10/17/14: CBS launches new streaming service; cause of Joan Rivers’ death determined; Frank Langella lands role on The Americans



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Good morning. It’s Friday, October 17, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Cooking: Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy at 9:30p
Discovery: Gold Rush at 9p
Disney: Evermoor at 9p
IFC: Comedy Bang! Bang! at 11p, The Birthday Boys at 11:30p
Pivot: Welcome to Fairfax at 10p, Freestyle Love Supreme at 10:30p

Tonight’s Finales:
Cooking: Chuck’s Eat the Street at 10:30p
Destination America: Alaska Monsters at 9p

Saturday’s Premieres:
Adult Swim: Black Dynamite at 10:30p
CMT: Ghost Hunters at 2p
DIY: Flipping the Block at 11a, Family Under Construction at 7p
Ovation: The Artful Detective at 8p

Saturday’s Finales:
OWN:  Iyanla: Fix My Life at 9p, Six Little McGhees at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Al Jazeera America: Midterms at 9p
DA: Ghost Stalkers at 10p
Food: Hungry Games at 10p
TLC: 90 Day Fiance at 8p, My Five Wives at 10p
Z Living: Good Food America at 9p

Sunday’s Finales:
Bravo: The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8p
Nat Geo: Wicked Tuna at 10p

CBS Corporation launched CBS All Access, an online streaming service that gives subscribers access to thousands of episodes from the network’s current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets. CBS All Access is available at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android for $5.99/month.


Nat Geo WILD
is a TOP TEN network on Saturday night! (P25-54)

The Incredible Dr. Pol was the HIGHEST-RATED PROGRAM from 9-10P
among Factual Entertainment Channels.
And that’s no bull!

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             Source: Nielsen Live+SD, 8p-11p, rankings based on P25-54 coverage ratings among ad-supported cable networks


On the heels of HBO‘s announcement of a plan to offer a Web-based service that won’t require a cable or satellite TV subscription, CBS Corporation‘s Showtime is considering following suit. “We are always looking at ways of expanding our audience and it is certainly something that we have been examining for some time,” Showtime said in a statement. “The subscription model is ideally positioned to take advantage of developing technologies in the consumer marketplace.”

The official cause of Joan Rivers‘ death has been determined by the New York City medical examiner’s office. The legendary comedienne died following “a predictable complication” during a medical procedure that led to a loss of oxygen to her brain. Rivers was undergoing a laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York on August 28, when the fatal complication occurred. Rivers died September 4.

Twin Peaks, which will make its return on Showtime in 2016 – 25 years after its debut – has yet another “project” on the horizon: a book by Mark Frost, co-creator and executive producer of the cult fave TV series with David Lynch (the duo are onboard for the revival, too). Flatiron Books will publish “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,” an inside look at what happened to the characters of the fictional town, slated for a late 2015 release.

An item in the October 14 issue of Cynopsis cited research from MoffattNathanson that pointed to Adult Swim as being up 23 percent in ad count versus 3Q13.  Turner points out that the report did not consider that Adult Swim added an extra hour of programming in 2Q14, starting its telecast at 8p instead of 9p. In an average hour, the net’s non-program time has remained the same year over year in Total Day, and is down by 8 seconds in Prime Time.


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Medicine Man [wt], a reality show about the family behind the largest single dispensary of marijuana in Colorado, has been ordered to pilot by truTV. It’s the first series on the subject since marijuana was legalized in Colorado in January.
Armie Hammer
is set to produce a TV comedy project at NBC. The untitled series focuses on a guy who’s stunned to learn his parents have been secretly seeing his ex-girlfriend since he broke up with her. The plot is inspired by the true stories of Hammer, his wife Elizabeth Chambers and film producer Gordon Gray.

R.J. Cutler is collaborating with CBS on a new police drama dealing with the subject of police and race. Cutler will direct and executive produce the as-yet-untitled project. It marks his first sale under the first-look pact he signed with CBS TV Studios in the spring.


HBO hit Game of Thrones is about to give viewers a glimpse into its characters’ pasts, with its first-ever flashback in Season Five. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed the news during a Q&A with film students in Spain, where the show is currently filming. Drama returns to HBO next spring.

Sportsman weeklong docuseries Hog Dawgs features female enforcers eliminating nuisances like feral pigs, alligators and snakes. “Hog Dawgs is not an ordinary job, and these are not ordinary women,” said exec producer Jackie Porter. Show airs at 7p Monday, October 27-Friday, October 31.

KCET will celebrate its golden anniversary with KCET: 50 Years at the Forefront. The 60-minute special brings viewers on a half-century journey through KCET’s history, with footage of nostalgic and defining moments from specials and series, featuring interviews from voices of KCET’s past and present, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, journalist Bill Moyers and NBC4’s Fritz Coleman, on Monday, October 20 at 8p.


Season 3 of Netflix‘s original drama Lilyhammer debuts Friday, November 21 at 12:01a. When the series returns, gangster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt) helps Roar (Steinar Sagen) with a legal issue, after Roar travels to Brazil to meet his (uh-oh) Internet bride.


Frank Langella
has been tapped for a recurring role in the third season of FX drama The Americans. Langella will play Gabriel, Philip and Elizabeth’s former KGB handler, who comes out of retirement to take back responsibility for overseeing the two KGB operatives. “We’ve been huge fans of Frank’s work for a long time, and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know Frank himself in the beginning stages of working together on the character of Gabriel,” said Executive Producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields. “We look forward to a great season together.”


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Nearly 50 years since its premiere, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown continues as a ratings grabber. ABC’s airing of the half-hour cartoon, the first of several over the upcoming holiday season, averaged a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers.

CBSStalker was first in viewers (7.8 million), A25-54 (2.2/6) and A18-49 (1.7/5) for the third consecutive week. Stalker is projected to jump 64 percent in A18-49 (to 2.8) in Live+7.

Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of October 6, 2014
NBC: The Tonight Show, 3.67 million total viewers and 1.0/5  A18-49
CBS: Late Show, 2.76 million viewers and 0.57/3 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2.59 million total viewers and 0.61/3 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Late Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of October 6, 2014
NBC: Late Night, 1.55 million total viewers and 0.49/3 A18-49
ABC: Nightline, 1.50 million total viewers and 0.39/2 A18-49
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.35 million viewers and 0.37/2 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of October 6, 2014
ABC: GMA 5.37 million total viewers; 1.96 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.60 million total viewers; 1.81 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.14 million total viewers; and 972,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Top Ten Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of 10/6/14
NBC Sunday Night Football 6.6/18
FOX: The OT 5.5/17
CBS + NFL: CBS Thursday Night Football 5.4/18
CBS: Big Bang Theory 4.6/15
NBC: Football Nt. America Pt. 3 4.0/12
NBC: The Voice 3.8/11
ABC: Modern Family 3.5/11
FOX: Simpsons 3.3/9
ABC: How to Get Away with Murder 3.1/10
ABC: Scandal 3.0/9
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 2.2/7, according to Nielsen. CBS won 8p with 2.3/8 for Survivor, followed by a 2.0/7 average for ABC’s Toy Story of Terror! and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. ABC was #1 at 9p with a 3.0/9 average for Modern Family and Black-ish, followed by CBS’ Criminal Minds with a 2.4/7. At 10p, CBS’ Stalker came out on top with a 1.7/5. NBC’s Chicago PD was close behind with a 1.6/5.

A18-49: ABC 2.2/7, CBS 2.1/7, NBC 1.6/5, FOX 1.1/4, UNI 1.1/4, CW 0.7/3, TELE 0.6/2, ION 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, October 15, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.8/10
Survivor 5.5/9, Criminal Minds 6.9/11, Stalker 5.1/9
NBC: 4.9/9
Mysteries of Laura 5.7/10, Law and Order: SVU 4.6/8, Chicago PD 4.4/8
ABC: 4.0/7
Toy Story of Terror! 3.4/6, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 3.3/5, Modern Family 5.6/9, Black-ish 4.2/7, Nashville 3.5/6
FOX: 2.2/4
Hell’s Kitchen 2.3/4, Red Band Society 2.0/3
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 2.2/4, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.8/3, Malquerida 1.1/2
CW: 1.3/2
Arrow 1.5/2, The Flash [r] 1.0/2
TELE: 0.8/1
Reina de Corazones 0.5/1, Los Miserables 0.7/1, Senora de Acero 1.1/2
ION: 0.5/1
Cold Case 0.6/1, Cold Case 0.5/1, Cold Case 0.5/1


Sarah T. Davies has been named Vice President, Production and Development at Discovery Family. She was formerly Vice President of Production and Factual Development for Discovery Networks International.

David Phillips has been promoted to Vice President, Brand Marketing and Creative, at Spike TV. Phillips was previously Creative Director, Spike TV, a position he held since joining the network in 2008.

Ross Martin has been appointed Executive Vice President, Marketing Strategy and Engagement at Viacom. He last served as Executive Vice President of Scratch, Viacom Media Networks’ creative consulting team.
Gayle Troberman
has joined iHeartMedia in the newly created role of Executive Vice President. She was previously Chief Marketing and Ideas Officer at IPG Mediabrands and was a consultant for Clear Channel on its name change to iHeartMedia.


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This Day In History: 1793 –  Marie Antionette was beheaded, during the French Revolution.

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ABC: Last Man Standing, Cristela, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods 
CW: Jane the Virgin [r], America’s Next Top Model 
FOX: Utopia, Gotham [r]
NBC: Marry Me [r], About A Boy [r], Dateline NBC 
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess From San Francisco Opera
Telemundo: Reina de Corazones, Los Miserables, Senora de Acero
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, La Malquerida

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