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Season four of E! series The Royals is back in production.
 
INSP greenlit a second season of The Cowboy Way: Alabama even before the premiere ep of season 1 hits the airwaves. The original one-hour series follows three modern-day cowboys.
 
Brown Bag Films, a subsidiary of 9 Story Media Group, is in production on the animated holiday special Angela’s Christmas. The half-hour CG film is based on Frank McCourt’s only children’s book, stars Ruth Negga and Lucy O’Connell, and is written by Will Collins and Damien O’Connor.
 
 
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From now through year’s end, HGTV will premiere 314 prime-time hours on its programming slate, including new installments in the Flip or Flop and Property Brothers franchises. Additionally, the net’s development strategy has generated 40 pilots and more than 75 concepts in incubation for the 2018 pipeline. Flip or Flop Atlanta is scheduled for a July premiere and Flip or Flop Fort Worth will premiere in November. Drew and Jonathan Scott will return in Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House, and the second half of the year also will feature new episodes of Fixer Upper. Good Bones is currently in its second season, while My Lottery Dream Home is in postproduction on new eps. Tiny Paradise joins HGTV’s “tiny” lineup along with new seasons of Tiny House, Big Living and Tiny Luxury. The House Hunters franchise will add two new installments: House Hunters Family and House Hunters Outside the Box. The network also has increased production on new eps of Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Beach Hunters, Island Life and Mexico Life.
 
Aspire will return ABFF Independent, hosted by David Banner, for its sixth season on Tuesday, July 11 at 8p.
 
The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow, exec produced by Wilmer Valderrama, premieres on Fuse Tuesday, July 11 at 10:30p. Comedy anthology features true celebrity stories reenacted by marionettes.
 
Culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern travels back in time to rediscover the forgotten cuisines that embody the adventurous spirit of America’s earliest pioneers in Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, premiering Tuesday, July 25 at 9p.
 
VH1 set October 16 as the second season premiere of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg’s guests will include P. Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Usher, and LL Cool J.
 
 
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Country musician Brett Eldredge recently pulled off a surprise show for fans in Las Vegas as part of the latest installment of CMT Instant Jam, premiering Friday, June 16 at 10p.
 
Cinelatino’s original movie Como le Digo, featuring Mexican corrido band Los Cuates de Sinaloa, will premiere exclusively on Cinelatino this Friday, June 16, with a repeat on Father’s Day.
 
Showtime is expanding its nonfiction coffers with two new docs: New original Julian Assange treatment Risk will premiere Saturday July 22 at 9p; Whitney: Can I Be Me? will have its TV debut on Saturday, August 26 at 9p.
 
 
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Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways) has been cast in the title role of the BBC America’s original scripted series Killing Eve.
 
Andy Mientus (Smash) is in as a series regular in Gone, the procedural drama series for NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1.
 
Matt Long (Mad Men, Private Practice) and Lauren Weedman (Hung, Looking) scored recurring roles in season 2 of Epix comedy series Graves.
 
 
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Premiere Networks announced The Steve Harvey Morning Show has reached the 100th affiliate milestone. Created by Harvey in September 2000, the show joined Premiere Networks’ national lineup in 2005.
 
 
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Family Channel will launch a new season of Degrassi: Next Class on Canada Day, Monday, July 3 at 10p. Season 4 picks up with the students returning to school from their winter break, many for their final semester.
 
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RATINGS
 
Hallmark Channel is on a winning streak with this past weekend’s original premieres elevating the network to No. 1 in Primetime on Saturday and Sunday among HH ratings. The Saturday, June 10, premiere of The Perfect Bride averaged a 2.0 HH rating and 2 million Total Viewers. The seventh episode premiere of Good Witch on Sunday, June 11, earned a 2.2 HH rating and 2.4 million Total Viewers
 
In syndication news, the usual post-sweep ratings swoon came to pass in the Memorial Day session ending June 4, with almost all of syndication at or near season low levels. Dr. Phil (new season low 2.7 Live+SD Nielsen rating, down 18% from the week before) was in reruns, but still topped talkers. Live with Kelly & Ryan (2.1, down 5%) was alone in second place for the first time in nearly a month, elbowing aside Ellen DeGeneres (new season low 1.8, down 18%).  
 
Among court shows, Judge Judy (6.2, down 10%) maintained a lead of more than four rating points in its genre despite showing reruns on four of the five days. In the game show arena, Family Feud (6.3, up 2%) continued to dominate the game shows, while Wheel of Fortune (new season low 5.3, down 9%) fell into a tie with Jeopardy (5.3, down 5%).
 
Last week’s Snapped was the most watched episode of the Oxygen series in over a year among total viewers, delivering 199,000 P18-49 (up +22% versus the prior week’s episode) and 596,000 total viewers (up +48%).
 
Bravo’s Southern Charm delivered 1.2 million P25-54 (up +4%), while the net’s Below Deck Mediterranean hit a second consecutive season high, delivering 1 million P18-49 (up +4% versus the prior week’s episode) and 1.9 million total viewers (up +2%). Million Dollar Listing NY posted week-over-week growth among all key demos, including 843,000 P25-54 (up +10%), and 1.5 million total viewers (up +5%).
 
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 5/29/17 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 6.3AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.2AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.7AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.7 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.7AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.5AA
Two and a Half Men (AT) 2.1AA
Live With Kelly & Ryan 2.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
 
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 5/29/17 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.0AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.8A
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.3AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 0.8AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.7AA
Dr. Phil (AT) 0.6AA

 

Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of June 5, 2017
ABC: NBA Finals on ABC (6/7) 7.2/28
ABC: NBA Finals on ABC (6/9) 6.8/30
NBC: America’s Got Talent (6/6) 2.7/11
NBC: NHL Stanley Cup (6/11) 2.3/9
NBC: NHL Stanley Cup (6/5) 2.0/8
NBC: World of Dance (6/6) 1.9/8
ABC: The Bachelorette (6/5) 1.7/7
ABC: NBA Countdown (6/7) 1.7/8
ABC: NBA Countdown (6/9) 1.6/9
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud (6/11) 1.5/6
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud (6/8) 1.5/6

 

Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of June 5, 2017     
CBS: The Late Show 2.99 million total viewers, 0.48/3 A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.57 million total viewers, 0.63/4 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.50 million total viewers, 0.70/4 A18-49
 
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of June 5, 2017
ABC World News Tonight 7.91 million total viewers, 1.4/7 and 1.65 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.21 million total viewers, 1.4/7 and 1.68 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 5.89 million total viewers, 1.0/5 and 1.19 million A25-54
 
Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of May 22, 2017
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
FOXN 2301/FOXN 1468
TNT 2225/NICK 1265
MSNBC 1637/MSNBC 931
USA 1526/ADSM* 861
HGTV 1451/CNN 815
TBSC 1266/HGTV 812
HIST 1212/NAN* 775
ESPN 1187/USA 775
DISC 1106/TOON 769
CNN 1077/DSNY 761
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.
 
Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of May 22, 2017
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
TNT 1055/ADSM* 509
USA 615/NICK 380
TBSC 577/NAN* 378
ADSM 508/TNT 348
ESPN 474/USA 291
DISC 457/ID 271
FRRM 434/ESPN 263
FX 408/TBSC 254
VH1 406/TOON 245
HGTV 402/HGTV 236
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.
 
Top-Rated Cable Shows among A18-49 for the week of May 22 2017 (000)

Boston/Cleveland (TNT) 3456
Cleveland/Boston (TNT) 2859
Golden State/San Antonio (ESPN) 2635
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 2254
Better Call Saul (AMC) 2233
Inside the NBA Playoffs (TNT) 1924
Street Outlaws (DISC) 1779
Basketball Wives (VH1) 1619
Teen Mom (MTV) 1516
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1472
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.
 
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, June 12, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
ABC: 9.7/18
Jimmy Kimmel Live 3.0/6, NBC Countdown 4.2/8, NBA Finals 13.5/25
NBC: 2.7/5
American Ninja Warrior 3.1/6, Spartan: Team Challenge 2.0/4
CBS: 2.5/5
Kevin Can Wait 2.7/6, Man With A Plan 2.6/5, Mom 2.8/5, Life in Pieces 2.5/4, Scorpion 2.3/4
FOX: 1.9/3
So You Think You Can Dance 2.2/4, Superhuman 1.6/3
UNIVISION: 0.9/2
Reina de la Cancion 0.8/2, Lo Doble Vida E Carrillo 0.9/2, La Piloto 0.9/2
TELE: 0.6/1
El Capo 0.5/1, Il Querida de Centauro 0.6/1, Il Querida Centauro 0.6/1
CW: 0.6/1
Supergirl .7/1, Whose Life Is It Anyway .6/1, Whose Life Is It Anyway .6/1
 
Monday A19-49 Analysis: ABC 6.2/24, NBC 1.2/5, FOX .8/3, CBS .5/2, UNI 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW .3/1
 
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Jennifer Carreras has been named VP, network comedy, ABC Entertainment. Carreras comes to ABC Entertainment from 20th Century Fox Television Studios, where she was VP, comedy development, since 2013.
 
Gaumont, the studio behind the Netflix series Narcos, is adding several new executives to its global distribution team. In Paris, Cecilia Rossignol has been appointed VP, international TV sales, drama; in LA, Cherie Johnson joins as VP, marketing, and Robby Amar joins as VP, TV acquisitions & distribution.
 
Adam Fratto joined Reel One Entertainment as SVP of TV series. He most recently was with New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures.
 
Gretchen Palek and Shawn Witt have been elevated to co-presidents of ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures. Additionally, Joe Weinstock has been promoted to SVP, development at the company.
 
OTT provider OWNZONES Media Network promoted George Ionita to CTO, Europe. Ionita joined OWNZONES as a software architect in 2016.
 
Samba TV, a data and analytics company, appointed Jen Whalen VP of marketing. Whalen most recently was VP of corporate marketing for TubeMogul.

 

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY JUNE 14, 2017
ABC: The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, American Housewife, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome
CBS: Undercover Boss, Criminal Minds, Code Black
CW: Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX: Master Chef, The F Word With Gordon Ramsay
NBC: Little Big Shots, The Carmichael Show, Superstore, This Is Us
PBS: Nature, NOVA, Operation Maneater
Telemundo: El Capo, La Querida del Centuro, La Querida del Centuro
Univision: La Reina de la Cancion, La Doble Vida de Estlla Carrillo, La Piloto

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