08/12/19: Serengeti scores for Discovery

 

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Tonight’s Premieres:

AMC: The Terror at 9p, Lodge 49 at 10p
CNBC: American Greed at 10p
CuriosityStream: The Woodstock Bus
HBO: Our Boys at 9p
ID: Extreme Measures at 9p, Twisted Sisters at 10p
PBS: Family Pictures USA at 9p
USA: Straight Up Steve Austin at 11p
 
Tonight’s Finale:
FX: Legion at 10p
 
IN THE NEWS
 
Facebook has approached news outlets including ABC News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal about licensing headlines and previews of news articles for a news section it is reportedly aiming to launch in the fall, according the WSJ. The news outlets, which were offered up to $3 million a year for the content, would have discretion over how their content would appear in the news tab, according to sources.
 
Revenue for Tribune Media’s Television and Entertainment Segment for 2Q19 was $482.6 million, down 1% from the same period last year. The decrease stemmed from a $17.6 million dip in political advertising revenue, offset by a 13% increase in retrains revenue.
 
Similar story for E.W Scripps Co. Local Media Division, which reported revenue for the quarter of $249 million, down 4.3% from the prior year due in part to a decline in political advertising. Retrans revenue was up 10%.
 
Twitter unlocked the account of Mitch McConnell on Friday. The account had been locked on Wednesday after a video was posted that contained a violent threat against the Senate Majority Leader that was deemed “a clear violation of Twitter rules.” The video shows threatening protesters in front of McConnell’s home in Kentucky. The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday it was suspending its spending on Twitter in response to the lockout. Of the reinstatement, Twitter explained, “After multiple appeals from affected users and Leader McConnell’s team confirming their intent to highlight the threats for public discussion, we have reviewed this case more closely. Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules.”
 
A draft executive order from the White House calls for the FCC to develop new rules for how and when the law protects social media websites when they decide to remove or suppress content on their platforms, CNN reports. The summary of the potential order seen by CNN, called “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship,” also calls for new regulations to determine how social media companies filter content. Per the draft, the Federal Trade Commission would take the new regulations into account when filing lawsuits against tech companies.
 
Combining the Outstanding Younger Actress and Younger Actor categories for the Daytime Emmys is under consideration, reports Variety. The decision by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences would be made amid discussions about gender inclusivity. The category will also combine broadcast and digital drama performers.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
AGC Studios, CNN Films, and the BBC Arts are co-financing Passion Pictures-produced Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. AGC International will handle global distribution rights while CNN Films retains broadcast television rights in North America.  BBC Arts will retain broadcast television for BBC Two on terrestrial television, and catch up VOD rights in the UK on BBC iPlayer. 
 
101 Studios optioned the rights to the book Skin Tight: The Bizarre Story of Guess vs. Jordache, reports Deadline. Series would follow the 1980s designer jeans war.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: August 9-11
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal) $25.4 million (week 2), cume revenue $108.5 million
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Lionsgate) $20.8 million, opening weekend
The Lion King (Buena Vista) $20.0 million (week 4), cume revenue $473.1 million
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Paramount) $17.0 million, opening weekend
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony) $11.6 million (week 3), cume revenue $100.3 million
The Art of Racing in the Rain (Fox) $8.1 million, opening weekend
The Kitchen (Warner Bros.) $5.5 million, opening weekend
Spiderman: Far From Home (Sony) $5.3 million (week 6), cume revenue $370.9 million
Toy Story 4 (Buena Vista) $4.4 million (week 8), cume revenue $419.6 million
Bring the Soul: The Movie (Trafalgar) $2.3 million, opening weekend
Source: Comscore
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
HGTV’s Stay or Sell helps homeowners who love their neighborhood, but have outgrown their house. Minneapolis-area real estate and home renovation experts Brad and Heather Fox save the day starting Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 9p.
 
At a This Is Us brunch celebrating the drama’s nine Emmy noms, series creator Dan Fogelman teased a major announcement he said would be made at the end of the month. “There’s a lot of secret new cast members who are going to be a big deal,” said Fogelman. NBC series is back for season four on Tuesday, September 24.
 
Netflix’s Criminal is set to debut Friday, September 20. Cop drama’s episodes take place within the confines of a police interview.
 
True crime docuseries The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park, which reexamines the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin at the hands of Robert Chambers, will air over three consecutive nights on SundanceTV and AMC on Wednesday, November 13- Friday, November 15 at 9p.
 
The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 is set to premiere on MTV on Wednesday, August 28 at 8p with expanded 90-minute episodes. Fourteen Brits will battle it out against 14 Americans for their share of the $1 million-dollar prize. The show premieres on the heels of the highest-rated season of The Challenge in seven years. 
 
Classic rock series Mixtape launches on AXS TV Thursday, September 12 at 8:30p. Eight-parter puts the spotlight on different rock icons each week as they discuss their favorite songs of all time. Mixtape will be also be available as a podcast on Spotify.
 
COMING UP
 
Leslie Jones is headed to Netflix. The SNL stand-out will star in a stand-up special, produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, in 2020.
 
CASTING
 
Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) and Alec Baldwin will star in limited drama series Dr. Death, a project from Universal Content Productions based on the Wondery podcast. UCP is shopping the series…Debra Rupp will co-star in an ABC comedy pilot from Nate Bargatze as the wife of her That 70’s Show castmate Kurtwood Smith.
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Digital kids’ network and studio WildBrain has been appointed by Gutsy Animations to develop a global YouTube strategy for Moominvalley, the new animated adaptation of writer-illustrator Tove Jansson’s classic stories about the Moomins.
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RATINGS
 
Discovery Channel’s Serengeti debuted as the highest-rated nature documentary on all of television since Discovery’s North America in May 2013 among P25-54, earning a 1.20 L+3 rating. The premiere was also Sunday night’s most-watched cable telecast, averaging 3 million total viewers on the network and ranking as Sunday’s #1 cable telecast across all key men: M25-54, M18-49, and M18-34.
 
Extensive and news coverage of the demonstrations in Puerto Rico made WAPA América the highest-rated Spanish-language cable network from 6a-8p for the two-week period starting July 15, reports the net. On July 24, during the coverage leading up to the Puerto Rican Governor’s overnight resignation, it peaked at nearly 300,000 households,the network’s highest audience ever.
 
Democratic primary debates struggled to capture the attention of swing voters, according to data from 605. Those who tuned in were more likely to be past primary voters with higher levels of education. Although households in key swing states were 1.03x more likely than the average household to tune into the debates (for an average of 115 minutes), they were even more likely to tune into ABC’s The Bachelorette finale, which aired at the same time.
 
The season three premiere of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days on Sunday, August 4 was the 90 Day Fiancé franchise’s highest season debut ever among P/W25-54, W18-49 and P2, averaging 2.4 million P2+ viewers, and was the #1 program on cable among P/W25-54 and W18-49/18-34. The Unexpected season three launch after Before the 90 Days earned a series premiere high for W25-54 and averaged 1.6 million P2+ viewers.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Thursday, August 8 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 4.45 million
The Wall 4.90, Hollywood Game Night 4.72, Law & Order: SVU 3.73,
FOX: 4.45 million
MasterChef 4.88, Spin the Wheel 4.03
CBS: 4.38 million
Big Bang Theory 4.64, Young Sheldon 4.45, Big Brother 5.05, Elementary 3.37
ABC: 3.93 million
Holey Moley 4.69, Family Food Fight 3.80, Reef Break 3.30
TELEMUNDO: 1.14 million
Un Poquito Tuyo 0.87, Betty en NY 1.50, Preso No. 1 1.04
UNIVISION: 1.03 million
La Reina Soy Yo 1.20, Sin Miedo a La Verdad 0.92, Sin Miedio a La Verdad 0.97
CW: 0.99 million
The Outpost 0.97, Two Second Horror Stories 1.01

Thursday A18-49 Ratings
FOX 1.1/6, NBC 1.0/5, CBS 0.9/5, ABC 0.9/5,TELE 0.4/2, UNI 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1
 


This Day in History
1865 – Joseph Lister performed the first antiseptic surgery.
 
Answer to our last trivia question
What was the name of the baby girl Naomi gave birth to in the final episode of Mama’s Family (1983-1990)? Tiffany Thelma. Kudos to: Andrew Goldman-Fathom Events/NYC, Jim Kelly-Jim Kelly Consulting/Central Islip, NY, Cherie Wall-Sandbox Entertainment/Nashville, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/LA, Brandon Lynch-GTB/Dallas, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX
 
Today’s Trivia Question
The Sandy Duncan Show (1972) was a revised version of which sitcom?  (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)
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FRIDAY AUGUST 9

ABC: Bachelor in Paradise, Grand Hotel
CBS: The Neighborhood, Big Bang Theory, Big Bang Theory, Mom, Bull
CW: Bulletproof, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
FOX: Beat Shazam, So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Dateline NBC
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Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuyo, Betty en NY, Preso No. 1
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, Sin Miedo a la Verdad
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