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10.19.15 Good morning. It’s Monday October 19, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
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MTV: Todrick at 10:30p
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Fox gave a full season order for Empire lead-in Rosewood. The freshman medical drama is averaging a 2.4 rating among A18-49 and 7.8 million viewers in Live+3 estimates. “Rosewood has proven to be a real self-starter for us, which is a tremendous feat on this highly competitive night,” said Fox entertainment president David Madden.
After a finale on September 3 that featured the wedding of Officer Andy McNally and Det. Sam Swarek, ABC is not bringing back summer series Rookie Blue for a seventh season. “The series reached a natural conclusion,” said Christine Shipton, SVP and chief creative officer at Shaw Media. “This season’s finale was the perfect wrap-up for both our rookies and for fans.”
Also not coming back: Syfy’s Defiance. In its third season, the experimental drama averaged 1.1 million viewers in Live+SD, down 28 percent from season two. “Defiance was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before,” said the net in a statement.
After GOP presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ben Carson threatened on Thursday to boycott the October 28 CNBC debate if the net didn’t set a time limit and allow opening and closing statements, the Republican National Committee and CNBC agreed to a two-hour limit, and to include 30-second statements. On Fox News Sunday, Trump told Chris Wallace, “The people can’t take it. Who wants to watch a debate for three hours?” As for Republican rival Carly Fiorina’s contention that Trump was “scared” to engage in another three-hour debate, Trump boasted, “I could stand there for 20 hours.”
Count the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda among those shuddering at the thought of more airtime for Trump. The advocacy group is calling for the candidate’s removal as host of Saturday Night Live on November 7, saying in a open letter to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, “We are appalled that you would enable Trump’s hateful speech…and ask that you rescind the invitation.” A MoveOn.org petition to dump Trump from SNL has over 100,000 signatures.
Former The View senior producer Jennifer Shepard-Brookman is suing Rosie O’Donnell for slander. The lawsuit claims the former co-host of the ABC daytimer “publicly accused Ms. Brookman of betraying professional and personal confidences and leaking certain sensitive information to the media,” allegations Brookman, who says she was let go after 14 years, denies.
CBS has refused to carry ads for Truth, the film starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as CBS News producer Mary Mapes. Truth recounts the events surrounding a discredited 2004 60 Minutes II story questioning then-President George W. Bush’s military record. “It’s astounding how little truth there is in Truth,” said CBS Corp. spokesman Gil Schwartz. “The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom.” Truth is based on the book by Mapes, who was fired after documents for her story could not be verified; Rather also left the network in 2006. Callan Advertising had attempted to place ads in Late Show, CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning …and 60 Minutes.
Cablevision and Viacom resolved an antitrust lawsuit and are “simultaneously entering into mutually beneficial business arrangements,” said the companies. Cablevision, which has agreed to be acquired by belt-tightening Altice, had accused Viacom of forcing it to pay for unwanted cable channels.
ID and Glamour magazine announced domestic violence survivor and founder of the #WhyIStayed social media movement Beverly Gooden is the winner of the 2015 Inspire a Difference “Everyday Hero” award. ID’s multiplatform public affairs campaign is designed to inform a national dialogue around topics such as domestic violence, abuse, bullying, and civil rights, while encouraging viewers to take action.
Hulu nabbed exclusive SVOD rights to past episodes of TNT drama The Librarians. Season one episodes are available to stream now, ahead of the season two launch on cable.
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NBC bought Centraila from Meredith Averill (Star-Crossed) and Amblin Television. Soapy drama is based on a real town in Pennsylvania where an underground mine fire drove away most of its residents.
HGTV gave the green light to a fourth season of Brother vs. Brother, as well as four new series: Container Homes, Build Small, Live Anywhere, Vintage Flip and Mexico Life.
Disney Channel ordered comedy series Bizaardvark, about 13-year-old best friends on a quest to become online stars. Production begins in early 2016 for a summer premiere.
Fox is developing an autographical comedy from Brian Rubenstein (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life). Rubenstein will write the pilot and exec produce with New Wave’s Matt Ochacher, Brian Volk-Weiss and Michael Pelmont.
Also at Fox, with a script with penalty commitment: Martha’s Vineyard-set drama Summer People, from Adam Milch (Twisted), The Firm and Sony Pictures Television.
Comedy Hot Sauce is in development at CBS. Show from Nick Weiss (Drunk Wedding), Gary Lundy and ABC Studios focuses on a mother who relocates her family to Louisiana to work for a hot sauce company.
Johnny Galecki’s (The Big Bang Theory) Warner Bros. Television-based Alcide Bava sold a comedy project to CBS, from writer Scott King.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: October 16-18, 2015
Goosebumps (Sony) $25.5 million, opening weekend
The Martian (20th Century Fox) $21.5 million, cume revenue $143.8 million
Bridge of Spies (Buena Vista) $15.4 million, opening weekend
Crimson Peak (Universal) $12.9 million, opening weekend
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony) $12.3 million, cume revenue $136.4 million
Pan (Warner Bros.) $5.9 million, cume revenue $25.7 million
The Intern (Warner Bros.) $5.4 million, cume revenue $58.7 million
Sicario (Lionsgate) $4.5 million, cume revenue $34.7 million
Woodlawn (Crescent Pictures) $4.1 million, opening weekend
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (20th Century Fox) $2.8 million, cume revenue $74.4 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation
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The premiere Unforgettable, moved from CBS to A&E for season four, is also changing launch dates. Originally slated for November 4, the crime drama will start on A&E Friday, November 27 with back-to-back episodes at 8p and 9p.
HGTV is gearing up for the holidays. Special All-Star Gingerbread Build hits the sweet spot Saturday, November 28 at 8p, showcasing Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Egypt Sherrod (Flipping Virgins) and Ron Ben-Israel (Sweet Genius) in a bake-off.
The TV Festival is a relatively recent phenomenon, one that seems to provide content creators a whole lot more bang for their buck than film festivals do. So why don’t we hear about them more often? Jolt TV Festival founder and director Tino Carlo walks us through how more channels and expanded platforms have led to the ravenous need for more and more content … and how producers are finding their next big thing. Check out the new Cynsiders, out today: http://cynopsis.com/cyncity/tv-festivals-unheard-auteurs/
Tru TV’s Super Into explores the private passions of public personalities. On the series premiere Monday, October 26 at 10:30p, Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious) geeks out on superbikes with host Kevin Pereira (Hack My Life).
The secret world of pets is explored in THIRTEEN’s Nature two-parter, Pets: Wild at Heart. Series explaining puppy play and why hamsters are addicted to their exercise wheels airs Wednesday, October 21 and 28 at 8p on PBS (check local listings).
Giada De Laurentiis offers how-to’s for entertaining season in Food’s Giada’s Holiday Handbook, premiering Sunday, November 8 at 11a. The network is partnering with Wayfair for the series.
Asian American net Myx TV introduces The Doll Life on Tuesday, October 20 at 8p. Series follows behind-the-scenes action at Japanese street fashion brand Dolldelight, specializing in “Lolita fashion.”
Melissa Leo (Louie), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) are onboard Showtime comedy pilot I’m Dying Up Here, set in LA’s stand-up comedy scene in the 1970s.
Five weeks in, total national TV ad revenue for NFL programming is up 5 percent, to $947.7 million, according to iSpot.tv. Biggest spenders: FanDuel ($42.3 million), Verizon ($32.2 million) and DraftKings ($30.7 million).
Dynamic ad insertion in cable VOD grew 40 percent in 3Q15 versus the same period last year, according to Canoe. Chris Pizzuro, head of product sales and marketing for Canoe, told FierceCable that factors contributing to the fast growth on DAI impressions include the footprint of measurable marketing exceeding 35 million homes versus 32 million, programmers getting onboard, and an influx of advertisers. “Brands are recognizing this is a good addition to their media plans,” said Pizzuro, “with many starting to allocate at least 5 percent of their budgets to VOD.”
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AMC’s The Walking Dead returned for season six to 19.5 million viewers and 12.8 million A18-49 in Live+3, the highest-rated premiere for the season among A18-49 and A25-54 in Live+3.
CBS’s NCIS overtook NBC Sunday Night Football for the top spot the week of October 5 in Live+3 viewing, with an 18 percent lift that brought the procedural to 19.8 million viewers, versus 19.6 million for football.
In Live+3 for Sunday, ABC’s Quantico jumped 94 percent (1.5 rating points) over its L+SD A18-49 number, the biggest percentage for a single telecast on broadcast so far this season.
Wednesday night’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition posted a .7 rating (690K imp) among A25-54, an 18 percent increase versus year-ago. The show ranked fourthfor the night among cable for A25-54 and sixth among A25-34 with a .6 rating.
The nail-biter between the Mets and the Dodgers on Thursday scored 7.4 million viewers and a 4.5 HH rating on TBS, up 21 percent and 15 percent over last year’s game and the second-most-watched National League Division Series game ever on the network.
The next night on Fox, the not-so-tight Kansas City Royals’ victory over the Toronto Blue Jays hit a 1.7/6 A18-49 rating in preliminary numbers, up 60 percent from Game 1 of the American League Championship Series last year.
The October 11 season three premiere of 90 Day Fiance on TLC averaged 1.4 million P2+ viewers in Live+3. Sunday’s airing ranked number two in its Sunday 10p timeslot in ad-supported cable among Women 25-54/18-49/18-34, behind AMC’s Walking Dead/Talking Dead openers.
Thursday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 4.8/16, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS topped 8p with 4.2/15 for NFL’s Atlanta at New Orleans, followed by 2.3/8 ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Football scored 5.1/16 at 9p versus 2.4/7 for ABC’s Scandal. CBS’s game finished with 5.3/17 10p; ABC remained runner-up with 2.0/7 for How to Get Away With Murder.
A18-49:CBS 4.8/16, ABC 2.2/7, NBC 1.1/4, FOX 1.0/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .8/2, CW .6/2, ION .2/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: October 15, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS Thursday Night NFL Kick-off 4.3/8, Thursday Night Football 9.3/16
Grey’s Anatomy 5.7/10, Scandal 5.6/9, How to Get Away With Murder 4.7/8
Heroes Reborn 2.6/4, Blacklist 4.3/7, Player 2.7/5
Bones 3.7/6, Sleepy Hollow 1.9/3
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Imperdonable 1.5/2, Yo No Creo en Hombers 1.2/2
Blue Bloods 1.0/2, Blue Bloods 1.0/2, Blue Bloods .9/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo Mismo Cielo .9/2, Senora Acero 1.1/2
Vampire Diaries .9/2, Originals .7/1
Television producer Ralph Andrews died October 16 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87. Andrews produced numerous game shows, including Liars Club, You Don’t Say and Celebrity Sweepstakes, and co-founded the Entertainment Industries Council with columnist Jack Anderson.
Actor Andrew Rubin died October 5 of lung cancer. He was 69. Rubin appeared on numerous TV series, including Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Hometown and Joe Bash.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY OCTOBER 19, 2015
ABC: Dancing With the Stars, Castle
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin FOX: Gotham, Minority Report
FOX: Gotham, Minority Report
NBC: The Voice, Blindspot
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Lo Imperdobable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]
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