12/03/15: Cablers push back against online blackouts; History takes on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire; Biggest Loser gets a makeover



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Hallmark Channel was November’s #1 Cable Network
Delivering the Largest Audience of W25-54 for the Entire Month
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Our inaugural Thanksgiving Weekend Event was #1 with W25-54
and delivered #1 and #2 watched movies of the week!

Countdown to Christmas continues with movie premieres this weekend
Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Just in Time for Christmas
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12.03.15

Good morning. It’s Thursday December 3, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Fyi: Food Porn at 9p
HGTV: Flip or Flop at 9p



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Sizzlin Sunday Nights on TLC

2.6M watched the Sister Wives Tell All
1.9M
viewed 90 Day Fiancé
90 Day Fiancé’s most watched episode of the season and TLC’s most viewed Sunday night since March!

It’s all leading up to the 90 Day Fiancé season finale
Sunday at 9/8c followed by the Tell All at 10/9c, on TLC
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IN THE NEWS

NATPE president and CEO Rod Perth said this year’s market, taking place January 19-21, will be kicking up more sand in Miami Beach. “With all of our most important numbers tracking ahead of last year’s capacity turnout, we have moved to substantially increase our physical space in 2016 by expanding to the Eden Roc next door to the Fontainebleau,” said Perth on Wednesday.“The increase in exhibition sales and expanded events reflects the tremendous growth we are seeing throughout the conference.” NATPE Reality is expanding from one day to two, with a luncheon event honoring the shows that “made noise”; Howie Mandel is back as host. Check out the list of finalists here.

As the FCC reviews the guidelines governing retrans talks, the National Cable Telecommunications Association is pushing for rules prohibiting broadcasters from blocking access to online content during blackouts. “The targeted blocking of a broadcaster’s online services to any of a cable operator’s broadband customers as a negotiating tactic in order to pressure the operator to accept the broadcaster’s terms and conditions for retransmission consent should be deemed to violate the duty to negotiate in good faith,” contends the cable trade group.

AT&T plans to gradually erase the DirecTV name, according to an internal notice obtained by DLSReports. AT&T, which acquired DirecTV earlier this year, plans to “transition all TV product names to AT&T Entertainment to symbolize our move to a single entertainment portfolio,” says the memo. The change begins in January, with the launch of the company’s next-generation TV platform.

Univision Digital has launched a new digital platform and YouTube channel aimed at multicultural, Spanish-speaking millennials. Udisea, which also lives natively across social media channels, offers premium short-form video content. “Hispanics and multicultural millennials over-index in the consumption of digital, mobile, and social content, and our research shows that more than half of Univision users are going online to view videos that are different from what they see on TV,” said Isaac Lee, chief news and digital officer for Univision Communications and CEO of Fusion. UCI’s portfolio of digital properties targeting multicultural millennials also includes Fusion, El Rey, Flama and The Root.

Poker Central struck a long-term distribution agreement with National Cable Television Cooperative, including the 24/7 linear feed and a suite of TVE and VOD rights. “Poker Central’s unique content offering and value proposition is being well received by operators,” Sid Eshleman, chief distribution officer, tells Cynopsis. “Our deal with NCTC supports our confidence in the brand.” Launched October 1, Poker Central targets a young, male audience with a mix of tournaments, instructional programs and biographies.


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PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

Latino family comedy Accidentes, from Mark Perez, Eric Tennenbaum and CBS Television Studios, has landed at ABC. Project centers on a disgraced Wall Streeter who returns to work at his family’s strip mall law firm.

History greenlit docu-drama Barbarians Rising, chronicling the 700-year story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire (Attila the Hun! Hannibal! Spartacus!). The global co-production produced by October Films will premiere in 2016 across over 185 territories.

Fox ordered eight eps of You’re Back In the Room (wt), a comedy game show based on the hit UK format. Tuesday’s Child will produce for an early 2016 debut.

Telemundo has started production on Eva La Trailera. The Miami-based drama starring Mexican actress Edith Gonzalez is set to premiere in 1Q16.

COMING UP

Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, exploring the making of the 1937 Disney classic, airs Sunday, December 13 at 8p. Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) narrates.

John Fogerty and Spoon have been added to Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, joining performers including Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow. Event will be broadcast on AMC Saturday, December 19 at 9p.

TV One will air the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Friday, December 4 at 8p, the first time the ceremony has been rebroadcast on another network since PBS started airing it in 2000. This year’s recipient was Eddie Murphy.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders makes his first Tonight Show appearance on Tuesday, December 8 on NBC.

The VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly special premieres Monday, December 7 at 9p with T.I. hosting, and Elle King performing. Among the slew of celebs: Miss Piggy.

The series launch of Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood airs Monday, January 25 at 9p on VH1. The Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta spin-off is followed by the sophomore season premiere of K. Michelle: My Life at 9:30p.

Nickelodeon’s Make it Pop is back for season two Monday, January 4 at 7p. Scripted series follows an eclectic group who form a band.

ADVERTISING AND BRANDS

GroupM and Cablevision inked a deal meant to simplify the process of buying addressable TV spots that gives GroupM’s advanced TV business, Modi Media, access to Cablevision’s Total Audience Application. “By making ad operations, data and analytics more turnkey, we hope to streamline the entire campaign process for Modi and their clients,” said Ben Tatta, president of Cablevision media sales. Added Mike Bologna, Modi president, “Cablevision’s investments and ingenuity to enable addressable TV campaigns with tools and data have significantly advanced what we are able to accomplish on TV at scale.”

RETURNING SHOWS

NBC’s The Biggest Loser is getting a makeover for season 17. The series returns Monday, January 4 at 9p not only with a new host, veteran Loser trainer Bob Harper, but a new logo, gym and format changes. Theme of the season: “Temptation.” Onboard for the season is the first Survivor winner, Richard Hatch.

A new batch of Cake Wars launches on Food Network on Monday, January 11 at 9p. Over the course of 13 episodes, bakers concoct creations with themes including Star Wars, Sesame Street, Minecraft and more.

With President Obama’s State of the Union speech scheduled for an earlier-than-usual January 12, the two-hour season two premiere of ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter has been pushed from Tuesday, January 5 to January 19.

Hollywood Game Night is back for season four on Tuesday, January 5 at 8p. Emmy-winner Jane Lynch repeats as host, with celebs including Geena Davis, Helen Hunt, Eva Longoria, Laverne Cox, Melissa Etheridge, Kesha, Apolo Ohno and Al Michaels, among others, playing along.

Crackle’s The Art of More won a renewal for season two less than two weeks after its November 19 launch. The streaming service’s first one-hour scripted series, starring Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth, had garnered 2 million views, with  most importantly  over half of viewers new to the net.

You’re the Worst was renewed for a third season on FXX. While the dark comedy recently drew a soft 402,000 viewers in Live+3, the show is “already one of the most critically acclaimed comedies on television, [and] also one of the most innovative,” said Nick Grad, president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. Series creator Stephen Falk was signed to an overall deal to develop and produce projects.

Samurai Jack has been revived. The Emmy-winning animated series from Genndy Tartakovsky, canceled by Cartoon Network in 2004 after 52 episodes, will return with a new season on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in 2016.
 
 

GLOBAL GOINGS-ON

Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific trapped a new batch of Oggy and the Cockroaches. Season five of the slapstick animation show from Xilam is slated for a 2017 premiere.

Passion Distribution and IPCN struck a deal with China’s largest online video platform to create a local version of the Worst Driver format in China. The first Asian region adaptation will be produced by Shanghai Media Group’s New Media Business Unit for an early 2016 premiere on streaming video platform iQIYI.

Zodiak Rights secured new sales of drama Versailles for Scandinavian premium pay service C More covering Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland; RTBF for French speaking Belgium, and VRT for Flemish speaking Belgium.Versailles will air on Sky Germany early 2016; further new sales include Creative Programs, Inc (a subsidiary of ABS-CBN) in the Philippines, NC+ in Poland, and BTV Media Group in Bulgaria.

Armoza Format entertainment show I Can Do That! has been licensed in Germany by ZDF. The local adaptation of the variety format will be produced by Endemol Shine Germany, slated to launch in February 2016.

Content Television struck deals with Fox International Channels Asia Pacific for Dead Rising: Watchtower; GMA Network in the Philippines for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and The Ark; Solar Entertainment in the Philippines for Cyberbully and China’s CCTV for TV movies including Pete’s Christmas and Driving Lessons.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

The Africa Channel has begun its “8 Gifts Holiday Movie Countdown,” featuring a holiday-themed movie premiere every Sunday and Monday night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. At noon on Christmas Eve, the net launches its  “8 Gifts Holiday Movie Marathon,” with encores of the eight films leading into the 9p premiere of Nothing for Mahala, followed by behind-the-scenes special The Making of Nothing for Mahala; marathon then continues through December 26 at 6a.

Spanish-language movie channel Cinelatino is counting down to Christmas every night from now until December 25. Holiday titles include Miracle in Spanish Harlem, premiering Sunday, December 13 at 9p.


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RATINGS

CBS’s Thanksgiving Day NFL game was the most-watched NFL game in 2015 on any network, with 32.5 million viewers P2+, according to Nielsen Live+SD ratings, up 11 percent versus last year. The Carolina/Dallas game was also the most-watched in 20 years for the AFC television package.

Part one of CW’s The Flash/Arrow crossover hit the mark on Tuesday, finishing #3 in the hour in A18-49 (1.4/5), A18-34 (1.1/5) and in total viewers (3.86 million). The Flash was also #1 in the hour in M18-34 (1.4/6). 

Hallmark Channel boasts it was the most-watched and highest-rated network in primetime and total day for the week of November 23 among W25-54, and #2 in household rating (behind ESPN). The five new original movie premieres that aired Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29 as part of the net’s inaugural (and doubtless not last) Thanksgiving Weekend Event averaged a 3.2 HH rating and 3.9 million total viewers.

Food Network saw double digit gains among A25-34, up 18 percent and 13 percent for ratings and impressions, respectively, versus year-ago, finishing November ranked #10 across all ad-supported cable in A25-54, and jumping six spots to rank #12 for A25-34.

November was the tenth out of 11 months of year-over-year growth for Cooking Channel among A25-54. Food: Fact or Fiction was up 34 percent in the demo and Tia Mowry at Home saw gains of 60 percent versus last year for A25-54 as well as a 122 percent gain among A25-34.

The week of November 23, Univision ranked as the number 5 broadcast net among A18-34 and A18-49, placing number one on Friday in the young demo.

TV One original film A Royal Family Holiday on November 21 was the #1 movie telecast in November on cable among Black P18-49 and W18-49, as well as TV One’s #1 original movie of all time among P18-49 and W18-49. 

Broadcast Evening News ShowsWeekly Average Ratings (week of November 23, 2015)
NBC:
Nightly News 9.946 million total viewers; 2.0/7 and 2.340 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 9.676 million total viewers; 2.0/7 and 2.341 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 8.009 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.809 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 11 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of November 23, 2015
NBC:
NBC NFL Special (11/26) 9.0/31
NBC: NBC Sunday Night Football (11/29) 8.5/24
NBC: Football Nt. America Pt. 3 (11/29) 4.1/12
NBC: NFL Pre-game (11/26) 4.0/15
CBS: Big Bang Theory (11/26) 3.2/12
FOX: Empire (11/25) 3.2/11
CBS: 60 Minutes (11/29) 2.6/7
NBC: The Voice (11/23) 2.6/8
ABC: Dancing With the Stars (11/24) 2.4/8
CBS: NCIS (11/24) 2.2/8
ABC: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (11/24) 2.2/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data
 
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2.2/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice was No. 1 at 8p with 2.6/9, chased by CBS’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2.4/8). NBC’s Chicago Med landed on top at 9p with 2.0/6, versus 1.3/4 for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. NBC kept the lead at 10p with 1.9/6, but it was a four-way tie for second between ABC’s Shark Tank, CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans, Telemundo’s Senora Acero and Univision’s Yo No Creos en Hombres, each posting .9/3.

A18-49: NBC 2.2/7, CBS 1.4/5, ABC 1.1/4, CW 1.0/3, FOC .8/3,

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 6.5/11
The Voice 7.5/12, Chicago Med 6.3/10, Chicago Fire 5.6/10
CBS: 4.0/7
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 5.0/8, Limitless [r] 3.1/5, NCIS: New Orleans [r] 3.9/7
ABC: 2.2/4
The Muppets 2.4/4, Fresh Off the Boat 2.3/4, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.4/4, Shark Tank [r] 1.8/3
FOX: 1.6/3
Grandfathered 2.0/3, The Grinder 1.6/3, Scream Queens 1.5/2
CW: 1.6/3
The Flash 2.3/4, iZombie 1.0/2
UNIVISION: 1.2/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.2/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres [r] 1.3/2
TELEMUNDO: 1.0/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.9/2, Senora Acero 1.0/2
ION: 0.8/1
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .9/2

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.5/8, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice was No. 1 at 8p with 2.7/8, followed by ABC’s 50th Christmas Charlie Brown with 1.8/6. At 9p, NBC’s The Voice rose to 3.0/9; ABC held onto second with 2.0/6 for Charlie Brown Christmas. NBC finished the night on top at 10p with an average 1.8/6 for two preview eps of Superstore; ABC was next with 1.2/4 for Great Holiday Baking Show.

A18-49: NBC 2.5/8, ABC 1.6/5, CBS 1.3/4, FOX 1.2/4, UNI .9/3, TELE .7/2, CW .3/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, November 30, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 6.5/11
The Voice 7.7/12, Superstore 4.5/8, Superstore 3.4/6
CBS: 4.6/8
Supergirl 4.8/8, Scorpion [r] 4.1/7, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 4.7/8
ABC: 3.7/6
50th Christmas Charlie Brown 4.2/7, Charlie Brown Christmas [r] 4.1/7, Great Holiday Baking Show 2.8/5
FOX: 2.1/3
Gotham 2.8/4, Minority Report 1.4/2
UNIVISION: 1.2/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.3/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres [r] 1.2/2
TELEMUNDO: 1.0/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.9/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
ION: 0.8/1
Law & Order .9/1, Law & Order .8/1, Law & Order .8/1
CW: 0.6/1
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.7/1, Greatest Holiday Commercials .6/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 7.2/21, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC football topped 8p with 5.9/16, followed by 2.6/7 for CBS’s 60 Minutes. NBC’s game hit 8.3/22 at 9p, versus 1.3/3 for CBS’s Madam Secretary. NBC remained on top at 10p with 8.6/24; ABC landed at second with 1.2/4 for Quantico.

A18-49: NBC 7.2/21, CBS 1.7/5, ABC 1.1/3, FOX .7/2, UNI .4/1, TELE .3/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, November 29, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 10.1/17
Football Night America Part 3 7.3/12, NBC Sunday Night Football 14.6/24
ABC: 5.6/9
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.2/5, Once Upon a Time 2.5/4, Blood & Oil 2.0/3, Quantico 2.6/5
CBS: 5.5/9
60 Minutes 8.7/13, Madam Secretary 6.3/10, The Good Wife 5.2/9
FOX: 3.2/5
Breakthrough Prize .9/1, The Simpsons [r] 1.3/2, Ice Age Mammoth Xmas 1.2/2, Family Guy [r] 1.3/2, The Last Man on Earth [r] 1.1/2
UNIVISION: .9/2
La Sun Banda 1.1/2, Sal y Pimienta .9/2
ION: 0.9/1
Sunday 7PM Movie 0.7/1, Sun 9p Movie .9/2
TELEMUNDO: 0.5/1
Cine Millonario .5/1, Ya Ero Hora Sun .2/0

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: Fox drew the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.8/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, Fox’s College Football topped with 1.7/6, versus 1.4/6 for ABC’s Saturday Night Football. At 9p, Fox football averaged 1.8/6, followed by ABC at 1.8/6. At 10p, Fox football continued to dominate with 2.8/9, followed by ABC football with 1.2/4.

A18-49: FOX 1.8/6, ABC 1.4/5,CBS 1.0/3, NBC .7/3, TELE .5/2, ION .4/1, UNI .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, November 28, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
FOX 3.8/7
Fox College Football 4.3/8
ABC: 2.8/5
Saturday Night Football 2.8/5
NBC: 2.6/5
Dateline Mystery 3.0/5, SNL Prime 2.0/4
CBS: 2.4/4
Frosty the Snowman 2.7/5, Frosty Returns 2.3/4, Story of Santa Claus 1.8/3, 48 Hours 3.6/7
ION: .9/2
Law & Order: SVU .9/2, Law & Order: SVU .8/1, Law & Order: SVU .9/2
UNIVISION: 0.6/1
Sabadazo 0.5/1
TELEMUNDO: 0.7/1
Que Noche .6/1, Leon vs. America .8/1

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Tonia O’Connor has been elevated to the newly-created position of Chief Commercial Officer and President of Content Distribution at Univision Communications Inc. Under O’Connor’s leadership, UCI is putting greater emphasis on diversifying its portfolio of assets by bringing together its Corporate Development and Enterprise groups under one function called Enterprise Development, a division that will focus on enhancing UCI’s market position to help incubate and launch new products and businesses.

NBCUniversal’s Content Innovation Agency appointed John Harrobin as Chief Marketing Officer, reporting to Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships. Most recently, Harrobin served as Chief Marketing Officer of Verizon’s Consumer an Mass Business Unit.

IN MEMORIAM

Emmy- and Peabody Award winning 60 Minutes producer Henry Radliffe II died December 1 after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 66. Radliffe was CBS’s first African-American bureau chief.



This Day in History:
1967 – The first human heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which comedy can count among its guest stars Jon Stewart, Patrick Stuart, Bryan Cranston and Phyllis Diller? Robot Chicken. Kudos to: Rachael Rosenfeld-Wildchild/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Generate/Beverly Hills, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY DECEMBER 3, 2015


ABC: Toy Story That Time Forgot, Shrek the Halls, CMA Country Christmas
CBS: NFL Thursday Night Kickoff, NFL Football
CW: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals
Fox: Bones [r]
NBC: The Wiz Live!
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], American Pharoah [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
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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