07/09/19: Fox gives Punchline another shot, with Melissa Peterman


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Tonight’s Premieres:
BET: The Next Big Thing at 10p
CBS: Love Island at 8p
CollegeHumor’s DROPOUT: Dimension 20: The Unsleeping City
ID: Til Death Do Us Part at 10p
Nat Geo: Apollo: Back to the Moon at 9p
NBC: Bring the Funny at 10p
Travel: Mummies Never Die at 11p
WGN America: The Disappearance at 10p
Tonight’s Finale:
 Bravo: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 9p
Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper have been tapped to moderate CNN’s Democratic primary debates on July 30-31. A live drawing on CNN on July 18 will decide which of the 20 eligible candidates – who will be notified they’ve made the cut on July 17 – appear on which evening. The debates will also stream live without requiring log-in to a cable provider.
E.W Scripps has launched a $400 million private placement offering to finance the acquisition of eight stations in seven markets that are being divested as part of Nexstar Media Group’s pending acquisition of Tribune Media. The Scripps deal will grow the company’s local television station portfolio to 62 stations in 42 markets with a reach of 30% of U.S. TV households.
24NEWS is expanding its coverage in the U.S. to include top national news stories and increased live coverage from the U.S. The global current affairs news network from Altice USA will now deliver both global and domestic news, including the in-depth international and Middle Eastern news coverage as well as national breaking and headline news.
Univision Communications is relaunching its multi-platform sports media brand and cable sports network as TUDN (from Univision Deportes Network) on Saturday, July 20. Extending across Univision’s linear, audio and digital portfolio, TUDN  will bring together sports programming, talent and production capabilities from the U.S. and Mexico through a collaboration with Grupo Televisa, which is simultaneously debuting the TUDN brand in Mexico.
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Current events-driven game show Punchline, which had a test on Fox Television Stations two years ago, will return for a summer run on July 15 across Fox’s 28 stations. “We loved this summer test when we did it two years ago, and now with a few tweaks and a new superstar, comic host Melissa Peterman, we think we have a fresh summertime hit for our stations,” said EVP Programming and Development Stephen Brown.
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Amazon Studios ordered a comedy series from Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions and Universal Television. Show follows the lives of four black women who have been friends since their college days at NYU. 
Original anthology series Major Crimes is in the works from David Ayer and Chris Long’s Cedar Park, Tucker Tooley’s Tooley Entertainment and Entertainment One, reports Deadline. Chris Collins (The Wire) is onboard the project to write and serve as showrunner. 
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are back to test the skills of bakers age 10-13 in a new season of Kids Baking Championship, launching Monday, August 12 with back-to-back episodes at 8p and 9p.
More assumptions are dashed on Tuesday, August 13 at 10p, when truTV’s Adam Ruins Everything returns with new episodes. Among the topics covered: cops, a murder, and little bugs. 
The emotional impact of homicide is explored in new ID series The Shadows of Death, debuting Thursday, July 11 at 10p. The following night comes the premiere of Murder Board, following law enforement officials as they piece together murder investigations, at 10p.
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Former champion Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen will co-host season two of American Ninja Warrior Junior, premiering on Universal Kids in early 2020. 
TV will drop to 26.5% of global ad spend in 2021 from 30.8% in 2018, according to projections form Publicis Media’s Zenith. Internet display advertising will be the top medium, while OOH will maintain its 6.5% share of advertising spend.
The biggest spender on OTT local advertising is the automotive category, according to 1Q19 data from ZypMedia. Cars were followed by Home & Garden, and Health & Fitness. Also of note: 59% of all OTT campaigns ran for a duration of one month or shorter. The personal finance category averaged the shortest campaign length, at two months, while Law, Government & Politics was the longest, at over six months.
Eighty-seven percent of the top 30 advertisers that ran spots during the Women’s World Cup also did so during the Men’s World Cup last year, according to a MediaRadar study. “Looking at how top industries spent TV ad dollars on each tournament, we notice several similarities, but also some differences,” said Todd Krizelman, CEO and Co-Founder of MediaRadar. “Industries such as Retail and Media & Entertainment accounted for a similar share of the ad dollars in both tournaments, but then there were industries where the share of spend was noticeably different.” Industries that accounted for a larger share of spend during the men’s tournament included Tech, Non-Alcoholic Beverages and Beer, Wine & Spirits, while Finance & Real Estate, Apparel, Home Furnishings and Toiletries & Cosmetics accounted for a larger share of spend during the women’s events.
Univision expects this upfront season to be its best in four years, reports Variety, with overall volume up 5-6% versus last year. Last week the company announced its board is exploring “strategic options” that could include a sale.
Netflix head Ted Sarandos met with some of his film and TV execs last month to say they need to be more budget conscious, according to The Information. Sarandos reportedly told his employees that the numbers of viewers a project will attract will play a bigger part in the greenlight process.
CBS Evening News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell will interview Caroline Kennedy and Jeff Bezos during her debut broadcast on Monday, July 15. During the joint interview to mark the 50th anniversary month of man’s first moon walk, Kennedy and Bezos will discuss the future of space exploration, as well as President Kennedy’s part in expanding the space program. The following day, O’Donnell will anchor the news from the Kennedy Space Center.
Things get slithery on Smithsonian Channel with Queen of the Pythons, a doc following the daily life of a deadly 13-foot snake in South Africa. One-hour special airs Wednesday, August 7 at 8p.
Ah, love: Oxygen’s “Killer Couples” two-hour special, Gypsy Rose & Nick: A Love to Kill For features Nicholas Godejohn’s first interview since his sentencing for his part in killing Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s abusive mother, on Saturday, July 13 at 7p.
Cozi TV is pulling two The Office stunts. For the first, on Monday, August 26 at 10p (check local listings), the “Dinner Party” episode will be presented in Smell-A-Vision, via scratch-and-sniff cards. The second event, “A Hardin’s Day Night,” is a marathon focused on episodes featuring Melora Hardin (as Jan Levinson) from 1p-12a.
TiVo has renewed its agreement with Canada’s Shaw Communications, in a deal that expanded  Shaw’s Rovi patent portfolio IP license deal to also cover the TiVo patent portfolio. “We’re happy to renew our agreements with TiVo, which reinforces our commitment to providing advanced entertainment offerings to our customers across Canada,” said Jay Mehr, president of Shaw Communications.
Instagram is battling online bullies with two new features. In the first, artificial intelligence will be used to flag comments that “might be considered offensive,” giving users a chance to undo a nasty comment before it posts. The second will allow people to restrict users looking at their account, without resorting to blocking. “We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow or report their bully because it could escalate the situation,” said Instagram head Adam Mosseri
Amy Farrington (GLOW) landed a series regular role on season three of CBS’s S.W.A.T. Ryan Destiny (Star) will recur on season three of Freeform’s grown-ish.
Sky News was reprimanded for airing documentary Weinstein: Hollywood’s Reckoning during the day, despite offensive language. The Comcast-owned net explained to regulator Ofcom that the film had been incorrectly marked and it was reviewing its processes.
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Fox scored with Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, with a 10.0/27 rating in metered markets, and 19 million viewers. Meanwhile, Telemundo Deportes‘ USA-Netherlands coverage delivered a Total Audience Delivery average of 1.6 million viewers to rank as the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup match in Spanish-language history, surpassing by 22% the 2015 USA vs. Japan final (1.27 million).
The premiere of TV Ones The Bobby DeBarge Story on Saturday, June 29 debuted at #1 among African Americans on television (Broadcast and Cable) Saturday night among AA P25-54, AA W25-54, AA P18-49, and AA W18-49. The four airings of on premiere night and subsequent encore presentations had a combined reach of 1.8 Million Unique Viewers 2+. 
E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians wrapped its sixteenth season last Sunday earning the series’ most-watched episode in nearly three years, according to Nielsen Live+3. The season finale episode delivered 2.4 million total viewers, over 1.5 million P18-49, 1.3 million W18-49, 807,000 P18-34 and 678,000 W18-34. 
TV Time’s Shows on the Rise for the Week of July 1 
Stranger Things (Netflix) – 97.6%
Yummy Mummies (Seven Network) – 97.2%
Free Rein (Netflix) – 94.2% 
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (NBC) – 92.7%
Glee (FOX) – 87.5%
Young Justice (DC Universe) – 83.2%
Veronica Mars (The CW) – 56.9%
7Seeds (Netflix) – 49.9%
Big Brother (CBS) – 38.6%
Family Business (Netflix) – 37.3%
Methodology: Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.
SHAREABLEE TOP 10 TV Shows for the week of July 1 
Program, Network, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers 
E! News (E!) 11.5M, 529, 21,684, 35.8M
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WB/syndicated) 4M, 67, 60,285, 184.1M
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/syndicated) 1.6M, 393, 4,034, 8.3M
Today Show (NBC) 1.4M, 654, 2,152, 13.2M
Fox & Friends (Fox News) 889K, 123, 7,231, 4.6M
The Bachelorette (ABC) 831K, 83, 10,012, 3.1M
Good Morning America (ABC) 788K, 864, 912, 13.2M
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 719K, 105, 6,850, 15.3M
CBS Sunday Morning (CBS) 700K, 160, 4,372, 1.1M
grown-ish (Freeform) 612K, 104, 5,889, 1.1M
Tunity Analytics Top 10 Out-of-Home Entertainment Programs
Week of July 1 Show, Network, Date, Time, (000’s)
America’s Got Talent, NBC, 7/7/19, 8 PM, 269
The Bachelorette, ABC, 7/1/19, 8 PM, 219
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, NBC, 7/4/19, 8 PM, 204
Spin The Wheel, Fox, 7/7/19, 8 PM, 185
Fixer Upper, HGTV, 7/2/19, 7 PM, 179
Spin The Wheel, Fox, 7/2/19, 8 PM, 163
Love It or List It, HGTV, 7/1/19, 4 PM, 158
Love it or List It, HGTV, 7/1/19, 5 PM, 151
Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 7/7/19, 8 PM, 149
The Code, CBS, 7/9/19, 4 PM, 137
Source: Tunity Analytics.  Viewing estimates are derived from Tunity mobile app usage for the  week beginning July 1, 2019. OOH viewer impressions are calculated using Tunity Analytics’ proprietary estimation model.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Wednesday, July 3 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 3.18 million
Big Brother 4.24, NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget 2.66, NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget 2.65
ABC: 2.76 million
Press Your Luck 3.15, Card Sharks 2.54, Match Game 2.60 
NBC: 2.23 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 2.76, Songland 1.69, The InBetween 2.26
FOX: 1.54 million
MasterChef 1.63, First Responders Live 1.45
Telemundo: 1.0 million
Copa America 1.09, Hoy Copa America 0.56
CW: 0.54 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.74, Jane the Virgin 0.33
Wednesday A18-49 Ratings: TELE 0.6/4, CBS 0.6/3, ABC 0.5/3, NBC 0.4/2, FOX 0.4/2, CW 0.2/1
Mark D. Carleton retired as Chief Financial Officer of Liberty Media, a position he has held since 2016, to become a Senior Advisor. Brian Wendling, who has been at Liberty since 1999 and Controller since 2011, has been appointed to the additional role of Principal Financial Officer.  Rich Baer, Liberty’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, will assume the added title of Chief Administrative Officer, and Courtnee Chun, who has run Liberty’s investor relations group since 2008, will assume the additional title of Chief Portfolio Officer.
FOX Entertainment’s new company, SIDECAR: A “Content Development Accelerator,” headed by Gail Berman, has announced and executive roster that includes Hend Baghdady, Executive Vice President of Development and Production; Susan Lierle, Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs; Jeff Nemon, Senior Vice President of drama development; Alana Romoff, Vice President of Development; Matthew Chadwick, Vice President of Alternative Programming and Production; and Eduardo Lopez-Mendez, Manager of Business and Legal Affairs.
Meghan Kirsch was named Chief Content Officer at Thrillist. Kirsch was most recently SVP of Creative & Marketing at VICE Media.
JacobsEye Marketing AgencyhiredXavier Bailey as Director, Information Technology; Lauren Beckeras Director of New Business; Chris Schulte as Creative Account Director and Marco Worsham as an art director, while Mark Moritz was promoted to Media Director and Mi’Lisa Patton to Director of Communications.
Paul Rehrig has been appointed General Manager at Discovery’s Eurosport Digital. Rehrig joins from AMC Networks, where he was EVP of Digital and Business Development.
MRC Television promoted Jennifer Watson to Executive Vice President, Production. Watson joined MRC in June 2018 as SVP of Production.
Showtime Networks named Michael Engelman as Chief Marketing Officer. Engelman most recently served as CMO for TBS and TNT.
Univision Communications tapped Roxanna Flores to serve as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Local Media. Previously, Flores was Chief People Officer at Fortune Magazine.
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Which miniseries’ cast included Steve Buscemi, Ricky Schroder and Robert Urich? Lonesome Dove (1989). Kudos to: Kevin Moran-Blarney Productions/Pasadena, CA, Russ Hodge-3 Roads Communications/Frederick, MD, Dean Mandel-Syncbak/NYC, Andrew Goldman-Fathom Events/NYC, David Rubinsohn-American Public Television/Boston, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas, Kyle Krebs-NBC5/Dallas, Jared Cowell-Moroch Advertising/Dallas, Eric Merrill-The Davis Group/Austin, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Bill Shea/Hollywood, David Chill-Chill Research/LA
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