11/23/15: Fox drops Live+SD ratings; Tyra says farewell to FABLife; BBC America boasts best fall season in network history


Good morning. It’s Monday November 23, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

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Fox will be the first of the Big Five to drop Live+SD ratings, following the lead of cable nets like AMC and FX. “It’s time for us to ‘walk the walk’ and change the conversation. The Live + Same Day rating does not reflect the way people are watching our series,” said Fox chairmen/CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman in a memo. “It leaves out the vast majority of fans who choose to watch on DVRs, and virtually ignores those who stream our shows or watch on demand.” The execs point out that over 30 days, seven Fox series at least double their same-day audience across platforms, and over half the network’s ads are sold on a C7 basis. Same-day numbers for live and special events will still be reported.

Millennials only watch live TV 30 percent of the time, according a mid-fall season study by Symphony Advanced Media that bolsters Fox’s argument for dropping Live+SD data. The report also notes Fox viewers tend towards VOD viewing while CBS has the highest live and DVR7 viewing.

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CBS upped its order for freshman Code Black by five episodes, to 18. The medical drama has been inching up in the ratings, reaching 1.8 among A18-49 in Live+3 Wednesday at 10p.

Tyra Banks is exiting her new syndicated daytime talker FABLife after two months. The America’s Next Top Model star says she’s leaving to devote more time to her cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty, which is “expanding faster than anticipated.” Banks is expected to make occasional appearances on the talker. FABLife had been a return to daytime for the supermodel, whose The Tyra Banks Show ran from 2005-2010.

CNN global affairs correspondent Elisa Labott, suspended for two weeks for a tweet after Thursday’s House vote to suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the country (“Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish”), apologized on Friday. “My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful,” said Labott in a tweet that drew comments on both sides of the issue.

What goes up, must come down: The creator of animated series Gravity Falls said in a Tumblr post that his Disney XD series, a strong ratings performer, has just two more episodes to go. “This is 100% my choice, and it’s something I decided a long time ago,” wrote Alex Hirsch. “I always designed Gravity Falls to be a finite series about one epic summer…. There are so many series that go on endlessly until they lose their original spark.”

NBC has started offering free air time to qualified GOP candidates to match the 12 minutes Donald Trump logged hosting Saturday Night Live on November 7, reports CNNMoney. Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and John Kasich filed petitions with NBC stations last week, under the FCC’s “equal time” rules.

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Comedy Central greenlit an eight-episode season three of standup series The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail, slated for 2016. Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiana star.

Endemol Shine North America and Just Entertainment Studios inked a deal with Hologram USA to develop TV programming using Hologram USA’s technology and life rights to performers including Whitney Houston, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Andy Kaufman and more. “Today more than ever, TV needs big live events and what’s bigger than the greatest acts of all time coming back to life to perform live?”, saidJust CEO Justin Hochberg. “Or better yet, performing for the first time with some of today’s most successful artists.”

The CW is developing Cry, a about cryogenic preservation. Drama written and exec produced by Kerry Lenhart and John Sakmar (The Glades) comes from Paulist Productions.

A Lost in Space reboot has landed at Netflix. Deadline reports the sci-fi drama from writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold), who exec produce with Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, as well as Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Applebox, could go straight to series.

Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 20-22, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay  Part 2 (Lionsgate) $101.0 million, opening weekend
Spectre (Sony) $14.6 million, cume revenue $153.7 million
The Peanuts Movie (Fox) $12.8 million, cume revenue $98.9 million
The Night Before (Sony) $10.1 million, opening weekend
The Secret In Their Eyes (STX) $6.6 million, opening weekend
Love, The Coopers (CBS) $3.9 million, cume revenue $14.9 million
The Martian (20th Century Fox) $3.7 million, cume revenue $213.0 million
The Spotlight (Open Road) $3.6 million, cume revenue $5.9 million
The 33 (Warner Bros.) $2.2 million, cume revenue $9.9 million
Bridge of Spies (Disney) $1.9 million, cume revenue $65.2 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


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Orange County Housewife Vicki Gunvalson opens up about ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers’ tabloid-headline-making cancer lies on a Watch What Happens Live One-on-One special tonight at 8:30p on Bravo. Vanderpump Rules follows at 9p, and Apres Ski at 10p. Vanderpump Rules after-show slides to a new timeslot: 11:30p.

Ads from around the world are featured in CW’s Holiday Commercials Countdown, from Juma Entertainment and IMG Productions. “Great TV commercials – whether designed to make you laugh or tug on your heartstrings – provide content that rates,” Juma president and exec producer Robert Horowitz tells Cynopsis, promising a large batch of spots “that have never been seen by U.S. viewers.” One-hour special airs Tuesday, November 24 at 8p.

TLC’s Jill and Jessa: Counting On focuses on the two married 19 Kids and Counting alums, one preparing to move to Central America for missionary work, the other getting ready for a baby. For the first time, family members address the difficult period following revelations about brother Josh Duggar involving child molestation, porn and adultery, on Sunday, December 13 at 8p.

Net siblings Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel are teaming for the first time for the Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards Powered by RAM. The OSAs will combine what were formerly Outdoor’s Golden Moose and Sportsman’s Sportsman Choice honors. Ceremony takes place January 21 in Vegas, during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual trade show.

The season two finale of Velocity’s Bitchin’ Rides airs Tuesday, December 1 from 9p-11p, with a classic 1960 Cadillac getting an award-winning custom copper treatment.

Broadway’s “The Illusionists” make magic for NBC on Wednesday, December 9 at 10p. Exec producers are John Irwin and Simon Painter.


 Stand-up special Premature, starring digital star Elliott Morgan, will premiere Thursday, December 10 exclusively on Vimeo on Demand. Premature is the second project from a deal between Supergravity Pictures and Vimeo.

Its Xfinity Stream TV shouldn’t count against FCC data usage limits because Stream TV “is an in-home IP-cable service delivered over Comcast’s cable network, not over the public Internet,” says Comcast of its new offering. “IP-cable is not an ‘over-the-top’ streaming video service. Stream enables customers to enjoy their cable TV service on mobile devices in the home delivered over the managed cable network, without the need for additional equipment, like a traditional set-top-box.”

SundanceNow Doc Club, an ad-free streaming VOD service dedicated to documentaries, is launching a 5-minute short film series. Production on “Take 5” collections, exploring a single timely topic, will begin in early 2016.


Evan Jonigkeit (Bone Tomahawk) has joined the cast of Netlix’s Frontier. Action drama focused on the North American fur trade in the late 18th century stars Jason Momoa.

Add Brooklyn Nine-Nine to busy Niecy Nash’s (Scream Queens, Getting On) credits. Nash will guest on the Fox Sunday comedy as the sister of Capt. Holt (Andre Braugher), reports EW.

Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) landed the male lead in ABC comedy pilot Downward Dog, based on the web series about a disorganized woman and her pooch. Comedian Barry Rothbart is also onboard.


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Exclusive: BBC America is off to its best fall season in network history. Doctor Who’s 2 million viewers in Live+7 helped make September and October rank among the net’s top five months of all time, and with a 33 percent year-over-year increase in Total Day viewership, BBCA is the third fastest-growing entertainment net this fall. “It is terrific to see such strong growth at BBCA, especially as competition for audience attention has never been fiercer,” Sarah Barnett, net president, tells Cynopsis.  “Our vocal and enthusiastic fans have really responded to Doctor Who, which continues to deliver great numbers. We’re excited to up the ante in 2016.”

TGIT indeed: ABC drew its biggest Thursday audience in four weeks and hit a 7-week high in A18-49 with the winter finales of Grey’s Anatomy (8.5 million and 2.5/8), Scandal (8.1 million and 2.4/8) and How to Get Away With Murder (7.1 million and 2.3/8).

The series premiere of AMC’s Into the Badlands delivered 8.2 million viewers and 5.1 million in Live+3, ranking as the number three cable series launch of all time among A18-49 and A25-54 (5.1 million).

Univision’s Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday averaged 4.0 million total viewers, 2.2 million A18-49 and 1.1 million A18-34, ranking as the number two broadcast net among A18-34 and number three in among A18-49. The show delivered more Hispanic viewers in the demo than the most recent MTV VMAs, Country Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
Food Network
’s Cutthroat Kitchen Superstar Sabotage posted a .6 rating (600,00 Impressions) A25-54 on Wednesday, and a .6 rating (200,000 impressions) A25-34, up double digits versus the same day year-ago in both demos.

The November 15 installment of TLC’s Sister Wives at 9p averaged 2.9 million P2+ viewers in Live+3 numbers, the most-watched of the current season and highest-rated among W25-54 since January 2014. At 10p, 90 Day Fiance averaged 1.9 million P2+, and was its highest-rated since the season 1 finale in all key Women demos.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 2.4/8, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS topped 8p with a 2.8/10 average for Big Bang Theory (3.8) and Life in Pieces (1.8), versus 2.5/8 for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. ABC’s Scandal was first at 9p with 2.4/8, followed by 1.9/6 for Univision’s Latin Grammy Awards. ABC kept its lead at 10p with 2.3/8 for How to Get Away With Murder; Uni’s music awards held second place with 1.6/6.

A18-49:ABC 2.4/8, CBS 1.8/6, UNI 1.7/6, NBC 1.1/4, FOX .9/3, TELE .7/2, CW .4/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: November 19, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 5.4/9
Grey’s Anatomy 5.8/10, Scandal 5.5/9, How to Get Away With Murder 4.9/9
CBS: 5.1/9
Big Bang Theory 9.3/15, Life in Pieces 5.2/8, Mom 4.8/8, 2 Broke Girls 4.1/7, Elementary 3.6/6
NBC: 3.0/5
Heroes Reborn 2.4/4, Blacklist 4.3/7, Player 2.3/4
FOX 2.5/4
Bones 3.2/5, Sleepy Hollow 1.8/3
Latin Grammy Awards 2.1/4
ION: 1.2/2
Blue Bloods 1.1/2, Blue Bloods 1.3/2, Blue Bloods .9/2
Celia 1.0/2, Bajo Mismo Cielo .9/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
CW: .7/1
Vampire Diaries .8/1, Originals .6/1


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has appointed Mary Caraccioli as Chief of Public Relations and Media Strategy. Most recently, Caraccioli was Senior Vice President of News and Planning at Al Jazeera America.


Announcer, DJ and game show host Jim Perry died November 20 of cancer. He was 82. Perry was best known as host of shows including Card Sharks and Sale of the Century.

Writer James Prideaux died November 18 after a major stroke. He was 88. Prideaux’s television work included TV movies Return Engagement, Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry and The Man Upstairs.

This Day in History:
1889 – The jukebox was introduced, in San Francisco.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What show’s Emmy nomination for outstanding comedy series in 2009 marked the first time since The Flintstones (1960) that an animated series earned such a nomination? Family Guy. Kudos to: Brianne Maciejowski-Miles/Sarasota, FL, John Avellino-Sony Pictures TV/NYC, Dan Quiterio-Viacom/TV Land/NYC, Claire Hambrick-A+E Networks/NYC, Jeff Comparetto-WE tv/NYC, John Kukla-KDFW-KDFI/Dallas, Paul Blutter-Hollywood Depot Rentals/Burbank, Kevin Sullivan-Happy Canyon Entertainment/LA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, Alan Perris/Beverly Hills, Mike Bridges-New West Broadcasting/Hilo, HI.

Today’s Trivia Question – Thanksgiving Theme Week: On which comedy was a family’s Thanksgiving disrupted when Mom and Dad attended an anti-nuclear protest, and wound up in jail? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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ABC: Dancing With the Stars, Castle
CBS: Supergirl, Scorpion, NCIS: Los Angeles  
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin
FOX: Gotham, Minority Report
NBC: The Voice, Blindspot
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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