11/24/15: Fox News loses a Friend; HBO’s U2 Paris show rescheduled; FX hands Fargo a third season


Good morning. It’s Tuesday November 24, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Great American Country: Log Cabin Living at 10p
Nat Geo: Badlands, Texas at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Dancing With the Stars at 9p
A&E: Storage Wars at 9:30p, Storage Wars: Miami at 10:30p
Bravo: The People’s Couch at 10p
Cooking: Eat the Nation at 10:30p
Comedy: Drunk History at 10:30p
E!: Botched at 9p
FYI: Arranged at 10p
Myx TV: The Doll Life at 8p
Travel: Hotel Impossible at 10p


Saying she has “never experienced a more positive and thoughtful atmosphere than Fox News Channel,” Fox & FriendsElisabeth Hasselbeck nevertheless is leaving the network. The former The View co-host explained, “I want to start my day with my children first.” Said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, “I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision. She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise.”

HBO’s broadcast of a U2 concert that had been scheduled for November 14 and postponed due to the November 13 terrorist attacks has been rescheduled for Monday, December 7. U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS will be shot live at the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy, and air on HBO the same day. “We’re going to put on our best for Paris,” said U2’s Bono.

Snip, snip. The third quarter of 2015 was the sixth consecutive quarter to see a decline in total pay TV subs thanks to cord cutters, according to a new report from SNL Kagan. Year to date, cable has lost 672,000 subscribers; the number of U.S. households with a pay TV subscription dropped to 82.4 percent, down from 87.3 percent in 2010.

Fargo will return for a third season on FX. The award-winning (Emmys! Golden Globes! Peabody!) limited series, airing Mondays at 10p, is three episodes shy of its season two finale.

While on average, 57 percent of weekly TV-related Twitter impressions are live-tweeted, there is a difference when genre is taken into account. For reality shows, live impressions rose to 67 percent, while comedies drew just 49 percent of weekly impressions from live. Drama fell in the middle, with 58 percent.

NBC is giving equal time to GOP candidates John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham for Donald Trump’s 12-minute November 7 appearance on Saturday Night Live. The give-back includes time on 18 NBC affiliates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina on November 27 and 28, and the November 28 broadcast of SNL. A deal with George Pataki is also expected.

The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks are giving away over 7000 turkeys, an annual event for the syndicated talker since 2009. Many giveaways to local families and organizations will take place live on air.

Fixer Upper’s Ultimate Escape Sweepstakes kicks off Tuesday, December 1 during the renovation show’s season premiere at 9p. Grand prize: a two-night stay at Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia bed-and-breakfast in Waco, TX. A special code will appear onscreen during the series, which viewers can use online to enter.

Commercial director Joe Pytka will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Television Direction at the DGA Awards on February 6. Among the thousands of spots Pytka created are the iconic Budweiser Clydesdale ads.



Technology, globalization and the recession changed the way Gen Y and Gen Z view work – and as a result, recruiting the best candidates, and keeping them, requires a shift in management style.

Industry experts will reveal new approaches for boosting productivity and reducing turnover in our latest jobs webinar on Thursday, December 10.



ABC extended its contract with dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization to air the Miss America pageant through 2018. The new agreement adds three years to the existing pact.

The CW ordered five more episodes each of freshman comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and sophomore iZombie, for a total of 18 and 19, respectively.

Animated Hey Arnold! could come back to life in the form of a TV movie. The Wrap reports a flick about the fourth grader with a football-sized head is in development at Nickelodeon. Series aired on Nickelodeon from 1996-2004, with a feature film released in 2002.

HBO is developing Bastards, a thriller about elderly Vietnam vets in Miami. Based on the Israeli series Nevelot, project comes from Happy Madison and Boku Films.

Virtual reality is booming, and will only heat up more as state-of-the-art headsets are unwrapped over the holidays. Are you ready? Networks from Syfy to CNN are taking advantage of this exciting technology, but how can you develop an enjoyable experience for consumers – and monetize it? The December 8 Cynopsis webinar, Virtual Reality: What Programmers Need to Know Now to Lure Viewers and Advertisers, offers answers. Details are here.


E! is teaming with Mandalay Sports Media for L.A. Clippers Dance Squad, a docu-series centered on the on- and off-the-court lives of the members of a high-energy dance team. Premiere is slated for early 2016.

Christmas competition event Santas in the Barn launches on truTV Tuesday, December 2 at 9p. Winner of the best Santa search lands $100,000.

Music Choice is teaming with Popstar! magazine for Popstar! On Demand, including original content and teen-focused celebrity news. In return, Popstar! will promote Music Choice on its digital properties and in the magazine.

The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert will return to host the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, broadcast Tuesday, December 29 on CBS at 9p. This year’s honorees include Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa and Cicely Tyson.

Today’s Al Roker and Hoda Kotb will be spending New Year’s morning in front of the camera – again – for NBC’s live coverage of the 127th Rose Parade on Friday, January 1 at 11:30a. It’s Rokers 19th year and Kotb’s third time on the job in Pasadena.

HDNet Movies is airing a “Stage to Screen” block on Sunday, December 20 at 3p. Featured: Hello Dolly!, Oklahoma! and South Pacific.

Oxygen docu-series The Prancing Elites Project returns for season two with an expanded hour-long format on Tuesday, January 19 at 8p. A sneak peek airs during the net’s “Friendsgiving” marathon beginning Thursday, November 26 at 9a.

A holiday episode of PBS drama Call the Midwife airs Friday, December 25 at 9p on PBS (check local listings), focused London’s Poplar neighborhood pulling together for a carol concert to be televised by the BBC.


Newly colorized episodes of The Andy Griffith Show make up a one-hour special on Friday, December 25 at 8p on CBS. “The Christmas Story” was originally broadcast in 1960, while “The Pickle Story” premiered in 1961.

Fusion spent a week at Ohio University for Blackout: 48 Hours at America’s #1 Party School, premiering tonight at 9p. The report on OU, winner of the dubious Playboy title, examines alcohol on campus, sexual assault and social options for non-drinkers.

Peacock Productions peeks behind the curtain for The Making of The Wiz Live!, on Wednesday, November 25 at 8p. One-hour special on NBC goes backstage as cast, crew, costumers and musicians prepare for the big show Thursday, December 3 at 8p.

Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will host Fox holiday music special Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays, airing Wednesday, December 9 at 9p. Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Jamie Foxx will be among the guests.

Yearly countdown Funniest Commercials of the Year premieres on Spike Thursday, December 17 at 10p. Comic Gabriel Iglesias hosts.


Matt Bomer (American Horror Story: Hotel) has been cast as the lead in Amazon pilot The Last Tycoon, based on the unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Joining Bella Thorne on ABC Family pilot Famous in Love are Carter Jenkins (The Following), Jesse Henderson (Finding Carter) and Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton), among others.

Taboo, FX and BBC One’s eight-episode drama series, will star Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Oona Chaplin (The Hour), in addition to Tom Hardy. Filming starts in London this week.

Bravo announced the casts for two pilots. Onboard True Fiction (wt) are Olivia Grant (Indian Summers), Stephen Friedrich (Mr. Robot), James Ransone (The Wire), Ana Coto (Ouija) and Jamie Ray Newman (Wicked City). Joining My So Called Wife (wt): Inbar Lavi (Gang Related), Rob Heaps (Frankenstein and the Vampire: A Dark and Stormy Night), Parker Young (Suburgatory) and Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane).


The average price of a national TV spot grew in September, according to a new monthly media cost index introduced by syndicated data company SQAD and MediaPost. The gain came from demand for broadcast, which reached an index of 183, up 40 points from September 2014; cable’s index was 126, its lowest September since 2011. The index is benchmarked to a cost of 100 in January 2009.

iSPot.tv which tracks media schedules and digital responses to TV ads in real time, and TV Squared are teaming to provide a service offering brands a return on media investment the same day a spot airs. iSpot.tv will share data with TVSquared’s Advantage platform that the companies say will connect a commercial to the point of purchase.

The Bachelor is talking biofuels and the economic benefits of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard in rural America. Chris Soules may not have found a match on the ABC dating competition (he and his final rose recipient split), but the Iowa farmer seems to be the right fit for this spot. Ad is airing in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana.


The Voice is heading into its last season on the BBC, but not into the sunset. The singing competition has been picked up in a three-year deal by ITV, along with two seasons of The Voice Kids. The BBC, in cost-cutting mode, had said it would not get into a bidding war to keep the show. ITV acquired Voice format owner Talpa Media earlier this year.

Broadcasters acquiring factual and scripted from GRB Entertainment include Sky UK (Monsters and Mysteries); AWE Network (Top Travel); SBS Broadcasting in Australia (Mohawk Girls) and Fiji Airways (My Beautiful Game).

9 Story Media Group licensed additional episodes of Numb Chucks to Disney Channel Asia. The animated comedy premiered in Canada in January 2014.

Armoza Formats Double or Nothing, developed in partnership with Studio Glam, has been acquired in Italy and France by Banijay Group. In Italy, the format will be produced by Ambra, while in France it will be by H20 Productions.


A+E Networks and AT&T reached a distribution deal that calls for A+E Networks to continue on AT&T’s U-verse TV and DirecTV. The long-term deal includes linear, TVE, VOD and mobile for A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, and History en Espanol. AT&T will also launch Viceland, replacing H2.

CBS is launching digital SVOD and live streaming service CBS All Access on the new Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote. $5.99/month will get subscribers over 7500 episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS TV station live in over 110 markets.


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Fuse reports ratings and audience growth in its core demos since its September 30 re-launch as a network aimed at Latino and multicultural Millennials, reaching 18.3 million total viewers in the 8p-1a time period during the first six weeks. The six-episode run of Fluffy Breaks Even reached 6.1 million viewers while Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce reached a total of 6 million viewers. “Building a unique brand and partnering with some of the most creative talent in the industry has proven to be a winning formula,” Bill Hilary, president of Fuse Media, tells Cynopsis. “This re-launch provides a great foundation as we continue to build on this success.”

ABC’s American Music Awards delivered a 3.5/10 rating among A18-49. Up against Sunday Night Football, the broadcast retained 95 percent of its delivery year to year in total viewers (11 million), and 92 percent in the demo, earning the network’s best entertainment numbers in the time period since the Oscars in May.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 11/2/2015
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN 3008
/NICK 1386
AMC 1320/ESPN 1206
HALL 1824/ FOXN 1110
FOXN 1813/ADSM* 1104
USA 1654/DSNY 1091
DISC 1635/TOON 892
TBSC 1548/NAN* 888
FX 1528/USA 885
DSNY 1510/HALL 872
ADSM 1312/TNT 803
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+7. 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 Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of 11/2/2015
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
ESPN 1382
/ADSM* 672
AMC 987/ESPN 627
FX 784/NAN* 411
TBSC 752/NICK 402
ADSM 715/TBSC 336
BRAV 616/USA 326
DISC 599/TNT 313
USA 599/DSNY 301
NFLN 548/FX 294
TNT 503/TOON 292
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+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top-Rated Cable Shows Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of 11/2/2015
The Walking Dead
(AMC) 11717
Indianapolis/Carolina (ESPN) 5851
American Horror Story (FX) 4068
Cleveland/Cincinnati (NFLN) 3877
Talking Dead (AMC) 3740
Gold Rush (DISC) 2351
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (BRAV) 2335
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (VH1) 2299
SportsCenter (ESPN) 2074
LA Clippers/Golden State (ESPN) 1790
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+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and
demographic performance.

TV PLAYBACK RANK, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day rating for the week of 11/2/15
Program/Live+SD A18-49 US AA%/Live+7 US AA
(Fox) 4.6, 7.0
Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.7, 5.8
Blindspot (NBC) 2.2, 4.0
Quantico (ABC) 1.3, 3.0
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) 1.9, 3.6
Scandal (ABC) 2.2, 3.9
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.3, 3.9
Blacklist (NBC) 1.4, 2.9
Law and Order: SVU (NBC) 1.5, 2.9
Source: The Nielsen Company DVR playback rankers, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of November 16, 2015
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.)
13572, 107,127,91943
The Walking Dead (AMC) 3359, 139, 24, 40094
Today Show (NBC) 2173, 511, 4, 8883
Good Morning America (ABC)
1671, 1014, 2, 8038
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.)
1387, 1032, 1, 1030
American Music Awards (ABC)
1362, 505,3, 2723
The Tonight Show (NBC)
1337, 201, 7, 11970
NBC Nightly News (NBC)
1284, 403, 3, 2317
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
3004, 105, 29, 9880
Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
1187, 101, 12, 10254
 Fox & Friends (Fox News)
1117, 323, 3, 2013
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.
NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of November 16, 2015
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
2015 American Music Awards (ABC)
11/22, 10158, 5331
The Walking Dead (AMC) 11/22,
4030, 363
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 11/19, 2024, 101
Scandal (ABC) 11/19, 1918, 212
Empire (FOX) 11/18,
1891, 347
Latin Grammy (Univision) 11/19,
1868, 177
WWE Survivor Series (PPV) 11/22,
1839, 286
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) 11/19,
1761, 225
The Voice (NBC) 11/17,
1674, 510
The Voice (NBC) 11/16, 1546, 83
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

Friday A18-49 Analysis:  ABC scored the most A18-49 viewers Friday with 1.4/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC topped 8p with 1.2/5 for Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken, versus 1.1/5 for Fox’s MasterChef Junior. ABC’s Shark Tank jumped to 1.7/6 to lead at 9p, followed by 1.1/4 for CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. ABC was still first at 10p with 1.4/5 for 20/20; NBC was second with 1.2/4 for Dateline.

A18-49: ABC 1.4/5, CBS 1.1/4, NBC .9/3, FOX .9/4, UNI .9/3, TELE .7/2, ION .4/2, CW .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, November 20, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.5/10
The Amazing Race 3.7/7, Hawaii Five-0
5.6/10, Blue Bloods 7.1/13
ABC: 4.3/8
Last Man Standing 4.4/8, Dr. Ken 3.7/7, Shark Tank 4.2/8, 20/20 4.5/8
NBC 2.4/4
Undateable 1.8/3, Truth Be Told 1.5/3, Dateline NBC 3.2/6
FOX 1.8/3
MasterChef Junior 2.4/4, World’s Funniest 1.3/2
Antes Muerta que Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Yo No Creo en los Hombres 1.2/2
Celia 1.0/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.9/2, Senora Acero .9/2
ION: .9/1
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds .6/1
CW: .7/1
Reigh .7/1, America’s Next Top Model 0.7/1


Keith Kazerman has been named head of Advertising Sales Product Strategy and Development at Discovery Communications. Previously, Kazerman was Senior Vice President, National Advertising Sales at DirecTV.

This Day in History:
1871 – The National Rifle Association was incorporated.

Answer to Our Last Trivia: On which comedy was a family’s Thanksgiving disrupted when Mom and Dad attended an anti-nuclear protest, and wound up in jail? Family Ties (1982-1989). Kudos to: Dona Fraser-ESRB/NYC, Douglas Hochstadt-ABC/NYC, Marc Wollis-NBC Sports Group/NYC, James Ryan-A+E Networks/NYC, Dan Whitford-Lakeshore Public Television and Radio/Merrillville, IN, Jay Goslee-Fox 17/Nashville, Greg Stewart-Evolution Media/Burbank, Sam Zoda-ITV Studios/LA, Jack Hodgson-Oklahoma State University/Stillwater, OK, Lisa Nordstrom-Compass Point Media/Minneapolis, Will Allmendinger-Clear Channel Outdoor/Chicago, Tim Rank-True Media/St. Louis, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Arthur Reinstein-Shaw Media/Toronto, Lucie Prann-The Richards Group/Dallas, Squirrel Rippley-Dark Horse Media/Tucson, Matt Sutter-Imagine Communications/Denver, Paul Gygli-NBCUniversal Television Distribution, Chris Loprete-ABC/Hollywood

Today’s Trivia  Thanksgiving Theme Week: The town in which series celebrated the holiday by throwing, and getting hit by, tomatoes? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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ABC: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Dancing With the Stars [f]
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Limitless
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown, The Flash [r]
FOX: Grandfathered, The Grinder, Scream Queens
NBC: The Voice, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire
PBS: American Experience, Secrets of the Dead
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [

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