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MTV is utilizing hit Jersey Shore Family Vacation to launch new series and expand on its Thursday night block. First up was Ex on the Beach, which debuted out of JSFV last week, and was the highest non Jersey Shore unscripted series to debut in four years. Also on the slate are four new series: Made in Kentucky (wt), a docuseries about a rowdy group of friends in Pike County, KY; Staten Island 10310 (wt), a coming-of-age story following a group of rebellious young adults and their families; Too Stupid to Die, the story of a backyard stunt family; and Just Tattoo of Us, based on the hit global format.
Netflix ordered a limited series revival of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Production is slated to begin later this year for a 2019 premiere. Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Mary Ann Singleton will reprise their original roles, while Ellen Page was added to the cast.
Travel Channel picked up Mysteries and Myths with Megan Fox (wt). The series has Fox, who also serves as co-creator and producer, embarking on a journey across the globe to delve into some of the greatest mysteries of time, including whether Amazon women really did exist. Production begins in June to air later this year.
Paramount Network greenlit Ink Master for an eleventh season, ordering 16 new episodes of the tattoo competition series. The show is ranking #1 among A18-49 and W18-49 in its timeslot on cable.
Amazon is developing Girl Waits With Gun, an hourlong drama series based on Amy Stewart’s bestselling book, from writers Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan (Veep). Series is inspired by the true story of Constance Kopp, who became the first female sheriff in the U.S. in 1914.
YouTube ordered The Lou Pearlman Project (wt), a doc about the rise and fall of the notorious record producer and convicted fraudster, who was behind bands *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. *NSYNC member Lance Bass is attaches as and EP. Doc debuts on YouTube Red in 2018.
Authentic Entertainment is partnering with Kronicle Media to develop and produce character-driven content for and about women from diverse perspectives.
The deal solidifies a collaboration on both documentary and unscripted projects.
Builder/designer Jasmine Roth takes houses from bland to beautiful in new HGTV home renovation series Hidden Potential. Series bows Tuesday, May 15 at 10p.
Iron Chef America returns Sunday, May 20 at 10p on Food Network. Hosted by Alton Brown, each episode pits an up-and-coming chef competitor against an elite iron chef.
Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 The Series launches with a weekend event featuring back-to-back episodes, on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at 9a on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD platforms.
Science Channel’s Unearthed returns to uncover hidden secrets of ancient monuments and civilizations on Tuesday, May 15 at 9p.
TLC’s Lost in Translation debuts Sunday, May 20 at 10p. Docu-series chronicles the lives of four couples during the most trying time in their marriage.
Tom Farrell, CEO of The Workshop and Co-Executive Producer of TLC’s Trading Spaces revival, was also the showrunner for the original series. How do you refresh a classic without alienating the original core audience? A mix of something old, something new, says Farrell in the new Cynsiders.
Comedy Central is re-airing Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump on Thursday, April 26 at 9:30p, Friday, April 27 at 12a, and Sunday, April 29 at 11p. 2011 roast features Seth MacFarlane, Snoop Dogg, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and more.
AXS TV pays tribute to southern rock pioneers with a Saturday Stack event on Saturday, May 5, beginning with Lynyrd Skynryd: One More For The Fans at 1p, followed by Gone With The Wind: The Remarkable Rise And Tragic Fall Of Lynyrd Skynryd at 3p. All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman airs at 6p, with The Allman Brothers Band: After The Crash bowing at 9p.
FOX & FriendsAinsley Earhardt co-hosts the news show from the University of South Carolina, her alma mater, on Friday. Show airs live beginning at 6a. Earhardt’s book, The Light Within Me, was released on Tuesday.
HITN struck a strategic partnership with the National Cable Television Cooperation to enhance its expansion in the U.S. Hispanic market. The deal allows NCTC member operators, which provide service to millions of subscribers, to offer their customers unlimited access to HITN’s educational and entertainment content via their linear services, TVE services and digital platforms.
Standard Media Group LLC announced a deal with Sinclair Television Group, Inc.
to purchase nine television stations in seven markets for $ 441.7 million. The sale is part of Sinclair’s broader plan to divest stations in connection with the closing merger with Tribune Media Company.  
Georgia Flood (Ansac Girls, Wentworth Prison) nabbed the lead in Lifetime’s American Princess, the straight-to-series drama from Jenji Kohan, Jamie Denbo and Tara Herrmann. Rounding out the cast are Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) Seana Kofoed (Flaked), Rory O’Malley (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Mary Hollis Inboden (The Real O’Neals).
Netflix set an end date for Sense8 – the sci-fi series will wrap on Friday, June 8. The streamer also announced a premiere date for An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life – comedy special, starring Steve Martin and Martin Short, bows Friday, May 25.
Roku partnered with ABC News to bring live news to The Roku Channel. The deal also includes the launch of ABC News Live, a new 24/7 livestream offering rolling out in May.
In an annual letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that 100 million subscribers pay for Amazon Prime, the bundle offering of free shipping, exclusive video content and more. The number means Amazon is the second-largest streaming video company, behind Netflix, which as 120 million subscribers. Hulu, which is only available in the U.S., has 17 million.
Meanwhile, Amazon has greenlit a second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, ahead of its August 6 premiere on Prime Video.
Facebook is getting ready to expand pre-roll video ads outside its Watch video platform. It began testing the ads, earlier this year. “We have seen promising signs, so we are expanding testing to places where people seek out videos, like in search results or on a Page timeline,” wrote Nick Grudin, VP of Media Partnerships, and Maria Angelidou-Smith, Product Management Director, in a blog post. Facebook announced other changes to its video monetization policies, including launching preview trailers that allow publishers or creators to promote their videos in a short retailer format in the news feed, and an automatic ad break insertion tool, which will optimize where mid-roll ads are place. 
Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, is set to premiere Monday, May 7. Show features Smith, her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne delving into candid conversation with family and friends.
Britain’s Parking Hell, a new series from Plimsoll Productions, takes viewers across the country documenting their parking battles. Show is set to air on Channel 5.
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Ratings for the bulk of the top syndicated shows were forced to contend with marathon coverage of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day testimony before the Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary Committees, during the session ending April 18. On the positive side, Live With Kelly and Ryan (2.2 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, steady from the previous frame) was the sole talker in the top tree to avoid any week-to-week declines. It outperformed Ellen DeGeneres (2.1, down 5%) and finished alone in second place behind Dr. Phil. (3.1, down 9%).
Rookie Page Six TV (0.7) rose 25% in the W25-54 money demo and ranked as the season’s youngest-skewing newcomer to first-run syndication by a significant margin. In access time periods the race was close. Inside Edition (2.9, down 3%) lost some ground, but finished in a dead heat at the top of the magazine category with Entertainment Tonight (2.9), which held steady.
Univision’s two-hour broadcast of children talent competition series Pequenos Gigantes on Sunday attracted 2.1 million Total Viewers, 729,000 A18-49 and 230,000 A18-34.
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of April 16, 2018
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Instagram (000), Twitter (000)
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 2843, 204, 2235, 404
Riverdale (The CW) 2230, 5, 2104, 121
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 2205, 172, 1755, 277
Scandal (ABC) 1563, 83, 908, 573
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1232, 27, 1082, 123
American Idol (ABC) 1013, 124, 810, 80
Luis Miguel, la serie (Telemundo) 957, 8, 945, 4
American Idol (ABC) 739, 224, 459, 56
The Voice (NBC) 700, 53, 362, 284
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (MTV) 662, 21, 548, 93

TV Binge Report: Most Binged TV Shows for the week of April 16, 2018
(Show/Share of Streams)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 3.06%
La Casa de Papel (Netflix/Antena 3) 2.78%
Riverdale (The CW) 2.71%
The Walking Dead (AMC) 2.45%
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.77%
Lost in Space (Netflix) 1.62%
Friends (NBC) 1.49%
Lucifer (The CW) 1.43%
The Flash (The CW) 1.41%
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 1.40%
Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of April 16, 2018
ABC: Roseanne 3.5/15
CBS: The Big Bang Theory 2.4/11
CBS: Young Sheldon 1.9/8
NBC: The Voice 1.8/7
FOX: Empire 1.8/7
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy 1.7/7
CBS: Survivor 1.6/7
NBC: The Voice 1.5/6
NBC: The Voice 1.5/7
ABC: American Idol 1.5/6

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 4/9/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.8 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.4 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.9 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.1 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.9 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.3 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan 2.2 AA
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 4/9/18 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.9 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.7 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.4 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.1 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.0 AA
The Goldbergs (SPT) 0.8 AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 0.7 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.7 AA

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of April 16, 2018
ABC World News Tonight 8.54 million total viewers; 1.5/7 and 1.77 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.91 million total viewers; 1.4/7 and 1.75 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 5.99 million total viewers; 1.0/5 and 1.20 million A25-54
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of April 16, 2018
ABC: Good Morning America 4.36 million total viewers; 1.1/11 and 1,392,000 A25-54
NBC: Today 4.11 million total viewers; 1.2/11 and 1,427,000 A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.40 million total viewers; 0.7/7 and 884,000 A25-54
Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows Ratings April 22, 2018
NBC Meet the Press 3.24 million total viewers; 0.7 and 881,000 A25-54
ABC This Week 2.89 million total viewers; 0.6 and 781,000 A25-54
CBS Face the Nation 2.70 million total viewers; 0.4 and 543,000 A25-54
CBS Face the Nation-2 1.89million total viewers; 0.3 and 349,000 A25-54
FOX News Sunday 1.23 million total viewers; 0.3 and 362,000 A25-54

Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of April 16, 2018
CBS: The Late Show 3.19 million total viewers; 0.44/3 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.19 million total viewers; 0.50/3 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.05 million total viewers; 0.42/3 among A18-49
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Monday, April 23, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 6.21 million
The Voice 8.28, Good Girls 4.14
ABC: 5.92 million
American Idol 7.59, The Crossing 4.24
CBS: 5.54 million
The Big Bang Theory 6.41, Young Sheldon 6.06, Young Sheldon 5.86, The Big Bang Theory 5.55, The Late Late Show: Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018 3.84
FOX: 3.37 million
Lucifer 2.82, The Resident 3.92
UNI: 1.16 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.22, Papa a toda madre 1.09, Por Amar Sin Ley 1.16
CW: 1.01 million
Supergirl 1.38, iZombie 0.71
TELE: 0.824 million
Mi Familia Perfecta 0.65, Al otro lado del muro 0.76, Enemigo Intimo 1.04

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC 1.3/5, ABC 1.2/5, CBS 0.9/4, FOX 0.7/3, UNI 0.6/2, CW 0.3/1, TELE 0.5/2
Fox 21 Television promoted Nissa Diederich from Senior Vice President, Production to Executive Vice President, Production.
Ana Bond was appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International Production, Latin America of Sony Pictures TV. She joins from W Studios.

Global Road Entertainment named Jun Oh as President of Business and Legal Affairs. Oh was previously Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Pitch appointed Evelyn Borgatta as Vice President of Account. She previously served as Head of Client Services at Red Bull’s agency, Kastner & Partners.
Alkemy X hired Emmy-nominated visual effects vet Mark Miller to head its Los Angeles-based VFX and post-production facility. After co-founding Eden FX and serving as head of the TV Division at Pixomondo, Miller had been consulting for visual effects studios.

This Day in History: 1992 – The final episode of Who’s the Boss? aired on ABC.
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ABC: The Goldbergs, Alex, Inc., Modern Family, American Housewife, Designated Survivor
CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds [f]
CW: Riverdale, The Originals [p]
FOX: Empire, Star
NBC: The Voice, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D.
Telemundo: Mi Familia Perfecta, Al otro lado del muro, Enemigo intimo
Univision: El rico y Lazaro, Papa a toda madre, Por Amar Sin Ley

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