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Good morning. It’s Tuesday April 21, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premiere:
Comedy: Inside Amy Schumer at 10:30p
Tonight’s Finales:
ABC: Fresh Off the Boat at 8p, Repeat After Me at 8:30p
BET: Keyshia Cole: All In at 10p
Cooking: Rebel Without a Kitchen at 10p

The Academy of Country Music Awards delivered its largest audience since 1998, according to Nielsen preliminary Live+SD ratings for Sunday. The CBS special presentation was first in viewers (15.77 million), A25-54 (4.6/12), A18-49 (3.6/11) and A18-34 (2.6/09). It was the first time ACMs were broadcast in the 11-11:30p time period.


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chose 4/20 to announce that web series High Maintenance, about a weed dealer with neurotic clients, is going linear. HBO greenlit six episodes of the comedy from 30 Rock casting director Katja Blichfeld and husband Ben Sinclair, who stars in the show; the existing 19 episodes will be available later this year.

COZI TV signed its first brand ambassador: Antonio Fargas, best remembered as Huggy Bear from Starsky & Hutch. Fargas will star in musical promos and host other projects for the net. “We are thrilled to have Antonio be part of the COZI TV family,” said Diane Petzke, director of programming and promotion. “Antonio’s career embodies our programming philosophy and the warm, inviting and laid-back attitude of our network.”

A premiere date has been set for ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club. The series, centering on a group of women who support their space-bound husbands during the 1960s, takes off Thursday, June 18 at 8p.



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Horror-meister Wes Craven inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop television adaptations of his 1991 movie, The People Under the Stairs, and Daryl Gregory novel We Are All Completely Fine for Syfy. Craven is also exec producing a TV adaptation of Scream, on deck at MTV.

STX Entertainment is adding a coming-of-age drama to its development slate, written by Kelly Fremon Craig and exec produced by James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets).

Top 20 Funniest has been renewed for a third season. The truTV comedy reality series is slated to return in May.


The diva drama continues. Following last week’s Season 3 finale, the ladies of TV One‘s R&B Divas LA reunite in a two-part special hosted by Wendy Williams. Part one airs Wednesday, April 22 at 10p, with Lil’ Mo, Chante Moore, Michel’le, Chrisette Michele, Leela James, Brave and Stacy Francis.

The annual iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party, featuring a live concert with Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Shaggy and Echosmith, streams on Yahoo Live Saturday, May 30 at 8p. The CW will once again broadcast the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party concert as a one-hour special, on Thursday, June 11 at 9p.

Destination America is fishing for outdoor enthusiasts (or just outdoor TV enthusiasts on couches) with four new series added to its early morning lineup. Copout Adventures, featuring wounded first responders on hunting and fishing trips, airs Saturdays at 5a; Guy Harvey’s North American Fishing Expeditions airs Sundays at 9a; Ocean Explorer launches Sunday, April 26 at 7a and Reel Time  Where the Pros Hook Up angles for viewers starting Sunday, May 17 at 7:30a.

Five adventurers risk life and limb hauling cargo into treacherous tracts of wilderness in Dead End Express. Produced for Nat Geo by Original Media, new series premieres Thursday, May 7 at 10p.


and companion network HDNet Movies inked a long-term distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). As part of the deal, NCTC’s participating member companies will continue to be able to provide their subscribers with AXS TV’s and HDNet Movies’ linear services on demand and exclusive TV Everywhere content.


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announced via Twitter that he’ll reprise his role as Walter Skinner on Fox’s The X-Files revival. Production begins this summer on the event series.

Parenthood alum Craig T. Nelson booked a recurring role on Grace and Frankie, the Netflix comedy out May 8. Nelson will play Guy, a love interest for Grace (Jane Fonda). Nelson is also starring in NBC’s straight-to-series revival of Nelson’s 1989-1997 comedy, Coach, arriving in the 2015-16 season.

Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Academy) landed the male lead in ABC Family saga series Shadowhunters.

Blake Anderson (Workaholics) guests stars on Parks and Recreation’s Season 6 finale, airing Thursday, April 30.

Stephen Lang (Terra Nova) landed a recurring spot on WGN America’s Salem, as a hardcore Puritan.

Regina King (Southland) joins season two of HBO drama The Leftovers as a regular, opposite Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman.


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signed a raft of renewals and first time deals for truTV reality series Top 20 Funniest. Renewals include Channel 5 (UK), Foxtel (Australia), GMA (Philippines), SBS Discovery (Sweden) and Viacom (Africa). First time licensees:Paramount (Spain), AXN Holdings (Southeast Asia),Radio y Televisora (Brazil),Sky Italia (Italy),Turner (Latin America),SBS (Netherlands),Pt. Television (Indonesia), and SBS Discovery (Finland).


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ABC’s Sunday broadcast of the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics delivered a 4.5 overnight rating, according to Nielsen, the third-highest overnight rating for an NBA Playoffs first round Game 1 ever, up 13 percent versus the comparable game in 2014 (Miami-Charlotte, 4.0).

TV PLAYBACK RANK, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day rating for the week of 3/30/15
Program/Live+SD A18-49 US AA%/Live+7 US AA
The Big Bang
(CBS) 3.4, 5.7
Modern Family (ABC) 3.0, 5.1
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.6, 3.3
Scandal (ABC) 2.1, 3.7
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.9, 3.4
NCIS (CBS) 2.2, 3.4
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 1.4, 2.5
Castle (ABC) 1.5, 2.5
The Goldbergs (ABC) 2.0, 3.0
Elementary (CBS) 1.2, 2.2
Source: The Nielsen Company DVR playback rankers, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of April 6, 2015
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(Warner Bros./synd.) 6676, 89, 75, 71610
Today Show (NBC)
1940, 470, 4, 7856
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.)
1356, 502, 2, 4064
Good Morning America (ABC)
1087, 397, 2, 7177
America’s Funniest Videos (ABC) 
1008, 91, 11, 7559
The Voice (NBC)
981, 297, 3, 17041
Game of Thrones (HBO)
933, 340, 16, 17705
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
906, 107, 8, 7057
The Flash (CW)
902, 54, 16, 3770
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
898, 58, 15, 23306
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers for each property as of February 22, 2015.

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of 4/13/15
Program, Date,
Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS), 4/19, 6570, 696
Game of Thrones (HBO, HBO Latina) 4/19,
2763, 89
The Voice (NBC) 4/14,
2370, 731
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 4/13,
1726, 77
WWE Monday Night RAW
(USA) 4/13, 1721, 150
Scandal (ABC)  4/16
1705, 172
American Idol (FOX) 4/15,
1647, 251
The Voice (NBC) 4/13
1545, 84
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 4/16,
1122, 57
2015 Draft Academy (ESPN2) 4/14
1071, 3
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

Friday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers on Friday with 1.2/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s Amazing Race led at 8p with 1.1/5, followed by ABC’s Last Man Standing and NBC’s Grimm which tied with 1.0/4. ABC’s Shark Tank took the top spot at 9p with 1.5/6. Univision’s Amores con Trampa was second with 1.1/4. ABC closed at the night at #1 at 10p with 20/20 with 1.2/4; NBC’s Dateline was runner-up with 1.0/4.

A18-49: ABC 1.2/5, NBC 0.9/4, UNI 0.9/4, CBS 0.9/3, FOX 0.6/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.3/2, ION 0.2/1

Live+Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, April 17, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
ABC: 3.7/7
Last Man Standing 3.9/8, Cristela 3.1/6, Shark Tank 4.1/7, 20/20 3.8/7
CBS: 3.6/7
Amazing Race 3.4/6, Blue Bloods 3.7/7
NBC: 3.2/6
Grimm 3.0/6, Dateline Classic 3.0/5, Dateline 3.7/7
FOX: 1.5/3
Movie: Bad Teacher 1.5/3
Amores con Trampa 1.2/2, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.5/3, Que te Perdone Dias …Yo No 1.3/2
Avenida Brasil 0.6/1, Tierre de Reyes 0.6/1, Duenos del Paraiso 0.8/1
ION: 0.7/1
Cold Case 0.7/1, Cold Case 0.8/1, Cold Case 0.6/1
CW: 0.7/1
Barber Battle 0.5/1, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 0.7/1, Messengers 0.8/1


4K Media
named Jonitha Keymoore as Director of Program Sales. Keymoore was formerly an executive at Viacom International Media Networks and Broadway Video.

NBC Universo appointed Bilai Joa Silar as Senior Vice President, Programming & Production, starting April 27. Silar last worked at Discovery Communications, Inc., where she served as Vice President, Content, Discovery U.S. Hispanic Networks.


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ABC: Fresh Off the Boat [f], Repeat After Me [f], Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jimmy Kimmel Live
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, CSI: Cyber 
CW: The Flash, iZombie
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, New Girl [r], Weird Loners
NBC: The Voice, Undateable, One Big Happy, Chicago Fire 
PBS: The National Mall – America’s Front Yard, American Experience, Frontline
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, El Senor de los Cielos…Siguiendo su Historia, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo

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