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Katie Couric will co-host the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. “During my years at NBC, I loved to cover the Olympics,” said the former Today host. Couric will be sharing duties with Mike Tirico, who succeeds long-timer Bob Costas. During the Games, Couric will contribute commentary and interviews. As for how protests that might occur during the Olympics will be covered, “We never shy away from anything that’s newsworthy,” Couric said in a conference call with journalists, adding decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.
 
Libby Leist has been promoted from senior producer to executive producer at NBC’s Today, replacing Don Nash. In a memo to staff, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said that Nash, a 23-year veteran at the network, had been offered a number of other roles and “we hope he’ll stay in the family.” Speaking of family, in his own note, Nash said, “The time has come for me to step away from Today and be a better dad to my two beautiful girls. They are what matter to me most.”
 
WYNW’s Zachary Kiesch has joined ABC News as a correspondent based in New York. Kiesch, nominated for an Emmy in 2016 for a report on the relationship between communities of color and the police, has often focused on issues like criminal justice reform, education and housing issues.
 
With 3 new markets, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast net Antenna TV is now cleared on 135 affiliates and reaches 86% of U.S. homes. Antenna, of course, is where you can get nostalgic with the likes of Dennis the Menace, Father Knows Best and Three’s Company.
 
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) signed a new 2-year deal with ABC Studios, paving the way for a renewal of the medical drama for seasons 15 and 16. As part of the agreement, reportedly worth $20 million per year, Pompeo becomes a producer for Grey’s and a co-exec producer on its upcoming untitled spin-off.
 
Endeavor Content snatched the rights to Michael Wolff tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, with the aim of turning it into a TV series. Wolff will exec produce and Two Cities Television head Michael Jackson will produce.
 
Lionsgate is expanding its relationship with film producer Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) with a first-look deal for Elwes to develop and produce scripted and unscripted series for TV and streaming platforms.
 
IDW Entertainment added writer and producer Barry O’Brien (Castle, CSI: Miami) as writer and showrunner for a psychological crime series in development based on Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware book franchise.
 
 
 NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
On the season 3 premiere of Classic Albums, Steely Dan founding members Walter Becker and Donald Fagan recall the history of “Aja.” Show airs Wednesday, February 7 at 9p on AXS TV.
 
Syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and viral video show RightThisMinute were renewed for 2018-19 on ABC Owned Television Stations. The shows are among 4 of 30 nationally syndicated first-run strips that have seen ratings increases this year.
 
Fast N’ Loud star Aaron Kaufman is behind the wheel for new Discovery series Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman, focused on vehicle builds. Premiere date: Monday, March 5 at 10p.
 
Car customization entrepreneur Ryan Friedlinghaus returns for a new season of Inside West Coast Customs, launching Tuesday, January 23 at 9p.
 
 
NATPE NOTES
 
Traditional TV bundles may be evolving, but they’re not going away, said Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra during a keynote conversation at NATPE. “The majority of the marketplace is using cable or satellite. I don’t see that going away anytime soon,” said the exec. “If you can get the NFL exclusively, without buying all the other stuff, you’ll see a change.”
 
Telemundo International Studios unveiled its first production, with a screening of El Recluso (The Inmate) at Miami Beach’s Eden Roc Hotel. The 13-episode prison thriller will be available for syndication and is slated to premiere in the U.S. on Telemundo later in the summer. “It is greatly rewarding to see our first production meet the high standards that we set for ourselves when we founded Telemundo International Studios,” said Marcos Santana, head of Telemundo Global Studios.
 
Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, on the Station Summit panel, said when it comes to deregulation that leads to consolidation, there’s a lesson in radio. After deregulation in the 1990s, “They self-created problems by de-localizing a bit,” said Wert. “I hope our industry looks hard at that. There are benefits to all different sizes…I don’t think there’s just one way, to smash one together.”
 
Univision Communications and Grupo Televisa announced the launch of the first-ever TV pilot initiative to nurture the development of new original scripted and unscripted series by global independent producers. The goal of the TV pilot program, which had over 100 TV projects submitted in its first phase, is to broaden the content pipeline and represent viewers’ lifestyles, reality and passion points.
 
Sony Pictures Television announced a distribution agreement with Tegna to handle distribution and national barter advertising for Tegna’s shows, including Daily Blast Live, Sister Circle and Sing Like a Star. “It’s a one of a kind agreement, where Tegna and Sony Pictures Television each bring distinct strengths to the new partnership,” said Robert Sullivan, Tegna’s SVP, programming.
 
Fox Television Stations renewed Page Six TV for a season 2. “We expect growth this year, and certainly in year 2 as well,” said Frank Cicha, SVP of programming for Fox Television Stations, of the show, which utilizes resources from Fox relatives the New York Post, Endemol Shine North America, Fox stations and Twentieth TV.
 
Kew Media Group concluded new drama deals across Latin America, for over 350 hours of programming, and All3Media inked a deal with Discovery Networks Latin America that brings over 130 hours of factual content to the region.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Added to the lineup of CBS’s Grammys broadcast, airing Sunday, January 28 at 7:30p: Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and U2.
 
The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement’s 7th Annual Summit takes place Thursday, February 1 in NYC. Presentations include a study commissioned by CIMM on how the current providers of Attribution measurement compare.
 
Showtime will premiere stand-up comedy special Eddie Griffin: Undeniable on Friday, February 9 at 10p.
 
Freeform announced additions to the lineup for the inaugural “Freeform Summit,” featuring panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation on television and more. Joining the lineup is upcoming series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, in the panel, “From Comics to Screen – Creating Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.” Summit takes place today at NeueHouse Hollywood.
 
Black History Month special The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X debuts Monday, February 26 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel, reliving pivotal years in the activist’s life via rarely-seen footage and audio tapes.
 
 
DIGITAL DATA
 
YouTube has set guidelines to improve its ability to identify creators who make positive contributions to the community and drive ad revenue to them, and away from “bad actors,” wrote YouTube chief content officer Neil Mohan and chief business officer Robert Kyncl in a blog post. The video site said human moderators would review every upload from creators in its Preferred program, and is enforcing stricter rules about which channels are eligible for monetization in its basic Partner program. “These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing, which can hurt revenue for everyone,” wrote Mohan and Kyncl.
 
Thirty Five Media, owned by NBA star Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman, is aiming high with YouTube. The company will work with athletes and the YouTube team to help sports stars launch their own channels, as well as create new sports programming as a development partner. They’re off to a good start: Thirty Five’s first YouTube project, Durant’s channel, has gained over 21 million views and over 580,000 subscribers.
 
Digital media and production company RAZE, founded by Emiliano Calemzuk, Sofia Vergara and Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer, is moving into production with original series Catrina, la Santa Muerte for Netflix, and has set up scripts in development at Hulu (Mi Hermanastro) and TNT (Black Veil). “We continue working to develop and produce original content that changes the narrative on how Latin-centered stories are told,” said Mari Urdaneta, SVP and chief content officer. 
 
HGTV launched a bot on Facebook Messenger. Chat bot/design assistant “Hazel” will guide users through trending HGTV content, photo galleries, DIY projects and more.
 
Amazon is introducing a Fire TV update with an “On Now” row of live programming. Customers can get an assist from Alexa to access live streams as well as playback from HBO, Showtime and more.
 
Programming notes: A half-hour comedy exec produced by and starring Kristen Wiig and produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine has made its way to Apple. The series is inspired by a short story collection from Curtis Sittenfeld….Amazon greenlit a 10-episode season 2 of superhero series The Tick….YouTube grabbed global rights to hip hop movie Bodied, produced by Eminem, his manager and Def Jam RecordsPaul Rosenberg….Rooster Teeth’s 2018 animation slate includes 2 new series, mecha-inspired gen:LOCK and western adventure Nomad of Nowhere.
 
Verizon is taking a shot with the NBA, with an expanded partnership that lets fans buy and stream live, out-of-market games though the NBA League Pass on Verizon media platforms.
 
Crackle released 6-minute The Snatch Virtual Reality Experience as it gets ready to launch production of season 2 of the crime drama in Spain. Viewers are set in the middle of a safe-cracking diamond heist featuring cast members.
 
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Following its run on SundanceTV, 4-hour true crime docuseries Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders is available to stream on SundanceNow starting today, January 18.
 
 
AWARDS UPDATES
 
Honorees for the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, airing Sunday, February 11 at 9p, include Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters.
 
Rosanna Arquette, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and Marisa Tomei will present at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Show airs live on TNT and TBS, Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8p.
 
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) will host the Costume Designer Guild’s CDGAs, set for February 20 at the Beverly Hilton.
 
 
CASTING  
 
Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen) will guest star on CW’s Riverdale, playing himself. Episode is slated for March….Rupert Friend (Homeland) landed a series regular role in CBS All AccessStrange Angel, inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons….Nicole Ari Parker (Time After Time) and Stefania LaVie Owen (Chance) will recur in season 2 of Showtime drama I’m Dying Up Here, set in the 1970s stand-up comedy scene.
 
 
KIDS CORNER
 
Canada’s Breakthrough Entertainment announced season 3 of Science Max: Experiments at Large, set for a Fall 2018 release.
 
Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls will celebrate its 20th anniversary starting in February with a global rollout of new episodes, events and products that will continue into 2019. Fourth sister Bliss will join Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup throughout the year.
 
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RATINGS
 
Many of the top shows in syndication started the new year right. Dr. Phil (3.2) was up 23% the week of January 1 versus the week prior even though it was still in reruns, and new episodes of Ellen DeGeneres (2.6) gave the show a 30% boost. Freshman Daily Mail TV rose 10% to match a season high 1.1, and Entertainment Tonight was up 22% to tie with Inside Edition, up 10%, with 3.3.
 
Sunday’s second episode of the current season of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America posted a 1.0 A25-54 rating (850K IMP), representing a 12% increase versus last year and the best showing for the series since January 2016.
 
Fox Business Network finished the second week of 2018 with 252,000 total viewers in Business Day. Additionally, FBN scored 5 of the 6 top rated programs of the week, with Lou Dobbs Tonight as most watched business program with 374,000 total viewers.
 
Host Sam Rockwell and musical guest Halsey (plus a very interesting news week) brought NBC’s Saturday Night Live an average 7.2 million viewers, a season high. Among A18-49, the show scored a 1.91/9 rating.
 
The week of January 8, UniMas increased its audience during primetime among total viewers 2+ by 13% (to 778,000), A18-49 by 6% (to 341,000) and A18-34 by 5% (to 132,000) versus the same week last year.
 
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 8, 2018
ABC World News Tonight 9.92 million total viewers; 1.8/7 and 2.11 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 9.68 million total viewers; 1.9/8 and 2.32 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 7.3 million total viewers; 1.3 and 1.54 million A25-54
 
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 8, 2018
NBC: Today 4.36 million total viewers; 1.3/12 and 1.61 million A25-54
ABC: Good Morning America 4.27 million total viewers; 1.0/10 and 1,375 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.66 million total viewers; 0.8/7 and 972,000 A25-54
 
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 8, 2018
CBS: The Late Show 3.32 million total viewers; 0.47/3 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.59 million total viewers; 0.64/4 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.19 million total viewers; 0.49/3 among A18-49
 
Top 12 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of January 8, 2018
NBC: This Is Us 2.7/10
CBS: Sheldon 2.6/10
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games 2.1/8
FOX: Bob’s Burgers 2.1/7
FOX: Family Guy 1.8/6
CBS: Mom 1.6/6
ABC: The Good Doctor 1.6/6
ABC: Modern Family 1.6/6
CBS: NCIS 1.5/6
ABC: The Goldbergs 1.5/6
FOX: 9-1-1 1.5/6
NBC: Will & Grace 1.5/6
 
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/1/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 7.5 AA 
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.4AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.6 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.3 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.3 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.2 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.6 AA
Ellen DeGeneres (WB) 2.6
 
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/1/18 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.2 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.1 AA 
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.0 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.4 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.4 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.4 AA
The Goldbergs 1.1 AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 0.9 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 0.8 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.8 AA
 
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of January 8, 2018
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) 689, 399, 290
23rd Annual Critic’s Choice Awards (CW) 596, 311, 285
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 580, 374, 206
This Is Us (NBC) 559, 443, 115
CNN Tonight With Don Lemon (CNN) 505, 90, 416
The Bachelor (ABC) 484, 176, 308
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 230, 131, 99
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 221, 90, 131
Love & Hip Hop Miami (VH1) 197, 127, 71
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo) 144, 42, 102
Source: Nielsen. Uniques and Interactions are a measure of total relevant U.S. social media activity grossed across Facebook and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Includes primetime and late fringe programming with metrics available across social platforms on Broadcast and National Cable and excludes sports events.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, January 16, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
 
NBC: 8.80 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 8.76, This Is Us 9.77, Chicago Med 7.87
CBS: 8.07 million
NCIS 9.72, NCIS: New Orleans 8.68, Bull 5.82
FOX: 3.75 million
Lethal Weapon 4.97, LA to Vegas 2.77, The Mick 2.30
ABC: 3.62 million
The Middle 6.11, Fresh Off the Boat at 3.87, black-ish 3.76, Modern Family 2.87, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 2.56
CW: 2.39 million
The Flash 2.47, Black Lightning 2.31
UNIVISION: 1.10 million
Rico y Lazaro 1.25, Papa a Toda Madre 1.17, Caer en Tentacion .87
 
Tuesday A18-49 Rating:  NBC 2.0/8, FOX 1.0/4, CBS .9/4, ABC .9/4, CW .8/3 UNI .5/2,  
 


 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Turner announced promotions of 4 executives. Adult Swim is promoting Kim Manning to Vice President of Programming and Liz Pate to Vice President of Production Operations for Games and Connected Devices, while Cartoon Network is elevating Sherri Glass to Vice President of Digital Production and Beau Teague to Vice President of Product Management. All previously held senior director roles at the networks and are based in Atlanta.
 
Vlad Wolynetz has joined FilmRise as Head of Production for the company’s newly launched television division. Previously, Wolynetz served as Vice President of Production, Series and Movies at AMC.
 
Lynn Barrie has been tapped to serve as Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development at Freeform. Prior to Freeform, Barrie was the VP of Comedy Development at ABC Entertainment Group.
 
Changes to the team at Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana include Mellany Masterson rejoining the company as Vice President, Sales, Consumer Products and International; Lily Yan, onboard as Head of Brands; Madeline Ferguson, promoted to Senior International Sales Manager; and Jessica Brinder, upped to Senior Content Distribution Manager, Domestic and Digital.
 


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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY JANUARY 18
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces, S.W.A.T.
CW: Supernatural, Arrow
FOX: The Four: Battle for Stardom  
NBC: Superstore, The Good Place, Will & Grace, Great News, Chicago Fire
PBS: This Old House Hour, Victoria on Masterpiece [r]
Telemundo: Jose Jose, el Principle de la Cancion, Sangre de mi Tierra, Senora Acero 4
Univision: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Caer en Tentacion

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