NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group is the latest to shift to Live+3D. Bravo, E!, Esquire, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy and USA, will now report ratings based on Live+3 measurements, announced NBCU during TCA, with L+SD data distributed only for live sports/entertainment, specials and event programming. The group’s programming has seen significant lifts from Live+SD to Live+3, including 83 percent for USA’s Graceland, 81 percent for Bravo’s Top Chef, 80 percent for Syfy’s Dominion and 65 percent for E!’s The Soup. “Considering ever-growing use of DVR, VOD, digital and other non-linear viewing options, L+SD is merely a chapter in a much larger and more diverse ratings story,” said Liz Mahaffey, EVP, brand strategy. FX, HBO and Showtime have also given up Live+SD reporting.
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]