Good morning.It’s Friday, February 7, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.
DIY: Texas Flip and Move at 11p
Food: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives at 10p
NBC: Winter Olympics (opening ceremony) at 7:30p
NBC: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35
TLC: Untold Stories of the E.R.: Sex Edition at 9p
AMC: The Walking Dead at 9p, Talking Dead at 10p, Comic Book Men at midnight
Weather: Coast Guard Cape Disappointment: Pacific Northwest at 10p
History: The Curse of Oak Island at 10p
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NBC has pulled The Michael J. Fox Show off its schedule. The comedy, which earned a .7 rating/2 share and 2.2 million total viewers on January 23, will be replaced by Hollywood Game Night starting February 27, after the Olympics. Seven eps already shot have yet to air. But Fox isn’t out of a job – he’s returning to CBS‘s The Good Wife, where he earned three Emmy nominations guest starring as attorney Louis Canning.
Former Clinton aide James Carville has joined Fox News Channel as a contributor. “James’ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset,” said the net’s VP of programming Bill Shine. Carville and wife Mary Matalin left CNN shortly after Jeff Zucker took charge early last year.
ABC issued its third straight-to-series order this season, to Astronaut Wives Club. The ABC Studios drama is based on the book by Lily Koppel about real-life NASA spouses. Secrets & Lies and a project from David O. Russell and Susannah Grant also got to skip the pilot process.
MTV released Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged & Uncensored through its digital and mobile platforms, and the MTV App and MTV Artists App, the first time the net has released an uncensored version of its Unplugged series. The premiere of Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged on January 29 averaged one million total viewers and set a new digital record for the franchise, with more than 1.7 million streams in the first 24 hours.
21st Century Fox’s fiscal second quarter dropped 12%, reported execs in a conference call Thursday, due in part to lower-than-anticipated ratings for Fox network shows like The X Factor and American Idol, and investments in cable launches FXX and Fox Sports 1. President and COO Chase Carey labeled the issue “short term,” thanks in part to the net’s plan to take a pass on costly pilot season and launch content year-round.
They may not be airing the Games, but ABC News has the Olympics covered. Correspondents reporting from Sochi and Moscow will report on events, athletes and breaking news, announced the net, and along with producers, stay active on social media to share updates and results. The social media desk will be “staffed 24 hours a day,” promised the news division.
A year after its launch, CNN is giving up on brand extension CNN Latino, eight hours of Spanish language syndicated daily programming. The effort “was not able to fulfill our business expectations,” explained a CNN spokesperson.
Amazon launched 10 new pilots on Prime Instant Video Thursday. Viewer feedback will help determine which shows make it to series; last year three were picked up. View the entrants here.
Science Channel launched a site for “mind-blowing” curated science content (sample: a penguin colony filmed by another bird; vintage footage of LSD testing). Available on all platforms, Sci2 features short-form videos and live feeds.
Nat Geo‘s Ultimate Survival: Alaska is calling all intrepid adventurers. Applications for a spot on the next season of the show (the goal: “make it out alive”) are available for download here. Meanwhile, season two continues through March 9 at its new time, Sundays at 10p.
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In honor of Black History Month, Revolt is airing Brooklyn Boheme, about the black arts movement in Fort Greene from the mid-1980s through the 1990s. The documentary, originally aired on Showtime, will premiere on Revolt Sunday, February 9 at 8p, with encore airings throughout the month.
AXS TV is broadcasting a show to benefit children in desperate need of surgery. Mending Kids.Org – All-Star Concert for Children Worldwide will air live from Hollywood’s Sunset Strip on Friday, February 14 at 11p. Illusionist Penn Jillette will host, with performers including KISS, Tom Jones and Natasha Bedingfield.
Bringing fading local businesses back to life is the goal of Save My Bakery, launching on Food Network. The show, from Nancy Glass Productions, debuts Wednesday, March 19 at 8p.
Under the Duomo? Florence, Italy’s masterpiece of engineering, the Duomo, is explored in NOVA’s Great Cathedral Mystery, premiering on PBS Wednesday, February 12 at 9p.
WE tv gets in the Olympic spirit tonight, February 7 at 8p, with a marathon of docu-series Sanya’s Glam & Gold, featuring four-time Olympics gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross. On Friday, February 14 the net airs special Braxton Family Values Gold Medal Moments, and on Friday, February 21, Mary Mary Gold Medal Moments, at 9p.
Destination America offers behind-the-scenes peeks at Disney’s theme parks, resorts and cruise ships in “Disney Week,” from Monday, March 3 through Friday, March 7 at 8p.
The host of Outdoor Channel‘s Gridiron Outdoors with Mike Pawlawski takes his former Cal coach, NFL analyst Steve Mariucci, for a day of fishing and gridiron reminiscing on an ep airing today, February 7 at 10:30a, Saturday, February 8 at 7:30a and Monday, February 10 at 10:30a.
Temptation, revenge and rivalry color season two of Discovery‘s Amish Mafia, premiering Tuesday, February 25 at 9p. The season one premiere of the docu-series from Hot Snakes Media scored 2.13 P25-54, making it the net’s highest-rated series debut ever.
TLC ordered 35 more episodes of Sex Sent Me to the ER, featuring real-life stories of romance gone wrong. Over its first four episodes, the series averaged 1.9 million P2+ viewers and was the number one premiere among ad-supported cable on Saturday night in all key women demos. Encores air Saturdays at 10p, with new eps slated to launch this spring.
Hank Azaria (Huff) and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) will guest on season two of Showtime drama Ray Donovan. Production is underway in LA for a summer 2014 premiere.
Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings) has been cast in upcoming Fox comedy Weird Loners, about people bonding in a Queens, New York townhouse.
Mistresses gets a little soapier with the addition of General Hospital vet Jason Gerhardt. The actor will play a potential love interest for Alyssa Milano‘s character, reports TVLine, when the drama returns this summer for season two.
Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) will recur on Two and a Half Men as a love interest for Alan, reports Deadline. Another Jim alum, Courtney Thorne-Smith, also recurs on Men, as Alan’s ex girlfriend. CBS comedy airs Thursdays at 9:30p.
John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) will star in upcoming WGN America drama Manhattan, about the mission to build the first atomic bomb. Daniel Stern (Home Alone) will co-star in the series from Skydance Television/Tribute Studios/Lionsgate Television, set to debut in July.
Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) will head the cast of the pilot for NBC thriller Odyssey, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
CBS ordered a pilot focusing on the world of Wall Street, with actor John Cusack on the exec producer team, and a medical drama about former reality stars, both from CBS Television Studios.
AMC and Sony Pictures Television are teaming to develop Preacher, based on the 90s comic books, as a drama series. Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End) will write and exec produce. “This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us,” said Rogan and Goldberg. “It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”
Connection III Entertainment Corp. sold the 10th season of franchise Made in Hollywood and the 9th season of Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition to major broadcast groups, including CBS Television Stations, Fox Television Stations, Sinclair, LIN, Hearst and Gannett, achieving total U.S. Household clearance over 90 percent.
On Tuesday, ABC Family‘s Pretty Little Liars was TV’s number one telecast at 8p for its 29th consecutive original telecast in F12-34 (1.3 million/2.9 rating) and 20th consecutive week in W18-34 (826,000/2.4 rating). At 9p, the winter finale of Ravenswood got a 27 percent bump in total viewers (to 1.4 million) versus last week, and 28 percent in A18-49 (to 647,000).
During its final week hosted by Jay Leno, The Tonight Show delivered 5 million total viewers (highest since March 2010) and 1.4 million A18-49 (highest since November 2010).
Wednesday’s American Idol saw its first boost of the season. At 3.9 among A18-49, the Fox singing competition was up a tenth versus last week, according to Nielsen, adding 600,000 more viewers for 13.3 million total.
CW’s The Tomorrow People tied its series low on Wednesday with .5. The drama loses its Arrow lead-in in March, when post-apocalyptic drama The 100 snatches its timeslot. Tomorrow moves to Mondays starting March 17.
The 200th episode of CBS‘s Criminal Minds on Wednesday drew 12.8 million total viewers and saw a healthy 27 percent uptick in A18-49, to 2.8.
CBS Daytime racked up ratings milestones the week ending February 2, according to Nielsen, averaging 4.79 million viewers, the best since December 2005 and 1.6/9 among W25-54, a four-year high.
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings(week of January 27, 2014)
ABC: GMA 6.15 million total viewers; 2.0/14 and 2.45 million A25-54
NBC: Today 5.51 million total viewers; 1.9/13 and 2.26 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.42 million total viewers; 1.0/7 and 1.21 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows (February 2, 2014)?
ABC: This Week 3.50 million total viewers; .8 and 1.02 million A25-54?
NBC: Meet the Press 3.41 million total viewers; .8 and 963,000 A25-54?
CBS: Face the Nation 3.25 million total viewers; .8 and 921,0000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.85 million total viewers; .4 and 483,000 million A25-54?
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.42 million total viewers; .4 and 492,000 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX grabbed the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 3.9/11, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox’s American Idol averaged 3.9/11 in its first hour to top 8p, followed by a 2.0 average for ABC’s The Middle and Suburgatory. Idol scored 3.9/10 to win 9p, versus 2.8/7 for CBS’s Criminal Minds. CBS’s CSI snatched 10p with 2.0/6, followed by 1.7/5 for NBC’s Chicago PD.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, January 22, 2013 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
|FOX||8.0/12||American Idol 8.0/12|
|CBS||6.7/11||Criminal Minds [r] 5.2/, Criminal Minds 7.9/12, CSI 6.9/12|
|ABC||4.3/7||The Middle 5.4/8, Suburgatory 4.0/6, Modern Family 6.1/9, Super Fun Night 3.0/5, Nashville 3.6/6|
|NBC||3.6/6||How to Raise and Olympian 2.7/4, Law and Order: SVU 4.2/8, Chicago PD 4.0/7|
|UNI||1.8/3||Por Siempre Mi Amor 1.5/2, Que Vida Me Robo 2.1/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.7/3|
|CW||1.3/2||Arrow 1.8/3, Tomorrow People .9/1|
|TELE||.8/1||Impostora .7/1, Reina Sur 1.1/2, Santa Diablo .7/1|
|ION||.5/1||WWE Main Event .9/1, Burn Notice .3/0, Burn Notice .3/1|
|ION||.3/1||Cineplex .4/1, Cineplex .2/0|
A18-49: FOX 3.9/11, CBS 2.1/6, ABC 1.9/5, NBC 1.5/4, UNI 1.3/4, CW .7/2, TELE .6/1, UMA .3/1, ION .2/0
A+E Networks named Barry Jossen Executive Vice President of A+E Studios. Most recently, Jossen served as head of ABC Studios.
David Luner was promoted to President, Brand Partnerships and Franchise Management at FremantleMedia North America. Luner has held a number of positions at the company over the past decade, most recently assuming the interim role of Executive Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Franchise Management during the integration of FremantleMedia Enterprises into the FMNA corporate structure.
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Friday Fun Fact: There is a mushroom named after cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants: Spongiforma squarepantsii.
This day in history: 1985 – “New York, New York” became the official anthem for New York City.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2014
ABC: Last Man Standing [r], Last Man Standing [r], Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Attack the Block
FOX: Bones [r], Enlisted, Raising Hope
ION: Leverage, Burn Notice, Burn Notice
MyTV: Monk, Monk
NBC: Olympics [p]
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, American Masters
Telemundo: La Impostora, La Reina del Sur, Santa Diabla
UMA: Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball, Pitch Black
Univision: Por Siempre Mi Amore, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Que Pobres Tan Ricos
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