12/21/18: USA leads cable TV in viewers

And, MSNBC is the only cable news network to grow year-over-year in 2018.
Thanks to our viewers for recognizing the sharp journalism, clear context, and insightful analysis
delivered by a remarkable team of journalists in an unprecedented era of news.
This is who we are.
Source: Nielsen; 1/1/18-12/12/18, P2+, M-Su 6A-6A
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Fox has ordered a pilot for Filthy Rich, a soap-opera-like drama from The Help writer/director Tate Taylor, along with Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV. This is the fourth early-pilot order for 20th TV; other orders include Surveillance, an NYPD Blue sequel and Happy Accident.
Anonymous Content has paired with Red Arrow Studios International and Air Force One producer Charlie Lyons to adapt Joanne Lipman’s book That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together into a TV series.
Freeform has purchased Scare Club as a potential special event series from Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments’ Matt Hastings, who will write the first two hours of the six-part series as part of the network’s Halloween block.
Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios, along with Coker’s Fighting 99th Entertainment company, to produce and develop new series.
Showtime has renewed the Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight-starring Ray Donovan for a seventh season, with production to begin in spring 2019.
Netflix released first-look images of the fourth and final season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which will begin streaming on January 25.
Howie Mandel’s first stand-up special in two decades will air on Showtime on January 18: Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club.
Ken Jeong will guest-star on the midseason return of ABC’s The Kids Are Alright on January 8.
Tony Award-winner Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) is set to recur on the NBC series The Village, which will follow the residents of a Brooklyn apartment building.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actress Daniella Pineda has booked a regular role on Netflix’s What/If, an anthology drama starring Renee Zellweger.
Netflix ice-skating drama series Spinning Out has been casting out and landed two-time Olympian and NBC correspondent Johnny Weir. Other cast members include Evan Roderick, Sarah Wright Olsen, Will Kemp, Amanda Zhou, Mitchell Edwards and Kaitlyn Leeb.
Amid rumors that CBS may drop the Nielsen ratings provider when its contract comes to an end, Hearst Television has reupped with a multiyear contract to provide ratings for local TV and radio stations. Hearst will use a range of new Nielsen software and data tools and the deal covers the company’s 30 TV stations in 26 markets as well as two Baltimore radio stations.
Comedy Central has acquired Parks and Recreation from NBCUniversal Distribution. The show is scheduled to make its network debut with an all-day marathon on January 21.
The UK Screen Alliance, the trade body that represents the UK VFX, post-production and animation industries, says the proposed Brexit Immigration Bill will be “disastrous” to the industry. It will “severely limit the VFX and animation industries’ access to the international talent it needs to succeed and continue to grow,” the body said in a statement, referring to the large number of workers in those industries who come from the European Union and who would be impacted by expensive visas and minimum salary thresholds.
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SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Primetime TV Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of December 10, 2018
Program, VPI, Video Action, Video Views, Total Actions
Riverdale (The CW) 2,699, 4.9M, 727K, 8.6M
Supernatural (The CW) 604, 290K, 1.2M, 290K
Jersey Shore (MTV) 390, 270K, 3.1M, 398K
Vikings (History) 351, 262K, 220K, 528K
Legacies (The CW) 220, 505K, 216K, 727K
Arrow (The CW) 161, 508K, 2.2M, 841K
Ridiculousness (MTV) 156, 108K, 5.8M, 109K
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 138, 147K, 584K, 272K
E! News (E!) 129, 317K, 484K, 7.5M
The Voice (NBC) 125, 582K, 18.8M, 1.2M
Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets)
Source: Shareablee Inc. Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index (VPI), which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, December 19, 2018, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 2.76 million
Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night 3.17, Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas 2.70, Ellen’s Game of Games 2.41
FOX: 1.63 million
Empire 1.83, Star 1.43
ABC: 2.56 million
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure 3.7, Shrek the Halls 3.19, Modern Family 2.76, Single Parents 2.09, The Goldbergs 1.91, American Housewife 1.74
CBS: 6.93 million
Survivor 7.72, Survivor: Reunion Special 6.15
Univision: 0.87 million
Jesús 0.87, Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia 0.89, Amar a Muerte 0.85
TELE: 0.73 million
La Sultana 0.8, Falsa Identidad 0.7, Senora Acero 0.7
CW: 1.8 million
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer 1.08, Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.92

Wednesday A18-49: CBS 1.4/6, ABC 0.6/3, NBC 0.5/2, FOX 0.5/2, TELE 0.3/2, UNI 0.4/2, CW 0.2/1
Anna Mallett has been appointed chief executive of British news producer ITN, which is also behind Netflix’s documentary series Drug Lords. She is currently the group COO and MD, Production at the production arm of BBC Studios.
Netflix VP of original series publicity Karen Barragan has joined Blumhouse Productions, replacing the exiting Teri Everett, and will take over as head of marketing and communications.
Josh Wakely‘s production company Grace: A Storytelling Company hired Alaric McAusland as COO and head of studio and production. He’s known for his work as an executive producer and co-producer on projects like Truth and Storm Surfers 3D.
The City, a start-up nonprofit digital local news outlet, has hired journalists Hasani Gittens, Rosa Goldensohn, Terry Parris Jr., Greg B. Smith and Rachel Holliday Smith. They will cover New York City.
Endemol Shine Finland has appointed Unne Sormunen as managing director. Sormunen had previously worked at Finnish broadcaster Nelonen Media.
At Showtime, Christine Sanzillo has been promoted to SVP, digital research and consumer intelligence; she has been with the network since 2005. And Josh McNutt has been upped to SVP, data strategy after joining the company two years ago to form the first data science practice at Showtime.
Marketing consulting firm Kantar has upped James Brooks from global operations director with Kantar Worldpanel to the newly created chief operations officer position, and Scott Carter has been promoted to the role of chief HR officer. They also will both join the Kantar board.

Friday Fun Fact: The first printed reference to a Christmas tree was in 1531 in Germany

This Day in History: 1957 – Elvis Presley was spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland when he received his draft notice for the United States Army. He was sworn in as a private the following March and was discharged in 1960, having attained the rank of sergeant.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the first cable series to win an Emmy for outstanding comedy series? ANSWER: Sex & the City. Kudos to: Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA; Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/LA; Maddie Morris-Tonight Show/NY; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Cristy Miller-HBO/NY; Ted Linhart-NBC Universal/NY; Liz Healy-BVA-BDRC/London
Oops! Kudos didn’t make it into yesterday’s edition, in which we learned the answer to just how much Lucy, from Peanuts, charged for her psychiatric services in A Charlie Brown Christmas, which was 5 cents (her going rate). Belated kudos to: John W. Burshtan-Water Planet Productions/Denver, CO; John Kukla-Fox4More/Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Alan Dorfman-Super Impulse USA/Bristol, PA; Elizabeth Walker-NBC News Peacock Productions/NY; DeAngela Napier-Aspire TV/Atlanta, GA; Greg Stewart/LA; Todd Galloway-WXIX/WAVE/Cincinnati, OH; Julie Stowell-Gracenote/Queensbury, NY; Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago, IL; Tori Gallarello-Alcock-Little Roosters, Inc/NY; Ed Casey-LR Studio/Summit, NJ; Karyn Hecht-Trifecta Entertainment & Media/NY; Larry Kahn-Golf Channel/Orlando, FL; Marni C. Gold/Saddle Brook, NJ; Randy Ingram-WISH-TV/WNDY-TV/Indianapolis, IN; Keith Marder-Halstead Real Estate/NY; Rick Dascher-Turner Studios/Atlanta, GA; Claire Hambrick-A&E Networks/NY; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Mark Wajada/Leesburg, FL; Sally Bialeck-Miramax/LA; Dan Birman-Daniel H. Birman Productions/LA; Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NY; Tony Reyes-Shadow Machine/Hollywood, CA; Delaney Mazen/NY; Ken Nice-TeamPeople/Falls Church, VA
Today’s Trivia Question: In the 1966 animated TV short How the Grinch Stole Christmas, who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
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ABC: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!, The Great Christmas Light Fight, 20/20
CBS: A Home for the Holidays: the 20 th Anniversary, Hawaii-Five-0, Blue Bloods
FOX: Last Man Standing, The Cool Kids, Hell’ s Kitchen
NBC: Midnight, Texas, America’ s Got Talent, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Craft in America
CW: Dynasty, Penn & Teller: Fool Us
Telemundo: Red, Falsa Identidad, Se ñ ora Acero
Univision: Jesús, Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia, Amar a Muerte

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