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AMC is launching two viewer engagement initiatives. The Walking Dead Fan Rewards Club, coming in early September, will allow viewers to earn points toward virtual and actual goods by interacting with episodes, and a quarterly subscription box ($49.99/quarter) will include items like t-shirts, action figures and mugs. “Much has been written about the ‘Golden Age of Television,’ yet with more outlets for, and more consistent expressions of, passion for the content fan’s love, it has also become a ‘Golden Age of Fandom,’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “The Fan Rewards Club and Subscription Box are two examples of extensions beyond the screen.” 

The first 2 episodes of the fifth and final season of Showtime’s Episodes will be screened at the Paley Center for Media on August 16. Cast members, including Matt LeBlanc, as well as series creators will be on hand to watch and discuss. Show premieres on Showtime Sunday, August  20 at 10p.

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AXS TV is presenting an “All Hail the King” block of Elvis Presley films every Tuesday in August, starting the first of the month with Elvis: That’s the Way It Is at 10p. Wednesday, August 16, the 40th anniversary of the singer’s death, will include a two-pack starting at 9p.


New GSN game show Snap Decision launches Monday, August 7 with 4 back-to-back episodes starting at 9p, moving to its regular Tuesday-at-9p slot on August 8. David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show) hosts.

Lifetime’s Date Night Live premieres tonight at 10p, but everything doesn’t come up roses for this show’s contestants. “Dating culture has become really ‘gamified’ in recent years with apps and people developing new dating benchmarks, so having the opportunity to show the good, the bad and the awkward in a live, unadorned format is incredibly fresh,” president and founder of Big Fish Entertainment, Dan Cesareo tells Cynopsis.  “Lifetime gave us the perfect platform to spotlight the ‘real’ in reality.”  

Tamron Hall may have left Today’s 9a hour early this year, but ID is keeping her busy. The journalist is back for season 5 of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall on Sunday, September 3 at 10p. Hall also recently inked a deal with Weinstein Television to develop a daytime talk show.

Another Today alum, Ann Curry, is taking on a new job: host of PBS’s We’ll Meet Again, reports Variety. The 6-parter featuring reunions of people separated by historical events outside their control is slated for a 2018 debut.



Sibongile Mlambo (Black Sails) landed a series regular role on upcoming Freeform drama Siren.Li Jun Li (Quantico) also won a series regular role, on season 2 of Fox drama The Exorcist….Britt Robertson (Girlboss) will star in upcoming ABC midseason legal drama For the People. She replaces Britne Oldford, who starred in the pilot….Jaylen Moore was upped from recurring to series regular for season 2 of History’s Six.



The 5-minute trailer for season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, debuted at Comic-Con, has been viewed online over 31 million times in 4 days, breaking its own record.

El Rey Network’s “The People’s Network Showcase” returns with “Suspense”, 12 films released both on-air and on El Rey’s YouTube page. The special features 2 hours of short films and interviews with rising independent filmmakers from around the world. 



UK’s BBC One ordered 6-part game show Ready or Not. Produced by Remedy Productions, the show will test the knowledge of unsuspecting Brits.

Bomanbridge Media picked up 350 hours of content from Twentieth Century Fox, including American Horror Story, Fresh Off the Boat and Malcolm in the Middle, in addition to Korean dramas and feature films.



Fox Television Stations will offer programmatic TV ad sales with WideOrbit, with 3 buying models: an Open Marketplace to facilitate programmatic offers on FOX stations-controlled ad inventory; Programmatic Direct to automate transactions with selected buying partners; and an integration with CoreMedia Systems for Direct Response ad buyers to place orders programmatically. “Based on our tests over the last year, we are convinced that programmatic advertising will be a complementary additional sales channel for our stations,” said Jim Burke, president of sales, Fox Television Stations. 



Scripps Lifestyle Studios, the digital division of Scripps Networks Interactive, is expanding its efforts internationally with digital production capabilities for Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel, extended initially to London, Warsaw, Singapore, Sao Paulo, and Miami.  The move “will allow Scripps Networks to quickly scale a greater global presence for our premier brands, using local expertise to accelerate the creation, distribution, and monetization of the content while helping source additional content and to identify fresh new talent,” said Derek Chang, head of International Lifestyle Channels. 

Roku is projected to have 38.9 million U.S. users this year, besting 36.9 million for Google Chromecast, estimates a new report from eMarketer. What’s Roku doing right? “As the only major market participant not affiliated with a content or TV device platform, Roku has used its neutrality to strike deals with a wide range of partners, including smart TV makers, OTT service providers and social media companies,” said Paul Verna, principal video analyst. “That expansive strategy, combined with the company’s broad selection of connectivity devices at various price points, has put Roku at the head of the pack.”

Reelz has launched on Sling TV, as it prepares to premiere new series The Kitty Kelley Files (July 29), Broke and Famous (September 8), US Weekly’s Famous Feuds (September 8), It Happened Here (November 10) and The Stalker Files (November 10). “We’re committed to growing our viewership with Sling TV and expanding our distribution at every turn,” said John DeGarmo, EVP of distribution.

OUTtv gave the green light for season 2 of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, launching this fall on OUTtv and OUTtvGo.

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Add CNN and Turner Sports to subscribers of Nielsen’s Out-of-Home Reporting Service, measuring viewers like businesspeople watching TV in offices, and sports fans cheering teams in bars. ESPN was first to jump aboard, in April.

Food Network Star posted a .7 rating among A25-54 (630,000 IMP) on Sunday night, ranking 6th among cable in the 9p time slot. On FoodNetwork.com, show content generated season-high traffic on Saturday, besting the previous season high by 15 percent. 

The premiere of Descendants 2 across Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies delivered a Live+3 audience of 21 million, up 61% from its Live+SD number.

Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean was the highest rated episode of the season to-date among P25-54 and total viewers, delivering 1 million P18-49 in Live+3 (up +5% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.3 million P25-54 (up +4%), and 2 million total viewers (up +5%). The Real Housewives of New York City delivered a season high among all key demos, earning 1.3 million  P18-49 (up +15% versus week ago), 1.6 million P25-54 (up +18%), and 2.7 million total viewers (up +13%).

ABC summer drama Somewhere Between dropped from 2.9 million total viewers and a .5 rating among A18-49 on its Monday opener to 1.8 million viewers and a .3 rating for its second episode on Tuesday.

Top 10 Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of July 3, 2017

Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
FOXN 2011/FOXN 1335
HIST 1656/NICK 1256
HGTV 1617/HGTV 939
USA 1599/ADSM* 870
FX 1302/DSNY 857
MSNBC 1266/USA 800
TBSC 1198/HIST 776
DISC 1139/TOON 771
AMC 1031/ID 765
ID 1019/NAN* 738

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. Primetimes is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top 10 Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of July 3, 2017

Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
USA 631/ADSM* 515
FX 595/NICK 382
TBSC 558/NAN* 372
ADSM 509/FX 298
HIST 474/USA 294
AMC 467’/HGTV 287
HGTV 451/ID 272
DISC 412/TBSC 263
A&E 370/TOON 238
VH1 363/HIST 235

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. Primetimes is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top-Rated Cable Shows among 18-48 for the week of  July 3, 2017  (000)
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 2370
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 2210
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 209
Teen Mom Reunion (MTV) 1583
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1468
Snowfall (FX) 1422
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1409
Time Machine (HIST) 1393
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1365
The Real Housewives of New York City (BRAV) 1350


Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of July 17, 2017
Game of Thrones (HBO) 1334, 926K, 27.6M, 3.4M
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 1219, 2.9M, 83.4M, 3.3M
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 632, 1.9M, 1.8M, 5.4M
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 349, 162K, 2.3M, 592K
Power (Starz) 342, 181K, 5.2M, 307K
World of Dance (NBC) 291, 183K, 6M, 241K
The Fosters (Freeform) 220, 423K, 1.8M, 1M
Jay Leno’s Garage (CNBC) 191, 89K, 4.9M, 139K
Adam Ruins Everything (truTV) 182, 60K, 2.2M, 74K
Teen Mom 2 (MTV) 169, 39K, 4.5M, 140K

Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, July 25, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 10.99 million
America’s Got Talent 12.88, World of Dance 7.20
CBS: 5.53 million
NCIS 6.34, Bull 4.95, NCIS: New Orleans 5.31
ABC: 2.09 million
The Middle 3.05, Fresh Off the Boat 2.13, black-ish 1.85, black-ish 1.96, Somewhere Between 1.78
Telemundo: 1.73 million
Sin SenosSi Hay Paraiso 1.55, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.83, El Senor de los Cielos 1.84
Univision: 1.93 million
Jose e Egipto 2.16, Jose de Egipto 2.33, Rosario Tijeras 1.29
CW: 1.24 million
The Flash 1.29, Legends of Tomorrow 1.20
FOX: 1.36 million
Lethal Weapon 1.69, The Mick 1.10, Brooklyn Nine-Nine .95

Tuesday A19-49 Ratings: NBC 2.3/10, TELE .7/3, UNI .6/3, CBS .6/3, ABC .5/2, FOX .4/2, CW .3.1



Lynn Sadofsky has joined Scripps Networks Interactive as a Vice President, Programming and Development for Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. Most recently, Sadofsky served as Vice President of Production at National Geographic. 

Bonnie Pan has been named Head of Network for AwesomenessTV, overseeing video and editorial content. Pan was formerly President of Endemol Beyond USA.

Outdoor Sportsman Group appointed Jim Liberatore as President and CEO. Previously, Liberatore was President and CEO of Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network).

truTV promoted Maureen Taran to Vice President of Talent. Taran joined the network in 2015 as its first executive in charge of talent.

Jackson Galaxy Enterprises named Marc Kurschner as CEO. Previously, Kurschner was Senior Vice President, Sales at Getty Images, and had been SVP of Global Sales at MediaVest.


On this Day: 1940 – Billboard Magazine started publishing its bestseller charts.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Why did Sophia leave Sicily and move to New York on Golden Girls (1985-1992)? Sophia relocated after the annulment of her first marriage, to Guido Spirelli. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/NYC, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, David Wesberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA

Today’s Trivia Question: Which TV detective sometimes kept his car parked in his living room? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)

Answer to Yesterday’s Anagram: Mighty Hotter Sin =  Thirtysomething. Kudos to: Tom Moore-Kalt Productions, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL  

Detective Show Anagram: Rise to Gentlemen (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)

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ABC: Boy Band, Battle of the Network Stars, The Gong Show    
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Kevin Can Wait [r], Big Brother, Zoo
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Hooten & the Lady
FOX: Beat Shazam, Love Connection
NBC: Hollywood Game Night, The Wall, The Night Shift
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], TheTunnel: Sabatoge, Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
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