11/25/15: Bieber bails on Late Show; Kevin Bacon set to sizzle in Tremors; Sesame Street grows up for HBO


Good morning. It’s Wednesday November 25, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
HGTV: Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch at 9p
History: Christmas Through the Decades at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
DIY: Building Hawaii at 10p and 10:30p
TLC: Coach Charming at 10:30p

Thursday’s Finale:
HGTV: Rehab Addict: Detroit at 9p and 9:30p

Friday’s Premieres:
A&E: Unforgettable at 8p
Food: American Diner Revival at 9p
ID: Wives With Knives at 9p, Momsters: When Moms Go Bad at 10p

Friday’s Finale:
Discovery: Pacific Warriors at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
BBC: The Last Kingdom at 10p
HGTV: All-Star Gingerbread Build at 8p, House Hunters Renovation at 10p
Reelz: Master P’s Family Empire at 8p, Dr. Feelgood at 10p

Saturday’s Finale:
DIY: Tiny House, Big Living at 8p and 8:30p

Sunday’s Premiere:
Food: Guy’s Grocery Games Tournament of Champions at 8p


The Biebs is saying "Sorry" to Stephen Colbert. Justin Bieber canceled his appearance on The Late Show, tweeting just before the show was scheduled to tape, “My apologies to @colbertlateshow as I won’t be able to make it to nyc tomorrow for the show. I look forward to making it up to you soon.” The pop star also reportedly canceled his appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Dancing with the Stars will return to ABC for its 22nd season on Monday, March 21 at 8p.

The FCC will debut its redesigned website December 10, which the Commission says will offer better functionality, navigation and mobile interoperability.


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National Geographic Channel is gearing up for another Bill O’Reilly historical treatment. Production begins next year on Killing Patton, based on O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book, adapted by screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Sherlock) and produced by Scott Free Productions. The production will probe the mysterious death of WWII’s audacious general. Exec producers are Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Mary Lisio and O’Reilly.

Kevin Bacon is set to star in and executive produce a TV reboot of Tremors, the 1990 cult film he starred in. The series is in development from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions.

Employee turnover is a major issue with Millennials – and a headache for hiring managers. "Gen Y care more about their personal vision than job security," says Nolan Baynes of Music Choice, whose focus is the demo. How do you recruit, and hold on to, the best job candidates? Baynes and other experts offer insight and actionable advice in the December 10 Cynopsis webinar, How to Train and Retain the Next Generation of Employees. Register here to learn more.


Discovery Channel‘s Racing Extinction premieres Wednesday, December 2 at 9p. The special event, examining mankind’s role in mass extinction, is from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos.

The Tony Awards broadcast has been pushed back to June 12. The 70th incarnation of the event will now air on CBS live from New York’s Beacon Theater on Sunday, June 12, at 8p. Noms for this year’s awards will be announced live on May 3.

MSG Network will air A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon  including seven concerts along with network doc Billy Joel Home at The Garden on Thursday, November 26, beginning at 6a.

Broadway at the White House, a one-hour special that follows four high school students who were chosen to attend an all-day symposium on careers in theater at the White House, will air on TLC on Thursday, Nov. 26, at 8p.

LL Cool J returns to host the 17th A Home for the Holidays special, set for Friday, December 18 at 9p on CBS. For the first time, the annual event will go behind-the-scenes at concert venues to introduce children adopted from foster care to their music idols. Performers include Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo, Rascal Flatts and Ed Sheeran.

NESN picked up local TV coverage of the first Friendship Four College Hockey Tournament from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The tournament will feature two Hockey East teams and two ECAC teams playing in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament for the Belpot Trophy.

Don’t miss a minute of seasonal programming – the annual Cynopsis Holiday Guide is out, to keep you up to date on all things merry and bright. Check it out: http://cynopsis.com/cynopsis-2015-holiday-guide/


On Thursday, January 21 at 11p Showtime will premiere eight-part docuseries Dark Net. The series, which probes the 80 percent of the Internet that lies beyond the reach of regular search engines, is developed and produced by Vocativ, a technology and media company that applies proprietary technology to search and monitor the deep web. Series is created by Vocativ founder Mati Kochavi and exec-produced by Danna Rabin, Vivian Schiller for Vocativ, and David Shadrack Smith for Part2 Productions.

Travel Channel explores some of the most popular TV programs around the globe in the new Planet Primetime. The series, hosted by Karla Cavalli, premieres with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, January 19 at 8p.

Syfy will debut The Magicians, based on the best-selling novels of the same name, on Monday, January 25 at 9p.


Can you tell me how to get to HBO? Sesame Street will launch season 46 on HBO on January 16 at 9a with the boldest changes yet to the show, including 30-minute episodes, new show open and closing songs, an updated set, new segment “Smart Cookies” and new cast member Nina. Season 46 episodes will begin airing on PBS Kids next fall.

TV One is heating things up this winter with the return of Born Again Virgin on Tuesday, December 8 at 9p. The net is gearing up for the new season with a Born Again Virgin marathon, 10a-5p, on Thanksgiving.

Investigation Discovery will debut the next installment of original scripted series Serial Thriller as a two-night event on Sunday, December 6, and Monday, December 7, from 9-11p. The new chapter, The Chameleon, takes viewers behind the true story a small town gripped with fear when a cunning sociopath emerges from the shadows. The third and final installment will air on ID in first quarter of 2016.

Travel Channel explores some of the most popular TV programs from around the globe in Planet Primetime, debuting Tuesday, January 19 at 8p in back to back episodes.

ABC Family, soon to be renamed Freeform, will debut new scripted drama Recovery Road on January 25 at 9p, following the new season premiere of The Fosters at 8p. Based on the young adult novel by Blake Nelson, Recovery Road focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction.


Animation studio TeamTO will open a new facility in southern France before the end of the year. Most animation will move to the new facility, with development, marketing and management remaining in Paris; production is expected to grow by 25 percent next year.


Jay Armstrong (Sex in the City 2), Lenny Platt (How To Get Away With Murder) and Li Jun Li (Minority Report) scored recurring roles in ABC drama series Quantico.


NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller center will celebrate the music of the holidays live on Wednesday, December 2, at 8p. Featured artists include Sting, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix and James Taylor. Prior to the primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special will be broadcast on select NBC stations.

Food Network and Cooking Channel ring in the holidays with a month of seasonal programming including the premiere of Bobby Flay-starring Christmas at Bobby’s on Sunday, December 6 at noon, A Barefoot Holiday festive getaway with Ina Garten and the annual Holiday: Impossible mission, this year to Jackson Hole, led by Robert Irvine, on Thursday, December 10 at 9p.





ABC delivered a week-leading eight of TV’s top 20 entertainment programs in A18-49, including American Music Awards at No. 4, Modern Family at No. 6 and Grey’s Anatomy at No. 8.

Heavy news coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks impacted syndication ratings the week ending November 15. Still, top talker Dr. Phil (3.4) managed to match its season high, and a steady Live with Kelly & Michael held on to 2.7 to tie Ellen DeGeneres (up 4 percent) for second place. The only other talk shows that didn’t dip were Wendy Williams, up 6 percent for a new season high of 1.8, and Rachael Ray, up 8 percent to 1.4.

Spike’s first-ever one-hour Lip Sync Battle holiday special delivered 1.8 million viewers and was ranked the top show on cable among A18-49, W18-49 and W18-34.

Last week’s season finale of Bravo Media’s Below Deck garnered 2.3 million total viewers, 1.5 million A25-54 and 1.3 million A18-49, making it the most-watched episode in series history, according to Nielsen Live+3 data. Season three of Below Deck averaged more than 1.8 million total viewers.

Broadcast Evening News ShowsWeekly Average Ratings (week of November 16, 2015)
Nightly News 9.608 million total viewers; 2.1/8 and 2.47 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 9.161 million total viewers; 1.7/7 and 2.06million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.985 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.75 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of November 16, 2015
NBC Sunday Night Football (11/22) 6.3/19
FOX: The OT (11/22) 4.5/14
FOX: Empire (11/18) 4.4/14
CBS: Big Bang Theory (11/19) 3.8/13
ABC: American Music Awards (11/22) 3.5/10
NBC: Football Nt America Pt. 3 (11/22) 3.4/6
NBC: The Voice (11/16) 3.0/7
ABC: Modern Family (11/18) 2.8/9
NBC: The Voice (11/17) 2.6/9
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (11/19) 2.5/10
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 12 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/9/15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.5AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.8AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.6AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.2AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.5AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.4AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.3AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.0AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.7AA
Ellen DeGeneres (WB) 2.7AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.7
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/9/15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.1AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.2AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.1AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.8AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.2AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.2AA
How I Met Your Mother (2T) 1.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.3/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice was No. 1 at 8p with 2.4/8, followed by ABC’s Dancing With the Stars with 2.0/7. At 9p, NBC’s The Voice gained ground with 2.7/8; ABC’s Dancing With the Stars held onto the second slot with 2.1/6. NBC finished the night on top at 10p with Blindspot with 1.9/6; CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles followed with 1.2/4.

A18-49: NBC 2.3/7, CBS 1.5/5, ABC 1.8/6, FOX 1/3, UNI 0.9/3, TELE 0.7/2, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, November 23, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 7.5/11
Dancing With the Stars 8.3/13, Castle 4.4/8
NBC: 5.7/9
The Voice 6.3/10, Blindspot 4.4/8
CBS: 5/8
Supergirl 4.4/7, Scorpion 5.7/9, NCIS: Los Angeles 5.0/9
FOX: 1.8/3
Gotham 2.5/4, Minority Report 1.0/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres [r] 1.3/2
Telemundo: 1.0/2
Celia 1.0/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.9/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
ION: 0.8/1
Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1
CW: 0.7/1
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.6/1, Jane the Virgin 0.7/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 5.9/18, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC football topped 8p with 4.5/15, followed by 3.4 for ABC’s American Music Awards. NBC’s game scored 6.3/17 at 9p, versus 3.6/10 for ABC’s awards show. Football still led at 10p with 6.4/19; ABC’s music was second with 3.4/11.

A18-49: NBC 5.9/18, ABC 2.9/8, FOX 2.2/6, CBS 1.1/3, UNI 0.7/2,TELE 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, November 22, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 10.1/17
Football Night America Part 3 6.3/10, FNBC Sunday Night Football 10.7/18
ABC: 5.6/9
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.2/5, 2015 American Music Awards 6.3/10
CBS: 5.5/9
60 Minutes 6.9/11, Madam Secretary 6.1/10, The Good Wife 5.0/8, CSI: Cyber 4.1/7
FOX: 3.2/5
The Simpsons 3.4/5, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.3/4, Family Guy 2.0/3, The Last Man on Earth 2.0/3
Aqui y Ahora Sun 1.12/2, La Banda 1.3/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.1/2
TELE: 0.5/1
Cine Exclusivo .5/1, Ya Ero Hora Sun .2/0
ION: 0.5/1
Sunday 8PM Movie 0.5/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: Fox drew the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.3/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, Fox’s College Football topped with 1.4/5, versus 0.9/4 for ABC’s Saturday Night Football. At 9p, Fox football averaged 1.3/5, followed by ABC football at 1.2/4. At 10p, Fox football continued to dominate with 1.4/5, followed by CBS’ 48 Hours with 1.0/4.

A18-49: ABC 1.1/4, CBS 0.8/3, FOX 1.3/5, NBC 0.5/2, ION 0.5/2, UNI 0.4/1, TELE 0.3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, November 21, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 2.4/4
Saturday Night Football 2.4/4
CBS: 2.9/5
Crimetime Saturday 2.3/4, 48 Hours 2.9/5, 48 Hours 3.6/7
NBC: 1.4/3
NBC Movie Special 1.4/3, SNL Prime [r] 1.4/3
FOX 2.6/5
Fox College Football 2.6/5
ION: 1.0/2
Law & Order:SVU 1.0/2, Law & Order:SVU 1.0/2, Law & Order:SVU 1.1/2
Sabadazo 0.6/1
TELE: 0.6/1
Que Noche [7p start] 0.5/1, Cine Millonario 0.4/1


HLN chief Albie Hecht is leaving the network. Ken Jautz, who oversaw it prior to Hecht’s arrival, will step in as interim chief. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker informed staff of the changes yesterday in a memo.

At the ABC Entertainment Group, Keli Lee is transitioning from EVP of casting to managing director of international content and talent, based in London.

Shaftesbury appointed Emmy winner Ted Biggs as VP, convergent and technology for Smokebomb Entertainment, the company’s digital and technology arm. Biggs joins Shaftesbury from AWE, where he was VP, operations/client relations.


Five-time Emmy winner David Canary, who for nearly three decades played Adam Chandler on All My Children, died November 16 of natural causes. He was 77.

This Day in History:
1867 – Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: The town in which series celebrated the holiday by throwing, and getting hit by, tomatoes? Northern Exposure‘s (1990-1995) Cicely, Alaska. Kudos to: George Gerritsen, AdWeek, NY; Nicole Langella, Fox Networks Group, NY; David Williams, CTV, Knoxville, TN; Rev. Mark Wajda, Leesburg, FL.

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ABC: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, blackish, Jimmy Kimmel Live
CBS: Survivor, Code Black
CW: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Fox: Rosewood, Empire
NBC: The Making of The Wiz Live, A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving
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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