04/26/17: NBC pulls the plug on Powerless; AMC goes Into the Badlands again; CBS shares Lucy love

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TBS ordered a third season of The Detour, from Jason Jones and Samantha Bee. Season 2, which ended last night, has been cable’s #1 scripted comedy  this year among total viewers and #2 among A18-49.
AMC renewed Into the Badlands for an expanded third season of 16 episodes, launching in 2018. Midway through its sophomore run, the martial arts drama is averaging  3.6 million viewers, with 2.1 million A25-54 in Live+3 Nielsens.
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are set for live-action drama series Titans, debuting in 2018. Warner Bros. Animation’s Young Justice: Outsiders, the third season of the Young Justice series, is also in early production. Both series will air exclusively on a DC-branded digital direct-to-consumer service.
Nickelodeon renewed Hunter Street for a second season. Adventure comedy centers on 5 foster children who set out to find their missing foster parents.
NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge faced an off-camera challenge when IATSE Local 479 reps organized a walk-out by crew members earlier this month, reports Deadline. Production on the reality show, shooting its second season in Atlanta, was shut down for a day as talks began; a deal was reached for a new union contract, including a 10-hour daily minimum and triple-time after 15 hours, and all was well.
Fox is developing a family comedy written by Erica Oyama (Burning Love), based on her life. Oyama is producing with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor; studio is 20th Century Fox Television.
A new daytime talk show created and exec produced by singer Faith Hill, Lisa Erspammer (The Oprah Winfrey Show) and Sandbox Entertainment president and CEO Jason Owen, in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company, is scheduled to premiere on September 18. American Idol runner-up and reality star Kellie Pickler and NYC journalist Ben Aaron will host. In addition to Scripps-owned stations, Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution will distribute in national syndication.
Their marriage may have flopped, but Tarek and Christina El Moussas, who announced their separation last year, will reunite for a 20-episode season 7 of Flip or Flop. “Regardless of the situation, our job is to flip homes and create a TV show for people to enjoy around the world,” wrote Tarek on Instagram. “Who’s excited about this??? I am!The hit HGTV renovation series returns in December.
Two newly colorized episodes make up The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special, airing Friday, May 19 at 9p on CBS. The installments, set in Hollywood and featuring Van Johnson and Harpo Marx, tell a continuous story and will be presented as one hour.
The first 2 episodes of Fire Island premiere on Logo tomorrow from 8-10p. The second episode will encore on VH1 on Friday, April 28 at 9p.  
The fourth and final season of AMC Revolutionary War spy drama Turn: Washington’s Spies debuts Saturday, June 17 at 9p with a 2-hour premiere.
Disney Channel original movie Descendants 2 will have a simultaneous premiere on 5 networks on Friday, July 21. In addition to Disney, corporate sibs ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime will air the sequel to the 2015 film.
In a first for Undercover Boss, 2 celebrities will go undercover looking for talent in their fields in special Celebrity Undercover Boss episodes. Darius Rucker will travel to Austin on a mission to discover the next great music acts, while chef Marcus Samuelsson dons a disguise to mentor culinary talent, on shows airing Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19 on CBS.
Recording artist Drake will host the inaugural NBA Awards on TNT, airing Monday, June 26 a 9p. The presentation will feature integrations with the Inside the NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal, along with the league stars, celebrity presenters and musical performances.
May will be a month of mysteries on Sony Movie Channel, including the likes of Charlie’s Angels, Devil in a Blue Dress and The Net. Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 will bring military mysteries The Final Countdown at 10p and A Soldier’s Story at 11:50p.
American Heroes Channel’s 3-day “Heroes Weekend” will honor veterans starting Friday, April 28 with Pearl Harbor Declassified, a forensic dissection of the notorious bombing.
Embracing digital has been a priority for NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, who told Chris Hardwick during a Tuesday session that when he joined the company in 2011, NBC didn’t have an identity in social media or digital. “Our digital footprint and our achievements in this space happened really fast, and it needed to happen really fast,” said Greenblatt, who noted that it’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy. “We look at each show and figure out if there is a great Snapchat show, and after show,” said the exec. “Not every show lends itself to doing a lot.… You can put stuff all day out for This Is Us and it would be consumed like crazy, but you have to be smart and judicious.” 
In his keynote address in Vegas, FCC chairman Ajit Pai promised a comprehensive review of media regulations. “The last thing that broadcasting needs is outdated rules standing in its way,” said Pai, adding, “Our goal is simple – to have rules that reflect the world of 2017, not 2007, 1997, 1987 or 1977.”
About those regulations…Nexstar CFO Tom Carter said he is “somewhere between hopeful and confident” about the new administration’s deregulation, but didn’t get specific about plans for new acquisitions. Carter did suggest the media group isn’t eager to jump into larger markets. “We hunt where the ducks are,” he explained. “The ducks historically for us have been in small and medium-sized markets.”
The E.W. Scripps Co. is also looking at acquisitions with a careful eye. “We’re definitely not going to be building up to the cap, wherever that cap ends up,” said COO Adam Sysmon.
Roku struck a licensing deal with RCA that will have RCA offering HDTV models with Roku’s operating system this summer. The TVs will give viewers access to Roku’s streaming channels, and upwards of 450,000 TV shows and films.
Cord-cutters can get a big discount on AirTV Players and AirTV Adapters if they prepay for 3 months of service Sling TV. One offering has the OTT device bundle priced at $50, versus the regular price of $129.00, for customers who pay $20 or more for service.
“I see a huge opportunity in over-the-top distribution of live entertainment,” said keynoter Michael Paull, CEO of BAM Tech, whose clients include Major League Baseball, the NHL and World Wrestling Entertainment. But MLB’s out-of-market subscription service is a complement to traditional TV, not a replacement, he said, adding, “I don’t view my job to disrupt anything.”
Agency and marketing execs might not have an accurate read on how much time Americans spend watching TV because the media consumption of the younger, more affluent, urban, tech-centric professionals is different than that of the general population, suggests a study from the Video Advertising Bureau. While advertising execs watched an average of less than two hours of TV a day and believed that was on par with the average American, in fact Americans watch over 4 ½ hours per day. Americans also spend half the time ad folks believe they do watching video on a computer and a seventh of the time watching on a mobile device.  “We’re nowhere near as in sync with American audiences as we think we are,” cautioned Jason Wiese, VP of strategic insights at the VAB, “so we all need to take a pause and ensure we fully understand today’s media behaviors.”
Latin music video network VidaPrimo will distribute its library of video content via Music Choice, available via traditional set top boxes as well as on Music Choice digital properties through TVE. The reciprocal agreement allows the partners to co-market each other’s services to build a new audience for both brands.
Nickelodeon grabbed U.S. and Caribbean Basin broadcast rights for preschool series Rainbow Rangers. The animated offering, currently in production, comes from Genius Brands International.
TV5MONDE USA has reached a new carriage agreement with Atlantic Broadband for the launch of the channel in Miami.
Apple’s version of Carpool Karaoke, which had been slated to launch on Apple Music this month, has hit a bump in the road. The arrival of the series, based on the Late Late Show with James Corden sketch, has been pushed to “later this year.” CBS Television Studios is producing the show, which will pair different celebs each episode.
Vietnam’s HTV7 re-commissioned Armoza Formats’ entertainment show I Can Do That! for a second season, while VTV3 has licensed prime time singing competition format Celebrity Battle.
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Freeform’s Famous In Love generated a network record 4.8 million starts in its first 5 days across key platforms, and reached an additional 5.5 million total viewers on linear TV.
TLC had its most-watched Sunday night in two-years with 1.9 million P2+ viewers. At 8p, Long Island Medium delivered the most-watched episode in over a year with 1.8 million P2+ viewers. Long Lost Family at 9p captured its most-watched episode ever with 2.0 million P2+ viewers, leading into the first night of live television event This Is Life Live, which drew 1.8 million viewers.
Monday’s series finale of Bates Motel on A&E hit a season high in Total Viewers with 1.4 million.
On his first night in ousted host Bill O’Reilly’s 8p Fox News timeslot, Tucker Carlson averaged 3.2 million total viewers and 636,000 A25-54, versus 3.6 million viewers and 634,000 in the demo for O’Reilly’s last broadcast. CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 drew 1 million viewers/352,000 A25-54 in the time period, and MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes brought in 1.5 million viewers/365,000 A25-54.
Syndicated Wendy Williams was back with original programs after 2 weeks of repeats and climbed 27%, to a 1.4 HH rating. Dr. Oz (1.1, down 8%) tied an 8-year low. Judge Judy was partially in reruns but still topped the syndie strip chart with 6.5.
The week of April 17, Univision was the #1 broadcast network among A18-34 weeknights from 10p-11p. La Piloto saw double-digit percentage growth with Total Viewers 2+ (+11% to 1.8 million) and A18-49 (+12% to 827,000). The 10pm telenovela also grew +9% among A18-34 (352,000) versus the previous week.
The final week of UniMas Mujeres de Negro had week-to-week gains among Total Viewers 2+ (+27% to 519,000), A18-49 (+34% to 250,000) and A18-34 (+35% to 100,000).
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of April 17, 2017
NBC: The Voice (4/17) 2.0/7
ABC: Dancing With the Stars (4/17) 1.8/6
NBC: The Voice (4/18) 1.8/7
CBS: Survivor (4.19) 1.7/7
CBS: NCIS (4/18) 1.3/5
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (4/20) 1.3/6
NBC: Little Big Shots (4/23) 1.3/6
ABC: The Middle (4/18) 1.3/5
ABC: Scandal (4/20) 1.3/5
ABC: American Housewife (4/18) 1.2/5
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of April 10, 2017 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.4AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.6AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.0 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.6AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.6AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 2.3AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 14 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of April 10, 2017 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.9AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.9AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.3AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.2AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) .9AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) .9AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) .7AA
Dr. Phil (AT) .7AA
Mike & Molly (WB) .7AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) .7AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of April 17, 2017     
CBS: The Late Show 2.826 million total viewers, .45/3 A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.591 million total viewers, .64/4 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.923 million total viewers, 0.40/2 A18-49

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of April 17, 2017
ABC Good Morning America 4.451 million total viewers, 1.2/10 and 1.399 million A25-54
NBC Today 4.168 million total viewers, 1.3/12 and 1.564 million A25-54
CBS This Morning 3.707 million total viewers, .8/8 and 1.016 million A25-54
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of April 17, 2017
NBC Nightly News 7.846 million total viewers, 1.5/7 and 1.754 million A25-54
ABC World News Tonight 7.781 million total viewers, 1.3/6 and 1.61 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.30 million total viewers, 1.2/6 and 1.401million A25-54
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, April 24, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
ABC: 5.2/9
Dancing With the Stars 6.8/12, Quantico 1.8/3
NBC: 4.8/9
The Voice 5.7/10, Taken 2.8/5
CBS: 2.9/5
Big Bang Theory 4.1/7, Superior Donuts 3.1/5, Kevin Can Wait 2.8/5, 2 Broke Girls 2.3/4, Scorpion 2.7/5
FOX: 1.8/3
Gotham 1.9/3, APB 1.7/3
Reina de la Cancion .9/2, Vino El Amor 1.2/2, La Piloto 1.0/2
CW: .9/2
Supergirl 1.2/2, Jane the Virgin .5/1
TELE: .6/1
Guerra de Idolos .6/1Guerra de Idolos .6/1, El Capo .7/1

Monday A19-49 Analysis:
NBC 1.5/6, ABC 1.3/5, CBS .8/3, FOX .8/3, UNI .6/2, TELE .4/2, CW .4/1
Meghan Lyvers has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Co-Productions and Development, CBS Studios International. From her new base in Europe, Lyvers will develop new programming opportunities for CBS Television Studios in both the U.S. and the international market.
Firecracker has appointed Emma Morgan as its Creative Director of Factual. Morgan joins having just Exec Produced the A Very British Hotel (Inside the Mandarin Oriental) series.
Discovery Latin America/U.S. Hispanic elevated David Tardio to the position of Vice President of Ad Sales for Discovery U.S. Hispanic. Tardio first joined Discovery in 2006 as Director of Advertising Sales.
This Day in History: 1928 – Madame Tussaud’s wax museum opened in London.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which daytime soap operas each had 2 spin-offs? Another World (Somerset and Texas) and General Hospital (Port Charles and General Hospital: Night Shift). Kudos to: John Ferlazzo/London, John Amato-KTTV/LA, Kecia Watts-A+E Networks/NYC, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank

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Answer to Yesterday’s Initial This:  SJ played SP on TPF = Shirley Jones played Shirley Partridge on The Partridge Family. Kudos to: Jerry Maffia/NYC, Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC, Greg Stewart/LA
Classic Cop Drama Anagram: Led By Pun (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)

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