09/16/15: Nina Tassler stepping down at CBS; NBC’s Warrior has a winner; Electus digs up Treasure Hunt


Good morning. It’s Wednesday September 16, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
CBS: Undrafted at 10p
Comedy Central: South Park at 10p, Moonbeam City at 10:30p
Nat Geo: Drugs, Inc. at 9p, Underworld, Inc. at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
CNBC: Make Me a Millionaire Inventor at 10p
FOX: MasterChef at 8p
NBC: America’s Got Talent at 9p
TV Land: Impastor at 10:30p
TV One: Hollywood Divas Reunion at 9p, Born Again Virgin at 10p

Nina Tassler is stepping down as Chairman of CBS Entertainment in December. Tassler, who has held the post since 2004, will remain with CBS in an advisory role through at least 2017. Glenn Geller, EVP of current programming for CBS Network Television Entertainment Group, will take over as President, CBS Entertainment, and report to CEO Leslie Moonves. “I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Leslie, my colleagues at CBS and all the actors, producers and writers who were part of this incredible journey,” said Tassler. “I will always love this place, yet it is time for my next chapter, and I’m thrilled that I can pursue my other creative interests while still being part of the company.” Moonves noted that Geller will assume his full duties as President immediately, working closely with Tassler during the transition.


Isaac Caldiero made history – and took home $1 million – on Monday as the first contestant to win NBC’s American Ninja Warrior over the show’s seven seasons. The 33-year-old professional rock climber scaled the course’s towering Stage 4 rope climb in 26.14 seconds, narrowly beating out fellow competitor Geoff Britten.

BET Networks struck a deal with Black&Sexy TV to bring its online programming to network television. Headed by Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrie, Black&Sexy TV debuted in 2011 as a digital entertainment and lifestyle network. “BET is always looking for innovative ways to bring content to the channel that suits our audience,” said Pete Danielsen, EVP of Program Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions. “We noticed Black&Sexy TV has a dedicated fan base, and their fans’ obsession for this content mirrors the obsession our audience has for BET and our content.” Black&Sexy TV kicks off its linear premiere of RoomieLoverFriends on Wednesday, September 16 at 11p.  

David Feherty is leaving CBS for NBC Sports. The golf analyst inked a five-year deal that includes NBC’s coverage of Olympic golf, the PGA Tour, the European Tour and the Ryder Cup, a first-look development pact with Universal Television and an extension of his Golf Channel interview show, Feherty.

Broadcast nets Grit and Escape are ready to play with the big boys (and girls), subscribing to Nielsen Media Services and being rated nationally, while expanding into general market advertising sales. Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Broadcasting, which owns and operates the two nets, also announced that Marathon Ventures will oversee general market advertising and sponsorship efforts for both Grit and Escape.


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Electus and Barracuda Productions have acquired the rights to Treasure Hunt, an original comedy/game show hybrid from the golden age of television. Executive Producers Barry Poznick and Chris Grant will adapt the show, but the basic premise will remain the same: a single contestant selects one of 30 “treasure chests” and wins what’s inside. “Treasure Hunt combines the laughter and lunacy of The Gong Show, with the decision making and risk taking of Deal or No Deal,” said Poznick. “There’s been a growing appetite for the classic game shows we grew up with.”

FOX put out a pilot order for a TV remake of the 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, per the Hollywood Reporter. Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Homeland) is set to pen the script and direct the project, should it move forward.

TV One has begun production on Rickey Smiley For Real, a one-hour series featuring the syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up comedian. The show centers on Smiley as he navigates the ups and downs of professional demands, single fatherhood, and intimate relationships. The series will debut in November.

Production veteran Tom Farrell has acquired independent content studio The WorkShop (clients have included Donald Trump, Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Phelps and Ray Romano). A new focus on digital content production, will be steered by newly added development veteran Ray Murray.


Comedy Central has renewed The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore for a second season. The pact keeps the show on the air through the end of 2016.

History’s Forged in Fire will be back for a sophomore season. The show, which averaged 1.6 total million viewers in Live+7 delivery, follows the most talented bladesmiths as they create weapons from the Japanese katana to the medieval broadsword.

CNBC has renewed West Texas Investors Club for a second season. The show centers on self-made multimillionaires Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam, who invest in promising entrepreneurs. 

Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid returns with brand new episodes on Sunday, October 4 at 10p. Each week, the survival series pairs complete strangers, leaving them stranded in an extreme environment.


Cue the bloodcurdling screams. Syfy’s eighth annual “31 Days of Halloween” spook-a-thon will feature over 600 hours of programming from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 31, including Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness holiday-themed episodes and four original movies.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, El Rey Network presents content celebrating the Latin Community’s achievements. Beginning today, the net will air a selection of short films created by Latino independent filmmakers as well as encore presentations of El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair and new episodes of series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.


Kirstie Alley nabbed a guest-starring role in Will Arnett‘s new comedy, Flaked. The Netflix series rolls out in 2016.

Here’s to another Full House reunion. Dave Coulier landed a guest spot on FOX’s new John Stamos comedy, Grandfathered.


Nickelodeon‘s Blaze and the Monster Machines heats up with special guest Joe Manganiello (True Blood) as the voice of the Fire Chief in “Fired Up!” on Friday, September 25 at 12p. The preschool show follows the adventures of monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver.

The cast of Disney Channel‘s BUNK’D will host "Monstober," a month-long Halloween celebration, beginning Thursday, October 1. The programming event includes the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister on Friday, October 9 at 8p, a "Descendants" Mal-oween marathon and Halloween-themed episodes.


VUBIQUITY signed a deal with Saban Brands to bring Power Rangers, VR Troopers and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation to its subscription video-on-demand services in the Middle East, South East Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Peace Points Rights acquired international distribution rights for Legendary Motorcar Company’s new series Legendary Motorcar, as well as the catalogue of long-running Dream Car Garage.


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  • Black leather jacket. The wife says it makes me look hot, I feel cool in it and it keeps me warm. – Joel Dearing, EVP/Business Development, Virtual News Center
  • Love my leather and suede boots with skirts or jeans. – Sandra Krebelj, Director, Ad Sales Administration& Finance, A+E Networks
  • My vintage student nurse’s cape. It’s dark blue wool with a red silk lining, brass buttons, and the teaching hospital’s insignia on the collar. Definitely one of the best $7 purchases I ever made. – Amy Kessler, KDIA/KDYA Radio, Richmond, CA
  • My combat boots! They’re cute and go with everything. – Madeline Langlieb, Programming Coordinator, Food Network & Cooking Channel

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Nationally syndicated talk show FABLife debuted on Monday, September 14, 2015 in the U.S. Metered Markets as the No. 1 new syndicated show in HH (1.1/3), W18-49 (0.5/4) and W25-54 (0.6/4).

NBC led the primetime ratings week of September 7 to 13 in A18-49, total viewers and all other key measures. The net’s 3.7 rating for the week is the highest for NBC during an opening week of the NFL season in three years (since a 3.7 in 2011).

With the 21st season premiere of Dancing With the Stars and #Dancebattle America, ABC was Monday’s most-watched TV network (10.9 million) with its biggest audience on the night since May. Dancing ranked as Monday’s #1 broadcast in Total Viewers (13.6 million) and A18-49 (2.3/7).

About 4.2 million Total Viewers 2+ tuned in to all or part of Univision‘s two-hour premiere of La Banda. The music-based reality competition show, which aired Sunday, September 13, averaged 2.6 million Total Viewers 2+, 1.2 million A18-49 and 522,000 young A18-34.

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of September 7, 2015
NFL The Special (9/10) 10.3/34
NBC: NBC Sunday Night Football (9/13) 10.1/31
NBC: Football Night America Part 3 (9/13) 5.4/18
NBC: NFL Opening Kick-Off Show (9/10) 4.0/17
NBC: Football Night America Part 2 (9/13) 3.7/13
CBS: 60 Minutes (9/13) 2.7/9
ABC: Saturday Night Football (9/12) 2.5/10
CBS: Big Brother (9/13) 2.3/7
NBC: America’s Got Talent (9/8) 2.1/7
CBS: Big Brother (9/9) 2.1/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for: Summer 6/1 to 8/30/2015
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
2082/DSNY 1379
DSNY 1967/NICK 1302
USA 1942/ TOON 1235
FOXN 1894/ADSM* 1188
HGTV 1635/FOXN 1060
DISC 1632/TNT 934
HIST 1578/USA 900
TBSC 1472/HGTV 833
ADSM 1292/NAN* 822
FX 1168/HIST 702
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Performance among A18-49 for: Summer 6/1 to 8/30/2015
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
794/ ADSM* 672
DISC 746/NAN* 389
TBSC 694/TOON 359
ADSM 664/NICK 354
TNT 607/USA 350
FX 571/DISC 316
FAM 501/TNT 314
HGTV 496/DSNY 308
FOOD 480/TBSC 307
HIST 476/HGTV 281
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 Basic Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for: Summer 6/1 to 8/30/2015
Fear the Walking Dead
(AMC) 8928
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 7977
Republican Presidential Debate (FOXN) 7136
2015 BET Awards (BET) 3702
2015 Video Music Awards (MTV) 3658
2015 Home Run Derby (ESPN) 3304
Descendants (DSNY) 3058
Talking Dead Special (AMC) 2853
The Kelly File (FOXNC) 2768
The Daily Show (CMDY) 2716
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.?All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
of 116,400,000 homes; Ranked by Delivery (000); Preliminary: Live+SD

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of September 7, 2015)
Nightly News 8.23 million total viewers; 1.7/8  2.01 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 7.79 million total viewers; 1.6/7 1.86 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 6.26 million total viewers; 1.2/5 and 1.38million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC delivered the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.1/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s Dancing With the Stars was tops at 8p with 2.1/7, followed by 1.9/7 for NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. ABC maintained the lead at 9p with 2.3/7 versus 2.1/6 for Ninja, but NBC’s reality show jumped into the lead at 10p with 2.3/8; Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos was second with 1.3/4.

A18-49: NBC 2.1/7, ABC 1.8/6, CBS .9/3, UNI .9/3, FOX .8/3, TELE .8/3, CW .4/1, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, September 14, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 6.9/12
Dancing With the Stars 8.6/14, DanceBattle America 3.5/6
NBC: 3.6/6
American Ninja Warrior 3.6/6
CBS: 3.4/6
Big Bang Theory [r] 4.5/8, The Odd Couple [r] 3.0/5, Scorpion [r] 2.8/5, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 3.6/6
FOX 1.6/3
So You Think You Can Dance 1.6/3
Amores Con Trampa 1.2/2, Imperdonable 1.5/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.2/2
Telemundo: 1.0/2
Avenida Brasil 0.8/1, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.9/1, Senor De Los Cielos 1.4/3
ION: 0.9/1
Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/2
CW: 0.7/1
Penn & Teller: Fool Us .9.2, Whose Line Is It Anyway 0.7/1, Significant Mother 0.4/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 6.4/21, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. The first half hour of ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos led at 7p with 0.7/3. At 7:30p, NBC’s Football Night America Part 2 moved into the top spot with 3.7/13. NBC’s Football Night America Part 3 took a more commanding lead at 8p with 5.4/18. CBS’ 60 Minutes followed with 2.7/9. NBC continued its dominance at 9p with Sunday Night Football with 9.9/29. CBS’ Big Brother trailed with 2.3/7. At 10p, NBC’s Sunday Night Football closed the night on top with 10.0/30. ABC’s 2016 Miss America Competition was second with 1.7/6

A18-49: NBC 6.4/21, CBS 1.9/6, ABC 1.1/3, FOX 0.7/2, UNI 0.7/2, TELE 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, September 13, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 9.8/17
Football Night America Part 2 5.5/10, Football Night America Part 3 8.5/15, NBC Sunday Night Football 15.4/27
CBS: 3.9/7
60 Minutes [r] 7.1/12, Big Brother 4.1/7, Madam Secretary [r] 2.1/4, CSI [r] 2.3/4
ABC: 3.3/6
America’s Funniest Home Videos [r] 2.8/5, Shark Tank [r] 2.6/4, The 2016 Miss America Competition 4.6/8
FOX: 1.1/2
Bob’s Burgers [r] 0.7/1, Bob’s Burgers [r] 1.3/2, The Simpsons [r] 1.4/2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine [r] 1.0/2, Family Guy [r] 1.1/2, The Last Man on Earth [r] 0.8/1
Aqui y Ahora 0.7/1, La Banda 1.3/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.1/2
ION: 0.7/1
Criminal Minds [r] 0.8/1, Criminal Minds [r] 0.7/1, Criminal Minds [r] 0.7/1
TELE: 0.5/1
D.C. La Biblia Continua 0.5/1, Francisco: El Jesuita 0.4/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: ABC led with the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 2.5/10, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, ABC’s Saturday Night Football with 2.2/9, followed by CBS’ Crimetime Saturday with 0.5/2. ABC’s Saturday Night Football gained ground at 9p with 2.5/10. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior was second with 0.7/3. ABC’s Saturday Night Football closed the night at #1 with 2.8/11. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior was #2 with 0.9/3

A18-49: ABC 2.5/10, CBS 0.6/3, UNI 0.6/2, NBC 0.5/2, FOX 0.3/1, TELE 0.2/1, ION 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, September 12, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.CBS: 2.8/5
Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.6/5, Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.7/5, 48 Hours 3.1/6
ABC: 4.8/9
Saturday Night Football 4.8/9
Sabado Gigante 1.2/2
NBC: 1.0/2
Running Wild With Bear Grylls [r] 0.8/2, American Ninja Warrior [r] 1.2/2
FOX 0.7/1
Bullseye [r] 0.6/1, Home Free [r] 0.7/1
ION: 0.4/1
Rocky II [7p start] 0.4/1, Rocky III 0.3/1
TELE: 0.3/1
Cine Millonario [7p start] 0.3/1, Futbol Estelar 0.2/0


Timothy Kuryak joined UP has as Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development and Production, a newly created position. He last served as Senior Vice President of Development at LionTV.

Disney/ABC Television Group announced the addition of two key senior executives for newly created roles. Cindy Davis joins as Executive Vice President, Consumer Experience, while John Frelinghuysen comes on board as Executive Vice President, Digital Media, Strategy and Business Development.

Ovation appointed William Marks as Vice President, Business Development. Marks joins Ovation from OnCue, a Verizon company, where he was Head of Accounts.

AccuWeather announced four new positions. Vincent McDonald has been named Chief International Strategy Officer; John Dokes has been appointed General Manager; Steven Smith has been tapped as President of Digital Media and Chris Patti will be Technology Officer.


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ABC: The Middle [r], The Goldbergs [r], Modern Family [r], blackish [r], Nashville [r]
CBS: Big Brother, Criminal Minds [
r], Undrafted [p]
CW: America’s Next Top Model, A Wicked Offer
Fox: MasterChef [
NBC: America’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent [
PBS: Nature [r], NOVA
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM TENNIS CHANNEL THE GRASS-COURT SEASON CONTINUES While the Wimbledon Champions are crowned, the Grass-Court Season continues this week. Tennis Channel is the only network to carry the Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Tournament. Events include an exhibition with 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens against fellow American and top-12 player Madison Keys on Friday and […]