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01.16.15 Good morning. It’s Friday, January 16, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. To mark Martin Luther King Day, Cynopsis will not publish on Monday, January 19. Friday’s Premieres:
Destination America: Impact Wrestling at 9p
Discovery Life: NY ER at 10p and 10:30p
FOX: World’s Funniest Fails at 8p
PBS: Great Performances at the Met at 9p
Syfy: 12 Monkeys at 9p Saturday’s Premieres:
BBC America: The Musketeers at 9p
CMT: My Big Redneck Family at 9p
Destination America: Monsters & Mysteries in America at 9p
Discovery Life: Body Bizarre at 9p
Great American Country: Betty White’s Smartest Animals in America at 8p
Nat Geo WILD: Bandit Patrol at 10p
Nick: Bella and the Bulldogs at 8p Saturday’s Finale:
FYI: Late Nite Chef Fight at 10p Sunday’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Rugged Justice at 8p
Discovery Life: Hoarding: Behind Closed Doors at 10p
Disney: Austin & Ally at 8p, K.C. Undercover at 8:30p
E!: Christina Milian Turned Up at 10p
PBS: Masterpiece Mystery! Grantchester at 10p
Univision: Nuestra Belleza Latina at 8p Sunday’s Finales:
AHC: The Bible’s Greatest Secrets at 9p
History: Alaska Off-Road Warriors at 10p
TNT: The Librarians at 9p Monday’s Premieres:
Comedy Central: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore at 11:30p
ID: Vanity Fair Confidential at 9p
Nat Geo: Brain Games at 9p and 9:30p
Univision: Que te Perdone Dios at 10p Monday’s Finale:
Travel: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman at 9p
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group is the latest to shift to Live+3D. Bravo, E!, Esquire, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy and USA, will now report ratings based on Live+3 measurements, announced NBCU during TCA, with L+SD data distributed only for live sports/entertainment, specials and event programming. The group’s programming has seen significant lifts from Live+SD to Live+3, including 83 percent for USA’s Graceland, 81 percent for Bravo’s Top Chef, 80 percent for Syfy’s Dominion and 65 percent for E!’s The Soup. “Considering ever-growing use of DVR, VOD, digital and other non-linear viewing options, L+SD is merely a chapter in a much larger and more diverse ratings story,” said Liz Mahaffey, EVP, brand strategy. FX, HBO and Showtime have also given up Live+SD reporting.
Responding to a report that Rosie Perez is leaving The View after four months, an ABC rep said the co-host is in rehearsals for her Broadway play for the month of January, and “her status with the show has not changed.” The actress signed on for Larry David’s Fish In the Dark before she started on the morning show in September. On Thursday morning’s show, Rosie O’Donnell said of Perez, “She will be back here are her job, regardless of what you hear.” However the Perez situation plays out, expect co-host Whoopi Goldberg, recovering from a herniated disc, back enjoying The View on Tuesday.
William Shatner is courting a new audience: preschoolers. The TV vet will narrate Sprout space series Clangers, a reboot of the BBC stop-animation show from the 1960s. “William Shatner’s highly recognizable voice and humor captures the distinct charm of the show while bringing his own unique sensibility to the role of the Narrator,” said Sprout president Sandy Wax. Michael Palin (Monty Python) is also onboard the series, slated for an June 20 premiere at 11a on the net’s Sunny Side Up, and also running nightly at 8p with The Good Night Show.
E! renewed its first scripted series, The Royals, ahead of its March 15 series premiere – a move that came as a surprise to creator Mark Schwahn. “This pickup caught us all off guard,” said Schwahn at TCA. “I feel like if we’re not doing seasons five, six, seven, we’re making a mistake.” The net’s House of DVF also got a renewal for season two.
USA’s Benched won’t make it to season two. The courtroom comedy ended in December with an average 800,000 viewers and 300,000 among A18-49.
The Academy Awards nominees were announced Thursday, and Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led with nine nods each. Among the nominees was Patricia Arquette in the Supporting Actress category. Arquette will be doing more than gown-hunting the actress stars in CBS procedural CSI: Cyber, launching Wednesday, March 4 at 10p. Oscars ceremony airs Sunday, February 22 at 7p on ABC; for a complete list of nominees go here.
John Hendricks, former chairman of Discovery Communications, announced the March 18 launch of an SVOD service developed by his independent content venture, Curiosity Project LLC. For $2.99-$9.99/month, ad-free CuriosityStream will deliver factual content that “addresses our lifelong quest to learn, explore, and understand,” said Hendricks. The response from content producers has been “very encouraging,” Hendricks tells Cynopsis. “We plan to partner with many of these producers on new productions,” as well as acquire rights on existing content. Does the service threaten linear? Acknowledges Hendricks, the founder of Discovery Channel, “Within the media industry, there are certain segments, such as linear cable and broadcast networks, that are understandably wary of the rapid rise of SVOD services like CuriosityStream. The consumer appeal of SVOD menus is quite overwhelming, especially if the viewing choices are delivered commercial free.”
Voting has begun for the Soap Actor pre-nomination round of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The actors proceeding to the Blue Ribbon Round will be announced February 4th.
Move over Millennials, there’s a new demo in town. What’s the difference between Gen Y and Gen Z, aka Generation Edge? “While many like to call Millennials a generation of ‘digital natives,’ Gen Z is truly the first to be born and raised in an era where digital isn’t compartmentalized – it’s infused in every single part of life,” Morgan Aceino, senior brand strategy for LA agency Omelet, tells Cynopsis. “Because of this, they adapt more quickly and have a whole new way of interacting with each other and the world around them.” To find out how to reach this important but elusive group, join Aceino and other experts in the demo for the February 28 Cynopsis webinar, “Generation Edge: Catching the New Wave of Viewers.” Details are here.
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Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Films signed a first look deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop and produce scripted programming for NBCU nets and externally, it was announced at TCA. “I had the pleasure of working with Charlize recently and was determined to keep working with her once I joined Universal Cable Productions,” said Dawn Olmstead, EVP of development. Among the projects under new D&D head of scripted Laverne McKinnon are Diblings, a romantic comedy at NBC; The One, a drama for Bravo and adventure drama Mythos for USA.
Cirque du Soleil Media signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television – but the idea is not to televise the company’s live performances, but create primetime scripted content that “will elevate the genre by drawing from Cirque’s creative vision,” said Jacques Methe, president of Cirque du Soleil Media. “We’re already searching for writers who can tap into their world,” said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis.
NBC ordered three comedy pilots from Universal Television: How to Live, about a blogger and his wife who move to the suburbs; Superstore, focused on employees in a big box store, and an untitled project about empty nesters whose kids and parents move back home.
Syfy is adapting Robert Charles Wilson novel Spin into a six-hour miniseries. Universal Cable Productions will produce with Bits and Pieces Picture Company and Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang.
Donny Deutsch, TV personality and chairman of ad agency Deutsch Inc., will star as a fictionalized version of himself in semi-scripted Donny!. USA gave a six-ep order for the show, from Left/Right.
At TCA Thursday, CNBC SVP, primetime alternative Jim Ackerman announced green lights for two series for 2015 premieres: Blue Collar Millionaires and Restaurant Confidential: New York (wt). In the development pipeline are Make Me a Millionaire Inventor, The West Texas Investors Club (wt) and Back in the Game (wt). Said Ackerman, “These projects speak directly to CNBC’s distinct brand filter and are evidence of the continued investment in primetime.”
Bravo’s second scripted series, Odd Mom Out, will premiere Monday, June 8, the net announced at TCA. The Real Housewives of Orange County is back for season 10, Flipping Out returns for season 8 and Married to Medicine will have a third go-round. Premiere dates included Monday, March 2 at 9p for Shahs of Sunset; Tuesday, March 10 at 10p for Newlyweds: The First Year; Monday, March 16 at 10p for Southern Charm, and Wednesday, April 8 at 10p for Million Dollar Listing. In development: scripted series The One, about the relationship between a street artist and a tech genius.
He may have an annual birthday show, but Steve Harvey in still in for surprises on his 58th on-air celebration, with appearances by family, friends and Martha Stewart on his syndie talker today. Icing on the cake: The mayor of Cleveland proclaims January 17 “Steve Harvey Day,” and renames a street “Steve Harvey Way.”
Online dating not doing it for you? WE tv takes a different tack in Match Made in Heaven, premiering Wednesday, February 4 at 10p. Pastor Ken Johnson, spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts, looks for “godliness and authenticity” as he separates the wheat from the chaff in a house full of single women looking to land a wealthy real estate magnate. Reality series produced by Glassman Media.
Travel Channel’s Breaking Borders pairs journalist Mariana van Zeller with chef Michael Voltaggio to trek to conflict zones around the globe, using conversation and cuisine to try to bring people together. First stop: Israel and Palestine on the series premiere Sunday, March 15 at 9p.
The journey of best friends determined to strike it rich with recipes for stuffed chicken wings (!) is chronicled in OWN’s 2 Fat to Fly. Docu-series launches Saturday, February 28 at 10p.
Hallmark original movie Bridal Wave premieres Saturday, January 17 at 9p, moved up from January 24.
TLC premieres three new eps of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta tonight, beginning at 9p with NFLer Maurice Jones-Drew helping his sister pick out the dress of her dreams.
CBS’s 48 Hours offers a double dose of murder on Saturday, January 17. First is an updated rebroadcast of “Death at the Parsonage” at 8p; “Murder in Pinyon Pines,” investigating a triple killing in 2006, airs at 10p.
Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines presents “Hidden State: Inside North Korea” on Monday, January 19 at 9p. A reporting team led by Teresa Bo was granted rare access inside the repressive regime, then traveled to South Korea to get harrowing accounts from people who had escaped.
Wombats, crocodiles and killer bunnies are part of the landscape in Nat Geo WILD four-hour event, Wild Australia. The two-nighter, part of the net’s Destination WILD strand, airs Sunday, February 15 and Monday, February 16 starting at 9p.
Upcoming Lifetime series Kosher Soul follows LA stylist Miriam Sternoff, who is Jewish, and her fiance, African-American comedian O’Neal McKnight as they head to the altar. Docu-sitcom from Ish Entertainment launches Wednesday, February 25 at 10p.
USA six-episode event series Dig has a launch date: Sunday, March 15. The thriller starring Jason Isaacs (Awake) was originally scheduled to debut in the fall, but a relocation and hiatus due to the Gaza Strip conflict delayed production.
A new season of Nat Geo’s Brain Games premieres Monday, January 19 at 9:30p, and while Cynopsis said on Wednesday the show could make you smarter, exec producer Jerry Kolber tells us that’s just the half of it. “We’ve turned the format upside down to make all our games directly relatable to everyday life,” says Kolber.“You won’t just get smarter from playing along with Brain Games – you’ll get better at everything.”
Cooking Channel starts serving up season three of Avec Eric on Saturday, February 28 at 9:30a. The Emmy-winning, revamped series from ACE Content is hosted by Le Bernadin’s Eric Ripert and follows the chef as he travels to explore the influences on his cooking style.
Reality series WWE Tough Enough, revived by USA for one season in 2011 after runs on MTV and UPN, is coming back, net president Chris McCumber announced at TCA. “WWE is a cornerstone of USA’s programming,” said McCumber.“After signing another multi-year deal for Raw and SmackDown, this is the perfect time to bring back the series and capitalize on the enormous audience appeal of sports entertainment.”
NBCUniversal is aiming to give advertisers more data and greater efficiency from TV buys with its Audience Targeting Platform, using data from set top box viewing and third party data to identify top performing inventory for select ad categories. “Marketers no longer have to choose between digital media’s data-driven targeting and television’s scale and unparalleled ability to communicate via great storytelling," said Linda Yaccarino, chairman of advertising sales and client partnerships. “Now, we are unique in our ability to deliver on our promise of targeting nationally and insights-driven program selections across the entire NBCUniversal portfolio.”
9 Story Media Group announced the sale of animated comedy Get Ace to Spain’s TVE, Israel’s Zoom, UAE’s E-Junior and New Zealand’s TVNZ. Series from Galaxy Pop is produced for Australia’s Network Ten’s Eleven.
FremantleMedia International acquired global distribution rights to eight-part drama Deutschland 83, from UFA Fiction. Series was commissioned by RTL Television in Germany.
Entertainment One inked a deal for global distribution rights to VH1 dramedy Hindsight. EOne will handle distribution across all media outside the States.
UK distributor DCD Rights acquired 253 hours of programming from Electric Sky Library, including Fat Doctor and Sky High Scrapers.
Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) and Billy Burke (Revolution) have joined the cast of CBS summer series Zoo, based on the novel by James Patterson. They co-star opposite James Wolk (The Crazy Ones).
Luis Guzman (Traffic) and Finesse Mitchell (Saturday Night Live) guest star on Showtime pilot Roadies, about day-to-day life on a rock tour. Luke Wilson (Old School), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Colson “MGK” Baker (Beyond The Lights), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) star in the ensemble cast.
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will be back for round three of Sharknado, set to start in Washington, D.C. and “roar down the Eastern seaboard.” TV movie from Asylum is slated for a July premiere.
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Due to holiday delays, Wednesday’s Nielsen ratings analysis is not included here. It will be posted later today on Cynopsis.com.
After a strong start last week, Fox drama Empire rose 5 percent on Wednesday among A18-49, to 4.0/12, and jumped from 9.9 million to 10.29 million total viewers, according to Nielsen fast nationals.
CNBC reported at TCA that it’s the year’s fastest-growing cable network among A25-54 and A18-49 in primetime, with year-over-year growth of 48 percent in the news demo and 70 percent in young adults. The network also delivered its highest primetime ratings since 2001 among A25-54.
Telemundo’s Senora Acero ended on a season high Monday night, averaging 2.76 million total viewers and 1.59 million A18-49. The finale was the number one Spanish-language program among total viewers and in the demo in its time period, and the top program regardless of language among M18-49 and A18-34.
The season two finale of History’s The Curse of Oak Island reached a series high 3.1 million total viewers on Tuesday, making it the number one program on cable for the night in total viewers and M25-54 (863,000), according to Nielsen.
TLC’s Kate Plus Eight returned Tuesday with 1.8 million P2+ viewers and 1.4 among W18-49. The series premiere of the net’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life averaged over 1.3 million P2+ viewers and delivered a 1.1 rating in the female demo, to rank number one in its 10p timeslot.
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Tuesday’s debut of Barrett-Jackson Live was the number one primetime telecast in Velocity history among Households (367,000), M18+ (364,000) and P2+ (517,000), making the night to the best in Velocity history among HH, M25-54, M18+ and P2+.
Syndicated entertainment magazines bounced back from a soft Christmas week. The week ending January 4, Entertainment Tonight was up 24 percent from the week prior, to 3.1; Access Hollywood jumped 15 percent, to 1.5; The Insider rose 9 percent, to 1.2, and Extra saw a 8 percent uptick, to 1.4.
Freshman syndicated court show Hot Bench was up 21 percent, to match a season-high rating of 1.7 in reruns, and soared 29 percent in the W25-54 demo, to .9. Judge Judy, also in repeats, was up 13 percent, to 6.3.
The Tuesday premiere of Off The Chain Presents: Rodney Perry was Bounce TV’s most-watched original to date, delivering 256,000 HH, 138,000 viewers A18-49 and 162,000 A25-54.
The January 4 return of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge on CMT was the series’ highest-rated and most-watched telecast with 754,000 total viewers (Nielsen Live +3), up 48 percent from its season one average.
The premiere of Schitt’s Creek on Canada’s CBC delivered 1.36 and 1.37 million viewers for back-to-back episodes, making it the highest-rated half-hour series of the night. The comedy premieres in the U.S. on Wednesday, February 11 at 10p on Pop.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/29/14 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.3 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2AA
Family Feud (2/T) 5.7AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.5AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.8AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 3.1AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.8AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 13 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/29/14 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.7AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.2AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.9AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.5AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.5AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.4AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.0AA
Mike & Molly (WB) 1.0AA
Law & Order: SVU (NBU) 1.0AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 3.5/11, according to Nielsen. Fox was first at 8p with 3.0/9 for American Idol, followed by a 2.3/7 average for ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs. Fox’s Empire topped 9p with 4.0/12, versus a 2.5/8 average for ABC’s Modern Family and black-ish. Tied for first at 10p were CBS’s Stalker and NBC’s Chicago PD, with 1.5/5.
A18-49: FOX 3.5/11, ABC 1.8/6, CBS 1.7/5, NBC 1.3/4, UNI 1.3/4, TELE .7/2, CW .2/1, ION .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: January 14, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
American Idol 6.6/11, Empire 6.5/10
The Mentalist 5.7/9, Criminal Minds 6.3/10, Stalker 5.0/9
Mysteries of Laura 4.1/7, Law and Order: SVU 4.3/7, Chicago PD 4.4/8
The Middle 4.7/8, The Goldbergs 4.3/7, Modern Family 5.6/9, black-ish 4.0/7
Mi Corazon Es Tuyo 1.9/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.8/3, Malquerida 1.9/3
Los Miserables .8/1, Tierra de Reyes .7/1, Duenos del Paraiso 1.1/2
Arrow [r] .5/1, The Flash .6/1
Cold Case .6/1, Cold Case .5/1, Cold Case .5/1
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2.2/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS topped 8p with 2.8/9 for NCIS, followed by 1.8/6 for ABC’s Shark Tank. CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles drew 2.3/7 for first at 9p, versus 1.5/4 for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of Carter. CBS maintained the lead at 10p with 1.7/5 for Person of Interest; NBC’s Chicago Fire was second with 1.5/5.
A18-49:CBS 2.2/7, FOX 1.5/4, ABC 1.4/4, UNI 1.4/4, NBC 1.3/4, ION .7/2, TELE .7/2, CW .4/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NCIS 12.1/19, NCIS: New Orleans 10.1/16, Person of Interest 6.3/11
Shark Tank 4.6/7, Marvel’s Agent Carter 2.1/5, Forever 3.2/6
Parks and Recreation 2.4/4, Parks and Recreation 2.0/3, Marry Me 1.5/2, About a Boy 1.9/3, Chicago Fire 4.3/8
MasterChef Junior 2.8/5, New Girl 1.8/3, Mindy Project 1.6/2
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 2.0/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.9/3, Malquerida 1.7/3
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2
Los Miserables .8/1, Tierra de Reyes .8/1, Duenos del Paraiso 1.2/2
Flash [r] 1.0/2, Arrow [r] .7/1
Diane Rankin is joining Distribution360 in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, International Sales and Acquisitions. Rankin had been Senior Vice President, Acquisitions at DRG.
Friday Fun Fact: A restaurant chain in Japan, Mr. Kanso, serves only canned food. This Day in History: 1973 – The final episode of Bonanza aired. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which actor had roles as a doctor in a sitcom and a drama series that had (almost) the same name? George Clooney, in E/R (1984-85) and ER (1994-2009). Kudos to: Lizzy Evans-Citibank/NYC, Jeffrey Hira-Nickelodeon/NYC, Tom Winiarski-NBCUniversal/NYC, Amy Horowitz-MODCo Media/NYC, Tom Boyd-WGN/Chicago, Leigh Bingham/Denver, Kimmi Ray-Garman Productions/Oklahoma City, OK, Adam Leston-Weigel Broadcasting/Milwaukee, Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas, Gretchen Brady-KDAF/Dallas, Dory Petsrillo/Dallas, Dan Whitford-Lakeshore Public Television and Radio/Merrillville, IN, Suzanne Bayne-True Media/St. Louis, Tim Rank-True Media/Maryland Heights, MO, Kristin Staskowski-Charter Media/Birmingham, AL, Charlie Conner-KOKI/KMYT/Tulsa, OK, Joshua Scherr-Hopeface TV/West Hollywood, CA, Randall Bosley-Studio Talent Group/Santa Monica, CA, Shari Mesulam-The Mesulam Group/LA, Kerri Huyck/Pasco, WA, Stephen Kelley-9 Story Media Group/Toronto. Today’s Trivia Question: Which sitcom character described herself as “a teenage Holden Caulfield”? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY JANUARY 16, 2015
ABC: Last Man Standing, Cristela, Shark Tank, 20/20 [r]
CBS: Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Hart of Dixie, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r], Masters of Illusion
FOX: World’s Funniest Fails [p], Glee
NBC: Constantine, Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, Great Performances at the Met [p]
Telemundo: Los Miserables, Tierra de Reyes, Duenos del Paraiso
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, La Malquerida
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