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A&E’s Triple Threat Live PD: Audience, Affluence & Action
Live PD made A&E the #1 cable network on Fridays and Saturdays in 2018! With impressive increases in audience (+126%) and in median income (+34%), television’s FIRST LIVE law enforcement franchise is blasting ahead on all cylinders.
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Two half-hour comedy pilots, Best Intentions and Ride or Die, got the green light from Pop. Best Intentions, from American Pie writer Adam Herz, A+E Studios and Propagate, follows a teenager, his single father, who happens to be the guidance counselor at his high school, and the women of their fumbling affections. Ride or Die, from writer Matt McConkey (Paramount Network’s Heathers), The Gotham Group and Nomadic Pictures, centers on a down-on-her-luck outsider who teams up with a true-crime buff to find the killer after an elite spin studio is shaken by a murder.
Busy times at Syfy, which landed rights to develop a Chucky TV series centered on the possessed freckle-faced doll from the Child’s Play horror films. Project hails from the film franchise’s creator/writer Don Mancini, producer David Kirschner and writer/producer Nick Antosca (Hulu’s The Act). Mancini will write the adaptation for Universal Cable Productions. Syfy also ordered two new scripted pilots: father-son artificial intelligence drama Cipher (working title), from Allison Miller (Strange Angel) and Rough House Pictures (Halloween); and dark comedy (Future) Cult Classic (working title), from Shay Hatten (Ballerina) and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. The pilots are produced by Universal Cable Productions.
CNBC beginning in May will unleash a slate of new and returning originals focused on real estate during primetime. The network has green-lit Listing Impossible, which follows real-estate agent Aaron Kirman and his team as they work to sell multimillion-dollar estates that have been languishing on the market; Cash Pad (working title), a home reno series in which Bachelorette couple-turned-home flippers JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers transform ordinary homes into short-term rental properties; and Five Day Business Flip (working title), featuring a husband-and-wife design duo who remodel small businesses. In addition, Simonsen Says (working title), featuring broker Lisa Simonsen, has been added to the development slate and The Deed: Chicago, which follows real-estate mogul Sean Conlon, will return for a second season.
Optomen Productions, an All3Media company headed by Maria Silver, entered a co-production partnership with British production company Chalkboard TV, headed by Mike Benson. The two will partner on original and UK formats to pitch directly to U.S. broadcasters.
Blue Ant International commissioned a second season of Architect Films-produced baking competition Best Cake Wins, currently in production in Toronto, Canada for BYUtv.
Writer/producer Anna Winger launched new independent production company, Studio Airlift, in Berlin. Studio Airlift has optioned two books slated for series: Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox, a story of emancipation to be set in NYC and Berlin; and Hennie van Vuuren’s thriller Apartheid, Guns and Money.
Inspired by the untold rise of iconic music and dance program Soul Train, BET Networks original series American Soul debuts Tuesday, February 5, at 9p. Series stars Sinqua Walls (Power, The Breaks), singer Kelly Price, Jason Dirden (Greenleaf) and Iantha Richardson (This Is Us) in a story of battles with record labels, off-camera drama and the struggle for substantial funding as thirstysomething Don Cornelius sacrifices all that he loves to follow his dream.
Project Runway returns to its original home, Bravo, with a 90-minute ep on March 14 at 8p. After 11 seasons on Lifetime, the newest iteration of the series features supermodel Karlie Kloss as host with former Project Runway champ and fashion designer Christian Siriano as mentor. Elle Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia returns as a judge along with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth. Original production company Magical Elves is producing alongside new Weinstein Co. owner Lantern Entertainment.
Verizon is producing a 30-minute doc focusing on the backstories of the first responders featured in its Super Bowl Campaign. Directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) with Gary Sinise as the narrator, it will air on CBS Sports Monday, February 4, at 9p.
The impact of the #MeToo movement in television was parsed during NBC’s “Women of Drama” panel yesterday as the Television Critics Assn. winter tour got under way. “Last season, when everything was coming out, we had a lot of male guest stars actually ask us questions, which we found interesting and nice,” Good Girls star Retta said. Referencing an on-set This Is Us meeting to discuss inappropriate behavior, actor Susan Kelechi Watson noted, “There was a consciousness about that that I found really respectful.”
“It’s a nice comparison, but I think our show is much better,” Abby exec producer Josh Malmuth joked about the new midseason NBC show when asked if it was created to fill shoes left by Cheers decades ago. Added exec producer Mike Schur, “There is no way to beat that show. If you can get in the conversation with that show, it’s a dream come true.”
After nearly a seven-month blackout, Dish Network is suing Univision for patent violations as the companies’ distribution standoff rages on. Dish filed a federal lawsuit in Delaware alleging Univision’s products, including subscription streaming service Univision Now, the Univision app and Univision Deportes, violate four Dish-owned patents covering adaptive bit-rate streaming. The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction barring Univision from using the patents plus unspecified monetary damages.
Canvas Media Studios launched short form series Limelight on Yarn, the chat-based fiction app that targets teens and twentysomethings. Limelight, which stars influencer Chloe Lukasiak (Lifetime’s Dance Moms), received more than 2 million views the first month. Canvas Media Studios CEO David Tochterman, exec producer of the project, will moderate the panel “Finding the Right Platforms for Premium Short Form Video” at the Cynopsis Short Form Video Fest, March 6 in NYC. For details and to register, go here. Among other content creators producing series for Yarn are AMC Networks, Drama Fever, Syfy and Warner Bros.
On the heels of its U.S. broadcast deal with Disney Junior and Hulu, Guru Studio appointed Playmates Toys global master toy partner for its new original preschool series Pikwik. Series is set to air on Disney Junior and other territories in 2020. Playmates Toys has acquired worldwide toy rights, excluding China.
Independent global kids content distributor Jetpack Distribution acquired international distribution rights for four family films: A Horse Called Wish, Camp Getaway, Inspector Sunshine and The House on Seahorse Bay from  UK-based Perplexia Pictures.
Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) scored a lead role opposite Matt Walsh and JoAnna Garcia Swisher in ABC comedy pilot Happy Accident Sasha Lane (American Honey) will headline Utopia, Amazon’s adaptation of the British series… Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) top the ensemble cast in Urban Myth Film‘s TV reimagining of sci-fi tale War of the Worlds. Lea Drucker (Le Bureau Des Legendes), Natasha Little (Silent Witness), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stéphane Caillard (Marseille), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) are also on board.
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CNN said its Monday-night event featuring Kamala Harris, the Democratic senator from California who recently threw her hat into the 2020 Presidential election, was “the most-watched cable news single-candidate election town hall” ever among the A25-54 news demo. Town Hall with Sen. Kamala Harris scored 712,000 A25-54 from 10-11p. In Total Viewers it averaged 1.96 million.
Hallmark Channel was the most watched and highest rated across cable in primetime for the entire month of January, excluding news and sports nets. Driven by its annual “Winterfestprogramming, featuring four consecutive Saturday-night movie premieres, the net was also number one every weekend throughout the month. The four consecutive Saturday-night premieres averaged a 2.8 HH rating, 2.9 million Total Viewers and 428,000 W25-54.
Last Saturday’s 48 Hours: Was Kevin Cooper Framed? ep garnered CBS the program’s largest audience this season and was the night’s top primetime program with viewers, according to Nielsen Live+SD ratings for January 26. At 10p, 48 Hours delivered 4.83 million viewers and a 0.9/04 with A25-54, the show’s largest audience since February 3, 2018.
From Monday through Friday the week of January 21, Univision delivered week-over-week audience growth among Total Viewers 2+ (+4% to 1.5 million), A18-49 (+5% to 596,000) and A18-34 (+11% to 242,000.
Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of January 21, 2019
FOX: The Masked Singer 2.3/9
NBC: This Is Us 1.9/8
NBC: AGT Champions 1.6/6
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games 1.6/7
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy 1.6/7
ABC: The Bachelor 1.5/6
ABC: The Conners 1.5/7
CBS: Big Brother Monday 1.5/6
CBS: Big Bang Theory 1.4/6
ABC: NBA Saturday Primetime 1.4/7
TV Time’s Binge Report for the Week of January 21, 2019
Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix) – 4.87%
Sex Education (Netflix) – 4.64%
You (Netflix) – 2.74%
Friends (NBC) – 2.53%
Grace and Frankie (Netflix) – 2.06%
Gossip Girl (The CW) – 1.92%
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) – 1.91%
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 1.53%
Titans (DC Universe) – 1.50%
Riverdale (The CW) – 1.49%
The weekly Binge Report ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in our TV Time app within a given day.
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 21, 2019
ABC: Good Morning America 4.32 million total viewers; 1.1/11 and 1.32 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.21 million total viewers; 1.2/12 and 1.47 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.28 million total viewers; 0.7/7 and 891,000 A25-54
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 21, 2019
ABC: World News Tonight 9.70 million total viewers; 1.7/8 and 2.07 million A25-54
NBC: Nightly News 8.98 million total viewers; 1.8/8 and 2.12 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 6.80 million total viewers; 1.2/6 and 1.50 million A25-54
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of January 21, 2019
CBS: The Late Show 3.23 million total viewers and .45/3 A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.25 million total viewers and .46/3 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.93 million total viewers and .34/2 A18-49

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, January 28, 2018, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 8.78 million
America’s Got Talent: The Champions 10.38, Manifest 5.59
ABC: 6.42 million
The Bachelor 6.35, The Good Doctor 6.55
CBS: 5.16 million
Big Brother Celebrity Edition 4.67, Magnum PI 5.62, Bull 5.20
FOX: 4.65 million
The Resident 5.38, The Passage 3.92
Telemundo: 800,000
Exatlón Estados Unidos 861,000, Jugar con Fuego 803,000, Senora Acero V 677,000
Univision: 1 million
Jesus 944,000, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia 1.03, Amar a Muerte 969,000
CW: 1.07 million
Arrow 1.21, Black Lightning 0.92

Monday A18-49 Rating: ABC 1.6/7, FOX .9/4, NBC 1.5/7, CBS .8/3, UNI .4/2, TELE .3/2, CW .3/1
Authentic Entertainment executive Sara Reddy has been promoted to EVP, Current Programming. Reddy joined the company in 2007 and has produced content for TLC, Discovery, A&E, MTV and others. Additionally, Brian Pargac has been upped to VP, Development, and Adriana Garcia elevated to Director, Development.
Jane Fuller joined business strategy company Magid as VP, Strategy Consultant. Fuller previously served as Director, Insights and Analytics for the Coca-Cola Co.
Anime destination Crunchyroll hired John Leonhardt as Head of Consumer Products. He most recently led Dimensional Branding Group’s licensing and brand extension practice.
Indie animation studio Mercury Filmworks appointed former Gaumont creative executive Heath Kenny to the role of Chief Content Officer.
Left/Right, the Red Arrow Studios company behind The Circus, The Zoo and the upcoming New York Times series The Weekly, promoted Mary Robertson to SVP of Current Production and Pete Ross to SVP of Development.
Cream Productions appointed series producer Matt Booi to Senior Production Executive. Booi has a long history with Cream, having served as writer, producer, showrunner and exec producer of projects including The Dictator’s Playbook for PBS.
Media tech company Stringr appointed Drew Berkowitz as SVP of Sales. Berkowitz most recently served as Global VP of Sales at Storyful.

Answer to our last trivia question: Who was the first actress to be nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe award and Screen Actors Guild award every year her show aired in the eligibility period? Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer (2005-2012). Kudos to: David Clark-Vice/Brooklyn, NY; Mike J. Lu-Independent Acct Executive/NY; Rory Rosegarten-The Conservation Co./Roslyn, NY; Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; David Westberg-SAG•AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank.

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PRODUCER/JUDGE JERRY/STAMFORD CT: Book, Write and Produce segments for daytime court show under tight deadlines. Min 1 -2 years professional TV exp with a talk show, news or court program or other relevant entertainment exp. Full info HERE (2/8)
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MANAGER, PR TALENT RELATIONS/CNBC/Englewood Cliffs NJ: Act as a liaison between CNBC and primetime talent and their reps, publicists, etc. Min 5 yrs of professional PR expe in a leadership role with a media and ent company. 3 yrs exp working w/talent. Full info HERE (2/8)

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SENIOR DIRECTOR, DISTRIBUTIONS OPERATIONS/Viacom/NYC: Lead role as mgr of ops for DBD incl oversight of (i) current & future new media product deployments such as addressable advertising w/dist partners (ii) Viacom’s linear signal dist (iii) business solutions & associated business processes. Apply HERE (2/6)

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ABC: The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Match Game
CBS: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Criminal Minds
CW: Riverdale, All American
FOX: Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, The Masked Singer 
NBC: Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.
PBS: Nature, NOVA, The Dictator’s Playbook
Telemundo: Exatlón Estados Unidos, Jugar con Fuego, El Baron
Univision: Jesus, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, Amar a Muerte


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