09/22/15: Conde’s star rises at NBCU; Vanessa Williams get new recurring gig; History scales Alcatraz; Emmy ratings dip


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Good morning. It’s Tuesday September 22, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

ABC: The Muppets at 8p, Fresh Off the Boat at 8:30p
CBS: NCIS as 8p, NCIS: New Orleans at 9p, Limitless at 10p
Cooking: Cheap Eats at 10:30p
Fox: Scream Queens at 8p
OWN: If Loving You Is Wrong at 10p
PBS: Gorongosa Park – Rebirth of Paradise at 8p
Syfy: Bazillion Dollar Club at 10p
Univision: Antes Muerta Que Lichita at 8p

CNBC: West Texas Investors Club at 10p
History: Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels at 10p
Science: Hack My Brain at 10p

Cesar Conde is taking charge of all Spanish-language content at NBCUniversal, which elevated Conde to the newly created position of chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. The latter includes Telemundo Network, NBC Universo Cable Network, Telemundo International, Telemundo Local Stations, Telemundo Digital Media and Emerging Business and NBC Deportes. “Telemundo is one of the fastest growing parts of our company and an important area of focus for us,” said NBCU CEO Steve Burke. “I am confident that Cesar’s deep knowledge of the business and keen understanding of the changing marketplace make him the right leader to help build on its strong momentum.” The move sees Joe Uva, who previously oversaw the Telemundo group, transition to an advisory role. Conde most recently was EVP at NBCU; he joined the company in 2013.


Time Warner Cable will move ahead with its bid for Charter Communications. As expected, the company’s shareholders approved the $78.7 billion merger yesterday.

Count USA’s fifth SVU “No More Excuses” marathon, which aired August 30, a success – but it wasn’t about ratings. The National Sexual Assault Hotline operated by RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) saw a 50 percent increase in calls vs. the prior Sunday, according to the network. The SVU marathon was a partnership between USA and series star Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation and the No More campaign and is part of an ongoing joint effort to help end domestic violence and sexual assault. The marathon included 11 episodes wrapped with celebrity interstitials and PSAs, plus digital content.




If you haven’t done so already,


Will Packer Productions sold hourlong drama Under Her Thumb to NBC, with a put pilot commitment. Created by Alison McDonald (Red Band Society), the series unfolds in the corrupt world of New York real estate.

Portfolio Entertainment launched Portfolio Animation with a 9,000-square-foot facility in Toronto’s King West district. The company is behind the successful The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! SVP of production Julie Stall will helm of the new studio, along with head of studio operations Sonya Carey; Dave Beatty is the senior producer and showrunner for the studio’s first series, Freaktown.

Production is under way on the second season of TV Land series Younger. The single-camera comedy from Darren Star has moved to Silvercup Studios in Long Island City. Series stars Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella are back, as are Molly Bernard and Peter Hermann, both now series regulars. Season two is slated to debut in January 2016.

Fox midseason pickup Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life got an order for seven more episodes at the network. The ensemble comedy was created by Jay Lacopo and follows the title character as he navigates love and relationships. Lacopo is exec producer along with Gail Berman, Bill Callahan and director James Griffiths.


Lifetime will premiere weekly talk show Fashionably Late With Rachel Zoe on Thursday, September 24, at 10:30p. Hosted by stylist to the stars, the series providers an insiders look into what’s hot and what’s not. Then, on Friday, October 2, at 10p, Lifetime will debut docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation. The series focuses on the third generation of the famed Jackson family, Tito’s sons, Taj, Taryll and TJ. 

Fiery eruptions, titanic floods and other natural forces that helped shape North America will be on display in Making North America, a new special from NOVA, and a production of WGBH Boston. The 3 billion-year biography of our continent will air as a three -hour series, hosted by paleontologist Kirk Johnson, on consecutive Wednesday nights: November 4, 11, and 18 at 9p on PBS stations.

Canadian net Family Jr. will debut the series Playdate on Saturday, October 3. A mix of live-action and skilled puppeteering, the Canadian Original series features the unexpected adventures four stuffed animals encounter when their owners leave them unattended.


Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, jailed briefly after refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, will have her first public interview today on ABC‘s Good Morning America followed by Wednesday (Sept. 23) appearance on Fox News Channel‘s The Kelly File.

Proving it’s always show time at the Apollo, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air four-part primetime special Legends: OWN at the Apollo beginning Saturday, October 24, at 10p. Filmed at the iconic theater, the specials will feature musical performances and reflections by music acts including Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, the Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire. The special was created and produced by Ron Weisner Entertainment.

More than 50 years after three men broke out of the world’s toughest penitentiary, History will air two-hour special Alcatraz: Search for the Truth on Monday, October 12, at 9p. New leads and the revelation of family secrets will shed new light on one of the most notorious cold cases of all time. Show is produced by Texas Crew Productions. Eric Begley, David Karabinas and Brad Bernstein are executive producers for Texas Crew Productions; Steven Ascher is executive producer for History.

ABC Family will premiere the movie Fan Girl, about a music-obsessed teenager who sets out to make a movie about her favorite band All Time Low on Saturday, October 3, at 9p. Fan Girl stars Kiernan Shipka and Meg Ryan.


Vanessa Williams will join The Good Wife in a recurring role this November. Williams will play Courtney Boalt, a successful businesswoman who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick’s (Chris Noth) campaign for President. The series returns to CBS for its seventh season Sunday, October 4, at 9p.


Corus Entertainment signed Kimberly-Clark and Sunwing Vacations as charter sponsors across its suite of kids and family brands including ABC Spark, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Teletoon, Treehouse and YTV. Campaigns are rolling out this fall across the networks and will also be integrated into Corus’ kids apps.



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Andy Samburg may have scored with his opening musical number pegging him as the ultimate binge viewer, but Sunday’s telecast of the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards drew the show’s smallest audience on record -11.9 million viewers -according to preliminary data from Nielsen. The awards show, which aired 8-11p on Fox, was down almost 4 million viewers from last year’s event on NBC (15.6 million), which aired on a Monday in late August. The previous recorded viewer low was 12.3 million in both 1990 (Fox) and 2008 on ABC.

Despite a downswing for the main event, E!‘s Live From the Red Carpet preshow coverage delivered 1.1 million total viewers, including 546,000 in the 18-49 demographic, up 7 percent and 24 percent, respectively, vs. the 2014 Emmys preshow.

BBC America’s Doctor Who rang in season 9 on Saturday by delivering double-digit growth to 2 million total viewers over the previous season across all key demos in Nielsen Live+SD ratings. The premiere episode ranks as Doctor Who’s biggest season premiere ever in the A18-49 demo (1.1 million), which nearly doubled the season 8 average.

TV One has ranked as a top three ad-supported cable network among Black 25-54 for the past 11 consecutive Wednesday night primetime slots. The network’s Wednesday, September 16, lineup of finales – Unsung, Hollywood Divas and Born Again Virgin – also reached 1.6 million unique Black viewers 2+.

During the week of September 14, nationally syndicated talk show FABLife finished its debut week as the No. 1 syndicated freshman show, beating Crime Watch Daily by 25 percent, Hollywood Today Live by 150 and Crazy Talk by 233 percent, according to live plus same day metered market ratings.

TV PLAYBACK RANK, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day rating for the week of 8/31/15
Program/Live+SD A18-49 US AA%/Live+7 US AA
Bachelor In Paradise Sunday
(ABC) 1.1, 1.8
Big Brother Sunday (CBS) 1.7, 2.4
MasterChef (FOX) 1.5, 2.2
Under the Dome (CBS) 0.8, 1.4
Zoo (CBS) 1.0, 1.6
Big Brother Thursday (CBS) 2.0, 2.6
So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) 0.8, 1.4
Last Comic Standing (NBC) 1.2, 1.8
Mistresses (ABC) 0.7, 1.2
The Whispers (ABC) 0.7, 1.2
Bachelor In Paradise Monday (ABC) 1.5, 2.0
Source: The Nielsen Company DVR playback rankers, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of 9/14/15
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(Warner Bros./synd.) 6794, 71, 96, 84151
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
3485, 190, 18, 10998
Dr. Who (BBC America)
1584, 270, 6, 5416
Today Show (NBC)
1454, 566, 3, 8564
Good Morning America (ABC)
1146, 595, 2, 7763
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
1084, 117, 9, 7535
South Park (Comedy Central),
949, 141, 7, 49012
Fox & Friends (Fox News)
840, 310, 3, 1889
American Ninja Warrior (NBCS)
716, 175, 4, 1558
Steve Harvey TV (NBCUniversal/synd.)
696, 123, 6, 7707
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of September 14, 2015
Program, Date,
Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
CNN Republican Debate (CNN)
, 9/16, 9008, 2459
67th Emmy Awards (Fox), 9/20,
8535, 1063
Dancing With The Stars (ABC), 9/14, 2299, 191
Streamy Awards (VH1), 9/17,
2285, 473
WWE Night of Champions (PPV), 9/20,
1597, 267
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC), 9/16,
1412, 40
South Park (Comedy Central), 9/16,
1329, 44
Sabado Gigantic (Univision), 9/19,
1123, 75
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA), 9/14,
1121, 168
Fear The Walking Dead (AMC), 9/20,
1100, 46
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 8/31/2015
Primetime(000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
1854/NICK 1322
ESPN 1774/ADSM* 1141
USA 1633/ DSNY 1112
TNT 1617/FOXN 1111
DSNY 1596/TOON 982
HGTV 1501/ESPN 896
HIST 1474/USA 869
TBSC 1408/NAN* 837
ADSM 1281/HGTV 834
LIF 1204/TNT 834
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. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 8/31/2015
Primetime (000), Total Prog. Day (000)
727/ ADSM* 664
USA 693/ESPN 401
TBSC 682/NAN* 395
ADSM 673/NICK 373
FX 580/TOON 337
VH1 499/USA 319
LIF 495/TBSC 295
FOOD 483/DSNY 284
TNT 472/TNT 271
HGTV 461/FX 267
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
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. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 Basic Cable Programs in Live+7 among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 8/31/2015
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
(VH1) 2650
Teen Mom II (MTV) 2356
WWE Entertainment (USA) 2157
WWE Entertainment (USA) 2031
Black Ink Crew (VH1) 1929
The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo) 1914
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1898
Ink Master (Spike) 1896
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) 1831
North Carolina/South Carolina (ESPN) 1737
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.?All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
of 116,400,000 homes; Ranked by Delivery (000); Preliminary: Live+SD

Friday A18-49 Analysis: Univision took the gold with the most A18-49 viewers Friday, scoring .8/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, the network’s Amores con Trampa scored a 1.0/4, edging out ABC’s Last Man Standing and NBC’s Best Time Ever, which tied with 0.7/3. At 9p, Univision and ABC tied with a 0.9/4 for Lo Imperdonable and Shark Tank, respectively, followed by CBS’ Hawaii Five-O with 0/7/3. At 10p, Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos took top honors with 1.1/4, followed by ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’ Blue Bloods, tied with 0/7/3.

A18-49: ABC 0.7/3, NBC 1.1/4, TELE 0.7/2, UNI 0.8/4, CBS 0.6/3, FOX 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, September 18, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.4/
Elementary [r] 2.4/5, Hawaii Five-0 [r] 3.6/7, Blue Bloods [r] 4.2/8
NBC 2.9/6
Best Time Ever 2.1/4, Dateline Friday 3.4/6
ABC: 2.6/5
Last Man Standing [r] 2.8/6, Fall Preview 2.1/4, Shark Tank 2.5/5, 20/20 2.7/5
Univision: 1.0/2
Amores con Trampa 1.1/2, Lo Imperdonable
1.3/3, Yo No Creo en los Hombres 1.0/2
FOX 1.0/2
Gotham [r] 1.1/2, Gotham Friday 1.0/2
Telemundo: .07/2
Avenida Brasil 0.7/1, Bajo El Mismo Cielo 0.8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.1/3
CW: 0.7/1
Masters of Illusion 0.8/2, Who’s Line Is It Anyway [r] 0.6/1, Penn & Teller Fool [r] 0.8/1
ION: 0.6/1
Law & Order [r] 0.4/1, Law & Order [r] 0.7/1, Law & Order [r] 0.6/1, Law & Order [r] 0.6/1


Anna Moorefield joined The Jim Henson Company as director of global distribution, sales. She previously served for four years at Lionsgate as Manager, International Television and Digital Distribution.

Paul Slavin has been named president of Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content firm. Slavin most recently was EVP/COO for Everyday Health.


Nancy Bernstein, who for 10 years served as DreamWorks Animation’s head of production, died on Friday following a long battle with cancer. “We are heartbroken by the loss of Nancy Bernstein, a dear family member who passed away on Friday following a long and courageous battle with illness,” DreamWorks Animation said in a statement.

This Day in History:
1862 – President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: trivia: Who played Crockett’s doomed partner in the pilot for Miami Vice (1984-1990)? Jimmy Smits. Kudos to: Ray Giacopelli, AMC Networks, NY; Andrew Goldman, TVtibi, NY; Linda Grillo, Viacom, NY; Synda Kollman, Charter Marketing Group, Boca Raton, FL; Arleen Mahoney, CBS, NY; Steve Nason, Experian Marketing Services, Deerfield Beach, FL; Steve Rogan, NBCU, NY; James Ryan, A+E Networks, NY; Rev. Mark Wajda, Leesburg, FL; Cynthia New, Spectrum Reach, Cape Girardeau, MO; Joe Norskov, Red Arrow Industries, Knoxville, TN; Dan Whitford, Lakeshore Public Media, Merrillville, IN; Paul Blutter, Hollywood Depot Rentals, LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Generate, LA; Jeffrey Jones, San Francisco; Tom Moore, Kalt Productions, LA; Keith Thompson, Fox Networks, LA; David Westberg, SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union, LA.

Today’s Trivia: What was Drake’s character’s name on Degrassi? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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ABC: The Muppets, Fresh Off The Boat, Dancing With the Stars
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Limitless
CW: The Flash[r], The Flash[r]
FOX: Scream Queens
NBC: The Voice, Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris
PBS: Navy Seals: Their Untold Stories[r], Frontline [r]
Telemundo: Senora Acero, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Lo Imperdonable[r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres[r]

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DIRECT RESPONSE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE TV One NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Carry out the entire sales process from initial contact to deal close as well as build and maintain exceptional relationships with advertisers and agencies by communicating TV One Network’s values and brand strength. Full info HERE *** […]