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.
Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide’s president, is taking a six-week leave from the company to deal with heart surgery. A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the information tweeted on Thursday morning by the net’s media correspondent Brian Stelter. “He assured everyone he is going to be just fine,” posted Stelter, reporting Zucker’s comments from a news meeting.
Comedy Central is getting more animated, adding King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show to its lineup. The network has acquired all 13 seasons of King of the Hill, set to bow on Monday, July 23, as well as all four seasons of ensemble comedy The Cleveland Show, launching this fall.
Lots of news out of Bristol yesterday, including ESPN locking in Hall of Fame sportscaster Linda Cohn, the longest-tenured anchor for the SportsCenter, has signed a new deal to remain with the company in a multi-year agreement. Cohn originally joined ESPN in 1992 and anchored her first SportsCenter on July 11, 1992. Deal points will […]
ELEAGUE and the US Air Force inked an expanded multi-tournament marketing partnership ahead of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 in a deal that will see Air Force serve as ELEAGUE’s first-ever official armed forces partner across all platforms. The deal will see Air Force activate across a number of branded integrations and placements, highlighting the […]
Sold-out Springsteen on Broadway will launch globally on Netflix December 15, the day the one-man show ends its Broadway run. “The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete,” said Bruce Springsteen manager Jon Landau. “In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided […]