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Carnival Films is developing a TV adaptation of novel The Awkward Age, following a widow who falls in love and the daughter who hates her new partner, with the BBC. NBCUniversal International Distribution will distribute.
UP TV greenlit 2 new unscripted series, Our Wedding Story and Crazy Beautiful Weddings, set to premiere this summer. New episodes of Expecting premiere Friday, April 6 at 9p, followed at 10p by recently acquired One Born Every Minute.
Documentary Jesus: Countdown to Calvary, starring Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and co-produced by RTE, American Public Television and ARTE, will release on public television station nationwide Thursday, March 1. Bonneville, a theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem to explore the historical context of the last days of Jesus’ life.
MTV’s Teen Mom series continues with Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, launching Monday, March 12 at 10p. 14-part docu-series introduces 5 new young women navigating the complexities of being a Gen Z mother.
The first broadcast of AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups  Awards premieres Friday, February 23 at 9p on PBS (check local listings). Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) hosts.
The cast of the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is going on an 8-city music tour starting March 31 in Portland, OR, with select cast and songwriters.  “It’s not just a performance, it’s an ongoing dialogue between the performers and the audience,” said series co-creator, EP and star Rachel Bloom.
Epix is running an Indiana Jnes movie marathon on Saturday, March 24. First up: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 5:35a.
Shot in the Dark, the second film in the Magnify documentary series produced by the Los Angeles Media Fund, premieres on Fox at approximately 4:30p on Saturday, February 24, after basketball. Film follows a high school team as it aspires for greatness under an inspirational coach.
NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ consumer investigative units, NBC Responds and Telemundo Responde, have recovered more than $20 million for consumers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The consumer teams, with the support of the stations’ Consumer Investigative Center, have answered more than 250,000 consumer inquiries. “As many communities continue to recover from recent natural disasters, our consumer teams are helping viewers navigate through the rebuilding processes by providing them with direct help or delivering vital information through their reporting,” said Valari Staab, president, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. 
Cox’s CBS affiliate in Seattle, KIRO, helped pay off $1 million in medical debt owed by 1000 people in the area. The station’s consumer advocate, Jesse Jones, investigated with KIRO the options for people crushed by medical debt; they were able to purchase $1 million in debt for $12,000 from a company that works with philanthropists and organizations to provide relief. People whose debt has been wiped clean will receive letters informing them of the good news.
Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson will play the lawmen who came out of retirement to hunt down bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde in Netflix feature The Highwaymen, directed by John Lee Hancock. Kathy Bates (Disjointed) and Kim Dickens (Fear the Walking Dead) have also hopped aboard.
Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige will co-star in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, a live-action series based on the graphic novels following a dysfunctional family of superheroes….Regina Hall (Girls Trip) and Paul Scheer (The Disaster Artist) are joining the cast of HBO comedy pilot Ball Street….Jessica Szhor (Shameless) is onboard season 2 of Fox’s The Orville as a series regular….Sheryl Lee Ralph will recur on season 2 of TNT comedic drama ClawsFelisha Terrell ( Survivor’s Remorse) landed a recurring role on season 3 of USA’s Shooter….Christopher “Comedian CP” Powell joins CBS comedy pilot History of Them as a series regular.
“Every single aspect of the supply chain is guilty of putting self-interest over the interests of the industry,” said Scott Schiller, EVP and GM of ad sales and client partnerships at NBCUniversal, and newly-elected chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Speaking at the group’s leadership meeting in Palm Desert, CA, Schiller said that while work has been done since last year’s meeting, when P&G CMO Marc Pritchard gave a call to action for viewability standards, “We have to make measurement make sense.”
The association also published research suggesting that growth in most consumer categories is shifting to brands centered on direct consumer relationships and agile supply chains. The study, “The Rise of the 21st Century Brand Economy,” said companies like Warby Parker, Glossier and Away are not “interesting curiosities,” but represent an “enduring shift in the way the consumer economy operates.”
According to a report the IAB released with Winterberry Group yesterday, 60% of marketers, publishers and tech developers said their organizations spent more on data in 2017 than in 2016, and 81% plan to invest in higher levels in 2018. “The Outlook for Data 2018: A Snapshot into the Evolving Role of Audience Insight” also found only 12% planned to spend the same amount on data as they did in 2017, versus the 30% who offered that response in 2016. “The projected increased investment in data aligns with our research on direct brands,” said Orchid Richardson, VP and managing director of IAB Data Center of Excellence. This trend is centered on utilizing consumer data to create custom experience and increased value to customers.”
Oath has partnered with MediaCom and Shell for Shell’s “Make the Future” campaign, designed to inspire energy-conscious millennials. The new content activation was conceived by RYOT Studio’s global solutions team at Oath.
CNN is planning to cut digital jobs, part of a restructuring that will have some employees moved to new roles. “In order to innovate, grow and experiment, we’ve added more than 200 jobs in the past 18 months,” said a network spokesperson. “Not every new project has paid off so we will stop some activities in order to reallocate those resources and enable future experimentation.” At the end of January, CNN closed video-sharing startup Beme, which it had acquired for $25 million a year before.
Snapchat hopes to attract advertisers on competing services like Instagram – especially Instagram – by offering them free advertising credits, according to Recode. The program is open to advertisers who bought vertical video ads online.
Creepers beware: Instagram is testing a feature that notifies users when someone screenshots their stories (as Snapchat already does), which would otherwise disappear after 24 hours. “We are always testing ways to improve the experience,” an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch. Users can see who screenshotted their stories on the “seen by” list.
Season 2 of Returning the Favor launches today on Facebook Watch, with Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) traveling the country rewarding do-gooders.
Lifetime just launched Her America: 50 Women, 50 States, a digital series filmed by an all-female team documenting real women across the country. Available online, the series is also being featured in on-air spots on Lifetime, as well as shared socially.
fuboTV is partnering with Shop Your Way, a business unit of Sears Holdings. Shop Your Way members who subscribe to the sports-first streaming TV provider’s Premier package will receive Cashback points totaling the first month of paid sub fees, plus additional points every month during the first year of paid service.
With the Kidscreen Summit heating up in Miami this week, INK Global is ready with Russian animation show Moonzy, the top-rated show on Russia’s Karousel channel, and new Russian hit The Barkers Family, following a canine clan’s adventures at a country house.
Nickelodeon greenlit a second season of Sunny Day, following a 10-year-old hairstylist. The animated preschool series will go on tour this summer with an immersive on-ground activation, as well as spawn a new line of toys from Mattel.
AMC Global launched a competition to design an original creative art concept promoting season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead. Fans in Latin America, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Thailand and the UK are invited to submit designs. In addition to seeing their art displayed in their country’s capital city, winners get $1000 and a trip to LA.
Endemol Shine Group today announced a series of global deals to air CBS’s Big Brother: Celebrity EditionCorus Global TV will simulcast the series in Canada and Nine Network’s multichannel GO! will be broadcasting the show for Australian audiences. Outside of the U.S., full episodes will also be screened on YouTube channel Big Brother Universe.
Count Germany’s ZDFneo in on heist thriller The Day, from Flemish production outlets FBO and Woestijnvis for Flemish platform Telenet and broadcaster SBS. The coproduction was brokered by Dynamic Television.
UK’s Channel 4 and Rumpus Media, in partnership with GAME Retail, announced Rob Beckett’s Playing for Time, a comedy entertainment series which looks at video games throughout the decades. 

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NBC has the primetime 2017-18 season-to-date lead among total viewers, with an average of 9.569 million through 20 weeks in “most current” results from Nielsen that include fast-official results for Feb. 9-11. It’s the first time NBC has ranked #1 in total viewers at any point during the season since it won the 2001-02 crown 16 years ago. Excluding sports, NBC is running closer to leader CBS at this point in the season than it’s been since 2002-2003. This is the first time NBC has had the Super Bowl and the Olympics in the same season.
Animal Planet’s 8-minute preview on Sunday, February 4 of the Irwin Family return to the net averaged a 1.1 rating among A25-54 and 2.26 million viewers in L+3 Nielsens. The special season 2 premiere of The Zoo delivered record ratings (.63 A25-54) and viewership (1.5 million) for the series.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of February 5, 2018
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 13341, 150, 89, 156870
E! News (E!) 10186, 778, 13, 32253
Riverdale (CW) 4367, 68, 64, 5768
The Four (FOX) 2461, 280, 9, 1139
This Is Us (NBC) 2287, 148, 15, 4727
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2210, 46, 48, 31570
Tonight Show (NBC) 1829, 141, 13, 21526
Today Show (NBC) 1666, 601, 3, 12580
Good Morning America (ABC) 1496, 702, 2, 12427
TMZ (Warner Bros. synd.) 1430, 1170, 1, 14041
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of February 5, 2018
VPI, Video Actions, Video Views, Total Actions
Riverdale (CW) 901, 1.4M, 517K, 4.4M
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 774, 689K, 7.5M, 2.2M
This Is Us (NBC) 735, 1.2M, 17.2M, 2.3M
Supernatural (CW) 453, 327K, 1.6M, 603K
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 399, 466K, 12.8M, 522K
The Flash (CW) 376, 439K, 1.2M, 720K
The Four (FOX) 373, 1.9M, 28.3M, 2.5M
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) 308, 206K, 1.6M, 315K
MythBusters (Science Channel) 177, 79K, 4.1M, 84K
The Fosters (Freeform) 141, 220K, 510K, 563K
Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.
Portent.IO’s TV Appetite Score: Top 10 for the week of February 5, 2018
Altered Carbon (Netflix) 99.9 +1.4
This is Us (NBC) 99.5 +1.6
Riverdale (The CW) 98.5 -0.2
Black Mirror (Netflix) 98.0 +0.1
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS) 97.8 +6.3Criminal Minds (CBS) 97.8 -0.2
Westworld (HBO) +97.4 +5.9
The Good Doctor (ABC) 96.8 +0.1
The Good Place (NBC) 96.4 +1.5
Stranger Things (Netflix) 96.2 -1.7
Portent.IO tracks search and Wikipedia volume, social media, torrent peers/downloads to see the digital buzz for every major TV show across 13 territories. This culmination of data is then aggregated into a score between 0 and 100 to compare all streaming and aired sho
Top 15 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of January 15, 2018
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
This Is Us (NBC) 2.6/5.2/+2.6
The Good Doctor (ABC) 1.7/3.6/+1.9
9-1-1 (Fox) 1.6/3.1/+1.5
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.3/3/6/+1/3
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) 1.0/2.1/+1.1
Criminal Minds (CBS) .9/2.0/+1.1
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.1/2.1/+1/0
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/2.2/+.9
Scandal (ABC) 1.3/2.1/+.8
Scorpion (CBS) .8/1.6/+.8
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.0/1.8/+.8
Bull (CBS) 1.3/2.1/+.8
NCIS (CBS) 1.5/2.3/+.8
The Resident (Fox) 1.0/1.8/+.8
The Good Place (NBC) 1.1/.19/+.8
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Friday, February 9, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 8.31 million
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 4.33, Bull 3.20
FOX: 3.32 million
Who Shot Biggie and Tupac? 1.80
NBC: 23.69 million
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony 23.69
ABC: 3.16 million
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown 2.77, Child Support 2.20, 20/20 3.32
UNI: 1.08 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.10, Papa a toda madre 1.07, Caer en Tentacion 1.06
TELE: 0.72 million
Jose, Jose Principe de la cancion 0.61, Sangre de mi Tierra 0.73, Senora Acero 4: La Cayote 0.81
CW: 0.67 million
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 0.62, Jane the Virgin 0.79
Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC 5.7/222, CBS 3.95, ABC 2.76, FOX 1.8, CW .7, UNI .5/2, TELE .3/1
Lynda Clarizio has joined the OpenSlate Board of Directors. Clarizio previously served as the President of Nielsen U.S. Media.
Singer/actor Vic Damone died February 11 from complications of a respiratory illness. He was 89. In addition to 1956’s The Vic Damon Show, the “You’re Breaking My Heart” singer appeared on TV shows including The Rebel and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Actress Jan Maxwell died February 11 of cancer. She was 61. The 5-time Tony nominee’s TV work included shows like Brain Dead and The Good Wife.

This Day in History: 1741 – Andrew Bedford published American Magazine, the first American magazine (beating out Benjamin Franklin by 3 days).
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who played the school mascot who broke his arm on Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)? Shia LaBeouf. Kudos to: Marc Wollis/Cadent/NYC, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Shannon Malone-deBenedictis-Red Rock Films/Silver Spring, MD, Dan Kernkraut-Mindshare North America/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Amy Kessler-Marola Opera Program/San Francisco, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
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Answer to Our Last Anagram:  Upheld to Code = The Odd Couple. Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT, Jeannette Sarpola-Comedy Central/NYC, Alessandra Kroeff-Univision/Miami
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CBS: NICS [r], Bull [r], NCIS: New Orleans [r]
CW: The Flash [r], Black Lightning
FOX: Lethal Weapon [r], LA to Vegas [r], The Mick [r]
NBC: 2018 Winter Olympics
PBS: We’ll Meet Again, American Experience, Frontline
TELEMUNDO: Jose, Jose, el principe de la cancion, Sangre de Mi Tierra, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
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