. The level of personal attacks! Growing up in Britain, we didn’t have much, worked for everything. To leave food on the plate, Mom classed it as being rude and so we ate because we were hungry, not ate because we had a choice in the fridge. Having worked my ass off over here for the last 10 years really hard, really f—ing hard, to see that unfolding every Tuesday and then watching the interviews, and the Megyn Kelly … It’s just extraordinary. It’s quite a horrible situation because something needs to happen to stop this thing from becoming one of the most embarrassing scenarios ever in the history of politics.

What responsibility do you have as hosts of a TV show? You have a platform to educate.

Handler: Yeah, absolutely I’m going to be talking about it, because it’s in the zeitgeist and it’s happening. It’s an election year. It’s the biggest election. Every election is a big election, so whenever anybody says that it kinds of grates me, but it’s a fiasco. It’s turned into a complete circus act, so of course you have to make fun of it, but responsible journalists definitely are being irresponsible. They’re giving [Donald Trump] so much air time. That just sends the wrong message to everybody. He should have the least amount of air time. People who have experience and credentials, they should be talking about that. I know everybody cares about ratings, but come on. The whole world is watching.

Ramsay: There’s a side to reality TV that is part education, as well. I’ve seen that since doing “MasterChef Junior,” in terms of the effect it has on the confidence given these young kids from 8 to 13, a quality life skill. Even if they never pursue cooking as a job or a career, just learning how to cook for yourself sets you up in a good place. Something you need to do three times a day, seven days a week, and something you need to stop worrying about. If they don’t know how to cook, they go to junk, and then the junk becomes addictive, and then all of a sudden they’re left with no choice. The parents are the issue, because it’s not the kids’ fault. They’re the ones on the playground getting the s— and the jokes and the bullying, because of their size and they’re obese. It’s not the kids, it’s the f—ing parents.

Handler: He knows about being bullied, because look at the size of him.

Ramsay: The kids now, on “Junior,” we educate the parents and it’s quite a fascinating turnaround. You can just see the parents thinking, “S—, 10 years ago I was eating so bad, and now I’m seeing it through the eyes of my kids at 9, 10 years of age.” There is an upside to that side of reality TV. It’s not all negative.

Talk about the experience of working with kids and what that’s meant for you.

Ramsay: Having four kids of my own, fifth one on the way… I think with “Junior,” what’s happened over the last three years is this program’s been implemented across schools. Jack, my 16 year old, was in knots a couple of months back, studying for Latin. I said, “Mate, you’ve got no interest in Latin. You don’t want to go into it after, so drop it.” He said, “No, I can’t. I’m going to get bullied at school because all my mates are in there.” There’s a prime example of why no one cooks at school. You’re studying Latin, you’ve got no interest. Why can’t it be a curriculum? Why can’t it be a life skill that they learn just to look after themselves in terms of a healthy way of eating? I think we need to shake up that whole curriculum and give them a little bit more of a lifestyle early on, before they leave school at 18. From 16 to 26, no one really knows what they want to do for the rest of their life at that age. Latin’s not f—ing one of them.

Chelsea, in your docu-series you incorporated kids frequently as well. Why do you like working with kids? Because they’re truth-tellers?

Handler: Yeah, they’re unbesmirched. They’re kind of sounding off, and they’re not thinking about what they’re saying. It’s unfiltered conversation and I love it. I also like to argue with children, so it’s the perfect platform for me. We’re doing a bunch of shoots with kids about the election, about politics, about racism. I like to talk about heavy topics with kids because you find out what their parents are feeding them at home, and then you find out their quick reactions to things. It’s so refreshing when kids are so honest. Adults end up shading things and shading the truth, and you end up lying and telling people what they want to hear. As you get older, then you finally come back around full circle when you don’t give a s— anymore and you decide I’m going to just tell the truth to everybody. I don’t give a s— if anybody likes me.

Ramsay: That’s what we do on “MasterChef,” on “Junior.” No school teachers, no parents, let it go. You’re going to go on a challenge. We’re going to go to hell and back, and we’re going to have some bumps. A) I’m going to pick you back up, but, B) understand, it’s not about winning this competition, it’s the f—ing journey. What you’re experiencing now is what life’s going to be like for the next four, five decades. You’re going to go through those bumps. Bringing you back in contention and giving you that kind of confidence, they’re huge. But they let it go, there’s no fear, they’re naughty, they’re rude, and they know there’s no parents and there’s no school teacher so they can have fun, and it shows. You get a side out of them that the parents don’t even see, because they’re bare and fearless. That’s a really nice, humble position to be in because it’s just so natural.

Both of you also come across as very authentic on screen. You’re not shading your personalities.

Handler: Two assholes. (Laughs.) I think it’s important to be authentic to who you are, and if you’re inauthentic at all, people smell that from a mile away. We’re not actors, we’re people behaving like ourselves on TV. We’re both exactly who we are on TV. I don’t think either one is an exaggerated version. You just have to be who you are. Especially now, with everything that’s out there, with social media, with reality shows, with all this bulls—, I think it’s really refreshing to have somebody that you can rely on to tell the truth, whatever their truth is. You can’t make everybody happy, and you can’t pander.

I don’t want to be Oprah, I’m not trying to be Barbara Walters, but we can all do better.”

Chelsea Handler

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Ramsay: Before any exposure on TV, I’m a real chef. I couldn’t go any higher with three Michelin stars. I mastered my craft. I’m still learning and picking up ideas. On the phone this morning for a researcher, for a live interview next week, she said, “I watched those tapes last night with ‘Hotel Hell.’ Come on, that’s all set up, isn’t it?” I said, “Are you f—ing serious? No, it’s not set up.” That’s the problem in my industry. Anyone can go and open a f—ing hotel. Anyone can go and buy a restaurant. It’s not like a doctor or a lawyer, you need certain qualifications. That’s the issue. Being that frank and being that open, there’s more praise than there is negativity. It’s just the negativity gets printed because you’re straight and f—ing rude. It’s not rude, it’s just getting straight to the point. I haven’t been manipulated. I did a documentary in prison three years ago because I was so f—ed off with those lazy bastards in their bed for 18 hours a day, five dishes a day on a menu to choose from, playing soccer every day, going to the gym, watching movies.

We set up a bakery called Bad Boy Bakery, to cook on the inside to sell on the outside. It was huge, because it got them working. I’d give them a certificate to go back in the community with a skill. They could get a job. We set up a little bakery and it’s gone crazy. I need to be that raw to do the glossy stuff. I need to get back to that kind of scenario….

Handler: To your prison roots.

Being so frank and honest, though, has had some repercussions for you. Do you have any regrets about it at all?

Handler: I don’t. It just is more of a stamp on who you are. When there are repercussions or people are offended, it’s like, “Well, I told you who I was.” Again, it’s not a popularity contest. It’s an honesty contest, for me.

Ramsay: People push my buttons, so I’m going to react. I’m not going to blow up just for the sake of it, because it’s on TV. That’s not the issue. I was in Kentucky the other day on the freeway and there’s this guy on a motorbike at 90 miles an hour with no f—ing helmet. You’re worried about me swearing and cursing and getting straight? You’ve got guys on freeways with motorbikes with no helmets on, you can’t drink until you’re 21 and we wonder why so many youth are smoking f—ing cannabis, and you can start driving here at 15. How f—ed up is that?

Handler: You think people should be able to drink when they’re younger?

Ramsay: I think they should have a little bit more access. In the U.K. it’s 18.

How do you keep your shows fresh? What do you do to keep things interesting in such a crowded landscape?

Handler: For me, I like to just follow what I find compelling. In order for me to be compelling, I have to be compelled. I don’t try to think about what people are interested in seeing, I have to be interested. For me, that works the best. Anytime I’ve veered off of that course, then there have been repercussions where I was like, “That wasn’t what I meant to do. I didn’t care about that.” For my kind of show, I think that works. For you …

Ramsay: I challenge the team. You can get caught up in the heady space of awards. I’ve done all that, from a chef’s point of view. I can’t go any higher, but I challenge the team. A couple of examples: a situation blew up in “MasterChef,” or “Kitchen Nightmares,” they’re interviewing the individual two days or three days later. That’s not good enough for me. You’ve got to capture them in the moment, get the real soundbite there and then. They’ll tell you how they’re really feeling with a 40-second insight to how f—ed off they are, that they’re disappointed. Don’t wait till two days later when there’s no one on set and you’ve got a vegetable patch looking f—ing beautiful, and makeup on. They’re preempted. Secondly, it’s fake.

We removed anything to do with fakery that sometimes gets wrapped up in Los Angeles, that that’s the way we shoot it and we need the lighting. No you don’t. I’d rather have a more honest soundbite with a grainy background and bad lighting to get the real person coming over, than fake it two days later in a studio with a vegetable patch behind them, pretending nothing f—ing happened.

Handler: I don’t like pretense either, but I do like good lighting.

Ramsay: I thought you’d like moody lighting.

Chelsea, why was Netflix the right home for you?

Handler: Because they weren’t knocking on my door. I’m always interested by people who aren’t interested in me. It’s like a guy hitting on you. I’m like, I’m not interested in anybody that’s hitting on me. I want to hit on you, and then I’ll let you know.

It just seemed like the right place. I feel like broadcast television isn’t for me. I’m not good with rules and I’m not good with advertisers, and I’m not good with any of that stuff. Netflix is great. They’ve been so collaborative. I can’t say enough good things about the positive experience that I’ve had. I feel like I’m more of an adult than I’ve ever been, and to be in bed with other adults … When you look to them for their opinion, I value it. I haven’t been in a work situation where that was ever the case. I was always me in charge, doing my own thing and telling them that I didn’t want their opinions. Now I value that, and I can get a good one from them. That is a huge bonus. When you go to work for somebody, you don’t know if they’re ever going to be able to collaborate with you in a way that you’re going to respect, so to have that on top of a show that I’m proud of, it’s everything you could hope for in a work environment and creative space.

Ramsay: With HBO and Netflix, you can be you, and you can do those kind of things. I do find it a bit weird at one minute past nine you can’t use the word f—. In the U.K., one minute past nine is our watershed so we can pretty much do anything and keep it real.

Handler: You can say f— in the U.K.?

Ramsay: At one second past nine, yeah. No one uses the C-word, but you can keep it real. You go to Australia and you’re in Melbourne, you’re on a talk show in the morning for breakfast, and the presenters are cursing at you. It’s a drive time with kids in the car and they’re ringing in, “Hey! Come on, stop f—ing around,” and it’s broadcasted live. How does that work? Why is everyone so pruney at 12:30? We can’t even say what we really feel, and you need to bleep it because it’s like, “S—, don’t swear.” Seriously?

And Gordon, all of your shows have been with Fox. Talk about that relationship and how you’ve been able to develop that.

Ramsay: I think because we hit a 100 episodes with “Nightmares,” “Hotel Hell,” they let me be me, I think. I think that’s the interesting part. Gary [Newman] and Dana [Walden], they’ve been great. They said, “What else do you want to do next? Don’t change. Be you, and continue pushing the boundaries.” Five shows on one network is a little bit too much. We’ve got to pull some of them down and come up with some really exciting ideas. In the U.K., we launched the “F Word,” which was a sort of high-octane, raw, studio, fun food program making a difference. My idea is to bring the “F Word” to Fox next year. It’s an honest food show that makes a big difference. The “F Word” standing for food, not f—. There he goes again, he’s swearing.

Is there any line the two of you won’t cross? Anything you won’t do?

Handler: I don’t like to make fun of people’s babies, like unattractive children. That’s not really a topic that I’ll go into. Or somebody who’s dying. That’s not really that funny, except for Sumner Redstone. That’s kind of funny. That story is pretty solid.

Ramsay: No, I’m open. I’d love to go live. We had a big show in the U.K. called “Cookalong Live.” We did it over here, in fact, and we were flown to Afghanistan, Camp Pendleton, New York. I can show you that cooking can be fun. You may be 30 seconds behind me but you’re going to get there, and how to transform $10 of six or seven ingredients into something delicious across a 45 minute show. Yeah, I’d love to go live.

There’s been a lot of conversation about a lack of female late-night hosts. Why do you think it’s taken so long for Samantha Bee to finally break that barrier?

Handler: It’s not really a job for a woman. You can’t have kids and be a late-night host. I mean Samantha Bee has children, but you’re there all day and all night. No one has a life outside of it. I would never try to have a family. I care much more about a career anyway, than having a family, so that’s my own prerogative. It’s just not something that a woman … It’s like being a stand-up comedian is what leads to being a talk-show host. That life is not cut out for a woman, being on the road at these disgusting hotels. What girls want to do that? Gross guys want to do that. I think that the dearth in female comics is just the nature of the business, but there certainly isn’t a dearth anymore, so I think it’s just silly. As a woman, we should all stop talking about it and just acknowledge what’s happened and act like we own the space, because we do.

What lessons have you learned over the course of your career?

Handler: To really just stick to your guns. When you have a vision, you have to see it through, and you can make anything happen. You really can, especially in this industry. I think when I envisioned my documentaries, what I wanted to do when I left, I had no business doing those documentaries. I didn’t know what I was doing. I was delving into an arena that I had no experience in, and Netflix paired me up with two documentarians that really executed my vision perfectly. That was great, to see that. All of a sudden I’m at Sundance, and those are premiering. I just thought, “Wow, they were four ideas I pitched one day, and now it’s coming to fruition on this scale.”

The same with the show. I knew what I wanted it to look like. I wanted the set to be fluid, I wanted to have all these elements, and then I shot my first show the other day and it was exactly the way I had envisioned it. I think being able to have follow-through, I think a lot of people who are in charge, that is the one quality that you can’t forsake. You can get opinions, but you can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen when you’re envisioning something. Obviously you want to be smart enough to take other people’s advice and take that into consideration, and obviously try to surround yourself with people that are smarter than you. As far as sticking to your guns, I think there is no better advice than to just find something that you really give a s— about and then go do it.

Ramsay: Stop taking things personally. Throughout the time with “Kitchen Nightmares” and “Hotel Hell,” when they work, you don’t get any praise. When they fail, you get blamed. You’re f—ed either way, but it doesn’t stop me doing them, I think. I said earlier, that’s the problem. Anyone can go and buy a restaurant. I want to be at that f—ing dinner party where they say, “Hey, Bill, your food’s great. You should buy yourself a restaurant.” That’s not right. Taking it less personally. I think, to Chelsea’s point, I still need directing because sometimes I go a little bit off beat in a way that it’s like, rein it in. I welcome that kind of support.

Handler: I’d like to come and direct you.

Ramsay: You’d be a nightmare. Seriously, you would be an absolute f—ing nightmare.


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‘Feed the Beast’ Builds Digital Buzz on Facebook, YouTube

6 June 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former “Friends” star David Schwimmer is back and headlining another upcoming series, AMC’s “Feed the Beast.” The new series generated more than a million engagements this week, with the top posts on Facebook  and YouTube featuring the actor.

This week’s ‘First Take’ promo has racked up nearly 700,000 views on YouTube while the first trailer generated more than 1 million views and thousands of reactions on Facebook.

Relative to some of AMC’s recent premieres, “Feed the Beast” is tracking with the strongest digital momentum during premiere week, with nearly 1.2Mm engagements, tracking ahead of “Preacher” (793k) and “The Night Manager” (118k) in their relative premiere weeks.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

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NBC Gets Early Indication ‘Maya & Marty’ Can Top ‘Best Time Ever’

30 May 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Premiering May 31, NBC’s new variety series “Maya & Marty” is hoping to ride the momentum of a big week on Facebook.

The series uploaded a video of fan-favorite Maya Rudolph moments, generating 26,000 reactions, shares and comments, alongside more than 2 million views.The upcoming variety show nearly triples what NBC’s last variety show, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” garnered based on Facebook reactions the week leading into premiere.

Additionally, “Maya & Marty” surpassed “Best Time Ever” based on daily Wikipedia traffic throughout the week, suggesting that heightened organic interest around “Maya & Marty” could lead to a better fate for the new summer series.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

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- Jason Klein

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#Oitnb Season 4 Trailer Tops Facebook

16 May 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Orange is the New Black” is heating up ahead of its season four release, and this week’s new trailer added new fuel to the fire.

The trailer, which has already racked up 2.7 million views on YouTube, excelled on Facebook, where it generated more than 1.2 million likes, shares and comments, alongside a whopping 28 million views, making it the most-reacted-to Facebook post across all of TV this week. Relative to previous releases, this week’s season four release on Facebook outpaced last year’s season 3 trailer, with 2 million more views and 28,000 more responses on Facebook.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday May 9, 2016 – Sunday May 15, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 21,354 2 3 Empire 4,468 3 2 America »

- Jason Klein

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Latest ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Beats Bieber but Not Adele in Initial Audience

9 May 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Corden has another “Carpool Karaoke” hit on his hands.

Last week’s rendition, which featured not only Gwen Stefani, but surprise appearances by George Clooney and Julia Roberts as well, racked up more than 19 million views across Facebook and YouTube in its first four days.

While it may pale in comparison to his stint with Adele, which had been viewed more than 34 million times within its first four days of being on YouTube, the clip is pacing ahead of Corden’s ride with Justin Bieber (13 million after four days), and will likely displace the first-ever carpool clip as the second-most viewed of all time.

The Stefani installment was also good enough to put Corden into second place on this week’s Late Night Leaderboard ahead of Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert.

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‘The Bachelorette’ Teaser Scores on Facebook

2 May 2016 6:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’ popped the question “What’s wrong with being confident?” this week, and was answered with more likes, shares, and comments than any Facebook post the program has published online in more than a year.

The teaser for the upcoming season, which follows up on last season’s dramatic final episodes of “The Bachelor,” has generated more than 7.6 million views, spurred on by nearly 55,000 shares of the post, and has attracted 35,000 more responses than the previous top post from July 2015, which featured a photo of Kaitlyn & Shawn and racked up 121,000 responses on Facebook.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

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Gordon Ramsay cooks up new production company

27 April 2016 2:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Studio Ramsay will produce scripted and unscripted TV shows on food-related themes

Gordon Ramsay has launched his own production company, Studio Ramsay, to cook up scripted and unscripted TV shows.

Ramsay, whose programmes include Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and The F Word, also announced a joint venture deal with All3Media, jointly owned by Discovery and John Malone’s Liberty Global, to help get projects off the ground.

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- John Plunkett

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Gordon Ramsay Partners with All3Media to Launch Studio Ramsay

26 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has partnered with All3Media to launch Studio Ramsay, a new entity that will develop and produce unscripted and scripted programs.

Studio Ramsay will function as an independent company wholly owned by Ramsay. The focus will be on creating new formats and programming, including a scripted arm devoted to projects with food-related themes, as well as developing new talent around the world.

“I’m really excited about this new venture, giving our team the opportunity to expand creatively on a global scale,” said Gordon Ramsay. Layla Smith, CEO of the All3Media banner Objective Media Group, will work closely with Studio Ramsay in the U.K., with All3Media America CEO Greg Lipstone  working with the company in the U.S.

“We really look forward to continuing our relationship with Gordon, working alongside him as he establishes and grows his new production company, Studio Ramsay,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media. »

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‘Doctor Who’ Scores with Most Viral Post Since 2013

25 April 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Doctor Who” announced the new ‘companion’ for the upcoming season, with the top post racking up 2.5 million views on Facebook and ranking as the series’ most shared post since 2013.

The announcement, which generated more than 50,000 total shares – was shared more than the August 2013 announcement naming Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor. The announcement also prevailed on YouTube, where it helped generate nearly half a million total views across several new videos published.

In addition to strong post engagement, fans buzzed across social, driving conversation volume to pop 40% from last week. New fans sprung up to like and follow the program across Facebook and Instagram, causing fan growth to more than double from the week prior.

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Freeform Upfront Powers Social Surge

11 April 2016 8:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freeform hosted its first upfront presentation last week since rebranding from ABC Family, driving a surge in engagement for the network’s programs and confirming the network’s dominance in the digital world.

Throughout the week, the network’s powerhouse, “Pretty Little Liars,” generated more than 4.5 million engagements throughout the week; engagement peaked the day of the upfront presentation with 2.3 million engagements — up 16% relative to last year’s presentation.

Instagram drove more than 85% of the program’s cross-channel activity, as three of this week’s top five posts were related to the #FreeformUpfront and alone contributed nearly half a million likes and comments. Overall, the network saw a 41% increase in engagement surrounding upfronts this year compared to last, with Pll driving 65% of digital activity.

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MipTV: Spain’s Boomerang Ups Chile Biz (Exclusive)

1 April 2016 4:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Spain’s Boomerang TV, part of France’s Lagardère Group and producer of “The Time In Between” and the Spanish original which sparked NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” is following through on its strategic remit to expand its business in Latin America, developing two scripted series with Chilean networks.

Moving into fiction, Bcl Producciones, Boomerang’s Chilean subsid, launched 2014, is in conversations with Mega, linking one of Spain’s most successful exporters of scripted and unscripted fare with Chile’s top-rating commercial network. Bcl is also holding series development talks with an unspecified second channel. Both conversations turn in part on the idea of exporting the Spanish strategy of non-stop soaps, Juan Jose Díaz, Boomerang TV founder-senior manager told Variety.

The Mega series under early discussion would be urban, and middle-class, set in Santiago de Chile, he added.

“With the South American model of telenovelas, series may have 50, 100 or 200 episodes, »

- John Hopewell

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Downton Abbey Recap: Open House

7 February 2016 6:55 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Crawleys followed up last week’s unexpected bloodbath by inviting a bunch of peasants into their home on Sunday’s Downton Abbey. (Spoiler alert: Things did not go smoothly.)

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The experience might not have been a total disaster if (1) any of the Crawley women were even remotely educated about the house’s history, and (2) if the Dowager Countess didn’t throw down her gauntlet with Cora in front of a bunch of poor people.

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‘Downton’ Final Season Debut Rallies Fans on Facebook

5 January 2016 8:17 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS’s “Downton Abbey” returned for its final season this week, leading to its debut on the Broadcast leaderboard.

The period drama scored more than 1 million engagements this week, with Facebook generating 43% of the activity after thousands of likes, shares and comments were given to countdown and Happy New Year posts.

The program also generated notable engagement on Wikipedia, where the show’s page saw nearly 102,000 page views throughout the week, tracking on par with other recent final seasons such as “Mad Men” (112k); On the day of the premiere, the series was the third most search-for TV program behind “Sherlock” and “Making a Murderer.”

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

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