02.24.16 Good morning. It’s Wednesday February 24, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
BET: About the Business at 10p
Fyi: Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip at 9p
MTV: Catfish: The TV Show at 10p
Smithsonian: Predator Road Trip at 8p
TLC: My 600-Lb. Life at 8p, Fat Chance at 10p Tonight’s Finale:
CBS: Code Black at 10p
PBS is launching a free 24/7 multiplatform children’s programming service. Available this fall via PBS stations, the service will include an expanded PBS Kids TV channel and livestream on digital platforms – via OTT partners and PBSKIDS.org. The service eventually will integrate interactive games and activities. The new channel will significantly expand access to PBS Kids educational programming, making it available more hours, including during primetime and weekends when some families tune in together.
Univision CFO Francisco Lopez-Balboa characterized reports that the company wants to buy out Disney’s 50 percent share of English-language joint news operation Fusion as “rumors” during the company’s quarterly earnings call, saying, “We are happy with the joint venture.” But execs did divulge the price the company paid – $27.1 million for a 40.5 percent – for satirical Web site The Onion, which it bought in January. The purchase “will help us expand our reach and achieve scale with multicultural millennial audiences,” CEO Randy Falco said.
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The legal drama spinoff from Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise for NBC, tentatively titled Chicago Law, took another step forward. Longtime Wolf collaborator Jean de Segonzac is onboard to direct the upcoming episode of Chicago PD that will serve as an embedded pilot for the potential legal offshoot.
VH1 is paying homage to Angela Raiola, star of the net’s series Mob Wives and spinoff Big Ang, who last week lost her battle with cancer, by airing the full season of Big Ang today starting at 9p following the debut of a new ep of Mob Wives. A tribute special celebrating Ang’s biggest TV moments will premiere on VH1 in March.
MSNBC analyst Alex Wagner will be a guest contributor to the episode of Showtime’s The Circus airing this Sunday, February 28, at 8p. Wagner will join the team on the campaign trail in South Carolina this week in the final days before the Democratic primary.
Sportsman Channel is bringing back its Talkin’ Turkey marathon for the next four Saturdays, February 27 through March 19. The marathon returns for a fifth year with 12 hours of all-turkey hunting action.
ABC can see for miles. The network renewed The View for a 20th season, as Candi Carter officially steps in as executive producer of the talker. Carter joined the show last August as interim showrunner. Prior, she worked as a senior/supervising producer at The Oprah Winfrey Show for 15 years. The View kicked off 2016 with its highest ratings in almost a year. Unknown is the status for season 20 of the show’s current hosts.
Renewal on aisle one. NBC has given a midseason renewal to freshman Monday night comedy Superstore. Season to date, the comedy averages a 2.1 rating in A18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall in Live + 7, according to Nielsen, making it NBC’s highest-rated first-year comedy in two years. The ensemble cast is led by America Ferrara, as the megastore’s most stalwart employee Amy, and Ben Feldman as its newly hired manager.
After a long run on The CW with host Tyra Banks, America’s Next Top Model will get a new look for its debut on VH1, including a move back to NYC. CBS Television Distribution and VH1 are partnering on a new season of the iconic franchise for a new generation; details on the premiere date and new host and judges are forthcoming. Series creator and exec producer Banks will continue to serve as exec producer; Ken Mok, also exec producer for the series’ full run, will continue in the same role for the next season as well. The series is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Co.
Zach Galifianakis clown comedy Baskets will get a second season at FX in early 2017. The series, co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, delivered the most-watched basic cable primetime comedy series premiere since 2014 and remains cable’s most-watched new scripted comedy series of the year in A18-49 and Total Viewers, averaging 944,000 A18-49 and 1.5 million Total Viewers.
TLC will premiere Fat Chance, produced by 3 Ball Entertainment, tonight at 10p. “We’ve produced many shows about weight loss over the years and have learned that carrying a significant amount of extra weight can affect a lot more than just your body. For so many people, the emotional issues that often drain one’s confidence become the real battle,” exec producer JD Roth tells Cynopsis. “Fat Chance goes beyond weight loss. As participants lose weight and adopt healthier lifestyles, the show harnesses the power of their improved sense of self to help them find love as they deal with old crushes and, hopefully, resolve them – one way or the other. It’s truly inspiring to witness such courage and resilience as they confront fears to really put themselves out there.”
For those about to rock… Nickelodeon is bringing Richard Linklater’s cult classic School of Rock to the small screen with the series premiere Saturday, March 12 at 9:30p after the Kids’ Choice Awards. Produced with Paramount Television, the series will regularly air Saturdays at 8:30p. Series has been developed by Jim and Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein), who also serve as executive producers with Jay Kogen (The Simpsons). Linklater and producer Scott Rudin serve as series executive producers, along with Eli Bush (The Newsroom).
Warner Bros. is acquiring SVOD service DramaFever from SoftBank, which acquired the company in October 2014. The deal will add the flagship DramaFever channel, which offers Korean television and programming from other countries, to subscribers in the US and around the world, to the WB coffers.
Colt Prattes (Rock of Ages) sashays in as romantic dance instructor Johnny in Lionsgate and ABC’s filmed musical Dirty Dancing. Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) co-stars with Prattes.
Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) will co-star with Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto and Anna Diop in the pilot for Fox reboot 24: Legacy, which puts new characters and cast to the 24 franchise.
Ken Jeong is giving Randall Park a right-back-atcha. On the heels of Park signing to guest on Jeong’s ABC comedy Dr. Ken, Jeong will guest on Park’s sophomore ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat where he’ll play the fraternal twin of Park’s character Louis.
Christina Kirk (A to Z) will join Ben Queen (A to Z creator) for the DC Comics-themed workplace comedy Powerless, his new pilot at NBC. Series stars Vanessa Hudgens.
Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex) will play the lead role in USA Network’s crime thriller Eyewitness, with Tyler Young (Empire) joining as a series regular to play her foster son. The Norwegian drama from Universal Cable Productions is adapted for American television by Adi Hasak (creator, Shades of Blue).
Mo McRae (Murder In The First), Meagan Holder (Born Again Virgin) and Tim Jo (The Neighbors) are onboard as regulars in Fox baseball drama pilot Pitch.
Peyton List (The Flash) landed the female lead opposite Riley Smith in CW drama pilot Frequency, reports Deadline. The series, based on Toby Emmerich’s sci-fi thriller, is written by Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver.
Dan Byrd (Cougar Town) will co-star in the ABC drama pilot Model Woman, a fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey’s book about Eileen Ford.
New OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network original drama series Queen Sugar is casting up. Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars), Greg Vaughan (Days of Our Lives) and Henry G. Sanders (Selma) have joined the cast of the series, from filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) and produced by Warner Horizon Television. The series begins production in Louisiana and LA this month.
Emmy-winning uberproducer Mark Burnett and TBS have amassed a panel of celebrity judges for new tech competition series America’s Greatest Makers, created in collaboration with Intel and debuting on TBS Tuesday, April 5 at 9p. The roster includes sports legends Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith, actress Mayim Bialik and Massimo Banzi, maker and co-founder and CEO of Arduino.
Sarah Michelle Gellar guest stars on a new ep of truTV’s comic homage to teachers, Those Who Can’t, tomorrow, February 25 at 10:30p, as the terrifying head of the PTA who “runs the school with an iron yoga-mat clutching fist.”
Nearly three-quarters of local advertisers plan to complement their local cable TV ad spend with mobile and digital buys, according to new research from Viamedia. The new nationwide survey of local cable TV advertisers also disclosed:
– Half of the participants have implemented mobile advertising to complement their local cable TV ad buys, while nearly one-third (30%) are considering including mobile advertising in 2016.
– 67 percent of advertisers plan to increase or maintain their local cable TV ad spend this year.
Boat Rocker Rights, Boat Rocker Media’s new distribution, sales and licensing division, acquired worldwide distribution rights for programs in Fox’s syndicated science block Xploration Station, produced by Steve Rotfeld Productions. The deal consists of Xploration Awesome Planet, Xploration Outer Space, Xploration DIY Sci, and Xploration Nature Knows Best.
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Friday’s season one finale of Lifetime’s new reality competition The Rap Game recorded series highs in all demographics while also posting double digits gains vs. its New Year’s Day premiere, including 1.6 million Total Viewers, a 38 percent jump compared to launch. Airing at 10p, the program focuses on five emerging hip-hop artists ages 12-16 who are given the opportunity to work with producer Jermaine Dupri. It also delivered 858,000 A18-49 (up 33 percent), and 815,000 A25-54 ( up 51 percent).
More than halfway through the second season, TV Land series Younger is hitting series highs with Women and Total Viewers, and matching a series high with Adults. With a recent renewal for season three and its second season finale closing in on Wednesday, March 23 at 10p, the February 17 ep scored series highs, with a 1.2 rating among W25-54, a 1.1 rating with W18-49, and a .7 with A18-49, with 1.2 million Total Viewers in Live +3.
Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship wrapped up its season on Monday with the finale scoring a .9 rating for A25-54 (880,000 impressions) and a .8 among A25-34 (230,000 impressions), up 27 percent and 18 percent respectively versus year-ago, and ranking 3rd across cable for both demos in the 8p timeslot. Overall the season was up21 percent among A25-54 and 19 percent among A25-34 versus last season.
Broadcast Evening News ShowsWeekly Average Ratings (week of February 15, 2016)
NBC: Nightly News 9.059 million total viewers 1.8/7 and 2.177 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 9.026 million total viewers; 1.7/7 and 2.047 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.326 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.724 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC and Fox tied for the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.0/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. The networks were neck and neck at 8p with ABC’s The Bachelor and Fox’s X-Files both scoring 2.4/8, followed by ABC’s Supergirl with 1.5/5. At 9p, The Bachelor held his own with 2.5/8, followed by CBS’ Scorpion with 1.7/5. NBC’s Biggest Loser finished first at 10p with 1.2/4, followed by ABC’s Castle with 1.1/4.
A18-49: ABC 2/6, CBS 1.5/5, NBC 1.1/4, FOX 2/6, UNI 0.7/3, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, February 22, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Supergirl 4.5/7, Scorpion 6.2/10, NCIS: Los Angeles 5.7/10
The Bachelor 5.7/9, Castle 3.7/7
Superstore 3.0/5, Telenovela 1.9/3, Biggest Loser 2.5/4
The X-Files 4.6/7, Lucifer 3.0/5
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.2/2, Hotel de los Secretos 1.1/2
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .6/1, Jane the Virgin .6/1
Quien es Quien .7/1, Eva, La Trailera 0.7/1, La Querida del Centauro 0.9/2
Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds .8/2
Sunday A18-49 Analysis: ABC led for the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 1.5/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s America’s Funniest Videos topped 7p with 1.3/5, followed by NBC’s Dateline Sunday with 1.2/4. At 8p, ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney special took top honors with a 1.8/5, followed by the second half of NBC’s Dateline with 1.3/4. At 9p Disney carried on for ABC with 1.7/5, followed by NBC’s Tribute to James Burrows with 1.4/4. At 10p ABC’s Shark Tank ruled with 1.1/4, followed by CBS’ CSI: Cyber with .9/3.
A18-49: ABC 1.5/5, CBS 1.1/3, NBC 1.2/4, FOX 1/3, UNI 0.6/2, TELE 0.4/1, ION 0.2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, February 21, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
60 Minutes 6.8/12, Madame Secretary 6.6/11, The Good Wife 5.1/8, CSI Cyber 4.4/8
America’s Funniest Video 3.6/6, Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 3.8/6, Shark Tank 2.4/4
Dateline Sunday 3.9/7, Tribute to James Burrows 3.5/6
Simpson’s 1.2/2, Bob’s Burgers 1.4/2, Simpsons 1.9/3, Cooper Barrett’s Guide 1.1/2, Family Guy 1.6/3, Border Town 1.0/2
Aqui Y Ahora .9/2, NBL Reunion Reinas 1.1/2, Sal y Pimienta 1/2
Reina de el Chapo .7/1, Gran Hermano .5/1, Ya Era Hora .3/0
Leverage Sun .7/1, Leverage Sun .6/1, Leverage Sun .6/1, Leverage Sun .6/1
Saturday A18-49 Analysis: ABC scored the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.0/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p ABC’s Dateline Mystery grabbed .8/3, followed by ABC with the end of the NBA Countdown and beginning of the Clippers-Golden State game with a .6/3. At 9p, the game brought ABC a win with a 1.2/5, followed by CBS’ Dateline with .9/3. ABC held on at 10p with the game scoring 1.3/5, trailed by CBS’ 48 Hours with .9/3.
A18-49: ABC 1.0/4, CBS .6/2, NBC .7/3, ION .4/1, UNI .4/1, FOX .3/1, TELE .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, February 20, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Crimetime Saturday: NCIS Los Angeles 2.2/4, Crimetime Saturday: Criminal Minds 2.1/4, 48 Hours 3.5/7
NBA Countdown: Golden State at LA Clippers 1.1/2, NBA Saturday Primetime 2.2/4
Dateline Mystery 3.1/6, SNL Prime 1.9/4
Rosewood- Sat .8/2, Jeff Gordon Daytona .7/1
Cronicas de Sabado .6/1, Sal y Piementa .7/1
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .6/1, Jane the Virgin .6/1
Que Noche .51, America’s Funniest Videos .3/1
Law & Order 1.0/2, Law & Order .9/2, Law & Order .9/2
Discovery Communications’ CFO Andrew Warren will depart the company at the end of 2016, after serving nearly five years with the company. An internal and external search for his successor will begin immediately. Among Warren’s accomplishments at Discovery was leading the financing and the financial integration for the $1.7 billion acquisition of SBS Nordic and the acquisition of Eurosport.
This Day in History: 1803 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues. Answer to Our Last Trivia: Which character gave a touching maid of honor speech that included a letter the bride had written to her when they were kids? Rory to Lane on Gilmore Girls (2000-2007). Kudos to: Taylor Fleming, Discovery Communications, NY; Cristy Miller, HBO, NY; Katherine Naugher, Scripps Networks Interactive, Knoxville. Today’s Trivia Question – Best Friends Theme Week: A cunning cat and good-natured dog starred in which early Hanna-Barbera series? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.). Keep Watching & Reading,
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2016
ABC: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, blackish, American Crime
CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, Code Black
CW: Arrow, Supernatural
Fox: American Idol, Hell’s Kitchen
NBC: The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago PD
PBS: Nature, NOVA, The Human Face of Big Data
Telemundo: Quien es quien?, Eva la Trailera, La Querida del Centauro
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, El Hotel de los Secretos
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