09/03/19: Lifetime cancels American Princess

 

Today’s Premieres
FX: Mayans M.C. at 10p
ID: Valley of the Damned at 10p
IDGo: Valley of the Damned: Digging Deeper at 11p
OWN: Greenleaf at 10p
Showtime: Inside the NFL at 9p
 
Tonight’s Finales
BET: Tales at 9p
HBO: Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders at 10p
 
IN THE NEWS
 
The average consumer accesses TV shows and movies from more than four different sources of content, according to Hub’s “Decoding the Default” study. Ease of navigation and favorite show availability drive consumers’ TV default decisions, and will in large part determine the success of both new and existing services, says the report. Two factors have the strongest impact on the source consumers choose as their TV default: ease of finding something to watch, and access to favorite shows. Also playing a significant role are access to live programming, strong content variety, and ease of binge viewing.
 
Forty-five percent of viewers looking for a TV show go to online video sources as their default option, versus 47% of viewers who are more likely to go to a pay-TV set-top box first, according to the Hub study. That’s a 7 point drop for pay-TV since last year, and a 7 point game for online consumers. As for the upcoming $6.99/month Disney+ service, “Whether its value proposition is strong enough to make Disney+ viewers’ first stop for TV is of course yet to be seen,” said Peter Fondulas, principal at Hub. “But by bundling Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+, the combined package stands to tick off many of the boxes consumers consider must-haves for a default service.”
 
AT&T and Starz inked a new carriage deal for DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse cable platforms. “Starz is pleased to have found a mutually beneficial way to extend our relationship over the next several years to give millions of AT&T subscribers access to our acclaimed premium original content and vast library of blockbuster films,” Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch said. “By working together, both companies are in a position to continue to deliver great value to our shared customers.” AT&T also reached a new retrans agreement with Nexstar last week, ending an eight-week dispute that took down Nexstar signals from AT&T services.
 
Speaking of, Nexstar TV stations have started opening the day by playing the national anthem performed by up-and-coming musicians. “Nexstar’s local teams take great pride in their ability to bring the local communities they serve together and that is why we are excited to partner with BMI and Belmont University to broadcast this new daily series featuring The Star-Spangled Banner that will air 365 days of each year,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting. “This unique collaboration supports higher education in business for the music and entertainment industry, while providing aspiring professional artists and songwriters a national distribution platform to showcase their respective talents.”
 
American Princess was canceled after one season at Lifetime. Renaissance Faire drama, a co-production between A+E Studios and IM Global Television, was created by Jamie Denbo (Orange Is the New Black).
 
Disney laid off nearly 60 employees within its home entertainment and TV distribution divisions, including 20th Century Fox TV Distribution’s EVP, worldwide marketing Greg Drebin and Jennifer Chai, SVP of worldwide marketing and strategy for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It’s the latest wave of layoffs since Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox assets. Variety reports Disney will cut another 70-80 jobs at National Geographic as it consolidates operations.
 
Esports will take market share from TV audiences, predicted Needham & Company media analyst Laura Martin during a CNBC segment. Significant cannibalization will come in the next 3-5 years as the A18-25 audience eschews traditional and OTT TV to play and watch games on esports platforms. “One of three kids under the age of 25 is spending an hour a day playing video games,” noted Martin. “And for every hour you play, you are watching another hour.” To learn more about the business of esports from TV, sports, brand marketing and technology experts, check out the Esports Business Summit in Las Vegas – details are here.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: August 30-September 2
Angel Has Fallen (Lionsgate) $14.5 million (week 2), cume revenue $43.6 million
Good Boys (Universal) $11.6 million (week 3), cume revenue $58.6 million
The Lion King (Buena Vista) $8.1 million (week 7), cume revenue $523.5 million
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal) $8.1 million (week 5), cume revenue $158.9 million
Overcomer (Affirm) $7.9 million (week 2), cume revenue $19.4 million
Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight) $6.7 million (week 2), cume revenue $20.1 million
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Lionsgate) $6.2 million (week 4), cume revenue $8.8 million
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Paramount) $5.7 million (week 4), cume revenue $51.2 million
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony) $5.4 million (week 9), cume revenue $385.9 million
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) $5.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $35.2 million
Source: Comscore
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Take a look at categories for those individuals and companies utilizing the media industry to forge positive change in our community, including: Best Social Good Partnership, Best “Me Too” Awareness Campaign, Best Anti-Bullying Awareness Campaign, Best TV/Digital Episode With A Social Good Theme, Best Philanthropic Campaign and more .
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
Secret Nazi Ruins premieres Thursday, September 5 on Science Channel. Docu-series explores tunnels, towers resistance nests and more covert projects from Nazi Germany.
 
TECH TALK
 
Spotify announced a new way musicians can share music with fans: When they share a track to Facebook Stories, viewers will hear a 15-second preview before tapping to listen. “Taking advantage of our sharing features helps to get your tunes to more people’s ears,” said a Spotify for Artists post. “It will also encourage your fans to interact with you and your music and help spread the love through their own Facebook Stories.” 
 
YouTube launched a web site for kid-friendly content, youtubekids.com. Like the current YouTube Kids mobile app, parents will be able to track content and direct children to appropriate content. It’s one of the changes the company has made ahead of the announcement of an FTC settlement for violating U.S. children’s privacy laws, reported to be $150-$200 million. YouTube has also added age groupings for kids, and expanded child policies to remove misleading family content.
 
GOING GLOBAL
 
Endemol Shine Group’s MasterChef returns to Portugal after a three-year hiatus for a 13-episode season on TV1.
 
CASTING
 
Rachel Naomi Hilson (This Is Us) has joined the cast of Disney+ series Love, Simon, in the role originally given to Johnny SequoyahRahul Kohli (iZombie) landed a role on Netflix horror anthology series The Haunting of Bly Manor.
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RATINGS
 
Sunday’s premiere of Chesapeake Shores propelled Hallmark Channel to be the highest-rated and most-watched non-sports cable network during Weekend Prime. The episode averaged a 2.4 HH rating, 2.4 million total viewers, and 372,000 W25-54 and was the second highest-rated and most-watched non-sports program of the day.
 
The August 21 episode of Fox’s summer drama BH90210 delivered a 1.4/7 Live+3 rating, marking a +75% lift from Live+SD and driving Fox to win its third consecutive Wednesday.  Across all platforms, BH90210 averaged 3.9 million total viewers in its third week, up +77% vs. L+SD. 
 
Documentary Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein drew 1 million viewers for its debut on UK’s BBC Two on Sunday. Film premiered Monday night on Hulu.
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, August 29 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
CBS: 5.25 million
That Big Bang Theory 5.68, Young Sheldon 5.72, Big Brother 6.14, FBI 3.91
FOX: 4.60 million
MasterChef 4.60, Spin the Wheel 4.60
ABC: 3.99 million
Holey Moley 4.26, Reef Break 4.28, Reef Break 3.42
NBC: 3.92 million
The Wall 4.68, Hollywood Game Night 3.78, Law & Order: SVU 3.30
CW: 1.19 million
The Outpost 1.24, Two Second Horror Stories 1.21, Two Second Horror Stories 1.08
TELE: 1.07 million
Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.07, El Final del Paraiso 1.19, Preso No. 1 0.96
 
Thursday A18-49 Ratings
CBS 1.1/6, FOX 1.1/6, ABC 0.8/4, NBC 0.8/4, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.3/2
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
DHX Media appointed Eric Ellenbogen as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. Ellenbogen succeeds Michael Donovan, who has stepped down as CEO. 
 
Lotame has tapped Aruna Paramasivam to serve as GM of Global Data Marketplacea new role within the company. Paramasivam was previously in roles including Head of Data Acquisition & Partnerships at L’Oréal and Head of Audience Partnerships at MediaMath. 
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Actress Valerie Harper died August 30. She was 80. Harper was best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, as well her courageous, long-running battle with cancer. “A beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, a great friend and with balls bigger than mine,” tweeted MTM co-star Ed Asner. “Her brilliance burst through and shined its light on all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon.”
 


This Day in History
1951 – Search for Tomorrow premiered on CBS.
 
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which 1960s short-lived Civil War-set series had the same name as a much more successful recent Emmy-winning drama? The Americans (2013-2018). Kudos to: Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/ASA/Fort Worth, TX, Tom Waring-Trailblazer Studios/Raleigh, NC, Marni C. Gold/Hawthorne, NJ, Evan Williams-Roger Wilco Productions/New Canaan, CT, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Ted Linhart-NBCU/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey CA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank
 
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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3

ABC: Bachelor in Paradise, Bless This Mess, The Conners
CBS: NCIS, FBI, NCIS:  New Orleans
CW: Pandora, Roswell: Mysteries Decoded
FOX: The Resident, First Responders Live
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Bring the Funny
PBS: American Experience, Frontline
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, El Final del Paraiso, Preso No. 1
Univision: La Rosa de Guadelipe, Juntos, el Corazon Nunca se Equivoca, Sin Miedo a la Verdad
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