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CBS ordered 10-ep competition series Million Dollar Mile (working title) from Big Brother exec producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment, and LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment, with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Series challenges everyday athletes to complete a one-mile course in a major city designed by a group of elite athletes determined to stop contestants from winning the $1 million prize. Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron will oversee the project for SpringHill.
 
ABC gave the green light to its Sunday Fun & Games programming block, featuring the fifth season of Celebrity Family Feud, and the fourth seasons of The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth.
 
Prolific TV director David Semel, of late linked to Man in the High Castle, Star Trek: Discovery, Heroes, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary and Code Black, inked a deal with Kapital Entertainment that will see him directing pilots and exec-producing projects he develops with the company for broadcast, cable or streaming networks.
 
New Girl creator, writer and exec producer Liz Meriwether extended her overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV for an additional year.
 
On the heels of the most-watched season of Total BellasE! Entertainment gave the thumbs up to a fourth season of the series following the lives of WWE Superstars Nikki Bella and Brie Bella.
 
Duncan Jones, the filmmaker behind Warcraft and Source Code, will make his small-screen directorial debut with the adaptation of Tony Kent’s thriller novel Killer Intent. Liberty Films, the indie company headed by Stuart Fenegan and Jones, will produce the TV adaptation.
 
Nikki Toscano is in as co-exec producer and co-showrunner of Amazon’s The Hunt, the Nazi-hunting series exec-produced by Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele.
 
A revival of American Gladiators, the competition that pits everyday athletes against their famous counterparts in a race to complete an obstacle course, is being shopped by MGM– with John Ferraro, producer of the original series, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached. The original AG ran from 1989-96.
 
NBC lapsed on its option to renew Trial & Error for a third season, a move that reverts rights to the crime comedy back to producing studio Warner Bros TV.
 
Apple scored rights to Min Jin Lee novel Pachinko and will develop the story as an international drama series. The series would be produced by Media Res, written and exec produced by showrunner Soo Hugh (The TerrorThe Whispers), and exec produced by Lee.
 
British Olympic diver Tom Daley, who with his partner recently had a child via surrogacy, will front a doc about surrogacy for BBC One. Surrogacy (working title), produced by Raw Television, will investigate how surrogacy works in the UK, where it’s illegal to advertise for or pay surrogates except for reasonable expenses.
 
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Netflix is playing politics with the return of House of Cards.The streaming service slotted the premiere of the sixth and final season for November 2, just four days ahead of the midterm elections, for the Kevin Spacey-less season that will feature Robin Wright’s Clare Underwood in the Oval Office.
 
Tree-whisperer Pete Nelson and crew return with more treehouse builds across a milestone celebration of 100 builds completed on the new season of Treehouse Masters, launching Friday, August 17 at 8p on Animal Planet.
 
ION Media snagged broadcast rights to Chicago P.D.in a deal with NBCUniversal Television Distribution and will begin airing the Dick Wolf drama on ION Television in early 2019. The agreement gives ION seasons 1-5 (106 episodes) of the series.
 
 
COMING UP
 
Gangsters: America’s Most Evil – “Danny Greene” will debut on Reelz on Wednesday, August 15 at 9p. Greene was a union boss, an embezzler, a mafia enforcer and an FBI informant.
 
Getting better all the time: CBS will present Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool on Monday, August 20 at 8p. The primetime special will feature never-before-seen footage from the smash “Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke” segment that aired on The Late Late Show With James Corden on June 21.
 
ABC’s The Goldbergs will once again pay tribute to a hit movie from the ‘80s with a sendup of John Hughes flick Sixteen Candles for the comedy series’ sixth season premiere on Wednesday, September 26 at 8p. In the ep, it’s Adam’s 16th birthday but his parents are too distracted by Barry and Lainey’s engagement and Erica’s band ambitions to remember their youngest son’s big day.
 
ABC will air a two-hour primetime special celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse on Sunday, November 4 at 8p. From the Shrine Auditorium in LA, Mickey’s 90th Spectacular will feature musical performances, tributes and never-before-seen short films. Don Mischer is onboard to produce and direct the special event;  participating celebs will be announced shortly.
 
 
 DIGITAL DATA
 
Snapchat parent Snap Inc. bested revenue expectations for Q2, generating $262.26 million in venue, but that’s only half the story. The company yesterday also said the number of its daily active users declined for the first time in corporate history. Snapchat ended the quarter with an average of 188 million daily active users, compared to 191 million at the end of Q1.
 
Kids and family program Wonderama, which returned to TV last year following a 30-year absence, enlisted Vertuoso to serve as the show’s digital marketing content partner. Vertuoso will further establish the show’s digital ecosystem through original creative, content marketing and brand partnerships.
 
 
CASTING
 
The CW has found its BatwomanRuby Rose has been cast as the title character in the net’s series, in development for the 2019-20 season…Frances Turner (The Gifted) is in as a series regular and Cle Bennett (Homeland) and Rich Ting (NCIS: Los Angeles) booked recurring roles season 4 of Amazon drama series The Man in the High CastleTelemundo announced the cast of drama Falsa Identidad, including Sergio Goyri, Alejandro Camacho, Eduardo Yanez, Sonya Smith, Uriel del Toro and Samadhi Zendejas.
 
 
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RATINGS
 
The three-hour season finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette rose 38 percent among A18-49 over its July 30 two-hour airing, marking a season high in the demo and winning the night. The rose withers a bit compared with the finale of the 2017, though, as the tune-in was down 14 percent this year.
 
Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black continues to be a steady performer for the streaming service, according to new data from Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings report. The July 27 premiere, drew more than 5.3 million US viewers within three days, on an average minute basis; 71 percent of viewers were in the A18-49 demo.
 
Freeform’s The Bold Type increased viewership by 14 percent in A18-49 during its first season across linear, digital and STB VOD platforms through 35 days, and in season 2 saw an increase of 126 percent over its first season on Hulu among A18-49 in its first seven days.
 
The midsummer syndication session ended July 29 was a good one for the gabfests as 11 of the 14 shows in the category held firm or moved up from the week before. At the top of the genre Dr Phil (2.6 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, steady with the week before) was the No. 1 talk show for the 99th week in a row despite being entirely in reruns. Live with Kelly and Ryan (three-week high 2.1, up 11 percent) also had a big week, growing 11 percent from last year, the most annual growth of any talker. Ellen DeGeneres (1.5, down 6 percent) rounded out the top three. In access time periods, Entertainment Tonight (2.7, steady) tied sister show Inside Edition (2.7, down 4 percent) for first place among magazines. The big movers in the group were TMZ (1.2, up 9 percent) and Access (four-week high 1.1, up 10%).
 
Top 13 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of July 30, 2018
NBC: America’s Got Talent 2.1/10
NBC: NFL Preseason Game 2.0/10
CBS: Big Brother Sun 1.6/8
CBS: Big Brother Thurs 1.5/7
CBS: Big Brother Wed 1.5/8
ABC: The Bachelorette 1.3/6
NBC: World of Dance 1.1/5
NBC American Ninja Warrior 1.1/5
NBC: Making It 1.1/5
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud 1.0/5
FOX: The Four 1.0/5
CBS: Young Sheldon 0.9/4
CBS: The Big Bang Theory 0.9/5
FOX: Masterchef 0.9/5
 
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/30/18 ranked in order bHH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 6.3 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.3 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.2 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.7 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.6 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 2.4 AA
Modern Family (AT)  2.2 AA
 
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/30/18 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.8 AA 
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.5 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.3 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.1 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.0 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.0 AA
Last Man Standing 0.9 AA
The Goldbergs (SPT) 0.9AA
Two and a Half Men (AT) 0.6 AA
 
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 30, 2018
ABC World News Tonight 7.85 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.51 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.36 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.57 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 5.54 million total viewers; 0.9/5 and 1.07 million A25-54
 
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 30, 2018
ABC: Good Morning America 3.77 million total viewers; 0.9/10 and 1.08 million A25-54
NBC: Today 3.55 million total viewers; 1.0/11 and 1,18 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.93 million total viewers; 0.6/7 and 714,000 A25-54
 
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 30, 2018
CBS: The Late Show 2.70 million total viewers; 0.36/2 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 1.99 million total viewers; 0.45/3 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.80 million total viewers; 0.36/2 among A18-49
 
Basic Cable Top 5 Week of July 30, 2018 
Primetime (P2+)
Fox News (2,401,000)
MSNBC (1,617,000)
HGTV (1,374,000)
USA (1,359,000)
Hallmark (1,063,000)
 
Total Day (P2+)
Fox News (1,326,000)
Nick (1,065,000)
MSNBC (970,000) 
HGTV (789,000)
ID (685,000)
Nielsen Media Research. Prime excludes networks not in majority of daypart 50%+ in the prime daypart. Total Day excludes networks not in majority of daypart 50%+ in the total day daypart. Coverage area ratings are within each cable network’s universe
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, August 6, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 4.67 million
American Ninja Warrior 5.01, Dateline 3.98
ABC: 6.68 million
The Bachelorette 6.68
CBS: 3.36 million
Mom 4.20, Life in Pieces 3.32, Salvation 2.48, Elementary 3.42
FOX: 2.46 million
So You Think You Can Dance 2.46
Telemundo: 910,000
Exation Estados Unidos 700,000, Sin Senos Sin Hay 963,000, Senor de los Cielos 1.25
Univision: 800,000
Rico Y Lazaro 989,000, Bella Las Bestias 865,000, La Mon Piloto 2 671,000
CW: 1.03 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.31, Whose Line Is It Anyway 0.92, Whose Line Is It Anyway 0.86
 
Monday A18-49 Rating: ABC 1.8/6, FOX 0.6/3, NBC 0.9/5, CBS 0.5/2, UNI .4/2, TELE .7/4 CW 0.2/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Miramax is augmenting its Television division with new hires Sam Bramhall and Caitlin Foito. Bramhall, previously SVP of business & legal affairs for Marvel Television, will serve as EVP of television business affairs. Foito, previously VP of drama development for ABC Studios, will serve as SVP of development.
 
Several exec changes at WNET.Scott E. Davis, who most recently served as exec producer for PBS NewsHour Weekend since 2015, is now exec producer of the new one-hour late-night public affairs series Amanpour and Company, which premieres nationwide September 10 at 10p on PBS. Gina Kim, a veteran of NOW with Bill Moyers and Moyers and Company, joins Amanpour and Company as co-exec producer, and Dana Roberson, who recently joined the PBS NewsHour Weekend team as senior producer, will serve as acting exec producer for the series.
 
DoubleVerify, an independent provider of digital media measurement software and analytics, appointed Dan Slivjanovski as CMO. Slivjanovski joins DoubleVerify from RhythmOne plc, where he served as both COO and CMO
 


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ABC: CMA Fest
CBS: Big Brother, SEAL Team, Criminal Minds
CW: Burden of Truth, Supergirl
FOX: MasterChef, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back
NBC: World of Dance, Reverie
PBS: Outback, Wonders of Mexico, NOVA
Telemundo: Exation Estados Unidos, Sin Senos si hay Paraíso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: El Rico y Lazaro, La Bella y las Bestias, El Chapo
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