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02.19.15 Good morning. It’s Thursday, February 19, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
E!: Who Wore it Better? At 8:30p
History: Vikings at 10p
ID: The Mind of a Murderer at 9p
MSG+: The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist at 10:30p
RLTV: To Not Fade Away at 9p Tonight’s Finales:
Animal Planet: Alaska: Battle on the Bay at 10p
Discovery Life: 50 Ways to Kill Your Mother at 10p
Sportsman Channel: MeatEater at 8p
Whalerock Industries and MGM are extending their television and film agreement into 2017. MGM is distributing internationally Whalerock’s new series Battlebots, to air this summer on ABC. Other MGM/Whalerock projects include the film I Am Pilgrim, based on the Terry Hayes novel, and series development across multiple television outlets. GF Capital acquired a minority stake in the Company to provide capital to support these and future initiatives.
National Geographic Channel picked Palm Sunday, March 29, at 8p to debut its three-hour special Killing Jesus, based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s best-seller. Produced by Scott Freeman Productions, the special stars Kelsey Grammer as King Herod the Great and Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate.
Fans who missed seeing Kobe Bryant during last weekend’s NBA All-Star game are directed to Showtime documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse, premiering Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9p. The feature-length documentary looks at the aftermath of the shoulder injury that ended Bryant’s 2014-15 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lifetime welcomes spring with two new series next month. Born In The Wild, an unscripted look at couples’ personal decisions to give birth in nature, premieres March 3 at 10p. Wuthering High School, premiering March 14 at 8p and starring James Caan, is a modern retelling of the Emily Bronte classic novel set in Malibu.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is bringing select Aurora Teagarden Mysteries books to television beginning with A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery. The network original movie stars Full House alum Candace Cameron Bure in the title role of a small-town librarian with a sharp mind for murder, and Marilu Henner. It premieres Sunday, April 19, at 9p.
Robin Givens, Columbus Short and Lynn Whitfield will return to headline the next installment of TV One’s horror anthology Fear Files (formerly Fright Night Files), with the first of three new tales of love gone wrong set to debut Friday, March 13, at 8p.
MTV’s college-culture net mtvU is singing a new tune for this year’s incarnation of its annual Woodie Awards. For the first time nominees will compete live on MTV in an hourlong special Friday, March 20, at 9p, filmed at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
“Lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson pits natures archrivals in a battle of the wits in Smithsonian Channel’s new two-part series Killer IQ: Lion Vs. Hyena, airing March 4 and 11 at 8p, the show pits the two species against each other in a war of wits.
To Not Fade Away, a documentary that explores early onset Alzheimer’s, debuts at 9p today on RLTV with subsequent telecasts during the next 10 days. The series is exec-produced by David Wasser and Chief Content Officer Elliot Jacobson and includes appearances by Maria Shriver, Glen Campbell, Pat Summitt and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va).
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Webinar: Generation Edge – Catching the New Wave of Viewers
Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 1:30PM to 3:00PM | Register Today Featured Panelists:
Andrea Russett, Gen Edger, YouTube Star + Twitter Influencer
Morgan Aceino, Senior Brand Strategist, Omelet
Bill Carter, Partner, Fuse Marketing
Robert O’Neill, Vice President, Programming & Promotion Strategy, Comedy Central
A+E Networks becomes the first network to use the Rovi Ad Optimizer data-driven platform to help advertisers connect with targeted audiences across all its networks and inventory. Ad Optimizer processes viewing data from set-top boxes, panel sources such as Nielsen and Rentrak, and third-party consumer data sources. Horizon Media has committed to purchasing data-driven media from A+E.
T-Mobile will be back tonight for the third year as presenting sponsor of Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards, airing live from Miami at 8p. Other sponsors include Allstate, Chevrolet, Honda, L’Oréal Paris, McDonald’s and Walmart.
Electus International is the new global distribution partner for WGN’s docu-series Outlaw Country, which premieres Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 10p. Series features seven hourlong episodes that chronicle two rival sets of brothers–one from law enforcement and the other from the streets.
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Live from New York was the place to be as NBC’s SNL 40 tribute stole the show not only on Sunday night but also for the whole week, with a 7.8/21 average. FOX’s Empire had a strong showing, with 4.8/15, and ABC’s Modern Family held its own with 3.3/10. ABC’s The Bachelor maintained its season high rating among A18-49 on Monday, at 2.7/8.
Despite, or perhaps because of the Brian Williams scandal, NBC: Nightly News won the week with 9.43 million total viewers, followed by ABC: World NewsTonigh twith 9.03 million.
Hallmark Channel had a sweet Valentine’s Day. The net’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day–the latest in its Countdown event programming–reached more than 30 million unduplicated viewers and 6.7 million W25-54 during its two-week run.
Syndicated entertainment mags saw ratings boosts the week ending February 8, as the Brian Williams scandal widened. Entertainment Tonight had a 9 percent lift, to 3.8 versus the week prior, and TMZ drew a season high 2.3, up 10 percent. Access Hollywood had an 11 percent increase, matching its 2.0 season high, while Extra surged 20 percent, for a season high 1.8.
Dr. Phil was the top daytime talk show for the fourth consecutive week, increasing 3 percent to 3.7, followed by Live With Kelly & Michael, up 6 percent to 3.3. Ellen DeGeneres took a 3 percent dip, to 2.9.
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of February 9, 2015)
NBC: Nightly News 9.43 million total viewers; 1.9/8 and 2.29 million A25-54
ABC: World NewsTonight 9.03 million total viewers; 1.9/7 and 2.24 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.63 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.78 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/2/15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.8AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 7.5AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.3AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.8AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.6AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.8AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.8AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 3.7AA
Live With Kelly & Michael (DAD) 3.3AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 3.2AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/2/15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.1AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.3AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.2 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.7AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.6AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.5AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.5AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.4AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.2AA
TMZ (WB) 1.2AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of February 9, 2015
NBC: SNL: 40th Anniversary 7.8/21
FOX: Empire 4.8/15
ABC: Modern Family 3.3/10
ABC: Scandal 3.1/10
NBC: SNL 40th Red Carpet 3.0/10
CBS: NCIS 2.9/9
FOX: American Idol (Wed.) 2.8/9
ABC: How To Get Away With Murder 2.7/9
ABC: The Bachelor 2.7/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data
Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC again won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.2/6 , according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. As The Bachelor sashays closer to its season finale, the net grabbed the top spot at 8p with2.5/7, followed by CBS’s 2 Broke Girls with 2.2/6. The Bachelor stayed on top at 9p with 2.7/7,versus 1.6/4 for NBC’s The Apprentice. At 10p Castle reigned with 1.6/5; CBS’s Stevie Wonder Grammy Salute was next with 1.5/3.
A18-49: ABC 2.2/6, FOX 1.8/5, CBS 1.7/5, NBC 1.4/4, UNI 1.2/4, CW .6/2, TELE .6/2, ION .4/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, February 16, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
The Bachelor 5.8/9, Castle 5.4/9
2 Broke Girls 5.4/8, Mike & Molly 5.7/9, Stevie Wonder Grammy Salute 4.8/8
Apprentice [r] 3.8/6, State of Affairs 2.9/5
Gotham 3.7/6, Sleepy Hollow 2.7/4
Sombra Del Pasado 1.2/2, Mi Corazon es Tuyo 1.6/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.7/3, Que te Perdone Dios 1.4/2
Criminal Minds 1.2/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2
Les Miserables .8/1, Tierra de Reyes .7/1, Duenos del Paraiso 1.0/2
Originals .9/1, Jane the Virgin .9/1
Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC tickled many a funny bone as its irreverently nostalgic look back over four decades of Saturday Night Live won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 11.1/18, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. The SNL salute pre-show scored 3.0/10 at 7p, besting 1.4/5 for ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos. NBC’s SLN anniversary averaged 8.4/24 to dominate 8p, versus 1.5/4 for ABC’s Bachelor Tells All special. At 9p SNL stars drew 8.4/22 for NBC, with ABC’s The Bachelor settling for second with 1.6/4. SNL’s celebration finished the night with 7.0/19, opposite 1.6/4 for ABC’s single (for now) guy.
A18-49: NBC 6.7/19, ABC 1.5/4, CBS 1.1/3, FOX .8/2, UNI 1.0/3, , ION .3/1, TELE .3/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, February 15 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
SNL 40th-Red Carpet 3.6/6, SNL 40th 12.5/20
60 Minutes 6.4/11, Undercover Boss (special) 3.9/6, CSI (special) 4.4/7, CSI 4.5/7
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.6/6, Bachelor: Chris Tells All 3.7/6, Bachelor 3.9/6
Aqui y Ahora Sun 1.0/2, Nuestra Belleza 1.5/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.2/2
Mulaney .7/1, The Simpsons [r] .9/2, The Simpsons 1.5/2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.2/2, Family Guy 1.4/2, Bob’s Burgers 1.2/2
Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .6/1
Top Chef Estrella .3/0 , The Bourne Legacy .4/1
Saturday A18-49 Analysis: FOX had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.1/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox sped to first at 8p with a 1.0/4 average for Sprint Unlimited Pre Race and Sprint Unlimited programming, followed by .7/3 for NBC’s Dateline Mystery. Fox’s races kept the lead at 9p with 1.2/4, versus 1.0/4 for hour two of NBC’s Dateline Mystery. The last lap of Fox’s Sprint Unlimited tied NBC’s SNL Prime for the top spot at 10p with 13.5.
A18-49:FOX 1.1/4, NBC 1.0/4, ABC .6/2, CBS .6/2, UNI .6/2, TELE .2/1, ION .1/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: February 14, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Dateline Mystery 3.6/7, SNL Prime 3.2/6
Crimetime Saturday [r] 3.0/6, Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.5/5, 48 Hours 3.6/7
Sprint Unlimited Pre-Race 2.4/5, Fox Sprint Unlimited 3.2/6
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1.3/2
Sabado Gigante .9/2
Saturday 8p Movie .5/1, Saturday 10p Movie .3/1
Cine Millonario .4/1, Futbol Estelar .3/0
Craig Platt joins Showtime Networks as SVP, Creative Advertising. Platt most recently was SVP/Creative Director at ad agency mOcean. Additionally, Showtime is promoting Emily Gould to SVP, Consumer Marketing.
Discovery Channel promoted Michael Greco to EVP, Programming and Research. He most recently was SVP of Research at Discovery.
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This Day in History: 1861 – Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala. Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On which series did Courteney Cox, Alan Thicke and Yakov Smirnoff appear in the same episode? The Love Boat (1977-1987). Kudos to: Susan Nessanbaum- Goldberg, M and S Entertainment, NY; Michael Ritz, BucStar Consulting, NY; Gerry Bixenspan, TV Marketing Inc., NY; David Westberg, SAG-AFTRA, LA; Tom Moore, Kalt Productions, LA; Jerry Jones JJ Event Sales, SF. Today’s Trivia Question: Who occupied the center square in the first episode of The Hollywood Squares? (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 – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2015
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, The Odd Couple [p], Two and a Half Men [f], Elementary
CW: The Vampire Diaries, Reign
Fox: American Idol, Backstrom
NBC: The Slap, The Blacklist, Allegiance
PBS: The This Old House Hour, Masterpiece Mystery [r], Antiques Road Show [r]
Telemundo: Los Miserables, Tierra de Reyes, Duenos del Paraiso
Univision: Premio lo Nuestro 2015
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