Friday, April 12th, 2013


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Source: WE tv Analysis of Nielsen Data, Live+SD. 4/4/13, Th 8p-11p. BFV Th 9p vs all telecasts on female nets (Bravo, E!, LIF, LMN, Oxygen, Style, TLC, VH1). W18-49/W25-54 000s. Subject to qualifications by request.


Good morning. It’s Friday April 12, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
ID: Dates from Hell at 10p
Starz: DaVinci’s Demons at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Starz: Spartacus at 9p
Telemundo: El Rostro de la Venganza
Univision: Amor Bravio at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
ABC: Bet on Your Baby at 8p
ID: Murder in Paradise at 9p
OWN: Iyanla Fix My Life at 9p

Saturday’s Finales:
FX: The Ultimate Fighter at 9p
Wetv: Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Discovery: Naked Castaway at 8p
Food: Restaurant Impossible at 10p
HBO: Veep at 10p  
History: The Aftermath April 14 at 9p
mun2: I Love Jenni at 9p 
National Geographic: The 80’s: The Decade That Made Us at 8p
Showtime: Nurse Jackie at 9p, The Borgias at 10p 

Sunday’s Specials:
MTV: 2013 MTV Movie Awards at 9p



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The CW has pulled Cult, which has struggled in the ratings, from its Friday schedule. Repeats of The Carrie Diaries and Oh Sit! will air in its place. There is no word as to whether the show’s remaining episodes will air at a later date.

Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron‘s new scripted comedy series, Maron, is set to premiere Friday, May 3 at 10p on IFC. Based on Marc’s life and WTF podcast, each half hour episode chronicles Marc’s day-to-day struggle to maintain relationships other than the ones with his podcast audience and his beloved trio of cats.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is expanding. The company has agreed to acquire the Fisher Communications stations for $373.3 million. Fisher, which owns 20 TV stations in eight markets, reaches nearly 4 percent of the U.S. It also owns three radio stations in Seattle. The deal is subject to FCC approval.

Black SabbathOzzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler – will make a rare television appearance on the season finale of CBSCSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Wednesday, May 15 at 10p. As the CSI team investigates a trail of murders with similarities to the sins in Dante’s Inferno, the band will share a scene with D.B. Russell (Ted Danson), when he and Conrad (Marc Vann) attend a Black Sabbath show. The appearance will mark the band’s world premiere of the song End of the Beginning from their new album 13, due out June 11 on Vertigo/Republic. “Because the album is titled 13 and this is the finale of CSI’s Season 13, it seemed like the perfect match,” said Executive Producer Don McGill.

The star power gets revved up on NBC‘s The Voice, as the singing competition advances to the “battle rounds” on Monday April 15 at 8p. The star coaches are bringing in celebrity advisers to work with their respective teams: Hillary Scott advises Team Adam Levine; Sheryl Crow advises Team Blake Sheldon; Joe Madden advises Team Shakira; and Pharrell Williams advises Team Usher.

Fergie is bringing her baby bump to Fashion Police. The Black Eyed Peas singer will appear on the show on Friday, April 12 at 10p to discuss her maternity style and the blessing of being pregnant at age 38. She’ll also break into song with a Broadway classic and reveal her three biggest career moments. One even includes Joan Rivers.

The final episode of Univision‘s Amor Bravio airs on Friday, April 12 at 10p. “For every one of us that followed the twists and turns of the enthralling love story of Daniel and Camila, Friday is the culmination of a journey that never disappointed,” said Alberto Ciurana, President of Programming and Content, Univision Communications, Inc. “We know viewers will join us to see how a story, that surprised us each step of the way, ends.”

Reelz has announced premiere dates for its first two reality series. Beverly Hills Pawn, which centers on store owner Yossi Dina and delves into the wonder and values of memorabilia, collectibles and fine jewelry and the people and stories behind them, debuts Wednesday, June 5 at 9p with four new half-hour episodes airing back to back. The show is produced by Asylum Entertainment. Race to the Scene, a competition series where contestants race to and from iconic movie locations and participate in feats inspired by the biggest blockbuster films of all time, debuts Thursday, June 6 at 9p. Dolph Lundgren hosts the series, which is produced by The Hochberg Ebersol Company (THE Company).
TLC is inviting viewers to its Saturday house party with a new line up of property shows dedicated to unique homes and proud homeowners. Things kick off on Saturday, April 20 at 9p with the second season premiere of Four Houses. The show features four passionate homeowners who preview, critique and score each other’s homes for the chance to win $10,000. Insane Bathrooms, which premieres Saturday, April 27 at 10p, focuses on the most unique and opulent bathrooms in the world. Twisted and Listed, which premieres on Saturday, May 4 at 10p, follows Seattle real estate agent Theresa Michaels, who dominates the market by her willingness to list anything.

Honey Do, which premieres with back to back episodes on Saturday, May 11 at 10p, features hunky handy men who come to the aid of wives with problems and make the husbands part of the team.

Surreal Estate, which premieres Saturday, May 18 at 10p, introduces viewers to enthusiastic home buyers in search of one-of-a-kind properties that appeal to their unique tastes.

Reality television veteran Amy Palmer has inked an overall deal with reality television production company A. Smith & Co. Productions. As per the pact, Palmer will develop her own projects under the A. Smith & Co. banner for domestic and global production, as both a creator and executive producer. She most recently worked at Sony Pictures Television, where she was responsible for creating and executive-producing Millionaire Momma’s Boy on Oprah’s OWN, Remodeled and Plain Jane on the CW, and two seasons of You’re Cut Off on VH1.


Syfy has picked up Being Human for a fourth season. The network has ordered 13 episodes of the drama series, which is a Muse Entertainment production.
NBC has renewed late-night series Last Call with Carson Daly for a 13th season. The show is produced by Universal Television.

Sundance Channel will premiere Season Two of its docu-series Push Girls on Monday, June 3with ten new episodes. The show once again features Angela, Auti, Mia and Tiphany, as they continue to challenge society’s perception of what life is really like in a wheelchair. The boundary-breaking series from executive producer Gay Rosenthal has drawn overwhelming support from the disability community. “This is not a TV show about paralysis,” said Peter Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “This is a show about four friends who happen to have paralysis. And that’s the entire point. It’s not only good TV, but it is important TV as well.”


Comedy Central can’t get enough of Adam Devine. The network has ordered eight episodes of a standup series from Devine, who currently co-stars on its hit comedy Workaholics. The show, titled Adam Devine’s House Party, is being described as a blend of stand-up and narrative sketches and will feature Devine’s favorite up-and-coming comedians.

Hot off the recent ratings success of The Bible, History is developing a new miniseries set around the American Revolution. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project will be titled Sons of Liberty and follow a radical group including Samuel Adams, John Hancock, John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry and Benedict Arnold, as they band together to make America a nation.


Alfre Woodard will guest star in the second season of BBC America‘s Copper. She’ll play Hattie Lemaster, a former slave who arrives at the Five Points to start anew. The series, which is a Cineflix (Copper 2) Inc. production in association with BBC America and Shaw Media, returns Sunday, June 23 at 10p.


Broadcast Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of April 1, 2013)
ABC: GMA 5.34 million total viewers; 1.6/12 and 1.95 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.64 million total viewers; 1.6/12 and 1.89 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.79 million total viewers; 0.9/6 and 1.01 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (Sunday, April 7, 2013)
CBS: Face the Nation 3.26 million total viewers; 0.7 and 844,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.71 million total viewers; 0.6 and 753,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.50 million total viewers; 0.6 and 723,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.72 million total viewers; 0.4 and 499,000 A25-54
FOX: FOX News Sunday 1.09 million total viewers; 0.4 and 424,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX came out on top Wednesday night delivering a 3.2/9 among A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX’s American Idol ranked #1 at 3.1/10 and CBS’ Survivor: Caramoan followed at 2.6/8. ABC’s Modern Family took over the top spot from 9 to 9:30p at 3.8/10, while FOX’s American Idol ranked second at 3.3/9. At 9:30p FOX’s American Idol reclaimed first at 3.4/9, while CBS’ Criminal Minds followed at 3.0/8. At 10p, CBS’ CSI took over as #1 at  2.4/7. Univision’s Amor Bravio placed second at 2.0/6, followed by ABC’s Nashville at 1.8/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

FOX: 7.5/12          American Idol 7.5/12

CBS: 6.8/11          Survivor: Caramoan 5.8/9, Criminal Minds 7.3/11, CSI 7.2/12

ABC: 4.7/8             The Middle 4.7/8, Suburgatory 3.7/6, Modern Family 6.3/10, How to Live with Your Parents, 4.7/7, Nashville 4.1/7

NBC: 2.8/5             Dateline Wednesday 3.6/6, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.7/4, Hannibal [r] 2.2/4

UNIV: 2.3/4         Porque el Amor Manda 2.1/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.4/4, Amor Bravio 2.5/4

TELE: 0.9/1            Pasion Prohibida 0.7/1, La Patrona 1.2/2, El Rostro de la Venganza 0.7/1

CW: 0.8/2             Arrow [r] 0.9/2, Supernatural [r] 0.7/1

ION: 0.6/1             WWE Main Event 0.9/1, E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial 0.4/1

UMA: 0.3/0            Cineplex WED [7p start r] 0.3/0, Heroes Del Norte 0.3/0, Rosario Tijeras 0.3/0

A18-49:  FOX 3.2/9,  CBS 2.7/8, ABC 2.4/7,UNIV 1.9/5, NBC 1.0/3, CW 0.9/3, TELE 0.7/2,  CW 0.4/1, ION 0.3/1, UMA 0.2/0


Lakeshore Public Media has named James Muhammad, the Peabody Award-winning Director of Radio Services for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, as its new President and CEO. Lakeshore Public Media is the umbrella organization for Lakeshore Public Television (Northwest Indiana PBS affiliate) and 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore (Northwest Indiana NPR affiliate).

NBCUniversal has appointed Tina Silvestri Senior Vice President, Business Services, Operations & Technical Services. A 16-year NBCUniversal veteran, Silvestri last served as Senior Vice President of Operations for the NBC Owned Television Stations. In her new role she will lead the company’s combined business service functions, including EHS, Crisis Management & Business Continuity, Transportation, Energy Programs, Retail Operations, and Food Services. She will also provide global oversight for the company’s facilities.

Laurel Weir has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research at TV Land. Weir has been with the network since 2002, first as a manager and then as a senior director of TV Land research. In her new position, she will continue to oversee the research department and provide the Development and Original Programming group with insight and feedback on projects in various stages of development.

Abby Phillip will be joining ABC News as a digital reporter covering politics out of the Washington bureau. Phillip spent the past year as part of the ABC News Fellowship program where she worked at Nightline and This Week. Her new position begins in May.


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Friday Fun Fact: Zenith Radio Corporation created the first television remote control in 1950. It was called “Lazy Bone.”

This Day In History, sponsored by Destination America: 2010 – During the taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, music director Kevin Eubanks confirmed he would be leaving the show. 

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was Laverne’s favorite drink on Laverne and Shirley? Milk and Pepsi. Kudos to: Joe Vitale-Turner Broadcasting/Detroit, MI; Anthony Fields-Science Channel/Silver Spring, MD; Chris Schwieterman-Gray Television Inc./Tallahassee, FL; Beth Chandler-Shinebox Inc./Nazareth, PA; Heather R. Floore-CW33  KDAF-TV/Dallas, TX; Kristin Staskowski/Birmingham, AL; Kathryn Kieser-Haworth Marketing and Media/Minneapolis, MN; Eric Merrill-Mediacentric/Austin, TX; Patti Rodriguez-KXRM Fox21/Colorado Springs, CO; Mark Guerin-Comcast Spotlight/Denver, CO; Lee Houck-Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra/Seattle, WA; Mark West/Los Angeles, CA; Lilian Lemer-MyMac Productions/Venice, CA; Rusty Ricketts-Wide Orbit Inc./San Francisco, CA; Arthur Reinstein-Shaw Media/Toronton, Canada.

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ABC: Happy Endings, Happy Endings, Shark Tank [r], 20/20 [r]
CBS: Undercover Boss, Vegas, Blue Bloods
CW: Nikita, Cult
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares [r]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
MyTV: Monk, Monk
NBC: Fashion Star, Grimm [r], Rock Center with Brian Williams
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Live from Lincoln Center, Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook
Telemundo: Pasion Prohibida, La Patrona, El Rostro de la Venganza
UMA: Batman: El Caballero de la Noche , Made in Cartegna
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, Amores Verdaderos, Amor Bravio

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