02/18/16: Shakeup at ABC; Unforgettable canceled – again; The AP launching VR news channel



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02.18.16

Good morning. It’s Thursday February 18, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: River Monsters: Unhooked at 9p
History: The Vikings at 10p, Join or Die With Craig Ferguson at 11p

Tonight’s Finale:
BBC America: London Spy at 10p

IN THE NEWS

Channing Dungey has been named President of ABC Entertainment, replacing Paul Lee. “Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” said Ben Sherwood, President, Disney/ABC Television Group. “We thank Paul for his many accomplishments at ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand.” Dungey, who called Lee a “valued mentor and friend,” was previously  EVP, Drama Development, Movies & Miniseries, overseeing development of shows including Scandal, Once Upon a Time and Quantico. With ABC since 2004, Dungey is the first African-American woman to head a broadcast network. Lee’s resignation was characterized by the New York Times as the result of a power struggle with Sherwood.

Unforgettable, canceled by CBS after three seasons then picked up by A&E for a fourth, has been canceled again. The crime drama premiered on cable to 1.12 million viewers and .2 among A18-49 in Live+3 ratings. For those keeping count, it’s actually the show’s third cancellation – CBS yanked the series in May 2012 after its first season, then had a change of heart.
        
Comcast NBCUniversal’s fifth public hackathon, themed “New Forms of Storytelling Inspired by Emerging Technology,” will be held in Silicon Valley, CA on March 5-6. Participants will use hardware, software and video to work on innovative cross-platform solutions while vying for cash and prizes
, plus the opportunity to pitch their ideas to NBCUniversal Media Labs. Hackathon partners include Intel, Amazon, Ford, HTC Vive, Spredfast, IVA, Watchwith, Unity and Wirewax.

ComScore, recently merged with Rentrak, will have new cross-platform measures ready for clients by April, said CEO Serge Maata in an investor call on Wednesday. Monthly rankings would reveal what viewers are watching across linear, broadband service and streaming video. ComScore “is focused being number one in this new category,” said Maata.

The Associated Press is launching a VR and 360-degree video news channel in collaboration with chipmaker AMD. “Each new publishing technology reinvents how we experience news, and VR promises the next revolution by immersing us deep in a story,” said Paul Cheung, AP’s director of interactive and digital news production. “With AMD’s collaboration, AP will leverage their expertise in image rendering and graphic technology so that we can enhance and strengthen the VR news experience.”

Monday’s 90-minute service outage on Comcast was the result of  “a configuration error in a network device that supports our live video network,” said Kevin McElearney, SVP of network engineering. “Our national video infrastructure is fully redundant, and our back-up systems normally operate successfully when unexpected issues happen. This specific issue caused national cable channels to reroute, which resulted in a service interruption.” Comcast said it will give credit to customers affected by the disruption.

The Rocky Mountain Cable Association is holding its tenth annual “Cable Apprentice” competition on Friday, March 4, in Denver. The event offers U of Denver  Daniels College of Business graduate students real-life experience with a cable business study case.


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PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

 
Lifetime ordered ten additional episodes of Bring It!, from Pilgrim Studios
. Currently airing Fridays at 9p , Bring It! is cable’s number one series in the time slot among W18-34. The net also picked up season two of The Rap Game, its youngest-skewing series with a median age of 33, from Intuitive Entertainment; season one finale is Friday, February 19 at 10p.

CBC ordered season three of Schitt’s Creek, to premiere in Canada in winter 2017. Season two of the Eugene Levy comedy premieres on Pop Wednesday, March 16.

COMING UP

Twentieth Television and the Fox Television Stations are adding the original X-Files series to the MyNetworkTV lineup. Starting this fall, two episodes will be presented on a designated weeknight. The show is also cleared for weekend syndication on the Fox Television Stations. The conclusion of the six-episode run of the new X-Files airs Monday, February 22 at 8p on Fox.

Romantic comedy Definitely Divorcing premieres on TV One Saturday, February 20 at 8p. Robin Givens (The Perfect Match), Columbus Short (Scandal), Malika Haqq (Keeping Up With The Kardashians) and Golden Brooks (Hollywood Divas) star in the movie about co-workers questioning their marriages.

The Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, hosted by Olympic skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss and married gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, airs Saturday, February 20 at 3p on ABC.

The Long Island Medium goes live in a two-hour event on TLC on Sunday, March 6 at 8p. Theresa Caputo will give celebrity readings, and one viewer will win a private reading with Caputo by tweeting during the broadcast. New series Long Lost Family premieres at 10p, featuring stories of people who yearn for reunions.

Freeform is debuting “Force” by TroyBoi, from the Star Wars Headspace album, today at 4p, ahead of the album’s digital release tonight.The net will simultaneously make the song available on all of its social accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and YouTube.

RETURNING SERIES

No food. No water. No clothes. Discovery’s Naked and Afraid is back for season two Sunday, March 13 at 10p, with a new crop of extreme survivalists.

Season two of Lifetime’s Little Women: Terra’s Little Family debuts Wednesday, March 23 at 10p, followed on Friday, March 25 at 10p by the season two premiere of  Atlanta Plastic.

 ADVERTISING AND MARKETING

 
Ready, set Upfront: Viacom integrated marketing and creative content division Viacom Velocity announced the launch of Viewprint, a data-driven creative map that supports ideation and the development of custom campaigns. The tool tracks fan passion and affinity across social, linear and digital platforms and then translates consumer behaviors into actionable insights. “While instinct still comes first, a little extra secret sauce like Viewprint can make the ‘creative + science’ recipe even more potent,” said Dario Spina, EVP of Viacom Velocity. 

SundanceTV is launching a localized television advertising campaign starring “Weird Al” Yankovic on major cable, satellite and telco TV providers starting today. The goal: drive awareness of SundanceTV as a destination for original programming on Wednesday nights. Weird Al will star in a custom video featuring operator-specific channel numbers, with an original jingle. “We set out to craft a fun and effective ear-worm to help viewers find and remember our channel position on their TV service, and Weird Al was the perfect creative accomplice,” said Charlie Collier, president, AMC and SundanceTV.

January’s commercial C3 total day ratings dipped just 3 percent versus the year prior, reports MoffettNathanson Research. While primetime broadcast C3 ratings were down 11 percent year-to-year among A18-49, the drop was attributed to one less NFL weekend in the month. Cable slipped 5 percent among A18-49, a significant improvement from 2015’s 11 percent slide.

CASTING

Lisa Bonet (The Cosby Show) will guest on a season-long arc on season four of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, returning later this year. Bonet will play an unstable woman with a dangerous secret.

Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) will co-star opposite Jason Patric in season two of Fox thriller Wayward Pines. M. Night Shyamalan is exec producing.

Michael Mosley (Sirens), Lindsay Kraft (Getting On) and Michelle Buteau (Key & Peele) are now part of ABC’s Dream Team. Comedy pilot centers on a champion soccer coach who has to deal with a new team of eight-year-olds.

Anna Diop (The Messengers) landed a role in Fox pilot 24: Legacy, the 24 reboot following a military hero who returns to the U.S. and lands in terrorist trouble.

Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) will co-star in ABC comedy pilot Chunk & Bean, focused on misfit pals.

Jayma Mays (Glee) will play an assistant DA in NBC comedy pilot The Trail, following an oddball legal team.

Kelly Overton (True Blood) landed the lead in Syfy Dracula drama Van Helsing. Also onboard: Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels), Paul Johansson (Mad Men), David Cubitt (Ray Donovan) and Tim Guinee (Homeland).

Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) will star in Hulu comedy pilot Future Man, from Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, about a janitor who moonlights as a humanity-saving gamer.

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RATINGS

The season finale of Discovery’s Killing Fields drew 2.45 million viewers in Live+3 numbers, up 44 percent from its premiere. Among A25-54 the episode delivered 1.3 million, up from 762,000, and was the top unscripted, non-news show on all of cable at 10p in the demo. Fearless prediction: Discovery’s first true-crime series won’t be its last.

As PUT levels declined for a second straight week, the top syndicated strips mostly held steady. Leader Judge Judy was unchanged at 7.8 (but up 7 percent versus last year), top talker Dr. Phil held at 3.3 and Live With Kelly & Michael took a 3 percent dip to 3.1. Number one magazine show Entertainment Tonight held at 3.4, while top game show Wheel of Fortune repeated the prior week’s 7.4 rating.

Opposite the Grammys on Monday (and without a Sunday The Walking Dead lead-in), the season two premiere of AMC’s Better Call Saul delivered a solid 2.57 million viewers and 1.06 rating among A18-49. That’s down 23 percent and 33 percent, respectively, from the series’ 2015 debut, but up in viewership from the 2.53 million for its April finale. If the past is any indication, look for healthy Live+3 boosts.

CBS had the top ten broadcasts over six nights in Live+SD viewing the week ending February 14, a first for any network since Nielsen started reporting Live+SD ratings in 2005. Making the cut (in millions):NCIS (16.94), Big Bang Theory (16.25), Republican debate (13.44) NCIS: New Orleans (12.57), Scorpion (11.36), Blue Bloods (10.92), 60 Minutes (10.42), Madam Secretary (10.06), NCIS: LA (9.75) and Life in Pieces (9.35).
 
The week of February 8, Travel Channel posted its best primetime P25-54 rating (.27) in nearly two years, up 30 percent over the same week last year.The net’s .2 rating among P25-34 was a 25 percent increase. Wednesday’s Expedition Unknown delivered a .4 P25-54 rating, givingthe night a 60 percent bump over last year.

Friday’s coverage of the Pope’s Mexico visit, Llegada de su Santidad Francisco a Mexico, helped Univision rank as the No. 3 broadcast network among A18-34 for the entire evening. The special, airing 8-10pm, averaged 2.0 million total viewers 2+, 969,000 A18-49 and 411,000 A18-34.

Hallmark Channel wrapped its “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” programming stunt with a 2.3HH rating for Valentine Ever After and 1.9HH for Anything for Love. Over the course of the three week event, all five original movie premieres averaged over 2 million total viewers and reached nearly 9 million unduplicated total viewers.

Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America wrapped its season with an average .8 rating (780,000 impressions) among A25-54 and a .7 rating (210,000 impressions) among A25-34. Both demos saw gains, up 8 percent and 22 percent, respectively, versus year-ago.

Top 12 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of February 8, 2016
CBS:
Big Bang Theory (2/11) 3.8/1
ABC: Modern Family (2/10) 2.6/8
ABC: The Bachelor (2/8) 2.5/8
FOX: The X-Files (2/8) 2.5/8
CBS: NCIS (2/9) 2.4/8
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (2/11) 2.4/8
CBS: Republican Debate (2/13) 2.2/8
FOX: American Idol (2/10) 2.2/8
CBS: Scorpion (2/8) 2.1/6
CBS: Life in Pieces (2/11) 2.1/7
FOX: American Idol (2/11) 2.1/7
ABC: Scandal (2/11) 2.1/7
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/1/16 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.8AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 7.3AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.5AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.4AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.3AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 3.1AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/1/16 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.0AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.5AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.0AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 2.0AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.6AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.4AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.2AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.2AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of February 8, 2016)
NBC:
Nightly News 9.397 million total viewers; 2.0/8 and 2.361 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 9.210 million total viewers; 1.8/7 and 2.18 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.833 million total viewers; 1.7/6 and 1.979 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Monday A18-49 Analysis: CBS held the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 7.7/24, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with Grammy coverage. CBS averaged 7.6/26 to top 8p, while ABC’s The Bachelor (2.3/7 and 2.1/6 in the half hours) battled it out with Fox’s X-Files (2.1/6 and 2.2/6) for second. The awards show scored  8.6/26 at 9p, versus 2.2/6 for the second hour of The Bachelor. Opposite 7.6/24 for the Grammys at 10p, ABC’s Castle and NBC’s Biggest Loser tied for second with .9/3.

A18-49: CBS 7.7/24, FOX 1.9/5, ABC 1.8/5, NBC .9/3, UNI .8/2, TELE .5/1,  ION .4/1, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, February 15, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 14.4/24
Grammy Awards 14.4/24
ABC: 4.3/7
The Bachelor 4.7/7, Castle 3.5/6
FOX: 3.7/6
X-Files 4.3/7, Lucifer 3.1/5
NBC: 1.8/3
Superstore 2.4/4, Telenovela 1.5/2, The Biggest Loser 1.8/3         
UNIVISION: 1.1/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.2/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
ION: .8/1
Criminal Minds .9/1 Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .8/1
TELE: .7/1
Quien es Quien .7/1, Eva, La Trailera .7/1, Querida Centauro .8/1
CW: .5/1
Mortal Kombat: Machinima .5/1, DCs Legends of Tomorrow .4/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 1.2/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. It was a tie for first at 7p, with ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos and CBS’s 60 Minutes both scoring 1.2/4. CBS had first to itself at 8p with 1.2/4 for Madam Secretary, but ABC’s Bachelor at 20 was close behind with 1.1/4. NBC stepped into the lead at 9p with 1.4/4 for its Tonight Show Valentine’s special, opposite 1.1/3 for hour two of ABC’s Bachelor. NBC’s special rose to 1.6/5 at 10p, comfortably ahead of CBS’s CSI:Cyber with .9/3.

A18-49: NBC 1.2/4, CBS 1.1/3, FOX 1.0/3, UNI .5/2, ION .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:  Sunday, February 14, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.5/9
60 Minutes 6.5/11, Madam Secretary 6.2/10, The Good Wife 5.1/8, CSI: Cyber 4.1/7
ABC: 2.9/5
America’s Funniest Videos 3.5/6, Bachelor at 20 2.7/4, Castle 2.7/5
NBC: 2.8.5
Dateline 3.0/2, SNL Valentine [r] 2.4/4, Tonight Show: Valentine’s 3.0/5
UNIVISION: .8/2
Aqui y Ahora .9/2, Gran Estreno .8/1, Sal y Pimienta .8/2
FOX: 1.3/2
The Simpsons [r] 1.1/2, Bob’s Burgers 1.2/2, The Simpsons 1.7/3, Cooper Barrett’s Guide 1.0/2, Family Guy 1.5/2, Bordertown 1.0/2
ION: 0.6/1
Lethal Weapon 3 .6/1
TELE: 0.4/1
Gran Hermano 0.4/1, Ya Era Hora 0.2/0

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: CBS led with the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.8/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox’s Nascar Sprint Unlimited raced to first at 8p with 1.0/4, followed by .8/3 for NBC’s Dateline Mystery. CBS took the lead at 9p with 2.0/8 for the Republican Debate, versus 1.1/4 for Fox’s Nascar. The bruising GOP battle kept CBS in first at 10p with 2.4/8; NBC’s SNL Prime was second with .7/3.

A18-49: CBS 1.8/6, FOX 1.1/4, NBC .8/3, UNI .4/2, ION .4/1, ABC .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, February 13, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 6.6/12
48 Hours 2.7/5, Republican Debate 8.1/15
FOX 2.8/5
Nascar Sprint Unlimited 2.8/5
NBC: 2.7/5
Dateline Mystery 3.1/6, SNL Prime [r] 1.8/3
ABC: 1.2/2
Scandal [r] 1.0/2, How to Get Away with Murder [r] .8/1, 20/20 1.8/3
ION: 1.0/2
Law & Order: SVU 1.0/2, Law & Order: SVU .9/2, Law & Order: SVU 1.1/2
UNIVISION: .8/1
Sal y Pimienta .8/1
TELE: 0.4/1
Que Noche .4/1, Gran Hermano .3/1

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Adam Reed has been promoted to President of Thinkfactory Media. Reed, formerly Executive Vice President, will expand the scope of his current duties to include directly overseeing the entire senior team and all unscripted and digital development/series, while continuing to expand new business opportunities and seek out new international formats and acquisitions.

 

IN MEMORIAM

Character actor George Gaynes died February 15. He was 98. In addition to roles in films including Tootsie and Police Academy, Gaynes made frequent television appearances, and was a regular on Punky Brewster.




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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2016


ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder
CBS: Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Elementary
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100
Fox: American Idol
NBC: You, Me and the Apocalypse, The Blacklist, Shades of  Blue
PBS: This Old House Hour, Antiques Roadshow [r], Mercy Street [r] 
Telemundo: Quien es Quien?, Eva la Trailera, La Querida del Centauro 
Univision: Premio lo Nuestro 2016

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Job of the Week EVP, CONTENT PAC-12 NETWORKS SF Oversee/mng Linear & Digital Prod, Talent, Remote/Studio Production Ops & Programming depts. Former demonstrated record of strong leadership & general mngmnt. Strong knwlg collegiate content & strong familiarity w/nat’l & regional sports ntwk. Full info/apply HERE CynopsisJOBS Good morning. It’s Wednesday November 22, […]

11/22/17: Charlie Rose is out at CBS and PBS

CBS and PBS sever ties with Charlie Rose

CYNOPSIS Good morning. It’s Wednesday November 22, 2017 and this is your first early morning briefing. Cynopsis will be back bright and early on Monday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving! Tonight’s Premieres: HGTV: Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House at 9p History: Forged in Fire: Bladesgiving at 8p Smithsonian Channel: Polar Bear […]

11/22/17: Amazon Echo Show regains access to Google’s YouTube, along with Dailymotion and Vimeo

Amazon Echo Show regains YouTube access

CynopsisDigital Good morning. It’s Wednesday November 22, 2017 and this is your your first early morning Digital briefing.   TODAY’S CODEBREAKER   False Positive: A false positive occurs when a legitimate permission-based email is incorrectly filtered or blocked as spam. Naturally, email-based marketers would prefer to see as few false positives as […]

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