06/09/14: Tracy Morgan critically injured in highway accident; Game of Thrones grabs all-time ratings crown at HBO; Netflix and Verizon duke it out over video quality


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Good morning. It’s Monday, June 9, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
PBS: Brazil with Michael Palin at 9p
TNT: Major Crimes at 9p, Murder in the First at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
Showtime: Years of Living Dangerously at 8p


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A six-car crash early Saturday morning left 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan critically injured and comedian James McNair (aka Jimmy Mack) dead. Morgan was returning from a tour date in Delaware when the limo bus in which he and McNair were passengers was hit by a tractor-trailer in New Jersey. Two other passengers were left in critical condition.


In the late night battle of Jimmy versus Jimmy, Kimmel beat an original telecast of Fallon for the first time on Thursday in the top 25 markets. Boosted by NBA finals and exposure in a prime time pre-game special, ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live scored 3.1/9 in Households and 1.5/8 among A18-49, opposite NBC‘s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon‘s 2.6/7 HH and 1.0/5 A18-49. CBS‘s third place Late Show with David Letterman earned 2.0/5 HH and .3/2 in the demo.

It’s official: Game of Thrones is HBO‘s most popular series. Ever. Season four episodes have averaged 18.4 million viewers, counting repeat showings, VOD and streaming, enough to beat the 18.2 million viewers racked up by the 2002 finale of The Sopranos.

Almost half of people – 48 percent – who don’t pay for cable or satellite use Netflix, up from 29 percent in 2013, according to a study of 1211 households from Leichtman Research Group. Fifteen percent of Netflix customers say they share their subs with people outside their households.

More Netflix news: Verizon sent a cease and desist order to the streaming service, which has been displaying error messages blaming poor video quality on congested internet traffic ("The Verizon network is crowded right now"). "Responsibility for its customers’ experience falls squarely on Netflix itself," wrote Verizon general counsel Randal Milch. "Netflix has the ability to directly connect to every broadband network in America should it choose to do so. Instead… [it] relies on a panoply of content-distribution and other middle-man networks to reach its customers, trying to lower its costs as much as possible." Responded a Netflix spokesperson, "We are trying to provide more transparency… and Verizon is trying to shut down that discussion."

If it ain’t broke: ABC scrapped its plans to move Celebrity Wife Swap from Tuesdays at 10p to Thursdays at 8p after the NBA finals. The reality show pulled a 1.5/5 A18-49 rating and 4.2 million viewers on its last Tuesday outing. Now, The Black Box will slide from Thursdays at 10p to 8p, with NY Med taking the 10p perch starting June 26.

The first step in understanding Hispanic Millennials is understanding how they’re different from all other Hispanic audiences before. "As a group they are 2nd and 3rd generation in the U.S.; they are multiracial, bilingual or speak only Spanish, and feel equally tied to their American-ness as their heritage," Linda Ong, president and brand strategist for TruthCo., tells Cynopsis. "They cannot be typified by one unified look, language or country of origin, and to do so is highly offensive." What do marketers need to know about the demo? Check out the Cynopsis webinar tomorrow, June 10, How to Reach Younger Hispanics.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: June 6-8, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars (20th Century) $48.2 million, opening weekend
Maleficent (Disney) $33.5 million, 2 wk total $127.3 million
Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.) $29.1 million, opening weekend
X-Men: Days of Future Past (20th Century) $14.7 million, 3 wk total $189.1 million
A Million Ways to Die in the West (Universal) $7.2 million, 2 wk total $39.2 million
Godzilla (Warner Bros.) $6.0 million, 4 wk total $185.0 million
Neighbors (Universal) $5.2 million, 5 wk total $137.8 million
Blended (Warner Bros.) $4.1 million, 3 wk total $36.5 million
Chef (Open Road) $2.6 million, 5 wk total $10.4 million
The Amazing Spider Man-2 (Sony) $1.9 million, 6 wk total $196.3 million


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Bristow Global Media greenlit Jamie Oliver‘s Fresh One Productions culinary competition show Pressure Cooker for Canada’s Corus Entertainment, to debut on W Network in fall 2014. It’s the first series produced under the creative partnership launched between BGM and Fresh One.


OWN‘s Love Thy Neighbor is back with all-new eps Wednesday, June 25 at 9p. The most recent cycle of the Tyler Perry comedy averaged .74 among W25-54 and 901,000 total viewers.

Cast your vote in our latest poll: If you were stranded on a desert island with wireless service, which one device would you want to have?


Thirty-four percent of Millennials said they watch more online video than broadcast TV, according to an infographic from programmatic video advertising platform Videology. "If this year is the tipping point, next year, we’ll begin to see the consistent flow of dollars between screens," CEO Scott Ferber told Adweek. Other findings: Time spent on digital media surpassed TV viewing for the first time last year, and 79 percent of people check their phone immediately after waking up.

The Weather Channel once again dropped off umbrellas to NYC agencies on Thursday, to "make the morning a little less messy."


Peace Point Rights‘ unscripted family series, Bulloch Family Ranch has been sold to Nat Geo People in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australia territories.

While many in the industry tout the second screen experience as the next big wave for TV, Michael Lantz, CEO of Accedo, calls that a "huge exaggeration." To get Lantz’s take on second screen experiences (hint: listen to the consumer), go to Cynsiders.


Harry Potter’s Dumbledore, Michael Gambon, has been cast in another J.K. Rowling adaptation, HBO/BBC miniseries The Casual Vacancy.

OWN announced the principal cast for Tyler Perry drama If Loving You Is Wrong (formerly Single Mom’s Club). Series regulars include Amanda Clayton (John Carter), Heather Hemmens (Hellcats), Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club), Edwina Findley (Treme) and April Parker-Jones (Jericho).

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed) and Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) have been cast in A&E‘s The Returned, along with Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) and Agnes Bruckner (24). The supernatural drama from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia is adapted from the hit French series.


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Game 1 of the NBA Finals gave ABC its top-rated Thursday among A18-49 since 6/20/13, up 5 percent year to year in both the demo and total viewers (14.9 million). 

CMT reports the 13th annual CMT Music Awards on Wednesday delivered 3 million total viewers, the second most-watched ever. With 1.4 among P18-49 (up 7 percent versus last year), it was the top original cable telecast for the day.

Season two of CMT‘s Party Down South debuted to a series-high 1.25 million total viewers for the premiere and its encore, up 75 percent from season one among P18-49 with .67.

Late Night Talk Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of May 26, 2014)
NBC: Tonight .97/4 A18-49 and 3.13 million total viewers
CBS: Late Show .52/2 A18-49 and 2.20 million total viewers
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live .44/2 A18-49 and 2.25 million total viewers
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: It was ABC by a landslide among A18-49 viewers Thursday with 4.8/17, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. A 1.7/6 for CBS’s The Big Bang Theory/Mom combo tied Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen for first at 8p, but ABC’s coverage of the NBA finals took over at 9p with 4.8/19, followed by 1.5/5 for Univision’s Que Vida me Robo. Basketball scored 6.2/20 to win 10p, versus 1.4/4 for NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

A18-49:  ABC 4.8/17, FOX 1.3/4, CBS 1.2/4, NBC 1.2/4, UNI 1.1/4, TELE .7/2, CW .3/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, June 5, 2014  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

ABC: 7.4/14
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night 2.0/5, Kia NBA Countdown 3.6/7, NBA Finals 9.0/16
CBS: 3.8/7
The Big Bang Theory [r] 5.6/11, Mom [r] 4.1/7, Two and a Half Men [r] 3.6/6, The Millers [r] 3.1/5, Elementary [r] 3.1/6
NBC: 2.4/4
Hollywood Game Night 2.6/5, Undateable 1.9/3, Undateable 1.8/3, Last Comic Standing 2.7/5
FOX: 2.3/4
Hell’s Kitchen 2.8/5, Gang Related 1.8/3
De Te Quiereo, Te Quiero 1.3/2, Que Vida me Robo 2.0/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.4/2
ION: 1.0/2
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Flashpoint .8/1
TELE: .9/1 
Impostora .7/1, En Otra Piel .8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.1/2
CW: .5/1
Vampire Diaries [r] .5/1, Originals [r] .4/1


ABC10/KGTV announced the appointment of Stan Melton, Jr. as Director of Marketing of ABC10/KGTVand Azteca San Diego. Previously, Melton ran Brown Bag Creative.


For Your Consideration:
Life Below Zero

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
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Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)

National Geographic Channel’s No. 1 Fall Series Please visit natgeotv.com/fyc.

This Day In History:
1934 – Donald Duck made his debut in the Silly Symphony cartoon, "The Wise Little Hen."

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:  Why did Helena Cassadine place a curse on General Hospital‘s Luke and Laura at their 1981 wedding? She blamed them for the death of her husband, Mikkos. Kudos to: Jeffrey Hira-Nickelodeon/NYC, Amy Pecorino/NYC, Bruce Cohen, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Steve Callahan-ASI Entertainment/LA, Andrea Compton-General Hospital/Hollywood, CA, Pat Brady-CESD/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA.

Today’s Trivia Question: Who played Alex’s ex-wife on Taxi (1978-1982)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).



How to Better Reach Younger Hispanics  – TV’s Most Coveted Demo
June 10, 2014 | 2:00-3:30 pm ET |

Learn how to attract an increasingly crucial demographic of Bicultural Millennials. Over 21 percent of this country’s total Millennial population, more than 15 million strong, bicultural Millennials are part of the fastest-growing segment of the population, representing a key opportunity for programmers and brands.

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ABC: The Bachelorette, ABC News: Hillary Clinton, Mistresses
CBS: 2 Broke Girls [r], Mom [r], Mike & Molly [r], Mike & Molly [r], 48 Hours
CW: Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r], Beauty and the Beast
FOX: Masterchef, 24: Live Another Day
NBC: Last Comic Standing [r], American Ninja Warrior
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Brazil with Michael Palin [
p], Brazil with Michael Palin
Telemundo: La Impostora, En Otra Piel, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Que Pobres Tan Ricos

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