08/21/19: Mayim Bialik inks big deal with Warner Bros. TV; HBO continues with Succession; HGTV orders another One of a Kind

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A&E: Ghost Hunters at 9p, Psychic Kids at 10p
History: Face the Beast at 10p
Hulu: This Way Up
Netflix: Hyperdrive
Travel Channel: Mountain Monsters at 9p
Tonight’s Finales:

ID: The Wonderland Murders at 9p, Dark Waters: Murder in the deep at 10p
MTV: Catfish: The TV Show at 8p


Mayim Bialik inked an exclusive multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV Group, the studio behind The Big Bang Theory. It includes a two-year pod deal for her newly launched Sad Clown Productions and a talent holding provision for her acting services. As part of the agreement, Bialik named Chuck Lorre Productions’ vet Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught as Head of Development and Production for Sad Clown.

Viewers rank MSNBC as their most trusted TV news brand in a tracking study conducted by Brand Keys for Research Intelligencer. Coverage of gun violence was cited as the primary driver of trust in TV new brands. The latest findings, the third in a series of twice-a-year surveys of American TV news watchers, show MSNBC jumping to an index of 94% – the highest of any TV news brand so far – and up 14 index points from its level a year ago. Meanwhile, Fox News has lost the most trust, falling to an index of 82%. That’s down from 87% a year ago.

WWE and USA Network announced an agreement in principle to air WWE’s weekly Wednesday night show, NXT, live on USA Network at 8p beginning Wednesday, September 18. The new two-hour weekly show will expand its reach on USA Network, while remaining in the Wednesday night timeslot it’s held since 2015. “The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “Over the long term our goal is to develop a following that can be monetized to the same level as our flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown.”

Estrella TV signed Luis Coronel to host Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento. Coronel has served as a recurring judge on the show in the past. The new season of the hit talent show premieres Monday, September 23. 

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HBO renewed Succession for a third season, following strong ratings for its sophomore season premiere and five Emmy nominations. “We are elated that Succession and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,” said Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Drama Programming. “In today’s world where the intersection of politics and media is increasingly prevalent, Succession presents an especially piercing look behind the curtain of this elite, influential, and cutthroat community.”
Susan Fogel (The Spy Who Dumped Me) will direct and executive produce the first two episodes of The Flight Attendant, starring and executive produced by Kaley Cuoco (TheBig Bang Theory) for HBO Max. In addition, Nashville EPs Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin have joined the thriller drama series as executive producers/co-showrunners.
Jamila Hunter is looking to return to NBCUniversal and leave Kenya Barris’s Netflix-based Khalabo Ink Society after less than a year, according Deadline. Hunter is reportedly in talks for a top programming job at NBCUniversal’s upcoming ad-supported streaming service – a potential Netflix rival and run by Bonnie Hammer.
Netflix ordered The Upshaws, a multi-camera family comedystarring Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps (Dolemite Is My Name, Only One Mike). The pair will also serve as executive producers on the series, which centers on a working class African American Family in Indiana.
A three-part docuseries about Bill Gates has been set at Netflix. Project hails from Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) and explores the mind and motivations of the Microsoft founder.
Travel Channel greenlit Hometown Horror from US factual producer Talos Films. The series, set to premiere in October 2019, delves into white picket fence communities across America gripped with tales of horror, mystery and intrigue.
What work issue is keeping you up at night? Let us know, and we will help you solve it in our new Podcast, STUCK, produced in partnership with Situation Interactive. If you’re a millennial or Gen Z and work in the media space, submit your stickiest workplace challenges here. The stickier, the better (we mean it!). Then stay tuned for Season 3 of STUCK, coming to headphones near you this September.
Clues, confessions and culprits are revealed via actual footage in Investigation Discovery’s The Murder Tapes. Ten-part crime series debuts Wednesday, August 28 at 10p.
Designer Grace Mitchell returns for a second season of HGTV’s One of a Kind on Monday, September 9 at 10:30p. The personalized room series airs immediately following the 90-minute premiere episode of A Very Brady Renovation at 9p.
Paul Shaffer brings his radio show to AXS TV, sitting down with music icons to discuss their legacies and jam on their hits. Paul Shaffer Plus One bows Sunday, September 15 at 8p.
Travel Channel debuts seven new series during its “Ghostober” programming event. Most Terrifying Places uncovers the most horrifying haunts beginning Tuesday, October 1 at 10p; The Holzer Files, debuting Thursday, October 3 at 10p, follows a paranormal team investigating the recently discovered files of ghost hunter Dr. Hans Holzer; Ghost Nation premieres Friday, October 11 at 9p followed by Hometown Horror at 10p; The Alaska Triangle bows Monday, October 21 at 10p followed by My Horror Story at 11p; and Destination Fear debuts Saturday, October 26 at 10p.
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Christian Serratos (The Walking Dead) is set to play Selena Quintanilla-Perez in Netflix’s upcoming bio series about the Latin singer. Selena: The Series, which was picked up by the streamer in December.
Carmen Ejogo (Selma) and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire) joined Showtime’s limited series Your Honor as series regulars… Jeff Meacham has been upped to series regular for the upcoming sixth season of ABC’s black-ish, while Reggie Lee (Grimm) and Nadia Gray (Bright) landed recurring roles on CBS’ new legal drama All Rise, according to Deadline.
Multi-platform Latino digital media company VIX acquired Pongalo and its Latino-focused advertising video on demand streaming services Pongalo Novela Club, Pongalo TV and Moovimex. VIX reaches over 34 million U.S. unique Hispanic users on its VIX.com.
College Humor’s DROPOUT announced its upcoming programming slate for the rest of the year, premiering September through December on the platform. New original series include Breaking News, Game Changer, Dimension 20: Live on Twitch, Where in the Eff is Sarah Cincinnati?, Ultramechatron Team Go! and Drawga. Meanwhile, the sophomore season of Paranoia launches in November.
Wild ‘N Out Presents “Crack Me Up” premieres Tuesday, August 20 on MTV YouTube. Comedians and stars from Wild ‘N Out go head to head in the new comedy game show.
Apple is considering a monthly charge of $10 for its Apple TV+ streaming service, having set aside $6 billion for content, according to reports. Bloomberg, citing unidentified sources, said the tech giant is eyeing a $9.99 monthly subscription price for the service, which it hopes to launch by November. Although a free trial could be offered, the idea of a subscription fee contradicts a popular theory making the rounds that the company could off offer original programming for free to anyone owning an Apple device.
Facebook plans to hire a team of editors to work on News Tab, its latest venture into the world of publishing. The company said journalists would help curate News Tab, a new section inside its mobile application that will surface the most recent and relevant stories for readers. It will exist outside of the News Feed, Facebook’s stream of status updates and friend requests.
Yahoo Finance’s The Art Of the Exit is live. The podcast takes listeners inside the world of the most notorious heists in history.
Jungo TV joined forces with Verizon Media to power an end-to-end global advertising platform solution targeting India, with APAC markets to follow. It is set to launch in Q4 2019. Jungo currently provides over 40,000 hours of brand-safe content over 80 television channels to carriers. Through this deal content providers will be able to participate in a huge uplift of overall advertising inventory volume, quality and value.

The emergence of ‘audience graph’ within the OTT space (similar to what FB relies on or what’s in existence on the Data Management side) will be the single most impactful enhancement to audience measurement. 


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Hallmark Channel’s airing of A Summer Romance on Saturday
, the fourth of its 2019 “Summer Nights” original movie premieres, ranked as the highest-rated and most-watched non-sports program of the day. It averaged a 2.4 Household rating, 2.4 million Total Viewers, and 287,000 Women 15-54, while elevating the network to the highest-rated and most-watched on cable during Weekend Prime. 
While few programs were able to increase due to low viewing levels and preemptions for pre-season football during the summer syndication session ending August 11, Access (1.1 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 10% from the week before) was the lone magazine in the plus column. The double-digit move gave Access the biggest year-to-year increase in magazine and vaulted the show into a tie with TMZ (1.1, unchanged).
Judge Judy (5.8, steady) remained syndication’s highest rated show, topping the chart for the fourth time in five weeks even though it was in complete reruns and was unable to be seen for most of the week on the 28 CBS-owned stations carried by DirecTV and AT&T U-verse in 14 markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of August 15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 5.8 AA
Family Feud (CTD) 5.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.7 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.3 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 2.1 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.0AA
Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney ABC) 1.9
Hot Bench (CTD) 1.9 AA
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of August 15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.3 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.2AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.1 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 0.9 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 0.8 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 0.8 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 0.8 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 0.7 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.5 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.5 AA
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 12,
ABC World News Tonight 8.37 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.56 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.17 million total viewers; 1.3/7 and 1.52 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 5.13 million total viewers; 0.9/5 and 1.03million A25-54
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 12
CBS: The Late Show 2.42 million total viewers; 0.29/3 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 1.72 million total viewers; 0.34/2 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.63 million total viewers; 0.31/3 among A18-49
Basic Cable for the week of August 12
Top 5 – Primetime (P2+)
FNC 2,422,000
MSNBC 1,578,000
HGTV 1,215,000
USA 1,114,000
TLC 1,075,000
Top 5 – Total Day (P2+)
FNC 1,347,000
MSNBC 868,000
Nickelodeon 742,000
HGTV 692,000
ID 671,000
Source: Nielsen
Top 11 Broadcast Programs AmongA18-49 ratings/share for the week of August 12
NBC: America’s Got Talent (Tue) 1.4/7
FOX: NFL on Fox Preseason 1.4/7
CBS: Big Brother (Sun) 1.3/6
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise (Mon) 1.2/6
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise (Tue) 1.2/6
NBC: America’s Got Talent (Wed) 1.1/6
CBS: Big Brother (Wed) 1.1/6
CBS: Big Brother (Thu) 1.1/6
FOX: BH90210 1.0/5
FOX: NFL on Fox Presents Preseason 0.9/5
CBS: 60 Minutes 0.9/5
Top 11 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of August 5  Live+SD/Live+3/Actual Gain
BH90210 (Fox) 1.5/ 2.1/ 0.6
Bachelor in Paradise – Mon (ABC) 1.3/ 1.8/ 0.5
Big Brother – Thu (CBS) 1.0/ 1.5/ 0.5
Bachelor in Paradise – Tue (ABC) 1.1/ 1.5/ 0.4
Big Brother – Sun (CBS) 1.2/ 1.6/ 0.4
Big Brother – Wed (CBS) 1.1/ 1.5/ 0.4
MasterChef – Wed (Fox) 0.9/ 1.3/ 0.4
MasterChef – Thu (Fox) 0.7/ 1.1/ 0.4
Elementary (CBS) 0.4/ 0.7/ 0.3
America’s Got Talent – Tue (NBC) 1.5/ 1.8/ 0.3
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 3 Day ratings (for regular/original programs only)
TV Time Binge Report: Most Binged TV Shows for the week of August 12
(Show/Share of Streams)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) 3.30%
Cable Girls (Netflix) 2.56%
Mindhunter (Netflix) 2.44%
Lucifer (Netflix) 2.25%
Friends (NBC) 2.24%
Money Heist (Netflix) 2.14%
Stranger Things (Netflix) 1.91%
Glee (Fox) 1.53%
The 100 (The CW) 1.52%
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 1.49%
Methodology – The weekly Binge Report ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in our TV Time app within a given day.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Monday, August 19 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 3.81 million
American Ninja Warrior 4.45, Dateline NBC 3.17
ABC: 3.69 million
Bachelor In Paradise 4.78, Grand Hotel 2.60
CBS: 3.10 million
The Neighborhood 3.42, The Big Bang Theory 3.13, The Big Bang Theory 3.46, Mom 3.16, Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool. 2.32
FOX: 2.43 million
Beat Shazam 2.58, So You Think You Can Dance 2.27
TELE: 1.17million
Exatlon Estados 1.34, Final del Paraiso 1.25, Preso No. 1 0.93
UNI: 1.05 million
La Reina Soy Yo 1.29, Juntos Corazon 0.96, Sin Miedo a la Verdad 0.89
CW: 0.87 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.24, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 0.93, I Ship It 0.43
Monday A18-49 Rating
ABC 1.0/5, NBC 0.7/4, FOX 0.6/3, CBS 0.5/2,UNI 0.6/1, TELE 0.5/2, CW 0.2/1
Nickelodeon made two new hires. Angelique Yen joins as Senior Vice President, Physical Production, Nickelodeon Movies and Eddie Gamarra was named Vice President, Studio Business Development, Nickelodeon.
Asylum Entertainment Group launched its London office and appointed former Fox executive Ronan Hand as Senior Vice President of Global Content.
Brent Montgomery named Rob Lia as President of Wheelhouse Group. Lia has been Montgomery’s longtime general counsel.
Brand Innovators hired Gavin O’Hara as Chief Creative Officer. O’Hara previously served as Marketing Communications Writer at IBM.
Jon DeGennaro joined LiveIntent as Vice President of Identity Sales. He had been Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships at Drawbridge 
Samantha Graham was upped to Vice President at CBS News, according to Deadline. She had been Executive Director of Communications at CBS News.

This Day in History
1987 – The film Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, opened in the United States.
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ABC: The Goldbergs, Schooled, Modern Family, Single Parents, Celebrity Family Feud
CBS: Big Brother, SEAL Team, S.W.A.T.
CW: Bulletproof, Hypnotize Me
FOX: MasterChef, BH90210
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Songland, Hollywood Game Night
PBS: Operation Maneater, NOVA, Koko – The Gorilla Who Talks
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, El Final del Paraiso, Preso No. 1
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, Juntos, el Corazon Nunca se Equivoca, Sin Miedo a la Verdad

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