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HISTORY’S ‘EVEL LIVE’ SOARS AS #1 CABLE SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
3.5 million viewers watched action sports superstar Travis Pastrana pay tribute to
Evel Knievel with three record-breaking stunts on Sunday.
The three-hour LIVE event was cable’s #1 special of the year to-date
in A25-54, Total Viewers and men, TV’s #1 telecast on Sunday night in men and
cable’s #1 telecast on Sunday night in all key demos.
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TLC is #1 on Sundays!
Spurred by the return of 90 DAY FIANCÉ: HAPPILY EVER AFTER?
TLC brings on the heat with the premieres of:
OUTDAUGHTERED, Tuesdays 9/8c
RATTLED, Tuesdays 10/9c
DR. PIMPLE POPPER, Wednesdays 10/9c
And mega hit 90 DAY FIANCÉ: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS returns Sunday Aug 5 at 8/7c
IN THE NEWS
Meredith Vieira (Today, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) is back to playing games as host of 25 Words or Less, debuting on select Fox-owned stations on Monday, August 6. Half-hour summer series will broadcast for three weeks.
Fox sweetened its bid, to $32.5 billion, for the stake in Europe’s Sky that it does not already own. That’s enough to surpass the $30 billion offer Comcast made in April, which beat Fox’s original $23.2 billion December bid; Comcast is expected to make a competing offer. Fox currently holds a 39% stake in Sky.
Apollo Global Management is eyeing operator of TV stations Nexstar Media Group. According to reports, the buyout firm has approached Nextstar about acquiring it.
Ouch. YouTube TV crashed during the middle of the second half of yesterday’s World Cup semifinals between England and Croatia. “Hey everyone – sincere apologies for streaming issues with YouTube TV,” tweeted the service before action resumed. “The timing is horrible but we’re working to be up and running again ASAP!”.
Mad About You co-creator and star Paul Reiser isn’t holding his breath for a revival of the 1992-1999 comedy, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “It’s kind of stuck in the business end of it….My guess is it won’t happen.” Sony Pictures Television had struck deals with Reiser, co-star Helen Hunt and showrunner Peter Tolan, but, said Reiser, “There’s so many moving parts when you’re working with a studio or broadcaster.”
Conservative talk show host Joe Walsh is calling for a boycott of Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming Showtime series, Who Is America?, after being duped into doing an interview for a fake pro-Israel event. The day before, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said she’d been interviewed with Baron Cohen posing as a disabled veteran. “His tactics are disgusting,” said Walsh.
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Millennial and Gen Z men are an elusive group for networks and marketers, but a valuable one. A report from Engagement Labs, “The Remarkable Influence of Millennial Men,” shows they’re 50% more likely than millennial women to be word-of-mouth influencers. During today’s webinar, “ Connecting with the New Young Male Demo ,” our e xperts will share how to align your marketing efforts with millennial male interests.
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Frankie Shaw inked an overall deal with ABC Signature Studios that will have her continue as EP on SMILF, as well as develop new projects for all platforms, with a focus on cable.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Creepy (in a good way) stuff coming up on ID this summer. Debuts of new series include Dark Waters: Murder in the Deep on Tuesday, July 31 at 10p; Someone You Thought You Knew on Thursday, August 2 at 10p; and The Devil Speaks on Tuesday, August 21 at 10p. Two-hour special The Last Defense, following its premiere on ABC, airs Sunday, August 26 at 8p.
Discovery’s Cash Cab makes its season debut Friday, July 27 at 7p with a splash, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the net’s Shark Week. Episode features videos from renowned divers and photographers of the deep.
Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party is back for season two with back-to-back episodes on VH1 on Wednesday, August 1 at 9p and 9:30p.
Season 22 of Comedy Central’s South Park debuts Wednesday, September 26 at 10p.
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman return for a new season of Kids Baking Championship, debuting on Food Network Monday, August 6 at 9p.
Master craftsman Tim McClellan transforms old homes in Arizona “boomtowns” in Boomtown Builder, arriving Wednesday, August 8 at 10p.
MEASUREMENT & DATA
The Media Rating Council released a draft supplement, developed with the ANA, IAB and 4As, to address concerns around user-generated content that includes guidelines for discrete pieces of content rather than a domain. The supplement also addresses brand safety, suggesting “a consistent set of categories on which advertisers might choose to adopt a ‘never appropriate’ position for their ad buys.” George Ivie, the executive director and CEO of the MRC, is among the measurement experts who will be on hand for the August 2 Cynopsis Measurement & Data Conference, to moderate a panel on the state of third party measurement, as well as accept the Hall of Fame Award. For details on the event, go here.
Disney and ESPN inked a deal with Blizzard Entertainment to televise esports league Overwatch. “We’re excited to be working with ESPN and DisneyXD to bring Overwatch esports to an even wider audience,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “We’ve seen incredible passion and support from fans during the inaugural season of the Overwatch League.”
UBS downgraded Netflix stock from “buy” to “neutral” yesterday, saying consumer trends are “weakening.” The streamer has gained 117% so far this year to date. “At these levels, we think Netflix stock reflects little in the way of any risks to the downside from competition, free cash flow burn, and dependence on capital markets for content spending goals,” said the report.
Rivit TV, a TV platform that gives its audience the power to greenlight shows via contributions to fundraising campaigns, launched with workplace comedy Hollyweed, a project from Kevin Smith. Creators have 45 days to convince fans to help them reach their fundraising goal; if they don’t, no one is charged.
YouTube is set to introduce a creator tool next week to over 100,000 subscribers. Copyright Match will verify a video after a user uploads it as the first iteration of the video, and scan other videos to see if any are the same or very similar. Creators have the option of doing nothing, contacting the creator or asking YouTube to remove the video. “We know how frustrating it is when your content is uploaded to other channels without your permission and how time consuming it can be to manually search for these re-uploads,” said Fabio Magagna, product manager at YouTube. “We currently provide a number of ways for copyright owners to protect their work, but we’ve heard from creators that we should do more and we agree.”
AMC Premiere is now available to YouTube TV subscribers for viewers who receive AMC as part of their television service. The upgrade offers commercial-free viewing of in-season programming of series like The Walking Dead and Preacher, as well as exclusive content, curated movies and more for $5/month. “YouTube TV is proud to be the first digital live TV service to offer super fans the chance to subscribe to AMC Premiere,” said Heather Moosnick, Director, Content Partnerships, YouTube TV. “As we think about re-inventing TV-watching for a streaming world, it was a no-brainer to offer users the choice to binge AMC ads-free and get early access to some of TV’s most popular shows.”
Laundry Service vet Gary Coichy is launching POD Digital Media, aimed at helping brands reach multicultural audiences through podcasts. “The multicultural audience is all about authenticity and the ability to reach this audience in an environment where they are tuned in and fully engaged allows us to deliver our messaging and increase our brand awareness,” said Keith Howard, brand director, Moet & Chandon.
Sinclair is moving forward with a trademark application for a 24/7 streaming video platform called STIRR, according to BuzzFeed. The channel would include local and national news as well as live and on-demand access to other programming.
Global sustenance doc streamer Ecostreamz has added Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, to its advisory board.
PlainID has raised $11 million in a Series A financing. Funding for the Tel Aviv-based authorization management platform was led by Viola Ventures.
ADVERTISING & AGENCIES
Omnicom Group has agreed to sell Sellbytel, which offers outsourced sales and support services, to Paris-based Webhelp Group. Sellbytel has been with Omnicom since 1994.
Facebook users can have a little more fun with ads now, able toy with a brand’s AR effects in their News Feeds – like virtually trying on Michael Kors sunglasses, then buying them. Next up: VR ad campaigns later this summer.
TV One and the National Urban League discussed the conditions facing black America on Tuesday at a Town Hall held in D.C. Moderated by Host and Senior Analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin, the 2-hour special will premiere on TV One Sunday, July 29 at 8p.
When Disney Junior launches its animated take on Fancy Nancy tomorrow (July 13), the title character from the books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser will be voiced by an actor with some experience bringing iconic characters to life. 12-year-old Mia Sinclair Jenness, whose Broadway credits include playing young Cosette in Les Mis when she was just 6 years old, has had guest stints on Orange Is the New Black and Blue Bloods and is jazzed about portraying her favorite children’s character. “Nancy is so outgoing and isn’t afraid to be herself and make mistakes. She uses her ingenuity and resourcefulness to exemplify that even if life doesn’t always go as planned, it’s important to make the most of each day,” she says. “That’s what I want little kids to know–we’re all human.” The series was recently renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere.
Nat Geo WILD’s two-week SharkFest stunt starts Sunday, July 15 at 8p with When Sharks Attack: Mayhem in Mexico, followed by Shark vs. Tuna at 9p and The Whale that Ate Jaws: New Evidence (wt) at 10p.
Two events have been added to the New York Television Festival. “Long Day’s Journey Into Late Night: An Inside Look at The Rundown with Robin Thede” takes place Thursday, July 19 at 3p; at 7p comes “NYTVF + HBO Present: Random Acts of Flyness.”
Dennis Rodman and Martha Stewart are joining the roster of stars roasting Bruce Willis for a show airing on Comedy Central Sunday, July 29 at 10p. They join Edward Norton, Cybill Shepherd and roast master Joseph Gordon-Levitt, among others.
Diane Lane (Unfaithful) will star in drama pilot Y: The Last Man for FX….Chris McNally (Supernatural) and Kevin McGarry (Heartland) landed roles in season six of Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart….Zabryna Guevera (Gotham) and Dorian Missick (Animal Kingdom) have been added to the cast of CBS All Access’ upcoming psychological thriller Tell Me a Story.
The Real Housewives have made it to Johannesburg. NBCUniversal International Formats struck its 13th international deal for the drama-filled reality show, with M-Net in South Africa.
HBO announced the call for entries for its third annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a short film competition showcasing cinematic storytellers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Top three winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to premiere their works on HBO (and/or its on-demand, digital and/or social platforms).
The CW’s Riverdale is the official hotel keycard of the 2018 convention, with 14 members of the drama featured…. ABC is offering an interactive fan experience spanning multiple genres, enabling fans to series stars, immerse themselves in a high-tech multicam show environment and score collectibles…. NBC is kicking off with a tour of The Good Place interactive activation, the network’s largest interactive fan experience yet….Two interactive South Park activations are headed for San Diego, courtesy of Comedy Central: Cartman’s Escape Room and the Member Berries Challenge.
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A special edition of ABC’s 20/20: Triumph in Thailand at 9p drew 3.7 million viewers and .6/3 among A18-49, summer highs.
The top syndicated magazine shows didn’t suffer from a soccer slump the week ending July 1, with Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition holding steady from the week before at 2.8 in Live+SD Nielsens, and Access Hollywood and TMZ holding on to 1.1 ratings. Among talkers, Dr. Phil maintained a 2.8, while second place Live with Kelly and Ryan dipped 5% to a season low 1.9 with repeats and repackaged episodes.
Sportsman Channel reeled in ratings with fishing programming, as the network delivered year-over-year ratings gains across M 25-54 in April including: Total Day (+8 percent), Weekend (+6 percent), Primetime (+20 percent), Weekday Daytime (+14 percent) and Overnight (+14 percent).
Discovery Channel finished the first half of 2018 as cable’s #1 network (excluding sports) in Prime among M25-54 and M18-49, claiming cable’s #1 unscripted series (Gold Rush) across A/M25-54 and M18-49.
HGTV is currently ranked #2 in cable with W25-54 for the year to date. For June, the net ranked #1 among W25-54 and #4 in the demo for 2Q18. Also in June, HGTV nabbed the #1 cable rank in Prime and Weekend with both upscale A25-54 and W25-54 viewers.
Food Network concluded 2Q18 up 5 spots with double-digit YOY A25-54 ratings growth and ranking at #8 among W25-54. Among upscale audiences, Food Network ranked within in the top 10 cable networks for both A25-54 (#10) and W25-54 (#7).
In 2Q18, TLC had its best 2Q performance in 4 years, and its best quarterly Saturday Prime performance in 10 years, driven by Trading Spaces’ return.
2Q18 was ID’s best 2Q ever in Prime for P2+ and HH delivery. In Total Day, ID ranked #1 for W25-54 vs. ad-supported cable (#2 for A25-54). In Prime, ID was a top-10 network for P2+ (#10, up 1 rank vs. year-ago) and HHs (#8, up 3 ranks).
In 2Q18, OWN’s Daytime matched its highest-rated quarter ever (0.15 W25-54); the daypart jumped 25% YOY with OWN ranking #15 on ad-supported cable, up 8 spots from last year.
Travel Channel enjoyed its second highest-rated quarter in network history among A25-54, M25-54, and W25-54, bolstered by three consecutive weeks of best ratings ever (6/11 – 7/1). June was the net’s highest-rated month in its history among A25-54, W25-54, and W18-49.
DIY Network recorded its highest-rated Q2 ever among Households during Prime. The network ratings were driven by the debut of the Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy series, as well Texas Flip N Move and Barnwood Builders.
Bounce’s second episode of In the Cut included increases of +21% in Households, +79% in the delivery of P18-49, +59% in P25-54 and +43% in P2+ on Monday, July 9.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/25/18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 6.2 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.1 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.3 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 AA
Last Man Standing 2.0
Modern Family (2/T) 2.0
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, July 10, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 8.72 million
America’s Got Talent 11.55, World of Dance 5.88
CBS: 4.70 million
NCIS 5.57, Bull 4.32, NCIS: New Orleans 4.22
ABC: 2.76 million
The Middle 2.68, black-ish 2.06, 20/20 3.68, The Last Defense 2.44
FOX: 2.65 million
Beat Shazam 2.28, Love Connection 1.49
TELE: 0.93 million
Mi Familia Perfecta 0.66 Sin Senos si Paraiso 1.03, El Senor de los Cielos 1.09
UNI: 0.90 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.04, La Bella y las Bestias .95, El Chapo .71
CW: 0.83 million
The 100 0.89, The Outpost 0.77
Tuesday A18-49: NBC 1.7/7, ABC .6/3, FOX .6/3, TELE .6/3, UNI .4/2, CBS .4/2, CW .2/1
Gusto Worldwide Media hired Jeremy Clark as General Manager. Clark was previously with the Cable Public Affairs Channel and Rogers Communications.
NCC Media veteran CEO Greg Schaefer has been named the company’s Executive Chairman, reporting to the NCC Board of Directors, and staying on through the remainder of 2018 to ensure a smooth leadership transition to new President and CEO Nicolle Pangis.
Boat Rocker Media named Andrew Spergel to the newly-created role of Executive Vice President, Boat Rocker Ventures. Spergel had been SVP of Corporate Development & Strategy and Entertainment One.
Alex Soto has been appointed Creative Director of Gaumont. Soto was most recently Executive of Creative Development for Spin Master Entertainment.
Cybersecurity company Cheq tapped Chris Davis as Chief Revenue Officer. Davis has held CRO positions at Mode Media, TrialPay and Flite.
Viacom promoted Kurt Patat to an expanded role as Senior Vice President of Communications for Paramount Network and CMT. Pata joined CMT as SVP of Communications in 2015.
This Day in History: 1957 – The U.S. Surgeon General linked smoking to lung cancer.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: In what other TV series did the theme song “Secret” from Pretty Little Liars first appear? Gossip Girl. Kudos to: Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg- M and S Entertainment/NYC, Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Becca Vesperino-Viacom/NYC, Matt Fera-McGarryBowen/Chicago, Amy Pecorino/NYC, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY JULY 12
ABC: The Gong Show, Match Game, Take Two
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Young Sheldon [r], Big Brother, S.W.A.T. [r]
CW: Supernatural [r], Black Lightning [r]
FOX: The Four: Battle for Stardom
NBC: Little Big Shots [f], Marlon, Marlon [f], Law & Order: SVU [r]
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], The Tunnel: Vengeance [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Mi Familia Perfecta, Sin senos si paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: El rico y Lazaro, La Bella y las bestias, Por El Chapo