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Ratings: J Lo’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Ends With a Hush, Though Series Finale Ties Season High

Ratings: J Lo’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Ends With a Hush, Though Series Finale Ties Season High
Jennifer Lopez’s “Shades of Blue” aired its series finale on Sunday, when it managed to tie a season high in Nielsen ratings. Unfortunately, that season high was still pretty low.

CBS ended up winning a pretty unspectacular Sunday night outright, thanks to the older-skewing “60 Minutes” and younger-skewing “Big Brother.”

ABC came in second place in terms of primetime averages, NBC was third.

CBS was first in ratings with a 0.8 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., “60 Minutes” had a 0.6/3 and 6.2 million viewers. “Big Brother” at 8 put up a 1.6/7 and 5.8 million viewers. Reruns followed.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.3 million. After repeats, “The $100,000 Pyramid” at 9 got a 0.8/3 and 4.5 million viewers. At 10, “To Tell
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‘Big Brother 20’ spoilers: August 19 episode will include Week 8 Head of Household winner, eviction nominations [Watch]

‘Big Brother 20’ spoilers: August 19 episode will include Week 8 Head of Household winner, eviction nominations [Watch]
Sunday’s episode of “Big Brother” will begin by showing us who won the Week 8 Head of Household competition that began at the end of last Thursday’s live episode. This year’s version of the classic slip and slide endurance test was dubbed “Glow and Flow.” We’ve been keeping an eye on the live feed since the show went off the air on August 16 and know who took charge of the #BB20 house from among the eight players literally in the running: Sam Bledsoe, Kaycee Clark, Tyler Crispen, Jc Mounduix, Brett Robinson, Angela Rummans, Scottie Salton and Faysal Shafaat.

As Haleigh Broucher had been the Week 7 Head of Household, she didn’t take part in the competition which played out that night to find her successor. The new Hoh had to deal with the immediate aftermath of the eviction of Angie “Rockstar” Lantry on August 16. Watch the teaser
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‘60 Minutes’ Chief Jeff Fager Has Returned to Work Amid Ongoing CBS Probe

  • Variety
Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes,” has returned to work at the venerable CBS newsmagazine as a corporate investigation into the culture of the parent company and its news division continues.

Allegations that Fager, formerly chairman of CBS News, tolerated an abusive culture, have been made in reports published in The New Yorker and The Washington Post. The New Yorker report also included allegations against Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS Corp., of abusive behavior. “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely,” Moonves said in a statement to the magazine.

Fager, one of only two people to oversee the storied program in its half-century on the air, returned to the office on Friday, according to a person familiar with the situation, joining staff in the production run-up to
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Ratings: CBS Wins Sunday With PGA Championship Overrun, ‘Big Brother’

Ratings: CBS Wins Sunday With PGA Championship Overrun, ‘Big Brother’
Tiger Woods may not have won on Sunday, but his PGA Championship final round surge sure led CBS to victory. “Big Brother” didn’t let the network down, either.

CBS’ primetime win last night snapped an impressive 10-week Sunday streak for ABC, which airs its game shows to close out the weekend. Who says golf is boring?

Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-national numbers should be considered subject to significant adjustment for CBS. When all is said and done, CBS should still win in the key 18-49 demographic, but may end up relinquishing its total-viewer lead.

Also Read: 'Flip or Flop' Gets 15 More Flips: Hgtv Renews Series for Season 8

For now, CBS was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. For the first hour of primetime, which mashed
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CBS to Fold News Investigation Into Larger Corporate Probe

  • Variety
An investigation into allegations of harassment at CBS News that was slated to come to an end later this month will be consolidated into a larger probe that the board of CBS Corp. has ordered into the culture of the company amid similar accusations recently leveled against its top executive.

CBS said Tuesday that findings in a CBS News investigation being coordinated since March by law firm Proskauer Rose will be wrapped into the broader corporate inquiry. CBS Corp. last week hired two other law firms, Covington & Burling and Devevoise & Pimpton, to examine allegations made by six women in a New Yorker article against CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves. Moonves, who has been CEO of CBS since 2006, acknowledged making advances in certain instances and said “I regret them immensely.” He denied assaulting any of the women or using his role at the company to retaliate against them.

The CBS
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Dark Cloud Hangs Over CBS as Staff Awaits the Fate of Leslie Moonves

  • Variety
For the most part, the shock has worn off. But a black cloud still hangs heavy over CBS.

Company insiders remain fretful about the fate of their leader, Leslie Moonves, following a damning portrait painted by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow in his July 27 New Yorker exposé of sexual misconduct allegations.

As of Aug. 6, multiple sources in Los Angeles said there were no telltale signs that an independent investigation into the accusations had yet been started by the two law firms — Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton — that were formally retained by the CBS board on Aug. 1. But people are bracing for an uncomfortable process to come.

According to those who work on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City, there’s a bunker atmosphere around Moonves’ spacious office that is highly unusual. “Even when [sizable corporate] deals are happening, it’s a lot more open” than it has been, said a senior CBS executive.
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Time’s Up’s Eva Longoria Talks Les Moonves and CBS, Demands ‘Full and Transparent Investigations’

  • Variety
Time’s Up’s Eva Longoria Talks Les Moonves and CBS, Demands ‘Full and Transparent Investigations’
Eva Longoria doesn’t know if the sexual misconduct allegations against CBS chief Les Moonves are true, but she wants to find out.

The Time’s Up organizer hopes that CBS execs are committed to a true and honest investigation.

“I think we need to keep calling out these corporations and the systematic sexism in these institutions and call them out to do full and transparent investigations,” Longoria told Variety on Sunday at the premiere of her new film “Dog Days.”

“Everybody says, ‘But [the allegations] are so old.’ No! The timing doesn’t matter. What matters is that it happened.”

The New Yorker last month published a story detailing six women’s claims of sexual misconduct against Moonves. The alleged incidents span decades, but last week, the CBS board of directors voted to take no action against Moonves in response to the accusations. CBS announced last week that two law firms
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5 Things We Learned at TCA: Day 12

  • Variety
CBS made their appearance at TCA on Sunday despite the sexual misconduct investigation currently focused on CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves.

CBS Entertainment head Kelly Kahl set the tone with an executive session at the the beginning of the day, followed by panels for shows like Dick Wolf’s “FBI,” the revival of “Murphy Brown,” and the reboot of “Magnum Pi.”

Here are five things we learned from Sunday’s session.

1.Kelly Kahl opened with prepared remarks on the allegations against Moonves before moving into a Q&A with the assembled reporters. “I believe we take workplace safety very seriously,” Kahl said. “I think if you look up and down the halls in CBS you’ll find a very safe environment.”

He declined to address allegations against the former “Star Trek: Discovery” showrunners or against “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, however. “I can only speak to the entertainment division,
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CBS Entertainment Chief Defends Company’s Culture, Procedures Amid Moonves Misconduct Claims

  • Variety
CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl defended CBS’ corporate culture and workplace-safety practices Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour — becoming the first high-ranking CBS executive to field questions from the press following revelations of sexual-misconduct allegations against CEO Leslie Moonves.

“Obviously this has been a tough week at CBS,” Kahl told reporters in his prepared remarks at the top of the executive session. He added that in the week since allegations against Moonves of sexual misconduct were published in the New Yorker, he was approached by multiple female colleagues who told him that the portrayal of CBS in the New Yorker was not representative of their experiences as the company. Speaking to his own experience, Kahl said, “Leslie’s been an excellent boss and a mentor for a long time. He put me in this job. At the same time, we must respect the voices that come forward.
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’60 Minutes’ Boss Jeff Fager to Stay ‘on Vacation’ Until Investigation Wraps, CBS Says

  • The Wrap
In a statement released on Sunday, CBS News announced that “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager will extend his summer vacation until an investigation into former broadcaster sexual misconduct at the network concludes. The network said it expects its internal inquiry to wrap up “soon.”

Fager, who had been scheduled to return to work on Monday, had been accused of misconduct by six women in Ronan Farrow’s latest New Yorker exposé about workplace culture at the network and its news division.

In early May, CBS had announced an internal investigation after the Washington Post published multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against ousted “CBS This Morning” co-host and “60 Minutes” contributor Charlie Rose and other division executives.

In the wake of the New Yorker report, CBS announced this past week that it has hired two independent law firms to further investigate the accusations against Moonves, CBS News and “cultural issues at all levels of CBS.
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’60 Minutes’ Boss Jeff Fager’s Future in Doubt After Misconduct Accusations

“60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager’s future at CBS News has been thrown into doubt in the aftermath of The New Yorker‘s bombshell report last Friday detailing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct by senior CBS executives including Fager, according to network insiders.

The chatter about Fager’s future comes after CBS News fired “CBS This Morning” co-host and “60 Minutes” contributor Charlie Rose last fall after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct — as well as new accusations against CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves.

“If Charlie Rose is a precedent, then that doesn’t bode well for Fager,” one CBS insider told TheWrap on Thursday. “If Fager goes, Les is not far behind.”

Also Read: CBS Names 2 Law Firms to Investigate Les Moonves, Company Culture

According to another CBS News insider, the company is expected to announce that it’s wrapping up an internal investigation of workplace culture in the coming weeks.
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CBS News, ‘60 Minutes’ Come Under Scrutiny Amid Moonves Chaos

  • Variety
The allegations are worthy of an investigation by “60 Minutes” – if only they weren’t about the news division that produces the show.

Like its corporate parent, CBS News has been besieged by a set of allegations about sexual harassment and the culture of the company. A blockbuster article in the New Yorker by journalist Ronan Farrow cites interviews with 19 current and former CBS employees who claim Jeff Fager (pictured. above), executive producer of “60 Minutes” and a former chairman of the news division, turned a deaf ear to instances of harassment even as three financial settlements paid to employees of the newsmagazine were related to allegations of discrimination or harassment.

Fager, one of only two executives to have supervised the long running show, has denied the allegations. “It is wrong that our culture can be falsely defined by a few people with an axe to grind who are using an
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Ex-cnn Journalist Slams ‘Moral Corruption’ of CBS’ Jeff Fager: ‘Denials Are Just Gross’

Former CNN and White House correspondent Jessica Yellin went on a lengthy Twitter tirade, denouncing CBS and “60 Minutes” boss Jeff Fager over accusations against Fager reported in Ronan Farrow’s most recent New Yorker story.

“I’m most interested in the bit at the end of the piece. The part about CBS News, 60 Minutes and Jeff Fager. It speaks to a moral corruption inside old media institutions,” she tweeted.

“The accounts are devastating and the denials are just gross. Jeff Fager is actually quoted saying that one of the women has ‘an axe to grind.’ Seriously? Imagine what he’d do with that if an interview subject said it on 60 Mins,” wrote the former chief White House correspondent for CNN.

Also Read: Les Moonves Won't Face Charges Over Sexual Abuse Accusations

Yellin went on to say she witnessed “moral corruption that exists at the highest levels of many newsrooms,
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Meredith Vieira: ‘There Was Sexism’ at ‘60 Minutes’

  • Variety
Meredith Vieira: ‘There Was Sexism’ at ‘60 Minutes’
Meredith Vieira on Monday alluded to her time at CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” nearly 30 years ago and the sexism she endured there, but declined to speak directly to allegations of sexual misconduct against CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves.

“I think there was sexism for sure,” said Vieira — whose time at CBS came years before Moonves joined the network. “I never was harassed, per se. But it was difficult during the time that i was, particularly at that show, to navigate your way as a woman who wasn’t following the party line. But I certainly never experienced anything bordering on harassment anywhere I’ve been. Maybe they’re scared of me.”

Vieira left “60 Minutes” in 1991, fired from her position as a part-time correspondent. She had resisted a move to full-time status shortly after giving birth to her son. Her remarks came at the the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Monday,
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Les Moonves to Remain as CBS CEO Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation, Board Says

  • The Wrap
Les Moonves to Remain as CBS CEO Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation, Board Says
Leslie Moonves will remain as CEO of CBS Corporation while accusations of sexual misconduct against the Hollywood kingpin are investigated by outside council.

“CBS Corporation announced today that its Board of Directors is in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation. No other action was taken on this matter at today’s board meeting,” said the company in a statement.

The board meeting — previously scheduled to discuss CBS’s upcoming earnings — had been forced to redirect its attention after Moonves was accused of forcibly touching and kissing women during business meetings. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow chronicled the accusations in his latest report on Hollywood sexual misconduct for the New Yorker.

Also Read: CBS Stock Drops 4 Percent as Board Weighs Les Moonves' Future

Additionally, the CBS board postponed its upcoming annual meeting of stockholders that was previously scheduled for Aug. 10. CBS is set to release its
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CBS Stock Drops 4 Percent as Board Weighs Les Moonves’ Future

CBS Stock Drops 4 Percent as Board Weighs Les Moonves’ Future
CBS Corporation’s stock is falling as its board of directors heads into a critical meeting on Monday, as the company prepares an investigation into CBS Les Moonves following accusations of sexual misconduct.

CBS shares fell about 4 percent in early morning trading to $51.90 a share. The company’s stock has dropped 10 percent since Friday when Moonves was accused of forcibly touching and kissing women during business meetings in Ronan Farrow’s latest New Yorker report.

At Monday’s meeting, the board is expected to select a committee to oversee an investigation into Moonves’s actions and to take a broad look at the workplace culture at the network, according to the Wall Street Journal. A person with knowledge of the CBS board’s schedule confirmed to TheWrap that there was a previously planned meeting of the board of directors set for Monday.

Also Read: Can Les Moonves Keep His Job at CBS?
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CBS Board Expected to Discuss Accusations Against Les Moonves at Monday Meeting

  • The Wrap
The directors of CBS Corporation discussed over the weekend if Les Moonves should step aside as CEO while the company investigates allegations of sexual misconduct, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

A person with knowledge of the CBS board’s schedule confirmed to TheWrap that there is a previously planned meeting of the board of directors scheduled for Monday.

According to the Journal, the board is expected to select a committee to oversee the investigation and to take a broad look at the workplace culture at the network following the Friday publication of a bombshell report by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker.

Also Read: Can Les Moonves Keep His Job at CBS? 'He's No Longer Untouchable'

“I think the board realizes as a whole that this is a very, very, very serious situation. While there is an important Les piece to this, really, more important to the company as
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Les Moonves Accused by 6 Women of Sexual Harassment

  • The Wrap
Six women accused CBS chief Les Moonves of sexual harassment in a New Yorker story published Friday.

Four women accused the CEO of forcible touching or kissing them during business meetings, and two said the media exec physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All six women, including actress and writer Illeana Douglas and writer Janet Jones, said they feared retaliation if they spoke out, said the story, written by Ronan Farrow.

“What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating,” Douglas told Farrow. “He has gotten away with it for decades,” Jones said in the story. “And it’s just not O.K.”

The story states that thirty current and former employees of CBS told Farrow “that such behavior extended from Moonves to important parts of the corporation, including CBS News and ’60 Minutes.'” Farrow reports that nineteen current and former employees said Jeff Fager,
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‘Big Brother’ Boasts Biggest Demo, ‘60 Minutes’ Tops Total Viewers But ABC Fun & Games Runs Sunday

  • Deadline
‘Big Brother’ Boasts Biggest Demo, ‘60 Minutes’ Tops Total Viewers But ABC Fun & Games Runs Sunday
ABC’s Fun & Games won Sunday for an eighth consecutive week in the demo, and third in total viewers.

Network’s 8 Pm Celebrity Family Feud was Sunday’s most watched entertainment program for a 6th consecutive first-run at bat. But CBS’s 7 Pm 60 Minutes repeat was the night’s most watched program, logging 1.49M more viewers than ABC’s game show original in early data. The newsmag tied for top spot in the demo in its 7 Pm hour, with ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos repeat.

CBS’s Big Brother topped the night in the key demo, beating closest competitor Celeb Family Feud by 27%.

At 9pm, ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid won its hour for the 2nd week in a row with both metrics. Network’s To Tell the Truth did same at 10 Pm, besting CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles
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Russian Media Crows Over Trump-Putin Love: ‘He Really Smells Like an Agent of the Kremlin’

Russian Media Crows Over Trump-Putin Love: ‘He Really Smells Like an Agent of the Kremlin’
Russian media has enjoyed President Trump’s love affair with Vladimir Putin, with one host saying on the country’s’ state-controlled television network that Trump appeared to be an operative for their country.

“When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity, he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin,” said Olga Skabeeva, a host of the Russian program “60 Minutes.”

The news was first brought to wide attention by Julia Davis, one of the closest English-language Russia media watchers on Twitter.

Also Read: Mic Reporter Deletes Tweet Falsely Saying Accused Russian Spy Visited Trump's Oval Office

#Russia's state TV host:

"It is very bizarre, you can't bash your own country like that – especially when you're the President."

Female host: "When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity, he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin." ©️ pic.twitter.com
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