12/23/15: Les Moonves poised to become CBS chairman; David Fincher and Charlize Theron collaborating on Netflix drama; A&E announces Duck Dynasty premiere date



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According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS chief Les Moonves is likely to become chairman of the board following the death of Sumner Redstone, 92. Sources familiar with the situation confirmed the information, noting that a deal was struck with the mogul’s daughter, Shari Redstone. Sumner Redstone currently controls both CBS and Viacom through his National Amusements holding company. His interest will pass to his trust run by seven trustees, including his daughter, who has assured Moonves that he will assume chairmanship at CBS.

Mistakes happen. Hence, Steve Harvey would “absolutely” be welcomed back to host the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant, despite naming the wrong woman the winner at the 2015 ceremony. So said Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer for WME IMG, the company in charge of Sunday’s pageant, during a guest spot on Jim Rome‘s CBS Sports Radio Show on Tuesday. “He did a great job. He was funny. He was informative. He’s high energy. He’s got a great following…” noted Shapiro. “I definitely want him back.”

Want to ring in the New Year with Donald Trump? The GOP Presidential candidate is slated to join The Five‘s Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Bolling on Fox News Channel’s All-American New Year on Thursday, December 31 at 10p. Trump will appear live from Florida during the 11p hour for the countdown and stay on through midnight.

A&E has announced Wednesday, January 13 as the Season 9 premiere date for Duck Dynasty, featuring back-to-back episodes beginning at 9p. The season wraps on February 17 with a one-hour 100th episode, featuring a family road trip. The clan will move John Luke and Mary Kate into Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Members of The Bachelor franchise are riding a spectacular float – complete with a working hot tub – at the 2016 Rose Parade Presented by Honda airing Friday, January 1 at 11a on ABC. Ben Higgins, who begins his journey to find love on the show’s 20th season premiere on Monday, January 4 at 8p, will be joined on the float by Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, who got engaged on last summer’s Bachelor in Paradise; Lacy Faddoul and Marcus Grodd, who wed at the beginning of the same season of Paradise; and Ashley Iaconetti and Samantha Steffen, alumna of Chris Soules’ season and Paradise.

BBC One has ordered a second series of Ordinary Lies to be set in a different location with a new cast. The first series, which reached an average audience of more than 6 million viewers, was set in a car showroom. The upcoming version takes place at the headquarters of a large national sports goods company.


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House of Cards EP/director David Fincher is collaborating with Charlize Theron on Mindhunter, a new drama for Netflix. The series is based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former special agent John Douglas, who pursued some of the most notorious serial killers and rapists, and Mark Olshaker.


Encore kicks off 2016 with a 24-hour marathon of The A-Team on Thursday, December 31 at 7p on Encore Classic. It features favorite episodes including Hulk Hogan’s guest-starring appearance, Murdoch’s big win on Wheel of Fortune, and B.A.’s (Mr. T) fighting moves in the boxing ring. The 80s classic will continue airing weekdays, Monday through Friday at 7:50p, beginning Monday, January 4 on Encore Classic.

Nathan Lane joins the annual New Year’s Eve broadcast of Live From Lincoln Center, airing Thursday, December 31 at 8p on PBS. (Check local listings). This year’s edition features a New York Philharmonic celebration of Paris with Lane narrating Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.

BET network is also closing out the year with special programming. BET’s 20 of 2015, airing Tuesday, December 29 at 10p, highlights the most pivotal moments of the year. On Thursday, December 31 at 11p, 106 & Party rings in the New Year from NYC hotspot Stage 48 with host KeKe Palmer, correspondent Kat Graham and Rotimi. BET Life of Brandy, celebrating the career of the singer/actress, follows on Friday, January 1 at 10p.

Univision presents a New Year’s Eve coast-to-cost celebration with iFELIZ 2016!, airing Thursday, December 31 at 8p. The 7-hour special, broadcast live from Times Square in New York City, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico, features a special performance by La Banda’s CNCO.


Evil Lives Here premieres Sunday, January 17 at 10p on Investigation Discovery. The series explores true stories of people who have shared a home and life with a loved one who becomes a killer.

My Diet Is Better Than Yours premieres Thursday, January 7 on ABC. Hosted by Shaun T, creator of workout “Insanity,” the show matches contestants with experts, each of whom are using different diet and exercise plans in a race to shed pounds.


CMT competition series Redneck Island returns for a fifth season with a special Battle At The Lake edition, premiering Thursday, January 28 at 10p. Melissa Rycroft joins Steve Austin to preside over 10 new episodes of the series. This time around, 12 new contestants face off against 12 returning fan-favorites from the previous season to compete for a $100,000 cash prize.


Australian actor David Coussins has nabbed a recurring role in the second half of Pretty Little Liars‘ sixth season, portraying Hanna’s (Ashley Benson) fiance. Series returns Tuesday, January 12 at 8p, when ABC Family transitions to Freeform.

Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is joining Netflix drama Marco Polo. The show’s second season release is slated for some time in 2016.


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Celebrity Name Game (1.3, up 8 percent) outperformed Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (1.2, steady) for the first time ever. Wheel of Fortune (7.0, steady) led the category. Family Feud (6.4, up 8 percent) jumped into second place with Jeopardy (6.3, down 2 percent) slipping to third.

Only two talkers moved up as the holidays neared. Steve Harvey (1.8 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 6 percent from the week before) hit its second best rating of the season. Jerry Springer (1.3, up 8 percent) equaled its season high. Among W25-54, both Harvey (1.0 demo rating, up 25 percent) and Springer (0.8 demo rating, up 14 percent) also surged.

USA Network is on track to finish the year as the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment network for its 10th consecutive year. Fueled by series including Mr. Robot, Suits and WWE Monday Night Raw, USA’s streak continued with 1.81MM total viewers P2+.
Powered by its 18th annual 25 Days of Christmas, ABC Family ranked as the #1 cable network in Prime for the third straight week among Viewers 12-34, across key target female demos, and in A18-34 and A18-49. With only one week remaining in 2015, the network is the #1 cable TV network in Prime for the 2nd-consecutive year in Women 18-34, a Top 5 cable TV network for the 7th year running in Women 18-49 (#4) and Females 12-34 (#2).

With Sunday Night Football, two telecasts of The Voice and Adele Live in New York City accounting for four of the week’s top five prime time programs on the Big 4 networks, NBC won the ratings week of December 14 to 20 in A18-49, while ranking #1 or tied for #1 among those networks in all other key demographics. According to Live+SD viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, NBC averaged a 2.0 rating, 7 share in A18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall for the week.

The Big Bang Theory delivered the largest Live+3 day audience of any scripted program this season and the comedy’s biggest L+3 audience in nearly two years, according to Nielsen Live+3 day ratings for Thursday, December 17. The series averaged 23.00 million viewers representing an additional 5.77 million from 17.23 million viewers from its live + same day average. Among A18-49, the show added +2.3 (6.4 from 4.1), its best delivery since the season premiere, and +2.7 in A25-54 (8.7 from 6.0), its best delivery since February 9, 2015.

ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight finale built week to week with Total Viewers (up 34 percent – 5.9 million vs. 4.4 million) and A18-49 (up 18 percent – 1.3/4 vs. 1.1/3) to deliver its best numbers this season on both counts. The Great Holiday Baking Show finale grew from the prior week in Total Viewers (up 45 percent – 4.8 million vs. 3.3 million) and A18-49 (up 22 percent – 1.1/4 vs. 0.9/3), drawing the show’s biggest-ever audience and a best-since-premiere rating with young adults (since 11/30/15).

This holiday season, Hallmark Channel remains the reigning champ in cable as the most watched network in primetime and total day among women 25-54, as well as #1 in primetime among total viewers (excluding sports and news), since the October 30 launch of Countdown to Christmas. The network was also the #1-rated and most watched on cable this past weekend among households and total viewers, boosted by the premieres of original movies, A Christmas Melody and Christmas Land, and the special, Mariah’s Merriest Christmas, which garnered a 1.9 HH rating and 2.2 million total viewers, becoming the most watched holiday special in Hallmark history.

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of December 14, 2015
NBC Sunday Night Football (12/20) 6.1/19
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (12/17) 4.1/16
NBC: The Voice (12/14) 3.2/10
NBC: Football Night America Part 3 (12/20) 3.2/11
NBC: Adele Live in New York (12/14) 3.0/10
NBC: The Voice (12/15) 2.9/8
CBS: 60 Minutes (12/20) 2.7/9
CBS: Life in Pieces (12/17) 2.2/8
CBS: Survivor (12/16) 2.2/8
CBS: NCIS (12/15) 2.1/7
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/13/15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.2AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.1AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.3AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.0AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.9AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.9AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/13/15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.0AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.1AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.0AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.8AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.6AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.2AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.1AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.0AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Broadcast Evening News ShowsWeekly Average Ratings (week of December 14, 2015)
Nightly News 8.83 million total viewers; 1.8/7  2.13 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 8.40 million total viewers; 1.6/6 1.89 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.36 million total viewers; 1.4/6 and 1.71 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Monday A18-49 Analysis: CBS led for the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 1.3/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’ double dose of The Big Bang Theory topped with 1.8/6 at 8p, followed by ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight with 1.3/4. At 9p, NBC’s Saturday Night Live Christmas led with 1.3/4. ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight was second with 1.2/4. NBC’s Saturday Night Live Christmas finished the night on top with 1.3/4. ABC’s The Great Holiday Baking Show trailed with 1.1/4.

A18-49: CBS 1.3/5, ABC 1.2/4, NBC 0.9/3, UNI 0.8/3, TELE 0.6/2, FOX 0.5/2, CW 0.5/2, ION 0.4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, December 21, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 4.2/7
The Big Bang Theory [r] 5.3/9, The Big Bang Theory [r] 5.2/9, Supergirl [r] 2.8/5, Scorpion [r] 3.3/6
ABC: 3.1/6
The Great Christmas Light Fight 3.3/6, The Great Holiday Baking Show 2.8/5
NBC: 2.2/4
Superstore [r] 2.3/4, Telenovela [r] 1.6/3, Saturday Night Live Christmas [r] 2.6/5                   
FOX: 1.1/2
Gotham [r] 1.0/2, Bones [r] 1.2/2
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.1/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres [r] 1.2/2
Telemundo: 1.0/2
Celia 1.0/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 0.9/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
CW: 1.0/2
Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r] 1.0/2, Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r] 1.0/2
ION: 0.9/2
Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 0.7/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 3.3/11, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 7p, Fox’s Miss Universe Pageant led with 1.1/4, followed by ABC’s Sound of Music Sing-A-Long and NBC’s Football Night America 2, which tied with 0.7/2. NBC’s Football Night America Part 3 and Sunday Night Football combined with 4.5/15 for the lead at 8p. CBS’ 60 Minutes ranked second with 2.7/9. NBC’s Sunday Night Football topped at 9p with 6.5/20. CBS’ Undercover Boss trailed with 1.6/5. At 10p, NBC’s Sunday Night Football closed the night at #1 with 6.2/19. ABC’s Sound of Music Sing-A-Long and CBS’ CSI: Cyber tied for #2 with 1.1/4.

A18-49: NBC 3.3/11, CBS 1.8/6, FOX 1.6/5, ABC 1.0/3, UNI 0.4/1, TELE 0.3/1, ION 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, December 20, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 5.8/10
Football Night America 2 1.4/2, Football Night America 2 5.5/9, NBC Sunday Night Football 10.5/18
CBS: 5.5/9
60 Minutes 7.7/13, Undercover Boss 4.7/8, CSI: Cyber 4.0/7
FOX: 3.3/5
The 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant 3.3/5
ABC: 2.9/5
The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long 2.9/5
ION: 0.9/2
A Christmas Kiss 1.0/2, Christmas Belle 0.8/1
El Gordo y la Flaca 0.8/1, Premios Univision Deportes 2015 0.8/1, Sal y Pimienta 0.7/1
TELE: 0.4/1
Cine Exclusivo U II 0.4/1, Ya Era Ora 0.3/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: ABC led for the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.3/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, ABC’s Democratic Debate topped with 1.1/4, followed by Fox’s UFC Fight Night with 0.9/4. ABC’s Democratic Debate continued as #1 at 9p with 1.5/6, while Fox’s UFC Fight Night held onto #2 with 1.3/5. ABC’s Democratic Debate closed the night in the lead with 1.4/6 at 10p. Fox’s UFC Fight Night trailed with 1.1/4 at 10p, while CBS’ 48 Hours trailed at 10:30 with 0.7/3.

A18-49: ABC 1.3/5, FOX 1.1/4, CBS 0.6/2, NBC 0.4/2, ION 0.4/2, UNO 0.3/1, TELE 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, December 19, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 4.9/9
Democratic Debate 4.9/9
CBS: 2.3/5
Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.4/5, Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.1/4, 48 Hours [r] 2.5/5
FOX 1.6/3
UFC Fight Night 1.6/3
NBC: 0.9/2
The Wiz Live![r] 0.9/2
ION: 0.9/2
Law & Order:SVU 1.0/2, Law & Order:SVU 0.9/2, Law & Order:SVU 0.9/2
La Banda 0.5/1, Sabadazo 0.4/1
TELE: 0.5/1
Cine Millonario [7p start] 0.4/1, Que Noche 0.5/1


Investment app Acorns has announced that Tom Arrix, former Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, is expanding his advisory role with the company as Chief Revenue and Partnership Officer.


Brooke McCarter, best known as Paul in The Lost Boys, died Tuesday, December 22, in his Tampa, FL home. He was 52. McCarter succumbed to complications resulting from a genetic liver condition.

This Day in History:
1963 – The Beach Boys made their first appearance on Shindig!

Answer to Our Last Trivia: Which Golden Girls star played an intergalactic bartender in1978’s Star Wars Holiday Special? Bea Arthur. Kudos to: Ken Nice-TeamPeople/Falls Church, VA, Perry Casciato-CBS 3 & The CW Philly/Philadelphia, PA, Tom Winiarski-NBCUniversal/NYC, Jim Kelly-Lee Hecht Harrison/NYC, Adam Leston-Weigel Broadcasting/Milwaukee, WI, Heather Wade-Reelz/Albuquerque, NM, Larry Hutchings/Nipomo, CA, Gayle Gluck-At Last Productions/Los Angeles, CA, Anne Wettig-Fox Cable Networks/Los Angeles, CA, Jerry Jones/San Francisco, CA.

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CBS: I Love Lucy Christmas Special, Hawaii Five-0 [r], Criminal Minds [r]
CW: Arrow [r], Supernatural [r]
Fox: Empire [r], Rosewood [r]
NBC: Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas [r], How Murray Saved Christmas [r],
Adele Live in New York City [r], Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood [r]
PBS: Nature [r], NOVA [r], Time Scanners [
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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