10/09/15: FX renews Tyrant for season three; AMC still Halt-ing; AHS: Hotel off to solid start


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Good morning. It’s Friday October 9, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E: The Enfield Haunting at 10p
CW: Reign at 8p
DIY: Breakneck Builds at 11p
Food: BBQ Blitz at 10:30p
History: True Monsters at 10p
MSG Network: The AV Squad at 6p
NBC: Undateable at 8p

Tonight’s Finales:
Cinemax: Strike Back at 10p
ID: Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams at 9p

Saturday Premieres:
BBC America: The Last Kingdom at 10p
Food: Unwrappd 2.0 at 8p
Great American Country: Celebrity Motor Homes at 3p
ID: Hell House at 9p, Fatal Vows at 10p
PBS: Austin City Limits at 8p

Saturday Finales:
Cooking: Kimberly’s Simply Southern at 3p
GAC: Lake Life at 9p

Sunday Premieres:
AMC: The Walking Dead at 9p, Talking Dead at 10:30p
Bravo: Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In at 8p
Cooking: Unique Sweets at 10p
DIY: Barnwood Builders at 9p
HGTV: Island Life at 9p and 9:30p
Oxygen: Snapped: Killer Couples at 9p
Weather: 3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar at 10p


Politically angled Middle East drama Tyrant will get a third season FX. The series landed a 10-episode order; season 2 averaged 2.47 million total viewers.

Celebrities and professional dancers will swap partners on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday, October 12, at 8p. Fan engagement through social media has helped to switch up the nine remaining couples – but just for a week.

Strong ratings for the launch of freshman Fox series Rosewood have translated to an order for three backup scripts for crime drama.


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BabyFirst TV and the National Hispanic Media Coalition announced the winner of their Rising Creators Project Programming Competition, which invited emerging writers, musicians, animators and producers to submit creative ideas for a series to air for two years on BabyFirst. Winning entry Team Abuelita, which chronicles a superhero and her team of friends who save the day from situations including bullies and rival siblings, was submitted by Zoila Amelia Galeano and Jennifer Dornbush.


AXS TV is spotlighting a new and innovative brand of filmmaking with its exclusive special covering the best entries from the inaugural 2015 New York City Drone Film Festival. The 90-minute special premieres on Wednesday, October 21, at 11p and is hosted by founder and festival director Randy Scott Slavin.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays on Hallmark Channel. The net’s annual Countdown To Christmas TV event returns October 31 with 55 continuous days of holiday-themed family entertainment, including 17 original holiday-themed movie premieres. This year’s lineup features the directorial debut of Grammy-winning artist Mariah Carey in the original film A Christmas Melody, in which she also stars, airing December 19. In 2014, Countdown to Christmas brought 74 million viewers to the network in November and December.

TV One will present today a two-and-half hour programming event in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, including the network TV premiere of documentary The Million Man March Story, followed by a News One Now primetime roundtable discussion led by host and managing editor Roland S. Martin.


Calling all armchair sleuths. A&E Network’s non-fiction crime slate will be back for new seasons this fall. The First 48 returns for its 15th season on Thursday, November 5, at 9p, followed at 10p by the second season premiere of Nightwatch, from executive producer Dick Wolf. Nightwatch follows elite teams of emergency responders in New Orleans as they brave the the perilous overnight shift. In its first season, Nightwatch averaged 1.3 million total viewers and is currently A&E’s No. 1 new series of 2015 across all key demos.

David Tutera is back for a brand new celebrity-filled third season of David Tutera’s CELEBrations, premiering on WE tv Friday, October 30, at 10p. Celebrity clients include Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) Vivica A. Fox (Celebrity Apprentice), Kim Coles (Living Single), Ian Ziering (Sharknado), Cynthia Bailey (The Real Housewives of Altanta), Big Ang Raiola (Mob Wives) and Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset).

AMC committed to ‘80s tech-boom drama Halt and Catch Fire for a third season. Season 2 averaged 865,000 viewers according to Nielsen’s Live Plus-3 ratings, and just shy of 1 million in Live Plus-7.

IFC set the third season premiere of original comedy series Todd Margaret for Thursday, January 7, 2016. Starring David Cross (Arrested Development), the show about an American’s business snafus in London will return with the first three episodes of the six-episode series airing back-to-back beginning at 10p. The remaining three episodes will premiere the following week on Thursday, January 14 at 10p.

Also in the laughs department, TruTV renewed Impractical Jokers for a 26-ep fifth season. The order for new outrageous dares and punishments guaranteed to keep Sal, Joe, Murr and Q looking over their shoulders for what is next comes on the heels of the series’ biggest episode ever, a live highwire walk at South Street Seaport to celebrate their 100th episode that aired live September 3 and drew 3.7 million total viewers in Live + 3, truTV’s most watched telecast in 19 months. Series airs Thursday nights at 10p.


British actress Melanie Liburd (The Grinder) is seeing red. Liburd has been cast as the Red Priestess in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. The shape-shifting character previously has been played by Carice Van Houten.

USA pilot Poor Richard’s Almanack (wt) added a series of cast members. Lynn Collins (Man On Carrion Road), Athena Karkanis (Low Winter Sun), Carly Pope (24) and Barbara Eve Harris (Prison Break) join the series as regulars.


Genius Brands International’s Kid Genius on-demand network is now available to approximately 21 million households across the US via Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand platform. The channel airs original animation series, including Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 and Secret Millionaires Club.


At a time when consumers trust word-of-mouth over direct brand messaging, aligning with trusted social media influencers is key to getting yourself heard. The latest Cynopsis webinar, The New Influencer Marketing: How to Target the Twitter Tastemakers, on Thursday, October 22, will show you how to identify and reach influencers who can share your content and boost your brand.

Save your spot today!.


Wednesday’s season five premiere of FX’s American Horror Story (hi, Lady Gaga!) checked in with 5.81 million viewers for its Hotel installment. That’s a slight dip from last year’s season premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which drew a viewership high of 6.13 million, but a healthy delayed viewing bump is expected.

TV One’s broadcast of the 2015 Triumph Awards premiere reached 1.7 million viewers P2+, according to Nielsen TV Toolbox, Live+3. Additionally, the television debut of the awards on October 3 was a top three ad-supported cable entertainment telecast in Prime among key black demographics, including: W25-54 (2.42, 137,000), A25-54 (1.97, 194,000) and A18-49 (1.09, 118,000).

For the third consecutive season, the Bounce TV original series Family Time more than doubled its household viewership and increased all key demographic delivery over its season 2 premiere last year. The season premiere on Tuesday, October 6, at 9p delivered 237,000 households, an increase of 104 percent over the series premiere last year.

Across the pond, the finale of BBC cooking show Great British Bake-Off wins as most-watched TV program of the year, with an average audience of 13.4 million people and a peak audience of 14.5 million.

Sunday Morning News Shows October 4, 2015
NBC: Meet the Press 3.92 million total viewers; .8 and 896,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 3.73 million total viewers; .9 and 1.065 million A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday: 1.4 million total viewers; .3 and 402,000 A25-54?
CBS: Face the Nation PRE-EMPTED
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of September 28, 2015
ABC: GMA 4.922 million total viewers; 1.4/12 and 1.68 million A25-54?
NBC: Today 4.54 million total viewers; 1.5/12 and 1.73 million A25-54?
CBS: This Morning 3.62 million total viewers; .9/7 and 1.04 million A25-54?
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Late-night Ratings Weekly Average Ratings week of September 28
NBC: The Tonight Show 3.73 million total viewers; 1.03/5 A18-49
CBC: Late Show 3.12 million total viewers; .73/4 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.33 million total viewers; .55/3 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 3.4/11, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, CBS’s Survivor and ABC’s The Middle tied with 2.0/7 and 2.1/7 in the half-hours. Empire ruled 9p with 5.1/16, versus an average 2.3/7 for ABC’s Modern Family and black-ish. NBC topped 10p with Chicago PD (1.5/5), followed by CBS’ Code Black (1.2/4)

A18-49: FOX 3.4/11, ABC 1.8/6, CBS 1.6/5, NBC 1.4/4, CW 1.0/3, UNI .9/3, TELE .6/2, ION .1/0

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: October 7, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 5.7/10
Rosewood 3.7/6, Empire 7.7/13
CBS: 5.2/9
Survivor 5.4/9, Criminal Minds 5.6/9, Code Black 4.5/8
NBC: 4.5/8
Mysteries of Laura 4.7/8, Law and Order 4.6/8, Chicago PD 4.2/8
ABC: 3.9/7
The Middle 4.5/8, The Goldbergs 4.0/7, Modern Family 4.9/8, Black-ish 3.8/6, Nashville 3.1/5
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Imperdonable 1.4/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.3/2
TELE: .9/1
Avendia Brasil  0.8/1, Bajo El Mismo Cielo .9/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.0/2
CW: 1.4/2
Arrow 1.7/3, Supernatural 1.2/2
ION: .5/1
Law and Order 0.6/1, Law and Order 0.4/1, Law and Order 0.6/1


HBO hired Nora Skinner as SVP, HBO Programming. Skinner, who has worked in the feature film sector, will oversee development and production of original drama series.

Mark Caplan has been promoted to SVP, global consumer products, for Sony Pictures Consumer Products. Caplan previously served as VP, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, overseeing sales efforts for film and television properties.

The Telemundo Station Group upped Michael Chico to EVP, sales; Amanda Calpin to CFO; and Osvaldo “Ozzie” Martinez to SVP of news digital and standards.

Sanders\Wingo chairman, Robert V. Wingo has been elected to the Ad Council Board of Directors, led by David Christopher, CMO of AT&T Mobility.

Friday Fun Fact:
A breed of cat called the Lykoi has a genetic mutation that gives it a resemblance to a werewolf with belly, legs and part of the muzzle furless.

This Day in History: 1973 – Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorced after six years of marriage.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: In which 1960s TV series did the father of a current Hollywood A-lister play a recurring role that was different from his role in the movie on which the show was based? Gentle Ben (1967-1969), in which Ron Howard’s father, Rance Howard, played Tater Coughlin and another son, Clint Howard, starred as Mark. Kudos to: Gail Tregea, Freelance Consultant, Rochester, NY.

Today’s Trivia Question: Which famed television phone operator said, “You’re dealing with the phone company, Mr. Veedle. We are not bound by city, state, or federal regulations. We are omnipotent”? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Reign, America’s Next Top Model
FOX: Gotham [r], Rosewood [r]
NBC: Undateable, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose  The Week, Unity, The Hispanic Heritage Awards 
Telemundo: Avianda Brasil, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero [r]
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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