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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, July 30, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us at 8p
DIY: I Want That: Hardware Special at 11p
LMN: Campus Nightmares at 10p
TV One: Unsung at 8p

Tonight’s Finale:
DIY: Rescue My Renovation at 8p


Azteca America’s Friday Night Futbol Delivered Triple-Digit Growth vs. the 2013 Season and Ranked #1 in Key Markets!
Azteca America ranked #3 in prime time among Spanish TV nets with key demos, including adults 18-49.  SANTOS VS CRUZ AZUL delivered strong ratings, capturing 400k+ total viewers and 266k adults 18-49.
with men 18-49, game one ranked #1 in PHX, both games outperformed English TV in LA and both were #1 on Spanish language TV in CH & SF.

Kirstie won’t make to a sophomore season – TV Land declined to renew the comedy starring Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman (Cheers) and Michael Richards (Seinfeld). Creator/showrunner Marco Pennette left the series at the end of its first season.


Odd couple Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett announced on Tuesday’s Today show that they’ll be featured in a concert special to air on PBS Friday, October 24 at 9p. The singers’ jazz album, "Cheek to Cheek," drops September 23.

Apple TV added a CNBC channel and on-demand app FOX NOW to its content offerings. Viewers can watch the financial net live, or access clips and shows. FOX NOW offers full episodes of Fox shows including The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine the day after they air, as well as bonus content. Cable subscription is required.

The Television Academy Foundation announced prizes for its "Emmy Season Auction." Items up for bid include tickets to the awards show and governors ball, red carpet bleacher tickets and admission to a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Proceeds benefit the Academy’s educational programs; bidding runs through July 31.


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Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television and a first-look development deal with FX, reports Variety. Sutter will oversee the seventh and final season of Anarchy, premiering Tuesday, September 9 at 10p, then get to work on FX’s The Bastard Executioner. "If my sword is sharp enough it will be coming to FX, fall 2015," Sutter tweeted last month.


Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football, a doc revealing the hardships and triumphs of athletes who broke the color barrier, premieres on Epix Tuesday, September 23 at 8p. The net is partnering with the NFL for screenings in NFL team markets, followed by panel discussion on the state of race relations and athletics, starting with the Denver Broncos on Saturday, August 2.

The 100th episode of UP‘s Heartland premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 9p. What’s the secret to the show’s longevity? "It’s a compelling drama set in the foothills of the Rockies that the entire family can enjoy," Sophia Kelley, SVP programming, tells Cynopsis. "The series’ staying power can be attributed to its robust storytelling and relatable characters."

Antenna TV marks the 50th anniversary of Bewitched with a 50-ep marathon of the sitcom on Saturday, September 20 at 1p. Hosting the event will be Erin Murphy, who played Tabitha, offering commentary in interstitial segments.

The World Dog Awards comes to The CW in January 2015. The Juma Entertainment production will celebrate canines at work in entertainment, hero dogs and everyday pooches who found fame on the Internet.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers stop by ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, July 31, ahead of their North American tour. The band performs songs from their new album, Hypnotic Eye.


Season seven of Destination America‘s A Haunting launches Friday, August 1 at 10p, with the story of an evil spirit tormenting a family in Franklin, Virginia.

VH1 picked up Hit the Floor for season three, expected to premiere in May 2015 with 10 new episodes.

Tattoo competition series Ink Master returns to Spike TV for season five on Tuesday, September 2 at 10p. Things get personal this time around, as contestants enter the competition with a personal tattoo rival. Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) is back to host.


Discovery and Dunkin’ Donuts are partnering for Shark Week, returning Sunday, August 10. Among the treats: people who share a selfie of their favorite breakfast item on Twitter or Instagram using #DDSharkWeek are eligible to win prizes including a $100 Dunkin’ Donuts Card or Shark Week price pack. On Shark After Dark, viewers will be driven to www.SharkWeek.com/Dunkin to vote for the "Dunkin’ Bite of the Nite," with winners’ photos revealed on air.

Google NBC‘s America’s Got Talent while the competition show’s polls are open and you now get a results page with ballots to vote. And sponsor Snapple plays hero – starting tonight, viewers can search Snapple Save or America’s Got Talent to vote for the act they want to stick around.

AT&T AdWorks is introducing two data sources to enhance audience targeting tool TV Blueprint. "Advertisers are looking for better and more efficient ways of targeting their TV audiences," Mike Welch, president, AT&T AdWorks, tells Cynopsis. "Our exclusive single-person HH set-top box data and mobile subscriber data overlays allow our advertisers additional targeting capabilities that help them better reach their audience and cut waste in their TV media plans."


John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Tyler Jacob Moore (Shameless) are onboard season four of ABC‘s Once Upon a Time for its "Frozen" story. Fantasy drama returns Sunday, September 28 at 8p.

J.R. Ramirez will play Ted "Wildcat" Grant in season three of CW‘s Arrow. Ramirez recurred on the net’s Emily Owens, MD.

Brooklyn Decker (Friends with Better Lives) and Ethan Embry (Brotherhood) have been added to the upcoming Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin Netflix comedy, Grace & Frankie.

Ron Livingston (Swingers) has joined the cast of AMC comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere, set to begin shooting in August.

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) will guest on two episodes of Fox‘s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. First appearance: Sunday, October 5.

Shawn Doyle (Fargo) will recur as a guest star on season five of USA‘s Covert Affairs, airing Tuesdays at 10p.

Tom Noonan (Damages) and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) join the cast of Syfy‘s 12 Monkeys in recurring roles. Adventure thriller commences production in Toronto on August 6.

Elena Satine (Smallville) will recur on season four of ABC‘s Revenge. Sudsy drama returns Sunday, September 28 at 10p.

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GRB Entertainment acquired Nat Geo‘s Chug for global distribution. The Kickstarter-funded travel series, hosted and produced by Zane Lamprey, makes its U.S. debut this fall.

INSP has added over 140,000 new subscribers across NCTC systems. "INSP continues to experience steady growth, thanks to great partners like National Cable Television COOP and its members," reported Mark Kang, SVP of distribution.

MTV grabbed distribution rights to No Cameras Allowed, by concert crasher-turned rock videographer James Marcus Craney. Documentary, premiering on the net Friday, August 29, will also have a limited theater run.

Cinedigm and Great Point Media inked a multi-picture distribution and production output deal that calls for Great Point to deliver a minimum of eight films, primarily in the sci-fi and thriller genres. Cinedigm will distribute U.S. rights for theatrical, digital, VOD and television.


Sweden’s SVT has commissioned FremantleMedia format Master Athletes. The reality show pits contestants against each other in fitness challenges.


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Dr. Phil was the top talker the week of July 14, up 8 percent to 2.7 and the only daytime show in the top ten to see a lift week to week. Live with Kelly and Michael held on to last week’s 2.6 rating, up 8 percent versus last year.

Dish Nation hit a five-month high (tying the week of February 2), and matched its all-time high with a 1.1 HH rating the week of July 14, according to Nielsen.

AHC had its best July since its 2005 launch as Military Channel in Prime for delivery among P2+ (227,000) and HH (190,000), as well as in Total Day for delivery among P2+ (154,000) and HH (136,000). 

Velocity boasted its highest-rated July in primetime among P/M25-54 and M18-34, and its highest-delivering July in Primetime for all target demos including HH, P/M18-49, P/M25-54, P/M18-34, P18+ and P2+. 

Cooking Channel delivered its highest-rated and most-watched Saturday night ever on July 26, with a .26 coverage area rating among A25-54 and .3 among W25-54. Ratings were up nearly 600 percent for A25-54 versus year-ago, and up 830 percent for the same time period among A18-49.

Broadcast Evening News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of July 21, 2014)
NBC: Nightly News 7.76 million total viewers; 1.5/7 and 1.76 million A25-54
ABC: World News 7.35 million total viewers; 1.5/7 and 1.85 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 5.98 million total viewers; 1.2/5 and 1.44 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week ending 7/20/14 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 4.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 3.2AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 2.7AA
Family Guy (2/T) 2.7AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week ending 7/20/14 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.6AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.0AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.8AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.4AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.3AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.2 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.1AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.0AA
Seinfeld ((SPT) 1.0/AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of 7/21/14
America’s Got Talent (Tues.), 2.4/8
NBC: America’s Got Talent (Wed.), 2.4/8
CBS: Big Brother (Wed.), 2.3/9
CBS: Big Brother (Sun.), 2.2/7
CBS: Big Brother (Thurs.), 2.1/7
FOX: MasterChef, 2.1/7
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, 1.9/6
CBS: The Big Bang Theory 1.8/8
ABC: The Bachelorette, 1.8/6
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, 1.7/7
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top Ten Ad-Supported Basic Cable Network Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 7/21/2014
Primetime (000)/Total Prm Day (000)
845/ADSM* 743
TBSC 799/NAN* 457
ADSM 750/USA 423
FX 690/NICK 389
TNT 616/TBSC 360
HIST 539/FX 348
FAM 509/TOON 330
FOOD 508/TNT327
HGTV500/DSNY 318
A&E 498/HIST 298
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800 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+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Ad-Supported Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 7/21/2014
Primetime (000), Total Prm Day (000)
2242/DSNY 1647
USA 2153/NICK 1546
DSNY 2081/ADSM* 1292
FOXN 1782/TOON 1254
HIST 1617/USA 1082
TBSC 1522/FOXN 1067
HGTV1474/NAN* 1007
ADSM1451/TNT 979
NAN 1368/HIST 820
FX 1275/HGTV 809
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800 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+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 7/21/20014
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
(VH1) 2614
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1901
Family Guy (ADSM) 1886
Family Guy (ADSM) 1871
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1843
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1835
Family Guy (ADSM) 1833
Family Guy (ADSM) 1748
American Dad (ADSM) 1647
Teen Mom 2 (MTV) 1593
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.?All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800,000 home; Ranked by Delivery (000); Preliminary: Live+SD

Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC scored the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.1/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox’s Masterchef was first at 8p with 2.1/7, followed by 2.0/7 for ABC’s The Bachelorette. The Bachelorette hit number one at 9p with 2.1/7, versus 2.0/6 for NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Warrior nudged out ABC’s Bachelorette: After the Final Rose with 2.2/7 and 2.1/7 in the 10p half-hours, versus 2.2/7 and 2.0/6 for ABC.

A18-49:ABC 2.1/7, NBC 1.8/6, FOX 1.8/6, UNI 1.6/5, CBS 1.1/4, TELE .7/2, ION .4/1, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, July 28, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 5.3/9
The Bachelorette 5.3/9, The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose 5.4/9
CBS: 3.3/6
2 Broke Girls [r] 2.7/5, Mom [r] 2.6/4, Mike & Molly [r] 3.1/5, Two and a Half Men [r] 2.9/5, Under the Dome 4.1/7
Fox: 2.9/5
Masterchef 3.4/6, Hotel Hell 2.4/4
NBC: 2.9/5
Running Wild: Bear Grylls 2.6/4, American Ninja Warrior 3.1/5
Univision: 1.9/3
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 1.8/3, Que Vida me Robo 2.1/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.8/3
ION: 1.1/2
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2
Telemundo: .9/1
Reina Corazones .7/1, En Otra Piel .8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.1/2
CW: .5/1
2014 Young Hollywood Awards .5/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 1.2/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s 60 Minutes  was first at 7p with .9/3, followed by .8/3 for ABC’s Wipeout. CBS topped 8p with 2.2/7 for Big Brother, versus 1.1/4 for Fox’s Simpsons. Fox won 9p with a 1.4/5 average for Family Guy and American Dad; CBS’s Unforgettable was second with 1.0/3. Univision’s Sal y Pimienta scored .9/3 to win 10p, versus .7/2 for NBC’s Chicago PD.

A18-49:CBS 1.2/4, FOX 1.0/4, ABC .8/3, UNI .8/3, NBC .7/2, TELE .4/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, July 20, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.9/7
60 Minutes 5.0/10, Big Brother 3.7/7, Unforgettable 4.1/7, Reckless 2.6/5
ABC: 2.1/4
Wipeout 1.9/4, Rising Star 2.2/4, Castle [r] 2.4/4
NBC: 1.8/3
American Ninja Warrior [r] 1.8/3, Chicago Fire [r] 1.6/3, Chicago PD [r] 2.1/4
FOX: 1.3/2
American Dad [r] .8/2, Bob’s Burgers [r] .9/2, The Simpsons [r] 1.2/2, The Simpsons [r] 1.5/3, Family Guy [r] 1.7/3, American Dad [r] 1.5/3
Univision: 1.3/2
Bailando por un Sueno 1.2/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.4/3
TELE: .5/1
Thor .5/1
ION: .5/1
Leverage .6/1, Leverage .6/1, Leverage .4/1, Leverage .4/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: FOX had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.1/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with UFC Fight Night. Fox scored .9/4 at 8p, followed by NBC’s Dateline Mystery with .7/3. Fox’s 1.1/5 at 9p squeaked by Dateline’s 1.1/4 at 9p, and its 1.1/4 at 10p beat .7/3 for Uni’s Sabado Gigante.

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

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, July 26, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 2.5/5
Dateline Mystery 2.9/6, Blacklist [r] 1.7/3
CBS: 1.7/3
48 Hours Special 1.8/4, Bad Teacher .9/2, Bad Teacher .9/2, 48 Hours [r] 2.3/5
FOX: 1.5/3
UFC Fight Night 1.5/3
ABC: 1.4/3
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [r] 1.0/2, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [r] 1.2/2, Nightline Prime 1.8/4
Sabado Gigante 1.1/2
ION: .8/2
Law & Order: CI .7/1, Law & Order: CI .8/2, Law & Order: CI .8/2
TELE: .2/0
Futbol Estelar Leon .2/0


Harvey Goldhersz was tapped for the newly created role of Chief Data Officer and CEO of Analytics at GroupM. Goldhersz had been North America CEO and Global Chief Operating Officer at the company’s MediaCom.

Fusion named Cheri Ehrlich Eisen as its Senior Director of Human Resources. Previously, Eisen led talent acquisition and recruitment for various divisions at the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Rachel Smolkin, Managing Editor of Politico, has been named Executive Editor of Politics at CNN Digital, effective at the end of August.


Actor James Shigeta died July 28. He was 81. In addition to film work, Shigeta appeared on TV shows including Perry Mason, Ironside and Mission: Impossible.


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CBS: Big Brother, Extant, Criminal Minds [r]
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us [
p], The 100 [r]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: America’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, Taxi Brooklyn
PBS: My Wild Affair, Nova [r], Sex in the Wild
Telemundo: Reina de Corazones, En Otra Piel, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Mi Corazon Tuyo, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Que Pobres Tan Ricos

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Cynopsis 02/20/24: Pre-school platform Noggin shutting down

Pre-school platform Noggin shutting down

Tuesday February 20, 2024 Today’s Premieres ABC: Will Trent at 8p; The Rookie at 9p; The Good Doctor at 10p CW: Crime Nation at 8p HGTV: Renovation Aloha at 9p MHz Choice: Six Women Netflix: Risqué Business: Netherlands & Germany TLC: Little People, Big World at 9p Today’s Finales Fox: Name That Tune at 8p […]

02/18/24: Cynopsis Jobs


MANAGER, CONSUMER MARKETING TV One SILVER SPRING, MD – HYBRID REMOTE Contribute strategic thinking and new ideas to the building and development of consumers promotions and marketing campaigns and work on marketing strategies, in partnership with the internal research team and media agency, for programming initiatives to inform our understanding of the target audience. Full […]

Cynopsis 02/16/24: “Evil” to end with season four on Paramount+

"Evil" to end with season four on Paramount+

  Friday February 16, 2024 Today’s Premieres CBS: SWAT 8p; Fire Country 9p; Blue Bloods 10p CW: Totally Funny Kids 9p; Totally Funny Animals 9:30p Netflix: Comedy Chaos Saturday’s Premieres Weather: Back Road Truckers at 8p; Fast: Home Rescue at 9p Oxygen: Selena & Yolanda: The Secrets Between Them at 7p Sunday’s Premieres ABC: American […]