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05.22.15 Good morning. It’s Friday May 22, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
Food: American Diner Revival at 10:30p
truTV: The Hustlers at 9p Tonight’s Finale:
Travel:Mysteries at the National Parks at 10:30p Saturday’s Premieres:
ID: How (Not) to Kill Your Husband at 10p
Nick: Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn at 8:30p
OWN: Deion’s Family Playbook at 9p
Travel: The Grill of Victory at 2p and 3p Saturday’s Finales:
DIY: Renovation Realities at 9p
History: The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved at 9p Sunday’s Premieres:
Africa Channel: The Africa Channel Movie House at 7p
E!: #RichKids of Beverly Hills at 10p
Travel: 101 Amazing Thrills at 3p Sunday’s Finales:
CBS: Battle Creek at 10p
Destination America: Ghost Asylum at 10p
HGTV: Lakefront Bargain Hunt at 8p and 8:30p
Lifetime: The Lizzie Borden Chronicles at 10p Monday’s Premieres:
American Heroes Channel: Storming Normandy at 8p
Animal Planet: The Last Alaskans at 10p
Destination America: BBQ Pitmasters at 9p
Food: Guilty Pleasures at 10p
Fyi: Waterfront House Hunting at 10p
History: Texas Rising at 9p
NBC: American Ninja Warrior at 8p, The Island at 10p
truTV: Barmageddon at 10p Monday’s Finales:
Bravo: Southern Charm at 10p
ID: True Crime With Aphrodite Jones at 9p
The finale of CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman delivered 13.76 million viewers Wednesday night, the show’s fourth largest audience ever, after its 1993 premiere and two post-Olympic shows in 1994. A 3.1 rating among A18-49 was Late Show’s best since Letterman’s kumbaya with Oprah Winfrey in 2005. The broadcast clobbered every primetime show as well as its late night competition. Even delayed by Dave’s extended exit, The Late Late Show with James Corden drew 4.01 viewers, the most ever for the franchise with any host.
TiVo released a list of the top ten moments during David Letterman’s final Late Show broadcasts that resonated most with its viewers:
10. Dave and Tom Hanks reminisce about the early days of their careers.
9. Howard Stern tries to kiss Dave.
8. President Bill Clinton talks about his new granddaughter.
7. Bill Murray stumbles out of a goodbye cake.
6. Julia Dreyfus shares one of the top ten things she’s always wanted to say to Dave:
“Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”
5. George Clooney handcuffs Dave and tells him, “You’re not going anywhere.”
4. Dave shows clips of his mother’s appearances.
3. Dave shows highlights of things they’ve done outside over the years.
2. Tina Fey takes off her dress and gives it to Dave.
1. Dave shows clips of he and guest Julia Roberts kissing.
American Heroes Channel is again partnering with the GI Film Festival, taking place this weekend in the D.C. metro area. Today, AHC Director of Development Brent Hatherill and Discovery Channel VP of Production & Development, Mike Sorenson lead a Q&A session to help veteran filmmakers looking for input on how to pitch film and television. On Saturday, GIFF presents its “Best of Show” awards ceremony, featuring America: Facts Vs. Fiction host Jamie Kaler as emcee.
MTV2 is rolling out #NONSTOPSUMMER, supporting its summer slate and featuring network talent Nick Cannon, Charlamagne tha God, Tyga, DeRay Davis and the casts of Guy Code, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out and MTV2’s Joking Off. Joining the lineup: new series Not Exactly News, launching Wednesday, June 17 at 11:30p and Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne and Kingin’ with Tyga, bowing Friday, July 10 at 11p and 11:30p. “In the middle of eight consecutive quarters of growth and our highest ratings in history, we are aiming even higher,” said Chris McCarthy, GM of MTV2, Logo TV and mtvU. “This summer MTV2 will be non-stop as we celebrate our 20th anniversary year with our most ambitious slate ever.”
HGTV renewed Island Life and Island Hunters, while sister net DIY ordered more episodes of Texas Flip and Move, Garage Gold and Building Alaska. The shows “are among the consistent performers on our networks,” said GM Allison Page, “so we want to keep our programming pipeline filled with new episodes.”
The eighth annual Television Academy Honors celebrates six programs that “used the power of television to shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of viewers.” ABC’s black-ish, ESPN’s E:60 Dream On:Stories of Boston’s Strongest, HBO’s The Normal Heart and Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert, Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s Virunga will be honored Wednesday, May 27 at the Montage Beverly Hills, with Dana Delany returning as host.
Fuse Media struck a multi-year partnership with comedian Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy) for new original comedy series. First to get the green light: half-hour Fluffy Breaks Even! (wt), which began production on Thursday for an October launch. “Gabriel is the perfect example of the type of talent that is part of Fuse’s new goal of representing New Young America – the young millennial tastemakers and trendsetters who are revolutionizing today’s culture and whose influence is evident on and offline,” said Fuse President Bill Hilary.
Epix gave straight-to-series orders for its first original scripted series, comedy Graves, created by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and starring Nick Nolte as a former U.S. President, and Paramount Television espionage drama Berlin Station.
Last Hope with Troy Dunn (wt), featuring the motivational speaker/missing person expert tracking down lost loved ones and facilitating reunions, got the green light from UP for 10 episodes. DunnDeal Studios will produce for a fall 2015 debut. The net also acquired Dunn’s The Locator, produced by Asylum Entertainment, set to premiere Monday, June 1 at 9p. Dunn’s pleased with the partnership. “UP is the network I would create if given the opportunity to do so,” he tells Cynopsis. “UP shares my values, my love of family and my view of what television should be.”
TLC has started production on season two of Our Little Family, slated for a September premiere. Docu-series produced by Discovery Studios averaged 1.7 million P2+ viewers its first go-round.
UK’s Ealing Studios is acquiring a stake in production company GreenAcre Films as part of the expansion of its television division. The first of what Ealing says will be many deals will allow for development of an “ambitious and innovative” TV slate.
Born on the Fourth of July will run as part of USA’s “Characters Unite” film series, designed to promote tolerance and acceptance. The 1989 movie airs Saturday, May 23 at 7p, with a new introduction from its star, Tom Cruise.
HLN is premiering Vacation Chasers, about travel experts competing to plan dream vacations, on Friday, June 5 at 9p. A smartphone app allowing users to curate a vacation itinerary will be introduced ahead of the launch.
Today AHC is announcing the launch of a new Sunday morning programming block, “Salute to Sacrifice,” celebrating veterans and members of the armed forces. A multi-platform collaboration with top military-focused organizations, programming begins Memorial Day weekend and will air Sundays from 9a-12p. Content for May 24 includes three episodes of Against the Odds.
The good, the bad and the outrageous on social media are explored in half-hour special Worst.Post.Ever: With Frankie Grande. YouTube star and Big Brother fan fave Grande breaks down buzzy posts, tweets and selfies Tuesday, August 18 at 10p on Oxygen.
What’s the right programming for a female-focused net? LMN is going with scripted drama Strange Empire: Rise of the Women, about three women looking for a new way of life in the North American frontier, circa 1860. Thirteen one-hour eps launch Friday, May 29 at 9p.
E! announced its summer lineup, kicking off Memorial Day Weekend with the return of #RichKids of Beverly Hills on Sunday at 10p, following a new episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians at 9p. A new season of Total Divas debuts Tuesday, July 7at9p, followed by new series Hollywood Cycle at 10p. Sex With Brody, featuring Brody Jenner, premieres Friday, July 10 at 10:30p, while Brody’s dad Bruce Jenner’s new documentary series, following his life as a transgender woman, bows Sunday, July 26 at 9p, along with new reality series Stewarts & Hamiltons at 10p.
Fuse helps get the Memorial Day party started with music-themed programming Saturday, May 23-Monday, May 25. Included: Top 100 House Party Songs and Top 100 Summer Anthems.
Steven Williams (The X-Files) will recur on season two of HBO drama The Leftovers as an outcast and confidant to Justin Theroux’s character.
Mimi Rogers (Bosch) has joined the cast of upcoming Starz drama Ash vs. Evil Dead, sequel to the Evil Dead movie franchise, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series is shooting in New Zealand, headed for a fall bow.
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Following its sponsorship of CNN’s The Circuit, business logistics company DHL is extending its brand campaign with sponsorship of new CNN feature strand Traders. DHL branding also runs exclusively on a Traders microsite hosted on CNN Money, combining video content with interactive and informative elements. “CNN, with its global reach and commitment to high-grade storytelling, is the perfect media partner to help us to highlight the vital role that logistics plays as an enabler of the world’s trade flows,” said Arjan Sissing, SVP, global brand marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group.
Hispanic extreme sports, music and lifestyle channel PX TV launched on the AT&T U-verse app. The announcement comes on the heels of the carriage launch on AT&T U-Verse in the U.S.
ESPN Deportes is now available on Sling TV as part of the “Deportes Extra” add-on package. For an additional $5 per month, customers who choose to supplement the “Best of Live TV” core package with “Deportes Extra” will be able to receive live access to ESPN Deportes.
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ABC claims the A18-49 May sweeps crown with 1.7/6, its first back-to-back May sweeps victories in over 23 years, winning all four weeks in the demo.
The season six finale of ABC’s Modern Family delivered a 2.3/8 rating among A18-49, a four tenths dip versus the week prior and series low. Not helping: Family’s lead-in, game show 500 Questions, debuted to 1.2/5.
CBS This Morning: Saturday is up 20 percent among A25-54 (.6/4) and 13 percent in viewers (2.09 million) versus last May, according to Nielsen. It’s the show’s best May sweep delivery for a CBS Saturday morning news program since 2006 in the demo, and best to date in viewers.
The BBC announced it has a weekly global audience of 308 million people, representing the combined measured reach of international BBC content, both news and entertainment, for the year 2014/15. For the first time, television (148 million) overtook radio (133 million) as the most popular platform for BBC international news.
Broadcast Morning Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of May 11, 2015)
ABC: GMA5.19 million total viewers; 1.5/12 and 1.8 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.85 million total viewers; 1.6/13 and 1.87 million A25-54
CBS This Morning 3.67 million total viewers; .9/7 and 1.03 million A25-54
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Sunday Morning News Shows May 17, 2015
CBS: Face the Nation 3.14 million total viewers; .6 and 774,000 million A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.78 million total viewers; .9/1.06 million A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.62 million total viewers .7/869,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.73 million total viewers; .4 and 428,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.2 million total viewers; .3 and 341,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 2.1/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS was first at 8p with 2.2/8 for the two-hour season finale of Survivor, followed by 1.3/5 for Fox’s Masterchef. Survivor kept the lead at 9p with a 2.4/8, versus a 2.0 average for Modern Family and black-ish. CBS’s Survivor reunion topped 10p with 1.8/6; NBC’s Chicago PD took second with 1.4/5.
A18-49: CBS 2.1/7, ABC 1.4/5, NBC 1.3/4, FOX 1.2/4, UNI .9/3, TELE .7/2, CW .5/2, ION .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: May 20, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
Survivor 5.7/10, Survivor Reunion 4.3/8
Mysteries of Laura 4.7/8, Law and Order: SVU 4.7/8, Chicago PD 4.8/9
500 Questions 3.5/6, Modern Family 4.6/8, black-ish 3.4/6, Celebrity Wife Swap 2.1/4
Amores con Trampa 1.3/2, Impernoble 1.3/2, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.2/2
Supernatural [r] .7/1, Supernatural 1.1/2
Avenida Brasil .6/1, Tierra de Reyes .8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.2/2
Ghost Whisperer .6/1, Ghost Whisperer .6/1, Ghost Whisperer .6/1
Paramount Television tapped Jessica Rovins to serve as Executive Vice President, Communications. Most recently, Rovins was Senior Vice President of Publicity at Paramount Pictures.
BBC Worldwide announced Herb Scannell has decided to step down as President, BBC Worldwide North America. Ann Sarnoff, currently COO, BBC Worldwide North America has been promoted to the position.Scannell will turn over day-to-day operations to Sarnoff on August 1, 2015, but will remain with the company through the summer.
BET Networks named Maureen Guthman as Senior Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions. Prior to joining the company, Guthman served as SVP of Program Strategy and Acquisitions at TV One.
Mitch Petrie is new Vice President of Programming at Sportsman Channel. Before he landed at Sportsman, Petrie established Muddy Boot Productions.
Xelo Montesino was appointed General Manager of Cuarzo Producciones in Spain. He had been the company’s Content Director.
Friday Fun Fact: Hyenas are more closely related to cats than to dogs.
This Day in History: 1868 – The Reno Gang made off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds in the Great Train Robbery near Marshfield, Indiana.Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the character name of the famous actress who spent time on Walton’s Mountain when she was out of money on The Waltons (1971-1981)? Alvira Drummond. Kudos to: Jim Bono-Crown Media Family Networks/NYC, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Cammie Buerry-Station Casinos/Las Vegas. Today’s Trivia Question: On Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, (1993-1997) who was “John Doe”? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY MAY 22, 2015
ABC: 500 Questions, Shark Tank [r], 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r], Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r], The Messengers
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen [r], Bones [r]
NBC: The Blacklist [r], Dateline NBC [r]
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family, In Performance at the White House [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imerdonable, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No
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